The Grand National

Bet On The National!

The full Grand National meeting from Aintree will be the main foreign meeting for South African punters on Saturday afternoon

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Tony McCoy

AP May Quit With National Win

McCoy, on the verge of becoming champion jockey for the 20th consecutive year, announced last month he would retire by the end of the jump racing season, which concludes in Britain at Sandown on 25 April

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Aidan Coleman

Coleman Goes Grand

As the countdown to the 2014 Grand National gathers pace, Aidan Coleman can be forgiven for thinking the famous race owes him a good turn.

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National Pride

ROBYN LOUW: I know I covered the Grand National last week, but it was such an interesting race this year that I thought I’d write about it again.

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Katie Walsh on Seabass

Catching The Big Fish

A Cambridge mathematician’s research has led him to believe Seabass is the most likely winner of Saturday’s Grand National.

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Irrational National

ROBYN LOUW: The first Saturday in April heralds the annual pilgrimage to Aintree for the race that stops the English Nation

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Ain’t it Grand?

ROBYN LOUW: You can’t rationalise the Grand National and everyone who is involved with horses knows and accepts that it’s a dangerous occupation

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In the Footprints of Giants

LANCE BENSON: Trainer Sean Miller’s remarkable training feat of six winners at Flamingo Park on Monday was a fitting tribute to his late father and mentor

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Grand National: Last Year’s Winner Joint Top-Weighted

Weights for the 2011 John Smith’s Grand National, which takes place at Aintree on Saturday, April 9, were revealed at the meeting’s Official Launch in London today and Don’t Push It, who carried 11st 5lb to victory last year, jointly tops the handicap on 11st 10lb along with Neptune Collonges, winner of last month’s Grade Two Argento Chase at Cheltenham. The John Smith’s Grand National – worth a record £950,000 this year – is the only race in which the British Horseracing Board’s Head of Handicapping, Phil Smith, is able to use his discretion to frame the weights. Ballabriggs remains ante-post favourite.

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