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Thursday switch for Aintree HurdleHeadlines
Oscar Whisky winning last year's Aintree Hurdle

The John Smith's Aintree Hurdle has been moved to Thursday from its traditional Saturday slot to become the highlight on the first day of the Grand National meeting.

Prize-money has also been increased by £40,000 to £200,000 for the race which has been won by Oscar Whisky for the last two years.

"We are confident that this switch will greatly strengthen Thursday's card and thereby provide a big additional star attraction on the opening day," said Aintree clerk of the course Andrew Tulloch.

Moving in the opposite direction is the three-mile Grade One John Smith's Liverpool Hurdle, which will now be the third race on Grand National day, with prize-money increased by £20,000 to £120,000.

The John Smith's Melling Chase has been boosted to the tune of £25,000 and now stands at £200,000, while the Topham Chase over the National fences has gone up £20,000 to £120,000.

The closing date for entries for the 2013 John Smith's Grand National is noon on January 29, with the weights due to be unveiled on February 12.

29 January 2015

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Bayan handed French mission
Ffos Las blow for Carruthers
McCoy in line for Coneygree mount
Blossoming Serge in Supreme hat
Peace declared for Triumph
Hercules features in Bartlett
Exciting Eagle ready for action
Ellison on Red alert
Brother sets sail for Festival date
Games given Neptune entry
Ferof takes Ascot acid test
Cogry has dual Festival options
Hourigan duo to duck National Trial
Salsify back in Foxhunter frame
Wintry Catterick calls inspection
Chepstow on weather watch
Musselburgh bids to beat weather
Legend in line for Kempton repeat
Henderson at Peace for Triumph
Henderson primes Betfair squad
Henderson happy with Sprinter
Unioniste set for Newbury outing
Bolger left in awe of super Sceaux
Sam set for Gold run
Denman date for Obeaux

28 January 2015

Charities get O'Sullevan boost
Betway boosts sponsorship portfolio
Estrella waits on record bid
Spring not on Focus agenda
Warne on comeback trail
Warne on comeback trail
Mann planning Bleu National prep
Henderson dealt Triolo blow
Tornado blows hot at Taunton
Mann duo head to Musselburgh
Ginge given Scilly date
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27 January 2015

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Ellison duo primed for Supreme test
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26 January 2015

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Light camp cool on Newbury raid
Zarib earmarked as Winter warmer
Lingfield washed away
Lingfield washed away
'Awesome' Sceaux in Arkle romp
Mullins lands the treble
Super Fly proves Champion again
Concerto plans hinge on scan
Sherwood - More to come from Clouds
Skelton nominates Bartlett for Risk
Bridgwater thrilled with Bolster
Foxrock given Hennessy green light
Meade gives Monksland World aim

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