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vineyridge
Apr. 9, 2011, 03:51 PM
Ballabriggs (http://www.pedigreequery.com/ballabriggs Irish bred full TB) just won the Grand National at Aintree a few hours ago. Perfect pedigree for running and jumping, don't you think?

Wish we had those lines available in North America! No wonder the UK stomps the world in eventing with those horses available in pedigrees.

JER
Apr. 9, 2011, 07:17 PM
Ballabriggs is by Presenting, who is also the sire of Denman.

Presenting stands at Rathbarry Stud in Ireland -- we had a good thread on the Rathbarry stallions (http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/showthread.php?t=276327) last year.

The winning trainer was Donald McCain, son of the legendary Ginger McCain, who trained the 3-time winner (and 2-time runner-up) Red Rum.

A warning on the replay: This year's race was a rough one. The race was diverted around two fences (#20 and the second pass at Becher's) due to serious falls.

Grand National replay (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88ie5QHbyI4)

ctab
Apr. 9, 2011, 07:49 PM
I am sure this is discussed ad nauseum but it is very hard to watch a race where one horse died on the course and another's fate is not looking good.

I enjoy racing as much as anyone but to watch that many horses fall, (on the first and second fences 3 fell!) it is heartbreaking.

Is there any kind of qualification system entering this race?

By halfway through the ones who seemed to be the most skilled were still on their feet.

There has to be a better way to decide who should be allowed to enter in that race. And maybe 10 fewer entries?

JER
Apr. 9, 2011, 08:10 PM
There's a good article up at the Guardian about today's race: Two horses die as gruelling Grand National takes its toll at Aintree (http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2011/apr/09/grand-national-2011-two-deaths)

Aintree fences aren't for everyone.

No one wants to see horses die out there. These horses are prepped for this race and have usually run previously at Aintree. There were two previous winners in the field today as well as a number of multiple-GN runners.

Today's GN was run in warm weather and good ground conditions. In other yeas, the race has run in rain and mud, with loads of fallers but no serious injuries.