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Enda McElhinney

Enda McElhinney is a racing writer with a growing portfolio of work on both British and Irish racing, with a particular fondness for National Hunt racing. While he acknowledges there have been many great horses; there has only ever been one Denman.

Potters Corner to use Cross Country as National prep

Christian Williams has revealed he plans on using the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival as his final prep-race for the Randox Health Grand National-bound Potters Corner. The 2019 Welsh National hero has had two runs this season and is being geared for a tilt at the Aintree showpiece in early April. Potters […]

Irish Horse Racing Betting

There hasn’t been much in the way of good news for racing fans this week but some was forthcoming when Horse Racing Ireland confirmed racing on the Emerald Isle will continue behind closed doors, for now. The HRI decision, made with full government backing, means racing is set to carry on in Ireland with strict […]

Behind closed door racing gets full backing

While the Grand National Festival has been lost amid the control measures in place to control the spread of coronavirus, British Racing is set to carry on ‘behind closed doors’. As and from Tuesday 17th March the British Horseracing Authority has initiated plans to race without spectators in England and Wales, following similar moves in […]

Grand National 2020 cancelled amid pandemic control measures

Aintree Racecourse has announced that next month’s Grand National Festival has been cancelled amid ongoing measures to stem the Covid-19 outbreak. The meeting was due to take place from April 2nd-4th, with the centrepiece Randox Health Grand National due on the Saturday. In a statement Aintree Racecourse confirmed that we are living in “exceptional times” […]

Postponing the Grand National a difficult choice – Richard Newland

Will the Grand National 2020 be postponed? Grand National-winning trainer Dr Richard Newland says any decision to postpone racing could become a tough one to reverse. As the sporting world continues to react to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, racing in England is in consistent dialogue with the UK government about the way forward. There’s an […]

‘Stiff’ Tiger Roll expected to be fine for Aintree

Gordon Elliott reported Tiger Roll to be ‘a bit stiff’ in the wake of a runner-up finish in Cheltenham’s Cross Country race this week, though he is expecting him to be fine for the Grand National at Aintree. Tiger Roll relinquished his crown in the Cross Country Chase, ultimately proving no match for the impressive […]

Aintree Coronavirus Risk: No crowd beats no race – O’Leary

It may be four weeks until Randox Health Grand National Day but Eddie O’Leary is already considering the possible effects of the Coronavirus on the world’s greatest steeplechase. The worldwide health scare threatens to cause havoc with upcoming sporting events if it cannot be contained. The Aintree Grand National and the London Marathon are amongst […]

De Bromhead grateful for the support

Top Trainer, Henry de Bromhead and John Hernon of ⁦@CPStudOfficial⁩ ⁦@LeopardstownRC⁩ Saturday discuss the Pre Race Winning Strategy for A Plus Tard 👍👍 pic.twitter.com/nOtKlTAA6h — Michael Hernon (@hernon_michael) December 27, 2019 Henry De Bromhead may attempt to win a maiden Randox Health Grand National this season with Sub Lieutenant or Poker Party but the Co […]

Aintree and the coronavirus – Any risk to the Grand National?

The global spread of the coronavirus continues to threaten any and all major sporting events and Aintree is one of them. Cheltenham Festival was green-lighted despite growing fears over the spread of the coronavirus, but what of Aintree next month? The Grand National Festival is scheduled to run from Thursday April 2nd for three days, […]