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Grand National News – 13th April

by Aidan Elder | April 13, 2012

Grand National News

  • Taaffe sweet on his runner

  • It’s just over 24 hours until they go thundering over the Melling Road towards the first fence in the Grand National and it’s time for a lot of trainers to express some probably misguided confidence about their chances of winning.

    First up is Tom Taaffe, trainer of Treacle and son of two time Grand National winning jockey, Pat Taaffe. He likes his horse’s chances and revealed that he’s been training his horse with the famous Liverpool fences in mind. “We’ve been popping him over the Aintree-style fences we made at home and he’s had no issues with them,” he said, which will be of interest to a few people who were stroking their chins and considering backing him. BHA

  • Time to make the cut

  • Download our 2012 Grand National Sweepstake Kit. Yes, that is news. Grand National 2012 Sweepstake Kit

  • Looking to Hend it as a competition

  • Nicky Henderson is locked in a money-fight with Paul Nicholls as they bid to amass enough cash to claim the Trainers’ Championship. The Grand National could be decisive in the battle for the accolade and Henderson reckons Shakalakaboomboom is capable of winning the race. “He’s had a nice preparation. 10st 12lb is an area horses can win from and he’s in good form, he’s our intended runner and is all ready to go,” he said. Despite winning the biggest races in the National Hunt scene, Hendo has never won the Aintree showpiece in his 34 year training career. The Villager

  • This May not end well

  • For some reason, James May will be commentating on the Grand National. That’s James May from Top Gear. Not the tall obnoxious one, not the short one who gets bullied, the medium sized slightly befuddled quasi-genius one. There’s a reason to it all, but I’m not bothered reading it. Top Gear Blog

  • It’d be one Ell’ of a shock

  • Yesterday’s last minute withdrawals for the race have give us one potential Disney storyline for the Grand National. Neptune Equester benefited to sneak in as the 40th runner in the 40 runner field and the horse will be trainer, Brian Ellison’s first attempt at winning the race. To layer on the sentiment, his jockey, Felix de Giles has never even sat on the horse and will get his leg up on him for the first time minutes before the race begins. The 100/1 price screams ‘non-descript also ran’ but Ellison isn’t just doing it for the free passes into the parade ring. “Just get over the first few fences, and into a nice rhythm, and he’ll be fine. He jumps and he stays – and that’s what you’ll need tomorrow,” he correctly pointed out. Yorkshire Post

    And that leads me to my tenuous and unnecessary link to a song linked to a runner in the Grand National. It’s a struggle, but because that horse has Neptune in his name, here’s one half of the Neptunes, Pharrell Williams with a song that’s produced by the Neptunes.

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

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