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The horses that take part in the Grand National are treated “better than some children” despite the equine death toll, a leading jockey has claimed ahead of this weekend’s race.

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The amateur jockey Tommy Smith became the first American to win the Grand National on a horse born, bred and owned in the United States – the plucky eight-year-old Jay Trump – in a dramatic finish in 1965. Jockey and horse became legends in the US for a race memorable not only for one of the closest finishes in its history but for the fact that it looked like being the last Grand National, since the Aintree course was up for sale to property developers.

Race goers place bets with book makers at the Cheltenham racecourse on the first day of the Festival

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Bryan Cooper returns muddy but elated after winning on Ted Veale in the Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle yesterday

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