Mike Tindall with Monbeg Dude

Monbeg Dude challenges to be Grand National favourite

As the market intensifies ahead of Saturday's Grand National at Aintree, Michael Scudamore's Monbeg Dude is the one most punters are interested in.

Tony McCoy pats Alderwood after winning Cheltenham’s final race

Grand National 2014: Tony McCoy delaying decision on his ride at Aintree

Jockey set to wait until Thursday

Runners heading towards the first fence during 2011 Grand National, when one horse, Ornais, broke its neck and Dooneys Gate broke its back

Grand National 2014: What makes Aintree race unique?

A look at the history of the race

Grand National betting 2014: Should I bet on a two and a half mile specialist?

We try to narrow down the betting options ahead of Saturday's race

Ruby Walsh riding Tidal Bay clear the last to win The John Smith's Hurdle Race at Wetherby racecourse in November 2012

Grand National betting 2014: Should I factor in the age and experience of the horse?

Why Tidal Bay, one of the favourites, might not be a sensible pick

Long Run

Grand National betting 2014: Why Gold Cup winner Long Run could be a good bet in a field of quality

Long Run is a winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup

Making waves: Ocean Tempest and Adam Kirby take the Lincoln in decisive fashion at Doncaster

African Story heads Maktoum clean sweep

Sheikh Mohammed’s horse takes Dubai World Cup as his family clean up the minor places

Kieren Fallon has a winning partnership with Prince Bishop

Prince ready to prove ruler of World

Heavy rain at Doncaster has changed the ground to soft and led to three withdrawals from the Lincoln, the traditional curtain-raiser to the Flat turf season, including the ante-post favourite Captain Cat.

Grandeur will need spring in step for winter glory

A good start will be as important as a good finish for Grandeur, favourite for the Winter Derby at Lingfield.

Jockey Martin Harley remains in hospital following a fall at Lingfield on Wednesday

Jockey Martin Harley situation 'not as serious as first feared' after nasty fall at Lingfield on Wednesday

Harley remains in St George's Hospital in Tooting but Paul Struthers confirms further assessments have shown initial fears have been played down

Davy Russell celebrates after riding Lord Windermere to victory in yesterday’s Cheltenham Gold Cup, edging On His Own in a photo finish

Cheltenham Festival 2014: Late run for Lord ends with Gold for Davy Russell

20-1 shot trumps favourites in dramatic finale to give trainer Culloty rare double

Daryl Jacob was taken to hospital after being thrown through the rails by Port Melon

Cheltenham Festival 2014: Tiger rolls with ease as Paul Nicholls curses his luck

On this day last year, Davy Russell was nursing a punctured lung as Our Conor and emerging young riding star Bryan Cooper took Cheltenham by storm with a breathtaking win in the Triumph Hurdle.

Ruby Walsh broke his arm after he came off Abbyssial in yesterday’s first race

Cheltenham Festival 2014: Culloty puckers up to his new best mate while Ruby Walsh is hit by karma

“Give me a kiss,” said winning jockey to winning trainer in the post-race carnival. “Where do you want it?” asked Jim Culloty of Davy Russell. Momentarily formal conventions had been suspended, as had belief.

Neil Warnock pour the bubbly, while Simon Clare and David Stevens of Coral and Alan Brazil lift their glasses

Neil Warnock: Three winners out of six... you can put me down as a red-hot tipster the next time the Cheltenham Festival comes around

It’s always interesting seeing a different sport close up. The build-up was exciting

Tom Scudamore (right) rode three winners this week for trainer
David Pipe

Cheltenham Festival 2014 Diary: Will Scu be the Dude at Aintree?

Everybody expected Ruby Walsh, Barry Geraghty and AP McCoy, with around 100 Cheltenham Festival  successes between them, to be among the winners again this week and they haven’t disappointed.

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