Downpatrick Inspection

Wed 19th Dec 2012, 14:06

Downpatrick
©Healy Racing Photos
By Thomas Weekes
Downpatrick will hold an 8am precautionary inspection, due to an adverse weather forecast, tomorrow morning ahead of its meeting which is due to begin at 12.55pm.

The track is currently raceable with the ground currently heavy.

GRAND NATIONAL - The Northern Challenge

The Sue Smith-trained Auroras Encore was the last northern-trained horse to win the Grand National back in 2013 but recent victories for that part of the country have been thin on the ground since the likes of Lucius, Rubstic and Hallo Dandy in the late 70s early 80’s showed that steeplechasing was in a healthy state north of the Watford Gap with the likes of Gordon W Richards, Denys Smith, Arthur Stephenson, Peter Easterby and Jimmy Fitzgerald capable of holding their own against their southern and Irish counterparts.

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