Grand National

Betting on The Grand National Was More Fun for Clueless People

Sophie Alderson | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Comedy
Sophie Alderson

Everyone's betting on the Grand National and nobody knows what they're doing. That's how Saturday 9th played out amongst my friends.

No, the Grand National Is Not Cruel

Charlie Proctor | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Sport
Charlie Proctor

That being said, it is firmly my opinion that horse racing and the Grand National is not a cruel sport. People who say it is must to do their research. If you have no knowledge of a horse racing, do not force your view onto other naive people who will believe anything they read!

Fatalities At The Grand National Festival Reach Six-Year High As Fifth Horse Dies

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK

UPDATE: This article has been amended to clarify that five horses have died across the Grand National festival and not during the Grand National race....

Animal Rights Campaigners Shout 'Shame On You' To Grand National Racegoers

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK

UPDATE: Fatalities at the Grand National reach six-year high as fifth horse dies Animal rights campaigners shouted "shame on you" to racegoers a...

Four Horses Have Now Died At The Grand National, Making It The Deadliest In Five Years

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK

UPDATE: Fatalities at the Grand National reach six-year high as fifth horse dies Two more horses have died at the Grand National meeting, making...

The Grand National Claims The Lives Of Two More 'Victims'

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 08.04.2016 | UK

Two horses died at the first day of the Grand National meeting on Thursday. Clonbanan Lad and Marasonnien, both 10 years old, sustained fatal injuries...

From Glory and Celebration to Anguish and Headlines - The Less Than 'Grand' National

Dene Stansall | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK
Dene Stansall

At 5.15pm on Saturday, 40 horses will face the starting tape in the 2016 Grand National. They're there because of punters' money that will make the bookies, promoters and the horses' connections potentially rich. The horses get nothing out of it - only fear and a serious risk of imminent death.

The Care Grand National Racehorses Receive Is First Rate - Many Clouds Is My Best Friend

Nathan Horrocks | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Sport
Nathan Horrocks

I am lucky enough to ride out the reigning champion, Many Clouds, each morning at his trainer Oliver Sherwood's yard in Lambourn. so I know first-hand the incredible care he (as well as every other horse in the yard) receives each day. For me, Many Clouds is my best mate and I care for him like you would expect a best friend to.

Graphic Reveals Grand National Horse Deaths Since 2000

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 08.04.2016 | UK

A total of 42 horses have died at the Grand National festival since 2000. Opponents to the contentious three-day competition have labelled it "grotesq...

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. ...