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Go Horse Racing in Antigua...

Think of  a racecourse... 

Any racecourse! 

I know what you are thinking - there are literally thousands across the globe. Where would you go racing?

I guess most people - if given a choice - would plump for the high fashion of Royal Ascot with its pomp and ceremony, top hats and tails [mourning suits] and ladies dressed up to the nines. What more could any lady ask than high heels, champagne, and winner or two? 

If you are searching for something spectacular then look no further than St Moritz in Switzerland. Forget the green grass of home, this is called White Turf. Racing takes place in an alpine setting where horses, many sent from the United Kingdom, race on the frozen lake St. Moritz which is covered with snow. Make no mistake it's cold but a unique, exclusive and top-class race meeting. It's a tradition which dates back to 1906. If you fancy a winter flutter then I suggest St Moritz every February. 

Perhaps you want somewhere a bit closer to home. You love the beach. OK!!!! So you want to go to a horse racing meeting on the beach? Surprisingly, I've got just the place. Did you know that Laytown racecourse is unique as it is the only Irish and English race event to be run on a beach under the rules of the Turf Club? This famous meeting takes place in County Meath, Ireland. It was first raced in 1868.

Thinking about racecourses, I can't help but wonder if there is an exotic location with a racecourse - but somewhere you wouldn't really imagine racing taking place. I've found just the location.

We've ventured to Royal Ascot, St Moritz & Laytown. But let's go further afield, far away from Europe. A holiday destination. It lies between the Caribean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Any guesses? Leeward Island. Getting warmer.  Think Christopher Columbus. It's Antigua and Barbuda. Take a look here to enjoy the best that Antigua has to offer holidaymakers.


Antigua horse racing. It's a beautiful holiday destination famous for its luxury resorts. If you love horse racing then you are unlikely to see anything like Cassada Gardens Horse Racetrack. It is situated next to Mount Pleasant and located in Saint George, Antigua and Barbuda. Take a look at this video from the Antigua Turf Club. It's far from the splendour of the luxury resorts but it's racing.     

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Big Orange team set to delay Melbourne Cup decision

The connections of recent Goodwood Cup winner Big Orange are to delay a decision on sending their impressive five-year-old gelding to Australia later this year for a second bid at winning the Melbourne Cup.

Michael Bell’s equine giant has won two of three starts on British soil this season, most recently on the Sussex Downs in claiming his second consecutive Group Two Goodwood Cup. The son of Duke Of Marmalade finished a tremendous fifth behind Prince Of Penzance in the 2015 Melbourne Cup before going on to further enhance his international reputation with a second-place finish in the Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan in March.

This campaign, the early assumption had been that the long-term plan for Big Orange was a return to Flemington in November, and a second tilt at the world’s richest two-mile handicap. Following the horse’s Goodwood Cup success last week, bookmakers moved to shorten the five-year-old from 33/1 into as short as 14/1 with BetVictor.

However, connections are opting to ‘wait and see’ before any concrete decision in made about their talented stayer’s end-of-season target.

We will be waiting for the weights for the Melbourne Cup. Mr Gredley is lukewarm about making that long trip if Big Orange gets a prohibitive weight,” said Michael Bell - speaking to the Racing Post.

The bottom weight won the race last year and it is difficult to give weight away in such a tough race - look at Snow Sky last year.”

Latest Melbourne Cup racing tips have Big Orange at $34 chance before nominations.

Should the Big Orange team choose to not make the trip to Australia later this year, they will instead target the Long Distance Cup at Ascot on QIPCO British Champions Day, before eyeing the most lucrative domestic races in 2017.

"Don't forget he didn't run in the Ascot Gold Cup this year because of the rain and there is talk of a raising of the Goodwood Cup prize-money as well next year - there is lots to look forward to domestically next year,” added Bell.

The strapping five-year-old is set to contest the Irish St Leger in September before connections sit down to finalise whether or not to send their star to Flemington on November 1. 

Glorious Goodwood countdown begins for favourite Galileo Gold

With Glorious Goodwood undoubtedly one of the favourite events in the horse racing calendar, it is looking likely that the Qatar Sussex Stakes will be the race to look forward to from this year’s event. With one of the best fields in recent history, with many horses heading into the race in superb form during 2016, bookmakers and punters alike are seemingly struggling to pick their favourites for the race in West Sussex.

The Group 1, a mile-long contest is believed to be worth at least £1million this year, it is little wonder that the UK’s best trainers are so keen for their prized assets to come out on top come the 27th July. Bookmakers Coral provide all the latest news and tips in the build up to the famous race, with Galileo Gold the current favourite at 7/4 in the horse racing betting odds. Trainer Hugo Palmer will certainly be confident of victory, with Galileo Gold having won the recent 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

The fiercest competition for Galileo Gold could well come in the shape of Aidan O’Brien trained duo The Gurkha and Minding. The two famous horses faced off at the recent St James’ Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, with Galileo Gold finishing one and a quarter lengths ahead of his rival. The two colts had very different routes to the race, however, with Galileo Gold always well-positioned under Frankie Dettori, while The Gurkha and Ryan Moore were held up some way off the pace and did not enjoy a clear run at the winner. With Coral offering all the latest news in the build-up to the Sussex Stakes, why not add this to your bookmark bar, where you will find The Gurkha, Awtaad and Minding handed respective odds of 9/4, 8/1 and 10/1 in the horse racing betting.

Jockey Frankie Dettori is just ten wins short of achieving 3,000 career victories, and although the Italian may achieve this feat before Glorious Goodwood at the end of July, reaching such an achievement at the Sussex course would perhaps be a fitting site. Goodwood was the location for Dettori’s first ever the UK win back in 1997.
Palmer is certainly in confident mood ahead of the race, stating that he sees no reason why the final results from Royal Ascot should be reversed. However, with O’Brien talking up The Gurkha’s chances at Goodwood after stepping up to the mile and a quarter mark at Sandown earlier this month, racegoers look like being in for a treat come race day.

Galileo Gold Set For Sussex Success?

On the 14th of June, Galileo Gold continued his rise with a comprehensive victory at Royal Ascot in the St James's Palace Stakes. The three-year-old, jockeyed by Frankie Dettori, came through the pack to lead towards the final sprint, managing to hold off The Gurkha and Awtaad to secure the win. As a result of the horse’s good form on the flats, his success has been tipped to continue at the Qatar Petroleum Sussex Stakes at the end of July.  Can Galileo Gold make it?
 Strong Start To Career
The British thoroughbred was sired by Paco Boy, who had notable victories at the Prix de la Foret and the Sandown Mile, while the dam was Galicuix. The bloodline of Galileo Gold includes the notable names of Galileo and Northern Dancer on the dam’s side of the family tree.
Despite Galicuix’s lack of success in her racing career, Galileo Gold has enjoyed a meteoric rise since taking to the turf in 2015. A product of trainer Hugo Palmer, the horse enjoyed a strong start in his opening race at York in the Yorkshire Regiment EBF Stallions Median Auction.
He had a fast start and led for a large portion of the meet with jockey Martin Harley at the reins, but was unable to hold off the speed of Age Of Empire, who romped to victory over the final furlong. However, Galileo Gold would not have to wait long for his first taste of victory, as he secured the win at Salisbury in the Bathwick Tyres Maiden Auction by moving steadily through the pack before sprinting to clinch first place in the strait.
Another win was to follow at Haydock, which would be Harley’s last at the reins on the horse, as Dettori replaced him for the next race at Goodwood for the Group Two Vintage Stakes. In his first appearance in his new class, Galileo Gold delivered a perfect display to oust Ibn Malik and record victory by three quarters of a length. The final race of Galileo’s debut season was to end with a third-place finish, as he appeared to struggle with the shorter distance of the Longchamp course.
Rise In 2016
On his return to action this year, the three-year-old has been in outstanding form, beginning with an excellent performance at Newmarket’s 2,000 Guineas. Lining up as an outsider, he surged through the pack and finished strongly over the final two furlongs to clinch a convincing win over a strong field of competitors, including Air Force Blue. As a result of his impressive performance at Newmarket, Galileo was backed to notch another win at Curragh in his next outing, despite the presence of Air Force Blue and Awtaad. A slow start impeded his progress in the race, although he managed to rally with a surge down the inside to move into second place behind Awtaad. However, he did not have enough on the strait to surpass the Irish thoroughbred, who clinched the victory in front of a home crowd.
Galileo Gold’s response to missing out was emphatic, as Dettori pushed him hard from the start and the three-year-old did not relinquish the lead in a fantastic run at Royal Ascot. He now faces the challenge of repeating his display at the Sussex Stakes in July, where once again he will be pitted against Awtaad and The Gurkha. American thoroughbred Tepin will also provide a strong obstacle for the European horses to overcome following his win at the Queen Anne Stakes. All three horses have proven to be strong in the field, but Palmer and Dettori will be determined to ensure that Galileo Gold adds another victory to the list.
Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood
Galileo Gold is backed in the latest horse racing odds at 9/4 to triumph for the sixth time in his short career. The Sussex Stakes will provide a good test for Dettori and Palmer. The Italian jockey has claimed victory four times in the race, the last of which came in 2007 on Ramonti, while his previous successes came on Second Set, Aljabr and Noverre. His experience on the course will be vital should he wish to close the gap on Sir Gordon Richards, who holds the most wins in the race, at eight.
Palmer has never trained a horse that has triumphed in the meet at the Goodwood Course, but will be eyeing becoming a part of the prestigious company to achieve victory. The venue was the stage one of Frankel’s crowning glories as he won the race in back-to-back years in 2011 and 2012, with Tom Queally at the reins. Owner Prince Khalid Abdullah was the owner of Frankel during his momentous achievements, and has dominated the Sussex Stakes with three further victories. He is the most successful owner at the race, with his achievements including a win 2014 with Kingman, and he will be hopeful that Time Test can rise to the occasion to deliver his sixth triumph. Meanwhile, Galileo Gold’s age will be an important factor in determining the outcome of the race, as only 16 horses have been able to clinch victory when over the age of three.
 Can Galileo Gold Continue Great Form?
The stage is set for the British thoroughbred to shine at one of the biggest events of the year, and he has the perfect jockey for the occasion. Jockey and owner will have confidence in the horse following his victories over his close rivals last time out, but anything can happen when the stalls open.
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Trio embark on road to Sussex Stakes thriller

In recent times, the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood has earned itself the moniker of 'The Duel on the Downs'.
That title was bestowed in 2011 when the mighty Frankel locked horns with Canford Cliffs, a rival deemed suitable to test his resolve in the form of.
Of course, as history will forever recall, Sir Henry Cecil's mighty powerhouse Frankel would turn out to be entirely peerless, rendering the 'duel' a one-horse affair.
As this year's renewal creeps closer there is the tantalising prospect of a colossal triple threat clash in the Sussex.
Prominent in the bet365 racing betting for the Group 1 mile at Glorious Goodwood are the winners of the English, Irish and French 2,000 Guineas – Galileo Gold, Awtaad and The Gurkha.
The recent clash of this trio in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot won by Newmarket Guineas hero Galileo Gold under Frankie Dettori – has merely whetted the appetite for a second showdown at Goodwood.
At Ascot Dettori, as he so often does, produced an inspired piece of race riding to grab the prize money on the Hugo Palmer-trained Galileo Gold.
Despite the presence of two pacemakers in the field, the Group 1 contest still managed to produce something of an inconclusive result.
Dettori and Galileo Gold were able to make a decisive move while Ryan Moore on The Gurkha and Conor Hayes on Awtaad were still held up off the pace at the back of the field.
Dettori essentially managed to slip the field at the furlong pole, leaving first Hayes on Awtaad and latterly Moore to attempt in vain to bridge a sizeable gap as the winning post loomed large.
Awtaad, who had defeated Galileo Gold in decisive fashion at the Curragh in the Irish Guineas, could not pick up as desired on the soft ground and instead it was The Gurkha that grabbed the second spot – the best part of two-lengths in arrears of the winner.
Having pocketed two Group 1 wins over a mile in Britain this season, should Galileo Gold be a confident selection to make it three at Goodwood? Or does a suspicion linger that, given the benefit of hindsight, Moore and Hayes would choose to play their cards differently?
These are questions that the racing public would love to have answered in what is sure to be a highlight of the Glorious Goodwood festival.
Last year, a second 'Duel on the Downs' failed to materialise when ground conditions went against 2,000 Guineas hero Gleneagles, thus depriving racing fans of the chance to see him battle the outstanding French miler, Solow.
Andre Fabre's star will miss the Sussex this year but the race will have major appeal if the trio of Guineas winners all stands their ground for a fascinating rematch on 27th July.
Was it a tactical triumph for Frankie at Ascot, or will Galileo Gold rubberstamp his authority for once and for all.
He has been brilliant in victory at Newmarket and Ascot but, come Goodwood, with trainer Aidan O'Brien and jockey Moore now wise to his ability, it could be that The Gurkha will be ready to throw down the gauntlet in front of Galileo Gold.

The prospect is already one to make the mouth water.

Go Racing at Galway

Getting Wet at Galway
Galway Racecourse is one of the most important sporting facilities in Ireland. With a long history of uninterrupted racing activities, the stunning facility has exceptionally cut itself a prestigious class as not only one of the very best racing amenities in Ireland but also throughout the entire European continent.

With many exciting yearly events, it is the ideal place of choice to pass your leisure watching exciting track events and savoring the very best in the world of dining and accommodation. Particularly, the Ladies Days are exquisitely well-planned with wonderful racing festivals and a lot of entertainment at Galway Racecourse. 

While it is great enough to join the excited crowds of spectators on these auspicious Galway race days, it is even much better to participate in the racing festivals themselves and possibly win yourself a memorable prize. To get involved in the competitions, you should liaise with the official racing planners ahead of time in order to have a proper understanding of all the upcoming events. 

One of the distinct events that make Galway Racecourse stand out is the fact that it does not have a stringent dressing code like many other racing facilities out there. As long as you are dressed in a smartly casual manner, you have unlimited access to many sections of this globally famed sporting site. Nonetheless, all the attendants are urged to ensure that they are not attired in a provocative way that would render other people uncomfortable. To avoid any last-minute embarrassments, Galway Racecourse management advises you to always dress decently and not to take advantage of the fact that they don’t impose any strict dress code rules. 

Given that the management has not set any compulsory attire, the most important aspect to think about as you dress to the Galway racing field is the prevailing weather situation. Even for summer racing events, it is still crucial that you wear a jacket or a coat as it can get rather cold at Galway. Carrying an umbrella would also be an excellent idea since the racecourse might experience light rains even in summer. For winter racing occasions, go for fashionable hats, boots, and scarves without sacrificing your individual sense of fashion and style.  

Besides hosting irresistible racing festivals of countrywide and worldwide appeal, Galway Racecourse is not left behind in the vital area of hospitality and catering. Particularly, the racing site and its environs have many wonderful hotels where local punters and sporting sightseers will find the very best in the world of dining and accommodation. Some of the widely noted hotels found around Galway include the well-rated Sea Breeze Lodge B&B, the rave-reviewed Glasan Holiday Village, the popular Sea Mist B&B, the well-furnished and charmingly inviting O’Neill Holiday Homes, and Dominic Street Apartments where any guest will find the best catering and hospitality packages to suit their individually unique needs.

Galway is not only widely liked for its outstanding racing fixtures. The corporate and private conferencing facilities at Galway are also one of the very best the world over. For social functions such as wedding and engagement ceremonies, Galway Racecourse is the best place to take your auspicious occasion. Their experienced army of dedicated workers outside the racetrack will partner with you to help you hold an outstandingly memorable corporate or private function successful.

Your Guide to Worcester Racecourse

Worcester Racecourse is one of the most enduring horse sporting sites in the United Kingdom. In fact, the racing grounds, situated right by the River Severn have remained around since 1718. The prominent sporting site offers numerous outstandingly themed racing occasions, such as the widely celebrated Countryside Alliance day, the well-attended family fun day with Noddy and Big Ears, and the age-old annual Ladies Day. With many racing and entertainment programs that offer fans a wide selection of options, Worcester is one of the most progressive horse riding facilities in Europe.

Particularly, the Pitchcroft Racecourse at Worcester has gone through countless alterations during its time, such as a newly laid-out sketch in 1880 which had a new course in the form of a near-perfect figure eight. A number of significant races also occurred at Worcester during the middle years of the 19th century, like the Worcester Stakes and the widely noted Gold Cup. Flat racing occasions happened at the highly distinguished racecourse but this was stopped in 1966. Despite all these wide-sweeping changes, Worcester’s fame as a racing establishment of global stature has defied time, with the site maintaining its prime standing as one of the finest horse riding facilities not only in Britain but also globally.
The sporting spot has not been spared its fair share of near-crippling hitches nevertheless, and summer jumping began in 1995 because of the loss of winter events due to the widespread floods around that time. Nonetheless, in July and August 2007 the routine fixtures had to be put off due to the raging summer floods at Worcester Racecourse.
Worcester provides free car parking for their esteemed guests and visitors. There are also excellent helicopter landing grounds are also at the racecourse that was set up by previous arrangement team. Further details regarding parking and the landing grounds for choppers may be found at Worcester Racecourse official website. It is prudent to pre-book your tickets, as on the day the turnstiles do not approve credit cards. Note that there are no cash machines available at the Racecourse either.

Worcester also has excellent restaurant facilities are also found at the racecourse. For families enjoying a day out, there is a fabulous centre course enclosure, which has a well-stocked bar providing both snacks and drinks. There is also a Ladbrokes gambling shop open on all Saturdays .For those that crave a more upmarket service; the prestigious premier admission badge is still offered. This special badge grants you access to all public sections of the racecourse, and limitless use of the Premier Lounge Bar and the Severn Restaurant. The officially stated dress code for this section is smart casual’. Note that no white trainers are allowed around this section.

Worcester also features incomparable social and hospitality services that cannot be found at many other racing grounds out there. For both private gatherings and corporate functions, the racecourse’s meeting and conferencing facilities are an ideal choice for event owners who would like to leave a permanent imprint on the minds of their invited guests by staging a picture-perfect function.

Your Guide to Wolverhampton Races

Wolverhampton Racecourse is a horse sporting facility that is located in West Midlands –England. The prominent racecourse entered history records after it emerged as the first floodlit racing establishment in the United Kingdom. Due to its newfound glory, Wolverhampton attracted a new birth of global media publicity as a result of its state-of-the-art features. It is the top favorite to millions of sporting sightseers as well as celebrated racers from all over the globe. Since it has floodlights that illumine its courses and tracks during the night, it instantly became one of the very first sites in Britain to stage both night and evening fixtures.

With a Tapeta surface, Wolverhampton Racecourse measures about one mile in terms of circumference. Although it is not the biggest racing facilities in the United Kingdom, it is nonetheless among the most important horse racing grounds in the country. With sharp undulations and a couple of short-hand turns, it is a top-rated racecourse that remains a leading facility of its kind not only in Europe but also throughout the world. As a result of its unique characteristics, Wolverhampton Racecourse has been severally likened to other sporting grounds found in the United States as opposed to those available in the region. Consequently, the universally acclaimed horse riding facility receives thousands of horse riding tourists from the other side of the Atlantic.  

Wolverhampton is one of the oldest racecourses in the United Kingdom – dating back to the early days of the 1820s. In fact, the available records hold that the first notable racing events were held in mid-1825. Once positioned in what is currently called the West Park, Wolverhampton has richly contributed to the illustrious history of horse riding competition in the United Kingdom. West Park is located where the Park Road follows the line of the Wolverhampton track, making the prominent facility one of the top well-designed sporting grounds that can be easily accessed via both air and ground road network. Although its old location was sold to the Corporation in 1878, the immortal racing grounds were established at Dunstall Park in slightly less than 10 years.

Around December 1993, the then revamped racing facility became a world hit due to its recently installed floodlighting project. A widely recognized all-weather fibresand track was unveiled alongside the turf track – making Wolverhampton one of the most well-laid-out horse sporting amenities in the country. With a hotel, a restaurant, and optimally customized executive boxes that were built about the same time, the auspicious racecourse carved itself a prestigious niche as a top-notch sporting spot of its class in the continent.

Further, the sporting grounds house outstanding dining and accommodation amenities besides having one of the best horse sporting services. Due to its prime position as one of the top-quality hospitality and racing centers, Wolverhampton has been receiving hundreds of clients seeking corporate and social meeting space at the globally regarded site. However, the administration at the top-of-the-range Wolverhampton sporting and hospitality site advises their esteemed clients to consult the management so that all the necessary arrangements are put in place to make their significant functions absolutely picture-perfect and resoundingly successful-- much to the joy of the owners. 

350 Years of Racing celebrated at Newmarket

One type of sport that has become a real British tradition is horseracing. These days, there are many different horseracing events that take place in the UK each year and these attract not only incredible talent from around the world but also droves of fans who come from far and wide in order to enjoy the excitement and thrill of the races as well as the incredible atmosphere at these courses.

Amongst the best known courses in the UK where high profile racing events take place are Aintree in Liverpool, which is home to the famous Grand National race, and the Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire, which hosts the hugely popular Royal Ascot races each year. Another famous racecourse, which has become known as the centre of British horseracing, is Newmarket racecourse one the borders of Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

A world famous sporting venue

This year, Newmarket is celebrating its 350th anniversary, having become a hub for British horseracing over the past three and a half centuries. This world famous racecourse holds a variety of exciting racing events each year and has become known as the Home of Racing. Every year, fans from around the country and even further afield head over to enjoy the wide range of exciting racing events that are held here with many placing bets on their favourites to win at the course and others taking to sites such as Betway to place bets as well as to get up to date information and odds on the races taking place at Newmarket.

Many thrilling racing events take place at Newmarket these days, but it all started 350 years ago when King Charles II demanded the creation of a course in the area where a race would be run in his name. This marked the beginnings of modern horseracing and the course was first run back in 1666. This sealed the reputation of Newmarket as a Mecca for horseracing and this is a reputation that the area has been able to maintain ever since. The creation of the course transformed Newmarket into England’s racing headquarters and despite major historical events such as the First and Second World Wars, the course continued to provide sporting entertainment for racing fans without interruption.

An official from Newmarket racecourse said that Newmarket was immensely proud of its racing heritage and that this year the eyes of the world would be upon this famous course. She added that a number of special events would be taking place in order to market this special anniversary including a Spitfire display from Duxford’s Imperial War Museum as well as a special poetry reading amongst other things.

Grand National 2016: The Famous 5

Few horse races capture the spirit of the Grand National. It's mix of tragedy and triumph exemplified in the ''ultimate test of horse and rider''. 

Stories that post race seem to have been waiting to be told, revealed in the breath of horse, jockey, trainer and owner on a cold, spring day. 

Who will win this year's race? 

Take a look at the updated Grand National information and among these determined horses you will find a winner. 

On Saturday 9th April 2016, a champion with be led into the winner's enclosure: muddied, bruised but triumphant. 

A number of incredible horses have won this race since its inauguration in 1839. It's ironic to think the first was named Lottery, ridden by Jem Mason. 

Fancy a bet? With several 100/1 winners it can be a race full of surprises. 

Many readers will have their favourite horse. Perhaps it landed a big gamble, told a story which captured your heart or you simply liked its name! If asked to name the most memorable horses, which would you consider and why? 

Red Rum: The only horse to win the Grand National 3 times in 1973, 1974 & 1977. As impressive as his wins he raced 100 times never to fall. 

Aldaniti: A remarkable winner in 1981. Jockey, Bob Champion, battled against cancer riding a horse who had suffered a career-threatening injury. In 1983 their story was made into a film – Champions, starring John Hurt.

Corbiere: The winner of this contest in 1983. A very consistent horse who was placed in the following two years. Jenny Pitman was the first woman trainer to win the Grand National. 

Devon Loch: A horse remembered for losing the 1956 National. Victory looked assured for this bay gelding, owned by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, when he jumped into the air with yards to go, landing on his stomach to allow a horse named E.S.B to win. 

Battleship: This American bred stallion by Son O' War. Battleship won the American Grand National in 1934 only to win the 1938 Grand National at Aintree, Liverpool. Few remember he is the only horse to achieve the double. Later that year, he travelled back to America to be greeted by his adoring fans in New York. 

Who will win the Grand National 2016? Many Clouds is favourite at odds of 12/1. This Irish son of Clouding out of Bobbing Back won last year's race at odds of 25/1, trained by Oliver Sherwood and ridden by Leighton Aspell. 

Could this be the new Red Rum?

Other major contenders include: The Druids Nephew 25/1, Shutthefrontdoor 25/1, Silviniaco Conti 25/1, Don Poli 25/1, Goonyella 25/1, 33/1 Bar. 

The Grand National: ''The ultimate test of horse and rider''. 

Which horse will you bet this year?

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Oh Shit! Moments every rider experiences

Horse riders are pretty tough. We take the mucking out, fall injuries, and expenses in our stride all for the love of riding.

Paddy Power have collated the best ‘oh shit’ moment that all horse riders can relate to ahead of the Grand National 2016. How many do you recognise?

The Terrible Tumble

You are cantering around the paddock enjoying the fresh air and suddenly your horse sees the end of a carrot and stops. All we can say is thank God for body protection.

Tack me down

Horse tack is getting more and more advanced. However, nothing seems to help you when your foot is caught in the stirrups and you’re head over heels.

The small yappy dog

You take a leisurely hack along the countryside bridle path then BAAM a small ball of fluff springs out of nowhere and scurries around your horses legs scaring the life out of it.

The Shoulder Stand

This is a common occurrence amongst show jumpers and sometimes gymkhana participants. Once you lose your balance, there is no saving you.

The flooded paddock

The outside tap is not working yet again, the rental fees are extortionate and to top it off the paddock is flooded. Who would own a horse hey?!

Unexpected Play Time

Mud, sand, snow, horses love it all. And never more than when you are decked out in your brand new jodhpurs.

When it’s Dentist Time

Having been bitten from an over excited mare previously the thought of an equine dentist at work makes me quiver. If horses make light work of carrots, imagine what they can do to your fingers!