Grand National

The Grand National: This Year's Death Toll May Be Down But Let's Not Forget Horse Racing Is A Deadly Business

Mimi Bekhechi | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Sport
Mimi Bekhechi

The mere fact that it's a cause for celebration because no horse died at Aintree this year says everything that anyone should need to know about the Grand National and the horse-racing industry generally.

The Intelligent Punter's Guide To The 2017 Grand National

Neil Clark | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK Sport
Neil Clark

Trying to find the winner- or even a horse to finish in the first five- in such a huge field might appear to be too daunting a task, but in fact the Grand National is less of a lottery than it first appears.

Grand National: Can We Ever Call It Sport?

Sarah Moyes | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK Sport
Sarah Moyes

I'm ashamed to admit that I've placed a few bets on the Grand National before. It was about 9 years ago, when I was working in radio and between reading the news; I would run upstairs and place a bet on different horses. At the time, I really didn't think there was anything wrong with it. After all, most of the country gets behind the annual race.

The Deadly Grand National Jumps That Are The Most Notorious For Killing Horses

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK

Millions of pounds are expected to be wagered during this week’s Grand National festival, but animal rights campaigners say the famous race course i...

Grand National 2017: What Time Is The Race, How To Watch And Latest Weather Forecast

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK

The three-day Grand National meeting, best known for the eponymous Grand National race, is almost upon us. The four-and-a-half mile course will see 40...

Former Grand National Winner Many Clouds Dies Moments After Cheltenham Victory

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 29.01.2017 | UK

A former Grand National winner has died after narrowly winning a race at the Cheltenham Festival Trials Day on Saturday. Many Clouds, a 10-year-old ho...

ITV's Racing Coverage Is The Most Divisive Thing Since Brexit

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 01.01.2017 | UK

ITV’s attempt to put horse racing back in the spotlight has received a polarised reception. Coverage of the sport transferred from its long-time hom...

Betting on The Grand National Was More Fun for Clueless People

Sophie Alderson | Posted 10.04.2017 | 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 11.04.2017 | 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 07.04.2017 | 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 07.04.2017 | 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 23.01.2017 | 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...