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The Grand National Hero and the Trainer Aiming for Double Aintree Glory

, The Grand National Hero and the Trainer Aiming for Double Aintree Glory

Lucinda Russell: A National Hero

Lucinda Russell, the proud Scot with a track record of beating the odds, is not your average trainer. With over 700 winners from her Kinross yard, she's known for her rallying call, "This is it boys, this is war."

A Scottish Triumph

With two Grand National winners in the last seven years hailing from Scotland, Lucinda Russell's Corach Rambler is gearing up for another shot at Aintree glory. Amidst fierce competition from Ireland, Corach remains a top contender for a home victory.

Russell's Fighting Spirit

While some shy away from challenging the Irish dominance in racing, Lucinda Russell embraces the battle. With a focus on quality over excuses, she aims to elevate British racing by taking on the best, regardless of where they come from.

Spotting Talent Over Money

For Russell, success isn't just about deep pockets. It's about finding the right horse, like Corach Rambler, who proves that talent doesn't always come with a hefty price tag. With an eye for spotting potential, Russell prepares her horses for the biggest races with precision.

Preparing for Aintree Glory

As Corach Rambler gears up for the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the upcoming Grand National, Russell is confident in her returning champion. With a mix of excitement and determination, she prepares her horses for the thrill of big races, knowing that luck in running will play a crucial role in their success.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is meant by the term “photo finish” in horse racing

The ‘photo finish,’ is when two or multiple horses cross the finishing line so closely together that the winner cannot be determined with the naked eye. In such instances, race officials use a finish-line camera that captures images at high speeds to review the precise moment each horse’s nose reaches the line. The photo-finish image allows officials to accurately determine the official order.

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How are horses and their riders kept safe during a racing event?

The safety and welfare of both riders and horses are paramount in UK Horse Racing. There are strict regulations in place that ensure racecourses adhere to high safety standards. Horses are inspected for health before and after racing, and jockeys must wear safety equipment such as body protectors and helmets. In addition, there are rapid response teams as well as veterinarians who are ready to take care of any incident.

What does it mean when a horse is described as a ‘stayer’ in racing terms?

A’stayer,’ in racing terms is a horse who excels at racing long distances. Typically, these distances are beyond one mile and four furlongs. Stayers need to be fast and have endurance in order to keep up a good pace for long races. Renowned stayers are often seen competing in long-distance events such as the Ascot Gold Cup.

What is the UK horse racing ‘Classics?

The term ‘Classics,’ used in UK horseracing, refers to a group of five prestigious races which are considered by many to be the most prestigious contests for 3-year-old thoroughbreds. These are The 2,000 Guineas, The 1,000 Guineas, The Epsom Derby, The Epsom Oaks, and The St. Leger Stakes. Wining one of the Classics is a great achievement for a racehorse. And winning all three races of a gender is rare and historic.

What is the role of a steward in horse racing?

Stewards ensure that racing is fair and conducted according to rules. They oversee the conduct of jockeys trainers and other racing staff, monitor the races for rule violations, and hold investigations into any incidents. The Stewards are also empowered to impose penalties for any rule violation, including fines or suspensions.

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What are the UK’s most prestigious racing events?

The United Kingdom hosts several acclaimed horse racing events that attract audiences worldwide. The Epsom Derby is the most prestigious event, followed by the Grand National, Aintree’s Grand National, and Royal Ascot. These events showcase not only the best in equine talents, but also rich tradition and history. They have evolved into social occasions with distinct dress codes and royal patronage.


  • Around 14,000 thoroughbred foals are born each year in the UK with the goal of becoming top racehorses.
  • The National Hunt racing season in the UK sees approximately 1,000 races with hurdles or fences each year.
  • The annual Cheltenham Festival has an economic impact of over £100 million for the local Gloucestershire economy.
  • Approximately 6 million people attend horse racing events in the UK each year, making it the second most popular spectator sport in the country.
  • There are over 8,000 active racehorse owners in the UK, ranging from royals to common citizens.
  • The prize money for the Epsom Derby stands at approximately £1.5 million, with the winner taking home a substantial portion of this sum.

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How to read a UK Horse Racing Racecard

You can improve your horse racing experience by understanding the racecard. It includes information about the horse, its number, colors of the jockeys’ silks, drawing numbers, form figures and weight carried by trainers and jockeys. Form figures are a representation of the horse’s recent performance, with letters and numbers denoting reasons for a horse not finishing. The weight carried is either the handicapped weight or the set-weight in weight-for -age races. Understanding this information can help with predicting race outcomes and selecting bets. Familiarize yourself with these symbols and terms to advance your racing knowledge.

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