Grand National

How to Pick the Winner of the 2015 Grand National

Stephen Harris | Posted 26.03.2015 | 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...

My View on the Grand National 2013

Victor Chandler | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Sport
Victor Chandler

Seabass very nearly made history last year when finishing third for jockey Katie Walsh and she must have every chance again this year with the shorter trip a plus for a horse whose stamina gave way at the elbow last year. Ireland haven't won the big race since Silver Birch in 2007 but they have a very strong hand this year.

My Take on the Grand National 2013 Runners

Victor Chandler | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK Sport
Victor Chandler

BetVictor are betting ¼ odds 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 places on the John Smith's Grand National the greatest horserace in the world. Here are my thoughts on the race and potential runners at this stage.

I Vote for Voting

Tiernan Douieb | Posted 02.07.2012 | UK Politics
Tiernan Douieb

By the time this blog is online, the UK will be in the midst of a very important day of voting.

Funny In 140 Characters: This Week's Best Jokes On Twitter

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 20.04.2012 | UK Comedy

It's Friday! Friday! And while we know you've gotta get down on Friday, why not do it after you've enjoyed this week's round-up of funny tweets? Ye...

What the World Has Learned This Week: Kim Jong-Un Has Much to Learn

Andy Zaltzman | Posted 18.06.2012 | UK Comedy
Andy Zaltzman

The young North Korea boss and trainee despot has an unenviably difficult task stepping into the crazy shoes of his bonkers father, and attempting to waddle around in them with a similarly jaunty gait.

UKIPT PokerStars Tournament Update

Victoria Coren | Posted 17.06.2012 | UK Sport
Victoria Coren

Well, I didn't win a bean at the UKIPT Nottingham tournament but - as predicted - I had a great time. It just had a terrific atmosphere.