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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

Weekend Takeaways – National hopes rise and fall

Although the Cheltenham Festival is now firmly coming into view, many of Racing’s marathon men and women are already looking beyond Prestbury Park and towards the Grand National in April. During a busy weekend, there were many Grand National possibles putting their credentials to the test and here we look at those who gained traction […]

2017 winner One For Arthur’s participation in doubt

While two-time defending champion Tiger Roll returned in most pleasing fashion, another former National winner hopeful of success in 2020 had a more sobering experience at Haydock. When winning the 2017 Grand National, the then eight-year-old One For Arthur looked a horse who could very well go on to be a big player in future […]

Timing of National a factor punters must not ignore

There are 101 different angles one can look at for even the most mundane of races, so when you’re talking about a four-and-a-quarter mile chase over 30 unique fences with 40 runners involved, that can probably be doubled. One factor few take into account is the gap between runs. With the Grand National and Cheltenham […]

Grand National Weights Revealed- Update on McManus and Ditcheat teams

As the great Organist Professor Ian Tracey sounded the final notes to the Champions Theme yesterday at Aintree, all eyes and minds turned to the revealing of the weights for the 2020 Grand National. The horse on almost everyone’s minds was dual-champion Tiger Roll. His owners, Gigginstown House Stud, have been very vocal about their […]

Ranking the 20 winners of the National this century

With the 21st Grand National of the 21st century now less than two months away, we take a look back at the winners this century and rank them informally based on the performance of the winner and how memorable the race was in general. 20– Rule The World (2016)- On extremely testing ground unfancied 33/1 […]

National Favourite ready to Roll after setback

Tiger Roll’s trainer, Gordon Elliott, has given an upbeat update on the wellbeing of the defending champion who will hopefully bid to emulate the only three-time National winner Red Rum in April. Of the star chaser, Elliott told reporters ‘”He’s in good form. If we can we might get a canter into him after racing […]

Road to Grand National glory likely to go through Closutton

Perennial Irish champion trainer Willie Mullins tasted Grand National glory with Hedgehunter in 2005, and, after second and third-placed finishers Pleasant Company and Rathvinden respectively in the last two years, he looks to be assembling his strongest ever team for the 2020 edition. 105 horses were entered at the unveiling of the Grand National last […]

Tiger Roll participation in genuine doubt as O’Leary voices warning

If there is one thing racing fans have learned where Michael O’Leary is concerned it is that he is a man of his word. In 2017 he famously withdrew the vast majority of his Gigginstown House Stud owned entries from the Grand National blaming then chief BHA handicapper Phil Smith for what he believed to […]

Twiston-Davies Star tailor-made for National Test

While his conqueror Santini emerged a leading contender for the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March, Bristol De Mai gave the impression in Cheltenham’s Cotswold Chase that he would relish the unique test that is the Grand National at Aintree. Of course having given Santini 2lb at the weekend connections could still see value in a […]
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