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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.

Aintree Royalty – Tiger’s History Book Rivals

With back-to-back wins in the world’s most iconic jumps race Tiger Roll is firmly in the Aintree history books now. Should he make it three-in-a-row in 2020 arguably he’ll become the greatest story in the history of this magnificent race. Here are five horses beside him already in storied Aintree book of racing folklore. Foinavon […]

Greatrex keen to make up for Missed Approach

Warren Greatrex admits this season has so far proved to be one of frustration for his yard, but the Lambourn trainer firmly believes redemption is coming this spring. Greatrex has got his team ticking over nicely and he’s aiming to get Missed Approach fit and ready for a tilt at the Randox Health Grand National […]

Harrington: Magic Of Light ‘feels stronger’ this time

Jessica Harrington is content to allow Magic Of Light to take in the Mares’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival en route back to Aintree for a second go at the Randox Health Grand National. Last spring, Magic Of Light defied expectations as a 66/1 chance when she found only the brilliant Tiger Roll too strong […]

Grand National Honours Board

What makes Aintree unique? For one afternoon in the year, Aintree is the centre of national hunt racing as the unique demands of the Grand National grab the attention of the world. Quite simply, there is no other race like it. The first distinguishing factor is the trip. The Grand National is run over four-miles-two-and-a-half-furlongs. […]

Criteria for picking a Grand National winner

The Grand National is the most famous steeplechase in the world. It is an epic 4m2f journey around Aintree comprising 30 jumping tests that have long been considered the most daunting in racing. For many in the racing world, including owners, trainers, jockeys and punters alike it is the ‘Holy Grail’. The 2020 Grand National […]

Definitly Red gears up for repeat Aintree assault

Such a shame that the Malcolm Jefferson Memorial chase has just the two runners, deserves better. #DefinitlyRed will pick up just under 16k for what will amount to a schooling session. Not bad work if you can get it. 🙃 pic.twitter.com/OtKErDiJp7 — Rob Chadwick (@RobChadwick8) 13 February 2019   Brian Ellison is planning on some […]

Candy could be a treat at Aintree

Kimberlite Candy after an impressive win at Warwick today. Next stop the Grand National? pic.twitter.com/L54j6erUPO — Paul Fulford (@PaulFulford) 11 January 2020 Kimberlite Candy laid down some claims of Grand National success to come with a fine victory in the Classic Chase at Warwick over the weekend. Trainer Tom Lacey admits “the National is definitely […]

Kirby may wait with Top Ville Ben

Trainer Phil Kirby is erring towards the Cheltenham Gold Cup with Top Ville Ben, while suggesting it could be another year before he takes aim at the Randox Health Grand National. The eight-year-old was an impressive winner of the Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase at Wetherby on Boxing Day, prompting Kirby to suggest he was a […]

McCoy’s Magical moment tops the decade

As the old decade ended it was customary to recall the sporting moments of the ten years just gone. In Grand National terms, nothing can surpass the moment that AP McCoy finally enjoyed glory in the world’s greatest steeplechase. Here are five of the finest moments from the last Grand National Decade. 2010: Don’t Push […]