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All eyes on Beauty Generation at Sha Tin

PA Sport 3:45pm, Sat 4 Apr 2020

Beauty Generation bounced back to winning ways last time out (Hong Kong Jockey Club) Zac Purton hopes multiple Group One winner Beauty Generation can continue his recent resurgence by recording back-to-back victories in the Chairman’s Trophy at Sha Tin on Sunday.

McCain name embodies National dream factory

PA Sport 12:58pm, Sat 4 Apr 2020

Ballabriggs, ridden by Jason Maguire (left), winning the 2011 Grand National (David Davies/PA) The Grand National victories of Amberleigh House and Ballabriggs embodied the McCain family’s mastery of Aintree. When Amberleigh House rolled back the years in 2004, Ginger McCain’s name was still on the licence – although by then, the man who had brought the world the remarkable story of Red Rum more than a quarter of a century earlier was very much in collaboration with his son Donald.

Dettori trying to stay as busy as possible during shutdown

PA Sport 5:38pm, Fri 3 Apr 2020

Frankie Dettori can hopefully look forward to another big season ahead (Adam Davy/PA) Frankie Dettori is doing his best to stay occupied at home during the coronavirus lockdown. The Italian should have been looking forward to the unleashing of a host of big-name horses from the John Gosden yard, but like everyone else is left wondering what the future holds for the world at large, as well as when the Flat season might get under way.

Thornton recovering from coronavirus scare

PA Sport 5:01pm, Fri 3 Apr 2020

Andrew Thornton in the parade ring after his final race as a jockey at Uttoxeter (Simon Cooper/PA) Gold Cup-winning jockey Andrew Thornton has spoken of being “knocked sideways” by coronavirus. Now retired, Thornton recorded his biggest career success at Cheltenham in 1998 aboard Cool Dawn for the late Robert Alner, beating Strong Promise by a length and three-quarters.

Mullins and Townend officially crowned champions in Ireland

PA Sport 3:16pm, Fri 3 Apr 2020

Willie Mullins and Paul Townend have again been crowned champions in Ireland (PA) Willie Mullins and Paul Townend have officially been confirmed as champion trainer and jockey respectively for the 2019/2020 National Hunt season in Ireland, following the announcement earlier this week that the Fairyhouse and Punchestown Festivals would not be rescheduled.

Tiger ready to roll in Virtual National

PA Sport 12:47pm, Fri 3 Apr 2020

Tiger Roll on the way to victory at Aintree last year (Mike Egerton/PA) Tiger Roll will have to wait until 2021 to try and make history and join Red Rum as a three-time Grand National winner – but he could still be a virtual hero this weekend. With the real thing cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic that has seen all racing in Britain suspended until at least the end of April, the Virtual Grand National has captured the imagination, with all bookmaker profits to be donated to NHS charities.

Red Rum has pride of place in Grand National’s top 10

PA Sport 10:30am, Fri 3 Apr 2020

The scene at the start of the Grand National (Mike Egerton/PA) The 2020 Randox Health Grand National would have taken place this weekend, before being lost to the coronavirus pandemic. No race worldwide grabs attention like the National, and the stories behind its heroes are often remarkable.

Henderson in agreement with BHA decision on jumps suspension

PA Sport 7:51pm, Thu 2 Apr 2020

Nicky Henderson (Bradley Collyer/PA) Nicky Henderson has backed the decision of the British Horseracing Authority to keep jumps racing on hold until July. The BHA has already said the Resumption of Racing Group is working on detailed proposals for a resumption of racing from May 1, should that be possible, with fixtures to be held on the Flat and behind closed doors to minimise demands on emergency services.

‘People’s horse’ Tiger Roll honoured in documentary

PA Sport 5:06pm, Thu 2 Apr 2020

Tiger Roll was on course to join Red Rum as a three-time winner of the National (Tim Goode/PA) Gordon Elliott has hailed dual Grand National hero Tiger Roll as the “people’s horse”. The County Meath trainer would have been just hours away from readying his 10-year-old for an attempt on a third win in the world’s greatest steeplechase – emulating Red Rum, but also standing along as the first to win the race three times in succession.

Jumps racing in Britain to remain suspended until July

PA Sport 4:43pm, Thu 2 Apr 2020

Jumps racing in Britain will remain on hold until July, the British Horseracing Authority has announced. The decision was made following an initial proposal from the National Trainers Federation, with the aim being to provide clarity to the trainers and owners of jumps horses and to assist them in minimising any unnecessary expenditure.

Pipe dream was realised with Comply Or Die

PA Sport 1:06pm, Thu 2 Apr 2020

Comply Or Die and Timmy Murphy after winning the Grand National in 2008 (David Davies/PA) David Pipe will forever be grateful to Comply Or Die for giving him the triumph of a lifetime in the Grand National, in what were the early days of his training career. The Nicholashayne handler could not possibly have envisaged he would emulate his father, Martin, who sent out Miinnehoma to land the world’s greatest steeplechase in 1994, so soon after taking out a licence in his own right.

Bob Champion and Aldaniti will always be the fairytale of Aintree

PA Sport 10:50am, Thu 2 Apr 2020

Aldaniti and Bob Champion take the last fence as they head for a fairytale success in the Grand National (PA) Nick Gifford was just nine years old when he saw probably the greatest story in the Grand National’s enduring and colourful history unfold. Jockey Bob Champion and Aldaniti, trained by Gifford’s late father Josh, overcame all the odds when they galloped into the hearts of the nation by fulfilling a remarkable fairytale.

McCoy backing charity effort in Virtual Grand National

PA Sport 6:12pm, Wed 1 Apr 2020

Sir Anthony McCoy celebrates after winning the Grand National on Don’t Push It (David Davies/PA) Sir Anthony McCoy has given his backing to a bookmaker initiative that will see all profits from bets taken on this weekend’s Virtual Grand National donated to the NHS. With racing in Britain suspended until at least the end of April due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s running of the world’s greatest steeplechase will not take place.

National Hunt season comes to a close in Ireland

PA Sport 4:24pm, Wed 1 Apr 2020

Action at Punchestown (PA) Horse Racing Ireland has announced the Irish 2019/2020 National Hunt season has come to a close following the suspension of racing in Ireland and that the Fairyhouse and Punchestown Festivals will not be rescheduled.

Red Rum hat-trick evokes special memories for McCain

PA Sport 3:59pm, Wed 1 Apr 2020

Red Rum, ridden by Tommy Stack, romps home at Aintree to make National Hunt history as winner of the Grand National for a record third time (PA) Red Rum’s remarkable third Grand National triumph entranced a nation and etched his eternal top billing in the great race’s fabled history. Among the millions forever caught in the moment 43 years ago was a six-year-old boy, gripped and overjoyed – without yet fully realising why – as he watched the commotion at Aintree on his grandmother’s television.

Hughes doing his best to keep occupied at home

PA Sport 2:52pm, Wed 1 Apr 2020

Brian Hughes celebrates on board Ballyalton after victory at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival (David Davies/PA) Brian Hughes is busy trying to fill his days at home as the coronavirus pandemic continues to keep racing on the sidelines. The jumps campaign was effectively brought to a close when the British Horseracing Authority announced the suspension of racing until at least May 1, with the National Hunt year having been scheduled to end on April 25.

Racing Welfare grants to help those in need of immediate assistance

PA Sport 1:49pm, Wed 1 Apr 2020

Horses on the gallops in Newmarket (Mike Egerton/PA) Racing Welfare has announced a streamlined application process for the provision of Covid-19 hardship grants for anyone working in the British horse racing and breeding industry. The grants are designed to help those who are in need of immediate financial assistance due to the coronavirus outbreak. The measure has been taken by the charity in response to the situation, adapting the way in which it delivers its services to best meet the needs of all of racing’s people at this time.

Bookmakers backing National initiative with profits going to NHS

PA Sport 12:42pm, Wed 1 Apr 2020

Runners and riders in the Grand National (David Davies/PA) Major betting operators have lined up to support the NHS by donating all profits from bets taken on this weekend’s Virtual Grand National to NHS Charities Together. With racing in Britain suspended until at least the end of April due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s running of the world’s greatest steeplechase will not take place.

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