A comprehensive guide to all the runners and riders for the 2014 Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree
Grand National bets may top £150 million
Animal welfare campaigners will gather outside Aintree racecourse, calling for the Grand National to be banned on the grounds of cruelty.
Caroline Whitmore's been at Ladies' Day at Aintree.
She found some racey outfits and some punters who hadn't a clue where the racecourse was!
Cue Card and Joe Tizzard on their way to victory in the Betfair Chase during the Betfair Chase Festival at Haydock Park Racecourse, Newton-le-Willows.
Bobs Worth and Barry Geraghty, the Cheltenham Gold Cup Winner, in the Betfair Chase during the Betfair Chase Festival at Haydock Park Racecourse in November 2013.
– Garry Fortune, General Manager, Haydock Racecourse
“We are delighted that jumps racehorse owners rate our racecourse so highly. The whole team goes out of its way to welcome owners to Haydock Park. Without racehorse owners, there would be no horse racing industry and we warmly welcome them as customers.
“If owners wish to run their horses at Haydock Park, then that’s great news for everyone, especially our spectators, because we want to put on the best sport that we possibly can. If owners enjoy themselves, then they and their horses will return again and again.”
Members were asked to rate the largest racecourses in England, Scotland and Wales after visiting them. They judged each track on a range of experiences, from ticket allocation, facilities, bar, food and drink, through to parking.
Salford rugby league club's owner Marwan Koukash has hit out at England's treatment of Gareth Hock.
Hock was kicked out of the national team for a breach of discipline.
Meanwhile, Mr Koukash's horse is one of the favourites to win the Melbourne Cup and be the first British horse to do so.
Campaigners say they're still concerned over safety following the deaths of two horses at Aintree.
The League Against Cruel Sports is calling for organisers to bring the Grand National meeting to a halt.
None of the 40 horses involved in this year's steeplechase died or wee seriously injured but Battlefront and Little Josh died in other races.
The animal welfare charity claims the total number of deaths during the three-day Aintree meeting is 40 since 2000.
24 horses have died on the Grand National course itself.