Grand National

The Grand National proved the naysayers wrong – again

28 April 2018 9:00 am

When the photo finish confirmed that Tiger Roll and Davy Russell had held on to win the Grand National by…

Aintree in a plaster cast and dodging IRA bullets: it’s all in a day’s jump-racing

15 April 2017 9:00 am

Every Grand National reminds me of a hero of my youth: Beltrán Alfonso Osorio y Díez de Rivera, the 18th…

It’s been a fraught, divisive year but there’s a glimmer of hope in Raynes Park

31 December 2016 9:00 am

What a fraught, divisive, infuriating sort of year it’s been. It started with me attempting to go on a blind…

Ruby Walsh riding Al Ferof at Cheltenham

Put away your silly hat, and discover the joys of jump racing

19 November 2016 9:00 am

‘A more thrilling, uplifting, glorious way of living has yet to be invented,’ the jockey John Francome said of National…

Dinner with a Grand National winner

23 April 2016 9:00 am

Not quite nil humanum a me alienum, but I have always been interested in other people’s trades and worlds. That…

The Grand National a predictable affair? Not a bit of it

16 April 2016 9:00 am

With great victories in Flat racing you witness hats-in-the-air exultation. You see the pride of trainers who nurtured the winner…

Reasons to be cheerful about cricket, football and the Grand National

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Well the sun is out, the sky is blue, and poor Boris Johnson is taking such a pounding from Matthew…

It wasn't just pollsters who were useless in the election; pundits were too

16 May 2015 9:00 am

It takes some agility to shoot yourself in the foot and saw off the branch you’re sitting on, while hoisting…

AP McCoy’s last chance for a fairy-tale ending

18 April 2015 9:00 am

It all depends how you like your fairy tales. OK, so we would have loved the retiring Tony ‘AP’ McCoy,…

Do Scots really die that much younger?

11 April 2015 9:00 am

The Scottish way of death Nicola Sturgeon said the SNP would block a rise in the state pension age on…

Sam Waley-Cohen’s Grand National notebook

11 April 2015 9:00 am

‘How’s your shoulder?’ someone asked recently, and it was only then I realised, for the first time in a while,…

This autobiography written by a horse that is not as offputting as it sounds

7 February 2015 9:00 am

Banks only lend money to those who can prove they don’t need it and it has not been a happy…

The Grand National doesn’t need Jeremy Kyle

24 January 2015 9:00 am

Never mind David Cameron. Are you participating in the Great Debate about an event of national significance that stirs the…

The Grand National needs kinder weather

22 February 2014 9:00 am

This year you don’t want to be a jockey’s valet. Never have their washing machines spun so vigorously. From every…

Will the Guardian and the Independent kill the Grand National?

13 April 2013 9:00 am

Too many racing correspondents have an anti-hunt racing agenda