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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.

Aintree unveils Grand National changes for 2024

RACING-ENG-NATIONAL Jockeys ride their horses after starting the Grand National horse race on the final day of the Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse on April 6, 2019. Oli SCARFF / AFP The most famous steeplechase in the world, the Randox Grand National at Aintree, is set to undergo some significant change from 2024 onwards […]

Grand National ‘looks made for Kitty’s Light’

Image via @GBRacing on X Trainer Christian Williams is looking forward to the journey that he hopes will bring him to Aintree in the spring with star staying chaser Kitty’s Light for a tilt at the Grand National. The Ogmore Castle-based handler is adamant that Kitty’s Light is ‘made’ for Aintree in the spring and […]

Corach Rambler gearing up for Kelso comeback

Image via @RacingTV on X Grand National hero Corach Rambler is likely to begin the new season at Kelso in late October, says trainer Lucinda Russell. The three-and-a-quarter-mile Edinburgh Gin Chase at the Borders track on October 28th is being touted as a starting point for a horse with Cheltenham Gold Cup aspirations this season. […]

Red Rum flying the flag for Grand National in People’s Champion vote

Image via @AtTheRaces on X The Aintree legend that is Red Rum is flying the flag proudly for the Grand National ahead of the final of The People’s Champion, the competition to be crowned the Racing Post readers’ favourite ever racehorse. The trade paper has conducted a series of heats, decided by public voting, to […]

Grand National-winning trainer announces new partnership

Image via @SkySportsRacing on Twitter Grand National-winning trainer Dr Richard Newland has revealed that he is to join forces with Jamie Insole, former assistant trainer to Charlie Hills, as his yard becomes dual-purpose for the 2024 season. The pair will train at Droitwich under a dual licence from next year’s Flat season, it has been […]

Aintree – Getting to know the Grand National fences

Jockey Davy Russell jumps the last fence on Tiger Roll on his way to winning the Grand National horse race on the final day of the Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, northern England on April 14, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS @SCANPIX There are no more famous fences in racing […]

Henderson’s Mister Coffey to go for Aintree again

Image via @RoadCheltenham on Twitter Nicky Henderson will once more be looking towards Mister Coffey in his quest to finally secure Aintree Grand National glory in 2024. The Seven Barrows trainer has famously never won the English, Irish, Scottish or Welsh Grand National in his more than 40 years as a handler – despite bagging […]

Blackmore awarded honorary MBE for contribution to racing

Image via @bluebloodracing on Twitter Aintree heroine Rachael Blackmore has been awarded an honorary MBE for her contribution to the sport of horse racing. Blackmore famously became the first female to ride the winner of the Grand National when she was on board Minella Times in 2021. The win sparked worldwide headlines and, following a […]

Unravelling the Grand National riddle

Image via @RacingPost on Twitter The Grand National at Aintree is one of the most eagerly anticipated horse races in the world. A marathon journey in excess of four-miles around the Merseyside track with some of the most punishing fences in racing to negotiate along the way, this race has long been the ultimate endurance […]
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