2016 Grand National
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Money for Nina !
Lots of money comming in for Sir Des Champs and "super-sub" Nina Carburry in the Grand National. This horse was rated 173 after his dsecond in the gold cup a few years ago.
This would be the best class horse any woman has had the chance to ride in the race.
O'Faolains Boy out of National
O'Faolains Boy is a non-runner in the Grand National today but all 39 other go to post.
Ruby to miss National
Ruby Walsh will miss his ride in the 20166 Grand National on SIR DES CHAMPS after suffering a fall at Aintree today.
He suffered a surprising fall on a horse that was many peoples idea of the meeting banker, Voutour.
He then took the ride on Blood Cotil in the Topham Chase and fell at the 15th fence.
He stood himself down for the rest of the day but later announced that he had suffered a fracture to his wrist and would miss the final and most important day of the meeting.
Nina Carberry will take his Grand national ride on Sir Des Champs and Paul Townend will have the envious task of riding Ruby's other fancied mounts Douvan and Yorkhill.
Sam Waley-Cohen gets Grand national Ride.
Sam Waley-Cohen will ride Paul Nicholls trained Black Thunder in the Grand national after his father bought the horse with just a few days to the big race.
Ruby fine for Aintree after fall
Ruby Walsh fell on Blue Berry in a novice hurdle yesterday. He gave up his other ride for the day and he suffered a sprained ankle. He looks set to return back to racing well in time for the Grand National meeting where he has some much fancied runners for Willie Mullins.
Many Clouds all set and ready to go.
Last seasons Grand National winner Many Clouds is all set for his return to the place of his greatest triumph next week. One of only two winners of the Grand National in recent years to win a race post his National win Many Clouds will start top weight and looks the likely favourite. Coming to the race on the back of a really good win at Kelso on the 13th he looks spot on for the race and will only have to carry 1 more pound in weight than he did last year despite his handicap mark rising 6 lbs.
Dr.Newland hopeful of Pineau De Re getting a run.
The 2014 Grand National hero Pineau De Re is not certain to get through the cut for this years Grand National. Despite being one of the few winners to come back and win a race after his 2014 triumph he is not certain of a run this year. The class of the runners in the race means that he is currently 50th in the list and would require 10 horse above him to defect for him to get a run. "We know one or two are coming out so we just have to hope that enough come out to get a run," trainer Newland said.
All sytems go for Bishops Road whatever the weather.
This year has been a very successful one for Kerry Lee who has just taken over the licence of her father’s Richard's successful yard. There has been no stopping her so far and her Grand National entry Bishops Road will run after his great win in the Grade 3 Grand National Trial at Haydock last month. Despite the heavy ground that day Kerry is not worried about drying ground she said ""I am not at all worried about ground conditions. Aintree always produces beautiful ground and I am very happy to be going there".
National wining jockey hopes for retun after fall.
Liam Tredwell who won the 2009 contest at odds of 100/1 on Mon Mome hopes to be back riding for the 2016 race. He suffered a fall at Bangor on Thursday where he was on conscious. He said: "I'll be having a few days on the easy list, I'm a bit groggy as much as anything. But the main thing is I haven't broken anything, I'm just a bit sore."
He could team up with Mon Mome trainer Venetia Williams again in the race and ride on of her entries, possibly Katenko.
Many Clouds heads the weights.
126 Hopefuls declared for the 2016 race.
2016 race attracts most initial entries since 2008.
Grand National to be held on 9th April 2016
2016 Grand national date
List of Runners (see runner previews below)