Grand National Weekend

Hayley looks forward to one of the biggest events on the racing calendar.

Jockey Hayley Turner waiting for racing to start at Haydock

The eyes of the racing world will be firmly fixed on Aintree this weekend. The Grand National really is a spectacle that grips the entire nation. My family always do a sweepstake and the excitement is still there, which is great as they are not huge racing fans. We don’t really have an equivalent race on the flat in the UK, I suppose the closest comparison we have is the Melbourne Cup in Australia – that is the ‘race that stops the nation’ and generates a similar level of excitement.

We are often labelled as brave for the speed we go on the flat, but those jump jockeys that hurtle round the Grand National fences are really something to watch. As with everyone watching, I just hope that everyone has a safe spin around tomorrow and that everyone comes back in one piece.

I got pretty lucky – I ride out at Andrew Balding’s yard and they are doing a sweepstake for tomorrow’s race. I drew Cloth Cap who is the favourite!

Saturday – Wolverhampton – 6:15pm – Gleneaglet

GLENEAGLET wasn’t beaten very far on her debut at the start of March. She has sharpened up since that run and therefore Charlie is dropping her back in trip which will definitely suit her. I think she’ll improve a fair bit from that run and I think she might run better than her odds may suggest. The favourite Wakening will be hard to beat, she is owned by Her Majesty the Queen. I was very sorry to hear of the passing of her husband the Duke of Edinburgh on Friday.

Stay safe,


Hayley Turner is widely regarded as being the most successful female British jockey of all time. In her career to date she has won more than 900 flat races and has been awarded an OBE for services to horse racing. Hayley Turner’s tips are worth paying attention to since she has the inside track in the world of horse racing. Hayley brings her unique insights on horse racing exclusively to MansionBet in her weekly blog posts.
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