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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.
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Blackmore thrilled to give back to racing

Grand National-winning jockey Rachael Blackmore is eager to give back to racing communities near Aintree and Cheltenham following the greatest season of her life. Blackmore was crowned leading rider at the Cheltenham Festival back in March and, a month later, she won the Randox Grand National at Aintree. She has now been confirmed as Official […]

Russell ready to roll again

Davy Russell, the man who steered Tiger Roll to his famous back-to-back wins in the Aintree Grand National, is ready to return to race-riding after almost a year on the sidelines. Russell partnered the brilliant Tiger Roll to successive wins in the Randox Grand National in 2018 and 2019 before they missed the hat-trick opportunity […]

Sefton move should help Grand National ambitions

Aintree’s clerk of the course Sulekha Varma believes the decision to move the Grand Sefton Handicap Chase from December to November will assist trainers in their plans for the biggest race in the jumps calendar. One of just five races staged over the National fences during the season, the Grand Sefton has routinely been run […]

Three of the Best Runners at Aintree

The Grand National is the most iconic steeplechase in the world and each year in April it creates a major sporting buzz, unmatched in terms of widespread appeal amongst the sporting community as a racing event. Winning the Aintree showpiece guarantees a place in the pantheon of Grand National history. Some winners are, of course, […]

Blackmore in ‘good spirits’ after leg break

Grand National heroine Rachael Blackmore was said to be in ‘good spirits’ having undergone surgery on a fractured ankle sustained at Killarney on Friday. Barely a week after her 32nd birthday, Blackmore suffered the biggest injury of her professional career following a nasty fall from 11-10 favourite Merry Poppins in the 2m4f handicap hurdle at […]

Harrington pays tribute to retiring Magic Of Light

Trainer Jessica Harrington labelled Magic Of Light a ‘superstar mare’ after confirming the 2019 Grand National runner-up was being retired from racing. Magic Of Light famously got closest to Tiger Roll at Aintree in 2019 when he won his second Grand National. She would go on and win a Listed Newbury race over fences the […]

Ten of the Best – Aintree winners in the last decade

Rachael Blackmore made Grand National history in April 2021, becoming the first female rider to win the world’s most iconic jumps race but how well do you remember the recent roll of honour at Aintree? Here’s a quick recap of the last ten Grand National winners at the famous Merseyside venue. 2011 – Ballabriggs The […]

Champion thought Aldaniti ‘was a formality’

Bob Champion was ever-so confident that Aldaniti would provide one of Aintree’s most emotional Grand National tales ahead of the 1981 race. Both horse and rider had overcome trials in their lives before conquering the world’s greatest steeplechase and Champion has been recalling the famous win 40 years on. Battles off the racecourse To mark […]

Blackmore grateful for racing’s exposure

Grand National-winning jockey Rachael Blackmore says racing has found itself in a privileged position during the last 12 months of pandemic times. While many sports have been forced to stall, or at least to change tact, racing has been able to continue uninterrupted since last June. With spectator-less sport the norm, racing has found itself […]