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With the 2013 Grand National only a few months away I decided it was time to get myself to Aintree and check out some of the runners in the Becher Chase. The race is a well known test for horses considering a run in the National, and this years field included past Grand National winner ‘Ballabriggs’ and also the pre race favourite for 2013 ‘Join Together’.

The race itself was a fairly competitive affair and ‘Join Together’ lived up to the hype by finishing a credible second behind Aintree veteran ‘Hello Bud’ ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies. At 14 years old Hello Bud didn’t have many backers on the day and the bookies loved the result. In fact it’s not often that a winning horse is only 6 years younger than the jockey!

Aintree was looking superb and I had a fantastic day out, it was just a shame that the crowd was a little on the light side. Maybe it was the recent terrible weather or the meetings proximity to Christmas? Whatever the reason for the small crowd those who did make the trip got their monies worth. The days racing also gave me the chance to try out my new Samsung NX1000 camera, this little wonder is a tiny camera with interchangeable lenses. It others the flexibility of a DLSR in the size of a compact camera, perfect for a day out at the races.

If you’ve ever carried around a big DSLR around for a whole day then you’ll know how annoying it can become, the NX1000 bridges that gap between small compacts and semi-pro DSLRs. It handled ever situation perfectly and I can see it becoming a great second camera for me. I’ve included some of the photos of Aintree above – see what you think?

Who knows, one day I might be in the winners enclosure myself – owning a racehorse who could win the Grand National would be a dream come true.

A bad day at the races is still better than a good day at work! With that in mind Eddison Media is sponsoring the 20:15 at Chester racecourse on the 9th of July, the race is over 1m 2f and has an £8,000 prize fund up for grabs. The race will be shown live on the Racing UK channel. The race is officially called the www.grand-national.me.uk Handicap Stakes (Class 4), it’s a bit of a mouth full but we hope it will raise the profile of our dedicated Grand National website.

We will be attending the races on the day to dish out the trophy to the winning jockey, Chester race course is always a brilliant day out and we hope that the weather stays fine for our first sponsored horse race.