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Aintree Taking Heat Precautions

With the recent unseasonably sunny weather, most of us would have relished the prospect of standing under a water misting machine to cool down and that's exactly what the clerk of the course, Andrew Tulloch, is planning for the horses at the…

Taxi For Red Rum

When Donald McCain pulled up in his taxi outside the Prince of Wales hotel in Southport one wet summer’s evening, he couldn’t have known that his next fare was about to change his life and make racing history. Donald, also known as Ginger,…

Grand National Safety And Welfare

The Grand National is one of the biggest events in the horse racing calendar attracting thousands of spectators to the course itself and an audience of millions worldwide. The course is reviewed every year by Aintree and the British Horseracing…

John Smith’s Aintree Legends Race

It's time for the horse racing greats to dust off their racing silks and get back in the saddle as the the second John Smith’s Aintree Legends Race is going to take place on Grand National Day, April 14th 2012. 3-time Irish Flat Champion…

Memorial Bronze For McCain

Aintree racecourse has announced this week that it intends to honour the memory of the late Ginger McCain with a bronze bust of the legendary trainer. Ginger McCain died in September aged 80, since his death racing fans have been calling…

McCain Calls For Line In The Sand

During the 2011 John Smiths Grand National two horses were tragically killed resulting in claims from animal rights campaigners that the race is unduly traumatic on horses. That, coupled with television viewers mistaking the precautionary cooling…

Red Rum - Rise Of A Hero

Red Rum - Rise Of A Hero is a video tribute to the legendary Aintree master. The Three times Grand National Red Rum entered the hearts of a nation with his amazing wins in 1973, 1974 and 1977. Not forgetting the Scottish National win in '74…

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…

When The Grand National Went To War

During the Second World War, or at least from 1941 onwards racing was abandoned at Aintree. However, during the First World War the Aintree Grand National was held in Liverpool in 1915 but then moved to the now defunct Gatwick until 1919.…