Grand National

A Happy and Interesting New Year for Animals

Dr Mark Kennedy | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK
Dr Mark Kennedy

Okay, it's a bit belated, but it is still the first month of 2016 and with the changing of the year it is time to reflect on 2015 and to look ahead. ...

Viral Video Captures Aintree Racegoer 'Knocking Over OAP' While Friend Sniggers

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Louise Ridley | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK

A man has handed himself into police after a video of an Aintree racegoer appearing to deliberately knock an elderly man to the ground went viral. ...

Why Ladbrokes Really, Really Doesn't Want AP McCoy To Win The Grand National

PA | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK

Today's Grand National race could be the worst ever for bookies as the nation gets behind champion jockey AP McCoy, Ladbrokes said. His horse Shutt...

Start Your Own Grand National Sweepstake With Our Print-And-Cut Kit

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Sport

The Grand National is upon us! Time for offices across the land to mount sweepstakes on an event they probably know very little about - but don't worr...

Taking the Lady out of Ladies Day

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Sport
Carrie Armstrong

Of course it's okay to drink enough to put our health at risk and skew our judgement enough to put ourselves in potentially dangerous situations. Just don't do it on a day named for women. When everything should be beautiful and feminine and bright.

QUIZ: Real Name Of A Grand National Winner Or Thing We Just Made Up?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Comedy

The Grand National is upon us - and with it, the usual collection of bizarre names for thoroughbreds. But can you spot a real Grand National winner...

How to Pick the Winner of the 2015 Grand National

Stephen Harris | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Sport
Stephen Harris

It truly is a wide open handicap (each horse is allotted a weight to carry to try and equalise their varying abilities), and any of the forty runners these days hold realistic claims. No longer are hopelessly outclassed "rags" allowed to run, meaning the standard generally is much higher...

The Week In 50 Funny Tweets

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Comedy

It was the week Maria Miller finally resigned - and was replaced by Sajid Javid (and Nicky Morgan). The week that Kate, William and George went Down U...

Pineau De Re Wins Chaotic Grand National At Aintree

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Sport

Pineau De Re, at odds of 25-1, won a chaotic 2014 Grand National by five lengths at Aintree. Trained by Dr Richard Newland and ridden by Leighton A...

What Time Is The Grand National On? Your Guide To Aintree

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Sport

The Grand National, horse racing's greatest steeplechase, is nearly upon us and to prepare you for the Saturday race here is a quick guide to the show...

Grand National Disgrace

Ingrid Newkirk | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Sport
Ingrid Newkirk

The Grand National is - by design, no less - an accident waiting to happen. Forty horses compete for space on the 4.5mile course fraught with obstacles, jumps and dangerous terrain. Last year, only 17 horses - fewer than half - managed to reach the finishing post. And while the race organisers were quick to highlight an unusual absence of fatalities, they failed to mention that two horses were killed in the run-up to the event earlier that week. More than three dozen horses who might otherwise have been grazing and running in the fields have been killed at Aintree in the last 50 years.

Is That Appropriate Attire? The Best And Worst Dressed At Aintree (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Sport

Grand National Ladies' Day is upon us, and judging by the sartorial style in recent years, the ladies do like to put on a show at Aintree. Grand Na...

Cut Out And Keep: Download Your Grand National 2014 Sweepstake Kit

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Sport

Not a betting man? Well even the most miserly make an exception on Grand National, so ahead of Saturday's Aintree 16:15 race time at Aintree here is a...

Broadcasting The Call To Prayer Is 'Patronising' Says MP Angie Bray

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK

Channel 4's broadcasting of the Muslim call to prayer could be seen as "patronising" MP Angie Bray has said. Speaking at the Culture, Media and Spo...

UK Jump Racing: Just an Unlucky 13?

Dr Mark Kennedy | Posted 26.07.2013 | UK Sport
Dr Mark Kennedy

The risk of horses dying in steeplechases, such as those at Aintree, is around six per 1,000 horse starts; in hurdle racing, the other form of jump racing in the United Kingdom, is around four per 1,000 horse starts.

Funny Tweets Of The Week

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.04.2013 | UK Comedy

But mainly Margaret Thatcher. Yes, the Iron Lady passed away this week - and of course Twitter cracked its knuckles and set to work making jokes. ...

The Power of Spectacle: From Auroras Encore to Saudi Arabia's Chop Chop Square

Neil Durkin | Posted 10.06.2013 | UK
Neil Durkin

Last month, on 27 March to be exact - a Yemeni man was beheaded in the Saudi Arabian city of Jizan and then had his body 'crucified' (ie displayed in public on a pole). It wasn't a one-off. Last year the Saudi authorities also crucified a Sudanese man after his head had been severed by the executioner.

Hero's Welcome For Grand National Winner

PA | Posted 09.04.2013 | UK Sport

Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania has returned home to a hero's welcome - just hours after being discharged from hospital. The 23-year-old t...

Grand National-Winning Rider Mania To Be Released From Hospital

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 09.04.2013 | UK Sport

Ryan Mania will be released from hospital this afternoon after an MRI on his back and neck revealed just minor injuries. The John Smith's Grand Nat...

A Horse Walks Into A Bar...

PA | Posted 07.04.2013 | UK Sport

Grand National winner Auroras Encore has been welcomed at his local pub following his triumphant return home. The 66-1 outsider visited the Dick Hu...

Outsider Wins Grand National

Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.04.2013 | UK Sport

Outsider Auroras Encore has won the Grand National at odds of 66-1. Winning jockey Ryan Mania tweeted only yesterday he was "worth a bet" but added...

The Debate on the Grand National - Is It Cruel or Not?

Mike Baker | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK Sport
Mike Baker

An analogy that might be easier for us to relate to is to consider an individual driving their car every day of the year. If the risk to the driver was the same as that in a steeplechase like those at Aintree - six deaths in 1,000 - then you would be lucky to still be alive after six months. I doubt many of us would accept this, and yet it is still seemingly acceptable for horses to be exposed to such risks. We should also note that this risk is more than doubled in the Grand National Steeplechase.

Little Josh Put Down After Fracturing Shoulder

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.04.2013 | UK Sport

Little Josh has become the second horse to die at Aintree ahead of the Grand National, after a shoulder fracture. Having sustained the fatal break ...

Ladies' Day At Aintree (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.04.2013 | UK Sport

Freezing temperatures and cloudy skies have failed to steal the thunder of the fashionistas as Ladies' Day got under way at the Grand National meeting...

Horse Dies On First Day Of Grand National Meeting

PA | Posted 05.04.2013 | UK Sport

Animal welfare at the Grand National has come under scrutiny again after a horse died on the first day of the meeting at Aintree. Battlefront was p...