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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.

Russell believes qualifying races for the Grand National should be introduced

Grand National Festival – Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, Britain – April 14, 2018 Davy Russell celebrates with a trophy after winning the 17:15 Randox Health Grand National Handicap Chase Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs @SCANPIX Two-time Grand National-winning jockey Davy Russell believes that a proper qualification process needs to be introduced for the world’s most iconic […]

‘Course specialist’ Noble Yeats has a big chance – Waley Cohen

Noble Yeats, former Grand National winner and Cheltenham Stayers Hurdle contender – Image via @JamesStevens180 on X Sam Waley-Cohen famously partnered Noble Yeats to Aintree Grand National glory two years ago and the now-retired rider sees no reason the horse can’t become the first since Red Rum to win the race, lose it and then […]

Aintree waiting game for Kitty’s Light

Punchestown Racing – Winter Festival Day 1, Punchestown Racecourse, Naas, Kildare 14/11/2021 The Liam And Valerie Brennan Florida Pearl Novice Steeplechase Keith Donoghue on Vanillier jump the last fence to win Trainer Christian Williams remains hopeful that Kitty’s Light will be amongst the final field for the Grand National at Aintree on April 13, suggesting […]

Cromwell ready for strong Aintree challenge

Punchestown Racing – Winter Festival Day 1, Punchestown Racecourse, Naas, Kildare 14/11/2021 The Liam And Valerie Brennan Florida Pearl Novice Steeplechase Keith Donoghue on Vanillier jump the last fence to win Trainer Gavin Cromwell believes he has a strong Grand National team ahead of the world’s most famous jumps race on April 13. Cromwell sent […]

Shark confirm Aintree attack as Hewick tops Grand National weights

Jump Season Finale Hewick ridden by Rachael Blackmore Emerald green, black seams wins the bet365 Oaksey Chase during the Jump Season Finale meeting at Sandown Park, Esher PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxUKxCHN Copyright: xMarkxChappellx FIL-18458-0024 King George hero Hewick has been given top weight for the Grand National at Aintree as trainer Shark Hanlon admits it is a fair […]

Corach Rambler camp ramping up for Aintree defence

Image via @AtTheRaces on X Corach Rambler featured amongst the 94 entries for the Randox Grand National at Aintree and connections of the reigning champion are anticipating a strong defence in April. There were a record 61 entries from Ireland in the field for the £1 million showpiece but it will be Scotland’s Corach Rambler […]

Famous Bridge hoping to cross Grand National Trial test next

8th June 2019, Haydock Park Racecourse, Merseyside, England; Flat racing; Finoah ridden by Jane Elliott runs on to win The Betway Handicap Trainer Nicky Richards has pinpointed the Virgin Bet Grand National Trial at Haydock as the next target for Famous Bridge en route to a potential Aintree date this spring. Things didn’t go to […]

Noble Yeats to take in Cleeve Hurdle before Aintree return

Image via @JamesStevens180 on X, formerly Twitter Noble Yeats, the 2022 Grand National winner, is set to appear at Cheltenham on their Festival Trials Day card this weekend as a precursor in his attempt to get the Aintree crown back. The Emmet Mullins-trainer star has been confirmed with the intention to line up against the […]

McConnell on a Mission with Mahler for Aintree

Horse Racing – National Hunt – Cheltenham Festival – Day One – The Wellchild National Hunt challenge Cup Amateur Jockeys Novices steeple chase – Cheltenham Racecourse – Tuesday 14th March 2023 Johnny Barry on Mahler Mission 5 leads after the first circuit COLORSPORT / Andrew Cowie PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxUK Irish trainer John McConnell is plotting backwards from […]
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