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Big Shu on course for Aintree

He may be as long as 33/1 ante-post for the 2014 Crabbies Grand National with many of the UK's leading bookmakers, but Big Shu could be the dark horse of this year's renewal if preparation plans go as well as hoped. The nine-year-old chaser…

Cappa Bleu Misses 2014 Grand National

Trainer Evan Williams has revealed that last year's runner-up will miss the 2014 Crabbies Grand National. It was revealed last week that Cappa Bleu had picked up a knock and his chances of getting to the Aintree showpiece were '50-50'. It…

Mullins To Send Vesper Bell To Aintree

He may have fallen on his first attempt over the Grand National fences when he lined up for the 2013 Becher Chase at Aintree, but trainer Willie Mullins still believes that Vesper Bell is a solid candidate for the 2014 Crabbies Grand National…

Goonyella Looking For Grand National Glory

Back in December speculation was rife regarding the racing plans for the Jim Dreaper trained Goonyella. He was favourite for both the Coral Welsh National and the Paddy Power Chase, though both were to be run only one day apart, and eventually…

Monbeg Dude To Miss Cheltenham Gold Cup

Michael Scudamore, trainer of the 2012 Coral Welsh National winner Monbeg Dude, is still deciding which particular preparation plan is best suited to his chaser for the 2014 Crabbies Grand National. Having decided to bypass the 2013 renewal…

Time For Rupert to Run Again

It has been over a year since nine-year old chaser, Time For Rupert, has had a start but having overcome a life-threatening condition in the summer, he is now set to line-up at Ascot on Saturday in the Wessex Youth Trust Long Walk Hurdle. He…

Welsh National a likely return for Teaforthree

Rebecca Curtis’ classy staying chaser, Teaforthree, one of four horses currently vying for favouritism on betfair.com for the Crabbies Grand National at Aintree in April, looks set to make his return to the fray this term in the Coral Welsh…

Together Campaign Geared to National Repeat Bid

Last season, the Paul Nicholls-trained Join Together was quietly fancied to go well in the Grand National at Aintree. He eventually finished 12th of the 40 runners behind Aurora’s Encore but will be wiser this time and could be a major contender…

Liberty Council Could Head To Aintree

With the national Hunt Season getting well under-way this month, it's no surprise that the speculation and rumours have already started regarding which horses will ultimately get an entry into the 2014 Crabbies Grand National. Making the…