All the news on Ladies Day at the Crabbie’s Grand National Festival

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LADIES DAY, FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015

GOING NEWS AT 9AM
The going remains.

Mildmay Course – Good to Soft, Good in places
Hurdle Course – Good to Soft, Good in places
Grand National Course – Good to Soft, Good in places

It was dry overnight.

Andrew Tulloch, Clerk of the Course & Head of Racing at Aintree, said this morning: “All three courses were watered after racing yesterday to maintain the current going descriptions.

“We put on between four and five millimetres of water and are expecting another warm and dry day.

“There is some light rain forecast overnight into early tomorrow morning and Grand National Day is due to be a bit cooler.”

Forecast
Friday – dry, sunny and warm, up to 19C. Cloudy overnight. Possible showers/light rain delivering two millimetres.
Saturday – possible shower first thing, then dry and sunny, but cooler and breezy, up to 12C

Previous Watering
Tuesday – Mildmay and Hurdle Courses, selectively watered with five millimetres

Mildmay & Hurdle Courses on Friday
All bends and hurdles have been moved in about four yards from the outer configuration for today, increasing advertised distances by 30 yards per circuit on the Mildmay Course and 70 yards per circuit on the Hurdle Course. All bends and hurdles will be moved in by another four yards after racing.

ALL 40 DECLARED RUNNERS FOR THE CRABBIE’S GRAND NATIONAL GO FORWARD
There were no non-runners for tomorrow’s £1-million Crabbie’s Grand National by 9am this morning, the deadline for any of the four reserves to be used. This means the four reserves drop away and will not be utilised.

NON-RUNNER TODAY AT 9AM
5.15PM WEATHERBYS WEALTH MANAGEMENT CHAMPION STANDARD OPEN NH FLAT RACE
No11. Kerisper Self certificate (Lame).


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The 2015 Crabbie’s Grand National – final field of 40
Grade 3, £1,000,000 Total Prize Fund. 4.15pm, Aintree, Saturday, April 11, 2015. Four miles, three and a half furlongs. For seven-year-olds and upwards which, up to and including March 23, have been placed first, second, third or fourth in a chase of three miles or more and which are allotted a rating of 120 or more by the BHA Head of Handicapping following a review of the horses entered and after taking account of races run up to and including February 15. Horses which are not qualified for a rating in Great Britain or Ireland at closing may also be entered. Such horses may be eligible for a weight providing the Handicapper is satisfied that the horse’s racecourse performances up to and including February 15 would merit a minimum rating of 120. To qualify, horses must have run at least three times in chases run under the Rules of Racing of the same Recognised Racing Authority up to and including February 15. At the Handicapper’s discretion, such horses may be allocated a rating. The decision of the BHA Head of Handicapping shall be final. No penalties after publication of the weights. Entries closed February 3, entries revealed January 4 (98 entries – 1 subsequently scratched, 1 not qualified). Weights revealed Tuesday, February 17. First scratchings’ deadline March 3 (87 remained). Second scratchings’ deadline March 24 (74 remained). Five-day confirmation stage April 6 (65 remained, one subsequently not qualified Alpha Victor) Final declaration stage 10.00am, April 9.

There were no withdrawals before 9.00am today, Friday, April 10.
This means that none of the four reserves was utilised.

Horse Age Wgt Owner Trainer/Probable Jockey
1) LORD WINDERMERE (IRE) (Visor) 9 11-10 Dr Ronan Lambe Jim Culloty IRE/Robbie McNamara
2) MANY CLOUDS (IRE) 8 11-09 Trevor Hemmings Oliver Sherwood/Leighton Aspell
3) UNIONISTE (FR) (C/pieces) 7 11-06 John Hales Paul Nicholls/Noel Fehily
4) ROCKY CREEK (IRE) 9 11-03 The Johnson & Stewart Families Paul Nicholls/Sam Twiston-Davies
5) FIRST LIEUTENANT (IRE) (T Strp, C/pieces) 10 11-03 Gigginstown House Stud Mouse Morris IRE/Miss Nina Carberry
6) BALTHAZAR KING (IRE) 11 11-02 The Brushmakers Philip Hobbs/Richard Johnson
7) SHUTTHEFRONTDOOR (IRE) (T Strp, C/pieces) 8 11-02 J P McManus Jonjo O’Neill/A P McCoy
8) PINEAU DE RE (FR) 12 11-00 John Provan Dr Richard Newland/Daryl Jacob
9) BALLYCASEY (IRE) 8 10-13 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins IRE/Ruby Walsh
10) SPRING HEELED (IRE) (C/pieces) 8 10-12 Dr Ronan Lambe Jim Culloty IRE/Nick Scholfield

11) REBEL REBELLION (IRE) (Blnkrs, T Strp) 10 10-12 Woodhouse, Sutton & Dobson Paul Nicholls/Ryan Mahon
12) DOLATULO (FR) (T Strp, C/pieces) 8 10-11 Chasemore Farm Warren Greatrex/Dougie Costello
13) MON PARRAIN (FR) (Blnkrs, T Strp) 9 10-11 John & Barbara Cotton Paul Nicholls/Sean Bowen
14) CARLITO BRIGANTE (IRE) 9 10-10 06 Zoo Ltd Karen McLintock/Brian Harding
15) NIGHT IN MILAN (IRE) (Blnkrs) 9 10-09 Richard Collins Keith Reveley/James Reveley
16) RUBI LIGHT (FR) (T Strp) 10 10-09 Bill Hennessy Robert Hennessy IRE/Andrew Lynch
17) THE DRUIDS NEPHEW (IRE) (C/pieces) 8 10-09 The Stonehenge Druids Neil Mulholland/Aidan Coleman
18) CAUSE OF CAUSES (USA) (T Strp, C/pieces) 7 10-09 J P McManus Gordon Elliott IRE/Paul Carberry
19) GODSMEJUDGE (IRE) 9 10-08 Favourites Racing Ltd Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson
20) AL CO (FR) 10 10-08 Frank Lloyd Peter Bowen/Denis O’Regan

21) MONBEG DUDE (IRE) 10 10-07 Oydunow Michael Scudamore/Liam Treadwell
22) CORRIN WOOD (IRE) 8 10-07 Dermot Hanafin Robert Rose Ian Whitfield Donald McCain/David Casey
23) THE RAINBOW HUNTER 11 10-07 May We Never Be Found Out Partnership Kim Bailey/David Bass
24) SAINT ARE (FR) (T/Strp, C/pieces) 9 10-06 David Fox Tom George/Paddy Brennan
25) ACROSS THE BAY (IRE) (Blnkrs, T Strp) 11 10-06 Scotch Piper Syndicate Donald McCain/Henry Brooke
26) TRANQUIL SEA (IRE) (T Strp) 13 10-05 Jean & Clemmie Shipp Warren Greatrex/Gavin Sheehan
27) OSCAR TIME (IRE) 14 10-05 Robert Waley-Cohen Robert Waley-Cohen/Mr Sam Waley-Cohen
28) BOB FORD (IRE) (Hood) 8 10-04 The JJ Partnership Rebecca Curtis/Paul Townend
29) SUPER DUTY (IRE) 9 10-04 Brannon, Dick, Hernon & Holden Ian Williams/Will Kennedy
30) WYCK HILL (IRE) (T Strp) 11 10-04 J P McManus David Bridgwater/Tom Cannon

31) GAS LINE BOY (IRE) 9 10-04 Mick Fitzgerald Racing Club Philip Hobbs/James Best
32) CHANCE DU ROY (FR) (C/pieces) 11 10-04 Daphne Du Pre Philip Hobbs/Tom O’Brien
33) PORTRAIT KING (IRE) (C/pieces) 10 10-03 Marie Davis Maurice Phelan IRE/Davy Condon
34) OWEGA STAR (IRE) (T/Strp) 8 10-03 Anthony Callan/Siobhan Callan Peter Fahey IRE/Robbie Power
35) RIVER CHOICE (FR) (Blnkrs, T/Strp) 12 10-03 Fergus Wilson Richard Chotard FR/David Cottin
36) COURT BY SURPRISE (IRE) 10 10-03 Nick Mustoe Emma Lavelle/Richie McLernon
37) ALVARADO (IRE) 10 10-03 William & Angela Rucker Fergal O’Brien/Paul Moloney
38) SOLL (Blnkrs, T/Strp) 10 10-02 Derrick Mossop David Pipe/Tom Scudamore
39) ELY BROWN (IRE) (C/pieces) 10 10-02 Countrywide Vehicle Rentals Taxi Hire Charlie Longsdon/Brian Hughes
40) ROYALE KNIGHT 9 10-02 Chris Stedman & Robert Corsan Dr Richard Newland/Brendan Powell

40 runners
8 Irish-trained
1 French-trained
F2.

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DECLARED RUNNERS FOR GRAND NATIONAL DAY – SATURDAY, APRIL 11

PLEASE SEE PAGE F2 FOR THE FINAL CRABBIE’S GRAND NATIONAL (4.15pm) FIELD

1.30pm G1 World Famous JUST EAT Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (14 runners), 2m 4f
1 As de Mee (FR) (Hood) Paul Nicholls 11st 4lb Sam Twiston-Davies
2 Ballybolley (IRE) (Hood, Tongue Strap) Nigel Twiston-Davies 11st 4lb Daryl Jacob
3 Days of Heaven (FR) (Hood) Nicky Henderson 11st 4lb Peter Carberry
4 Go West Young Man (IRE) Henry Daly 11st 4lb Jake Greenall
5 Grand Partner (IRE) Thomas Mullins, Ireland 11st 4lb
6 McKinley W. P. Mullins, Ireland 11st 4lb P. Townend
7 Mertesacker (GER) Robin Dickin 11st 4lb
8 Mister Fizz Miss Imogen Pickard 11st 4lb James Banks
9 Nichols Canyon W. P. Mullins, Ireland 11st 4lb R. Walsh
10 Parlour Games John Ferguson 11st 4lb A. P. McCoy
11 Port Melon (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Paul Nicholls 11st 4lb Nick Scholfield
12 Seedling Warren Greatrex 11st 4lb Gavin Sheehan
13 Sub Lieutenant (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Ms Sandra Hughes, Ireland 11st 4lb J. J. Burke
14 Three Musketeers (IRE) Dan Skelton 11st 4lb Harry Skelton

2.05pm G1 Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase (6 runners), 2m
1 Art Mauresque (FR) (Hood) Paul Nicholls 11st 4lb Nick Scholfield
2 Court Minstrel (IRE) Evan Williams 11st 4lb Paul Moloney
3 God’s Own (IRE) Tom George 11st 4lb Paddy Brennan
4 Sizing Granite (IRE) Henry de Bromhead, Ireland 11st 4lb J. J. Burke
5 Solar Impulse (FR) (Tongue Strap, Sheepskin C/P) Paul Nicholls 11st 4lb Sam Twiston-Davies
6 Traffic Fluide (FR) Gary Moore 11st 4lb Joshua Moore

2.50pm G1 Silver Cross Stayers’ Hurdle (9 runners), 3m ½f
1 Blue Fashion (IRE) Nicky Henderson 11st 7lb David Bass
2 Brother Brian (IRE) Hughie Morrison 11st 7lb Tom O’Brien
3 Cole Harden (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Warren Greatrex 11st 7lb Gavin Sheehan
4 Crack Away Jack Emma Lavelle 11st 7lb Aidan Coleman
5 Henryville (Hood) Harry Fry 11st 7lb Noel Fehily
6 Jetson (IRE) Jessica Harrington, Ireland 11st 7lb Ruby Walsh
7 Un Temps Pour Tout (IRE) (Blinkers, Tongue Strap) David Pipe 11st 7lb Tom Scudamore
8 Whisper (FR) Nicky Henderson 11st 7lb Nico de Boinville
9 Zarkandar (IRE) (Blinkers, Tongue Strap) Paul Nicholls 11st 7lb Sam Twiston-Davies

3.25pm Listed Betfred Handicap Chase (10 runners), 3m 1f
1 Wonderful Charm (FR) (Tongue Strap, Sheepskin C/P) Paul Nicholls 11st 12lb Sam Twiston-Davies
2 Buywise (IRE) Evan Williams 11st 2lb
3 Edgardo Sol (FR) Emma Lavelle 11st 0lb Aidan Coleman
4 Raajih (Blinkers, Tongue Strap) Richard Woollacott 10st 7lb Daryl Jacob
5 Vino Griego (FR) (Visor, Tongue Strap) Gary Moore 10st 6lb Joshua Moore
6 Duke of Lucca (IRE) (Blinkers, Tongue Strap) Philip Hobbs 10st 4lb Richard Johnson
7 Your Busy (IRE) (Tongue Strap) James A. Nash, Ireland 10st 3lb D. J. Casey
8 Bobowen (IRE) Dr Richard Newland 10st 2lb Will Kennedy
9 Mart Lane (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Sophie Leech 10st 1lb James Best
10 Action Master Sandy Thomson 10st 0lb Derek Fox (3)

5.10pm One Stop Energy Handicap Hurdle (Conditional Jockeys & Amateur Riders) (22 runners), 2m ½f
1 Little King Robin (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Colin Bowe, Ireland 11st 12lb Mr Barry O’Neill (3)
2 War Sound Philip Hobbs 11st 9lb Mr C. Gethings (7)
3 Ruacana John Ferguson 11st 8lb Jack Sherwood (5)
4 The Game Changer (IRE) Gordon Elliott, Ireland 11st 7lb Luke Dempsey (5)
5 Cinders And Ashes Donald McCain 11st 6lb James Cowley (7)
6 Ballyglasheen (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Evan Williams 11st 5lb Conor Ring (5)
7 Lightening Rod Michael Easterby 11st 4lb Mr H. A. A. Bannister (5)
8 Dormello Mo (FR) (Tongue Strap) Paul Nicholls 11st 4lb (5lb ex) Sean Bowen (3)
9 Baltimore Rock (IRE) (Tongue Strap) David Pipe 11st 3lb Kieron Edgar (5)
10 Fethard Player (IRE) (Hood) W. F. Treacy, Ireland 11st 2lb Mr R. P. Quinlan (5)
11 Astre de La Cour (FR) Robert Walford 11st 1lb David Mullins (5)
12 Rock On Rocky Matt Sheppard 11st 1lb Mr Stan Sheppard (7)
13 Oyster Shell Henry Daly 11st 1lb Thomas Garner (3)
14 One For The Guv’nr (IRE) Nicky Henderson 11st 1lb Nico de Boinville
15 Chieftain’s Choice (IRE) John Quinn 10st 12lb Dean Pratt (7)
16 Forced Family Fun John Quinn 10st 10lb Micheal Nolan (3)
17 Box Office (FR) Jonjo O’Neill 10st 9lb Maurice Linehan (3)
18 Mason Hindmarsh Karen McLintock 10st 9lb Jonathan England (3)
19 Queen Alphabet (IRE) (Hood, Tongue Strap) Peter Fahey, Ireland 10st 8lb J. J. Burke (3)
20 Thorpe (IRE) Lucinda Russell 10st 8lb Derek Fox (3)
21 Roserrow Donald McCain 10st 8lb Craig Nichol (3)
22 Ruler of All (IRE) Peter Winks 10st 8lb Mr R. Winks (7)
Eliminatiuions: Hurricane Hollow, Eagle Rock (IRE), Jebril (FR), Sir Ector (USA), Retrieve (AUS), War Singer (USA), San Benedeto (FR), Pivot Bridge, Bombadero (IRE), Buy Back Bob (IRE), Al Destoor, Istimraar (IRE)

5.40pm Listed Pinsent Masons Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (20 runners), 2m 1f
1 Lifeboat Mona (Tongue Strap) Paul Nicholls 11st 4lb Sam Twiston-Davies
2 Briery Queen Noel Williams 11st 0lb James Banks (3)
3 Chocca Wocca Nicky Henderson 11st 0lb Andrew Tinkler
4 Hollies Pearl Peter Bowen 11st 0lb Sean Bowen (3)
5 Innis Shannon (IRE) George Bewley 11st 0lb Jonathon Bewley (5)
6 Isla Fernandos (IRE) Fergal O’Brien 11st 0lb Paddy Brennan
7 Libby Mae (IRE) Micky Hammond 11st 0lb Jamie Bargary (7)
8 Unbuckled (IRE) Neil King 11st 0lb Trevor Whelan
9 Whistle Dixie (IRE) Gordon Elliott, Ireland 11st 0lb Miss N. Carberry
10 Babylone des Motte (FR) W. P. Mullins, Ireland 10st 12lb R. Walsh
11 Angel Face Alan King 10st 8lb Paul Moloney
12 Katie Too (IRE) Alan King 10st 8lb Aidan Coleman
13 Legend Lady Oliver Sherwood 10st 8lb Leighton Aspell
14 Miss Crick Alan King 10st 8lb Wayne Hutchinson
15 Pomme Nigel Hawke 10st 8lb Tom Scudamore
16 Rose Revived Jonjo O’Neill 10st 8lb Patrick Cowley (10)
17 Sea Pride (IRE) Sir Mark Prescott Bt 10st 8lb Micheal Nolan (3)
18 Sherry Micky Hammond 10st 8lb Joe Colliver (3)
19 Sunshine Corner (IRE) Lucy Wadham 10st 8lb P. Townend
20 Verona Opera (IRE) Stuart Crawford, Northern Ireland 10st 8lb Mr Steven Crawford
Eliminations: Jennifer Eccles, Kayf Grace, Tara Mactwo, Tobouggaloo

F4.
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NO WAY FOR CARLITO

Carlito Brigante will not run in tomorrow’s Crabbie’s Grand National after the horse was declared a non-runner at 11.12am this morning.

The horse’s trainer, Karen McLintock, confirmed that the horse was slightly lame this morning and, after a veterinary check, they have decided not to risk the horse in tomorrow’s £1 million event.

“Sadly Carlito Brigante won’t be running in the Grand National,” said McLintock.

“He’s slightly lame this morning. I think it might be his fetlock joint but I’m not sure. I’m on my way down to Leicester racecourse at the moment but my vet has checked him out.

“I’m absolutely floored to be honest. To get this close and then just miss out is heartbreaking.”

The cut-off point for reserves to be let into the race was 9.00am this morning, hence there will be 39 runners in tomorrow’s Aintree showpiece.

There is a further non-runner this afternoon in the Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (4.40pm) and the Jonjo O’Neill Minella Rocco will not run (veterinary certificate – sore).

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BETTING BRUNCH

The second day of the Crabbie’s Grand National Festival, Ladies Day, looks a very tricky betting card but this hasn’t stopped punters getting stuck in with Betfred, Aintree’s official betting partner, as they look to swell their betting banks ahead of tomorrow’s big race.

Saphir Du Rheu has been the best-backed horse of the day with the sponsors in the Betfred Mildmay Novices’ Chase (2.50pm) and the Paul Nicholls-trained gelding is now 6/4 (from 7/4).

Another short-priced favourite to be well supported comes in the E-Lites Top Novices’ Hurdle (2.15pm) and the Nicky Richards-trained Glingerburn is now 7/4 (from 9/4) to extend his unbeaten record over hurdles to five.

In the opening Alder Hey Children’s Charity Handicap Hurdle (1.40pm), The Saint James has been well backed to give A P McCoy his second winner of the meeting (following Jezki’s success in yesterday’s Grade One Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle) and the four-year-old is now 4/1 (from 5/1) with Betfred.

There has been a good spread of business in the Crabbie’s Topham Chase (4.05pm) with four horses coming in for money ahead of the second race of the meeting over the Grand National fences.

Ruben Cotter is now the 9/1 co-favourite of three for the race (from 10/1) alongside Rajdhani Express and Monetaire while bottom-weight Standing Ovation has also come in for support and is now 12/1 (from 14/1).

The Colin Tizzard-trained Theatre Guide has been nibbled into 20/1 (from 25/1) while there has been interesting money for Fairy Rath, who is now 25/1 (from 33/1).

Betfred Market Movers

1:40 Aintree: The Saint James 4/1 (from 5/1)

2:15 Aintree: Glingerburn 7/4 (from 9/4)

2:50 Aintree: Saphir Du Rheu 6/4 (from 7/4)

4.05 Aintree: Standing Ovation 12/1 (from 14/1); Ruben Cotter 9/1 (from 10/1); Theatre Guide 20/1 (from 25/1); Fairy Rath 25/1 (from 33/1).

MCCOY MANIA TO INSPIRE BIGGEST BETTING RACE IN HISTORY

Betfred, official betting partner of the Crabbie’s Grand National, predicts Saturday’s Aintree showpiece could be the biggest betting event in history as A P McCoy takes his final National ride on Shutthefrontdoor.

The McCoy factor is expected to drive turnover to new heights, with an anticipated £300 million wagered across the industry. That figure is approximately double the amount staked on a typical renewal and could see Shutthefrontdoor sent off the shortest priced Grand National favourite since Red Rum started at 7/2 in 1975.

Should the eight-year-old carry A P to a first Grand National success since 2010, Betfred estimates it could cost bookmakers upwards of £30 million.

Betfred spokesman Andrew Griffiths said: “McCoy mania has taken this year’s Grand National by storm.

“Every betting shop in the land will be teeming with punters who will all be backing the champ to ride off into the sunset with a winner.

“We usually lay a wide spread of horses in the National but the McCoy factor means that’s just not going to happen. It’s a recipe for bookmaking disaster and frankly it scares the pants off us.

“Bookies everywhere will be nervous wrecks. We could be on the verge of the biggest payout in history.”

Crabbie’s Grand National – Betfred bet: 7/1 Shutthefrontdoor; 10/1 Balthazar King, Rocky Creek; 12/1 The Druids Nephew; 14/1 Cause Of Causes; 20/1 Alvarado, Godsmejudge, Soll, Spring Heeled; 25/1 Al Co, First Lieutenant; Pineau De Re, Royale Knight; 28/1 Night In Milan; 33/1 Many Clouds, Saint Are, Unioniste; 40/1 Ballycasey, Chance Du Roy, Court By Surprise, Dolatulo, Lord Windermere, Monbeg Dude; 50/1 Across The Bay, Carlito Brigante, Corrin Wood, Mon Parrain, Oscar Time, Rebel Rebellion, Super Duty, Wyck Hill; 66/1 Owega Star, Portrait King, Rubi Light, The Rainbow Hunter; 100/1 Bob Ford, Ely Brown, Gas Line Boy, River Choice, Tranquil Sea.

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Shutthefrontdoor finishing position – Betfred bet: 7/1 First, 8/1 Second, 10/1 Third, Fourth, 4/9 Unplaced.

Shutthefrontdoor SP – Betfred bet: 6/5 – 5/1 to 6/1 inclusive; 5/2 – 7/2 to 9/2 inclusive; 11/4 – 13/2 or longer; 8 – 10/3 or shorter.

Shutthefrontdoor to win by further than Don’t Push It (5 lengths) – Betfred bet: 14/1 Yes.

Crabbie’s Grand National Winning Weight – Betfred bet: 4/5 11st or above, Evs Under 11st.

Crabbie’s Grand National Specials – Betfred bet: 4/1 Irish-trained winner, 5/1 J P McManus-owned winner, 6/1 Paul Nicholls-trained winner.

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GOING CHANGE TO MILDMAY COURSE

There has been a change to the going on the Mildmay Course. The going is now:

Mildmay Course: Good, Good to Soft in places (from Good to Soft, Good in places)

Andrew Tulloch, Clerk of the Course and Head of Racing at Aintree, said: “We’ve changed the going description for the Mildmay Course after a walk round this morning. It has dried up a bit more but we are leaving the Grand National and Hurdle Courses as Good to Soft, Good in places.

“There’s plenty of juice in the ground still and we will probably get some light rain overnight. We will reassess conditions late this afternoon and make a decision then about whether any more watering is necessary.”

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2015 CRABBIE’S GRAND NATIONAL – FACTS AND FIGURES

FIRST-TIMERS

Trainers: Emma Lavelle (Court By Surprise), Warren Greatrex (Dolatulo and Tranquil Sea), Jim Culloty (Lord Windermere and Spring Heeled), Peter Fahey (Owega Star), Maurice Phelan (Portrait King), Richard Chotard (River Choice), Robbie Hennessy (Rubi Light), Ian Williams (Super Duty), Neil Mulholland (The Druids Nephew) and David Bridgwater (Wyck Hill)

Jockeys: James Best (Gas Line Boy), Sean Bowen (Mon Parrain), David Cottin (River Choice), Will Kennedy (Super Duty), Gavin Sheehan (Tranquil Sea) and Tom Cannon (Wyck Hill).

OLDEST & YOUNGEST JOCKEY & TRAINER

Youngest jockey: Sean Bowen, 17 (born September 5, 1997)

Oldest jockey: Paul Carberry, 41 (born February 9, 1974)

Youngest trainer: Michael Scudamore, 31 (born February 24, 1984)

Oldest trainer: Robert Waley-Cohen, 66 (born November 10, 1948)

Jockeys: the current jockey with the most rides in the race is A P McCoy (Shutthefrontdoor will become his 20th ride). Richard Johnson and Paul Carberry will both take their 19th rides in the race this year on Balthazar King and Cause Of Causes.

Nina Carberry is the only female jockey in the 2015 race. She has had four previous Grand National rides (2006 Forest Gunner, 9th; 2010 Character Building, 7th; 2011 Character Building, 15th; 2012 Organisedconfusion, 8th). She has had more Grand National rides than any other woman.

But the woman jockey who has achieved the highest placing in the race is Carberry’s sister-in-law, Katie Walsh – third in 2012 on Seabass.

Sam Waley-Cohen and Nina Carberry are the only amateur riders in the 2015 race. Although no amateur has won since Marcus Armytage in 1990, Sam has come the closest – he finished second on Oscar Time, whom he rides this year, in 2011.

Eight trainers with runners in the 2015 race have ridden in past Grand Nationals – Jim Culloty (won on Bindaree in 2002), Oliver Sherwood, Paul Nicholls, Mouse Morris, Philip Hobbs, Jonjo O’Neill, Donald McCain and David Bridgwater.

Six jockeys riding in the 2015 race have won it previously: Leighton Aspell (2014 Pineau De Re), A P McCoy (2010 Don’t Push It), Daryl Jacob (2012 Neptune Collonges), Ruby Walsh (2000 Papillon, 2005 Hedgehunter), Paul Carberry (1999 Bobbyjo), Liam Treadwell (2009 Mon Mome).

AGE OF 2015 RUNNERS

One 14-year-old (Oscar Time), one 13-year-old (Tranquil Sea), two 12-year-olds (Pineau De Re & River Choice), five 11-year-olds (Balthazar King, The Rainbow Hunter, Across The Bay, Wyck Hill & Chance Du Roy), 10 10-year-olds (First Lieutenant, Rebel Rebellion, Rubi Light, Al Co, Monbeg Dude, Portrait King, Court By Surprise, Alvarado, Soll, Ely Brown), nine nine-year-olds (Lord Windermere, Rocky Creek, Mon Parrain, Night In Milan, Godsmejudge, Saint Are, Super Duty, Gas Line Boy, Royale Knight), nine eight-year-olds (Many Clouds, Shutthefrontdoor, Ballycasey, Spring Heeled, Dolatulo, The Druids Nephew, Corrin Wood, Bob Ford, Owega Star), two seven-year-olds (Unioniste, Cause Of Causes).
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No horse older than 12 has won since Sergeant Murphy (13) in 1923. Peter Simple is the oldest winner (15), in 1853.

Nine-year-olds have won 44 of the 167 runnings of the Crabbie’s Grand National where ages have been recorded.

The best recent record is by 11-year-olds, who have won in nine of the past 30 years, including the past three victors (Pineau De Re, 2014, Auroras Encore, 2013, Neptune Collonges, 2012).

There have been three winning 12-year-olds in the past 30 years – Little Polveir (1989), Royal Athlete (1995) and Amberleigh House (2004).

Youngest horse: Unioniste, 7 (born February 28, 2008)

Oldest horse: Oscar Time, 14 (born May 14, 2001)

Previous appearances in race: Across The Bay, 2 (2013 and 2014), Oscar Time, 2 (2011 and 2013), The Rainbow Hunter, 2 (2013 and 2014), Alvarado, 1 (2014), Balthazar King, 1 (2014), Chance Du Roy, 1 (2013), Monbeg Dude, 1 (2014), Pineau De Re 1 (2014), Rocky Creek 1 (2013), Saint Are, 1 (2013) and Soll, 1 (2013).

Weights: A P McCoy’s mount Shutthefrontdoor, currently favourite at 7-1, would be the first winner to carry exactly 11st 2lb since Early Mist in 1953.

Although the past two winners (2014 Pineau De Re, 10st 6lb, 2013 Auroras Encore, 10st 3lb) have carried less than 11st, the four previous to that carried 11st or more (2012 Neptune Collonges, 11st 6lb, 2011 Ballabriggs, 11st, 2010, Don’t Push It, 11st 5lb, 2009, Mon Mome, 11st).

Favourites: The last two favourites to win were Don’t Push It (2010, 10/1 jt fav) and Comply Or Die (2008, 7/1 jt fav).

Comply Or Die (2008, 7-1 jt fav) was the last horse priced in single figures to win.

Grey horses: Ballycasey, Corrin Wood, Portrait King, Unioniste.

Country of origin:
British-trained runners – 30
Irish-trained runners – 8
French-trained runner – 1

Who’s the daddy? 31 different stallions are represented by Crabbie’s Grand National runners with Presenting (sire of Ballycasey, First Lieutenant and Soll) and King’s Theatre (Balthazar King, Royale Knight and The Druids Nephew) each having three apiece.

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PARADE OF PAST GRAND NATIONAL WINNERS

A record-equalling 13 horses appear at Aintree tomorrow in the 2015 Parade of Champions, comprising past Crabbie’s Grand National winners.

The oldest horse on parade is 1997 winner, LORD GYLLENE. Now 27, he spends his retirement in the field along with owner Lady Hilda Clarke’s broodmares. He recently paraded at the Shetland Grand National at Aintree and at a local charity event.

RED MARAUDER (2001) has just notched up his quarter century and enjoys life at the Wetherby yard of his Grand National-winning partner Richard Guest, revelling in the outdoor life and supervising the younger horses.

2002 hero BINDAREE loves soaking up retirement in the company of Aintree favourite Hello Bud and Bandit the Shetland pony who belongs to his trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies’ daughters.

AMBERLEIGH HOUSE (2004) has near-filmstar status at the National Stud in Newmarket as a visitor attraction. He gets given plenty of polos on a daily basis.

Trevor Hemmings’ two Grand National winners, HEDGEHUNTER (2005) and BALLABRIGGS (2011), have both paraded at Aintree on many occasions. They laze about together at their home in the Isle of Man, then travel over to Britain each spring when they lead the youngsters at Hemmings’ Gleadhill Stud near Chorley.

Both NUMBERSIXVALVERDE (2006) and SILVER BIRCH (2007) reside in Ireland, still at their respective trainers’ bases. “Numbersix” used to excel at dressage, but hasn’t done a lot over the past 18 months. He keeps fit on Martin Brassil’s horsewalker and enjoys showing off in the paddocks. Silver Birch still goes out with Gordon Elliott’s string and thinks he is number one.

COMPLY OR DIE (2008), who lives at the home of his National-winning jockey Timmy Murphy, appeared in the Retraining of Racehorses parade at the Cheltenham Festival and did so at a similar parade on the opening day at the Crabbie’s Grand National Festival, while MON MOME (2009) mixes happy retirement at trainer Venetia Williams’ yard with showing. He is now an experienced competitor and has several “firsts” to his name.

DON’T PUSH IT (2010) lives at JP McManus’ Stud in Ireland, happily grazing away with a few pals.

The versatile NEPTUNE COLLONGES (2012) parades regularly at equestrian events to raise money for Alder Hey Hospital and is exceptionally gentle with children in wheelchairs when they feed him carrots, but is described as a “total idiot” as soon as he sees a racecourse. He won a local dressage competition just three weeks ago and also does a bit of show jumping and leads the young horses.

Making his first Aintree Parade appearance today is AURORAS ENCORE (2013). He has been recovering from injury for the last 16 months at Sue Smith’s Yorkshire yard and enjoys time off in the field with his friends. He receives lots of visitors and likes having his photo taken.

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SWEEPSTAKE DAY IN THE PRESS

It’s Ladies Day at Aintree, and Crabbie’s Grand National Sweepstake Day around Britain.

On the eve of the famous race, the country’s newspapers have not missed an opportunity to gain a place on the walls of workplaces and pubs, and most print a ‘sweepstake kit’ that provides a fun way to get involved.

A colourful front cover depicting each of the 40 runners’ silks leaves Liverpool Echo and Manchester Evening News readers in no doubt that ‘It’s Crabbie’s Grand National time’ and in addition to a sweepstake they produce a pinstickers’ guide and wealth of photographs from day one. ‘Stylish scousers make the most of racing fun’ is the Echo’s page six headline, while the paper’s racing reporter, Chris Wright, tips Al Co to be Aintree’s hero.

However, the Dean of Wakefield Cathedral will be hoping for a different result. The Echo produces a photo of the Very Reverend Jonathan Greener holding a £50 each-way Ladbrokes betting slip that he hopes will produce funds for church roof repairs – his selection is Godsmejudge.

Ladies Day observations from journalists include those of the Racing Post’s Alastair Down, who writes: “It is a big-hearted, Scouse-proud event and if there are 50 times as many fallers in the enclosures than on the course that’s part of an occasion that merely needs to be left alone to rock and roll its unique mix.” The Daily Mail’s Jan Moir writes “the raucous exuberance always wins me over,” adding: “That, and the cockle-warming sight of hard-working women enjoying a day off.”

Daily Star writer Jerry Lawton says: “Aintree fillies turned on the style from the off at the Grand National meeting yesterday,” while page three of the Daily Express is headlined ‘Sunshine brings a bright start to Aintree Festival’ and publishes a photo of smartly-dressed female racegoers enjoying the rays. The Sun’s ‘And they’re off’ headline on page 13 conveys the fun and fashion of the opening day.

A P McCoy’s impending retirement has been carrying racing into areas of the media it visits rarely. The news pages of the Daily Express carry Neil Clark’s look back on the great jockey’s life and ponders a win for him on Shutthefrontdoor would be one of the Crabbie’s Grand National’s great fairytales. The Guardian correspondent Greg Wood touches on that theme, but concludes: “With all eyes on McCoy the National could easily conclude with an unpredictable twist,” adding, “Nina Carberry is one rider who could upstage the champion . . . when attempting to become the first woman to win [the race].” The Independent’s Jon Freeman claims Carberry “gave a masterclass in patience and timing” when winning yesterday’s Crabbie’s Fox Hunters’ Chase with On The Fringe.

‘A Grand farewell is beckoning for a National treasure’ is the Wigan Evening Post’s summary of the champ’s Aintree farewell, while his victory on Jezki in yesterday’s Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle not only provides a theme for analysis of the opening day’s action, but another chance to produce a dramatic photo of Ruby Walsh tumbling. His final-hurdle fall on Annie Power at Cheltenham was matched by Arctic Fire’s, and receives similar coverage, including on the front of the Daily Mirror’s racing pullout.

‘A P’s Jez perfect’ is the Daily Star’s take on reflections of the race by Chris Goulding, while the back page of The Times has a worm’s eye view of McCoy soaring over a fence on unplaced Three Kingdoms with a caption that starts ‘High stakes’. The Racing Post prints a photo of McCoy’s Aintree tribute wall, where racegoers could pen homage to the jockey – it was full after day one.

McCoy will be Mr Spotlight for the next two days and possibly beyond, but the Press has not forgotten that other competitors will be doing their best to win tomorrow’s big race. The Sun’s Claude Duval interviews Gavin Sheehan, the rider of outsider Tranquil Sea, while The Daily Telegraph’s Jim White focuses on the Charlie Longsdon-trained Ely Brown, which the paper claims is ‘The 100/1 shot the bookies might have overlooked’. ‘Praying will win’ would be no less appropriate, particularly while McCoy is in the mix.
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SUCCESSFUL WOMEN IN RACING SUMMIT

There was crowd of 116 delegates for a breakfast Women In Racing summit hosted jointly with Aintree Racecourse on Friday.

Channel 4 Racing betting guru Tanya Stevenson chaired the panel that included British Horseracing Authority chairman Steve Harman and Rose Patterson, who has the same role at Aintree. Also speaking were Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle and Dr Denise Barrett-Baxendale MBE, CEO of Everton Football Club in the Community and Deputy CEO of Everton Football Club.

Among those attending were Nick Rust, chief executive of the British Horseracing Authority, and John Baker, Regional Director of Jockey Club Racecourses North West.

Tweddle, the most successful British gymnast of all time, retired in August, 2013 and was asked about the advice she would give A P McCoy, whose record-breaking riding career will shortly come to an end.

“My advice to him is to plan and I hope he’ll have people around him who will support him,” said Tweddle. “It was hard for me to let go because from the age of seven, gymnastics were all that I knew and then when I was 28 I was suddenly stepping away.

“Doing Dancing On Ice actually helped a lot because it was a new challenge and it made me realise that I had other things that I could offer. It’s a scary time walking away from what had been your life.”

After the summit, top female jockey Katie Walsh led some of the party on a walk of the Grand National course with Carrie Ford and Richard Pitman additionally leading groups.

Speaking in the week she won the Irish National on Thunder And Roses, Walsh said: “Monday was out of this world, it just all clicked and was fantastic.

“Looking back on my career, I was lucky to get the opportunities at home and then to get involved with Willie Mullins. But I had to make it happen for myself to get the leg up, it wasn’t going to just happen because I was Ted’s daughter and Ruby’s sister.

“I tried hard when I got the opportunities but that’s life and it’s the same in any business.”

Walsh finished third in the 2012 Crabbie’s Grand National on Seabass and added: “Certainly by the time you get to Becher’s but often by the third fence you know if your horse has taken to it. Other horses see the fences and back up and they are often soon pulled up. They seem to clap their eyes on it and love it or not. We ran Papillon over hurdles before winning here and he enjoyed coming back to these fences.”

Harriet Rochester of Women In Racing was delighted by the event and said: “I’m really grateful for the delegates’ support and it’s testament to an important current subject being spoken about across government, leading figures in sport and the media.

“It’s a good time to be talking about this important topic and the fact that it was supported by 116 delegates – including both men and women – reflects the appetite to develop gender balance in sport and horse racing.”

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FIRST RACE WINNING QUOTES
ALDER HEY CHILDREN’S CHARITY HANDICAP HURDLE

HENDERSON BEGINS ON RIGHT NOTE

Theinval may have missed out on a run at the Cheltenham Festival but trainer Nicky Henderson was delighted that the five-year was able to gain his moment in the spotlight when winning the opening Alder Hey Children’s Charity Handicap Hurdle at 7/1.

“He was always travelling well and he is a horse who has been doing everything right. He was unlucky to miss out by literally one or two at Cheltenham – he just got balloted out the bottom – and then we ran him in the consolation race at Kempton and he won that,” said Henderson.

“Consequently, he got his penalty and he has done well to win again. Having been balloted out at Cheltenham, it’s great that he got a consolation that weekend and now he has got the proper prize that he deserved.

“He is probably going the right way. He’s a lovely unfurnished sort. He is very likeable – a really, nice, genuine, honest and uncomplicated horse – and we put some ear plugs in him today because Barry said that he was a bit gassy at Kempton. Barry has been great and we are missing him but I have a great team of boys and they are doing everything right.

“Jerry (McGrath) gave him a lovely ride. He was always in the right place – they all were turning in but one of them was good at least.”

THEINVAL HAS JEREMIAH JUMPING FOR JOY

Nicky Henderson’s three-pound claimer Jeremiah McGrath posted his first win at the Crabbie’s Grand National Festival when Theinval held off a fast-finishing The St James and A P McCoy to land the Alder Hey Children’s Charity Handicap Hurdle by half a length.

The delighted young conditional, who has also won the 2012 Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, said: “I’ve had a few winners at Aintree itself but this is my first at the Festival. I won on him at Kempton off a mark of 119 – it was his second run after coming over from France as a maiden – but I’ve won off 144 today so it just shows you the improvement the boss can get out of a horse. It’s a tremendous effort.

“As the season has gone on and the ground has got better, he has really improved. He’s very aggressive – he had seven or eight months of racing in France before he came over so he has plenty of experience. I had no worries going into handicap company again today in a big field.”

McGrath paid tribute to his injured colleague, adding: “Fair play to Barry Geraghty – he suggested running him in earplugs today after his last run and they just helped him to switch off a bit today.”

Race 1: The Alder Hey Children’s Charity Handicap Hurdle
Placed quotes

O’NEILL PLEASED WITH THE SAINT JAMES’S RUN

Jonjo O’Neill, trainer of The Saint James, ridden by A P McCoy into second place, half a length behind Theinval, said: “He ran well. He just got sandwiched a few times but he kept going.

“He’s not a bad little horse, but he’s not the biggest to get murdered in a race and it just takes it out of them.”

Willie Mullins, trainer of third-placed Daneking, said: “He’s shown today he wants all of this trip. He’ll be running on the Flat soon.”

GOING AFTER THE FIRST RACE

Paul Carberry, rider of Vulcanite (18th), said “probably good to soft”

Brian Hughes, rider of Enchanted Garden (21st), remarked “good ground”

David Bass, Lyvius’ jockey (12th), commented “they’ve put plenty of water on it – I’d say it was slightly softer than yesterday”

Tom Scudamore, on board Dell ‘Arca (7th), said “same as yesterday”

Paul Townend, on Nexius (10th), said “beautiful jumping ground”

Paddy Brennan, who rode Olofi (8th), thought “you couldn’t get better jumping ground than that”

Aidan Coleman, pilot of Baradari (15th), commented “it’s nice out there”

Jerry McGrath, who rode Theinval (1st), said “good ground – it’s beautiful”

Daryl Jacob, on Vasco Du Ronceray (11th), remarked “a bit softer than yesterday”

Sam Twiston-Davies, jockey of Pearl Swan (19th), opined “a bit slower than yesterday”

Noel Fehily, who partnered Mijhaar (5th), thought it was “good ground – the same as yesterday”

Davy Condon, rider of Knight’s Parade (14th), commented “beautiful jumping ground”

Tom O’Brien, on board Mile House (20th), said “it’s nice jumping ground”

1.40pm Alder Hey Children’s Charity Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)
£50,000 total prize fund. For 4yo+, 2m 4f. Minimum weight 10st. Penalties: after March 28th, a winner of a hurdle 4lb. Penalty value 1st £28,135.00 2nd £10,600.00 3rd £5,305.00 4th £2,650.00 5th £1,330.00 6th £665.00

1) THEINVAL (FR) (Sandy & Caroline Orr) Nicky Henderson 5-11-04 Jeremiah McGrath (3) 7/1
2) THE SAINT JAMES (FR) (J P McManus) Jonjo O’Neill ht4-10-08 A P McCoy 11/2f
3) DANEKING (Susannah Ricci) Willie Mullins IRE h6-11-00 Ruby Walsh 8/1
4) STONEBROOK (IRE) (J P McManus) Donald McCain 7-10-04 Will Kennedy 40/1
5) MIJHAAR (Bloomfields) John Ferguson 7-11–00 Noel Fehily 12/1
6) PARTY ROCK (IRE) (Pam Beardmore) Jennie Candlish 8-10-09 Conor Ring (5)
7) DELL’ ARCA (IRE) (Professor Caroline Tisdall) David Pipe b6-11-07 Tom Scudamore
8) OLOFI (FR) (McNeill Family) Tom George tp9-11-03 Paddy Brennan
9) LEXI’S BOY (IRE) (Tim Leslie) Donald McCain 7-10-10 Wayne Hutchinson
10) NEXIUS (IRE) (Straightline Construction Ltd) Keith Dalgleish 6-11-07 Paul Townend
11) VASCO DU RONCERAY (FR) (Simon Munir & Isaac Souede) Nicky Henderson h6-11-01 Daryl Jacob
12) LYVIUS (Trevor Hemmings) Nicky Henderson b7-11-07 David Bass
13) SOME BUCKLE (IRE) (Roger Brookhouse) Tom George t6-10-12 Denis O’Regan
14) KNIGHT’S PARADE (IRE) (Bodhran Makers Syndicate) Gordon Elliott IRE t5-10-08 Davy Condon
15) BARADARI (IRE) (Andrew Brooks) Venetia Williams 5-11-02 Aidan Coleman
16) ROCK ON ROCKY (Jan Johnson & Terry Harman) Matt Sheppard p7-10-12 Charlie Poste
17) SLEEPY HAVEN (IRE) (Alan Baxter, Anthony Bloor & Dave Cheetham) Jennie Candlish t5-11-01 Henry Brooke
18) VULCANITE (IRE) (J P McManus) Charlie Longsdon 8-11-12 Paul Carberry
19) PEARL SWAN (FR) (Robin Geffen) Paul Nicholls tb7-11-01 Sam Twiston-Davies
20) MILE HOUSE (IRE) (Castle Farm Racing) Robert Stephens 7-10-07 Tom O’Brien
21) ENCHANTED GARDEN (Mrs D Davenport) Malcolm Jefferson 7-11-08 Brian Hughes

21 ran
Non-runner: Snake Eyes (vet’s cert – sore)
Distances: ½, 1, ½, 4½, ½, 6, 3¼, 2½, 3¼, 10, nse, ¾, 7, 5, sh, nk, 14, 10, 6, 70
Breeder: V Berouard, Mille L Berouard & S Chatelain
Breeding: b g Smadoun (FR) — Kinevees (FR) (Hard Leaf (FR))
Tote Win £8.70 Place £2.70 £1.90 £2.40 £10.50 Exacta £51.70

Winning Trainer: NICHOLAS (NICKY) JOHN HENDERSON Based: Seven Barrows, Lambourn, Hungerford, Berkshire Date of birth: 10/12/50 Background: The son of financier and amateur jockey John Henderson MBE, Nicky attended Eton before working in the City for stockbrokers Cazenoves. Ended up in their Sydney office and rode out each morning prior to work before deciding to study farming at Cirencester. Also spent six years as an amateur, riding 78 winners including the Imperial Cup and the Foxhunters Chase at Liverpool. He was assistant to the legendary Fred Winter from 1974 to 1978. In July 1978 he first took out a trainer’s licence and trained from Windsor House in Lambourn. He moved to Seven Barrows in 1992. Major Aintree Festival wins: Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (2011 Spirit Son, 2012 Simonsig), Top Novices’ Hurdle (2010 General Miller, 2012 Darlan, 2013 My Tent Or Yours, 2014 Josses Hill), Manifesto Novices’ Chase (2010 Mad Max, 2013 Captain Conan), Anniversary 4-Y-O Hurdle (2008 Binocular), Crabbie’s Fox Hunter’s Chase (2007 Scots Grey), Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (1988 Rustle, 2014 Beat That), Melling Chase (1992 Remittance Man, 2012 Finian’s Rainbow, 2013 Sprinter Sacre), Crabbie’s Topham Chase (1990 Wont Be Gone Long, 2006 Liberthine, 2013 Triolo D’Alene, 2014 Ma Filleule), Mildmay Novices’ Chase (1991 Sparkling Flame, 2003 Irish Hussar, 2010 Burton Port), Maghull Novices’ Chase (2012 Sprinter Sacre), Aintree Hurdle (2011 & 2012 Oscar Whisky), Liverpool Hurdle (2014 Whisper) Cheltenham Festival wins (53): Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup (2011 Long Run, 2013 Bobs Worth), Coral Cup (2010 Spirit River, 2014 Whisper), Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (2009 Andytown), County (1997 Barna Boy, 1993 Thumbs Up), Kim Muir (1990 Master Bob, 2002 The Bushkeeper, 2005 Juveigneur), Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate (1985,1986 The Tsarevich, 2005 Liberthine, 2006 Non So), Ladbrokes World Hurdle (1989 Rustle, 2000 Bacchanal), Cathcart (1994 Raymylette, 1990 Brown Windsor, 1999 and 2000 Stormyfairweather), Sky Bet Supreme Novices H (1986 River Ceiriog, 1992 Flown), Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (1992 Remittance Man, 2012 Finian’s Rainbow, 2013 Sprinter Sacre), Racing Post Arkle (1991 Remittance Man, 1993 Travado, 2000 Tiutchev, 2012 Sprinter Sacre, 2013 Simonsig), Stan James Champion Hurdle (1985, 1986, 1987 See You Then, 2009 Punjabi, 2010 Binocular),JCB Triumph (1985 First Bout, 1987 Alone Success, 1999 Katarino, 2009 Zaynar, 2010 Soldatino, 2015 Peace And Co), Ultima Business Solutions Handicap Chase (2000 Marlborough), RSA Chase (2005 Trabolgan, 2012 Bobs Worth), Ryanair Chase (2006 Fondmort), A P McCoy Grand Annual Chase (2006 Greenhope, 2012 Bellvano), Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (2011 Bobs Worth), Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle (2012 Simonsihg), Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (2012 Une Artiste), Ryanair Chase (2012 Riverside Theatre), CHAPS Restaurants Barbados Novices’ Handicap Chase (2013 Rajdhani Express), Pertemps Network Final (2015 Call The Cops) Number of Winners (1982/83-2013/14): 40, 43, 40, 46, 67, 40, 43, 41, 49, 52, 53, 48, 45, 47, 58, 54, 73, 67, 81, 92, 69, 79; 53; 85; 74; 83; 115; 136; 153; 167; 125*; 124 *champion trainer Wins this Season: 116

Winning Jockey: Jeremiah McGrath Background: Conditional jockey based with Nicky Henderson. First winner: Bathwick Quest, Newton Abbot, August 20, 2008, Cheltenham Festival wins (1): Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (2012 Une Artiste) Other big race wins: Swinton Handicap Hurdle (2011 Eradicate) Wins (2008/09-2013/14): 1; 1; 8; 22; 10; 7; 13 Wins this season: 14
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Second race – The E-Lites Top Novices’ Hurdle
Winner’s quotes

FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT FOR SCOPEY CYRUS DARIUS

The E-Lites Top Novices’ Hurdle winner Cyrus Darius has his trainer Malcolm Jefferson dreaming of big things ahead in the chasing ranks after the six-year-old posted an impressive 10-length victory at Aintree.

The Yorkshire-based trainer said: “It’s always hard to chuck them in at the deep end but yesterday morning when I looked at what was going to run, I thought that there’s always a chance that the favourite might not run to his form and then the rest of them were much of a muchness on ratings.

“I rang Brian [Hughes, jockey] and he was thinking we should go to Perth but I thought ‘Bugger it’, as this was going to be his last run of the season anyhow. He’s going to grass now so I thought we’d take our chance.”

Asked of his thoughts for what the future holds for Cyrus Darius, who earned a quote of 20/1 for next year’s Arkle Trophy following his Liverpool rout, Jefferson added: “I dream about all sorts of things but often they end up as nightmares!

“So we’ll just leave him at grass and see what next season brings – he’ll go novice chasing next season. He’s just a lovely big horse who travels really well. I’d love to have a good two-mile chaser and he could be the one. He’s very nimble for a big horse and we’ve schooled him over fences.”

HUGHES EXCITED BY CYRUS DARIUS

Jockey Brian Hughes rode his second winner at the 2015 Crabbie’s Grand National Festival when Cyrus Darius landed the E-Lites Top Novices’ Hurdle.

The 8/1 winner, who is trained by Malcolm Jefferson at Malton in Yorkshire, added to Hughes’ triumph yesterday on 33/1 shot Surf And Turf in the Betfred Red Rum Handicap Chase.

Hughes, who is aiming for a maiden century of winners in one season and who took his tally to 99 with today’s success, said of Cyrus Darius: “He’s won two races in the North in a hack canter, and while we were umming and ahhing about coming here Malcolm made a good shout and it’s paid off. He’s a big, strapping horse and will make a better chaser we hope.

“He jumped and travelled well today, and while it took me a bit of time to settle him it’s a big atmosphere for young horses and he was just a bit keen. Once he settled and got into a rhythm I was confident he would run well and from turning in I realised they were going to struggle to get by me.

“He’s not a horse that gets worked up, but he’s raw and it’s a warm day. On the whole, considering it was only his third run over hurdles, he coped with it well and there’s a lot of improvement in him.

“We’ve already schooled him over fences and he coped fine. I should think we will give him another pop [over fences] before he goes out for summer grass.”

GLINGERBURN ‘OVER THE TOP’

Trainer Nicky Richards was not too unhappy with the performance of 7/4 favourite Glingerburn, who finished fourth behind Cyrus Darius in the E-Lites Top Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree this afternoon.

The seven-year-old was never jumping with any fluency early in the race and his jockey, Brian Harding, was sending out distress signals a long way from home. The son of King’s Theatre was eventually beaten 21 and three quarter lengths.

“He’s fine,” said Richards.

“He just couldn’t get in that rhythm today. I had to miss last season with him and this season I got him in early and he’s had a nice, long, steady preparation.

“I’m not making excuses about anything, I may not have won, but I’d say he was over the top there. He’s still a good horse though – as is the winner.”

John Ferguson, trainer of third-placed Qewy, who was beaten 11 and three quarter lengths, said: “We’re delighted with the way he ran. We’ll give him a good holiday now – he’s been on the go for a long time.”

Second race result

2.15pm E-Lites Top Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)
£60,000 total prize fund. For 4yo+, 2m 110y. Weights: 4yo 10st 12lb; 5yo+ 11st 4lb. Allowances: fillies and mares 7lb. Penalty value 1st £33,762.00 2nd £12,720.00 3rd £6,366.00 4th £3,180.00 5th £1,596.00 6th £798.00

1) CYRUS DARIUS (Graham & Jan Calder, P Warren) Malcolm Jefferson 6-11-04 Brian Hughes 8/1
2) VAGO COLLONGES (FR) (Andrea & Graham Wylie) Paul Nicholls t6-11-04 Sam Twiston-Davies 7/1
3) QEWY (IRE) (Bloomfields) John Ferguson 5-11-04 A P McCoy 5/1
4) GLINGERBURN (IRE) (James Westoll) Nicky Richards 7-11-04 Brian Harding 7/4f
5) CARDINAL WALTER (IRE) (Fitri Hay) Nicky Henderson h6-11-04 Andrew Tinkler
6) JOLLY’S CRACKED IT (FR) (GDM Partnership) Harry Fry 6-11-04 Noel Fehily
7) MONTDRAGON (FR) (J P McManus) Jonjo O’Neill t5-11-04 Richie McLernon
8) TRADER JACK (Adam Lemon) David Flood 6-11-04 Stephen Craine
9) DABADIYAN (IRE) (Mark Albon, Chris Stedman & Gary Moore) Gary Moore 5-11-04 Joshua Moore
F) ENDLESS CREDIT (IRE) (Mile & Eileen Newbould) Micky Hammond t5-11-04 Joe Colliver
UR) COMMISSIONED (IRE) (Bloomfields) John Ferguson 5-11-04 Richard Johnson

11 ran
Distances: 10, 1¾, 10, 1½, 30, 10, 17, 91
Breeder: Lingbourne Stud
Breeding: b g Overbury (IRE) — Barton Belle (Barathea (IRE))
Tote Win £8.30 Place £2.20 £2.30 £1.90 Exacta £60.70

Winning Trainer: MALCOLM JEFFERSON Based: Newstaed Cottage Stables, Norton, Malton, North Yorkshire Date of birth: 1/12/46 Background: Born into a farming family in Skelton, Malcolm began his working life as a farmhand before joining up with Gordon W Richards at Greystoke aged 20, where he spent 13 years. Date of first licence: 1981 Cheltenham Festival wins (4): Pertemps Final (1994 Tindari, 2012 Cape Tribulation), Champion Bumper (1995 Dato Star), Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (2012 Attaglance) Major Aintree Festival wins: Top Novices’ Hurdle (2015 Cyrus Darius) Other big wins: Argento Chase (2013 Cape Tribulation), Haydock Champion Hurdle Trial (1998 & 2000 Dato Star), Christmas Hurdle (1999 Dato Star), Fighting Fifth Hurdle (1998 & 1999 Dato Star), Long Distance Hurdle (1997 Go-Informal), Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase (2011 According To Pete, 2012 Cape Tribulation) Number of Winners (1990/91-2013/14): 5; 3; 14; 11; 16; 14; 24; 29; 15; 26; 12; 26; 20; 12; 21; 28; 31; 17; 30; 19; 26; 26; 23; 30 Wins this Season: 23

Winning jockey: Brian Hughes Background: Irish rider formerly attached to Howard Johnson’s County Durham yard. Still based in the north of England and now rides freelance, mainly for Malcolm Jefferson and James Ewart. Rode 19 winners on the Flat in Ireland when apprenticed to Kevin Prendergast, having graduated from the Racing Academy & Centre of Education in Kildare in 2002. Aintree Festival Wins: Crabbie’s Topham Chase (2010 Always Waining) Red Rum Handicap Chase (2015 Surf And Turf), Top Novices’ Hurdle (2015 Cyrus Darius) First win under Rules in Britain: Renada, Newcastle, November 26, 2006 Cheltenham Festival wins (1): Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (2014 Hawk High) Big Race Wins Include: Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle (Prestige (2011 Back In Focus)), Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (River Don (2014 Urban Hymn)), Cleeve Hurdle (2010 Tiday Bay), Rossington Main Novices’ Hurdle (2009 Alfie Flits), Swinton Handicap Hurdle (2009 Joe Jo Star) Wins (2005/06-2013/14): 11; 3; 39; 50; 44; 65 (champion conditional jockey); 50; 44; 65; 53; 44; 86 Wins This Season: 99

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Statement from Ruth Quinn, Director of Racing for the BHA, on the withdrawal of Carlito Brigante from the Crabbie’s Grand National

Ruth Quinn Director of Racing for the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) said: “The stewards have conducted an enquiry into the withdrawal of Carlito Brigante. They spoke to the trainer who informed them that the first indication of a potential problem was not until after the horse had been exercised, which was at around 9am, when the deadline had already passed. The horse was then examined by a vet before being withdrawn.

“The policy in Britain is that we do not have day-of-race reserves. This policy is based on consultation with the industry. It is something that we trialled in the past but the industry rejected the trial almost unanimously – including by trainers, owners, bookmakers and punters. It is a shame that Carlito Brigante was not able to take up his place, but, following the trial of raceday reserves, it was agreed by all that there should be a strict deadline, which is currently 9am the day before the race.”

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THIRD RACE WINNING QUOTES
BETFRED MILDMAY NOVICES’ CHASE

SAPHIR HAS CONNECTIONS DREAMING

Trainer Paul Nicholls is looking forward to next season with Saphir Du Rheu after the six-year-old put in a sparkling performance to win the Grade One Betfred Mildmay Novices’ Chase.

“I’ve always thought of him as a Gold Cup horse. His two runs over hurdles did him the world of good but he’s a chaser not a hurdler. I wanted to end the season here over fences so we can progress next year,” said Nicholls. “For a six-year-old to do that there in a Grade One having had two falls, is ideal. After yesterday I thought we might not have a Gold Cup horse for next season but we do now.

“Silviniaco Conti won’t be entered in the Gold Cup next season whereas this fellow’s ultimate aim will be Cheltenham. I don’t know what we’ll do in between, he’d be suited by a track like Leopardstown.

“I took him to Wincanton last week and schooled him and I think that was crucial, he’s really come together in the last 10 days. He’s potentially very nice. He’s got the size and scope to be a very good jumper. He’s only six and there’s so much improvement in him physically.

“Sam (Twiston-Davies) has done a lot of work on him and so has Nick (Scholfield), who won on him at Exeter. You would never be afraid to let Nick ride him if Sam couldn’t. “

RHEU-MARKABLE

Jockey Sam Twiston-Davies was happy with the performance of Saphir Du Rheu after the 13/8 favourite ran out the impressive 15 length winner of the Grade One Betfred Mildmay Novices’ Chase at Aintree this afternoon.

The six-year-old was returning to the larger obstacles today, having finished second behind Cole Harden in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival last time out, and produced a fine round of jumping to run his rivals ragged.

“I was generally happy with him there,” said Twiston-Davies.

“The most important thing was to get him into a nice rhythm. We went a bit wide but sometimes he needs his own space at times to see what he’s doing. Because he was able to see, he was able to get into that nice rhythm and jump well. He’s got loads of scope but needs a little bit of help when he gets in tight. You can’t pull on him as he goes numb in your hands.

“You’ve just got to have confidence to let him do it. He’s very, very good horse and Paul (Nicholls – trainer) has made no secret of that fact. He is always going to be a better chaser than he was a hurdler – just look at the size of him.

“You can nick half a length here and there with him but the trouble was just getting him to jump correctly. I managed to stay on his back today! He made one mistake. I spoke to Ruby (Walsh) before we went out and we talked about how we went about it – the horse a bit numb and, if you tug off him, he tends to fight you but, if you just throw the reins at him, he actually uses his brain. It may be small but he does have one.

“We had a lot of communication problems in the past but I think we are learning about each other slowly. It was a hell of a feel around there – it was good fun and I asked him to stretch from the ditch and, going down to the last I said: ‘we are going a bit fast now, can we slow down?’. He was excellent and it’s great to be on the board again.

Owner Andy Stewart was hoping Saphir De Rheu can make up into a Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup horse next season.

“He obviously fluffed his lines a couple of times over fences and wasn’t good enough to win the World Hurdle but we are very delighted with today,” said Stewart.

“To have a Gold Cup contender is marvellous and beyond our dreams but let’s just get him to Cheltenham next year.”

Sponsors Betfred have Saphir Du Rheu into 20/1 (from 40/1) for next year’s Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup.

KING HOPES THERE’S MOR TO COME FROM CARRAIG

Carraig Mor put a smile on the face of trainer Alan King when running a fine race to take second in the Betfred Mildmay Novices’ Chase.

The seven-year-old had no answer to the winner, Saphir Du Rheu, but the last-named was runner-up in last month’s Ladbrokes World Hurdle, and King was pleased that his horse stayed on grittily and held off third-placed Irish Saint. The distances were 15 lengths and a head.

Wiltshire-based King said: “That was a big step forward, although the winner looks exceptional. I’m delighted, because at the second-last I thought we might walk home, but he kept plugging away and he might improve for another summer [at grass] because he’s a big, tall horse.

“In an ideal world he might be better going right-handed, but it’s not an issue and he has won round Newbury [which is left-handed]. He has a tendency to go a little bit right, and if you were trying to tick every box you would go right-handed.”

The Punchestown Festival would provide Carraig Mor with a clockwise track, and King said: “He has an entry at Punchestown, but we’ll see how he comes out of this. My gut feeling is that he has done enough, but the owners would love Punchestown so we will wait and see.”

Third race result

2.50pm Betfred Mildmay Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)
£90,000 total prize fund. For 5yo+, 3m 1f. Weights 11st 4lb. Allowances: mares 7lb. Penalty value 1st £50,643.00 2nd £19,080.00 3rd £9,549.00 4th £4,770.00 5th £2,394.00 6th £1,197.00

1) SAPHIR DU RHEU (FR) (The Stewart Family) Paul Nicholls 6-11-04 Sam Twiston-Davies 13/8f
2) CARRAIG MOR (IRE) (Masterson Holdings Limited) Alan King 7-11-04 Noel Fehily 12/1
3) IRISH SAINT (FR) (Mrs Johnny de la Hey) Paul Nicholls t6-11-04 Nick Scholfield 6/1
4) WAKANDA (IRE) (M & R Scholey) Sue Smith 6-11-04 Sean Quinlan
5) CAROLE’S DESTRIER (Mrs C Skipworth) Neil Mulholland 7-11-04 A P McCoy
6) AINSI FIDELES (FR) (Simon Munir & Isaac Souede) David Pipe tb5-11-04 Tom Scudamore
F) IRISH CAVALIER (IRE) (A McIver) Rebecca Curtis p6-11-04 Paul Townend
PU) CLOSE TOUCH (The Queen) Nicky Henderson 7-11-04 David Bass
UR) RAWNAQ (IRE) (Kevin Smith) Matthew Smith IRE 8-11-04 Andrew Lynch

9 ran
Distances: 15, hd, 23, 11, 28
Breeder: Claude Duval
Breeding: gr g Al Namix (FR) — Dona Du Rheu (FR) (Dom Pasquini (FR))
Tote Win £2.40 Place £1.30 £3.30 £2.00 Exacta £20.50

Winning Trainer: PAUL NICHOLLS Date of birth: 17/05/62 Based: Heighes House, Manor Farm Stables, Ditcheat, Shepton Mallet, Somerset Background: Paul Nicholls has been training at Manor Farm Stables in Ditcheat, Somerset, since taking out a licence on November 1, 1991. He started out as a jump jockey and twice rode the winner of the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Newbury, in 1986 and 1987. He partnered 119 winners between 1980 and 1989. He was assistant trainer to former Devon-based David Barons, who sent out Seagram to win the 1991 Grand National at Aintree during that time. Having strongly challenged Martin Pipe for the jump trainers’ championship for several years, most notably when pushing his great rival right to the last day of the 2004/05 campaign, he claimed his first of eight titles in the 2005/06 season. Aintree Festival Wins include: Aintree Hurdle (2013 Zarkandar), Crabbie’s Grand National (2012 Neptune Collonges), Melling Chase (2001 Fadalko, 2011 Master Minded), Liverpool Hurdle (2012, 2011, 2010 & 2009 Big Buck’s), Top Novices’ Hurdle (2008 Pierrot Lunaire), Crabbie’s Topham Chase (2008 Gwanako), Maghull Novices’ Chase (1999 Flagship Uberalles, 2002 Armaturk, 2003 Le Roi Miguel, 2007 Twist Magic, 2010 Tataniano), Mildmay Novices’ Chase (2006 Star De Mohaison, 2008 Big Buck’s, 2012 Silviniaco Conti, 2015 Saphir Du Rheu), Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Natal, 2008 Elusive Dream, 2014 Lac Fontana), Crabbie’s Fox Hunter Chase (2002 Torduff Express), Anniversary 4-y-o Novices’ Hurdle (2003 Le Duc, 2011 Zarkandar, 2015 All Yours), Betfred Bowl (2000 See More Business, 2010 What A Friend, 2014 & 2015 Silviniaco Conti) Cheltenham Festival Wins (37): Coral Cup (2015 Aux Ptits Soins), Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (2010 Sanctuaire, 2015 Qualando), Ladbrokes World Hurdle (2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012 Big Buck’s), CHAPS Restaurants Barbados Novices’ Handicap Chase (2009 Chapoturgeon), JCB Triumph Hurdle (2008 Celestial Halo, 2011 Zarkandar), Racing Post Arkle Novices’ Chase (1999 Flagship Uberalles, 2003 Azertyuiop), Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (1999 Call Equiname, 2004 Azertyuiop, 2008 & 2009 Master Minded, 2015 Dodging Bullets), Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup (1999 See More Business, 2007 & 2009 Kauto Star, 2008 Denman), CGA Foxhunter Chase (2004 Earthmover, 2005 Sleeping Night), A P McCoy Grand Annual Chase (2004 St Pirran, 2007 Andreas), Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle (2004 Sporazene, 2006 Desert Quest, 2009 American Trilogy, 2014 Lac Fontana), Ryanair Chase (2005 Thisthatandtother, 2007 Taranis), Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Noland, 2011 Al Ferof), RSA Chase (2006 Star De Mohaison, 2007 Denman), Stan James Champion Hurdle (2012 Rock On Ruby), Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (2013 Salubrious) First Trainer to Saddle Six Winners on One Card: Saturday, January 21, 2006, at Wincanton Number of Winners (1992/03-2013/14): 20; 29; 28; 53; 56; 82; 110; 71; 83; 136; 152; 127; 152; 148*; 124*; 151* (first trainer to win more than £4 million in prize money in a season);155*;115*, 134*, 138*, 131, 118* *Champion Trainer Wins this Season: 119

Winning Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies Born: October 15, 1992 Background: son of Gold Cup and Grand National-winning trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies – turned professional on April 17, 2010. Appointed first jockey to Paul Nicholls in April, 2014. Cheltenham Festival Wins (4): Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (2015 Dodging Bullets), CGA Foxhunter Chase (2010 Baby Run), Coral Cup (2015 Aux Ptits Soins) Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle (2013 The New One) Aintree Festival wins include: Aintree Hurdle (2014 The New One), Anniversary 4-Y-O Hurdle (2015 All Yours), Champion Bumper (2012 The New One, 2014 Ballybolley), Mildmay Novices’ Chase (2015 Saphir Du Rheu) First Winner under Rules: Baby Run, Magnus All-croft Memorial Hunters’ Chase, Ludlow, February 18, 2009 Wins (2008/09-2013/14): 2; 15; 59; 81; 87; 115 Wins This Season: 141

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Race 4: The Betfred Melling Chase
Winning trainer’s quotes

DON COSSACK GIVES ELLIOTT A TREBLE AT AINTREE

Don Cossack, who took the Betfred Melling Chase under A P McCoy by a hugely impressive 26 lengths, was trainer Gordon Elliott’s third winner of the 2015 Crabbie’s Grand National Festival so far.

Elliott said: “The horses are going great and it’s going well. I’m delighted. The horse has been brilliant. He’s always been the apple of my eye and A P gave him a great ride.

“It was very unfortunate that Bryan Cooper [who rode Don Cossack into third place in the Ryanair Chase] got suspended at Cheltenham. He’s a big part of the team. I’m very lucky, I’ve got brilliant staff, good horses and brilliant owners.

“I was delighted to see A P send him on down the back straight because we know he stays and that it wouldn’t turn into a sprint. It’s nice to get a winner for A P as well.

Elliott produced Silver Birch to win the 2007 Crabbie’s Grand National at the start of his training career. He commented: “I’ve trained a good few winners here over the past few years, but I’ll be honest now, when I won the Grand National I didn’t appreciate it. I was young and silly.”

He trains Cause Of Causes, who runs in tomorrow’s Crabbie’s Grand National, and said: “He’s in great form and the horses are running well, so I’ll say a little prayer tonight.”

Betfred, official betting partners of the Crabbie’s Grand National Festival, have cut Don Cossack from 20/1 to 8/1 for the William Hill King George VI Chase next season.

McCOY DONS GIGGINSTOWN SILKS THANKS TO McMANUS

A P McCoy is heading towards retirement in a blaze of Aintree glory after riding the feature race winner on the first two days of the Crabbie’s Grand National Festival, 2015.

Following his success yesterday on Jezki in the Grade One Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle he followed up with victory on Don Cossack in the Grade One Betfred Melling Chase.

At last month’s Cheltenham Festival McCoy won the Grade One Ryanair Chase on Uxizandre, with Don Cossack back in third. Today he won for Ryanair’s owner, Michael O’Leary, whose Gigginstown House Stud colours were carried by the winner.

Explaining how he came to ride Don Cossack, McCoy said: “I had a great ride off him – I owe it to Kieren McManus, J P’s son, because when we realised earlier in the week that Uxizandre wouldn’t be running Kieren had a word with Eddie O’Leary [who manages the Gigginstown House Stud’s horses] and that got me the ride.

“Even though we have good competition with Eddie and Michael both here and in Ireland it’s nice to ride one for them. I think I’ve won about five Ryanair Chases so I’ve had plenty of money off Michael – it’s nice to make him a little bit of money today.

“Fair play also to Gordon (Elliott) and Louise, because they run a very good ship.

“I gave Don Cossack a squeeze at the first down the back – just as we were turning off the bend which was a bit silly – and I kind of worked out that it is better even if you are squeezing with a good hold of his head and keeping the bit up in his mouth. He jumped good from there.

“Gordon said that he has a high cruising speed but will stay galloping and that I shouldn’t be frightened of being positive on him. I don’t need to be told that the best thing is to be positive – it was like a red rag to a bull.

“Fair play to the horse – I got a great spin off him, it was very enjoyable and it was nice to ride a Grade One winner for Gordon.”

Jonjo O’Neill, who trains third-placed Johns Spirit, said: “He’s a superstar. He always tries. We’ll look at more of these sort of races next season but might be tempted to head again to the Paddy Power as he loves it around Cheltenham.”

HUTCHINSON AND MOORE STOOD DOWN FOR THE DAY

Jockeys Wayne Hutchinson and Joshua Moore have both been stood down for the rest of today’s racing after taking falls from Balder Succes and Sire De Grugy respectively in the Betfred Melling Chase.

Neither jockey has sustained a serious injury but Hutchinson, who is set to partner Godsmejudge in tomorrow’s Crabbie’s Grand National, will need to be reassessed by the doctor on Saturday morning before being passed fit to ride.

Fourth race result

3.25pm Betfred Melling Chase (Grade 1)
£200,000 total prize fund. For 5yo+, 2m 4f. Weights 11st 10lb. Allowances: mares 7lb. Penalty value 1st £112,540.00 2nd £42,400.00 3rd £21,220.00 4th £10,600.00 5th £5,320.00 6th £2,660.00

1) DON COSSACK (GER) (Gigginstown House Stud) Gordon Elliott IRE t8-11-10 A P McCoy 3/1jf
2) CUE CARD (Jean Bishop) Colin Tizzard 9-11-10 Daryl Jacob 6/1
3) JOHNS SPIRIT (IRE) (Christopher Johnston) Jonjo O’Neill 8-11-10 Richie McLernon 16/1
4) CHAMPAGNE FEVER (IRE) (Susannah Ricci) Willie Mullins IRE 8-11-10 Ruby Walsh 3/1jf
5) AL FEROF (FR) (John Hales) Paul Nicholls 10-11-10 Sam Twiston-Davies
6) SIMPLY NED (IRE) (David & Nicky Robinson) Nicky Richards 8-11-10 Brian Harding
7) WISHFULL THINKING (Diana Whateley) Philip Hobbs 12-11-10 Richard Johnson
F) SIRE DE GRUGY (FR) (Preston Family & Friends Ltd) Gary Moore 9-11-10 Joshua Moore
F) BALDER SUCCES (FR) (Masterson Holdings Limited) Alan King 7-11-10 Wayne Hutchinson
PU) CROCO BAY (IRE) (Lady Jane Grosvenor) Ben Case 8-11-10 Kielan Woods

10 ran
Distances: 26, 4½, 1¾, 3¾, 9, 30
Breeder: Gestut Sholokhov (IRE) — Depeche Toi (GER) (Konigsstuhl (GER Etzean
Breeding: b g))
Tote Win £4.10 Place £1.70 £2.10 £3.50 Exacta £24.40

Winning Trainer: GORDON ELLIOTT Based: Cullentra House, Longwood, Co Meath Background: Former point-to-point rider. Started out at Tony Martin’s Meath stables. Moved to Martin Pipe in 2002 and rode one winner from six amateur rides. Began training in 2006 at Capranny Stables, owned by Barry Callaghan, head of the Dun Doire Syndicate. Won the Crabbie’s Grand National in 2007, despite not having recorded a victory in Ireland. Is an avid follower of Australian daytime soap Home And Away. Cheltenham Festival Wins (5): National Hunt Chase (2011 Chicago Grey, 2015 Cause Of Causes), Coral Cup (2011 Carlito Brigante), Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (2013 Flaxen Flare), JCB Triumph Hurdle (2014 Tiger Roll) Aintree Festival Wins: Crabbie’s Grand National (2007 Silver Birch), Manifesto Novices’ Chase (2015 Clarcam), Melling Chase (2015 Don Cossack), Injured Jockeys Fund Handicap Hurdle (2015 Taglietelle), Silver Cross Handicap Hurdle (2011 Russian War) Big Race Wins Include: Ebor (2010 Dirar), John Durkan Chase (2014 Don Cossack), Ladbroke Hurdle (2012 Cause Of Causes, 2014 Bayan) Wins in Britain (2006/07-2013/14): 4; 8; 24; 36; 35; 32; 17; 19 Wins in Britain This Season: 33

Winning Jockey: Anthony Peter McCoy OBE Date of Birth: 04/05/74 Background: Tony McCoy is the greatest jump jockey of his era and many would argue the greatest of all time. McCoy started out with Billy Rock then tried his luck as a Flat jockey with Jim Bolger. Since growing too heavy and turning to jump racing he has not looked back. He was champion conditional rider in Britain in 1994/5 when attached to Toby Balding’s Hampshire yard and took his first senior title in 1995/96 season with 174 wins. His domination has brought 19 consecutive jump jockey’s titles. McCoy broke Peter Scudamore’s record of 221 wins in the 1997/8 season with 253 successes and broke his own record for the fastest 200 winners in the 1999/2000 season, ending up with 245 successes. In 2001/02 he beat by 20 the record of 269 winners in any season set by Sir Gordon Richards. In April, 2004, he left Martin Pipe’s stable after accepting a reportedly huge offer from J P McManus and rides for McManus’ principal trainer in Britain, Jonjo O’Neill. Tony was awarded an MBE in the 2003 Queen’s Birthday Honours and an OBE in the 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honours. In 2010 he was also the BBC Sports Personality of the Year – the only person in racing to achieve this feat. In February, 2015, he announced that he would be retiring from the saddle at the end of the season. 1000th Win Over Jumps: Majadou, Cheltenham, December 11, 1999 2000th Win Over Jumps: Corporate Player, Wincanton, January 17, 2004 3000th Win Over Jumps: Restless D’Artaix, Plumpton, February 9, 2009 4000th Win Over Jumps: Mountain Tunes, Towcester, November 7, 2013 First Winner: Thurles, 26/03/92, Legal Steps (First winner in Britain: 07/09/94, Exeter, Chickabiddy) Cheltenham Festival Wins: (31) Ryanair Chase (2010 & 2011 Albertas Run, 2015 Uxizandre), Ultima Business Solutions Handicap Chase (2009 Wichita Lineman), RSA Chase (2008 Alberta’s Run), A P McCoy Grand Annual Chase (1996 Kibreet, 1998 Edredon Bleu, 2013 Alderwood), Racing Post Arkle Chase (1997 Or Royal, 1998 Champleve, 2004 Well Chief), Stan James Champion Hurdle (1997 Make A Stand, 2006 Brave Inca, 2010 Binocular), Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup (1997 Mr Mulligan, 2012 Synchronised), Cathcart Chase (1998 Cyfor Malta, 2002 Royal Auclair), Pertemps Final (1998 Unsinkable Boxer), Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle (1998 Blowing Wind, 2012 Alderwood), Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (1999 Hors La Loi III), Brown Advisory & Merribelle Stable Plate (1999 Majadou), Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (2000 Edredon Bleu), Weatherbys Champion Bumper (2003 Liberman), Chaps Restaurants Barbados Novices’ Handicap Chase (2006 Reveillez), Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Black Jack Ketchum, 2007 Wichita Lineman, 2013 At Fishers Cross), JLT Novices’ Chase (2011 Noble Prince, 2014 Taquin Du Seuil) Leading Rider at The Festival: 1997 (3), 1998 (5) Aintree Festival Wins include: Crabbie’s Grand National (2010 Don’t Push It), Melling Chase (1996 Viking Flagship, 2010 Albertas Run, 2015 Don Cossack), Anniversary 4yo Hurdle (1996 Zabadi, 1999 Hors La Loi III, 2008 Binocular), Top Novices Hurdle (2006 Straw Bear, 2012 Darlan, 2013 My Tent Or Yours), Crabbie’s Topham Chase (1998 Cyfor Malta, 2000 Northern Starlight), Mildmay Novices’ Chase (1998 Boss Doyle, 2005 Like-A-Butterfly), Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (1998 Unsinkable Boxer, 2006 Black Jack Ketchum, 2013 At Fishers Cross), Aintree Hurdle (1998 Pridwell, 2015 Jezki), Betfred Bowl Chase (2004 Tiutchev, 2007 Exotic Dancer), Maghull Novices’ Chase (2004 Well Chief, 2006 Foreman), Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (2014 Lac Fontana) Wins (1994/5-2013/14): 74; 175; 189; 253; 186; 245; 191; 289; 257; 209; 199; 178; 184; 140; 186; 195; 218; 199; 185; 218 Wins this season: 230
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Fifth race – The Crabbie’s Topham Chase – Winner’s quotes

SAM WALEY-COHEN BECOMES WINNING-MOST JOCKEY OVER NATIONAL FENCES

Amateur rider Sam Waley-Cohen excels over Aintree’s specialist spruce fences and on Friday recorded his sixth win to become the winning-most jockey over the National obstacles of the modern era when guiding his father Robert’s homebred Rajdhani Express to victory in the Crabbie’s Topham Chase.

He said: “It’s such a special course and it’s amazing to hear that. I’m lucky because I get to ride in the Fox Hunter’s so I get a few extra chances but so much depends on the horse and if you can get on the right one you can have a magical time over those fences and he was brilliant today. He was so clever and full of courage. I wasn’t sure coming round the last bend if we’d done too much but I just tried to fill him up and he was so brave. I was all a bit ‘pony club’ jumping the last and had to sit deep in the saddle but it was just magic.

“Lady Luck was with us. There’s such a premium on jumping – if your horse can look after himself and look after you then you can have a great time. You just sometimes need a damn bit of luck and we got it today.”

Despite his good record at Aintree, which includes second and fourth place finishes in the Crabbie’s Grand National on Oscar Time, who he rides again tomorrow, Waley-Cohen took a first-fence fall from Warne in yesterday’s Crabbie’s Fox Hunters’ Chase.

He added: “That’s the thing – yesterday I felt like the worst jockey in the world and today I’m told I’m the winning-most jockey over these fences. It’s all a bit arbitrary really.”

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s big race, Waley-Cohen said: “It’s a dream to be lining up in the Grand National. Oscar Time has been a superstar and if he can get a bit of luck and have a clear round, he won’t be far away.”

Sam Waley-Cohen has won the Topham Chase twice on Rajdhani Express (2015) and Liberthine (2006), and the Aintree Fox Hunters’ Chase three times on Katarino (2005 and 2006) and Warne (2014). He has also won the Betfred Becher Chase on Oscar Time.

WALEY-COHEN SO PROUD OF HIS SON

Racehorse owner and permit holder Robert Waley-Cohen won today’s Crabbie’s Topham Chase with the Nicky Henderson-trained Rajdhani Express, ridden by his son Sam.

Waley-Cohen, who is also chairman of Cheltenham racecourse, beamed proudly while reflecting that Sam had just won his sixth race over Aintree’s Crabbie’s Grand National fences, becoming the most successful current rider around the famous course.

A former amateur rider, Waley-Cohen Snr said: “What a wonderful day, but how do you explain that he [Sam] fell on an odds-on favourite in a point-to-point on Monday, fell at the first yesterday [on Warne in the Crabbie’s Fox Hunters’ Chase] and wins this? [After tomorrow’s big race] He will have ridden in each of the five races over the National fences this season and he’s won two and been second once – how could you pick any other jockey to ride over them?

“He wanted space in today’s race – there was no real plan, just get space and jump the fences. You take your time over the first four then creep around the first corner, which is what he did and got into a wonderful position. Who knows how he avoids the trouble that others find?
“I rode here three times [in the Crabbie’s Fox Hunters’ Chase] and managed to fall once and finish fourth – that was in 1977, and the winner was Happy Warrior, ridden by Nicky Henderson. I fell at Becher’s, so I’m in quite distinguished company.”

The Waley-Cohens will team up again in tomorrow’s Crabbie’s Grand National with Oscar Time, at 14 the oldest horse in the race, but with a fine Aintree record. Waley-Cohen, who also trains the horse at his home on the Oxfordshire/Warwickshire border, said: “He is in absolutely fantastic condition – prime order.”

Henderson, who does not train a Crabbie’s Grand National runner this year, was winning today’s race for a third consecutive year following victories with Ma Filleule (2014) and Triolo D’Alene (2013), and for the fifth time in all. He also shared a win with the Waley-Cohens in 2006 with Liberthine, while in 1990 he saddled the Robert Waley-Cohen-owned Wont Be Gone Long to score under Richard Dunwoody. He said of Sam Waley-Cohen: “It is extraordinary – he does have an affinity with these fences that you cannot put into words. The first fence got in the way for him yesterday, but he has an amazing record. Now we just need to find a clue to a Grand National horse because that’s our third consecutive Topham and yet it’s hard to find the Saturday one.

“This horse schooled very well the other day and looked the right type for this race. I’ll be cheering on Sam in tomorrow’s race – the Hendersons and Waley-Cohens have been friends for a very long time. We go back to before Wont Be Gone Long, who was favourite for the National that never was [in 1993 when a false start resulted in the race being declared void]. It’s wonderful to still be involved together all these years later.”

EARPLUGS HELP FAIRY RATH INTO SECOND IN THE TOPHAM

Nick Gifford, trainer of second-placed Fairy Rath, was delighted with the horse’s first attempt at the Grand National fences.

He said: “We popped earplugs in him in the pre-parade ring and that settled him. He was beaten by a class horse, so no complaints there, but that will have given Tom [Cannon, the jockey] some spin round there. We’re chuffed.”

Fairy Rath is owned by television personality Jeremy Kyle’s wife Carla.

She said: “I feel like I’ve won! I am so pleased he came second. He was up against a lot of good horses and Nick has done an amazing job with him. I’m just so happy.”

Eddie O’Leary, racing manager for Gigginstown House Stud, owners of third-placed Rathlin, said: “He’s run very well. He couldn’t quite go the early pace and made a couple of mistakes but he’s stayed on well though. We’re proud of our horse.

“I tell you what though, that Sam Waley-Cohen is unbelievable. He’d give the pros seven pounds.”

NATIONAL COURSE IN GREAT SHAPE

Jockeys riding in the Crabbie’s Topham Chase reported the Grand National course to be in excellent condition ahead of tomorrow’s big race.

Brian O’Connell described the surface as “beautiful ground” while Andrew Tinkler called it “the soft side of good”.

Will Kennedy commented that it was “beautiful, on the easy side of good” while Brendan Powell felt that it was “on the slow side of good”. Davy Condon felt that it was “perfect, on the slow side of good”.

LOCAL WINNER FOR STYLE AWARD

The most-hotly contested award off the course, the Style Award, was won by Aintree-born Toni Salters.

She wins a Mini Roadster alongside £6,000-worth of prizes from style partner, Liverpool One. Judges included singer Rebecca Ferguson, jockey Katie Walsh and Liverpool One’s Jade Fung.

Fifth Race Result
4.05pm Crabbie’s Topham Chase (Grade 3 Handicap)
£120,000 total prize fund. For 5yo+, 2m 5f 110y. Minimum weight 10st. Penalties after March 29th, a winner of a chase 4lb. Penalty value 1st £67,356.00 2nd £25,332.00 3rd £12,660.00 4th £6,324.00 5th £3,180.00 6th £1,584.00

1 RAJDHANI EXPRESS (Robert Waley-Cohen) Nicky Henderson h8-11-11 Mr Sam Waley-Cohen 10/1
2 FAIRY RATH (IRE) (C Kyle) Nick Gifford t9-10-04 Tom Cannon 25/1
3 RATHLIN (Gigginstown House Stud) Mouse Morris IRE t10-11-06 Brian O’Connell 20/1
4 HUNT BALL (IRE) (Atlantic Equine) Nicky Henderson 10-11-12 Andrew Tinkler 25/1
5 RUBEN COTTER (IRE) (Graham Roach) Paul Nicholls 9-11-01 Sam Twiston-Davies 8/1 co Fav
6 ART OF LOGISTICS (IRE) (Munnelly Support Services Ltd) Sandra Hughes IRE 7-11-03 Paul Carberry
7 BOBCATBILLY (IRE) (Paul Vogt) Ian Williams 9-10-10 Will Kennedy
8 SEW ON TARGET (IRE) (A Selway) Colin Tizzard 10-11-01 Brendan Powell
9 BLESS THE WINGS (IRE) (Richard Gilbert) Gordon Elliott IRE p10-10-07 Davy Condon
10 MAGGIO (FR) (Douglas Pryde & Jim Beaumont) Patrick Griffin IRE t10-10-12 Brian Hughes
BD12 DARNA (Julie & David Martin) Kim Bailey t9-11-06 David Bass
F11 SOME TIKKET (IRE) (K Jones & David Monaghan) Sandra Hughes IRE 8-10-06 Johnny Burke (3)
F12 ANNACOTTY (IRE) (Liz Prowting) Martin Keighley b7-11-08 Gavin Sheehan
F14 FESTIVE AFFAIR (IRE) (J P McManus) Jonjo O’Neill 7-10-00 Richie McLernon
F14 WINGS OF SMOKE (IRE) (Pearn’s Pharmacies Ltd) Tim Vaughan t10-10-07 Richard Johnson
F16 TURBAN (FR) (Edward O’Connell) Willie Mullins IRE 8-11-10 Ruby Walsh
F5 STANDING OVATION (IRE) (The Bravo Partnership) David Pipe tb8-10-00 Colin O’Farrell
HAMPERED & REF 16 BENNYS MIST (IRE) (Mezzone Family) Venetia Williams 9-11-02 Aidan Coleman
PU BEF 15 UP TO SOMETHING (FR) (E Roberts) Charlie Longsdon h7-10-05 Denis O’Regan
PU BEF 17 POOLE MASTER (G Thompson) David Pipe tb10-11-06 Paul Moloney
PU BEF 13 MONTOYA’S SON (IRE) (Straightline Construction Ltd) Keith Dalgleish 10-10-06 Brian Harding
PU bef 13 EASTLAKE (IRE) (J P McManus) Jonjo O’Neill 9-11-07 A P McCoy 8/1 Co Fav
PU Bef 15 SPLASH OF GINGE (John Neild) Nigel Twiston-Davies 7-11-05 Ryan Hatch (5)
UR 16 THEATRE GUIDE (IRE) (Jean Bishop) Colin Tizzard tp8-11-01 Daryl Jacob
UR 12 MONETAIRE (FR) (Allan Stennett) David Pipe tp9-11-02 Tom Scudamore 8/1 Co Fav
UR12 KINGS GREY (IRE) (John Wade) John Wade p11-10-03 Henry Brooke
UR12 GRANVILLE ISLAND (IRE) (P & G Clarke) Jennie Candlish 8-10-07 Peter Carberry
UR13 WITNESS IN COURT (IRE) (Tim Leslie) Donald McCain 8-10-08 Paul Townend
UR5 BALLYGARVEY (FR) (The Dark Horse Syndicate) Philip Hobbs 9-10-10 Tom O’Brien
UR7 DECIDING MOMENT (IRE) (William Tyrer) Ben De Haan t9-10-04 Jack Doyle
30 ran
Distances: 10, 11, 4½, 1, sh, 12, 1¼, 5, ½
Breeder: Upton Viva Stud Breeding: br g Presenting – Violet Express (FR) (Cadoudal (FR )
Tote Win £11.90 Place £3.20,£9.20,£6.90,£8.30 Exacta £461.80

Winning Trainer: NICHOLAS (NICKY) JOHN HENDERSON Based: Seven Barrows, Lambourn, Hungerford, Berkshire Date of birth: 10/12/50 Background: The son of financier and amateur jockey John Henderson MBE, Nicky attended Eton before working in the City for stockbrokers Cazenoves. Ended up in their Sydney office and rode out each morning prior to work before deciding to study farming at Cirencester. Also spent six years as an amateur, riding 78 winners including the Imperial Cup and the Foxhunters Chase at Liverpool. He was assistant to the legendary Fred Winter from 1974 to 1978. In July 1978 he first took out a trainer’s licence and trained from Windsor House in Lambourn. He moved to Seven Barrows in 1992. Major Aintree Festival wins: Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (2011 Spirit Son, 2012 Simonsig), Top Novices’ Hurdle (2010 General Miller, 2012 Darlan, 2013 My Tent Or Yours, 2014 Josses Hill), Manifesto Novices’ Chase (2010 Mad Max, 2013 Captain Conan), Anniversary 4-Y-O Hurdle (2008 Binocular), Crabbie’s Fox Hunter’s Chase (2007 Scots Grey), Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (1988 Rustle, 2014 Beat That), Melling Chase (1992 Remittance Man, 2012 Finian’s Rainbow, 2013 Sprinter Sacre), Crabbie’s Topham Chase (1990 Wont Be Gone Long, 2006 Liberthine, 2013 Triolo D’Alene, 2014 Ma Filleule, 2015 Rajdhani Express), Mildmay Novices’ Chase (1991 Sparkling Flame, 2003 Irish Hussar, 2010 Burton Port), Maghull Novices’ Chase (2012 Sprinter Sacre), Aintree Hurdle (2011 & 2012 Oscar Whisky), Liverpool Hurdle (2014 Whisper) Cheltenham Festival wins (53): Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup (2011 Long Run, 2013 Bobs Worth), Coral Cup (2010 Spirit River, 2014 Whisper), Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (2009 Andytown), County (1997 Barna Boy, 1993 Thumbs Up), Kim Muir (1990 Master Bob, 2002 The Bushkeeper, 2005 Juveigneur), Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate (1985,1986 The Tsarevich, 2005 Liberthine, 2006 Non So), Ladbrokes World Hurdle (1989 Rustle, 2000 Bacchanal), Cathcart (1994 Raymylette, 1990 Brown Windsor, 1999 and 2000 Stormyfairweather), Sky Bet Supreme Novices H (1986 River Ceiriog, 1992 Flown), Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (1992 Remittance Man, 2012 Finian’s Rainbow, 2013 Sprinter Sacre), Racing Post Arkle (1991 Remittance Man, 1993 Travado, 2000 Tiutchev, 2012 Sprinter Sacre, 2013 Simonsig), Stan James Champion Hurdle (1985, 1986, 1987 See You Then, 2009 Punjabi, 2010 Binocular),JCB Triumph (1985 First Bout, 1987 Alone Success, 1999 Katarino, 2009 Zaynar, 2010 Soldatino, 2015 Peace And Co), Ultima Business Solutions Handicap Chase (2000 Marlborough), RSA Chase (2005 Trabolgan, 2012 Bobs Worth), Ryanair Chase (2006 Fondmort), A P McCoy Grand Annual Chase (2006 Greenhope, 2012 Bellvano), Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (2011 Bobs Worth), Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle (2012 Simonsihg), Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (2012 Une Artiste), Ryanair Chase (2012 Riverside Theatre), CHAPS Restaurants Barbados Novices’ Handicap Chase (2013 Rajdhani Express), Pertemps Network Final (2015 Call The Cops) Other major wins include: Ascot Chase (2001 Tiutchev, 2011 & 2012 Riverside Theatre), Bet365 Gold Cup (1989 Brown Windsor), boylesports.com Champion Chase (1998 Big Matt, 2000 Get Real, 2013 Sprinter Sacre), Christmas Hurdle (2000 Geos, 2001 Landing Light, 2010 & 2011 Binocular, 2012 Darlan, 2013 My Tent Or Yours), Fighting Fifth Hurdle (2001 Landing Light, 2008 Punjabi, 2013 My Tent Or Yours), Hennessy Gold Cup (2005 Trabolgan, 2012 Bobs Worth, 2013 Triolo D’Alene), Henry VIII Novices’ Chase (1990 Acre Hill, 2001 Fondmort), International Hurdle (2000 Geos, 2008 Binocular & 2011 Grandouet), King George VI Chase (2010 & 2012 Long Run), Lexus Chase (2013 Bobs Worth), Long Walk Hurdle (2008 Punchestowns), Paddy Power Gold Cup (2003 Fondmort), Punchestown Champion Hurdle (2008 Punjabi), Tingle Creek Chase (2012 Sprinter Sacre), Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle (1992 New York Rainbow, 2011 Minella Class, 2012 Captain Conan, 2013 Royal Boy), Betfair Hurdle (1998 Sharpical, 2000 & 2004 Geos, 2001 Landing Light), Clarence House Chase (1996 Big Matt, 2004 Isio, 2006 Tysou, 2013 Sprinter Sacre) Number of Winners (1982/83-2013/14): 40, 43, 40, 46, 67, 40, 43, 41, 49, 52, 53, 48, 45, 47, 58, 54, 73, 67, 81, 92, 69, 79; 53; 85; 74; 83; 115; 136; 153; 167; 125*; 124 *champion trainer Wins this Season: 116

Winning Jockey: Mr Sam Waley-Cohen Born: April 15, 1982 Background: Son of Robert Waley-Cohen, long-standing owner with Nicky Henderson and Cheltenham Racecourse Director. Sam, a regular on the point-to-point circuit, studied politics at Edinburgh University. His brother, Tom, died as a result of cancer in 2004, aged 20 and continues to be an inspiration.Runs his own business, Portman Healthcare First Winner Under Rules: Moscow Dancer, Kelso, December 1, 2003, Kevin Oliver Property & Business Amateur Riders’ Handicap Hurdle Cheltenham Festival Wins (4): Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup (2011 Long Run), National Hunt Chase (2009 Tricky Trickster), Mildmay of Flete Handicap Chase (2005 Liberthine), Chaps Restaurants Barbados Novices’ Handicap Chase (2013 Rajdhani Express) Aintree Festival Wins: Crabbie’s Foxhunter’s Chase (2005 & 2006 Katarino), Crabbie’s Topham Chase (2006 Liberthine, 2015 Rajdhani Express) Other Big Race Wins: Denman Chase ( 2012 Long Run), Feltham Novices’ Chase (2009 Long Run), King George VI Chase (2010 & 2012 Long Run) Wins (2003/04-2013/14): 2; 3; 4; 6; 1; 2; 4; 7; 1; 6; 6 Wins This Season: 8. Sixth win over the Grand National fences – a modern-day record.
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Race 6: The Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle
Winning trainer’s quotes

TIZZARD HAS ANOTHER CRACK CHASER IN THE MAKING

Colin Tizzard plans to take Thistlecrack to Punchestown for his next run after the Kayf Tara gelding won the Grade One Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle by 13 lengths under Tom Scudamore.

Tizzard said: “He’s a seven-year-old, and he’s had his little issues, which is why this is his first full season racing, really. He’s always been bloody good. The step up in trip has played right into his hands. The dam [Ardstown] was a thorough stayer. It was straightforward today.”

When asked whether Thistlecrack, who went off at 25/1, would stay over hurdles next season, he said: “I think there’s a bit more this year yet. He’s entered at Punchestown in the three-mile novice hurdle. If he’s fine in the next few days he’ll go there. I wouldn’t have thought he’d stay over hurdles after that. He’ll be a beautiful horse for chasing. He’s got enough pace to win over two miles and he stays – he’s got everything at the moment.”

Punchestown is also the target for Cue Card, second to Don Cossack in the Betfred Melling Chase.

Tizzard said “That was a lovely run. You just wonder what Don Cossack was doing 26 lengths in front of him. He beat the rest fine, didn’t he? I think he needs to be back racing now he can breathe again. We’ll probably take him to Punchestown.”

THISTLE DO NICELY

Jockey Tom Scudamore was delighted with the performance of Thistlecrack after the 25/1 shot romped to a 13 length victory in the Grade One Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree this afternoon.

The seven-year-old relished every yard of the three mile and half a furlong trip and, although his job was made easier by the final flight fall of nearest challenger Alpha Des Obeaux, he stayed on strongly to give trainer Colin Tizzard his first winner of this year’s Crabbie’s Grand National Festival.

“He’s obviously stayed the trip!” said Scudamore.

“He’s been running well over two miles – he was fifth in the Imperial Cup last time out – and Colin said to me in the paddock before the race that he was no 25/1 shot.

“He travelled like a dream, jumped well and, from a long way out, I was pretty confident to be honest. He showed a very good attitude and that’s the stamp of a good horse. He’ll make a lovely chaser and is a very exciting horse for Colin to have.”

Scudamore also had news of his Crabbie’s Grand National mount Soll ahead of tomorrow’s big race.

“I’m really looking forward to riding him,” said the jockey.

“I think he’s got a very good chance. I think he’ll win – but if you ask 38 other jockeys in the weighing room, they’ll probably all say the same thing! He’s come to us and is obviously unbeaten for us in his last two – hopefully these things come in threes.”

HOLIDAY TIME FOR VYTA

Trainer Nicky Henderson was pleased with Vyta Du Roc’s effort when finished 13 lengths second to Thistlecrack in the Doom Bar Novices’ Hurdle.

“He ran a great race, it was a fantastic effort,” said Henderson. “He’s done nothing wrong and was very unlucky at Cheltenham last time, where he should have been second. That’s it now and he goes novice chasing next season. He should be good.”

Our Kaempfer chased Vyta Du Roc home to take third to the delight of trainer Charlie Longsdon, who said: “I’m really pleased with him. I don’t think he quite saw out the trip. It’s difficult because we’re running from last place the whole time and the front two had almost gone by the time he got into the race. Noel [Fehily, jockey] said that he got into second place after the last but he didn’t quite see the trip out.

“He’s run a blinder though – he’s run his heart out and he’s a different horse to the one who bolted to the start earlier this season. He’s a horse to really look forward to next year.”

Sixth race result

4.40pm Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)
£100,000 total prize fund. For 4yo+, 3m 110y. Weights: 4yo 10st 10lb; 5yo+ 11st 4lb. Allowances: fillies and mares 7lb. Penalty value 1st £56,270.00 2nd £21,200.00 3rd £10,610.00 4th £5,300.00 5th £2,660.00 6th £1,330.00

1) THISTLECRACK (John & Heather Snook) Colin Tizzard 7-11-04 Tom Scudamore 25/1
2) VYTA DU ROC (FR) (Simon Munir & Isaac Souede) Nicky Henderson 6-11-04 Daryl Jacob 100/30
3) OUR KAEMPFER (IRE) (Swanee River Partnership) Charlie Longsdon 6-11-04 Noel Fehily 20/1
4) BLAKLION (Simon Such & Gino Paletta) Nigel Twiston-Davies 6-11-04 Sam Twiston-Davies
5) FORYOURINFORMATION (Carl Hinchy) Rebecca Curtis t6-11-04 Paul Townend
6) THOMAS BROWN (The Corse Lawners) Harry Fry p6-11-04 Nick Scholfield
Fell last) ALPHA DES OBEAUX (FR) (Gigginstown House Stud) Mouse Morris IRE 5-11-04 Richard Johnson
PU) ORDO AB CHAO (IRE) (A Marsh) Alan King 6-11-04 Denis O’Regan
PU) KING’S TEMPEST (Mrs R Vaughan) Warren Greatrex t6-11-04 Gavin Sheehan
PU) PARISH BUSINESS (IRE) (Nick Mustoe) Emma Lavelle t7-11-04 Aidan Coleman
PU) ROI DES FRANCS (FR) (Gigginstown House Stud) Willie Mullins IRE 6-11-04 Ruby Walsh 3/1f
PU) FLINTHAM (The Rasher Partnership) Mark Bradstock p6-11-04 Nico de Boinville
PU) FINAL NUDGE (IRE) (Corbett Stud) David Dennis 6-11-04 Brian Hughes
PU) ONE FOR ARTHUR (IRE) (Two Golf Widows) Lucinda Russell 6-11-04 Peter Buchanan
PU) MONBEG THEATRE (IRE) (Tim Dykes & Linda Lovell) Jamie Snowden t6-11-04 Brendan Powell
PU) ZEROESHADESOFGREY (IRE) (Mrs J Buckle) Neil King 6-11-04 Trevor Whelan

16 ran
Non-runner: Minella Rocco (vet’s cert – sore)
Distances: 13, ½, 9, 10, 8
Breeder: R & S Knipe
Breeding: b g Kayf Tara — Ardstown (Ardross)
Tote Win £25.00 Place £6.80 £1.80 £6.90 Exacta £153.10

Winning Trainer: COLIN TIZZARD Based: Venn Farm, Milborne Port, Sherborne, Dorset Background: Colin was born in 1956 as the second son of farmers Leslie and Marjorie Tizzard at Venn Farm, Milborne Port. He grew up on the family farm as a country boy enjoying hunting, shooting and fishing. He was a member of the Pony Club before riding with some success in point-to-points and later under-rules as an amateur jockey. Dairy farming and horses are his passions and fortunately he has so far made a success of both enterprises. In 1995 he started training two point-to-point horses for his son Joe to ride and has since built up his string to be one of the leading yards in the south west. Aintree Festival Wins: Red Rum Handicap Chase (2013 Oiseau De Nuit), Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (2015 Thistlecrack) Cheltenham Festival Wins (4): Weatherbys Champion Bumper (2010 Cue Card), A P McCoy Grand Annual Chase Handicap Chase (2011 Oiseau de Nuit), Baylis & Harding Affordable Luxury Handicap Chase (2013 Golden Chieftain), Ryanair chase (2013 Cue Card) Major wins include: Ascot Chase (2013 Cue Card), Betfair Chase (2013 Cue Card), Classic Chase (2012 Hey Big Spender), Feltham Novices’ Chase (2007 Joe Lively), Letheby & Christopher Cotswold Chase (2009 Joe Lively), National Spirit Hurdle (2012 Third Intention) Number of Wins (2001/02-2013/14): 13; 9; 22; 19; 24; 20; 28; 19; 32; 41; 46; 43; 26 Wins This Season: 34

Winning Jockey: Tom Scudamore Born: May 22, 1982 Background: Appointed stable jockey to David Pipe for the 2006/07 season, marking a return to Pond House in Somerset where he began his career as an amateur for Pipe’s father Martin. Tom comes from an illustrious line of jockeys. His great-grandfather Geoffrey rode winners as an amateur, grandfather Michael was Oxo’s pilot when winning the 1959 Grand National and his father Peter was eight-times champion jockey. Tom has made a big impression since leaving Cheltenham College after A-levels in 2000. He won the amateur riders’ title in the 2000/01 season and also landed the 2001 Flat amateur championship. He turned professional in October, 2001. Aintree Festival wins: Betfred Bowl (2009 Madison Du Berlais), Mildmay Novices’ Chase (2013 Dynaste), Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (2015 Thistlecrack) Cheltenham Festival Wins (7): A P McCoy Grand Annual Chase (2015 Next Sensation), Ultima Business Solutions Handicap Chase (2008 An Accordion), Brown Advisory & Merribelle Stable Plate (2012 Salut Flo, 2014 Ballynagour), Racing Post Arkle (2014 Western Warhorse), Ryanair Chase (2014 Dynaste), Weatherbys Champion Bumper (2015 Moon Racer) First Professional Ride: Naughty Dandy (West Midland Light Kit Selling Handicap Chase, Hereford, Thursday, October 4, 2001 (6th)) First Professional Victory: Belle D’Anjou (ladbrokes.com Free Handicap Hurdle, Chepstow, Saturday, October 6, 2001) – only second ride since joining paid ranks Big Race Wins: Argento Chase (2014 The Giant Bolster), Clarence House Chase (2008 Tamarinbleu), Celebration Chase (2010 I’m So Lucky), Cleeve Hurdle (2011 Grands Crus), Feltham Novices’ Chase (2011 Grands Crus), Ladbroke Hurdle (2006 Desert Air), Haldon Gold Cup (2007 Pablo du Charmil), Hennessy Gold Cup (2008 Madison du Berlais), Long Walk Hurdle (2007 Lough Derg), National Spirit Hurdle (2008 & 2009 Lough Derg), StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle (2013 Dell’ Arca) Wins (2001/2002-2013/14): 32; 32; 27; 47; 35; 59; 51; 62; 73; 63; 65; 85; 100 Wins This Season: 143
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2015 CRABBIE’S GRAND NATIONAL – FACTS AND FIGURES

FIRST-TIMERS
Trainers: Emma Lavelle (Court By Surprise), Warren Greatrex (Dolatulo and Tranquil Sea), Jim Culloty (Lord Windermere and Spring Heeled), Peter Fahey (Owega Star), Maurice Phelan (Portrait King), Richard Chotard (River Choice), Robbie Hennessy (Rubi Light), Ian Williams (Super Duty), Neil Mulholland (The Druids Nephew) and David Bridgwater (Wyck Hill)

Jockeys: James Best (Gas Line Boy), Sean Bowen (Mon Parrain), David Cottin (River Choice), Will Kennedy (Super Duty), Gavin Sheehan (Tranquil Sea) and Tom Cannon (Wyck Hill).

OLDEST & YOUNGEST JOCKEY & TRAINER
Youngest jockey: Sean Bowen, 17 (born September 5, 1997)

Oldest jockey: Paul Carberry, 41 (born February 9, 1974)

Youngest trainer: Michael Scudamore, 31 (born February 24, 1984)

Oldest trainer: Robert Waley-Cohen, 66 (born November 10, 1948)

Jockeys: the current jockey with the most rides in the race is A P McCoy (Shutthefrontdoor will become his 20th ride – a new record number). Richard Johnson and Paul Carberry will both take their 19th rides in the race this year on Balthazar King and Cause Of Causes.

Nina Carberry is the only female jockey in the 2015 race. She has had four previous Grand National rides (2006 Forest Gunner, 9th; 2010 Character Building, 7th; 2011 Character Building, 15th; 2012 Organisedconfusion, UR 8th). She has had more Grand National rides than any other woman and partnered her first winner over the Grand National fences in the Crabbie’s Fox Hunters’ Chase on Thursday.

Sam Waley-Cohen and Nina Carberry are the only amateur riders in the 2015 race. Although no amateur has won since Marcus Armytage in 1990, Sam has come the closest – he finished second on Oscar Time, whom he rides again this year, in 2011.

Eight trainers with runners in the 2015 race have ridden in past Grand Nationals – Jim Culloty (won on Bindaree in 2002), Oliver Sherwood, Paul Nicholls, Mouse Morris, Philip Hobbs, Jonjo O’Neill, Donald McCain and David Bridgwater.

Seven jockeys riding in the 2015 race have won it previously: Leighton Aspell (2014 Pineau De Re), A P McCoy (2010 Don’t Push It), Daryl Jacob (2012 Neptune Collonges), Ruby Walsh (2000 Papillon, 2005 Hedgehunter), Paul Carberry (1999 Bobbyjo), Liam Treadwell (2009 Mon Mome) and Robbie Power (2007 Silver Birch).

AGE OF 2015 RUNNERS
One 14-year-old (Oscar Time), one 13-year-old (Tranquil Sea), two 12-year-olds (Pineau De Re & River Choice), five 11-year-olds (Balthazar King, The Rainbow Hunter, Across The Bay, Wyck Hill & Chance Du Roy), 10 10-year-olds (First Lieutenant, Rebel Rebellion, Rubi Light, Al Co, Monbeg Dude, Portrait King, Court By Surprise, Alvarado, Soll, Ely Brown), nine nine-year-olds (Lord Windermere, Rocky Creek, Mon Parrain, Night In Milan, Godsmejudge, Saint Are, Super Duty, Gas Line Boy, Royale Knight), nine eight-year-olds (Many Clouds, Shutthefrontdoor, Ballycasey, Spring Heeled, Dolatulo, The Druids Nephew, Corrin Wood, Bob Ford, Owega Star), two seven-year-olds (Unioniste, Cause Of Causes).

No horse older than 12 has won since Sergeant Murphy (13) in 1923. Peter Simple is the oldest winner (15), in 1853. Nine-year-olds have won 44 of the 167 runnings of the Crabbie’s Grand National where ages have been recorded.

The best recent record is by 11-year-olds, who have won in nine of the past 30 years, including the past three victors (Pineau De Re, 2014, Auroras Encore, 2013, Neptune Collonges, 2012). There have been three winning 12-year-olds in the past 30 years – Little Polveir (1989), Royal Athlete (1995) and Amberleigh House (2004).

Youngest horse: Unioniste, 7 (born February 28, 2008)

Oldest horse: Oscar Time, 14 (born May 14, 2001)

Previous appearances in race: Across The Bay, 2 (2013 and 2014), Balthazar King, 2 (2013 & 2014), Oscar Time, 2 (2011 and 2013), The Rainbow Hunter, 2 (2013 and 2014), Alvarado, 1 (2014), Chance Du Roy, 1 (2014), Monbeg Dude, 1 (2014), Pineau De Re 1 (2014), Rocky Creek 1 (2014), Saint Are, 1 (2013) and Soll, 1 (2013).

Weights: A P McCoy’s mount Shutthefrontdoor, currently favourite at 7-1, would be the first winner to carry exactly 11st 2lb since Early Mist in 1953.

Although the past two winners (2014 Pineau De Re, 10st 6lb, 2013 Auroras Encore, 10st 3lb) have carried less than 11st, the four previous to that carried 11st or more (2012 Neptune Collonges, 11st 6lb, 2011 Ballabriggs, 11st, 2010, Don’t Push It, 11st 5lb, 2009, Mon Mome, 11st).

Favourites: The last two favourites to win were Don’t Push It (2010, 10/1 jt fav) and Comply Or Die (2008, 7/1 jt fav).

Comply Or Die (2008, 7/1 jt fav) was the last horse priced in single figures to win.

The shortest-priced winner was Poethlyn (1919) at 11/4, while the shortest-priced favourite was Golden Miller at 2/1 in 1935.

Grey horses: Ballycasey, Corrin Wood, Portrait King, Unioniste.

Country of origin:
British-trained runners – 30
Irish-trained runners – 8
French-trained runner – 1

Who’s the daddy? 31 different stallions are represented by Crabbie’s Grand National runners with Presenting (sire of Ballycasey, First Lieutenant and Soll) and King’s Theatre (Balthazar King, Royale Knight and The Druids Nephew) each having three apiece.

BETFRED 8/1 THE FIELD FOR THE CRABBIE’S GRAND NATIONAL

Betfred, official betting partner of the Crabbie’s Grand National, will be 8/1 the field on the Aintree spectacular from 9am on Saturday.

The Warrington-based firm unsurprisingly makes Shutthefrontdoor favourite to bring down the curtain on a glorious career for his jockey A P McCoy.

Punters are expected to splurge up to £300 million on the big race, with McCoy’s mount receiving the lion’s share of support. The eight-year-old leads the market from Rocky Creek at 10/1, with last year’s runner-up Balthazar King next at 11/1.

The Grand National is still waiting to crown its first female winner and Nina Carberry will be flying the flag for the girls on First Lieutenant. She warmed up for her National bid by landing the Fox Hunters’ earlier in the week and her mount could easily shorten from 25/1.

Betfred spokesman Andrew Griffiths said: “Our primary objective is to avoid a McCoy win. There will be an avalanche of cash for the favourite but we’ll also have an eye out for gambles at bigger prices. First Lieutenant is one that stands out. It’s only a matter of time before a lady rider wins the National and Nina is the best in the business.

“She’s already got one in the bag over the big fences this week and it would be no surprise if the public get behind Nina for the National.”

Crabbie’s Grand National – Betfred bet: 8 Shutthefrontdoor; 10 Rocky Creek; 11 Balthazar King; 12 The Druids Nephew; 14 Cause Of Causes; 20 Al Co, Alvarado, Royale Knight, Soll; 22 Godsmejudge; 25 First Lieutenant, Night In Milan, Pineau de Re, Saint Are, Spring Heeled; 33 Ballycasey, Court By Surprise, Unioniste; 40 Chance du Roy, Lord Windermere, Many Clouds, Oscar Time; 50 Across The Bay, Corrin Wood, Mon Parrain, Monbeg Dude, Rebel Rebellion; 66 Dolatulo, Gas Line Boy, Portrait King, The Rainbow Hunter, Wyck Hill; 100 Bob Ford, Ely Brown, Owega Star, Rubi Light, Super Duty, Tranquil Sea; 200 River Choice – ¼ 1-2-3-4

Crabbie’s Grand National Winning Weight – Betfred bet: 4/5 11st or above, Evs Under 11st.

Crabbie’s Grand National Specials – Betfred bet: 4 Irish-trained winner, 5 J P McManus-owned winner, 6 Paul Nicholls-trained winner.

Shutthefrontdoor Finishing Position – Betfred bet: 8 First, Second, 10 Third, Fourth, 4/9 Unplaced.

Irish-trained Grand National – Betfred bet: 5/2 Cause Of Causes; 7/2 Spring Heeled; 4 First Lieutenant; 5 Ballycasey; 6 Lord Windermere; 16 Portrait King; 20 Owega Star, Rubi Light – 1/5 1-2-3

Paul Nicholls Grand National – Betfred bet: 8/13 Rocky Creek; 7/2 Unioniste; 7 Mon Parrain, Rebel Rebellion (Win only)

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Race 7: The Weatherbys Wealth Management Champion Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race
Winning trainer’s quotes

SECOND-SEASON TRAINER PAULING SCORES BIGGEST WIN

Ben Pauling was thrilled with Barters Hill’s trail-blazing victory in the final race on Ladies Day. Pauling, 31, a former assistant trainer to Nicky Henderson, has only been training for two seasons.

He said: “I genuinely thought at the start of this year that he wouldn’t be winning for two years because he was so big and backward. Winning at Huntingdon was the biggest surprise. What he has done since has been quite phenomenal; he’s gone from being the worst work horse we have to a horse that no one can live with.

“Winning a Listed race at Newbury was fantastic – we probably thought we’d draw stumps there and it was by chance that I needed a work horse to go with a good horse after Newbury, probably three weeks before Cheltenham, and I thought I’d give him a chance, and he produced a bit of work that was not short of exceptional.

“I was very tempted to run him at Cheltenham but I just thought that waiting for this was a better option, although I thought the flat track wouldn’t suit necessarily, I thought the hustle and bustle of Cheltenham with him being so green was too much of an ask. He never misses a beat, he’s the most relaxed, laid-back horse we’ve trained and he’s quite clearly the best.

“What has brought on the improvement is confidence. The horse has thrived on what he has done, and it just goes to show that they do know when they’ve done well.

“The Circle of Friends [who own Barters Hill] are eight people who are all my parents’ greatest mates, my family, people who really took a risk on me starting out, and my God, it has paid off. Not many horses win four bumpers in a row.

“He’s already jumping – he’s a lovely jumper. I never thought I’d think about two miles, but maybe at a good gallop he’ll kill them every time. Dave Bass [jockey] said Patrick Mullins poked his head up the inside [on Belshill] and he knew he wasn’t going to be there for long, because as soon as a horse came to his girths he picked up.”

BASS LANDS ANOTHER BIG FISH

Jockey David Bass is riding on a wave crest at present, and kept the momentum going when landing the Weatherbys Wealth Management-sponsored Grade Two bumper on Barters Hill for trainer Ben Pauling.
Bass rode his first Cheltenham Festival winner last month, landing the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate on the Kim Bailey-trained Darna. He rode that same horse in today’s Crabbie’s Topham Chase but was out of luck, being brought down at the Canal Turn. Tomorrow he rides The Rainbow Hunter, also trained by Bailey, in the Crabbie’s Grand National.

Of Barters Hill, who made all the running, Bass said: “At the start of his career we thought he was pretty limited, so it’s pretty unbelievable that he has now won four bumpers. He’s obviously very good and improving.

“He cruises along at a fair old gallop, but he’s not doing much in front because he’s still green and looking about. You can keep winding it up in front on him and I knew they wouldn’t outstay me because he stays so well. He’s a big, strong horse and takes the sting out of others.
“Fair play to Ben and everyone at his yard – the horse won best-turned-out beforehand and looked amazing.

“It was brilliant to finally get a Cheltenham Festival winner and you want to come to Aintree and ride winners because it’s such a brilliant buzz. Ben has only just started training and he has supported me so it’s great to reward him with a winner.

“I’m very grateful to the trainers who have used me – I started riding for Kim Bailey this season and although Nicky Henderson has a lot of jockeys he gives us all a chance. I’m riding for some good yards and hope to keep it going.”

BELLS RINGING AGAIN AFTER CHELTENHAM DISAPPOINTMENT

Willie Mullins, trainer of Weatherbys Wealth Management Champion Bumper runner-up Bellshill, was pleased to see the five-year-old bounce back from a disappointing run at Cheltenham.

He said: “I’m delighted with that, he left his Cheltenham run behind. I don’t know what it was at Cheltenham but perhaps they went too slowly which just didn’t suit him. We’ll see how he comes out of this but he could go to Punchestown.

Port Talbot-based trainer Paul Morgan was similarly thrilled with the effort of Potters Corner, who battled home strongly to take third after a 192-day lay-off.

He said: “He hasn’t run since September so I can’t fault that. He’s so genuine and he’ll jump a hurdle now next time but he galloped all the way to the line and you can’t ask for more than that.

“That’s him finished now for the season. Ruby [Walsh, jockey] came back and said he’d prefer softer ground.”
Seventh race result

5.15pm Weatherbys Wealth Management Champion Bumper (Grade 2)
£30,000 total prize fund. 2m 1f. For 4-6yo which have not run under any recognised Rules of Racing, except NH/INH Flat races or French AQPS Flat races. Weights: 4yo 10st 12lb; 5-6yo 11st 4lb. Penalties a winner of a Grade 1 or 2 race 4lb. Allowances: fillies & mares 7lb. Penalty value 1st £16,881.00 2nd £6,360.00 3rd £3,183.00 4th £1,590.00 5th £798.00 6th £399.00

1) BARTERS HILL (IRE) (Circle Of Friends) Ben Pauling 5-11–04 David Bass 11/2
2) BELLSHILL (IRE) (Andrea & Graham Wylie) Willie Mullins IRE 5-11-04 Mr Patrick Mullins 8/1
3) POTTERS CORNER (IRE) (Walters Plant Hire, Maule, Davies, Potter) Paul Morgan 5-11-04 Ruby Walsh 20/1
4) BUVEUR D’AIR (FR) (Potensis Bloodstock Ltd & Chris Giles) Nicky Henderson 4-10-12 Noel Fehily
5) ARCHIVE (FR) (Gigginstown House Stud) Eoin Griffin IRE t5-10-13 David Mullins (5)
6) DUNCOMPLAINING (IRE) (David Wesley Yates) Will Kinsey 6-11-04 Peter Buchanan
7) PERSIAN DELIGHT (Hypnotised) Paul Nicholls t5-11-04 Sam Twiston-Davies 7/2f
8) CHITU (IRE) (Graham Slesser) Stuart Crawford IRE t5-11-04 Mr Steven Crawford
9) DOUBLE W’S (IRE) (Wharton & Wilson) Malcolm Jefferson 5-11-04 Brian Hughes
10) BRAIN POWER (IRE) (Michael Buckley) Nicky Henderson 4-10-12 Peter Carberry
11) DAVY DOUBT (IRE) (Roger Brookhouse) Warren Greatrex 6-11-04 Gavin Sheehan
12) JUSTANOTHER MUDDLE (Saloop) Sheena West 6-11-04 Matthew Batchelor
13) JURBY (Trevor Hemmings) Malcolm Jefferson 5-11-04 Dougie Costello
14) WESTERN RULES (IRE) (Bob Bennett & Jimmy Dudgeon) Nicky Richards 5-11-04 Brian Harding
15) ARMCHAIR THEATRE (IRE) (Ms S Howell) Evan Williams 5-10-13 Conor Ring (5)
16) WABANAKI (IRE) (Walters Plant Hire & James & Jean Potter) Evan Williams 5-11-04 Paul Moloney
17) VIRNON (Jack Pearce) Alan Swinbank 4-10-12 Richard Johnson
18) RUSHVALE (IRE) (Carolyn Kendrick) Ben Case h6-11-04 Daryl Jacob
PU) SAKHEE’S CITY (FR) (Jayne Sivills) Phil Kirby 4-10-09 Adam Nicol (3)

19 ran
Non-runner: Kerisper (self cert – lame)
Distances: 1¼, 12, 1, 2¼, 2, 5, ¾, hd, 1¼, 1¾, nse, ½, 2, 2, 7, 17, 18
Breeder: Lady J Fowler
Breeding: b g Kalanisi (IRE) — Circle The Wagons (IRE) (Commanche Run)
Tote Win £6.80 Place £2.70 £3.10 £7.50 Exacta £49.00

Winning Trainer: Ben Pauling Based: Bourton Hill Farm, Bourton Hill, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire Background: grew up around horses and spent a lot of time eventing and team chasing. In 2007, after graduating from Reading University, Ben worked for bloodstock agent David Redvers in sales, breaking and pre-training. Joined Nicky Henderson in February, 2008, where he spent six years as an assistant trainer. Set up on his own ahead of the 2013/14 season. First winner: Raven’s Tower, Plumpton, November 4, 2013 Aintree Festival wins: Champion Bumper (2015 Barters Hill) Wins (2013/14): 9; Wins this season: 20

Winning Jockey: David Bass Born: June 30, 1988 Background: started as an amateur with Richard Phillips and then moved on to the late John Manners’ stable. Turned professional and moved to Nicky Henderson’s yard in the summer of 2009. Raised in Ringstead, Northants, he attended Bishop Stopford School in Kettering. He caught the racing bug attending Oakley point-to-point as a youngster with his father and grandfather. First winner Under Rules: Man From Highworth, Towcester, April 21, 2009. Cheltenham Festival wins (1): Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate (2015 Darna) Aintree Festival wins include: Champion Bumper (2015 Barters Hill) Race Wins Include: Swinton Handicap Hurdle (2010 Eradicate) Wins (2006/07-2013/14): 0; 0; 1; 15; 33; 32; 29; 26 Wins this season: 41

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LADIES DAY, FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015

AINTREE TO WATER SELECTIVELY

The going at the end of the second day of the Crabbie’s Grand National Festival, Ladies Day, remains:

Mildmay Course: Good, Good to Soft in places

Hurdle Course: Good to Soft, Good in places

Grand National Course: Good to Soft, Good in places

Andrew Tulloch, Head of Racing and Clerk of the Course at Aintree, is assessing the condition of all three courses but has decided to water selectively.

Tulloch said: “I am planning selective watering on the Mildmay, Hurdle and Grand National Courses, putting on three millimetres.

“The showers that could come overnight are only possible and even if they arrived, I only expect them to deliver one to two millimetres of precipitation.

“We have had another warm and dry day. Our policy is to provide safe jumping ground and this is why we are watering parts of all three courses.”

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LADIES DAY, FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015

Crabbie’s Grand National

CAN McCOY SHUT ALL THE OTHERS OUT?

Nineteen-time champion jockey A P McCoy has won the feature race on each day of the Crabbie’s Grand National Festival so far – can he repeat this feat in the biggest contest of all, the Crabbie’s Grand National, tomorrow?

He rides the Jonjo O’Neill-trained Shutthefrontdoor, who is the 8/1 favourite with Betfred, official betting partners of the Crabbie’s Grand National Festival.

O’Neill has faith in the J P McManus-owned eight-year-old. He said this afternoon: “He’s got a great chance. He’s in great form, we’re very happy with him, the ground is right, hopefully he’ll get the trip – we don’t know, but he looks like that type of horse. I wouldn’t mind riding him myself!

“He’s a good lepper, very economical and I wouldn’t swap him for anything. The jockey is still not riding too badly so we’ve got a chance!”

McCoy has so far won Thursday’s Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle on Jezki, trained by Jessica Harrington, and Friday’s Betfred Melling Chase with the Gordon Elliott-trained Don Cossack.

McCoy, who won the 2010 Crabbie’s Grand National on Don’t Push It, also trained by Jonjo O’Neill, will break yet another record tomorrow. Shutthefrontdoor will be his 20th mount in the Crabbie’s Grand National – no jockey has ever had more rides in the race than McCoy.

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LADIES DAY, FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015

CROWD UP

Today’s attendance was 45,078, up by 2,544 to 42,534 (6 per cent) on the same day 12 months ago.

John Baker, Regional Director of Jockey Club Racecourses North West, commented: “This was another spectacular day following on from yesterday’s record Thursday crowd. We have set out to celebrate Ladies Day with some new initiatives this year and we are thrilled with the way the ladies of Liverpool have supported us. This was a truly brilliant day – the Feelgood Festival.

”Tomorrow is a total sellout with a crowd well in excess of 70,000 due to attend.”

Thursday’s record opening-day attendance was 34,752, against 33,456 the previous year.

THE CRABBIES GRAND NATIONAL FESTIVAL, AINTREE
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
LADIES DAY, FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015

Leading trainers after Ladies Day at the Crabbie’s Grand National Festival

Name 1st 2nd 3rd
Paul Nicholls 3 3 1
Gordon Elliott IRE 3 - -
Nicky Henderson 2 2 1
Colin Tizzard 1 1 -
Enda Bolger IRE 1 - -
Kevin Frost 1 - -
Jessica Harrington 1 - -
Malcolm Jefferson 1 - -
Ben Pauling 1 - -
Jonjo O’Neill - 1 3
John Ferguson - 1 1
Willie Mullins IRE - 1 1
Henry de Bromhead IRE - 1 -
Harry Fry - 1 -
Nick Gifford - 1 -
Alan King - 1 -
David Pipe - 1 -
Liam Cusack IRE - - 1
Charlie Longsdon - - 1
Paul Morgan - - 1
Mouse Morris IRE - - 1
Jamie Snowden - - 1
John Spearing - - 1
Nigel Twiston-Davies - - 1

Leading jockeys after Ladies Day at the Crabbie’s Grand National Festival

Name 1st 2nd 3rd
Sam Twiston-Davies 2 2 -
A P McCoy 2 1 2
Brian Hughes 2 - -
Noel Fehily 1 2 1
Tom Scudamore 1 1 -
Ruby Walsh 1 - 2
David Bass 1 - 1
Ms Nina Carberry 1 - -
Paul Carberry 1 - -
Jeremiah McGrath 1 - -
Mr Sam Waley-Cohen 1 - -
Daryl Jacob - 2 1
Mr Will Biddick - 1 -
Tom Cannon - 1 -
Richard Johnson - 1 -
Andrew Lynch - 1 -
Mr Patrick Mullins - 1 -
Andrew Tinkler - 1 -
Richie McLernon - - 2
Nico de Boinville - - 1
Brian O’Connell - - 1
Brendan Powell - - 1
Mr Kevin Power - - 1
Nick Scholfield - - 1
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