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Liverpool jockey Joe Anderson responds to ‘horrendous’ horse deaths at Grand National Festival

Liverpool jockey, Joe Anderson has recalled the 'horrendous' feeling of losing a horse after two died at this year's Grand National Festival. Horses Giovinco and Pikar died on Ladies Day. He said: "The only way to describe it is the worst,...

Protestors’ voices were ‘limited’ at Aintree Grand National

The Grand National returned to Aintree for another thrilling spectacle of horse racing, with ‘I am Maximus’ storming home for victory. However, Aintree has faced protests due to the Grand National being one of the deadliest horse racing meetings with 65 horses dead since 2000.
grand national aintree racecourse liverpool - image by Pete Leydon

Fourteen people arrested at Randox Grand National Festival 2024.

Merseyside police confirmed that fourteen people had been arrested at the Aintree Festival Weekend. Aintree Racecourse saw tens of thousands of people over the three day event. Eight men were arrested on the Friday of the Grand National which is commonly...
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Grand National should be ‘banned’, argues Animal Aid

Animal Aid have called for the Grand National to be "banned" as it "epitomises everything that is wrong with racing". The Grand National festival starts today (April 11) at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, with the main event taking place this Saturday.
Aintree Racecourse - General View Grand National Photo by Chloe Evans, for MSL

The Jockey Club announces new safety measures for Aintree Grand National

The Jockey Club has announced new safety measures ahead of the 2024 Randox Grand National at Aintree. The move comes amid concerns for animal welfare after two horses died on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival yesterday (March 12).

Grand National joint favourites win on day one of Cheltenham Festival

Grand National hopefuls Gaillard Du Mesnil and Corach Rambler both claimed victories on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival. The curtain raiser of the festival saw an action-packed day of racing with both Aintree entries winning in good style.
Jockey Lorcan Williams - pic by Alamy Images, under agreed licence

Haydock winning Jockey Lorcan Williams banned for breaking whip rules

Lorcan Williams has been banned for 18 days due to overuse of the whip at Haydock on Saturday in race 6 on the card. This comes after Saturday's Grade 2 Prestige Novices' Hurdle at Haydock, where his mount Makin'yourmindup narrowly edged out Collectors Item.
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Haydock Park hero Bristol De Mai retired at age of 12

Bristol De Mai, the five-time Haydock winner and multiple grade one winner, has retired at age of 12. His last four wins came at the Merseyside racecourse.
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Bristol De Mai bids for sixth Haydock Park triumph on Merseyside return

Nigel Twiston-Davies trained course specialist Bristol De Mai returns to Haydock Park this weekend looking for further success on Merseyside. The grey has won five times overall at the Merseyside track, most notably the 2017 Peter Marsh Chase.
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Horse welfare changes for Grand National as new whip rules ditched

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) says it will conduct enhanced Grand National welfare checks, despite failing in a bid to enforce landmark ‘whip’ regulations. Pre-race day veterinary protocols will begin this week ahead of the 175th running of the Aintree race in Liverpool on April 15.