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Many Clouds Tops Weights For Grand National 2016

Last year's Grand National winner, Many Clouds, has topped the weights for the Grand National 2016 after they were revealed today by the BHA Handicapper, Phil Smith, at a special weights lunch held at the Sky Garden in London. Just one pound…

2014 Weights To Be Announced At Abbey Road

Abbey Road Studios, located in London, was established in November 1931 and is synonymous with the Beatles, one of the most famous bands to ever come out of Liverpool which also happens to be the home of the Crabbies Grand National 2014. With…

Murphy Gets 9 Days For Brawl

Jockey Timmy Murphy has been suspended for 9 days after a brawl with a fellow jockey Dominic Elmsworth. Both riders were asked to attend a meeting at an inquiry at Wincanton on Thursday where the British Horseracing Association heard that…

Gerard Butler Receives Five Year Ban

Trainer Gerard Butler has received a five-year ban from the BHA disciplinary panel following a guilty plea for all seven charges relating to the use of the prohibited substance stanozonol on horses in his care. Butler has attended a disciplinary…

BHA Closes Doping Loophole

In light of the Gerard Butler investigation, the British Horse Racing Authority (BHA) has stated that they will be closing loopholes in their current anti-doping rules. This year there has been a total of nine trainers, based in Newmarket, that…

Betfair And BHA Sign Landmark Funding Deal

The British Horseracing Authority and betting exchange Betfair have completed a new profit-sharing deal that will guarantee racing £40m over the next five years. Importantly it is to apply pressure on fixed-odds bookmakers who have relocated…

BHA Rapid Response Unit

The BHA is to introduce a 'Rapid Response Unit' for this years Grand National. The aim of the unit will be to monitor TV output and press coverage so that the BHA can response quickly to unfolding events. The 2011 Grand National was seen…

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…

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…