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Paul Alster

Paul Alster has been a horse racing broadcaster and journalist for over three decades. Originally a race commentator, he has worked extensively as a TV presenter and pundit, form analyst and tipster, betting reporter, SP Returner, racing manager, and has bred and owned racehorses in Britain and overseas. His favourite horse of all-time is the Michael Dickinson-trained chaser Wayward Lad, arguably the best horse never to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The Grand National’s Weighty Matters

Amid all the excitement as we draw ever closer to the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree on the first Saturday in April, the question of whether or not the outstanding Tiger Roll can land the race for a third successive time is understandably on everyone’s lips. We know Tiger Roll is a great horse […]

Cheap talk could be worth heeding

I’m not sure that I have seen a horse extend and power up the @Sandownpark hill after 3m 5f like TALKISCHEAP and @waynehutch81 did today, to win the @bet365 Chase. So very impressive. Good to brand the image too (more luck than anything but don’t tell anyone :-)) pic.twitter.com/mJ07p4CUwL — Michael Harris (@mjyharris) April 27, […]

Native River ruled out of National

Gutted 💔 to hear MRR fav #NativeRiver is out for the season😭 We fancied @JonjoONeill & Native River chances in this years #goldcup and or #GrandNational More here..https://t.co/7BoOAzESyZ pic.twitter.com/8iJYRx8uAc — Money Rider Racing 🏇🏽 (@money_rider) February 19, 2020 High-class stayer Native River, seen by many as one of the biggest dangers to hattrick-seeking Tiger Roll […]

Champagne could be sparkling National outsider

Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle – all the news & quotes #ChampagneClassic https://t.co/GCJAZF4QLx pic.twitter.com/j7EpGl6WqF — Racenews (@RacenewsService) March 17, 2017 There are some people whose selective racing advice is always worth listening to. An enjoyable telephone conversation last night with a very good friend and fellow member of the racing press concluded with him […]

Tiger Rolls on towards Aintree

Are there really people out there who were disappointed in Tiger Roll’s fifth place yesterday in the Grade 2 Ladbrokes Ireland Boyne Hurdle at Navan? If there are, are they proper racing folk? Do they understand the game? An excellent return to the fray When he produced a 25/1 shock victory in the same race […]

The First Ladies of Aintree are back for more

When Jenny Pitman broke the mould back in 1983 as Corbiere became the first horse officially trained by a female to land the Grand National, it was heralded as a potential racing revolution. Pitman did it again 12 years later when Royal Athlete cemented her place in racing folklore, writes Paul Alster. It shouldn’t be […]

Muddy 1994 National was Just So exciting

So the 2020 Randox Health Grand National weights have been published. The build-up to the greatest race on earth now starts in earnest. Form students will be burning the midnight oil attempting to assess which horses, in their opinion, have been given a chance by the handicapper, and which face too stiff a task due […]

Grand National market movers follow Saturday jump fest

A number of quality staying chases took place in Britain on Saturday so it should come as no surprise to see the connections of horses who ran well and who could line up for the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree on April 4, looking ahead to the publications of the weights for the great […]

Crisp; the most glorious Grand National defeat

Crisp & Richard Pitman sail over Bechers Brook 1973 Grand National Steeplechase pic.twitter.com/dNShOWqU9k — Anaglogs Daughter (@AnaglogsDaughtr) 17 December 2014 Every Grand National provides a story filled with joy and triumph, and tears of both happiness and frustration, but there can be few if any renewals of the greatest steeplechase in the world that epitomise […]
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