Katie took balloon animals to a whole new level
>>>> For once spending most of the morning on Facebook when I should have been doing this news round-up has come up trumps as news has just reached us that Our Monty will miss his failed attempt to win the Grand National due to foot infection. It’s disappointing news for the lovely Katie Walsh who was due to take the ride and we were only taking about yesterday. Racing Post
>>>> Andy Stewart of racing’s famous Stewart clan has been talking about how much Big Bucks means to him and his family. About £925,000 I hear the more cynical of you say, but on this occasion, he was referring purely to emotions. His hurdling superstar is looking to add a hat-trick of Liverpool Hurdle titles to his hat-trick of World Hurdles on the opening day of the Grand National Festival and he’s been gushing in his praise for the once in a lifetime horse. “He obviously went to the Hennessy where he got rid of poor Sam but that was life-changing for the horse, life-changing for the Stewart family and life-changing for staying hurdlers. It’s a privilege to have him,” he recalled. It’s enough to have you in tears – crying all the way to the bank. British Horse Racing Authority
>>>> All this actual useful Grand National news can get a little tiresome at times, so here’s Coleen Rooney shite-ing on about something she’s a bit of an expert on. We’re guessing ‘fashion’, but equally it could be ‘turning a blind eye to your multi-millionaire spouse’s infidelities in the name of keeping the lucrative marriage going.’ Liverpool Daily Post
>>>> After early fears that a run of dry weather would turn Aintree into an arid, Saharan landscape, the good old British weather has come up trumps to soften the conditions. The going is now officially soft, good to soft in places and unofficially it’s now muckier than Jordan’s diary. Racing Post
>>>> The Racing Post also features a piece in which bookmakers who aren’t paying 5 Places on the Grand National explain why they aren’t paying 5 Places on the Grand National. As Paddy Power are paying 5 Places, we can get on our high horse and lambast anyone who isn’t doing it for being a bit tight. “We would be giving away money of we afforded another place,” was the pick of the unsatisfactory explanations. Racing Post (pay for it edition)
>>>> And how about a video that neatly catalogues the opinions of some serious horse racing experts about who’s going to win the Grand National in the region of 2 minutes and 36 seconds. Well, we couldn’t find any experts, but this video is in the region of 2 minutes of 36 seconds long and is about the Grand National.