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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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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 […]

Blackmore’s Aintree glory inspiring more women

Rachael Blackmore’s been making plenty of history for herself recently and fellow jockey Ella McCain says her landmark achievements are leading to female riders simply being ‘classed as normal jockeys’ as opposed to carrying a gender tag. Blackmore’s spectacular spring inspires colleagues In March, 31-year-old Irish rider Blackmore was crowned leading rider at the Cheltenham […]

Nicholls has the Game for Aintree challenge

The 2022 Randox Grand National has been earmarked by Paul Nicholls as a long-term target for Topofthegame. It’s more than two years since Topofthegame was sighted on a racetrack but his trainer has clear plans for next season if he can get him back to full fitness. Cheltenham winner on the sidelines The Flemensfirth gelding […]

Aintree 2021 – Grand National eye-catchers

We all saw Rachael Blackmore and Minella Times stealing the show in the 2021 Grand National at Aintree. Racing’s newest superstar gave the winner a perfect ride in the race and came home a deserving winner, becoming the first female rider to take victory in the Grand National. It was a race dominated by Irish […]

Pioneering Blackmore setting the bar ever higher

On Saturday afternoon Rachael Blackmore created her latest piece of racing history by becoming the first female rider to win the Aintree Grand National. Her ride on Minella Times was a perfect Aintree story – never far off the pace, saving ground along the rail and inching to the front at just the right time […]

Magnificent Seven for JP in Aintree showpiece

Despite the great numbers of horses he owns and the many stars who have sported his famous green and gold silks, JP McManus has had just a solitary Aintree Grand National winner. The leading owner will attempt to double that tally this weekend when no fewer than seven of his horses take part in the […]

Secret Reprieve still sweating on Aintree pass

Ante-post favourite Cloth Cap featured amongst 68 confirmations for Saturday’s Randox Grand National at Aintree, with Welsh National scorer Secret Reprieve the big name still on the outside looking in. Evan Williams’ impressive Chepstow hero is 43rd on the list, with a maximum field of 40 (plus four possible reserves) allowed in the Aintree showpiece. […]