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Ready for Aintree

After an expensive Gold Cup day at Cheltenham, attention now turns to the increasingly prestigious Grand National meeting at Aintree.

The importance of this meeting over all three days should not be underestimated. Thursday features four successive Grade 1s, plus the Foxhunters’, a Grade 2 and a Grade 3. Every single race on Friday is graded (four Grade 1s, one Grade 2 and two Grade 3s including the Topham over the National fences). Saturday is, of course, the biggest racing day of the year for the general public featuring, in my view, the most exciting race of the year, notwithstanding the necessary changes to the course. Take it for what it is: an adapted race which attracts better horses and just as much excitement. The card for the big day is much improved with three Grade 1s and two Grade 3s (including the National itself because it is a handicap).

To get you in the mood here are some great pictures from the best racecourse in the world with, of course, the obligatory Champions music:

It’s too early to make selections but I recommend a visit to Rigbys in Dale Street, Liverpool, next Monday at 7.30 p.m. for the best preview with Paul Ferguson and Dan Kelly:

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