Connor Wickham of Sunderland

Sunderland undecided over Connor Wickham loan deal

MARTIN O’Neill has yet to decide whether Connor Wickham will return to Sheffield Wednesday on an extended loan deal.

Will mystery man be Cats’ whiskers?

ELLIS Short’s first public appearance at the Stadium of Light was a memorable one.

teaser: Michael Owen

Michael Owen exclusive interview

MICHAEL Owen is a cool, calculating predator with a natural instinct and a sharp eye for the kill.

Hanagan lives up to his boyhood dream

AS a youngster, Paul Hanagan watched the races at Chester with his father, never dreaming that one day he would return there as a jockey and win the track’s most prestigious handicap.

Slaley help Hexham break prize record

OFTEN criticised for its low level of prize-money, Hexham brings early festive cheer once again to owners and trainers on Wednesday with their richest-ever card, which boasts a total prize fund of £92,000.

How 'second-hand Russ' won his peers' respect

Russ Garritty thought he was going out for supper recently at a local pub with his wife and a couple of friends.

McCoy may be on wrong horse

Tony McCoy has been successful on the two horses that dominate the betting for today's Betfred Gold Cup at Sandown, yet he could still find himself on the wrong one.

Dettori's has a Rock solid ride

Red Rocks and Frankie Dettori announced their return to the fold in no uncertain terms with a power-packed victory in the Betfred Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown.

Murphy's hot stuff for glory

Ferdy Murphy hit the Ayr jackpot for the third time in seven years with a tremendous one-two with Hot Weld and Nine De Sivola in the Coral Scottish Grand National, writes Ray Gilpin.

Bowen hopes his win is Aintree omen

Peter Bowen is hoping the success of Dunbrody Millar in the John Smith's Topham Chase is a good omen for his dual raid on today's Grand National with McKelvey and Ballycassidy.

Joes Edge dips a toe in the water

Shades of Red Rum or even Amberleigh House, perhaps, as Grand National favourite Joes Edge paddles on the water's edge of the North Sea.

Wylie's chasing National win

Even with four Cheltenham winners to his name at the last three Festivals, Howard Johnson has a greater affection for Aintree and the Grand National meeting.

Bookie on a sales winner

Bookmaker Neville Porter said it expects sales to grow to £11m by the end of the year, £1m more than previously forecast, as it reassured shareholders that business was racing ahead.

Bookies get Edgy

Bookmakers believe Joes Edge (above) could go off as one of the shortest-priced favourites in Grand National history when he contests tomorrow's John Smith's-sponsored showpiece.

Murphy's charge could be lowest price ever

Grand National plunge horse Joes Edge remains favourite for the contest after he crept into the race at yesterday's 48-hour final declaration stage.

Time to get value on O'Neill's

Black Jack Ketchum can restore his sky-high reputation by fighting off Inglis Drever and Mighty Man in a cracking renewal of the John Smith's Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree.

McCoy's mount does the double

Butler's Cabin provided Jonjo O'Neill with a memorable success at Fairyhouse when following up his Cheltenham Festival victory in the Powers Whiskey Irish Grand National.

Dunlop has one right for a fast track

It is rare for John Dunlop to have his string wound up at this embryonic stage of the season but he already has a winner on the board and Shmookh looks worth following in the Cherriesracing.com Maiden Stakes at Warwick today.

Grand event

The 160th running of the John Smith's Grand National will attract 70,000 race goers to new look Aintree.

Chief favourite

Chief Yeoman can gain some compensation for an unlucky run at the Cheltenham Festival with victory at Southwell tomorrow.

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