GEOFF Brown yesterday admitted that St Johnstone's Scottish Cup semi-final with Motherwell will be a relaxing day out compared to the anguish and anxiety he endured watching his horse Silver By Nature run in the Grand National.
Amidst all the understandable hoopla surrounding the McCain family and their tremendous feat of securing a fifth Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, there was almost forgetfulness that the achievement owed so much to a courageous horse.
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Animal welfare groups have called for an outright ban on the Grand National following the deaths of two horses in Saturday's race.
So the marvel that is the Grand National, that tradition handed down for more than 170 years, enters a new era. You could even say the circle of life itself rolls on.
When just about the whole of Liverpool turns out in finery, you know the weather is splendid, and sadly that proved to be the undoing of Scotland's great hope Silver By Nature.
Ballabriggs was an emotional winner of the John Smith's Grand National for Donald McCain, son of Aintree legend Ginger McCain, the trainer of Red Rum.
Barry Geraghty has come in for the ride on Or Noir De Somoza in the John Smith's Grand National at Aintree after original jockey Tom Scudamore suffered a dislocated shoulder in a fall yesterday.
GEOFF Brown helped deliver Silver By Nature as a foal and today at Aintree he hopes his giant grey can deliver Scotland a first Grand National success since Rubstic made the nation proud by romping to glory at Aintree in 1979.
MR John Leadbetter, until four years ago just another backroom boy of National Hunt racing, returned to the Borders yesterday to a hero's welcome, having trained the winner of the world's greatest steeplechase.
Donald McCAIN already has one eye on next year's John Smith's Grand National with Ballabriggs following his brilliant display in the race on Saturday.
A LEADING Scottish jockey married to Grand National winner Tony McCoy's personal assistant has been seriously injured after falling during a race.
HENRIETTA KNIGHT described Tony McCoy's victory in the John Smith's Grand National as the "best result".
Britain's most prestigious race is finally won, in style, by the most prestigious jockey riding Don't Push It
In an age in which superlatives are bandied around with fanciful abandon, thank goodness for Tony McCoy.
IN THE pantheon of great racing families, the Pipes are right up there with the Piggotts, O'Briens and Baldings. David Pipe, son of the legendary Martin, made it so two years ago when he trained Comply Or Die to win the Grand National.
SO THE Grand National is easier to predict than was once the case, is it?
IT HAD to happen some time. After years of being at least slightly predictable, the John Smith's Grand National yesterday threw up a completely unexpected combination of horse and jockey in the biggest shock since Foinavon won the race in 1967.
MON MOME stayed on powerfully in the hands of Liam Treadwell to spring a 100-1 shock in the John Smith's Grand National at Aintree.
TONY McCoy should think himself lucky he's had a mere 13 unsuccessful attempts at riding the winner of the Grand National. Yours truly has had a lot more goes than that at trying to get the better of the Aintree marathon, and I'm only trying to tip the winner of the damn thing.
GIVEN yesterday's tragic events at Aintree, the opening skirmishes of the 2009 Grand National meeting are unlikely ever to be filed under 'Racing's Finest Hours', so we can but hope the rest of the meeting is remembered for the right reasons.