AMBERLEIGH House's preparation in the bid to become only the third 13-year-old horse in history to win the Grand National is set to continue this weekend.

Doncaster's Grimthorpe Handicap Chase is the prep race chosen by Cholmondeley trainer Ginger McCain who remained most upbeat about his charge's chances of a repeat victory at Aintree following a successful racecourse gallop last week.

There are three chances for National Hunt fans to catch some jump racing at Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse before the Grand National. Next Wednesday (March 9), Saturday, March 19, and Saturday, April 2.

Racecourse commentators are used to having to get their tongues around the occasional awkward or downright unpronounceable horse names.

There's Azertyuiop, An Modh Direach and Haafhd among many others.

Now Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse will give Malcolm Tomlinson a prize if he can pronounce the name of the 4.40pm race on Wednesday correctly.

For it's The Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch Handicap Hurdle!

Malcolm, an actor who has appeared in EastEnders, Emmerdale and who plays David Wallace in ITV's The Royal, has, in the past, drawn comparisons between his two careers.

'Calling a race is very similar to going on stage. Commentaries are much the same - a performance, a chance to entertain,' he told a newspaper last year.

Racing at Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse on Wednesday starts at 2.10pm. The last race is due off at 5.10pm. A free bus service runs from Wrexham Station to the racecourse at 12.40pm and returns after racing from the racecourse - racegoers with railway tickets have priority.

Admission to the Course Enclosure is £7, while the Paddock Enclosure is £14. Accompanied children enter free. More information is available on the website or contact the racecourse on 01978 780323.

The next racing at The Roodee is the three-day May Festival starting on Wednesday, May 4. Tickets are on sale. More information is on the website