National Prize Fund Increased

The 2011 Grand national had a whopping £950,000 prize pot up for grabs but this year that's increased even more with the addition of a further £25,000, after Aintree racecourse and John Smith's, the race sponsor, announced an rise on Thursday,…

O'Neill Hails National Hero

Jonjo O'Neill has announced that Don't Push It is now retired and branded him "an unbelievable horse" after confirming the retirement of the 2010 John Smith's Grand National winner. After 14 failed attempts at the Grand National, Tony McCoy…

Don't Push It Retired

The horse that finally ended A.P. McCoy's long wait for a Grand National victory has been retired by owner JP McManus. 'Don't Push It' won the National in 2010, ending the 15 year losing streak for for jockey A.P. McCoy and handing him the…

Champion Recognised For Charity Work

When Bob Champion, the British steeple chase jockey, was diagnosed with cancer in the late seventies, it was a dream that kept him going. At the time Bob’s ambitious dream was met with disbelief by many, but despite the odds being stacked…

Grand National Tops Zeitgeist

Newspapers, radio, newsreels and television have reported on every detail of The National since its official inception in l839, but with the ease of obtaining information in the on-line media age more and more people are turning to the internet…

Le Beau Bai Wins Welsh Grand National

When the rain started to pour over Chepstow, few trainers were delighted at the prospect of a heavy going except, that is, Richard Lee, who's horse Le Beau Bai absolutely loves it sodden and soft and that's why he romped up the odds table and…

National Tops TV Ratings

We all know that the grand national is one of the most popular sporting events in the UK, but few realise just how big the TV audience is for the great race. In 2011 the grand national was watched by 8.8 million people, giving it a a 65%…

Rooney's New Mane

Wayne Rooney’s new mane has been the talk of the tabloids in recent weeks, but it was the purchase of another type of mane which saw the England and Manchester striker hit the front pages of the racing papers. The Racing Post is reporting…

Is the Grand National Cruel?

The photo above looks dramatic! It seems to confirm the perception that National Hunt racing can be a cruel sport, and there is no doubt that this type of racing carries more risk than running on the flat. However, it may surprise you to know…