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Grand National News – 11th April

by Aidan Elder | April 11, 2012

Grand National News

  • Little Grey area for Elliot’s chances

  • Gordon Elliot trained the winner of 2007 Grand National winner, Silver Birch and the owner of Chicago Grey is pretty confident he can reproduce the magic for his horse. John Earls is the man in question and he mixed a healthy dose of confidence with a handful of caution in giving his assessment of the horse’s chances. “I’m not a bit afraid about the trip and I’ve no doubt he’ll jump the fences,” he said in the bluntly confident bit before adding the more cautious element by explaining “If he gets around the first circuit he’ll be bang there.” Chicago Grey is currently a 12/1 shot for the race. Racing Post

  • A monumental tribute to Ginger McCain

  • This is the first renewal of the Grand National since the death of legendary Aintree trainer Ginger McCain. The first day of the meeting sees an unveiling of a statue in honour of the man who trained Red Rum to a hat-trick of National wins and followed up with Amberleigh House in 2004. His son, Donald McCain has clearly inherited his father’s fondness for the race and saddles last year’s winner Ballabriggs and Weird Al this time around. “It is the greatest test of a thoroughbred racehorse on the planet. It is not about class. It is about toughness, durability, professionalism and heart. You’ve your Derbys, you’ve your Gold Cups, but this is the greatest test.” BBC

  • Sweep-staking statement

  • Careful if you’re planning to operate a Grand National sweepstake in your office, college or monastery. The police have solved every crime in the world and are going to devote substantial resources into cracking down on harmless fun according to Angela Whittick of Kirwans Solicitors in the UK. “Most sweepstakes operate by pulling names out of a hat, and therefore allocating horses by chance,” she bah-humbugged, “the ‘chance’ element means that it becomes a ‘lottery’ under the Gambling Act … and it is a criminal offence to promote a lottery.”

    Don’t worry however, as wearing our best Jim Carrey in Liar, Liar hat, we’ve deduced that gives us quite a loophole. Rig it! You can avoid the threat of prison by not making it a lottery and rigging it in your favour! Although even fixing it is fraught with danger as the sarcastic quote “no seriously, Mon Mome has a great chance of winning” from back 2009 will forever remind one member of the Paddy Power Blog team. Shropshire Live

  • A ferry dull story to finish

  • The Grand National trophy got a trip on a ferry across the Mersey for some reason that’s not entirely clear. It’s not a great story, but I’m struggling for today’s random musical connection.
    Liverpool Echo

    Anyway, not back by popular demand, here’s Gerry and the Pacemakers with ‘Boat traversing the river in Liverpool.’

  • Grand National infographic
  • Ruby is abused by an elderly lady

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