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The 2016 Crabbie’s Grand National Weights Luncheon

The 2016 Crabbie’s Grand National Weights Luncheon

By AMELIA LATHAM WAKE As the dulcet tones of rugby-playing soprano Laura Wright echoed around the stunning Sky Garden in London, jockeys, trainers, journalists and fashionistas sipped champagne, ate delicious canapes and chatted about all things racing. The Crabbie’s Grand National Weights Luncheon 2016 saw sky high views of London in a glorious, sun-filled unveiling […]

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Crabbie’s Grand National Ladies Day: Fabulous Friday launches

Crabbie’s Grand National Ladies Day: Fabulous Friday launches

By Katie Ann Lamb The countdown to the 2016 Crabbie’s Grand National Ladies Day, also known as Fabulous Friday, has officially begun. Last year we included this world-famous event in our popular British Summer Social Season Guide for the first year and it will definitely be returning as a highlight on the calendar for next […]

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The Grand National is ‘electric’ – Laura Toogood talks to racing’s wonder woman Katie Walsh

The Grand National is ‘electric’ – Laura Toogood talks to racing’s wonder woman Katie Walsh

By LAURA TOOGOOD I first met Katie Walsh at the Junior European Eventing Championships in Belgium back in 2002. Although our teams were competing against each other, there was plenty of friendly banter between the Irish and British riders. Not only was Katie among the most approachable and affable competitors, but you could instantly tell […]

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Winter Racing: Ascot Christmas Meet and Cheltenham Festival special rates

Winter Racing: Ascot Christmas Meet and Cheltenham Festival special rates

The winner of the annual William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award was announced last week as Doped: The Real Life Story of the 1960s Racehorse Doping Gang by Jamie Reid, who is also a columnist for the Financial Times. This is only the second time that a horseracing themed book has taken the […]

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Dress up in your best Christmas outfit to win tickets to the Grand National Festival

It is time to don your best Christmas outfit as Aintree Racecourse is offering 100 wannabe Santas the chance to put an extra special gift in their Christmas stocking this year. To celebrate the fact that Christmas Day marks exactly 100 days until the start of the 2013 John Smith’s Grand National Festival, the venue […]