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David Brayshaw

Former Racing Manager with 17 years’ experience in the Racing industry. Currently a broadcaster for SIS and writer for Sporting Life and beforetheoff.com, David has a passion for horse racing and specialises in ante-post betting
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Virtual Grand National set for April 4

The Virtual Grand National has been developed with Inspired Entertainment’s Manchester-based animation team. They use past form, the views of a panel of experts and the going and weather conditions to assess the likely outcome, but the computer makes the final decisions. Leading commentator Stewart Machin takes the mic as the race plays out virtually […]

New names to watch on the Grand National 2021 trail

The Conditional Not since Rough Quest in 1995 and 1996 has a horse won the Festival Trophy currently known as the Ultima Handicap Chase and Grand National the following season but The Conditional, who is currently disputing favouritism with some firms, could very easily go close at Aintree next April. He defeated two other horses […]

Grand National 2020 – Who ‘would’ have won

With the sad news that there will be no 2020 Grand National, we will never know what might have been but using a point-based simuation based on past results we will attempt to unlock how the mystery might have played out. The following differentials will earn runners points: Win last time out (10 points). The […]

Big names face anxious wait over Grand National participation

With less than a month to ‘The People’s Race’ fingers crossed and hands much washed many well-fancied runners’ connections still don’t know whether they will get a run in the Randox Health Grand National. The 40 runner safety limit and current 105 strong entry leaves plenty of connections set to be disappointed. The 40 highest […]

Beware the Henderson hoodoo

As has been much discussed in recent season Nicky Henderson, one of the greatest trainers in history is yet to win a Grand National. Indeed his win in the American Grand National last season was his first win in a National of any type. Henderson, who received his OBE from the Queen last week, has […]

Leinster National the last pre-Cheltenham Grand National Trial

On Sunday Naas host the Leinster National, a 3m handicap worth £59,000 to the winner. Its timing is ideal for the Grand National itself with just one month to Aintree and with Irish horses dominating recent Nationals it could very easily throw up this year’s Aintree hero. Irish champion trainer Willie Mullins, who won the […]

French-breds struggle in the National – Myth or fact?

Among the many perceived wisdoms regarding the Randox Health Grand National one of the most spoken of is the apparent ‘fact’ that French-bred chasers aren’t up for the challenge. In an era when French-bred chasers are a dominant force advertised by last year’s Cheltenham Festival where four of the six Grade 1 chases went to […]

Burrows Saint continues to be conspicuous by his absence

Burrows Saint @WillieMullinsNH leads from start to finish to win the @thetotecom @punchestownrace Hurdle with @rachaelblackmor pic.twitter.com/CBRxrhIwXT — David Betts (@davidbetts3213) 31 December 2019 Perennial Irish champion trainer Willie Mullins’ Grand National team continues to gather pace for the April spectacular, but his apparent first string Burrows Saint has still only made the racecourse once […]

The task facing Tiger Roll in his bid to make history

After his pleasing return over hurdles, a Grand National all-clear from owners Gigginstown House Stud, and clean bill of health going into Cheltenham, one could be forgiven for thinking we will see a familiar tale on Merseyside in April with Tiger Roll landing a third National. Of course, the dual champion is the horse that […]