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Two Horses Withdrawn from the Grand National, Field Narrows to 32

Trainer Venetia Williams after winning the Fitzdares Fleur De Lys Chase with L'Homme Presse at Lingfield Park Racecourse, Surrey. Picture date: Sunday January 21, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story RACING Lingfield. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only, no commercial use without prior consent from rights holder.

Pair of Horses Withdrawn

As the excitement builds for this year's Grand National, the field has been reduced to just 32 runners with the late withdrawals of Run Wild Fred and Chambard.

Disappointments for Venetia Williams

Venetia Williams will be without a runner in the Grand National after Chambard, a hopeful contender, was found to be lame this morning.

Gordon Elliott Still in the Running

Despite the withdrawal of Run Wild Fred, Gordon Elliott still has seven horses set to compete, with dual Cross Country winner Delta Work seen as his biggest chance.

Top Contenders

All eyes are on the Willie Mullins-trained I Am Maximus, while Britain's hope lies with last year's winner Corach Rambler.

Excitement Builds for Aintree

With the field narrowing down and top contenders emerging, anticipation is high for the upcoming Grand National at Aintree.

Frequently Asked Questions

What factors affect the outcome of a race?

Numerous factors can influence the outcome a horse race. These include the horse’s condition, its breeding, and its training. Additionally, jockey experience and skills, track conditions, weight, and distance are all important factors. Weather is also a factor, since some horses are better at performing on specific surfaces or in certain conditions.

What role plays the jockey during a horse race.

The jockey plays a crucial role in a horserace, as his or her decisions and abilities can affect the outcome. An experienced jockey can pace the horse and know when to stop or accelerate. They also know how navigate the race field. A successful partnership is dependent on the relationship between horse and jockey.

What is the importance of the bloodline of the horse in racing?

Bloodlines are important because they indicate the traits that have been passed on from their ancestors. These include speed, stamina and temperament, all of which are critical to racing success. Breeders often refer to a horse’s pedigree when predicting its potential and suitably match stallions with mares to produce offspring with desirable characteristics for racing.

What types of surfaces are horse races run on?

Horse races take place on different surfaces such as dirt, synthetic tracks, and turf (grass). Horses can perform differently on different surfaces. Some horses will show preference for a certain surface or have superior abilities. Conditions, such as a wet surface due to rain, may also have a dramatic impact on the outcome of a racing event.

How do trainers prepare for races?

In order to prepare horses for races, trainers use a combination of nutrition, physical conditioning and mental training. The trainers create workouts that increase stamina, speed, and strength. The trainers ensure that the horses are eating a healthy diet to maintain their energy and health. They also provide a stable routine and care for them so they can remain focused and calm.


  • The average racing career of a Thoroughbred horse spans approximately three to four years, after which many pursue breeding or other equestrian activities.
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  • Horse racing events in the United Kingdom draw in a yearly attendance of over 6 million people.
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  • The record for the highest horse race betting turnover in a year is held by Japan, surpassing $22 billion.

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How to Pick the Right Horse in Horse Racing for Betting

Study the race schedule for statistics on the horses and jockeys. Be on the lookout for consistent performances over recent races. You can also look at the horses’ previous performances and see if they are moving up or down the class ladder. The track conditions can affect a horse’s performance. So, consider how the horse has performed in the past on different types of tracks (dirt or synthetic). The horse’s behavior during warm-up and in the paddock can give you a clue as to whether it is prepared to perform. Last but not least, look at the odds and how they reflect the betting public’s view of the horse. However, trust your own judgment.