Archives for February 26, 2018

The Making of Horse Racing Conference Equestricon II

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Up close and personal at Tampa Bay Downs paddock. Copyright AGOS

The Making of Equestricon II

Although he actual trade show will take place on the Monday and Tuesday prior to the championships, Equestricon will have a week-long presence and involvement with the Breeders’ Cup, Sharp noted.

“That’s the kind of energy and excitement we’re hoping to build for Breeders’ Cup week, trying to get fans who are traveling to the Breeders’ Cup to come in early and get to experience Louisville and make a whole week’s vacation out of it.”

Source: The Making of Equestricon II

Who will take the Grand National trophy home?

by International Correspondent

This is one of the most frequently asked questions these days. Although lots of us would like to get an answer immediately but we will have to wait for the 14th April, the Grand National Day. Although it is a 3-day event, our primary focus will be on the finals day. For those who may watch this event for the first time, it is a two-lap race. 1st lap has 16 gates, while 2nd has only 14 (riders have to miss out two gates in 2nd lap). Aintree racecourse is one of the most exciting racetracks ever. In fact, it has 6 famous fences. Although not the toughest, the most known fence of the course is ‘Foinavon fence’. This fence got its name after a horse ‘Foinavon’ which avoided mass pile-up on the 23rd fence and took the trophy for itself. If you don’t believe in miracles, you better start. Odds for Foinavon to win were 100/1. He was an outsider. The 1967 race is remembered for this and perhaps the biggest upset in the history of the event.

Another famous fence is fence number 15, ‘The Chair fence’, which is 5ft 3in high. It is the highest fence of the course and is well known because, unfortunately, two jockeys were killed here. Joseph Wynne and George Ede died at this fence in 1862. Another rider Paddy Farrell fractured his spine in a fall at The Chair fence. However his efforts led to the creation of the injured jockeys’ fund.

There is no better way to increase the excitement of this race then betting on it. If you want to improve your chances of winning, you might look into Grand National free bets. You can check the latest Grand National betting offers here like Get your money back if your horse doesn’t run by Betvictor or Coral’s Faller money back offer. There are many more such exciting offers available online here.

Here are some interesting facts about Grand National History. The oldest horse to win this race was Peter Simple at the age of 15, while the youngest was 5 years old (5 of them). 48 winners were 9 years old and that is almost 30% of all time winners. The race was ended before 9th minute only once in history (2015 Many Clouds) of the race. Abd  El-Kader, The Colonel, Reynoldstown and Red Rurn were the only horses to win back to back titles. 5 times in the history, winner was an outsider with an odd of 100/1. The most recent outsider to win was Mon Mome in 2009. Leighton Aspel, Irish Jockey won back to back titles in 2014 and 2015, but with two different horses – Pineau De Re and Many Clouds. George Stevens won most titles (5). He rode 5 Grand National winners: Freetrader (1856), Emblem (1863), Emblematic (1864), The Colonel (1869 and 1870).

Now let’s talk about this year’s prediction. My tip would definitely be Blaklion. He is 9-year-old horse. He has total 24 runs, winning 9 of them and as first runner up in 5 other. His win percentage is incredible 37% percent. So he has lot of experience, which is necessary for a big competition like this one. The stats are also on his side, as mentioned earlier; almost 30% of winners at the Grand National were 9 years old horses. With the current odd of 10/1, it is also bookies first pick. Second pick from me would be The Last Samuri, horse who managed to finish 2nd in 2016 Grand National. After bad 2017 where he finished 16th, this year might be his. Odd of 16/1 seems interesting and definitely worth to try. If you are really optimistic, you may want to try betting on Alpha Des Obeaux, French 9-year-old horse who claimed 5 trophies in his career.

Although it is not clear who will win this year’s Grand National event, one thing is sure. We will have an opportunity to watch great and exciting 10 minutes of horse racing. If you like to read more about this event you can find relevant news on