Grand National History

There is much debate among historians regarding the first official Grand National race held. Most fans who have trawled the newspaper libraries and archives of the UK now prefer the idea that the first was in 1836 and was won by The Duke. This…

Luck Of The Irish Stable Lad

When Cork-born Conor Murphy was 31-years-old, he was a loyal hand in Nicky Henderson’s stable. Nicky Henderson is a champion horse trainer and one of the most successful in Cheltenham history. As the 2011 drew to a close, the focus in Henderson’s…
Ruby Walsh
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Past Masters of the Grand National

The Grand National is one of the most difficult races in all of the world horseracing, if not the most difficult. Naturally, it is the names of the horses that endure longest in the memories of spectators. Often times this is because of a…

Foinavon ~ The 1967 Grand National Winner

Foinavon was the shock winner of the 1967 National when a mass pile-up at the 23rd fence meant that he was the only horse to come out well. On the day of the race, he was a 100-1 outsider but the day before he had a 500-1 chance! In fact, so…
AP-McCoy

Don’t Push It Grand National Winner

Easily one of the greatest moments in Grand National history is when AP McCoy finally raced across the line riding Don't Push it as the winner. After fourteen previous attempts, this was a dream that had seemed to be slipping away from him.…

Aintree Home Of The Grand National

Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool is the home of the annual Grand National. Arguably the greatest horse race in the world, no other race comes close to matching the excitement at Aintree on Grand National day. The story of Aintree racecourse is…

How Do You Pick Your Winner?

Picking a winning horse is a very hard thing to do, however, we've compiled a list of things that might make it that little bit easier! Looking for the perfect way to pick a horse for the Grand National? Well if we are honest there isn't…
Paul Carberry

Paul Carberry ~ Grand National Winner

Paul Carberry followed in his father's footsteps when he won the Grand National. His father Tommy had raced to victory in 1975 on L’Escargot when Paul was a mere fourteen months old. Paul repeated that famous feat on Bobbyjo in 1999. In…
HBO Show Luck

HBO Gambles And Loses

When HBO announced the cancellation of horse racing show 'Luck' in 2011 after a third horse died during production, some fans of the show may have missed this Sunday drama, but they were few and far between. The abysmal ratings for the first…
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Most Important Two Months On The Horse Racing Calendar

Now that the Cheltenham Festival has come to an end, the Grand National is just around the corner. So it is the perfect time to discuss two of the most popular horse racing events in the world. And to highlight the achievements of one of the…
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How Horse Racing Odds Are Calculated

Horse racing is a national sport. In terms of attendance figures, it is second only to football in the UK. And with such a huge amount of races, it's reasonable to assume that most of us like to have a wager every now and then. But how do bookies…

A Tribute To Denman – A Racing Legend

The sad news about Denman’s passing was given to racing fans on Wednesday morning and I am sure many people who read the news quickly remembered a fond memory they have of the wonderful staying chaser. We were told that Denman had been unwell…