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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Huyton-born jockey Joe Anderson has labelled the 2021/2022 campaign as the best season of his career. Anderson completed the season with 10 winners from a total of 87 rides, an astonishing amount from a man who had not sat on a horse until he was 18.
The final list of horses have been confirmed for Saturday's Grand National, with 2021 champion Minella Times and jockey Rachael Blackmore teaming up again. The pair wrote their names into the history books as Blackmore became the first female jockey to win the illustrious National Hunt race 12 months ago.