Tag: Grand National

Rachael Blackmore and 11/1 Minella Times brought home more than winning Grand National tickets. The first woman jockey in the 182-year history of the world's most famous steeplechase captured the world's fancy. (Image: PA)

Blackmore-Mania Hits Grand Peak After Barrier-Breaking National Win

This is what awaited Rachael Blackmore after she became the first woman jockey to win the Grand National in the 182-year history of the world’s most famous steeplechase. A congratulatory tweet from Ringo Starr. Calls for her to receive a damehood – the female equivalent of a knighthood. Odds on […]

Cloth Cap flies into the 2021 Grand National as a prohibitive favorite for reasons ranging from age to form. (Image: Focusonracing)

Bettors Tip Their Wagering Caps to Grand National Favorite Cloth Cap

Cloth Cap won the Virtual Grand National Friday afternoon. Now, can the prohibitive favorite for the biggest race in Europe win the real thing Saturday evening? The bettors seem to think so. According to Oddschecker, they’ve unwound Cloth Cap down to 5/1 at most UK bookmakers. That lists Cloth Cap’s […]

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson returns to Liverpool's Aintree for this Saturday's Grand National.. The iconic manager finds success on the track harder than he did on the pitch. (Image: Reuters)

Could Sir Alex Ferguson Bring ‘Fergie Time’ to Grand National?

The sight of Sir Alex Ferguson anywhere in the Liverpool city limits is one guaranteed to boil the blood of any Liverpudlian. The man once considered evil incarnate when he was leading Manchester United to 13 Premier League titles in 26 seasons – often at the expense of Liverpool – […]

Rachael Blackmore hoisted the Ruby Walsh Trophy for winning a Cheltenham Festival-leading six races. Next on her bucket list is becoming the first female jockey to win the Grand National. (Image: PA)

Blackmore Takes Aim at Clearing Grand National Gender Hedge

Less than a month after she earned top jockey honors at the Cheltenham Festival, Rachael Blackmore could blaze another riding trail by becoming the first woman to pilot a Grand National champion. Could this be the year Blackmore … or Bryony Frost … or Tabitha Worsley clears that gender hedge? […]

Tiger Roll won't revisit the Grand National winner's circle. Not after his owners pulled him from the famous steeplechase over a weight handicap disagreement. (Image: Paul Grover)

Tiger Roll Won’t Chase Grand National History After Withdrawal

Tiger Roll’s date with history was canceled this week, when owners for the two-time Grand National champion pulled the 11-year-old out of this year’s April 10 event at Aintree. Gigginstown House Stud, which owns Tiger Roll, announced the horse won’t get his chance for a three-peat in the world’s most […]

British Race Officials Extend Racing Shutdown Past Target Date

British Race Officials Extend Racing Shutdown Past Target Date

With no new date established to resume racing, the British Horse Racing Authority this week extended its coronavirus shutdown to sometime after May 1. But the BHA did leave wiggle room to resume racing without spectators in May. This wiggle room did not spare York Racecourse officials from canceling their […]

Nearly 5 million people watched the Virtual Grand National on Saturday. Bookmakers took action on the "race," donating profits to charity. (Image: YouTube/GCRider)

Millions Tune in to Watch, Bet on Virtual Grand National (VIDEO)

The good news was, no horses were injured during the Virtual Grand National, which was viewed by a peak audience of nearly 5 million viewers throughout the United Kingdom. And the bookmakers earned a respectable profit, which they donated to charity. The bad news? No real horses ran in Saturday’s […]

The twin spires of Churchill Downs could stand guard over an empty infield and grandstand the first Saturday in May. Officials plan to make an announcement on the Kentucky Derby's status this week (Image: Yahoo News)

Will the Kentucky Derby Be Canceled for the First Time in History?

World wars, great depressions and countless global calamities have never stopped the Kentucky Derby, going all the way back to 1875. Only once, in 1945, was the Derby delayed, from May until June. Now, with only seven weeks until the 2020 Run for the Roses and the coronavirus pandemic shutting […]

Tiger Roll will enter the Grand National as the clear favorite to win an unprecedented third straight race at Aintree. (Image: The Scottish Sun)

Tiger Roll Favored to Win Unprecedented Third Straight Grand National Race

Tiger Roll could make history next month at Aintree, as the Irish-bred horse attempts to win his third straight Grand National. The 10-year-old Tiger Roll currently stands as the 5/1 favorite to win the world’s most prestigious National Hunt race, according to William Hill, after earning the title in both […]