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In Compliance

In Compliance was the 12 year old who is having his second shot at the Grand National following a 13th place finish in 2011. He also previously ran in Aintree in the John Smiths Topham Chase in 2010 where he finished in 6th place having started…

King Fontaine

Owned by Trevor Hemmings and currently trained by Malcolm Jefferson, having been trained by Paul Nicholls until 2009, this is a first Grand National entry for eight year old King Fontaine. With positive results so far this season, including…

Skippers Brig

27 Years ago trainer Gordon Richards won the Grand National with the very popular Hallo Dandy, ridden by Neale Doughty, and this year his son, Nicky Richards, is hoping to repeat the family success with Skippers Brig. A horse with some serious…

BHA Grand National Review

The BHA (British Horseracing Authority) has concluded it's review into the 2011 running of the Aintree Grand National. Responding to criticism over the deaths of two horses in last years race, the BHA has published a list of recommendations…

Surface To Air

A first on many levels for Surface To Air in the 2011 Grand National. Having never been entered before this was definitely new territory for the 10 year old, trained by Chris Bealby, also a first time trainer in the National. It was also a first…

2011 Grand National Results

The John Smiths 2011 Grand National threw up some incredible results, least of which was the fact that we heavily promoted the backing of Ballabriggs who romped home at 14/1. Unusually there was no real outsider who crossed the finish line in…

State Of Play

State of Play ran all guns blazing to come fourth in the 2009 Grand National at Aintree, where he challenged for the lead at the second last and for a short while even looked like he could win it. …

Chief Dan George

Chief Dan George is the Irish 11-year-old trained by James Moffat and owned by Maurice Chapman. Winner of the William Hill Chase at Cheltenham in March 2010, hopes are always high for this tough horse. The Grand National fancy was well-placed…

Silver By Nature

No guessing where his name comes from, Silver By Nature is the 9 year old grey who was well handicapped at 10-12 and looks set to stir things up this year at the 2011 Grand National. Paired with jockey Peter Buchanan for the last two years,…