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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 runners; there has only ever been one Denman.

Retiring Power backs Aintree’s future

Grand National-winning jockey Robbie Power doesn’t believe there is a “huge necessity” to cut the number of runners in the Aintree showpiece in the future. Calls have been heard to reduce the field size from 40 down to 30, but Power doesn’t believe such a move is needed. Grand National pedigree Power, 40, became one […]

Waley-Cohen fairytale goes to the wire

Sam Waley-Cohen signed off his career in the saddle with an incredible Grand National success at Aintree that even a Hollywood scriptwriter might struggle to come up with. The amateur jockey, riding in his last competitive contest, won the world’s most famous race. It was a tale barely believable, but that’s what transpired as Waley-Cohen […]

Lots to ponder ahead of latest Aintree chapter

The Grand National at Aintree takes place on Saturday afternoon, with the Merseyside venue set to stage its marquee race in front of a packed house for the first time since 2019. The missed National of 2020 and the deafening silence of Rachael Blackmore’s historic win 12 months ago will be forgotten when Aintree comes […]

Horse of a lifetime Tiger Roll signs off in gallant fashion

Dual Aintree Grand National winner Tiger Roll brought the curtain down on his fantastic career with a gutsy display at the Cheltenham Festival, though it wasn’t enough to end with a win. Sustained rain in the Cotswolds left the ground heavy, to the dismay of Tiger Roll’s connections, with trainer Gordon Elliott suggesting the five-time […]

Rachael has ‘why not?’ attitude to Aintree repeat bid

Rachael Blackmore carved up the history books at Aintree last spring when she became the first female rider to win the Grand National and she’s now starting to focus on a repeat bid. The Irish jockey enjoyed a dream run last spring, being crowned leading rider at the Cheltenham Festival just mere weeks before she […]

Excitement starts to grow as Aintree weights announced

The official weights have been announced for the 2022 Randox Grand National, the world’s most iconic jumps race, set to be staged on Saturday, April 9th, at Aintree. The official entry-list stands at 104 possibles following the weights announcement at a ceremony in Liverpool on Tuesday, with a final field of 40 to eventually face […]

Final call for Tiger Roll as O’Leary rules out Aintree return

Gigginstown House Stud boss Michael O’Leary wasted little time in declaring that two-time Grand National hero Tiger Roll won’t contest the race on April 9th this year. Tiger Roll won the great race in 2018 and 2019 – famously becoming the first horse since Red Rum in the 1970s to win back-to-back renewals of the […]

Tiger Roll features amongst Aintree entries

Two-time winner Tiger Roll was amongst a list of 107 hopefuls entered in the Randox Grand National this week. The world’s most recognisable steeplechase is slated for Saturday, April 9th, and the Gigginstown House Stud-owned 12-year-old could yet bid to add a third Aintree win. Winner under Davy Russell in 2018 and 2019 – the […]

Rachael-factor contributing to record demands for Aintree tickets

Some form of normality is being predicted for the Aintree Grand National this year with the prize-fund boosted and a bumper crowd likely to descend on Merseyside. The Randox Grand National on April 9th is returning to its pre-pandemic value of £1 million, the racecourse has revealed, while a higher demand for tickets ‘than ever […]