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Grand National news – 12th April

by Aidan Elder | April 12, 2012

Grand National News

  • A Bud-ding Genius

  • The field for the Grand National has been finalised and it’s pretty much as you were – certainly when it comes to the main players. Gold Cup winner, Synchronised heads the weights and last year’s winner, Ballabriggs will attempt to defend his title carrying a not inconsiderable weight of 11 stone 9 pounds.

    Two horses have decided they’re too busy washing their manes to make the greatest jumps race in the world and they are Le Beau Bai and Always Waining. That gives 14 year old Hello Bud his chance to become the oldest horse in over 150 years to win the National and nine year old, Neptune Equester the chance to claim a slightly less remarkable win. The Independent

  • Time to make the cut

  • We’ve launched our fantastic Grand National Sweepstake kit. And as it’s a slow news day, yes, it is worth mentioning here. You can download it, print it off, seek the supervision of a responsible adult, cut it out and arrange the sweepstake in your home or office. Rigging it to suit yourself is an advised, but optional extra. Grand National 2012 Sweepstake Kit

  • Sibling rivalry

  • ‘Brother and sister set to ride’ is normally the caption accompanying your typical episode of the Jeremy Kyle Show, but in this case it refers to two of the Walsh siblings contesting the Grand National. Ruby spoke to the Paddy Power Blog last week about his obligations with the Willie Mullins and Paul Nicholls yards ruling him out of riding the highly fancied Seabass for his dad in the race, but his sister Katie benefits and will take the ride. Papa Walsh isn’t worried about his daughter being in the saddle as he explained “She knows the horse like the back of her hand and has won two handicap chases on him this season.” Seabass is currently 20/1 for the National. London 24

  • The girls mean business

  • We don’t refer to South African website, Business Day often enough in our Grand National news round-up, but that’s about to end. They’ve got a piece on their website about sister-in-laws Nina Carberry and Katie Walsh trying to become the first female jockey to win the Grand National. Nina’s mum, Pamela Carberry is happy enough with the arrangement. “It’s an open race, you can’t get your hopes up — but you never know. It’s great for them to get this far, to get the opportunity,” she said, before probably doing the Irish mammy thing of telling them to wear a warm jacket. Business Day

    That’s about all the coverage Business Day gives to horse racing, but it does provide today’s tenuous segue to a YouTube video and that video is rather predictably, the rather wrinkly looking Pointer Sisters with ‘Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves.’

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

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