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Monday, February 14, 2011 - JOHN SMITH’S GRAND NATIONAL WEIGHTS UNVEILED TOMORROW - TOP FIVE WEIGHTS ON TWITTER FIRST
JOHN SMITH’S GRAND NATIONAL WEIGHTS UNVEILED TOMORROW
TOP FIVE WEIGHTS ON TWITTER FIRST
The weights for the 2011 John Smith’s Grand National will be announced tomorrow at 11.30am when the results of BHA Head Of Handicapping Phil Smith’s deliberations about the 101 entries are revealed.
In a new initiative, Aintree Racecourse will tweet the top five in the weights half an hour earlier (at 11am) to give racing fans an initial focus for discussion. People should follow AintreeInsider on Twitter to get the news first.
Aintree Racecourse has embraced social media wholeheartedly and tweeting will continue from the 2011 John Smith’s Grand National Official Launch in London throughout the day.
Trainers Paul Nicholls, Venetia Williams, Willie Mullins, Nigel Twiston-Davies, Philip Hobbs, David Pipe, Victor Dartnall, Neil Mulholland, Ferdy Murphy, Lucinda Russell, Gordon Elliott, Chris Bealby and Richard Rowe are among those due to attend so there will be plenty of news.
Smith will be present to explain his thinking behind the weights. The John Smith’s Grand National is the only handicap each year in which he has total discretion over the weights’ allocation.
The 2011 John Smith’s Grand National, worth a record £950,000, is run at Aintree at 4.15pm on Saturday, April 9, the third and final day of the John Smith’s Grand National meeting which starts on Thursday, April 7.
The world’s most famous chase takes place over four and a half miles and 30 fences, with a maximum field of 40 runners.
Aintree Racecourse advises anyone who wishes to attend any day of the John Smith’s Grand National meeting to purchase their desired option in advance to avoid disappointment. Ticket and hospitality sales have been strong, with some areas already sold out.
Tickets can be bought online at www.aintree.co.uk or by calling the hotline on 0844 579 3001. Hospitality enquiries should be directed to 0151 522 2911.