All the news from Grand National Day 2018







1.45pm Gaskells Handicap Hurdle

3  DREAM BERRY (FR) (Self Certificate, Going)



4.20pm Ryanair Stayers Hurdle

3   L’AMI SERGE (IRE) (Going)


5.15pm Randox Health Grand National

14  REGAL ENCORE (IRE) (Vet’s Certificate, Blood Analysis Not Normal)

24  WALK IN THE MILL (FR) (Self Certificate, Lame)


6.20pm Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle

2  CHESTERFIELD (IRE) (Self Certificate, Going)

5   AMOUR DE NUIT (IRE) (Vet’s Certificate, Infected Foot)

16  NOT THAT FUISSE (FR) (Going)

































The going for Grand National Day remains:


Mildmay & Hurdle Courses – Soft


Grand National Course – Heavy, Soft in places


It was dry overnight.


Today’s weather is forecast to be dry, with sunny spells and temperatures of up to 14 degrees Celsius.


All rails on bends have been moved in to near the inner line, providing fresh ground on the inside. This adds the following to today’s race distances:


Race 1, 2 & 5 – add 18 yards.

Race 3 – add 12 yards.

Race 4 – add 17 yards.

Race 7- add 14 yards.


















Betway, official betting partner of the Randox Health Grand National Festival, reckons that this year’s £1-million Randox Health Grand National, due off at 5.15pm, is ‘one of the most open in years’ and the firm now has an outright favourite in the shape of Total Recall (12/1).


Betway had opened the morning with five co-favourites (Anibale Fly, Blaklion, Seeyouatmidnight, Tiger Roll and Total Recall), which were all chalked up at 14/1 this morning but the Willie Mullins-trained nine-year-old is the one that punters wanted to be with and he now heads the market outright.


The Sue Smith-trained I Just Know (16/1 from 18/1) is threatening to join the main market leaders though, having been very well-backed overnight.


Smith, who landed the 2013 running of the world’s richest Jump race with Auroras Encore, saddled the eight-year-old to win the North Yorkshire Grand National at Catterick in January and warmed up for Aintree with a spin over hurdles at Uttoxeter last time out (finished second).


Raz De Maree is another horse for which there was plenty of money overnight. The 13-year-old, who looked better than ever this season when winning the Welsh National at Chepstow, has been selected by a number of influential tipsters which has seen his price contract from 25/1 to 18/1.


“The competitive nature of the race, coupled with prevailing soft conditions, means that this is one of the most open Grand Nationals in years,” said Betway’s Alan Alger. “We’ve gone 14/1 the field and we’re seeing rock solid business on nearly every runner in the race. Punters can’t seem to decide on a favourite at the moment but I Just Know and Raz De Maree have been the best-backed horses overnight.”


Randox Health Grand National – Betway bet: 12/1 (from 14/1) Total Recall, 14/1 Anibale Fly, 14/1 Blaklion, 14/1 Seeyouatmidnight, 14/1 Tiger Roll, 16/1 (from 18/1) I Just Know, 18/1 Baie Des Iles, 18/1 (from 25/1) Raz De Maree, 20/1 Captain Redbeard, 20/1 The Last Samuri, 20/1 Ucello Conti, 22/1 Shantou Flyer, 22/1 The Dutchman, 25/1 Chase The Spud, 25/1 Gas Line Boy, 28/1 Houblon Des Obeaux, 28/1 Milansbar, 28/1 Pleasant Company, 28/1 Vieux Lion Rouge, 33/1 Final Nudge, 40/1 Alpha Des Obeaux, 40/1 Warriors Tale, 50/1 Bless The Wings, 50/1 Buywise, 50/1 Carlingford Lough, 50/1 Maggio, 50/1 Road The Riches, 50/1 Thunder And Roses, 50/1 Virgilio, 66/1 Lord Windermere, 66/1 Saint Are, 80/1 Childrens List, 80/1 Delusionofgrandeur, 80/1 Double Ross, 80/1 Pendra, 80/1 Perfect Candidate, 100/1 Tenor Nivernais, 100/1 Valseur Lido.


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Youngest: the minimum age for Randox Health Grand National runners is now seven, and there is one seven-year-old in this year’s race – Baie Des Iles, ridden by Katie Walsh and trained by her husband Ross O’Sullivan. The most recent seven-year-old to win the race was Bogskar in 1940. The great Golden Miller, winner of five Cheltenham Gold Cups, was seven when he won the Grand National in 1934. The youngest horses to win the race were five years old, the most recent of which was Lutteur III in 1909.


Oldest: there are three 13-year-olds in this year’s contest (Raz De Maree, trained by Gavin Cromwell and ridden by Robbie Power, Maggio, Patrick Griffin/Brendan Powell and Bless The Wings, Gordon Elliott/Jack Kennedy). Raz De Maree is the oldest – he is 11 days older than Bless The Wings and 16 days older than Maggio. Two 13-year-olds have won the Grand National, but none since Sergeant Murphy in 1923. The oldest winner in Randox Health Grand National history was Peter Simple, who triumphed as a 15-year-old in 1853 when ridden and trained by Tom Olliver.


Location: 16 of the 38 horses in Saturday’s Randox Health Grand National are trained in Ireland, 19 are trained in England, two in Scotland (Captain Redbeard, Stuart Coltherd/Sam Coltherd; Seeyouatmidnight (Sandy Thomson/Brian Hughes) and one in Wales – Buywise (Evan Williams/Adam Wedge). Scotland took last year’s race with the Lucinda Russell-trained One For Arthur, but Wales’s last winner was Kirkland in 1905.


Country of birth: 22 of the horses in the 2018 Randox Health Grand National were bred in Ireland, 12 in France and just four in Britain (Blaklion, Chase The Spud, Warriors Tale and Seeyouatmidnight).


Longest-priced winner: five horses have won the Grand National at a starting price of 100/1 (Mon Mome 2009, Foinavon 1967, Caughoo 1947, Gregalach 1929, Tipperary Tim 1928).


Shortest-priced winner: Poethlyn won in 1919 as the 11/4 favourite. The horse, trained by Harry Escott and ridden by Ernie Piggott, Lester Piggott’s grandfather, had also won the race the year before when it was staged at Gatwick.


Mares: 13 mares have won the Grand National, just three of them since 1900 (Shannon Lass 1902, Sheila’s Cottage 1948, Nickel Coin 1951). No mare has been placed in the race since Dubacilla’s fourth place in 1995. There is one mare in this year’s renewal – Baie Des Iles, ridden by Katie Walsh and trained by Ross O’Sullivan.


Cheltenham Gold Cup winners: there is one former Cheltenham Gold Cup winner in this year’s Randox Health Grand National – Lord Windermere, who took the race in 2014. His trainer, Jim Culloty, was one of very few jockeys to win both the Grand National and the Gold Cup in the same year (2002 with Bindaree and Best Mate). Golden Miller and L’Escargot are the only horses to have done the Gold Cup Grand National double to date. Golden Miller won the Gold Cup in 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935 and 1936 and the Grand National in 1934. L’Escargot took the Grand National in 1975 and the Gold Cup in 1970 and 1971.


Fastest and slowest: Mr Frisk, trained by Kim Bailey and ridden by Marcus Armytage, holds the record for the fastest running of the Grand National (8min 47.8sec in 1990). The slowest was the first ever winner, Lottery, in 1839 with a time of 14min 53sec. These times are based on a distance of four and a half miles; the race was made shorter in distance (four miles, two furlongs and 74 yards) in 2013.


Weight: the heaviest weight carried by a Randox Health Grand National winner in recent times was the 11st 9lb Many Clouds carried in 2015 – the highest victorious weight since Red Rum’s 12st in 1974. The top-weight in the race is now 11st 10lb, but in the race’s history four winners carried 12st 7lb – Poethlyn in 1919, Jerry M in 1912, Manifesto in 1899 and Cloister in 1893.



Select your Randox Health Grand National fancy by aligning your star sign with that of the horse of your choice…


Aquarius: Chase The Spud


Pisces: Total Recall, Alpha Des Obeaux, Tiger Roll, Vieux Lion Rouge, Warriors Tale, The Dutchman, Raz De Maree, Lord Windermere, Houblon Des Obeaux


Aries: Thunder And Roses, Seeyouatmidnight, Blaklion, The Last Samuri, Valseur Lido, Shantou Flyer, Tenor Nivernais, Pleasant Company, Saint Are, I Just Know, Baie Des Iles, Maggio, Pendra, Bless The Wings, Milansbar, Double Ross, Delusionofgrandeur


Taurus: Perfect Candidate, Gas Line Boy, Buywise, Captain Redbeard, Final Nudge


Gemini: Anibale Fly, Carlingford Lough, Ucello Conti, Virgilio, Children’s List, Road To Riches







Sir Anthony McCoy launches public petition to tackle Type-2 diabetes epidemic


The 20-time Champion Jump Jockey Sir Anthony McCoy, OBE is launching a nationwide public petition aimed at tackling the growing threat of type-2 diabetes.


The acclaimed sportsman, who recently revealed he successfully reversed his risk of developing the condition, hopes to expand the nationwide diabetes screening programme to include the same innovative test which diagnosed his prediabetes.


Sir Anthony McCoy said: “My own experience of prediabetes and having watched the impact type-2 had on my mum has inspired me to launch this campaign. Currently around a third of UK adults have prediabetes but just aren’t aware of it. I was fortunate enough to be diagnosed before it caused any damage and I feel this test should be made accessible to everyone.”


The test which measures levels of a natural hormone called Adiponectin can identify someone at risk of diabetes earlier than conventional diabetes testing. Low levels of adiponectin indicate high levels of visceral fat. This ‘deep’ fat wraps around major organs, and sits further underneath the skin than belly fat. A person can therefore appear deceptively healthy because they are slim. However, by measuring Adiponectin levels, clinicians can identify someone at risk of type 2 diabetes long before they would be identified by tests which measure blood sugar levels.


For the third of UK adults who are prediabetic, this provides a unique opportunity for lifestyle changes in diet and exercise which prevents major organ damage. Diabetes affects our blood vessels and nerves, and therefore can have impact upon any part of our bodies. It is a leading factor in heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney and nerve damage.


Sir Anthony continued: “Diabetes can take ten years off your life expectancy. Fortunately for the majority of type-2 cases it is possible to reverse it, particularly if discovered early enough. That’s why this test is so important. It can detect risk earlier and more efficiently than any current test used in the UK today. I’m hoping people may take a few minutes to sign this petition and help make a really positive difference.”


Sir Anthony McCoy’s petition can be signed online (link below). Once the public have had their chance to add their names, the petition will be presented to NICE to encourage the body to add the Adiponectin test to the current diabetes screening programme.


The petition is hosted on


Diabetes statistics:

Almost 3.5 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes in the UK. 1 in 10 have type-2 diabetes. 1 in 3 have prediabetes.


In total the cost to the NHS of treating type 2 diabetes is £14 billion/yr. Cost per UK resident is £215,000/yr.


Many of these cases are reversible.


According to Diabetes UK, if nothing changes, more than five million people will have diabetes in the UK by 2025.








1.45pm Gaskells Handicap Hurdle

3  DREAM BERRY (FR) (Self Certificate, Going)



2.25pm Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle

2   BEDROCK (Vet’s Certificate, Burst Blood Vessel)

7   COUNT MERIBEL (Self Certificate, Sore)


3.40pm Betway Handicap Chase

5  VICONTE DU NOYER (FR) (Vet’s Certificate, Lame)


4.20pm Ryanair Stayers Hurdle

3   L’AMI SERGE (IRE) (Going)


5.15pm Randox Health Grand National

14  REGAL ENCORE (IRE) (Vet’s Certificate, Blood Analysis Not Normal)

24  WALK IN THE MILL (FR) (Self Certificate, Lame)


6.20pm Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle

2  CHESTERFIELD (IRE) (Self Certificate, Going)

5   AMOUR DE NUIT (IRE) (Vet’s Certificate, Infected Foot)

16  NOT THAT FUISSE (FR) (Going)

18   ALWAYS RESOLUTE (Self Certificate, Cast in Box)


























Most-successful trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies, who saddles Blaklion and Double Ross, is the only current handler to have won the Randox Health Grand National twice. His winners were Earth Summit (1998) and Bindaree (2002). Two trainers have saddled four winners and, if successful this year, Twiston-Davies would join a group of seven handlers who have enjoyed three victories.


First-time trainers: Stuart Coltherd (Captain Redbeard), David Dennis (Final Nudge), Pat Griffin (Maggio), Richard Hobson (Shantou Flyer), John Kiely (Carlingford Lough), Neil King (Milansbar), Ross O’Sullivan (Baie Des Iles), Dan Skelton (Virgilio) and Sandy Thomson (Seeyouatmidnight) all bid to win the world’s most famous steeplechase with their first runners.


Unsuccessful trainers: The 10-times champion Paul Nicholls won the race in 2012 with Neptune Collonges but he has had 73 other starters of which only two have made the frame. He relies on Warrior’s Tale to improve that record.


Oldest trainers: Co Waterford-based John Kiely (Carlingford Lough) still rides out at the age of 80.


Youngest trainers: Ross O’Sullivan (Baie Des Iles), aged 35, is younger than any other trainer represented this year.


Most runners: Ireland’s leading handlers Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins each have three runners but that is a long way off the record 10 participants saddled by Martin Pipe in the 2001 race.


Mr and Mrs: Trainer Ross O’Sullivan and his wife Katie Walsh, who rides Baie Des Iles, are only the second such combination to contest the Randox Health Grand National. Trainer Richard Ford’s runner Forest Gunner was ridden to finish fifth by his wife Carrie in 2005.


Female trainers: Sue Smith (Delusionofgrandeur and I Just Know) and Venetia Williams (Houblon Des Obeaux and Tenor Nivernais) are the two female trainers with runners this year. They, along with Jenny Pitman and Lucinda Russell, are the four female trainers to have saddled winners previously.


Most-successful owners: Trevor Hemmings (Warrior’s Tale) with James Machell, Sir Charles Assheton-Smith and Noel Le Mare, who raced Red Rum, are the select group of owners who have enjoyed three Grand National successes. Hemmings – whose wins have come via Hedgehunter 2005, Ballabriggs 2011 and Many Clouds 2015 – will become the most-successful owner in the race’s history if Warrior’s Tale comes out on top.


Winning owners: As well as Hemmings, Gigginstown House Stud (Alpha Des Obeaux, Road To Riches, Thunder And Roses and Tiger Roll), J P McManus (Anibale Fly, Carlingford Lough and Pendra), Douglas Pryde and Jim Beaumont (Maggio) and Patricia Thompson (Seeyouatmidnight) have all lifted the Randox Health Grand National trophy previously.


Unsuccessful owners: J P McManus has been well-represented most years in the Randox Health Grand National and, alongside his 2010 win with Don’t Push It, he has had 61 runners who didn’t pass the winning post first. No owner represented this year has had a huge amount of runners without success – the most is Susannah Ricci (Childrens List) with five previous participants.





Youngest: James Bowen, who is 17 and 33 days. If he rides to victory aboard Shantou Flyer, he will become the youngest jockey ever to win the Randox Health Grand National. The current holder of the record, Bruce Hobbs, was 17 and 88 days when he took the race with Battleship in 1938.


Oldest: Davy Russell is the oldest jockey riding in this year’s race – he partners Tiger Roll. Both Russell and Barry Geraghty are 38, but Russell’s birthday is June 27, while Geraghty’s is September 16. But the oldest jockey ever to win the Grand National was 48-year-old amateur rider Dick Saunders, who triumphed on Grittar in 1982. It was his first and only ride in the race.


First-timers: the Grand National has been won for the past two years by jockeys having their first ride in the race (Derek Fox, One For Arthur, 2017 and David Mullins, Rule The World, 2016). This year, the debutants are Tom Bellamy (Double Ross), Rachael Blackmore (Alpha Des Obeaux), James Bowen (Shantou Flyer), Alain Cawley (Perfect Candidate), Sam Coltherd (Captain Redbeard), Keith Donoghue (Valseur Lido), Bryony Frost (Milansbar) and J J Slevin (Thunder And Roses).


Women: three women jockeys take their chance in today’s Grand National – Katie Walsh (Baie Des Iles), Bryony Frost (Milansbar) and Rachael Blackmore (Alpha Des Obeaux). Walsh holds the record for the best finish by a woman to date – third on Seabass in 2012. Fifteen women have ridden in the race since Charlotte Brew became the first in 1977 aboard Barony Fort. Nina Carberry has ridden in the Grand National six times – more than any other woman, but Katie Walsh will share that record with her after today. The only other time that three women rode in the Grand National was in 1988, when Penny Ffitch-Heyes, Gee Armytage and Venetia Williams took part.


Previous winners: four jockeys riding in today’s Grand National have already tasted success in the race: Barry Geraghty (Monty’s Pass, 2003) rides Anibale Fly, David Mullins (Rule The World, 2016) is on Pleasant Company, Daryl Jacob (Neptune Collonges, 2012) will be aboard Ucello Conti and Robbie Power (Silver Birch, 2007) rides Raz De Maree.


Winning family connections: several of today’s jockeys have family members who have won the Grand National. Baie Des Iles’ rider Katie Walsh’s father, Ted, trained Papillon to win in 2000, and the horse was ridden by her brother Ruby, who also scored on Hedgehunter in 2005. Aboard Milansbar is Bryony Frost, whose father, Jimmy, rode Little Polveir to victory in 1989. Blaklion’s jockey Sam Twiston-Davies’s father Nigel has trained two Grand National winners – Bindaree in 2002 and Earth Summit in 1998. Brendan Powell (Maggio)’s father, also Brendan, was victorious with Rhyme ‘N’ Reason in 1988. David Mullins (Pleasant Company) is the nephew of trainer Willie Mullins, who won the Grand National with Hedgehunter in 2005.


Champion jockeys: neither of the current champion jockeys – Richard Johnson (GB) or Ruby Walsh (IRE) are riding in this year’s race. Walsh is on the sidelines after fracturing a leg during the Cheltenham Festival last month. Johnson has not picked up a ride.


Amateur jockeys: Katie Walsh (Baie Des Iles) is the only amateur jockey riding in this year’s Grand National. In 170 runnings of the race, it has been won by amateur riders 41 times, most recently by Marcus Armytage in 1990 aboard Mr Frisk.











Aintree’s clerk of the course, Andrew Tulloch, said this morning that he had left the official going description for the Grand National course as Heavy, Soft in places. The Mildmay course and the Hurdle course are Soft.


Tulloch said: “It’s a great day’s racing. It’s that iconic race that everyone watches. People at home are having bets, in their sitting-rooms watching this race – it’s magical.”


On each day of the Randox Health Grand National Festival, Tulloch’s team have moved the rails to reveal a strip of fresh ground for horses to race upon. Each evening and overnight, considerable work goes into repairing the ground that has been raced upon each day to leave it in optimum condition.


“We’ve got about five yards of completely fresh ground on the inside of the track [on the Mildmay course], and we have repaired it and put it back [after racing yesterday] to get it as good as we can for the start of the fixture today. It takes a great deal of work by the team.”


He added: “This is sandy soil and it will dry up a bit before the Randox Health Grand National. It is up to the jockeys to ride according to the conditions.”








If Katie Walsh, Bryony Frost or Rachael Blackmore win today’s Randox Health Grand National, one of the last barriers to acceptance of women in sport will have been removed.


It is that big, a potential sporting breakthrough that will tilt views – no wonder today’s newspapers have given the subject ample coverage.


‘Three women, 30 giant leaps from history’ conveys the gravitas of what might unfurl this afternoon for readers of The Times, which devotes page 14 of its news section to a photo of the riders and the headline ‘Trio of women chasing a place in racing history’.


‘Race is on to be the queen of Aintree’ is a headline on the back page of the Daily Mail, whose racing correspondent, Marcus Townend, informs readers that two of the three women-ridden horses, Milansbar and Baie Des Iles, will be favoured by the prevailing going. The Daily Mirror’s David Yates writes: “Victory for one of the ‘sisters in the saddle’ will make history and leave the bookies £200m worse off.”


The Guardian’s Chris Cook points out that the trio are hardened jockeys, not trailblazers – that was the role of riders such as Charlotte Brew, the first woman to take part in the race 41 years ago. Don’t take Cook’s view, take that of Venetia Williams, who he quotes saying, ‘These girls are a hell of a lot better than we were in my day’. Brew, who later married and became Budd, recounts her ride to Richard Jinman of i. The last-named paper states quite simply, ‘It’s time for a female jockey to make National history’.


The Racing Post’s Tom Kerr makes the point that, “it would be better if their participation in a race like this was entirely unremarkable,” and while he is sure, “that day will come”, he reasons, “there must first come the pioneers”.


In that respect it is worth noting that four runners are trained by women – two each for past-winning trainers Venetia Williams and Sue Smith – yet that does not merit a scrap of media attention 35 years after Jenny Pitman made the breakthrough with Corbiere.


There are 35 other jockeys hoping to win the 38-runner Randox Health Grand National, and they will have but one aim to beat the women and any other jockey. The Liverpool Echo’s front-page headline ‘Aint life Grand’ sums up the overall impact of the occasion, one that will be watched, claims the paper, by ‘600m TV viewers’ placing ’10,000 bets a minute’.


Interestingly, the nation’s professional newspaper tipsters tend to side with male-ridden horses. Tom Segal, Pricewise of the Racing Post, suggests readers ‘Get on the Raz’ with Raz De Maree, and he also puts in a word for Houblon Des Obeaux, who is the choice of the Daily Mail’s Sam Turner and Rob Wright of The Times. Segal’s colleague, Paul Kealy, sides with I Just Know, who is also tipped by Newsboy of the Daily Mirror, but Blaklion is The Scout’s choice in the Daily Express and that of Patrick Weaver in the Daily Star.


The Guardian’s Chris Cook envisages a win for Total Recall, as does Marlborough of The Daily Telegraph.


Templegate of The Sun opts for Seeyouatmidnight, while the same paper’s Robert Thomson engages with Sam Coltherd, one of the race’s least experienced riders, who will partner Captain Redbeard. Coltherd reveals the sense of panic that set in when he realised he was close to the qualifying mark of riding 15 winners and 10 over fences. Assured by the BHA that his 12 chasing winners meant he was in, Coltherd says: “I phoned them twice just to check in case they had got it wrong.” Mark Souster of The Times looks at ways in which Aintree has made the course safer for runners and riders, a point picked up by Tom Kerr in his Racing Post column.


Kerr writes that all competitors – human and equine – have returned safe and sound from the big race since the National fences were given plastic birch cores five years ago. His comments come below an Edward Whitaker photograph taken at the Canal Turn during yesterday’s running of the Randox Health Topham Chase. The picture conveys the effortless way in which Ultragold – who was leading at the time – coped with the occasion.


The winner’s rider, Harry Cobden, one of those rare jockey talents who has moved seamlessly from claiming conditional to senior pro without any lull in momentum, made the job look easy, but the Racing Post’s Alastair Down reckons: “Ultragold could go round here with someone hauled randomly out of the bar at the Adelphi.”


Cobden is one of many young talents with a Randox Health Grand National ride, as is Jack Kennedy, described in The Daily Telegraph as the ‘sport’s most understated prodigy’.


While women jockeys are a popular theme for press analysis of today’s Randox Health Grand National, it is women racegoers who attended yesterday’s Ladies Day card that flood the news pages. ‘Frills, chills and prosecco spills’, is the Daily Express’s headline accompaniment to a selection of colourful racegoer shots, while The Sun’s ‘Bare off at Raintree’ is sub-headed ‘Racegoers sizzle in the drizzle’. The Financial Times makes a rare racing foray with a photo and the headline ‘Ladies limber up for big race’, while the Liverpool Echo opts for ‘Muddy Lovely’ on its front page.


Looking at pages of pictures taken during Ladies Day, and which flood the Liverpool Echo’s coverage, is to give little clue as to quite how damp, dour and grey, the conditions on Ladies Day were, while serving as a reminder of the fun that can be gained from a day at the races.


‘If you’ve got it, flaunt it!’ is the Daily Mail’s assessment above a posse of pictures which suggest it is referring as much to tattoos as bare flesh, and while the Daily Star joins in with a series of shots and headline that states ‘It’s a bit frisky on Ladies Day’ it also covers another community-minded Aintree occasion, involving a visit to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital by A P McCoy and the 2012 Randox Health Grand National winner Neptune Collonges.


One of only three grey horses to win the historic race, Neptune Collonges may have been a lion in victory, but he’s now a celebrity lamb, and the Daily Star’s photo reveals his gentle nature as he meets a young patient.


When all is said and written about women jockeys, first-time winners and young jockey talents it is the horses which count for most. They are the real heroes of this national sporting spectacle.









Outside the Randox Health Grand National, Betway, official betting partner of the Randox Health Grand National Festival, reports two well-backed horses ahead of the third and final day of the meeting.


In the Grade One Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase (3.00pm), there has been significant each-way support for the Phil Kirby-trained Lady Buttons, which has been cut to 11/2 (from 7/1). The eight-year-old mare was last seen winning a novice chase on heavy ground at Newcastle and is an interesting contender stepped up to Grade One company.


Thomas Patrick has consolidated his position at the head of the market in the Betway Handicap Chase (3.40pm) and is now the 7/2 favourite (from 5/1) with Betway.


The six-year-old, trained by the in-form Tom Lacey, was the facile eight length winner of a handicap chase at Newbury last time out and punters strongly fancy the son of Winged Love to back this up with another victory this afternoon.



Betway Market Movers – Randox Health Grand National Day



3.00pm – Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase: 11/2 (from 7/1) Lady Buttons


3.40pm – Betway Handicap Chase: 7/2 (from 5/1) Thomas Patrick




Katie Walsh is hopeful of a good performance from Baie Des Iles (10st 8lb) in today’s £1-million Randox Health Grand National.


Trained by Walsh’s husband Ross O’Sullivan in Ireland, the seven-year-old grey mare was a fine third behind subsequent Irish Grand National fourth Folsom Blue in a Grand National trial at Punchestown in February.


Amateur rider Walsh, a Randox Health Grand National Festival Ambassador for the fourth time in 2018, achieved the highest-ever finish by a female jockey in the Aintree spectaculr when third aboard Seabass, trained by her father Ted, in 2012. She has completed the course on four of her five Grand National rides.


Baie Des Iles is bidding to become the first mare to win the race since 1951 and just the 13th overall, while the seven-year-old could also become the fourth grey to land the Aintree showpiece.


Baie Des Iles has attracted sustained support throughout the week and is currently a 18/1 shot with Betway, official betting partner of the Randox Health Grand National Festival.


Walsh said: “It’s lovely for me to be able to ride for Ross. Having ridden round here in five Grand Nationals, I still get the same excitement and it’s lovely to be involved.


“She is a very good jumper and she doesn’t give her fences too much height. We’ll take it a fence at a time and we’ll see what happens.


“She’s been really well this week and we’re looking forward to it.


“She ran plenty of times in France over different obstacles and her jumping is one of her biggest assets.


“She has jumped well in all of her races and measures her fences nicely.


“It’s going to be another great experience to ride in the Grand National again and whilst there is so much luck involved in a Grand National, she has an attractive profile and is relatively unexposed.”


O’Sullivan commented: “We’re a very small operation and it’s massive for us to have a runner in the Grand National.


“It’s magic to be here at Aintree and we’re really looking forward to it.


“Katie has had plenty of experience riding over the Grand National fences, so it’s exciting.


“The ground is in Baie Des Iles’ favour and she’s had a lovely preparation. She ran a lovely race at Punchestown last time and we’re really happy with her preparation.


“She is fresh and the rain is a big help. We didn’t think at the start of the week that the ground would be in her favour, but the ease in the ground has helped her.


“Hopefully, Katie and Baie Des Iles get round, and anything else is a bonus.”


They are the second husband and wife team to take part in the race, following on from Carrie (jockey) and Richard (trainer) Ford with Forest Gunner, who finished fifth in 2005.




Rachael Blackmore is relishing her first ride in the £1-million Randox Health Grand National aboard Mouse Morris’ Alpha Des Obeaux (11st 4lb).


Morris won the 2016 renewal of the four and a quarter mile Aintree showpiece courtesy of Rule The World and Blackmore is hopeful of a good performance from Alpha Des Obeaux in today’s contest, following a sixth-placed effort in the G1 Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown last time.


Alpha Des Obeaux is a 40/1 shot for the world’s richest and greatest chase with Betway, official betting partner of the Randox Health Grand National Festival.


Blackmore said: “I had a little canter on him yesterday and he is in great form.


“I’m really looking forward to the ride and its fingers crossed – it’s very exciting to be a part of the Grand National


“I’ll speak to Mouse to see how he wants me to ride the race, but I know you need a lot of luck around here.”









Trainer David Pipe landed the first race on the final day of the Randox Health Grand National Festival, Grand National Day, the £75,000 G3 Gaskells Handicap Hurdle at Aintree courtesy of the well-supported 7/1 favourite Mr Big Shot.


The seven-year-old son of Flemensfirth travelled smartly throughout the extended three mile contest and kept on gamely under jockey Tom Scudamore to score by three-quarters of a length from Stuart Edmunds’ Now Mcginty (12/1) in second.


Pipe said: “That was a lovely performance from Mr Big Shot. We have taken our time with him and he has not been the easiest horse to train.


“He grew up a lot for his latest run as he didn’t have the ideal preparation and he improved for that race.


“He is related to Philson Run, who is a good stayer, but he is not slow of pace so we weren’t sure about the trip today.


“He did it well today, but I wasn’t sure whether he would stay the trip but Tom rode him like a good horse.


“It’s great for our sponsors W&S Recycling and it’s great for Caroline Tisdall who has been a big supporter.”


The same connections line up with Vieux Lion Rouge (10st 13lb) in today’s £1-million Randox Health Grand National and Pipe reported the nine-year-old to be in good form.


Vieux Lion Rouge is a 28/1 shot with Betway, official betting partner of the Randox Health Grand National Festival, for the world’s richest and greatest chase.


“I think he’s been in good form all season but he hasn’t shown it on the track. He has dropped a few pounds and will run a very good race”, commented Pipe.


“He hasn’t quite stayed the last two years, but I feel he is stronger now and I hope he stays this year.”




Trainer Stuart Edmunds is already looking forward to next season with Now McGinty (12/1) after the progressive seven-year-old put in a great effort when going down by three-quarters of a length in second in the Grade 3 Gaskells Handicap Hurdle.


The Stowaway gelding had won his previous two starts and Edmunds predicts he will be even better when going over fences.


“We were a neck ahead at the last and I’m chuffed to bits with that run,” said Edmunds. “He’s come a long way in three runs, I should think he’ll go up 5lb to around a mark of 140 after that.


“We had to do something to make a man of him after he disappointed so we put cheekpieces on and they have made the difference.


“That will be it for this season but he’s going to be very exciting next season when going over fences. He’s a full-brother to Outlander and will be one of several nice novice chasers I have for next season.”




Jockey Tom O’Brien was happy enough with the performance of Now McGinty, who finished the three-quarter length runner-up behind the 7/1 winner Mr Big Shot in the Grade Three 20-runner Gaskells Handicap Hurdle at Aintree this afternoon.


The 12/1 shot, who was aiming to win his third race on the trot having registered two victories at Warwick recently, travelled sweetly for his jockey throughout the race and jumped to the front at the final flight.


However, the Stuart Edmunds-trained gelding couldn’t quite repel the challenge of the winner but his jockey was happy with the performance and was looking forward to seeing the seven-year-old over fences next season.


“It was a good run – a solid run,” said the jockey.


“He’s progressive and will be a lovely novice chaser.”


O’Brien also had news of the ground after the first race.


“It’s definitely soft and sticky out there but I couldn’t use that as an excuse.”


The Tom Gibney-trained Ah Littleluck (10/1) was a further 10 lengths back in third.


1.45pm Gaskells Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)


1 MR BIG SHOT (Prof Caroline Tisdall) David Pipe 7-11-05 Tom Scudamore 7/1 Fav

2 NOW MCGINTY (The Garratt Family) Stuart Edmunds 7-11-02 Tom O’Brien 12/1

3 AH LITTLELUCK (Kevin Haigney) Tom Gibney IRE 8-11-02 Andrew Lynch 10/1

4 DEBECE (Robert Kirkland) Tom Vaughan 7-11-08 Alan Johns 8/1


Distances: ¾, 10, nk

Tote Win: £5.80 Places: £1.80, £4.70, £2.80, £2.80 Exacta: £142.80




Tom Scudamore, rider of the winner and 7/1 favourite Mr Big Shot, said: “It is holding and very soft but not heavy.”


Andrew Lynch, rider of third home Ah Littleluck, said: “It is a bit dead.”


Richard Johnson, on board Louis’ Vac Pouch, said: “Soft.”


Noel Feihly, jockey of Tikkanbar, said: “Soft.”


Matt Griffiths, partner of Sykes, said: “Soft and a bit dead.”


Harry Skelton, rider of Shannon Bridge, said: “Holding – on the cusp of drying out.”


David Bass, jockey of Red Indian, said: “It is very tack but there is no kick back.”


Bridget Andrews, rider of No Hassle Hoff, said: “It is drying out.”


Harry Cobden, rider of Connetable, said: “It is soft and dead in places.”


Tom Cannon, on board The Mighty Don, said: “Soft.”


Adam Wedge, partner of Fortunate George, said: “It is soft and dead.”


Tom O’Brien, runner-up on Now McGinty, said: “It’s good to soft, soft in places, but quite dead out there.”


Alan Johns, rider of fourth-placed Debece, said: “It was just slightly better than soft, probably with a bit of good to soft.”


Tom Bellamy, partner of Knight Of Noir, said: “It’s dead and a little bit tacky – it was probably better yesterday in that it was wetter and sloppier and easier to get through. The sun is probably the worst thing that could happen to it.”


Miss Isabel Williams, partner of Prime Venture, said: “It was soft yesterday and it’s just drying slightly, but I wouldn’t think you would call it anything other than soft.”


Sean Bowen, partner of Jeannot De Nonant, said: “It was soft, but quite tacky and dead.”


Daryl Jacob, partner of Fixe Le Kap, said: “I think it’s drying out and it’s getting harder work.”


Mr Alex Ferguson, partner of Jaleo, said: “I was dropped out the back and my colours aren’t particularly dirty, so it’s sticky, but riding not too badly.”


Fergus Gregory, on board Sir Mangan, said: “It’s pretty soft, dead ground.”


Richard Patrick, jockey of Golan Fortune, said: ”It’s soft but it’s drying, so it’s pretty tacky out there.”


















Mick Fitzgerald, an all-time great Jump jockey and winner of the 1996 Randox Health Grand National on Rough Quest, has been inducted as an Aintree Legend.


In a ceremony this morning Fitzgerald took his place alongside such famous names as commentator Sir Peter O’Sullevan, trainers Ginger McCain and Jenny Pitman, jockeys Bob Champion and John Buckingham, and horses Red Rum and Aldaniti.


Fitzgerald, who famously quipped after his big race win that the experience was “better than sex”, is now an enlightening broadcaster on ITV Racing and At The Races.


A patron at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, he was an instigator of the annual visit by Jump jockeys to meet the patients.


Fitzgerald lives in Berkshire with his wife and three children, but remains an ever-present at the Randox Health Grand National Festival.








Black Op (3/1) was produced with a well-timed run by Noel Fehily to capture the Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle when getting up to score by half a length.


Winning trainer Tom George, who also won the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham with Summerville Boy, believes that Black Op has a bright future.


“We didn’t want to be in front longer than we had to, he pricked his ears and was just babyish in front,” said George. “It was a brave performance and we have thought for a long time that we had two of the best novice hurdlers around in him and Summerville Boy


“They are both owned by Roger Brookhouse, who has given me all the time in the world. They are lightly-raced, have been given time to mature and have come good at the right time.


“Black Op had been second to Samcro at Cheltenham and really made him work that day so he deserved to win this. It was a tough performance here and this is a stepping stone to his career as a chaser, that will be when he comes into his own.


“We needed to pull one out of the bag today and I thought we probably should do. These horses have all been working well at home and he came out of the Cheltenham race as well as he could having had a hard race behind Samcro.


“Noel got the tactics right – his biggest worry was that they weren’t going to go any gallop. He has kicked on three out – he is still a babyish horse who has made a few mistakes and given the other horse a bit of a chance. When push came to shove, he really battled hard.


“He is a beautiful horse, a staying chaser in the making. We will be having a chat with Roger Brookhouse but going chasing will probably be the plan. He was always going to be a chaser rather than a hurdler and it’s great to have won a G1 on the way.


“Summerville Boy is having a nice break at the moment. He is going to strengthen up over the summer and go back to Roger in due course. I am sure that both horses will have a good summer with him and we look forward to next season.


“I would say that Summerville Boy will stay over hurdles. He is a faster horse than Black Op and an exciting horse as well. He is still quite an immature horse, so we will give him plenty of time.”




The Tom George-trained Black Op produced a brave performance to land the Grade One Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle by half a length at Aintree this afternoon.


The 3/1 shot travelled and jumped well in the main for jockey Noel Fehily but he wasn’t fluent at the final three hurdles which meant his jockey had to work hard to keep him in the race.


A sketchy jump at the last saw the Colin Tizzard-trained Lostintranslation draw alongside the winner but Black Op dug deep to pull clear in the final half a furlong to land the spoils.


Fehily was quick to praise the seven-year-old’s bravery following the race.


“He’s a very, very tough horse,” said the jockey.


“His run at Cheltenham was fantastic. He deserved to win a race like this after being beaten by Samcro (in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle) and there was no shame in being beaten by that horse.


“He showed real guts today. He jumped brilliantly early on but, when he saw some daylight, he looked around, saw the crowd and just got distracted. He’ll be a much better horse over fences.


“We were definitely headed at one point and he had to dig deep. That’s what impressed me so much about him – how deep he dug on this sort of ground.


“The ground is hard work – it’s dead out there. It’s very tiring.


“I am delighted for his owner Roger Brookhouse. I believe he is a bit under the weather and isn’t here, so hopefully this will make him feel a bit better.”




Colin Tizzard was pleased with the performance of 12/1 shot Lostintranslation, who finished a half-length second to Tom George’s Black Op (3/1) in the 12-runner £100,000 G1 Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle.


The six-year-old son of Flemensfirth, ridden by Robbie Power, engaged in a titanic tussle with Black Op under Noel Fehily in the closing stages, but was narrowly denied in a thrilling renewal of the two mile and four furlong event.


Tizzard said: “Lostintranslation ran well. He has improved from his run at Cheltenham  [seventh, Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle] and has got better.


“He is a gorgeous horse to look at and it was a great effort.


“He’s pulled a fair way clear of the third, so I don’t think it was the trip that was the problem .


“He got his nose in front at one stage and he just got slightly tired.


“He will go chasing next year. This was his first season of racing as he wasn’t ready to run in bumpers, so there’s a lot to look forward to – he’s a lovely horse.”


Robbie Power said: “He’s run a cracking race. He’s a gorgeous horse – I’ve loved him from the first day I rode him. He’s going to make a proper chaser. He’s a tough horse, he stays and he’s got good cruising speed.”


2.25pm Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)

1 BLACK OP (Roger Brookhouse) Tom George 7-11-04 Noel Fehily 3/1

2 LOSTINTRANSLATION (Taylor & O’Dwyer) Colin Tizzard 6-11-04 Robbie Power 12/1

3 MOMELLA (Holt, Clark, Macnabb, Nugent & Robinson) Dan Skelton 6-10-11 Harry Skelton 10/1

11/8 Fav On The Blind Side (6th)


Distances: ½, 3

Tote Win: £3.60 Places: £1.40, £3.30, £2.40 Exacta: £34.60




Dan Skelton’s stable has picked up place money in three Grade One races this week with mares, the latest in the sequence being Momella, who was third in the G1 Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle.


Ridden by Skelton’s brother, Harry, Momella (10/1) finished half a length and three lengths behind winner Black Op (3/1) and runner-up Lostintranslation (12/1). The Skelton-trained Roksana was second in yesterday’s G1 Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle, while Rene’s Girl was runner-up in Thursday’s Big Buck’s Celebration Manifesto Novices’ Chase.


Dan Skelton said of Momella: “She’s run really well. I have a lot of respect for the winner and the second has run exceptionally well. Our mare ran her heart out and is an improved horse, but sadly there’s nowhere else to go now [this late in the season]. If the ground sticks around I may just give her one run over fences in May, because she’s done nothing all winter.


“I’ve just kept her away from the bad ground over the last few months. I didn’t go to Fairyhouse with her, but if I didn’t run her today where could she run? If there had been somewhere to go next week with a chance of better ground I would have waited.


“Next season I will go the Rene’s Girl route with her over fences. She’s a helluva tough mare, but all the mares have run well.


“Rene’s Girl was the kicks in the balls because I didn’t think she deserved to be beaten. The winner [Finian’s Oscar] is an exceptional horse, no doubt, but he didn’t jump well yet just beat us. We were beaten on merit then and we were beaten on merit today.


“Momella is a proper mare, but we are lucky to have three of the best mares in the country.”








After Diego Du Charmil landed the G1 Doombar Maghull Novices’ Chase winning trainer Paul Nicholls expressed delighted for owner Samantha de la Hey and her husband, Johnny.


Nicholls said: “It’s lovely that the de la Heys have won a Grade One like that because they put a lot into it, are great supporters of the yard, and have a lot of young horses that are just coming together.”


The de la Heys’ winner, who was sent off at 5/1, beat the odds-on favourite Petit Mouchoir, 4/5, by two and a half lengths under jockey Harry Cobden.


Nicholls said of Diego Du Charmil: “He is an improving horse, but I was a bit worried about the ground, and I haven’t been able to do a lot with him this season.


“He started off at Newton Abbot [with a win], and was then third there but nearly severed himself and was a millimetre from a fatal injury. He then had to run at Warwick on unsuitable ground thinking ahead to the Grand Annual, and when the ground was against us there we waited for this race. Today became the plan.


“He would have waltzed in at Ascot last time [he fell] and we felt, had he won that day, he would have been rated 150-plus and it was worth taking his chance today. He won a Fred Winter [Juvenile Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham]. Petit Mouchoir is obviously a bit of a stressy horse and that is not going to help him here. Our lad is very straightforward and it was a great ride by Harry.


“He needs to mature a little but he has a load of toe and jumps well – there is more to come from him. We wouldn’t want to run him over any further [than two miles].


“I might take him to Sandown [for the Celebration Chase]. If Altior didn’t turn up, we might think about that.”


The win by Diego Du Charmil was in stark contrast to a very disappointing performance by their Danny Kirwan, who started favourite for yesterday’s G2 Weatherbys Racing Bank Bumper but was unplaced. Nicholls said: “When they run as bad as that it’s better than finishing fifth and realising they are not as good as you thought. We all make mistakes and I made a big mistake by not turning him out after his win [at Kempton]. He was light in the paddock [yesterday] and backward, and I can’t wait to start from scratch with him after a summer out at grass.”




The Paul Nicholls-trained Diego Du Charmil (5/1) registered an impressive success in the £100,000 G1 Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase at Aintree.


Ridden by Harry Cobden, the six-year-old son of Ballingarry jumped neatly throughout the two-mile event and swept aside the 4/5 favourite Petit Mouchoir, trained by Henry de Bromhead, in the closing stages to score comfortably by two and a half lengths.


Cobden, who partnered Ultragold to success in yesterday’s Randox Health Topham Chase, said: “Diego Du Charmil impressed me today. He jumped really smartly and he is a lovely horse.


Where he travelled so well, I could almost to take a little swing out of him upsides Davy. I was able to fill the horse with confidence and half get a breather into him.


“He pricked his ears going down to the last and has absolutely hacked up.”


“He is improving all the time and it’s great for the whole team.


“Johnny De La Hey [owner] spends a lot of money on horses and it’s great for him to be rewarded with a G1 win.


“He was rated 143 today and Petit Mouchoir obviously ran below his mark of 157, so I’m not sure how good this lad could be next year, but he’s a lovely horse and he’s won a G1 today!”


Cobden partners The Dutchman in today’s £1-million Randox Health Grand National for trainer Colin Tizzard and the jockey is hopeful of a good run.


The Dutchman is a 22/1 shot with Betway, official betting partner of the Randox Health Grand National Festival , for the world’s greatest and richest chase.


Cobden added: “I’m looking forward to riding The Dutchman. I had a lovely ride off him in the Peter Marsh Chase and I’m hopeful he will go well.


“There’s plenty of things in his favour including the ground so we’re hopeful.”


3.00pm Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)

1 DIEGO DU CHARMIL (Mrs Johnny de la Hey) Paul Nicholls 6-11-04 Harry Cobden 5/1

2 PETIT MOUCHOIR (Gigginstown House Stud) Henry de Bromhead IRE 7-11-04 Davy Russell 4/5 Fav

3 SHANTOU ROCK (Mr & Mrs Gordon Pink) Dan Skelton 6-11-04 Harry Skelton 13/2

Distances: 2½, 6

Tote Win: £5.90 Places: £2.30, £1.30 Exacta: £9.90





Trainer Henry De Bromhead could offer no excuses after 4/5 favourite Petit Mouchoir was beaten by two and a half lengths by the 5/1 winner Diego Du Charmil in the Grade One Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase at Aintree this afternoon.


The seven-year-old grey usually gets quite nervous in the preliminaries and this was the case again this afternoon. He was particularly lit up in the paddock and jockey Davy Russell had to cajole him into going onto the racecourse as the field came down the walkway.


Petit Mouchoir travelled and jumped well enough during the race but the writing was on the wall at the final fence as Diego Du Charmil loomed alongside and passed the runner-up with ease.


De Bromhead was in a reflective mood following the race.


“That was a bit disappointing,” said the trainer.


“He got lit up in the paddock and before the race again but, you know, that’s him and we can’t use that as an excuse.


“We’ll have to see whether he goes to Punchestown or not after that.”




Shantou Rock took third place in the Grade One Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase, six lengths behind second-placed Petit Mouchoir, the 4/5 favourite. The winner Diego Du Charmil was a further two and a half lengths in front.


The six-year-old is trained by Dan Skelton and ridden by Skelton’s brother Harry, and was sent off at odds of 13/2.


Dan Skelton said: “That was a really good run, stepping up to a Grade One. He really needs good ground and hopefully he might finish a bit closer to Diego Du Charmil if we get it.

“We’ll look forward to next season with him and he’s a real pro.”


Harry Skelton said: “He’s run well. He’s just better on better ground – but he’s run well in defeat.”











Trainer Tom Lacey is enjoying a stellar Randox Health Grand National Festival, and Thomas Patrick gave him a double for the meeting after winning the Betway Handicap Chase under Richard Johnson.


Lacey brought four horses to Aintree, and he goes home with two victories, courtesy of Thomas Patrick and Jester Jet, who won the Alder Hey Children’s Charity Handicap Hurdle on Ladies Day, a second (Kateson in the G2 Weatherbys Racing Bank Bumper) and a fourth (Meep Meep in the Goffs Nickel Coin Mares’ Bumper).


Thomas Patrick put in a brave, front-running performance to justify favouritism at odds of 3/1. He drew away from the field to score by four lengths.


Herefordshire-based Lacey said: “It was incredible. I was standing near the winning post and I couldn’t see too clearly what was happening, but I could see that every time he was landing he was landing in front, and I thought he should be able to stay there. In the end he did it easily enough. He’s super jumper – his jumping puts everyone to the sword behind him and this ground plays to his strengths. He’s able to jump out of it and put everyone under pressure behind him.


“The Ladbrokes Trophy [at Newbury] could possibly be a target for next season. The soft ground is instrumental to him and he should get that there. But we’ll enjoy this today. He’s still only six so he will strengthen physically, and the Welsh National could one day be a target. But I’m not a big ones for making plans; we’ll see where we end up. The horses take you there, don’t they?


“It’s a huge credit to the team at home. The lads work really hard every day – not one of them ever turns up late, and I’m very lucky to have them.”




A bold front-running ride from champion jockey Dickie Johnson reaped dividends as they captured the Betway Handicap Chase with the Tom Lacey-trained Thomas Patrick (3/1 Fav).


Johnson felt his mount relished the soft underfoot conditions and feels he will be a major force in the big staying chases next season.


“We took our time a little bit extra on his second run over fences and I am not sure if it suited him. The three runs over fences when he has popped out, he has jumped really well and kept going nicely,” said Johnson.


“The ground almost did the work for me today, it’s quite tiring and he needs soft ground. With not too much weight on his back, it was perfect.


“You don’t like to look around so I didn’t know how everyone else was going. He is the sort of horse that only does what you ask, but in a nice way – he is just waiting for you to ask him. I knew that he would pick up and keep going but you just don’t know how much the other horses behind you have got.


“He has got a lovely attitude but soft ground is the key. I think he was almost going to be finished after he ran at Newbury but the rain has stayed and that has enabled him to run today.


“I am sure that we have to look at the Ladbrokes Trophy or the Welsh National now – those type of staying chases. I think he is a real out-and-out stayer and he loves soft ground, so winter is his time and a lot of those nice races will hopefully be on his agenda.”




Trainer Evan Williams, who runs Buywise in the Randox Health Grand National, saddled On Tour, who was runner-up in the Betway Handicap Chase.


After shaking hands with Tom Lacey, who trained the winner, Thomas Patrick, Williams said: “Tom has had a fantastic spring, and you never worry about being beaten by a yard in form and a good fellow like Tom. We’ve no complaints.”


On Tour (14/1), was beaten four lengths by Thomas Patrick (3/1f), but finished four and a half lengths clear of third-placed Paper Lantern (10/1). Oldgrangewood (14/1) was fourth, a further five lengths behind.


This was On Tour’s best performance to date at a trip of three miles or over, but Williams said: “People say he doesn’t stay, but it’s not that – the reality is he’s a very difficult horse to deliver at the right time. He has to be dropped in, and if a race doesn’t unfold as you would hope over this trip it’s a waste of time. It’s important they go a good gallop, and I feel he’s adaptable if that happens.


“He’s run well and has been given a very good ride [by Adam Wedge].”


Williams has trained a number of placed horses in the Randox Health Grand National, but a first winner has eluded him. He said: “I’m nervous every time we have a runner in the Grand National, but I’ve had a few goes at it now so I’m getting used to it.”




Jockey Adam Wedge was delighted with the performance of 14/1 shot On Tour, trained by Evan Williams, who finished four lengths behind the impressive Thomas Patrick (3/1 favourite) for trainer Tom Lacey in the Betway Handicap Chase over three miles and one furlong.


Wedge said: “On Tour ran a good race. He jumped well and I thought he had half a chance coming to the last, but the winner just kept on galloping.”


Wedge rides Buywise in the £1-million Randox Health Grand National, for which he is a 50/1 shot with Betway, official betting partner of the Randox Health Grand National.


Wedge added: “I’m hopeful that Buywise can run well. He won’t mind ground conditions and hopefully we’re in contention after the last.”


Donagh Meyler, who rode third home Paper Lantern, said: “He ran a blinder. The ground has probably dried out a little bit over the day, and he probably wants it softer – we couldn’t be happier with him.”


3.40pm Betway Handicap Chase (Grade 3)

1 THOMAS PATRICK (David Kellett) Tom Lacey 6-10-10 Richard Johnson 3/1 Fav

2 ON TOUR (T Hywel Jones) Evan Williams 10-10-08 Adam Wedge 14/1

3 PAPER LANTERN (The Acorn Syndicate) Karl Thornton 9-10-01 Donagh Meyler (3) 10/1

4 OLDGRANGEWOOD (Chris & Sandra Giles) Dan Skelton 7-11-03 Harry Skelton 14/1


Distances: 4, 4½, 5

Tote Win: £3.40 Places: £1.50, £3.30, £2.40, £3.70 Exacta: £60.00





Reports that Richard Johnson was on stand-by to ride Saint Are in the Randox Health Grand National were premature and it is Ciaran Gethings who will officially replace the injured Adrian Heskin on the Tom George-trained gelding in the world’s richest Jump race.


Gethings, whose last three rides have been for Tom George at the Randox Health Grand National Festival, is a conditional jockey attached to George’s yard.


The owner of Saint Are, David Fox, is reported to have chosen Gethings to ride the horse.


Heskin has been taken to Aintree University Hospital for assessment following his fall from Rocklander in the Betway Handicap Chase earlier this afternoon.









Trainer Henry de Bromhead was delighted that Identity Thief’s victory in the Grade One Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle justified the decision to move him up in distance to three miles.


The Kayf Tara eight-year-old, who is owned by Ryanair’s chief executive Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown House Stud, was fourth in the Unibet Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham on his last outing. He was a 14/1 shot today under Sean Flanagan, and beat Wholestone by five lengths. The 6/5 favourite, Sam Spinner, finished third.


De Bromhead said: “You have to stay, and we just didn’t know whether he did or not. It was Sean’s plan, he said he’d love to go three miles, and we said we’d leave him to ride him how he wanted to ride him. Fair play to Sean – it was his suggestion.


“We came here for the two and a half mile race [the Betway Aintree Hurdle, where he finished last of six] here last year and rode him positively, and he was disappointing on the day. And then the way he ran in the Champion Hurdle – he sort of stopped midway and then ran on again really well at the end, so we just hoped that the big step up would suit him, and it has.


“We always thought he was a good horse. He won the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle, and then rather lost his way over fences, so it is great to have him back. And it’s a Ryanair race!”



4.20pm Ryanair Stayers Hurdle (Registered As The Liverpool Hurdle) (Grade 1)

1 IDENTITY THIEF (Gigginstown House Stud) Henry de Bromhead IRE 8-11-07 Sean Flanagan 14/1

2 WHOLESTONE (Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede) Nigel Twiston-Davies 7-11-07 Daryl Jacob 7/2

3 SAM SPINNER (Caron & Paul Chapman) Jedd O’Keeffe 6-11-07 Joe Colliver 6/5 Fav


Distances: 5, 10

Tote Win: £10.20 Places: £2.70, £1.40, £1.20 Exacta: £70.30




The Henry de Bromhead-trained Identity Thief (14/1) relished the step up to three miles as he impressively landed the £180,000 G1 Ryanair Stayers Hurdle under jockey Sean Flanagan.


Fourth in the Unibet Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival on his latest run, the eight-year-old son of Kayf Tara travelled powerfully throughout today’s contest and quickened up smartly in the closing stages to score by five lengths.


Flanagan, registering his first G1 success in Britain, said: “I was very lucky to ride Identity Thief early in the season and it’s great that I’ve been allowed to stay on him.


“He ran well in the Champion Hurdle and was staying on at the end of the race and I thought he could get three miles.


“He is such a classy horse that he was able to travel nicely and he stayed on well.


“I got a few gaps and he jumped his way there – he did it very easily as he is a very classy horse on his day.


“He rides like a very good horse over three miles.”




A memorable Randox Health Grand National Festival for racehorse owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede continued when their Wholestone finished second in the G1 Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle.


The winner, Identity Thief (14/1), who is owned by Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary under his Gigginstown House Stud banner, beat Wholestone (7/2) by five lengths, and there was a further 10 lengths back to third-placed Sam Spinner (6/5f).


After jockey Daryl Jacob had dismounted from Wholestone and briefed the owners, trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies said: “He’s run superbly, and proved once again to be the best stayer in England, but not Ireland.


“That will be it for this season, and we’ve not made any plans for next season. He could be a chaser, but we have to discuss it.”




The gallant Sam Spinner ran a brave race in defeat when finishing third as 6/5 favourite in the G1 Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle under Joe Colliver.


“He ran another super race,” said trainer Jedd O’Keeffe of his stable star. “He jumped really well in the main but was just going up and down on the spot from the second last. But we are third in a Grade 1 and that’s not to be sniffed at.


“I think he’s had enough for the season and we’ll put him away now. He’s in at Punchestown but that’s only 12 days away so we wouldn’t go there. The French Champion Hurdle would be the only option but I think he’s had enough.


“Joe (Colliver) said he would jump a fence but he’d be in no rush at the moment. It will be talked about whether we go chasing next season and we’ll have to school him – if he can’t jump that will make our minds up. He’s come a real long way this season and he’s a really nice staying hurdler for next year if we don’t go over fences.”


Colliver added: “He has run well – that is an improvement from Cheltenham.


“He is just a big baby we have hit the front coming along the back and he is just looking around and taking it all in. Once they have come to me we have gone on again, we have quickened up and jumped well.


“The others have just had an extra gear, once we were on our own again he has put his head up and had a look round.


“It is a big learning curve for him, he is only six. He is a high class hurdler and has pleased me.”











1) TIGER ROLL (TS, CP) 8-10-13 (Gigginstown House Stud) Gordon Elliott IRE/Davy Russell 10/1


2) PLEASANT COMPANY 10-10-11 (Malcolm Denmark) Willie Mullins IRE/David Mullins 25/1


3) BLESS THE WINGS (CP) 13-10-06 (Adrian Butler/Stephen O’Connor) Gordon Elliott IRE/Jack Kennedy 40/1


4) ANIBALE FLY (TS) 8-11-08 (J P McManus) Tony Martin IRE/Barry Geraghty 10/1


5) MILANSBAR (BL) 11-10-06 (Robert Bothway) Neil King/Bryony Frost 25/1


6) ROAD TO RICHES (TS) 11-10-05 (Gigginstown House Stud) Noel Meade IRE/Sean Flanagan 33/1


38 RAN

































1) TIGER ROLL (TS, CP) 8-10-13 (Gigginstown House Stud) Gordon Elliott IRE/Davy Russell 10/1


2) PLEASANT COMPANY 10-10-11 (Malcolm Denmark) Willie Mullins IRE/David Mullins 25/1


3) BLESS THE WINGS (CP) 13-10-06 (Adrian Butler/Stephen O’Connor) Gordon Elliott IRE/Jack Kennedy 40/1


4) ANIBALE FLY (TS) 8-11-08 (J P McManus) Tony Martin IRE/Barry Geraghty 10/1


5) MILANSBAR (BL) 11-10-06 (Robert Bothway) Neil King/Bryony Frost 25/1


6) ROAD TO RICHES (TS) 11-10-05 (Gigginstown House Stud) Noel Meade  IRE/Sean Flanagan 33/1


7) GAS LINE BOY (VISOR) 12-10-11 (The Three Graces) Ian Williams/Robbie Dunne


8) VALSEUR LIDO 9-11-07 (Gigginstown House Stud) Henry de Bromhead IRE/Keith Donoghue


9) VIEUX LION ROUGE (CP) 9-10-13 (Prof Caroline Tisdall & John Gent) David Pipe/Tom Scudamore


10) RAZ DE MAREE 13-10-09 (James Swan) Gavin Cromwell IRE/Robbie Power


11) SEEYOUATMIDNIGHT 10-10-12 (Patricia Thompson) Sandy Thomson/Brian Hughes


12) BAIE DES ILES (CP) 7-10-08 (Zorka Wentworth) Ross O’Sullivan IRE/Ms Katie Walsh


Distances: HEAD, 11, NECK, 21, 12, 7, 4, ¾, ¾, 29, 2¾


TIME: 9 minutes 40.4 seconds















1) TIGER ROLL (TS, CP) 8-10-13 (Gigginstown House Stud) Gordon Elliott IRE/Davy Russell 10/1

2) PLEASANT COMPANY 10-10-11 (Malcolm Denmark) Willie Mullins IRE/David Mullins 25/1

3) BLESS THE WINGS (CP) 13-10-06 (Adrian Butler/Stephen O’Connor) Gordon Elliott IRE/Jack Kennedy 40/1

4) ANIBALE FLY (TS) 8-11-08 (J P McManus) Tony Martin IRE/Barry Geraghty 10/1

5) MILANSBAR (BL) 11-10-06 (Robert Bothway) Neil King/Bryony Frost 25/1

6) ROAD TO RICHES (TS) 11-10-05 (Gigginstown House Stud) Noel Meade IRE/Sean Flanagan 33/1

7) GAS LINE BOY (VISOR) 12-10-11 (The Three Graces) Ian Williams/Robbie Dunne 25/1

8) VALSEUR LIDO 9-11-07 (Gigginstown House Stud) Henry de Bromhead IRE/Keith Donoghue 66/1

9) VIEUX LION ROUGE (CP) 9-10-13 (Prof Caroline Tisdall & John Gent) David Pipe/Tom Scudamore 25/1

10) RAZ DE MAREE 13-10-09 (James Swan) Gavin Cromwell IRE/Robbie Power 20/1

11) SEEYOUATMIDNIGHT 10-10-12 (Patricia Thompson) Sandy Thomson/Brian Hughes 11/1

12) BAIE DES ILES (CP) 7-10-08 (Zorka Wentworth) Ross O’Sullivan IRE/Ms Katie Walsh 16/1

F 1) PERFECT CANDIDATE 11-11-03 (ISL Recruitment) Fergal O’Brien /Alain Crawley 50/1

BD 1) BLAKLION 9-11-10 (Simon Such & Gino Paletta) Nigel Twiston-Davies/Sam  Twiston-Davies 14/1

F6) I JUST KNOW 8-10-08 (Michael Scholey & The Late Ray Scholey) Sue Smith /Danny Cook 14/1

F 6) HOUBLON DES OBEAUX (BL) 11-10-07 (Jennifer Blackwell) Venetia Williams/Charlie Deutsch 25/1

F 6) VIRGILIO (TS) 9-10-08 (Chris Edwards, David Futter, Andrew Rushworth) Dan Skelton/Harry Skelton 50/1

UR 7) CAPTAIN REDBEARD 9-10-07 (Stuart Coltherd) Stuart Coltherd/Sam Coltherd 20/1

UR 8) FINAL NUDGE (CP) 9-10-06 (Corbett Stud & Andrew George) David Dennis/Gavin Sheehan 33/1

UR 8) BUYWISE 11-10-08 (T Hywel Jones) Evan Williams/Adam Wedge 50/1

UR 8) LORD WINDERMERE 12-10-07 (Dr Ronan Lambe) Jim Culloty IRE/Andrew Lynch 50/1

F 15) ALPHA DES OBEAUX (CP) 8-11-04 (Gigginstown House Stud) Mouse Morris IRE/Rachael Blackmore 33/1

BD 15) SAINT ARE (BL, TS) 12-10-10 (David Fox) Tom George/Ciaran Gethings 50/1

PU 15) CHASE THE SPUD 10-10-12 (Christine Banks) Fergal O’Brien/Paddy Brennan 25/1

PU 17) DELUSIONOFGRANDEUR 8-10-05 (McGoldrick Racing 3) Sue Smith/Henry Brooke 50/1

PU 18) MAGGIO (TS) 13-10-08 (Douglas Pryde/James Beaumont) Patrick Griffin  IRE/Brendan Powell 66/1

UR 23) THE DUTCHMAN (TS) 8-10-11 (SprayClad UK) Colin Tizzard/Harry Cobden 20/1

PU 26)THUNDER AND ROSES (TS, CP) 10-10-05 (Gigginstown House Stud) Mouse Morris IRE/J J Slevin 33/1

PU 26) THE LAST SAMURI (TS) 10-11-08 (Paul & Clare Rooney) Kim Bailey/David Bass 16/1

PU 26) TENOR NIVERNAIS 11-11-01 (Boultbee Brooks Ltd) Venetia Williams /Tom O’Brien 66/1

PU 26) SHANTOU FLYER (VISOR, TS) 8-11-02 (Carl Hinchy) Richard Hobson/James Bowen 20/1

UR 27) UCELLO CONTI (TS) 10-10-10 (Simon Munir/Isaac Souede) Gordon Elliott IRE/Daryl Jacob 16/1

PU 29) TOTAL RECALL 9-11-05 (Slaneyville Syndicate) Willie Mullins IRE/Paul Townend 7/1 Fav

PU 29) WARRIORS TALE (TS) 9-10-12 (Trevor Hemmings) Paul Nicholls/Sean Bowen 33/1

PU 29) PENDRA (BL, TS) 10-10-08 (J P McManus) Charlie Longsdon/Aidan Coleman 80/1

PU 29) DOUBLE ROSS 12-10-06 (Options O Syndicate) Nigel Twiston-Davies/Tom  Bellamy 66/1

PU RUN IN) CARLINGFORD LOUGH 12-11-01 (J P McManus) John Kiely IRE/Mark Walsh 33/1

PU RUN IN) CHILDRENS LIST 8-10-08 (Susannah Ricci) Willie Mullins IRE/Jonathan Burke 66/1


38 ran

Non-Runners: MINELLA ROCCO (Self Cert (Going)), VICENTE (Going), REGAL ENCORE (Vets Cert (Blood Analysis Not Normal)), BEEVES (Going), WALK IN THE MILL (FR) (Self Cert (Lame))

Time: 9 minutes 40.4 seconds

Distances: HEAD, 11, NECK, 21, 12, 7, 4, ¾, ¾, 29, 2¾

Breeder: Gerry O’Brien

Breeding: b g Authorized (IRE) – Swiss Roll (IRE) (Entrepreneur)

Tote Win: £10.20 Paces: £3 £8.30 £12.60 Exacta: £708.50












Tiger Roll triumphed in a thrilling, nail-biting finish to the Randox Health Grand National to give his trainer, Gordon Elliott, a second win in the race 11 years after he launched his training career by taking it with Silver Birch.


Diminutive Tiger Roll, a 10/1 chance, looked to have the race well in hand after the last fence under jockey Davy Russell, the oldest rider in the race at the age of 38, who was winning his first Randox Health Grand National. However, a late surge by Pleasant Company brought the race to a photo-finish. The official winning distance was a head in the favour of Tiger Roll, who is owned by Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown House Stud.


Elliott said: “I was nervous when they announced the photo-finish – I thought I had it but you are so nervous watching it. I can’t believe it, to be honest. I’ve said I didn’t appreciate it first time round [with Silver Birch] – I’ll definitely appreciate it now. This is brilliant for the whole yard, for my family at home, everyone.


“Tiger Roll is unbelievable. I was actually fighting with Michael O’Leary, saying that when he retires he’s to keep him at home at Gigginstown, and he said, no, he’s not good enough, so he’d better keep him now! I’m very lucky to be training for the O’Learys. It’s unbelievable for Davy Russell – his father Jerry is, I’m sure, very proud watching him at home.”


He was asked whether he had any worries for Tiger Roll before the race, and Elliott replied: “I was worried about the ground. I can’t say on camera how I was feeling through the race!”


Asked about his tussle for the Irish training championship with Willie Mullins, who trained the runner-up, Pleasant Company, Elliott said: “Willie is an amazing man. He sets the standard; he’s probably the greatest trainer of all time, so to be in the same sentence as him is unbelievable.”




Barry Geraghty, who rode 10/1 chance Anibale Fly into fourth place, said: “It was a great effort. He got a bit close to the first and was on his head, and I was lucky to avoid a couple of fallers, but otherwise I had a great round.


“I was struggling going to Becher’s second time round, but he came back and he tried for me, and I thought we might get third coming to the elbow, but he just got worn out in the finish.


“It was a great run and Tony [Martin] had him in great shape. It was thrill to be involved once again. It’s the greatest race in the world and still the biggest thrill of the year.”


Willie Mullins, who saddled the 25/1 runner-up Pleasant Company, said: “We were delighted with him – he jumped from fence to fence, and while it looked like he got a bit tired going to the second-last fence he got his second wind and ran on again.


“Last year he made a bad mistake at a crucial stage and that ended it for him.”


Mullins also ran the 7/1 favourite Total Recall and Children’s List, who both pulled up. He said of Total Recall: “He was lucky to stand up – he made two dreadful mistakes as everyone saw. His chance had gone after the second error. Children’s List ran a cracker and just appeared to get tired.”




Two years after celebrating Randox Health Grand National victory on Rule The World, jockey David Mullins experienced different emotions when losing out by a head in a photo to this year’s race aboard Pleasant Company (25/1).


“You hope and you pray but in my heart I knew I was beaten,” said Mullins. “In a war of attrition like that all you want is another stride. That’s racing and I’m very lucky that I won it two years ago. It’s two years since I had an experience like that. He ran his heart out.


“He probably did a little bit too much with me but I had to let him go after jumping The Chair – he just winged fences. But Davy went by me on a fresh horse at the second last and I wasn’t going to win that race to the Elbow. I thought I’d have one crack at him after the Elbow. I just wanted him to keep going to the winning post!


“I fancied him a bit as he hadn’t had his ground this season and it’s not too bad out there and dried out a bit. I was sick for a couple of seconds after it but I told myself that Davy Russell (on the winner Tiger Roll) is 38 and had never won the race but I won it when I was 19.”


Owner Malcolm Denmark was gracious in defeat and added: “That was one of my greatest moments in racing. We got very close and I’m over the moon.”










Michael O’Leary, the winning owner through his Gigginstown House Stud of the 2018 Randox Health Grand National (the 171st running) with the Davy Russell-ridden and Gordon Elliott-trained Tiger Roll, said: “I was bloody panicking at the line!


“It was very close at the end and a well-judged ride by Davy. It’s a phenomenal training feat by Gordon.


“This was a horse – he’s a rat of a little thing – we bought to hopefully run in the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham, which he won. Now he has gone back (to the Cheltenham Festival) and won the four-miler and the Cross Country, and now to win the greatest steeplechase of all, it’s phenomenal.


“It’s beyond my wildest dreams.


“I am very fond of this horse now – I’m thinking of adopting him as my fifth child!”


O’Leary first won the Randox Health Grand National with Rule The World in 2016.





Randox Health Grand National – Beaten Jockeys


Daryl Jacob, on Ucello Conti (UR 27th), said: “We were going well until we got squeezed.”


Barry Geragthy, on Anibale Fly, who finished third, said: “I had a ball.”


David Bass, on The Last Samuri (PU 26th), said: “He didn’t travel as well on the ground.”


Sam Twiston-Davies, rider of Blaklion (BD 1st): “He jumped the fence well, but he got brought down.”


Robbie Power, partnering Raz De Maree (finished 10), said: “He jumped like a buck, but the ground just wasn’t soft enough for him.”


Bryony Frost, who finished fifth aboard Milansbar, commented: “He has run a brilliant race. It’s a great event to be a part of and you can be so proud of your horses and what you’ve asked them to do. Down by Valentines the second time round, he just started to come underneath me a bit and I had to give him a minute as it’s a long way home. We went a lovely, evening gallop and he rode him in his own space – I hope he sleeps as well as I will tonight! Milansbar was incredible, wasn’t he? Our scariest moment was at the first. I was thinking that he jumps so well, that he might just over jump, and he was right down on his nose.  Then we got in his rhythm and he was in my hands the whole way. He missed one before the Canal Turn. He was fifth and that is an amazing feat.”


Katie Walsh, rider of Baie Des Iles [finished 12th), commented: “She ran well but we got badly hampered at Valentines. She’s got time on her side.”


Paddy Brennan, partnering Chase The Spud (PU 15th), said: “He was never happy and didn’t take to it at all.”


Keith Donoghue, rider of Valseur Lido (finished 8th), commented: “He ran a brilliant race and just got tired. I had a great spin and he jumped well.”


Brendan Powell, rider of Maggio (PU 18th), said: “He ran well for a circuit and then his jumping let him down towards the back.”


Rachael Blackmore, partnering Alpha Des Obeaux (Fell 15th), said: “He was travelling nicely but fell.”


Andrew Lynch, partnering Lord Windermere (UR 8th), said: “I was brought down at the Canal Turn. I still had a long way to go, but he was going well to that point.”


J J Slevin, rider of Thunder And Roses (PU 26th) “It was a great ride, he just got very tired and was pulled-up.”


Sean Flanagan, aboard sixth home Road To Riches (finished sixth), said: “He jumped great, got into a bit trouble at The Chair, but he stayed on well.”


Tom Bellamy, rider of Double Ross (PU 30th), said: “It was grand, he pulled up before the last as he probably just doesn’t get four miles.”


Sean Bowen, aboard Warriors Tale (PU 29th), said: “We pulled-up in the end, but he jumped brilliantly and maybe wants better ground.”


Sam Coltherd, rider of Captain Redbeard (UR 7th), commented: “It was grand, he just got in tight and I came out the side door – he might go for the Scottish National.”


Tom O’Brien, rider of Tenor Nivernais (PU 26th), said: “It was brilliant, had a great spin around and enjoyed every second of it.”


Adam Wedge, aboard Buywise (UR 8th), commented: “I was just unfortunate to get brought down at the Canal Turn as it was early on, but he was jumping well.”


Ciaran Gethings, rider of Saint Are (BD 15th), said: “He went OK, but we were brought down.”


Gavin Sheehan, aboard Final Nudge (UR 8th), commented: “He jumped OK, but we unseated early on.”


Paul Townend, rider of Total Recall (PU 29th), said: “There were too many mistakes on the first circuit– we’ll try again next year.”


Alain Cawley, partnering Perfect Candidate (Fell 1st), said: “We fell at the first.”


James Bowen, rider of Shantou Flyer (PU 26th), commented: “It was a pretty good spin and he jumped for fun early on, but he just got tired; it was very enjoyable.”


Mark Walsh, rider of Carlingford Lough (PU run-in), said: “He ran well but got tired.”


Henry Brooke, rider of Delusionofgrandeur (PU 17th), commented: “He didn’t really travel.


Vieux Lion Rouge, ridden by Tom Scudamore (9th), said: “We had a great spin, but he got tired.”


Brian Hughes, rider of Seeyouatmidnight (11th), commented: “He ran really well. He jumped really well throughout and he was really enjoying himself – he just got tired late on and considering he’s run once this season, it was a great effort.”


Robbie Dunne, jockey of Gas Line Boy (7th), said: “It was another great run over the fences.”


Harry Cobden, rider of The Dutchman (UR 23rd), said: “He was running well and was really taking to the fences before he went at Foinavon.”


Danny Cook, rider of I Just Know (Fell 6th), said: “He was jumping well, but fell at Becher’s.”


Harry Skelton, jockey of Virgilio (Fell 6th), said: “He was going OK but fell at Becher’s.”


Aidan Coleman, rider of Pendra (PU 29th), said: “He gave me a good spin but got tired.”


Jonathan Burke, partnering Childrens List (PU run-in), said: “He jumped like he had been going round there all his life. He just got tired.”





2018 Randox Health Grand National winner at 10/1

Tiger Roll (IRE) 8-10-13

Breeding: b g Authorized – Swiss Roll (Entrepreneur)

Breeder: Gerry O’Brien

Born: March 14, 2010

Owner: Gigginstown House Stud

Trainer: Gordon Elliott IRE

Jockey: Davy Russell

Form: 121/71P6430/40/P114U2221331P-2P511

*Won the 2018 Randox Health Grand National by a head in a thrilling finish.

*Three-time winner at the Cheltenham Festival, most recent last month in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase.

*Recorded other Cheltenham Festival victories in the 2017 G2 National Hunt Chase (4m) and the 2014 G1 JCB Triumph Hurdle (2m).

*Away from Cheltenham, his best performance saw him win the 2016 Munster National Handicap Chase (3m) by seven lengths at Limerick.

*Bought from Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley operation by trainer Nigel Hawke as an unraced three-year-old and subsequently scored on his hurdling debut at Market Rasen in September, 2013, after which he was purchased for £80,000 by Gigginstown House Stud.

Jump race record: Starts: 30; Wins: 9; 2nd: 5; 3rd: 3; Win & Place Prize Money: £800,446


Gigginstown House Stud

Gigginstown House Stud, covering 1,000 acres at Delvin near Mullingar, Co Westmeath, Ireland is the residence of Michael O’Leary, chief executive of Ryanair, Europe’s largest budget airline. O’Leary was born on March 20, 1961, the second of six children, and educated at Clongowes Wood College in County Kildare before reading business studies at Trinity College Dublin. He was a tax consultant at accountants KPMG (1984-86) and became financial adviser to Tony Ryan, founder of Ryanair. He progressed to be Ryanair’s deputy chief executive in 1991 and chief operating officer in 1993. He has overseen the rapid development of Ryanair since 1994 when he became chief executive, and his worth was valued at £850 million in the 2017 Sunday Times Rich List, thanks mainly to his significant shareholding in Ryanair. He has often been a controversial figure in business, thanks to outspoken opinions and a penchant for generating publicity. O’Leary started off with horses in training on the Flat with David Wachman and Mick Halford, but he has rapidly become a major Jump owner with a string only rivalled by fellow Irishman J P McManus. Gigginstown used to have many of its horse with Ireland’s top Jump trainer, Willie Mullins, but took all 60 away in September, 2016 after a row over training fees. His team of well over 200 horses in training in Ireland, split between mainly Gordon Elliott, Henry de Bromhead, Noel Meade, Mouse Morris and Joseph O’Brien. His racing enthusiasm was boosted when one of his first horses, War Of Attrition, won the 2006 Cheltenham Gold Cup. His 26 Cheltenham Festival winners, boosted by seven at the 2018 four-day meeting in March (six trained by Elliott and one by de Bromhead), also include the 2016 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Don Cossack. O’Leary won the Randox Health Grand National in 2016 with Rule The World, trained by Morris and previously without a win over fences. The horse was retired to Gigginstown after one more run. O’Leary’s brother Eddie, based at Lynn Lodge Stud in Mullingar, oversees the Gigginstown racing operation; the young horses are brought along at Pat Doyle’s County Tipperary stables and in point-to-points. Gigginstown has had retained jockeys, notably Davy Russell and Bryan Cooper, but neither lasted in the job. However, Russell has returned to ride plenty of Gigginstown horses, including two winners at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival. Gigginstown has owned three of the last four winners of the three mile, five furlong Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse, usually run two weeks before the Randox Health Grand National – Thunder And Roses (2015), Rogue Angel (2016) and General Principle (2018). O’Leary married former banker Anita (Farrell) in 2003 and they have four children. Tiger Roll gave him a second Randox Health Grand National win.

Randox Health Grand National Record: 2009 Hear The Echo (Fell 30th); 2012 Tharawaat (8th); 2014 Quito De La Roque (PU 21st); 2015 First Lieutenant (16th); 2016 RULE THE WORLD (WON), First Lieutenant (Fell 2nd), Sir Des Champs (Fell 15th); 2017 Roi Des Francs (18th), Rouge Angel (PU 30th), Wounded Warrior (PU 28th); 2018 TIGER ROLL (WON)…………










Gordon Elliott IRE (Trim, County Meath)

Born: March 2, 1978, in Summerhill, Co Meath Background: A very successful point-to-point rider, Elliott also partnered 46 winners as an amateur under Rules. He started his racing career while still at school, working at Tony Martin’s stable in County Meath. He moved to Britain, joining Martin Pipe in 1997, and learnt a lot during his spell in Somerset. His biggest victory as a rider was on board King’s Road, trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies, in the 1998 Punchestown Champion Bumper. After commencing handling point-to-pointers, he started his main training career from Capranny Stables in Trim, Co Meath in early 2006 and bought the 78-acre Cullentra House Farm, Longwood, Co Meath, in 2011, where the facilities have been built up from scratch, with a capacity of 200 horses, two gallops, three schooling grounds, an equine pool, a natural spa and more. The trainer has emerged over the last few seasons as the main challenger to Willie Mullins’ dominance in Ireland and had a major boost when receiving the pick of 60 horses that Gigginstown House Stud removed from Mullins in September, 2016. Elliott is part of a select group of trainers to saddle a winner at both the Cheltenham Festival and Royal Ascot, having sent out Commissioned to land the Queen Alexandra Stakes at the prestigious Flat meeting in June, 2016. He also saddled Dirar to win the Ebor Handicap at York in 2010. Training Career: Elliott’s first runner under Rules came at the 2006 Cheltenham Festival, when Brandon Mountain was pulled up in the Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Handicap Hurdle. He continued to send runners over to the UK and enjoyed almost instant success, most notably with Arresting, who notched up four victories between May and July, 2006. Elliott’s Grand National victory with Silver Birch in April, 2007 was remarkable not only because he was just 29 at the time, but also because he had yet to saddle a winner in his native country. The winners in Ireland soon followed and Elliott gained an initial G1 victory with Jessies Dream in the Drinmore Novice Chase in December, 2010, and celebrated his first Cheltenham Festival successes in 2011 with Chicago Grey in the National Hunt Chase and Carlito Brigante in the Coral Cup. His Cheltenham Festival haul now stands at 22 and includes Don Cossack’s victory in the 2016 Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup. He was the leading trainer at the Cheltenham Festival for the first time in March, 2017 with six successes, the same number as Willie Mullins but had one more runner-up. Elliott plundered his second leading trainer award at this year’s Festival following a remarkable record-equalling eight winners over the four days, emulating Mullins’ best – eight wins at The Festival in 2015. One of the most talked about horses in Jump racing, Samcro, is currently trained by Elliott and justified the hype at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival with a dominant victory in the G1 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle. Last season was Elliott’s most successful as he sent out 223 winners in Ireland and Britain, but he missed out on the Irish Jump trainers’ championship on the final day of the season by less than €200,000. This season, Elliott has enjoyed his best tally of winners with 214 winners in Ireland and Britain and he leads Willie Mullins in the Irish Jump trainers’ championship, 194 to 183 on March 28. He will set a new record for the number of winners in an Irish Jump season in 2017/18, having surpassed the previous best of 193 (set by Willie Mullins) at Downpatrick on March 25. For the second season in succession, Elliott emulated one of his mentors, Martin Pipe, as the only other Jump trainer to saddle more than 1,000 runners in a season. Tiger Roll gave him a second Randox Health Grand National win.

First winner as a trainer – Arresting, Fugro-Technip Handicap Hurdle, Perth, June 11, 2006.

Randox Health Grand National Record: 2007 SILVER BIRCH (WON); 2009 Silver Birch (FELL 22nd); 2010 Backstage (UR 20th); 2011 Backstage (10th); 2012 Tharawaat (8th), Chicago Grey (BD 5th); 2013 Tarquinius 8th, Chicago Grey (PU 30th); 2015 Cause Of Causes (8th); 2016 Ucello Conti (6th) 2017 Cause Of Causes (2nd), Roi Des Francs (18th), Ucello Conti (UR 22nd); 2018 TIGER ROLL (WON)…………


Davy Russell

Born:  June 27, 1979 Background: Hails – like fellow Jump jockey Denis O’Regan – from Youghal in County Cork and progressed from pony racing to become one of Ireland’s leading point-to-point riders, winning the championship outright in 2001 and sharing the title with J T McNamara in 2002. His first Aintree success came in 2000 when he rode, as an amateur, the Pat Fahy-trained Quadco to win the Champion National Hunt Flat Race at 33/1. The retirement of another one-time Irish point-to-point star, Adrian Maguire, saw him travel over to Britain as stable jockey to Yorkshire-based Ferdy Murphy and he turned professional on November 12, 2002, with his first success in that sphere coming on Inn Antique at Sedgefield on November 12. He enjoyed his first big success when Truckers Tavern won the 2003 Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock and the same horse went on to be second to Best Mate in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Russell lost his job as number one jockey to Murphy in January, 2004, after 14 months as he also wanted to continue riding in Ireland at weekends. He took the Topham Handicap Chase over the Grand National fences on 50/1 outsider Cregg House in 2005. He had his first Cheltenham Festival success in 2006 when Native Jack won the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase. Russell won the Irish jockeys’ championship on two occasions (2011/12 & 2012/13). He was retained jockey to Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary, whose horses run in the maroon and white silks of Gigginstown House Stud, from 2007 until January 1, 2014, although he still rides regularly for the outfit as freelance. He has a great record at the Cheltenham Festival where his 22 winners include victory on Lord Windermere in the 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup – he partnered four winners over the four days last month and was the leading rider at the meeting. He currently rides Britain and Ireland on a regular basis. He was the oldest of the 38 riders today at the age of 38 in the Randox Health Grand National and won on Tiger Roll.

Randox Health Grand National Record: 2003 Ballinclay King (PU bef 15th); 2004 Takagi (UR 15th); 2005 Arctic Copper (19th); 2006 Joes Edge (7th); 2007 Livingstone Bramble (UR 6th); 2008 Chelsea Harbour (9th); 2009 Hear The Echo (FELL 30th); 2010 Cerium (11th); 2011 Becauseicouldntsee (FELL 2nd); 2012 Alfa Beat (Fell 7th); 2014 Lion Na Bearnai (PU 27th); 2016 Morning Assembly (8th); 2017 Saint Are (3rd): 2018 TIGER ROLL (WON).
































The 2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival – Winners


Grand National Thursday, April 12


1:45 Big Buck’s Celebration Manifesto Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) 2m 3f 200y £100,000

FINIANS OSCAR (Ann & Alan Potts Limited) Colin Tizzard 6-11-04 Robbie Power 5/2


2:20 Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 209y £100,000

WE HAVE A DREAM (Simon Munir & Isaac Souede) Nicky Henderson 4-11-00 Daryl Jacob 2/1


2:50 Betway Bowl Chase (Grade 1) 3m 210y £190,000

MIGHT BITE (The Knot Again Partnership) Nicky Henderson 9-11-07 Nico de Boinville 4/5 Fav


3:25 Betway Aintree Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 4f £250,000

L’AMI SERGE (Simon Munir & Isaac Souede) Nicky Henderson 8-11-07 Daryl Jacob 5/1


4:05 Randox Health Foxhunters’ Chase (GNC) 2m 5f 19y £45,000

BALNASLOW (Exors of the Late Mrs M E Hagan) Graham McKeever IRE 11-12-00 Mr Derek O’Connor 11/2


4:40 Zut Media Red Rum Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 1m 7f 176y £90,000

BENTELIMAR (Swanee River Partnership) Charlie Longsdon 9-10-08 Jonathan Burke 10/1


5:15 Goffs Nickel Coin Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Grade 2) 2m 209y £45,000

GETAWAY KATIE MAI (Michael Owen Daly) John Queally IRE 5-11-00 Mr Jamie Codd 15/8 Fav


Ladies Day, Friday, April 13


1.45pm Alder Hey Children’s Charity Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m 4f £75,000

JESTER JET (Mrs T P James) Tom Lacey 8-10-09 Robbie Dunne 20/1


2.20pm Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 103y £100,000

LALOR (D G Staddon) Kayley Woollacott 6-11-04 Richard Johnson 14/1


2.50pm Betway Mildmay Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) 3m 210y £100,000

TERREFORT (Simon Munir & Isaac Souede) Nicky Henderson 5-11-04 Daryl Jacob 3/1 Fav


3.25pm JLT Melling Chase (Grade 1) 2m 3f 200y £250,000

POLITOLOGUE (John Hales) Paul Nicholls 7-11-07 Sam Twiston-Davies 11/1


4.05pm Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GNC) 2m 5f 19y £140,000

ULTRAGOLD (Brocade Racing J P Romans Terry Warner) Colin Tizzard 10-11-01 Harry Cobden 14/1


4.40pm Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) 3m 149y £100,000

SANTINI (Richard & Lizzie Kelvin Hughes) Nicky Henderson 6-11-04 Nico de Boinville 6/4 Fav


5.15pm Weatherbys Racing Bank Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Grade 2) 2m 209y £45,000

PORTRUSH TED (The McNeill Family) Warren Greatrex 6-11-04 Gavin Sheehan 25/1


Grand National Day, Saturday, April 14


1.45pm Gaskells Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 3m 149y £75,000

MR BIG SHOT (Professor Caroline Tisdall) David Pipe 7-11-05 Tom Scudamore 7/1 Fav


2.25pm Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 4f £100,000

BLACK OP (Roger Brookhouse) Tom George 7-11-04 Noel Fehily 3/1


3.00pm Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) 1m 7f 176y £100,000

DIEGO DU CHARMIL (Samantha De La Hey) Paul Nicholls 6-11-04 Harry Cobden 5/1


3.40pm Betway Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 3m 210y £75,000

THOMAS PATRICK (David Kellett) Tom Lacey 6-10-10 Richard Johnson 3/1 Fav


4.20pm Ryanair Stayers Hurdle (Grade 1) 3m 149y £180,000

IDENTITY THIEF (Gigginstown House Stud) Henry de Bromhead IRE 8-11-07 Sean Flanagan 14/1


5.15pm Randox Health Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GNC) 4m 2f 74y £1,000,000

TIGER ROLL (Gigginstown House Stud) Gordon Elliott IRE 8-10-13 Davy Russell 10/1


6.20pm Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle Race (Conditional Jockeys’ And Amateur Riders’) 2m 103y £50,000

HAVANA BEAT (Northway Lodge Racing) Tony Carroll 8-9-11 James Nixon (7) 12/1










Jockeys and Trainers


37 jockeys are reported to be fine; Charlie Deutsch has walked into the racecourse medical centre for assessment.


There are no major concerns reported for 37 horses. Saint Are was assessed on-course and has returned to the racecourse stables for further assessment.



Grand National-winning Tiger bites bookmaker with ‘worst possible result’


Official betting partner of the 2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival reports a heavy loss on the week’s big race


Betway’s Alan Alger said: “The sun came out but it certainly wasn’t shining on us! The head of Tiger Roll has cost us an absolute fortune.


“We laid a number of big bets just before the off, including one punter who had £4,000 each-way at 12/1, and Tiger Roll was well and truly the worst possible result.


“Thankfully, those filling the places in behind were not too costly and we’ve had our fair share of good results during the Festival.


“Tiger Roll’s win confirms a loss for us over the three days, but we’ll live to fight another day.”










Michael O’Leary, winning owner of this year’s Randox Health Grand National winner Tiger Roll, said at a press conference: “We won this race two years ago, when I thought, ‘Great, we might win another in 10 or 20 years’ time’. We waited 15 years to win a Ryanair Chase, which we did last month at Cheltenham, and today we won the Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle, so we’ve won two Ryanairs in a month, and now two Nationals in two years.


“I think it’s an incredible feat by Gordon to buy a horse that can win a Triumph Hurdle, who is only 15.2 or 15.3 hands high – he’s a little rat of a thing – and while he won the Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham, these fences are much bigger. It is a massive training performance.


“When Gordon first won the National I thought ‘Who the hell is he?’, and it was only when he started racking up lots of winners at places like Ayr and Perth that I thought, ‘This is something different’. We send horses to lots of trainers, and those that train winners get more horses, those that don’t get less, and Gordon is setting different standards. To be champion trainer in Ireland in the past you needed to win 50 or 60 races, but now you need to win 100-plus, and he’s doing that.


“There are now a number of seriously stupid people in Ireland like myself, J P McManus and Rich Ricci who are spending lots of money to keep the better horses at home, and that helps the trainers, too.


“It is also a wonderful day for Davy Russell, one of the best jockeys in Ireland for the last 10 to 15 years. It’s known we’ve had our ups and our downs, but he has always come back better than ever. It is not the end of his career, but I think it is marvellous that he can now add the greatest steeplechase to his CV. It is my second National, Gordon’s second, but Davy’s first and a wonderful occasion for him, his family and his kids.”


Russell was Gigginstown’s retained jockey, was fired, but has steadily returned as O’Leary’s most frequently chosen rider. O’Leary said: “It’s well known we parted company over the most legendary cup of tea in racing. That was four or five years ago, and it says much about Davy’s resilience the way he bounced back. In a group of elite Irish jockeys Davy is right up there – his career has been up and down, with periods of achievement but some lows, too, and it is the way he keeps coming back. He could have had a huff and given up, but after a couple of quiet years he has come back.


“Now he is riding better than ever before and will be champion jockey in Ireland. A P McCoy rode one winner of this race in 20 years, Ruby has won one, Barry has too, and now Davy has and it’s a great thing to have on your CV.”


O’Leary paid tribute to bloodstock agent Mags O’Toole who buys many of his horses, saying: “She bought Tiger Roll at the sales with my brother Eddie and Gordon – she has an amazing record at buying good horses, although in her wildest dreams I don’t believe she thought this one could win a National. She deserves as much credit as Davy and Gordon.


“We never thought he was going to make a chaser. After he won the Triumph Hurdle we thought he might run in the following year’s County Hurdle, but it’s tough as they progress. I said we might as well try him over fences, but as he’s got older and the longer he goes – this is part of the phenomenal training performance – the better he has become.”

O’Leary then made a joke at the expense of his company, when saying: “I’ve got to catch a Ryanair flight from Liverpool airport in two hours, and now I’ve got to get a Ryanair trophy and a Randox Health trophy onto the flight – it’s certainly going to cost me a lot of the prizemoney in excess baggage fees.”




Davy Russell had just won the greatest steeplechase, the Randox Health Grand National, on Tiger Roll, but it was merely another among the ‘thousands’ he had already ridden.


After his fourteenth attempt on the Aintree version, and first success in it, he reflected on his childhood in Ireland, and said: “This time of year you get the first cut of grass in the garden, and there was no such thing as lawnmowers with collecting buckets on them in those days. It became the one time when I enjoyed raking up the grass and would make the piles into Aintree fences.


“We would have races over them and kick the grass into the air like the spruce flying – I have actually won the Grand National thousands of times, in races with my cousins, friends and siblings.”


Russell was third last year on Saint Are, and he said: “I probably gained a bit of confidence from that race, and felt maybe I could win the National. I had been thinking, ‘This is impossible to win’, especially when you’ve had 13 goes. Last year they described me as ‘Davy Russell, the race’s oldest jockey’, and I thought ‘Jees I won’t be back next year!’.


“Today’s win exceeds everything else I’ve won because it’s such a hard race to win. You dream about it, but thousands of things have to happen in your favour to win the race. It’s hard to explain. I never wake up thinking how I’m going to win the race, I wake up wondering how I’m going to get over the first couple of fences.


“I rode Saint Are last year and he is 17hh, and today I rode this little fella, but Ferraris are smaller than Range Rovers and still very good.


“I promise you I put no thought into today’s National – the one I wanted to win was on Petit Mouchoir [who was second in Gigginstown colours in the Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase]. I was a little sore in the shoulder after a fall a couple of weeks ago, and while having a bit of physio before today’s race I nearly talked myself out of winning it.


“I watched the Masters golf last week, and some of the top players said you can over-prepare. I used to put so much thought into the National – looking at the race and saying this can jump, that can’t jump, go here, go there, follow that horse, that I ended up confusing myself. Now I don’t care what anyone else is doing, I just concentrate on doing my own thing.


“I used to try and nick a bit of ground here and there, but today I just went down the middle, and my horse jumped great. You can look smart after winning the National, but to be honest it just worked out. It’s an amazing game.


“I won’t be celebrating tonight because I have a wife and four kids to support so I’ve got to go to Tramore tomorrow to try and ride a couple of winners.”























The 2018 Randox Health Grand National winner, the Gordon Elliott-trained Tiger Roll, will parade at the village of Summerhill, County Meath, Ireland, which is near Elliott’s stables, tomorrow at 2pm.






Seventh race: The Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle

Winning Quotes




Conditional jockey James Nixon, who grew up less than a mile from Aintree Racecourse, landed the biggest success of his career to date when guiding the Tony Carroll-trained Havana Beat to a 10 length victory in the Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle at Aintree this afternoon.


Nixon, who hails from Old Roan, benefitted from some trouble at the last, where the Katie Walsh-ridden Scheu Time fell and almost brought down runner-up Dear Sire. The 12/1 shot took full advantage, powering clear on the run-in to give the 25-year-old jockey the biggest success of his career to date.


“The plan was to sit handy in the first five on the rail,” said the jockey.


“We ended up going wide though, but it was probably a benefit as we kept out of trouble going round the bends. We were a bit doubtful about the ground as well as it’s soft and tacky but he dealt with quite well.


“I managed to avoid the trouble at the last, being in third, but he responded well every time I gave him a tap with the stick. To be honest, I had plenty of horse left at the last, so I think I might have had a chance had there not been trouble at the last. You never know what would have happened in this ground.


“This is my home track – I grew up around a mile from here. My parents still live there – I moved away when I was 16. I used to come here to watch the National when I was young – sometimes I used to watch it from Melling Bridge with my friends.


“This is the biggest winner I’ve had so far – it’s my first ever ride at Aintree. I was hoping to have a ride at the Cheltenham Festival but it didn’t materialise.


“I’m attached to Robin Dickin’s yard but I’ve now had three winners for Tony (Carroll – trainer).”


6.20pm Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle (Conditional Jockeys’ And Amateur Riders’ Race)


1 HAVANA BEAT (Northway Lodge Racing) Tony Carroll 8-10-04 James Nixon (7) 12/1

2 DEAR SIRE (Green Day Racing) Donald McCain 6-11-06 Lorcan Murtagh (5) 12/1

3 STERNRUBIN (Terry Warner) Philip Hobbs 7-11-06 Sean Houlihan (5) 7/1


Distances: 10, ¾


Tote Win: £14.00 Places: £3.70, £4.20, £3.40 Exacta: £202.30 Trifecta: £2,640.00








Charlie Deutsch, rider of Houblon Des Obeaux, who fell at Becher’s first time round (6th) in the Randox Health Grand National, is fine having been checked over.


The Tom George-trained Saint Are, who was brought-down at the 15th fence, the Chair, was assessed in the stables and is reported to be in a stable condition.






The performance of GOLAN FORTUNE (IRE), which finished unplaced, was considered. Phil Middleton explained that the gelding weakened quickly from the third last hurdle. The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of GOLAN FORTUNE (IRE) during routine testing failed to reveal any abnormalities. Following the race, Harry Cobden reported that CONNETABLE (FR), unplaced, was never travelling and the Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of the gelding failed to reveal any abnormalities. The Veterinary Officer reported that SYKES (IRE), unplaced, lost its right hind shoe and FIXE LE KAP (FR), placed eighth, lost its left fore shoe.



Following the race, Nico de Boinville reported that ON THE BLIND SIDE (IRE), placed sixth, weakened quickly from the second last hurdle and the Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of the gelding failed to reveal any abnormalities. The Veterinary Officer also reported that BETTER GETALONG (IRE), which was pulled up, lost its left hind shoe.



PETIT MOUCHOIR (FR) and SHANTOU ROCK (IRE) wore earplugs which were removed at the start. It was noted that PETIT MOUCHOIR (FR), ridden by Davy Russell, went the wrong way to the start. Being satisfied that it was due to circumstances beyond the rider’s control, no further action was taken. LADY BUTTONS, ridden by Adam Nicol, was not dismounted in the appointed place. Being satisfied that the mare was receiving veterinary treatment, no further action was taken. Following the race, the Veterinary Officer reported that DELEGATE, placed sixth, was lame on its left fore.


Race 4 – 3:40pm – G3 BETWAY HANDICAP CHASE

Having reviewed recordings of the false start, the Starters were satisfied that no riders should be reported for contravening the starting procedures. Following the race, Brian Hughes reported that HAMMERSLY LAKE (FR), which was pulled up, was hampered by the faller on the first circuit. The Veterinary Officer reported that WAKANDA (IRE), unplaced, was lame on its right fore.



Following the race, Nico de Boinville reported that THOMAS CAMPBELL, which was pulled up, stopped quickly. Trevor Whelan reported that LIL ROCKERFELLER (USA), which was pulled up, was never travelling and the Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of the gelding failed to reveal any abnormalities. Harry Cobden reported that OLD GUARD, placed seventh, was never travelling and the Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of the gelding during routine testing failed to reveal any abnormalities. The Veterinary Officer also reported that SHELFORD (IRE), placed sixth, was suffering from post-race heat stress.



ALPHA DES OBEAUX (FR) wore earplugs which were removed at the start and PLEASANT COMPANY (IRE) and TOTAL RECALL (IRE) wore earplugs throughout the race. ANIBALE FLY (FR), placed fourth, did not enter the winner’s enclosure on veterinary advice. An enquiry was held to ascertain why Danny Cook, the rider of I JUST KNOW (IRE), which had fallen on the first circuit, proceeded to wave the riders around Becher’s Brook on the second circuit. After being interviewed and shown recordings of the incident, his explanation that he was attempting to help the racecourse staff by guiding the runners and loose horses around the bypassed fence was noted. He was reminded of his responsibilities to not become involved in these procedures.  MILANSBAR (IRE), ridden by Bryony Frost, left the Parade early. After being interviewed and shown recordings of the incident, Frost’s explanation that she had misheard the Clerk of the Course’s instructions due to the noise of the crowd was noted. Following the race, Richard Hobson reported that SHANTOU FLYER (IRE), which was pulled up, had a breathing problem. The Veterinary Officer reported that SEEYOUATMIDNIGHT, unplaced, was lame on its left fore and MILANSBAR (IRE), placed fifth, was lame on its left hind. The Veterinary Officer also reported that ANIBALE FLY (FR), placed fourth, CARLINGFORD LOUGH (IRE), which was pulled up, and RAZ DE MAREE (FR), unplaced, all suffered from post-race heat stress. The Veterinary Officer further reported that CHASE THE SPUD, which was pulled up, bled from the nose.



Permission was given for DEAR SIRE (FR) to be mounted in the chute and go early to post.





Liverpool 2018 Leading Jockey Awards – Final Standings


Jockey          1st    2nd    3rd

Daryl Jacob         3    2   -

Richard Johnson       2    1    -

Harry Cobden        2  -    2

Nico de Boinville       2    -    -

Robbie Power        1    4   1

Noel Fehily    1  1  -

Davy Russell    1  1  -

Tom Scudamore   1  1  -

Sean Flanagan        1  -    1

Jonathan Burke        1    -    -

Mr Jamie Codd        1    -    -

Robert Dunne    1  -  -

James Nixon    1  -  -

Mr Derek O’Connor       1    -    -

Gavin Sheehan    1  -  -

Sam Twiston-Davies   1  -  -

Harry Skelton        -    2  2

Wayne Hutchinson       -    1    1

Jamie Moore        -    1  1

Adam Wedge        -    1  1

Mr Alex Edwards       -    1    -

Jeremiah McGrath       -    1    -

David Mullins    -  1  -

Lorcan Murtagh    -  1  -

Tom O’Brien    -  1  -

Paul Townend    -  1  -

Tom Bellamy    -  -  1

Ross Chapman    -  -  1

Joe Colliver    -  -  1

Mr William Easterby       -    -    1

Barry Geraghty        -    -    1

Sean Houlihan    -  -  1

Jack Kennedy    -  -  1

Andrew Lynch    -  -  1

Richie McLernon       -    -    1

Donagh Meyler    -  -  1

JJ Slevin    -  -  1

Mr Sam Waley-Cohen   -  -  1

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Leading Trainer – Final Standings


Trainer         1st    2nd    3rd

Nicky Henderson       5   1  1

Colin Tizzard         2    3  2

Tom Lacey    2  1  -

Paul Nicholls    2  -  -

Henry de Bromhead IRE      1  1    1

Gordon Elliott IRE    1  -  1

Warren Greatrex    1  -  1

Tony Carroll    1  -  -

Tom George    1  -  -

Charlie Longsdon      1  – ` -

Graham McKeever       1    -    -

David Pipe    1  -  -

John Queally IRE       1    -    -

Kayley Woollacott    1  -  -

Dan Skelton         -    2  2

Willie Mullins IRE    -  2  -

Nigel Twiston-Davies       -    2   -

Alan King         -    1    2

Philip Hobbs         -    1    1

Anthony Honeyball       -    1   1

Kerry Lee         -    1  1

Evan Williams         -    1    1

Stuart Edmunds    -  1  -

Jessica Harrington IRE       -    1    -

Donald McCain    -  1  -

Philip Rowley         -    1    -

William Easterby       -    -    1

Tom Gibney IRE    -  -  1

Iain Jardine    -  -  1

Paul Nicholls         -    -    1

Joseph O’Brien IRE   -  -  1

Jedd O’Keeffe    -  -  1

Karl Thornton IRE    -  -  1


























Leading Owner – Final Standings

Owner              1st    2nd    3rd

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede         3    2    -

Gigginstown House Stud         2    1   1

Ann & Alan Potts Limited     1  3  1

Brocade Racing, JP Romans & Terry Warner   1  -  -

Roger Brookhouse     1  -  -

Michael Daly             1    -    -

John Hales      1  -  -

Samantha de la Hey     1  -  -

Mrs T P James      1  -  -

David Kellett      1  -  -

The Knot Again Partnership         1    -    -

Exors of the Late Mrs M E Hagan        1    -    -

Richard & Lizzie Kelvin Hughes    1  -  -

McNeill Family      1  -  -

Northway Lodge Racing     1  -  -

D J Staddon      1  -  -

Swanee River Partnership         1    -    -

Professor Caronline Tisdall     1  -  -

Robert Abrey & Ian Thurtle         -    1    -

G B Barlow             -    1    -

M R Chapman      -  1  -

Malcolm Denmark     -  1  -

Sarah Faulks      -  1  -

The Garratt Family     -  1  -

Green Day Racing     -  1  -

Hywel Jones      -  1  -

Andy & Sharon Measham         -    1    -

Taylor & O’Dwyer      -  1  -

Mr & Mrs Sandy Orr           -    1    -

Susannah Ricci      -  1  -

DM Richards, Roberts, Churchward, W Williams  -  1  -

Terry Warner            -    1    -

Mr & Mrs J H Watson     -  1  -

J P McManus             -    -    3

The Acorn Syndicate     -  -  1

Mr & Mrs Paul Barber, Ged Mason & Sir Alex Ferguson   -    -    1

Adrain Butler/Stephen O’Connor    -  -  1

Caron & Paul Chapman     -  -  1

Sarah Easterby            -    -    1

Niall Farrell & Friends     -  -  1

Galveston Partners           -    -    1

Keith Haigney      -  -  1

Holt, Clark, Macnabb, Nugent & Robinson   -  -  1

H P Racing Who Dares Wins    -  -  1

Mr & Mrs Gordon Pink     -  -  1

The Risk Takers Partnership    -  -  1

J P Romans      -  -  1

Jan Smith             -    -    1

Robert Waley-Cohen     -  -  1

Terry Warner      -  -  1




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