All the news from Grand National Thursday 2018

RANDOX HEALTH GRAND NATIONAL FESTIVAL, AINTREE

RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE

GRAND NATIONAL THURSDAY, APRIL 12

 

EARLY GOING NEWS ON GRAND NATIONAL THURSDAY

 

The going for the first day of the 2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival, Grand National Thursday, April 12, remains:

 

Mildmay Course – Good to Soft, Soft in places

Hurdle Course – Good to Soft, Soft Stands’ side

Grand National Course – Soft

 

There was 1.5mm of rain overnight.

 

All rails are on the outer line, adding the following to today’s race distances:

 

Race 1 – add 73 yards.

Race 2 & 7 – add 68 yards.

Race 3 – add 95 yards.

Race 4 – add 85 yards.

Race 5 – add 6 yards.

Race 6 – add 58 yards.

 

Rail will be moved in each day to provide fresh ground on the inner.

 

The forecast for today is for dry and cloudy conditions. There is the possibility of some light rain and showers overnight. Maximum temperature 12 degrees Celsius.

 

Friday is predicted to be cloudy with some brighter spells and the possibility of showers through afternoon. Maximum temperature 12 degrees Celsius.

 

Conditions on Saturday are expected to be cloudy, with showers in the afternoon. Maximum temperature 12 degrees Celsius.

 

NON-RUNNERS TODAY

 

4.05pm Randox Health Foxhunters’ Chase

18   VINCITORE (FR) (Self Certificate, Not Eaten Up)

 

 

 

 

 

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RANDOX HEALTH GRAND NATIONAL FESTIVAL, AINTREE

RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE

GRAND NATIONAL THURSDAY, APRIL 12

 

  • Grand National heroes and Aintree favourites on parade at Randox Health Grand National Festival

 

All three days of the Randox Health Grand National Festival will feature a parade before racing, providing the public with an opportunity to see previous winners of the Randox Health Grand National and other renowned former racehorses.

 

Past winners of the Grand National, along with popular retired racehorses such as Mad Moose and Junior, will be stabled adjacent to the horse welfare marquees, situated near the parade ring, enabling the public to meet the horses and get to know them better.

 

On Ladies Day, Friday, April 13, at 12.40pm, the winner of the 2014 Grand National, Pineau De Re, heads a vintage line-up for the annual Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) Parade.

 

The parade also features notable Aintree winners Monet’s Garden and Peddlers Cross. Her Majesty The Queen’s Barbers Shop, and two members of the Great Britain Horseball team will also feature at Liverpool. The parade is sponsored by the Sir Peter O’Sullevan Charitable Trust

 

All of the 10 ex-racehorses involved in the parade are enjoying a second career in a range of activities, including showing, dressage, showjumping, eventing, hunting and horseball.

 

Lizzie Doolittle has re-trained Pineau De Re for a career in eventing. The combination enjoyed a successful first season in 2017 and Lizzie’s ambition for 2018 is to graduate to British Eventing Novice classes.

 

Lizzie, who also rides out for Pineau De Re’s former trainer, Dr Richard Newland, said of the 2014 Grand National winner: “Pineau is an absolute pleasure to handle and take care of. He is so intelligent, honest and loyal and he’s great fun to ride. He never fails to makes me smile and he definitely doesn’t feel 15. He tries hard and is a very quick learner – he is generally a complete legend!”

 

Also featuring will be Aintree favourite Monet’s Garden. Now 20, the former Nicky Richards-trained grey won the Old Roan Chase three times at Aintree [2007, 2009 and 2010]. Monet’s Garden has relished his second career and was crowned RoR Horse of The Year in 2016. Monet’s Garden is now retired from competition and will be led in the parade by Joey Richards, who has looked after and ridden the grey throughout both of his careers.

 

On Thursday and Friday, there will be a parade of past Grand National winners at 1pm. The parades feature Bindaree [2002], Silver Birch [2007], Mon Mome [2009], Neptune Collonges [2012], Pineau De Re [2014] and Rule The World [2016], with connections of the former winners being interviewed while the horses parade.

 

On Saturday, a parade of champions will take place that includes the six previous Grand National winning horses who have paraded on Thursday and Friday, plus fellow Grand National winners Auroras Encore [2013] and Don’t Push It [2010]

 

Details of the 10 horses participating in the RoR Parade, together with their riders and current activities, are listed below.

 

2018 RoR Aintree Parade, sponsored by the Sir Peter O’Sullevan Charitable Trust:

 

1. BARBERS SHOP (Showing) – Ridden by Chris Hunnable

2. JUNIOR (Dressage and Hunting) – Ridden by Abi Espin-Frith

3. MAD MOOSE (Dressage) – Ridden by Sophie Burkin

4. MIDNIGHT CHASE (Hunting) – Ridden by Sally Hayward

5. PEDDLERS CROSS (Showjumping) – Ridden by Brian Storey

6. PINEAU DE RE (Eventing) – Ridden by Lizzie Doolittle

7WILD WEST (Showing) – Ridden by Lizzie Harris

8. INCHLOSS (Horseball) – Ridden by David Worthington

9. MABAIT (Horseball) – Ridden by Ben Berry

10. MONET’S GARDEN (Showing) – Led by Joey Richards

 

 

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RANDOX HEALTH GRAND NATIONAL FESTIVAL, AINTREE

RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE

GRAND NATIONAL THURSDAY, APRIL 12

 

DECLARED RUNNERS FOR LADIES DAY – FRIDAY, APRIL 13


 

 


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

1 Jenkins (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Nicky Henderson 11st 12lb James Bowen (3)

2 Who Dares Wins (IRE) Alan King 11st 11lb Wayne Hutchinson

3 Court Minstrel (IRE) Evan Williams 11st 9lb Miss Isabel Williams (7)

4 Ivanovich Gorbatov (IRE) (Hood, Tongue Strap) Joseph Patrick O’Brien, Ireland 11st 7lb Barry Geraghty

5 Spiritofthegames (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Dan Skelton 11st 1lb Bridget Andrews (3)

6 Storm Home (IRE) Colin Tizzard 11st 0lb Harry Cobden

7 Three Musketeers (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Dan Skelton 11st 0lb Harry Skelton

8 Zubayr (IRE) Paul Nicholls 11st 0lb Mr Lorcan Williams (7)

9 Lough Derg Spirit (IRE) Nicky Henderson 10st 13lb Jeremiah McGrath

10 Project Bluebook (FR) John Quinn 10st 12lb Brian Hughes

11 Grand Partner (IRE) Thomas Mullins, Ireland 10st 12lb David Mullins

12 Massini’s Trap (IRE) (Blinkers) James A. Nash, Ireland 10st 12lb Mark Walsh

13 Jester Jet Tom Lacey 10st 9lb Robert Dunne

14 Eamon An Cnoic (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) David Pipe 10st 8lb Tom Scudamore

15 Wilde Blue Yonder (IRE) Alan King 10st 8lb Tom Cannon

16 Landin (GER) Seamus Mullins 10st 8lb Daniel Sansom (5)

17 Cyrius Moriviere (FR) (Tongue Strap) Ben Pauling 10st 4lb Nico de Boinville

18 Sumkindofking (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Tom George 10st 2lb Ciaran Gethings

19 Cornborough Mark Walford 10st 1lb Jamie Hamilton

20 Eaton Hill (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Kerry Lee 10st 0lb Jamie Moore

 

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

1 Bedrock (Tongue Strap) Iain Jardine 11st 4lb Ross Chapman

2 Coolanly (IRE) Fergal O’Brien 11st 4lb Paddy Brennan

3 Distingo (IRE) (Visor) Gary Moore 11st 4lb Joshua Moore

4 Global Citizen (IRE) Ben Pauling 11st 4lb Daryl Jacob

5 Impact Factor (IRE) Mrs J. Harrington, Ireland 11st 4lb Mark Walsh

6 Lalor (GER) Kayley Woollacott 11st 4lb Richard Johnson

7 Midnight Shadow Sue Smith 11st 4lb Danny Cook

8 Mind’s Eye (IRE) Henry de Bromhead, Ireland 11st 4lb Davy Russell

9 Ornua (IRE) Henry de Bromhead, Ireland 11st 4lb Noel Fehily

10 Scarlet Dragon (Hood) Alan King 11st 4lb Wayne Hutchinson

11 Simply The Betts (IRE) Harry Whittington 11st 4lb Sean Bowen

12 Slate House (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Colin Tizzard 11st 4lb Harry Cobden

13 Vision des Flos (FR) (Tongue Strap) Colin Tizzard 11st 4lb Robbie Power

14 Style de Garde (FR) (Hood) Nicky Henderson 10st 12lb Nico de Boinville

15 Irish Roe (IRE) Peter Atkinson 10st 11lb Henry Brooke

 

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

1 Black Corton (FR) (Tongue Strap) Paul Nicholls 11st 4lb Bryony Frost

2 Captain Chaos (IRE) (Blinkers) Dan Skelton 11st 4lb Harry Skelton

3 Coo Star Sivola (FR) Nick Williams 11st 4lb Lizzie Kelly

4 Elegant Escape (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Colin Tizzard 11st 4lb Harry Cobden

5 Hogan’s Height (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Jamie Snowden 11st 4lb Gavin Sheehan

6 Snow Falcon (IRE) Noel Meade, Ireland 11st 4lb Sean Flanagan

7 Terrefort (FR) Nicky Henderson 11st 4lb Daryl Jacob

8 Testify (IRE) Donald McCain 11st 4lb Brian Hughes

9 Mia’s Storm (IRE) Alan King 10st 11lb Wayne Hutchinson

10 Ms Parfois (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Anthony Honeyball 10st 11lb Noel Fehily

 

3.25pm JLT Melling Chase (Grade 1) 2m 3f 200y £25,0000

1 Balko des Flos (FR) Henry de Bromhead, Ireland 11st 7lb Davy Russell

2 Cloudy Dream (IRE) Ruth Jefferson 11st 7lb Brian Hughes

3 Le Prezien (FR) (Tongue Strap) Paul Nicholls 11st 7lb Barry Geraghty

4 Min (FR) W. P. Mullins, Ireland 11st 7lb P. Townend

5 Politologue (FR) (Hood, Tongue Strap) Paul Nicholls 11st 7lb Sam Twiston-Davies

6 Sizing Granite (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Colin Tizzard 11st 7lb Robbie Power

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

1 Devils Bride (IRE) (Tongue Strap, Sheepskin C/P) Henry de Bromhead, Ireland 11st 12lb Dylan Robinson

2 O O Seven (IRE) Nicky Henderson 11st 10lb Aidan Coleman

3 Top Gamble (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Kerry Lee 11st 10lb James Bowen (3)

4 Village Vic (IRE) Philip Hobbs 11st 10lb Richard Johnson

5 Clarcam (FR) (Tongue Strap, Sheepskin C/P) Gordon Elliott, Ireland 11st 9lb Davy Russell

6 Art Mauresque (FR) Paul Nicholls 11st 9lb Nick Scholfield

7 Flying Angel (IRE) Nigel Twiston-Davies 11st 8lb Tom Bellamy

8 Polidam (FR) (Hood) W. P. Mullins, Ireland 11st 6lb Daryl Jacob

9 Vibrato Valtat (FR) (Tongue Strap) Emma Lavelle 11st 5lb Adam Wedge

10 Bouvreuil (FR) (Tongue Strap) Paul Nicholls 11st 2lb Sam Twiston-Davies

11 Ultragold (FR) (Tongue Strap) Colin Tizzard 11st 1lb Harry Cobden

12 Eastlake (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Jonjo O’Neill 11st 1lb Barry Geraghty

13 Midnight Shot Charlie Longsdon 10st 13lb Jonathan Burke

14 Bigbadjohn (IRE) Nigel Twiston-Davies 10st 12lb Jamie Bargary

15 Ballyalton (IRE) Ian Williams 10st 12lb Tom O’Brien

16 Deauville Dancer (IRE) (Tongue Strap) David Dennis 10st 10lb Brian Hughes

17 Kilcrea Vale (IRE) Nicky Henderson 10st 9lb Jeremiah McGrath

18 Highland Lodge (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) James Moffatt 10st 9lb Henry Brooke

19 Shanahan’s Turn (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Colin Tizzard 10st 8lb Robbie Power

20 Beau Bay (FR) (Hood, Tongue Strap) Dr Richard Newland 10st 8lb Will Kennedy

21 Rathlin Rose (IRE) (Blinkers) David Pipe 10st 7lb Tom Scudamore

22 Theatre Territory (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Warren Greatrex 10st 6lb Mr Sam Waley-Cohen (3)

23 Indian Temple (IRE) Tim Reed 10st 6lb Harry Reed (5)

24 Notarfbad (IRE) (Hood) Jeremy Scott 10st 5lb Matt Griffiths

25 Minella On Line (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Oliver Sherwood 10st 4lb Conor Shoemark

26 Newsworthy (IRE) Mrs D. A. Love, Ireland 10st 4lb Jonathan Moore

27 Rogue Angel (IRE) (Tongue Strap, Sheepskin C/P) M. F. Morris, Ireland 10st 4lb Rachael Blackmore

28 Greybougg Nigel Hawke 10st 0lb Conor O’Farrell

29 Mystifiable (Tongue Strap) Fergal O’Brien 10st 0lb Paddy Brennan

30 Flying Eagle (IRE) (Blinkers, Tongue Strap) Peter Bowen 10st 0lb Sean Bowen

Eliminations: Portrait King (IRE)

 

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

1 Another Stowaway (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Tom George 11st 4lb A. P. Heskin

2 Chef des Obeaux (FR) Nicky Henderson 11st 4lb Noel Fehily

3 Count Meribel Nigel Twiston-Davies 11st 4lb Mark Grant

4 Dans Le Vent (FR) (Sheepskin C/P) Jamie Snowden 11st 4lb Gavin Sheehan

5 Good Man Pat (IRE) Alan King 11st 4lb Tom Bellamy

6 Louse Talk (IRE) Charlie Longsdon 11st 4lb Paul O’Brien

7 Ok Corral (IRE) Nicky Henderson 11st 4lb Barry Geraghty

8 Poetic Rhythm (IRE) Fergal O’Brien 11st 4lb Paddy Brennan

9 Point of Principle (IRE) Tim Vaughan 11st 4lb Alan Johns

10 Sam’s Gunner Michael Easterby 11st 4lb Will Kennedy

11 Santini Nicky Henderson 11st 4lb Nico de Boinville

12 Tower Bridge (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Joseph Patrick O’Brien, Ireland 11st 4lb J. J. Slevin

13 Uppertown Prince (IRE) Donald McCain 11st 4lb Brian Hughes

14 Roksana (IRE) Dan Skelton 10st 11lb Harry Skelton

 

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

1 Al Dancer (FR) (Hood) Nigel Twiston-Davies 11st 4lb Jamie Bargary

2 Amoola Gold (GER) Dan Skelton 11st 4lb Harry Skelton

3 Arthur Mac (IRE) Philip Hobbs 11st 4lb Richard Johnson

4 Chanceanotherfive (IRE) Keith Dalgleish 11st 4lb Brian Hughes

5 Commanche Red (IRE) Chris Gordon 11st 4lb Tom Cannon

6 Dali Mail (FR) (Tongue Strap) Donald Whillans 11st 4lb Callum Whillans

7 Danny Kirwan (IRE) Paul Nicholls 11st 4lb Sam Twiston-Davies

8 Dazibao (FR) George Baker 11st 4lb Andrew Tinkler

9 Harambe Alan King 11st 4lb Tom Bellamy

10 Highland Hunter (IRE) Lucinda Russell 11st 4lb Derek Fox

11 Kateson Tom Lacey 11st 4lb Tom Scudamore

12 Mercy Mercy Me Fergal O’Brien 11st 4lb Paddy Brennan

13 Portrush Ted (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Warren Greatrex 11st 4lb Gavin Sheehan

14 Pym (IRE) Nicky Henderson 11st 4lb Jeremiah McGrath

15 Sevarano (IRE) Oliver Sherwood 11st 4lb Noel Fehily

16 Skidoosh Ben Pauling 11st 4lb Daryl Jacob

17 Theatre Legend Chris Grant 11st 4lb Jamie Moore

18 Thosedaysaregone (IRE) Charles Byrnes, Ireland 11st 4lb Davy Russell

19 Mister Fisher (IRE) Nicky Henderson 10st 12lb Nico de Boinville

20 Normal Norman John Ryan 10st 12lb Thomas Garner

Eliminations: Always du Cerisier (FR), Ballinahinch (IRE), Doctor Dex (IRE), Railroad Junkie (IRE), Some Day Soon (IRE), Sporting Press (IRE), Jaytrack Parkhomes, Flying Finch


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RANDOX HEALTH GRAND NATIONAL FESTIVAL, AINTREE

RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE

GRAND NATIONAL THURSDAY, APRIL 12

 

48-HOUR DECLARED RUNNERS FOR GRAND NATIONAL DAY – SATURDAY, APRIL 14

 

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

1 Coole Cody (IRE) (Hood, Tongue Strap) Michael Blake 11st 7lb Tom Scudamore

2 Identity Thief (IRE) Henry de Bromhead, Ireland 11st 7lb Sean Flanagan

3 L’Ami Serge (IRE) (Hood) Nicky Henderson 11st 7lb Aidan Coleman

4 Lil Rockerfeller (USA) (Sheepskin C/P) Neil King 11st 7lb Trevor Whelan

5 Old Guard Paul Nicholls 11st 7lb Harry Cobden

6 Sam Spinner Jedd O’Keeffe 11st 7lb Joe Colliver

7 Serienschock (GER) (Tongue Strap) Miss Alexandra Rosa, France 11st 7lb Ludovic Philipperon

8 Shelford (IRE) Dan Skelton 11st 7lb Harry Skelton

9 The Worlds End (IRE) Tom George 11st 7lb A. P. Heskin

10 Thomas Campbell (Sheepskin C/P) Nicky Henderson 11st 7lb Nico de Boinville

11 Wholestone (IRE) Nigel Twiston-Davies 11st 7lb Daryl Jacob

 

5:15pm Randox Health Grand National (Grade 3) 4m 2f 74y £1,000,000

1 Minella Rocco (IRE) (Tongue Strap, Sheepskin C/P) Jonjo O’Neill 11st 10lb Noel Fehily

2 Blaklion Nigel Twiston-Davies 11st 9lb Sam Twiston-Davies

3 Anibale Fly (FR) (Tongue Strap) Tony Martin, Ireland 11st 7lb Barry Geraghty

4 The Last Samuri (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Kim Bailey 11st 7lb David Bass

5 Valseur Lido (FR) Henry de Bromhead, Ireland 11st 6lb Keith Donoghue

6 Total Recall (IRE) Willie Mullins, Ireland 11st 4lb Paul Townend

7 Alpha des Obeaux (FR) (Sheepskin C/P) Mouse Morris, Ireland 11st 3lb Rachael Blackmore

8 Perfect Candidate (IRE) Fergal O’Brien 11st 2lb Alain Cawley

9 Shantou Flyer (IRE) (Visor, Tongue Strap) Richard Hobson 11st 1lb James Bowen

10 Tenor Nivernais (FR) Venetia Williams 11st 0lb Tom O’Brien

11 Carlingford Lough (IRE) John Kiely, Ireland 11st 0lb Mark Walsh

12 Vicente (FR) (Hood) Paul Nicholls 10st 13lb Nick Scholfield

13 Tiger Roll (IRE) (Tongue Strap, Sheepskin C/P) Gordon Elliott, Ireland 10st 12lb Davy Russell

14 Regal Encore (IRE) Anthony Honeyball 10st 12lb Richie McLernon

15 Vieux Lion Rouge (FR) (Sheepskin C/P) David Pipe 10st 12lb Tom Scudamore

16 Chase The Spud Fergal O’Brien 10st 11lb Paddy Brennan

17 Warriors Tale (Tongue Strap) Paul Nicholls 10st 11lb Sean Bowen

18 Seeyouatmidnight Sandy Thomson 10st 11lb Brian Hughes

19 Gas Line Boy (IRE) (Visor) Ian Williams 10st 10lb Robert Dunne

20 The Dutchman (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Colin Tizzard 10st 10lb Harry Cobden

21 Pleasant Company (IRE) Willie Mullins, Ireland 10st 10lb David Mullins

22 Ucello Conti (FR) (Tongue Strap) Gordon Elliott, Ireland 10st 9lb Daryl Jacob

23 Saint Are (FR) (Blinkers, Tongue Strap) Tom George 10st 9lb Adrian Heskin

24 Beeves (IRE) (Blinkers) Jennie Candlish 10st 9lb Sean Quinlan

25 Raz de Maree (FR) Gavin Cromwell, Ireland 10st 8lb Robbie Power

26 I Just Know (IRE) Sue Smith 10st 7lb Danny Cook

27 Virgilio (FR) (Tongue Strap) Dan Skelton 10st 7lb Harry Skelton

28 Baie des Iles (FR) (Sheepskin C/P) Ross O’Sullivan, Ireland 10st 7lb Ms Katie Walsh

29 Maggio (FR) (Tongue Strap) Patrick Griffin, Ireland 10st 7lb Brendan Powell

30 Pendra (IRE) (Blinkers, Tongue Strap) Charlie Longsdon 10st 7lb Aidan Coleman

31 Buywise (IRE) Evan Williams 10st 7lb Adam Wedge

32 Childrens List (IRE) Willie Mullins, Ireland 10st 7lb

33 Lord Windermere (IRE) Jim Culloty, Ireland 10st 6lb Andrew Lynch

34 Captain Redbeard (IRE) Stuart Coltherd 10st 6lb Sam Coltherd

35 Houblon des Obeaux (FR) (Blinkers) Venetia Williams 10st 6lb Charlie Deutsch

36 Bless The Wings (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Gordon Elliott, Ireland 10st 5lb Jack Kennedy

37 Milansbar (IRE) (Blinkers) Neil King 10st 5lb Bryony Frost

38 Final Nudge (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) David Dennis 10st 5lb Gavin Sheehan

39 Double Ross (IRE) Nigel Twiston-Davies 10st 5lb Tom Bellamy

40 Road To Riches (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Noel Meade, Ireland 10st 4lb Sean Flanagan

 

Reserves

R1 Thunder And Roses (IRE) (Tongue Strap, Sheepskin C/P) Mouse Morris, Ireland 10st 4lb J J Slevin

R2 Delusionofgrandeur (IRE) Sue Smith 10st 4lb

R3 Walk In The Mill (FR) Robert Walford 10st 3lb Mr Sam Waley-Cohen

R4 Vintage Clouds (IRE) Sue Smith 10st 3lb

 

Eliminations: General Principle (IRE), Wounded Warrior (IRE), Splash of Ginge, Bonny Kate (IRE), Cogry, Sir Mangan (IRE), Mysteree (IRE), Minella Daddy (IRE), Braqueur d’Or (FR), Relentless Dreamer (IRE), The Young Master, Henri Parry Morgan, Phil’s Magic (IRE), Alfie Spinner (IRE), Dancing Shadow (IRE), Rogue Angel (IRE), Out Sam, Krackatoa King

 

T8.


RANDOX HEALTH GRAND NATIONAL FESTIVAL, AINTREE

RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE

GRAND NATIONAL THURSDAY, APRIL 12

 

PATERSON IS HOPING FOR A BITE OF AINTREE GLORY

 

Aintree’s chairman, Rose Paterson, described how much she was looking forward to the three days of the Randox Health Grand National Festival on the morning of Grand National Thursday, the first day (April 12).

 

This is Paterson’s fourth Grand National as chairman, and she said: “For me this is the most exciting three days in the whole year. We’ve all been thinking about it, waiting for it, so today is just ‘it’ – it has arrived. I get butterflies every day before racing – but it wouldn’t be Aintree if it didn’t fill you with excitement and nervousness.”

 

Asked what she was particularly looking forward to, she replied: “I’m thrilled Might Bite is with us today for the Betway Bowl. The race he ran at Cheltenham [to finish second in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup] was just amazing. Hopefully, the ground will be a bit better for him here. I’d love to see him run well, and I’m grateful to [Might Bite’s trainer] Nicky Henderson for bringing him and other wonderful horses here and supporting us. It’s a great card today, with four Grade Ones – it’s unbelievable racing.”

 

Paterson continued: “The Randox Health Foxhunters’ is always an exhilarating race. And if Guy Disney [who rides with a prosthetic leg following amputation as the result of injury sustained while on military service in Afghanistan in 2009] won, it would be tremendous. What bravery – you have to take your hat off to him.”

 

Does she have a Randox Health Grand National fancy?

 

“I’ve backed Shantou Flyer [trained by Richard Hobson and ridden by James Bowen],” she replied. “I would strongly recommend that no one takes my advice as I haven’t backed the winner since Rough Quest, back in the dark ages [1996]! I think he is an interesting runner; I think he ran a very good race at Cheltenham, and if his jockey James Bowen won the Grand National, aged just 17, it would be a hell of a story.

 

“And obviously I want one of our lady jockeys – Katie Walsh, our Aintree ambassador, riding for her husband [trainer Ross O’Sullivan]; what a fairytale that is – Bryony Frost and Rachael Blackmore – to win. This might be the year we crack it, us women.”

 

Aintree is constantly striving to improve the experience of visitors to the Randox Health Grand National Festival. Paterson explained: “We’ve done a lot of work in the Festival Zone – the area from the equestrian centre downwards, the Chair Pavilion and the West Tip bar and grandstand, making that area smarter, more fun, more glamorous, with more seats and more comfort.

 

“We’ve also got a brand-new facility called Silver Birch next to the Hospitality Pavilion which accommodates another 500 people, which is an innovation and is so smart – it’s really good.

 

“We’ve changed the way the Red Rum Garden looks and I think it looks very good, so the whole area is developing.”

 

Paterson concluded: “We’ve got former Randox Health Grand National winners parading on all three days for the first time, and one of them is going to be available in a stable for us all to go and pat, which is lovely. I’d encourage people to go and see the horse and get close to a real Grand National winner.”


 


 

RANDOX HEALTH GRAND NATIONAL FESTIVAL 2018

RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE

GRAND NATIONAL THURSDAY, APRIL 12

 

The Randox Health Grand National 2018 – declared runners with all jockeys

Grade 3 handicap chase, £1 million total prize fund. Aintree, 5.15pm Saturday, April 14, 2018. 4m 2f 74yds over the Grand National fences. For seven-year-olds and upwards which, have started in a chase during the current season and who, up to and including March 19, have been placed first, second, third or fourth in a steeple chase with an official distance description of’ two miles seven and a half furlongs’ or more and which are allotted a rating of 125 or more by the BHA Head of Handicapping following a review of the horses entered and after taking account of races run up to and including February 11. Horses which are not qualified for a rating in Great Britain or Ireland at closing may also be entered. Such horses may be eligible for a weight providing the Handicapper is satisfied that the horse’s racecourse performances up to and including February 11 would merit a minimum rating of 125. Entries closes January 30, entries revealed January 31 (105 entries), weights revealed February 13 (104 go forward – 1 not qualified), first scratchings deadline February 27 (90 entries remained), second scratchings deadline March 20 (73 entries remained), five-day confirmations April 9 (63 confirmations), final declarations 10am April 12. Maximum field of 40 plus four reserves.

  Horse Age Wgt Owner Trainer Jockey
1) MINELLA ROCCO (TS, CP) 8 11-10 J P McManus Jonjo O’Neill Noel Fehily
2) BLAKLION 9 11-09 Simon Such & Gino Paletta Nigel Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies
3) ANIBALE FLY (TS) 8 11-07 J P McManus Tony Martin IRE Barry Geraghty
4) THE LAST SAMURI (TS) 10 11-07 Paul & Clare Rooney Kim Bailey David Bass
5) VALSEUR LIDO 9 11-06 Gigginstown House Stud Henry de Bromhead IRE Keith Donoghue
6) TOTAL RECALL 9 11-04 Slaneyville Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE Paul Townend
7) ALPHA DES OBEAUX (CP) 8 11-03 Gigginstown House Stud Mouse Morris IRE Rachael Blackmore
8) PERFECT CANDIDATE 11 11-02 ISL Recruitment Fergal O’Brien Alain Crawley
9) SHANTOU FLYER (VISOR, TS) 8 11-01 Carl Hinchy Richard Hobson James Bowen
10) TENOR NIVERNAIS 11 11-00 Boultbee Brooks Ltd Venetia Williams Tom O’Brien
11) CARLINGFORD LOUGH 12 11-00 J P McManus John Kiely IRE Mark Walsh
12) VICENTE (HOOD) 9 10-13 Trevor Hemmings Paul Nicholls Nick Scholfield
13) TIGER ROLL (TS, CP) 8 10-12 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE Davy Russell
14) REGAL ENCORE 10 10-12 J P McManus Anthony Honeyball Richie McLernon
15) VIEUX LION ROUGE (CP) 9 10-12 Prof Caroline Tisdall & John Gent David Pipe Tom Scudamore
16) CHASE THE SPUD 10 10-11 Christine Banks Fergal O’Brien Paddy Brennan
17) WARRIORS TALE (TS) 9 10-11 Trevor Hemmings Paul Nicholls Sean Bowen
18) SEEYOUATMIDNIGHT 10 10-11 Patricia Thompson Sandy Thomson Brian Hughes
19) GAS LINE BOY (VISOR) 12 10-10 The Three Graces Ian Williams Robbie Dunne
20) THE DUTCHMAN (TS) 8 10-10 SprayClad UK Colin Tizzard Harry Cobden
21) PLEASANT COMPANY 10 10-10 Malcolm Denmark Willie Mullins IRE David Mullins
22) UCELLO CONTI (TS) 10 10-09 Simon Munir/Isaac Souede Gordon Elliott IRE Daryl Jacob
23) SAINT ARE (BL, TS) 12 10-09 David Fox Tom George Adrian Heskin
24) BEEVES (BL) 11 10-09 Paul & Clare Rooney Jennie Candlish Sean Quinlan
25) RAZ DE MAREE 13 10-08 James Swan Gavin Cromwell IRE Robbie Power
26) I JUST KNOW 8 10-07 Michael Scholey & The Late Ray Scholey Sue Smith Danny Cook
27) VIRGILIO (TS) 9 10-07 Chris Edwards, David Futter, Andrew Rushworth Dan Skelton Harry Skelton
28) BAIE DES ILES (CP) 7 10-07 Zorka Wentworth Ross O’Sullivan IRE Ms Katie Walsh
29) MAGGIO (TS) 13 10-07 Douglas Pryde/James Beaumont Patrick Griffin IRE Brendan Powell
30) PENDRA (BL, TS) 10 10-07 J P McManus Charlie Longsdon Aidan Coleman
31) BUYWISE 11 10-07 T Hywel Jones Evan Williams Adam Wedge
32) CHILDRENS LIST 8 10-07 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins IRE Jonathan Burke
33) LORD WINDERMERE 12 10-06 Dr Ronan Lambe Jim Culloty IRE Andrew Lynch
34) CAPTAIN REDBEARD 9 10-06 Stuart Coltherd Stuart Coltherd Sam Coltherd
35) HOUBLON DES OBEAUX (BL) 11 10-06 Mrs Julian Blackwell Venetia Williams Charlie Deutsch
36) BLESS THE WINGS (CP) 13 10-05 Adrian Butler/Stephen O’Connor Gordon Elliott IRE Jack Kennedy
37) MILANSBAR (BL) 11 10-05 Robert Bothway Neil King Bryony Frost
38) FINAL NUDGE (CP) 9 10-05 Corbett Stud David Dennis Gavin Sheehan
39) DOUBLE ROSS 12 10-05 Options O Syndicate Nigel Twiston-Davies Tom Bellamy
40) ROAD TO RICHES (TS) 11 10-04 Gigginstown House Stud Noel Meade IRE Sean Flanagan

Reserves

R1) THUNDER AND ROSES (TS, CP)  10-10-04  Gigginstown House Stud Mouse Morris IRE J J Slevin

R2) DELUSIONOFGRANDEUR  8-10-04  McGoldrick Racing 3  Sue Smith   -

R3) WALK IN THE MILL   8-10-03  Baroness Harding  Robert Walford   Mr Sam Waley-Cohen

R4) VINTAGE CLOUDS   8-10-03  Trevor Hemmings  Sue Smith   -

The reserves will be utilised in the order above if there are any non-runners among the 40 declared runners before 1.00pm tomorrow, Friday, April 13.

T11.

 

LION FAVOURITE TO ROAR TO NATIONAL SUCCESS

 

Blaklion is the 9/1 favourite for the Randox Health Grand National with Betway, official partner of the Randox Health Grand National Festival, after a maximum field of 40 was declared this morning for the world’s greatest chase, run at 5.15pm on Saturday.

 

Only the Nicky Henderson-trained Gold Present, a 25/1 shot, was taken out of the race at the 48-hour declaration stage, and the Nigel Twiston-Davies gelding, winner of the Randox Health Becher Chase in December, just shades favouritism ahead of a host of fancied contenders. Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Anibale Fly is the 10/1 joint-second favourite alongside Ladbrokes Trophy winner Total Recall (the mount of Paul Townend), while recent Cheltenham Festival winner, Tiger Roll (winner of the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase), remains at 11/1.

 

Betway is paying out on the first six home for each way purposes in this year’s Randox Health Grand National (one fifth the odds).

 

Betway has also priced up a plethora of specials ahead of Saturday’s big race. There are three female jockeys riding in this year’s Randox Health Grand National, Rachael Blackmore on Alpha Des Obeaux, Katie Walsh on Baie Des Iles and Bryony Frost on Milansbar, and Betway makes it a 9/4 shot that at least one of those jockeys is placed in the first four.

 

It’s 11/10 that there will be an Irish-trained winner of the race (the Mouse Morris-trained Rule The World in 2016 was the last Irish-trained winner of the Randox Health Grand National) while it’s 6/4 that all the runners negotiate the first fence safely.

 

Randox Health Grand National – Betway bet: 9/1 Blaklion; 10/1 Anibale Fly, Total Recall; 11/1 Tiger Roll; 16/1 Baie Des Iles, Seeyouatmidnight, The Last Samuri; 18/1 Minella Rocco, Ucello Conti; 22/1 I Just Know, The Dutchman; 25/1 Captain Redbeard, Gas Line Boy, Regal Encore, Vieux Lion Rouge; 28/1 Raz De Maree; 33/1 Milansbar, Pleasant Company, Shantou Flyer, Vicente; 40/1 Alpha Des Obeaux, Carlingford Lough, Final Nudge, Valseur Lido, Warriors Tale; 50/1 Bless The Wings, Buywise, Chase The Spud, Houblon Des Obeaux, Road To Riches, Saint Are; 66/1 Childrens List, Lord Windermere, Pendra, Perfect Candidate, Virgilio; 80/1 Maggio; 100/1 Beeves, Double Ross, Tenor Nivernais.

 

28/1 Vintage Clouds (Res 4); 66/1 Delusionofgrandeur (Res 2); Thunder And Roses (Res 1); 66/1 Walk In The Mill (Res 3).

 

**1/5 1-2-3-4-5-6**

 

Randox Health Grand National: First Fence Fallers – Betway bet: 8/15 At least one horse to fall or unseat at the 1st fence; 6/4 All runners to jump the first fence safely

 

Randox Health Grand National: Winning Distance – Betway bet: 2/1 Under Three Lengths; 6/4 Three to Nine Lengths inclusive; 13/8 Over Nine Lengths.

 

Randox Health Grand National: Number of Finishers – Betway bet: 5/4 Under 14 Finishers; 5/2 14-16 horses (inc.) to finish; 13/8 Over 16 horses to finish.

 

Randox Health Grand National: Age of Winner – Betway bet: 2/1 7 or 8 year-old; 7/4 9-year-old; 5/2 10-year-old; 3/1 11-year-old or older.

 

Randox Health Grand National: Special – Betway bet: 11/10 Irish Trained Winner

 

Randox Health Grand National: Winning Weight – Betway bet: 15/8 10st 7lb or less; 9/4 10st – 10st 11lb inclusive; 11/8 10st 12lb or more.

 

Randox Health Grand National: Special – Betway bet: 5/1 J P McManus-owned Winner

 

Randox Health Grand National: Special – Betway bet: 6/4 to be a False Start

 

Randox Health Grand National: Special – Betway bet: 16/1 Female-trained Winner

 

Randox Health Grand National: Special – Betway bet: 5/1 Gordon Elliott-trained Winner

 

Randox Health Grand National: Special – Betway bet: 11/2 Gigginstown Stud-owned Winner

 

Randox Health Grand National: Special – Betway bet: 9/4 Female jockey to be placed (top four).

CYRNAME WELL BACKED WITH BETWAY

 

Betway, official betting partner of the Randox Health Grand National Festival, reports a good spread of money across a number of horses ahead of the first day of the Randox Health Grand National Festival, Grand National Thursday.

 

Cyrname has been the best-backed horse of the day and he dominates the market in the opening Big Buck’s Celebration Manifesto Novices’ Chase (1.45pm). The Paul Nicholls-trained six-year-old is the 9/4 market leader (from 5/2) ahead of the Nicky Henderson-trained Brain Power, who is an 11/4 shot.

 

The Grade One Betway Bowl (2.50pm) is one of the highlights of the day and it is another Paul Nicholls inmate in the shape of Clan Des Obeaux that punters have latched onto this morning. The six-year-old is now a 10/1 shot (from 12/1) with the sponsor as he aims to lower the colours of Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Might Bite (5/6).

 

“It’s all about Cyrname in the first – he’s by far our biggest loser this afternoon,” said Betway’s Alan Alger.

 

“He’s been backed to the exclusion of every other horse in the opening race and we’ll be on the back foot if he manages to justify favouritism.

 

“In the Betway Bowl, Might Bite has been quite a weak favourite and punters clearly think that his Gold Cup effort will have taken quite a bit out of him. Clan Des Obeaux has been very well-backed this morning while we also don’t want Definitly Red to win as we’ve laid him ante-post.”

 

Cyrus Darius has been the plunge horse in the Grade One Betway Aintree Hurdle (3.25pm) and the Ruth Jefferson-trained nine-year-old is now a 12/1 shot (from 22/1) with the sponsor.

 

There has been some each-way support for Theflyingportrait in the Zut Media Red Rum Handicap Chase (4.40pm) and the nine-year-old is now a 20/1 chance (from 25/1) for the Grade Three event.

 

In the closing Goffs Nickel Coin Mares’ Bumper (5.15pm), the Emma Lavelle-trained Dissavril has been well supported and is now 5/1 (from 6/1).

 

 

1.45pm – The Big Buck’s Celebration Manifesto Novices’ Chase: 9/4 (from 5/2) Cyrname

 

2.50pm – The Betway Bowl: 10/1 (from 12/1) Clan Des Obeaux

 

3.25pm – The Betway Aintree Hurdle: 12/1 (from 22/1) Cyrus Darius

 

4.40pm – The Zut Media Red Rum Handicap Chase: 20/1 (from 25/1) Theflyingportrait

 

5.15pm – The Goffs Nickel Coin Mares’ Bumper: 5/1 (from 6/1) Dissavril

 

REMARKABLE GUY A GIFT FOR THE PRESS

 

Can any horse race generate more stories than the Randox Health Grand National – can any sporting event rival Aintree?

 

Its place as a production line of hopes and dreams, and the multitude of characters that are exposed by it each April, have again generated a feeding ground of material for the media. On the opening day of the Randox Health Grand National Festival, the focus is headed by a remarkable Guy.

The racing may involve four Grade One contests, but it is amateur rider Guy Disney’s place in the line-up for the Randox Health Foxhunters’ Chase that stimulates most coverage. Disney will become the first amputee to ride over the National fences, leading to the headline ‘Disney World’ on the front of The Sun’s racing pullout. The Daily Express leads with ‘A fairy tale for Disney’ above a Chris Goulding interview with the former soldier. Modest about his own role in getting from Afghanistan (where he lost the lower half of one leg) to Aintree, he tells Goulding: “I just think it’s frustrating that I get all the pats on the back and the plaudits for a lot of other people’s hard work.”

 

In further revealing thoughts with the Daily Mirror’s David Yates, Disney says: “I feel quite sorry for everyone else in the race – there’s this focus on a one-legged bloke.” In similarly dismissive style he tells the Racing Post’s David Baxter: “I’m not there trying to make stuff for the history books. I’m doing it because I want to do it.”

 

While Disney will be the day’s most-watched human, the Nicky Henderson-trained Might Bite is surely the pick of the horses, despite defeat in last month’s Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup. Lining up in the G1 Betway Bowl, his chances of winning are considered by jockey Nico De Boinville in his column in The Sun.

 

‘Super Bowl’ is the Racing Post’s front-page headline, but the paper’s Tony McFadden delves into Bowl trends, and writes that during the past 10 years, “none of the seven horses who won or finished placed in the Gold Cup and turned up at Aintree managed to win”.

 

Jon Freeman, writing in i, reckons last year’s winner Tea For Two, a close third to Might Bite in the G1 King George VI Chase on Boxing Day, is a danger in today’s race, but reasons: “Might Bite’s huge leap at the last fence [at Kempton] hinted at plenty more in the tank.” Greg Wood of The Guardian sides with Might Bite, but Rob Wright of The Times opts for Bristol De Mai. ‘Might Fever’ headlines the Daily Mirror’s coverage, but the Daily Star leads on Might Bite’s stablemate My Tent Or Yours, who runs in the G1 Aintree Hurdle. ‘All Yours’ is the paper’s take on the race.

 

Excellent coverage in the Liverpool Echo includes an ‘Aintree special’ pullout that includes a spread of tips for racegoers. ‘Opt for a wedge, not a heel’ is the most relevant for anyone planning to step foot onto grass, while the sweepstake form guide on the Randox Health Grand National provides a summary of each runner for those who prefer the comfort of an armchair.

 

The paper’s racing correspondent, Chris Wright, also takes an early view on the race through interviews with trainers Evan Williams, Tony Martin and Stuart Coltherd, and the last-named also joins in a chat with The Daily Telegraph. Coltherd, who saddles Captain Redbeard in the big race, says his first memory of the event was Red Rum’s overhauling of Crisp in 1973. He will not be alone in viewing that as the most poignant and stirring National of the post-War era.

 

The Sun comes up with a novel pre-National feature it headlines ‘Step on the Gas’, and which focuses on the performances of National hope Gas Line Boy and the Bentley Bentayga. The horse offers one horsepower, the Bentley 435bhp, but while it is new, and the horse old (13), their value is probably similar. The car costs £136,000, but given the allure of owning a Grand National runner, and perhaps a share of £1m, Gas Line Boy would fetch similar money at auction despite his age.

 

The Daily Mail goes female, with correspondent Marcus Townend writing: “For only the second time in the race’s history, three of the 40 runners will be ridden by female jockeys.” Townend adds: “Rachael Blackmore, Katie Walsh and Bryony Frost all have feasible chances.” Should one of them win, the headlines will never have been bigger.


 

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MILES OF DEBATE, BUT OSCAR STILL WINS

 

Highly-talented Finian’s Oscar gave his backers some palpitations during the G1 Big Buck’s Celebration Manifesto Novices’ Chase, but he powered through for a decisive win.

 

The Colin Tizzard-trained six-year-old (5/2) hit a couple of fences and looked like finishing last of the six runners at the far end of the course, but Robbie Power bided his time and his partner’s late show carried him through for a two-length win over Rene’s Girl (8/1). Third home was Calino D’Airy.

 

Finian’s Oscar could finish only fifth at Cheltenham in the G1 JLT Novices’ Chase over today’s two-and-a-half mile trip, and Tizzard admitted: “The whole way round today I was thinking of what Robbie said at Cheltenham, that the horse needed three miles. He clobbered one down the back, but was always just in touch. He raced lazily, but he’s a strong stayer and could make a Hennessy horse.

 

“Like a lot of our horses he wasn’t right at Christmas, but horses aren’t always at the very top all the time. People expect them to turn up and win, but it’s not like that. If they turn up here and win we are quite happy. Good horses don’t win every time. Cheltenham form is always the best of the season and he didn’t run badly there.

 

“It didn’t look very promising for a while today, but he was still close enough. He’s bang right now.

 

“Initially, I’m thinking of Punchestown – it’s a good job Joe [his son and assistant] remembered to enter him for there yesterday. I don’t think we’re finished yet because he hasn’t raced much this season.

 

“Robbie is a master horseman. He was at pains not to put the horse at anything, then he did and the horse clobbered a couple. He’ll come back in and say the horse is a three-miler, but he’s a class rider.”

 

Tizzard runs The Dutchman in Saturday’s Randox Health Grand National, when Harry Cobden will be in the saddle. The trainer said of that horse: “His preparation has gone really well and he’s in good form. We needed to tick all the boxes so he went down to David Pipe’s to school over the three National fences that are down there. It did him no harm to have a morning away and Harry rode him.

 

“They went up there flat out – I think Harry, David and Joe were having some fun – and the horse enjoyed it.”

 

POWER PLAYS STARRING ROLE ABOARD OSCAR

 

The Colin Tizzard-trained Finian’s Oscar (5/2) stayed on powerfully to land the first race of the Randox Health Grand National Festival, the G1 Big Buck’s Celebration Manifesto Novices’ Chase at Aintree.

 

The six-year-old son of Oscar got outpaced in the early stages of the two mile and four furlong contest but stayed on powerfully in the home straight under Robbie Power to mount a challenge for the lead after the last.

 

Following a fine leap at the final fence, Tizzard’s charge stayed on resolutely under Power to score by two lengths from Dan Skelton’s Rene’s Girl (8/1) in second.

 

Finian’s Oscar was also successful at last year’s meeting, landing the G1 Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle.

 

Power said: “Finian’s Oscar was outpaced early on in the race, but he did start to stay on well in the home straight.

 

“I thought that if he could get a couple of good leaps in at the final two fences, then he would have a chance. After jumping the last fence well, I knew he would win.

 

“Three miles is the perfect trip for him. We got away with two miles and four furlongs today, but he is definitely a horse who is better going up in trip.”

 

“His jumping has been a problem but he jumped absolutely brilliantly for the first circuit – he was foot-perfect. When we starting quickening down the back straight, he gets a bit unsure of himself and he just needs his confidence.

 

“It’s soft ground – it’s no worse and probably no better.”

 

Power rides the Gavin Cromwell-trained Raz De Maree in Saturday’s £1-million Randox Health Grand National and he is hopeful of a good performance from the 13-year-old, who landed the Welsh National at Chepstow earlier this season.

 

Power added: “I think he would prefer a bit more rain as he loves heavy ground and if the skies did open up on Friday night, I wouldn’t be worried.”

 

RENE WALKS AWAY WITH SECOND

 

Rene’s Girl almost produced the perfect performance but was just collared on the run-in by Finian’s Oscar in the Grade One Big Buck’s Celebration Manifesto Novices’ Chase at Aintree this afternoon.

 

The 8/1 shot was always travelling sweetly under jockey Harry Skelton and the pair took up the running from long-time leader Cyrname before the penultimate fence.

 

The Dan Skelton-trained eight-year-old mare was still in front as they jumped the last but the winner stayed on strongly to record a two-length victory.

 

The trainer was in a reflective mood following the race but was quick to praise both his horse and the winner.

 

“I thought she jumped the best of them all and travelled well,” said Skelton.

 

“She’s just got nabbed but the winner is a very, very good horse. He’s probably spent all winter being saved up for today but that’s how his season has worked out for him.

 

“We’ve had a great season though. Jumping two out, I thought we’d won but, coming to the last, they were all coming at us. It was a great run by the mare but we weren’t quite good enough.”

 

Skelton also had news of his Randox Health Grand National runner Virgilio (who is a 66/1 shot with Betway) ahead of Saturday’s big race.

 

“He’s fine and has a good record around the Mildmay course here,” said the trainer. “He’s a big price but it’s the Grand National and anything could happen.”

 

1.45pm Big Buck’s Celebration Manifesto Novices’ Chase (Grade One)

 

1 FINIAN’S OSCAR (Ann & Alan Potts Limited) Colin Tizzard 6-11-04 Robbie Power 5/2

2 RENE’S GIRL (Andy & Sharon Measham) Dan Skelton 8-10-11 Harry Skelton 8/1

3 CALINO D’AIRY (Gigginstown House Stud) Henry de Bromhead IRE 6-11-04 Sean Flanagan 33/1

2/1 Fav Cyrname (4th)

 

Distances: 2, 3¼; Tote Win: £3.40 Places: £1.70, £2.50 Exacta: £23.90

 

GOING AFTER THE FIRST

 

Robbie Power, jockey of the 5/2 winner Finian’s Oscar, said: “Soft.”

 

Harry Skelton, rider of second-placed Rene’s Girl, said: “It is good to soft, soft in places.”

 

Sean Flanagan, on board third Calino D’Airy, said: “Soft and dead

 

Sean Bowen, partner of the 2/1 favourite, fourth home Cyrname, said: “Good to soft, soft in places. Nice ground.”


 

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AINTREE, GRAND NATIONAL THURSDAY, APRIL 12

 

HENDERSON IN DREAMLAND AT AINTREE

 

The Nicky Henderson-trained We Have A Dream (2/1) produced an impressive front-running performance to land the G1 Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Hurdle.

 

The Martaline gelding set a steady tempo throughout the two mile and one furlong event under Daryl Jacob and quickened clear in taking fashion after the last to score by seven lengths from Philip Hobbs’ Gumball (20/1) in second.

 

We Have A Dream’s stable companion, the well-supported 6/4 favourite Apple’s Shakira was a further 10 lengths behind in third.

 

We Have A Dream is now unbeaten in five starts in Britain since joining Henderson for owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede

 

The Seven Barrows maestro said: “We Have A Dream enjoyed that. He’s made the running before and whilst he isn’t a front-runner, he loves to bowl along in front.

 

“His jumping is very slick and he was very good today.

 

“We Have A Dream had the advantage of not going to the Cheltenham Festival as he had a temperature the Monday before. Whilst that was a pity at the time, maybe it was a blessing as he was a fresh horse.”

 

Henderson also confirmed that soft ground was the reason for Gold Present’s withdrawal from Saturday’s Randox Health Grand National today, adding: “We couldn’t run Gold Present in that ground and we will now wait for the Scottish National with him.”

 

Paddy Power make We Have A Dream a 25/1 shot for next year’s G1 Unibet Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

 

DARYL’S DREAM BECOMES REALITY

 

The decision to miss the Cheltenham Festival paid off for We Have A Dream, who was an impressive winner of the Grade One Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle for trainer Nicky Henderson and jockey Daryl Jacob.

 

The 2/1 chance beat Gumball by seven lengths.

 

We Have A Dream, a bay son of Martaline owned by Simon Munir and Isaac Souede, is now unbeaten in five starts on British soil.

 

Jacob said: “He’s a wonderful horse. From day one I’ve thought a lot of him. He is a wonderful traveller, a very quick jumper and the ground out there is perfect for him. I was absolutely gutted when it came out that he wasn’t going to Cheltenham, but I think in hindsight it was the best thing for him.

 

“He’s very laid-back, he’s a lovely jumper and he just does everything you want from him.

 

“He likes to go a nice even gallop and he’s straightforward. I think he will go on from here – a nice summer’s grass will do him good as well. I hope he’s got a big future, and even when he jumps a fence I think he’ll be super.

 

“Gumball has obviously run a great race in second but I think this lad will be even better when he steps up to two and a half miles. Fair play to Anthony Bromley – it was another magic buy.

 

“I have some good rides all this week and it’s great to get off to a flyer. I can’t wait for the National – I have been so excited about Ucello Conti all year and I am glad that he is here in one piece. As rides go, he has a great chance and I just can’t wait – I wish the National was today!”

 

GUMBALL RALLY CAN’T SPOIL THE DREAM

 

Pulled up in Cheltenham’s G1 JCB Triumph Hurdle, talented Gumball gave a much better performance when taking second in the G1 Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle.

 

Champion jockey Richard Johnson gave a lengthy appraisal post-race to trainer Philip Hobbs and owner Terry Warner, after his mount, a 201/ shot, had finished seven lengths behind winner We Have A Dream (2/1), but 10 lengths ahead of the 13/8 favourite Apple’s Shakira.

 

Comparing today’s run with that at Cheltenham, Hobbs said: “Better ground would seem to have made the difference, but we’re thinking a flatter track probably helps as well.

 

“The horse has been disappointing and we haven’t been quite sure of the reasons why, but we think we might have found it now. It’s pretty soft out there, but better than Cheltenham which was very soft.

 

“He’s just about big enough to jump a fence, but his jumping has been questionable at times and I would be leaning towards staying over hurdles for now. I am just thinking about the Swinton Hurdle at Haydock, where a four-year-old would get a weight allowance. That’s a possible.”

 

FLAT EFFORT FROM APPLE’S

 

Apple’s Shakira could not replicate her early season form and was well-beaten into third in the Grade One Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle at Aintree this afternoon.

 

The four-year-old filly was sent off the 13/8 favourite this afternoon but could never reach the leaders, settling well but eventually running on to finish 10 lengths behind runner-up Gumball, who in turn was seven lengths behind Apple’s Shakira’s stablemate (and eventual winner) 2/1 chance We Have A Dream.

 

Trainer Nicky Henderson was at a loss as to why Apple’s Shakira couldn’t finish closer.

 

“She settled well and got there two out. However, whether the ground made a difference I don’t know,” said the trainer.

 

“The winner had the advantage of not going to Cheltenham whereas the Triumph Hurdle could have taken more out of Apple’s Shakira than we thought.”

 

Henderson also had news of Gold Present, who was taken out of the Randox Health Grand National at the 48-hour declaration stage this morning.

 

“We’ve taken Gold Present out because of the soft going,” the trainer stated.

 

Jockey Barry Geraghty also thought a tough race at the Cheltenham Festival could have been the reason for Apple’s Shakira’s defeat.

 

“She settled better today but as I turned in she flattened off,” he said.

 

“Cheltenham might have left its mark on her. She is a nice filly but it wasn’t happening today.”

 

2.20pm Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1)

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

2 GUMBALL (Terry Warner) Philip Hobbs 4-11-00 Richard Johnson 20/1

3 APPLE’S SHAKIRA (J P McManus) Nicky Henderson 4-10-07 Barry Geraghty 13/8 Fav

 

Distances: 7, 10: Tote Win: £2.70 Places: £1.30, £4.30, £1.20 Exacta: £40.60


 

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AINTREE, GRAND NATIONAL THURSDAY, APRIL 12

 

MIGHT BITES BACK

 

Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Might Bite went one better at Aintree this afternoon when running out the authoritative seven length victory in the Grade One Betway Bowl.

 

The Nicky Henderson-trained nine-year-old jumped really well for jockey Nico De Boinville, stalking the front-running Bristol De Mai (who eventually finished second) before bounding clear in the home straight to record his fourth victory at the highest level.

 

Henderson was delighted with the round of jumping that Might Bite produced this afternoon.

 

“That was great!” exclaimed the trainer.

 

“I walked round this morning and it’s definitely soft enough. It wasn’t as soft as it was at the Cheltenham Festival but I was anxious. He was the one of the three, and by that I mean Buveur d’Air (Champion Hurdle winner), Altior (Champion Chase winner) and him, that has said to us over the past fortnight that he was happy.

 

“He’s been fresh and well since Cheltenham and you’d have thought he’d have been the one who wouldn’t be as he had such a gruelling race at The Festival. I’ve always said I wanted to be mindful of him. He’s not a fragile horse in any sense but you always have to be wary of his head. So it was quite brave coming here and I had my doubts.

 

“However, he’s only effectively had three races this season – I know he had a canter round Sandown before the King George (when winning a Listed chase) -  and they’re here to race.

 

“His jumping today was just an exhibition round – he’s all class. The plan will be the same next year – I’d love to have another crack at the Gold Cup on good ground. We might be a bit braver next year and go to the King George (at Kempton) via the Betfair Chase (at Haydock Park).

 

“He won’t run again this year obviously though.”

 

Jockey Danny Cook was unseated from 8/1 shot Definitly Red at the third fence but he walked away unscathed. Cook is due to ride I Just Know for Randox Health Grand National-winning trainer Sue Smith (successful in 2013 with Auroras Encore) in the world’s richest chase on Saturday afternoon.

 

DE BOINVILLE BITES BACK

 

Might Bite cruised to victory in the Grade One Betway Bowl, justifiying trainer Nicky Henderson’s decision to run him again after his hard-fought second place in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup last month.

 

The odds-on 4/5 favourite saw off second-placed Bristol De Mai by seven lengths.

 

Jockey Nico de Boinville said: “He was fantastic. He deserves so much credit. He’s a magnificent animal and a joy to ride.

 

“The guvnor [Henderson], Toby [Lawes, assistant trainer] and the boys at home have got him in some order to come back after a hard race at Cheltenham and jump with such enthusiasm. We’ve only missed the cross-fence there – we were going nearly too well, you know – and I just had to sit on him and let him find his feet again. He was so fresh and well. He was a pleasure to ride.

 

“The ground was on the soft side for him and he really does feel that. He would have much preferred good to soft. I watched the winner of the last race, We Have A Dream [who didn’t run at Cheltenham], and I thought you might need a fresh horse here today on soft ground, but he’s full of live and had a real spark to him.

 

“Might Bite is right up there with the best horses I have ridden. He’s got a real touch of class. That quirkiness seems to have been knocked out of him. He is one who will absolutely die for you. He is an extension of yourself – he will find strides and put you right. It is a privilege to ride horses like this.

 

“That’s made up for the fact that I’m not riding in the Topham or the National!”

 

Bloodstock agent David Minton, who is part of owners The Knot Again Partnership, said: “That was marvellous. Four weeks [from Cheltenham] is a good time for him and Nicky was always quite happy with the way he had come on from the Gold Cup.

 

“He travelled beautifully and jumped beautifully, barring one little hiccup at the cross fence, but the rest of it was magic.

 

“The members of this syndicate go back a long way because we started with My Tent Or Yours, who we sold rather well to JP [McManus]. Then we bought a yak of a horse called My Wigham And Yours and one or two people dropped out. This is the third horse and a few people have filled in for the people who dropped out. It has been magic really.”

 

BRISTOL BETTERED BY BITE

 

Nigel Twiston-Davies admitted that Bristol De Mai (5/1) had been beaten by “a better horse” as he finished a valiant second to Nicky Henderson’s Might Bite (4/5 favourite) in one of today’s feature events, the G1 Betway Bowl at Aintree.

 

The seven-year-old grey son of Saddler Maker set a decent gallop under Daryl Jacob in the three mile and one furlong event, but could not match the finishing kick of Might Bite from the second last, who scored by seven lengths.

 

Gloucestershire handler Twiston-Davies said: “Bristol De Mai ran very well.

 

“He wasn’t as good as Might Bite but he was still very good.

 

“We’ll be back for the Charlie Hall, the Betfair Chase and all those sort of races next season.

 

“Everything was right today and he had no excuses.

 

“Well done to them, they have the better horse, but we have the third best chaser in the country.

 

“There is still a big race in him and we’ll keep trying.”

 

Twiston-Davies saddles Blaklion and Double Ross in Saturday’s £1-million Randox Health Grand National and he reported both horses to be in fine fettle ahead of the four and a quarter mile event, commenting: “Blaklion and Double Ross are in good form. I’m very happy with both of them.

 

“We’re looking forward to the race and we won’t upset ourselves by walking the course! We’re going whatever the ground is.”

 

2.50pm Betway Bowl Chase (Grade 1)

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

2 BRISTOL DE MAI (Simon Munir & Isaac Souede) Nigel Twiston-Davies 7-11-07 Daryl Jacob 5/1

3 CLAN DES OBEAUX (Mr & Mrs Paul Barber, Ged Mason, Sir Alex Ferguson) Paul Nicholls 6-11-07 Harry Cobden 8/1

 

Distances: 7, 3¼

Tote Win: £1.60 Places:£1.10, £1.90, £2.50 Exacta: £5.60

 

Nicholls more than happy with Clan after lengthy layoff

 

Might Bite, the 4/5 favourite, confirmed his place as one of the stars of the season when landing the G1 Betway Bowl Chase, but there was no disgrace for the placed horses who chased him home.

 

Paul Nicholls was certainly full of enthusiasm for the performance of Clan Des Obeaux (8/1) who was third, seven lengths and three and a quarter lengths, behind Might Bite and runner-up Bristol De Mai (5/1).

 

Clan Des Obeaux, the mount of Harry Cobden, had not been seen on the racecourse since he finished second at Cheltenham in December, and Nicholls said: “That was a good run and I was very pleased with it.

 

“It looked like he blew up two out, but I half expected that. He threw a splint after his previous run in December and we rushed and rushed to get him ready for today, but we couldn’t get a racecourse gallop into him because the ground has been so bad everywhere. I wasn’t going to risk galloping him on bad ground.

 

“I am really looking forward to next season with him and would have no hesitation in starting off in something like the Betfair Chase. We were beaten just over 10 lengths there and I am sure I can make that up with another summer on his back. He will have to run in those types of races anyway.”

 

Nicholls runs Vicente in Saturday’s Randox Health Grand National, and he said of that horse: “He’s done everything right at home, but we would have liked better ground. We could have waited for Ayr [and the Scottish National which the horse has won twice], but it’s heavy up there now.”

 

Cobden said of Clan Des Obeaux: “He’s a lovely big horse with a real future,” and of his ride on the The Dutchman, for trainer Colin Tizzard, in Saturday’s Randox Health Grand National, he said: “He jumped very well when I schooled him over some spruce fences at David Pipe’s and hopefully he will stay. He has a touch of class about him and you can put a line through his last run – I’m hopeful.”

 

 

GOING CHANGE ON HURDLE & MILDMAY COURSES

 

Following the running of the third race on Grand National Thursday, the G1 Betway Bowl (2.50pm), the going on the Mildmay & Hurdle Courses has changed to:

 

SOFT, GOOD TO SOFT IN PLACES

 

(from Good to Soft, Soft in places in places on the Mildmay Course & Good to Soft, Soft on stands’ side on the Hurdle Course)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T24.

RANDOX HEALTH GRAND NATIONAL FESTIVAL, 2018

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AINTREE, GRAND NATIONAL THURSDAY, APRIL 12

 

L’AMI SURGES TO AINTREE HURDLE SUCCESS

 

Seven Barrows maestro Nicky Henderson, jockey Daryl Jacob and owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede, registered a 17/1 double on day one of the Randox Health Grand National Festival courtesy of L’Ami Serge’s success in the G1 Betway Aintree Hurdle.

 

The 5/1 shot relished the strong pace set by Gary Moore’s Diakali and stayed on powerfully after the final flight to master 11/10 favourite Supasundae by three lengths.

 

The same winning connections had previously teamed up to land the Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Hurdle with We Have A Dream (2/1).

 

L’Ami Serge was a well-beaten eighth in the G1 Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, but relished today’s drop in trip to two miles and four furlongs.

 

Henderson said: “L’Ami Serge deserved to win a big race. He is an enigma and we had him entered in a few races at Aintree this week, but this was the right race to target.

 

“It’s a big well done to the team as to get horses back from Cheltenham is always tough, but he did it well today.

 

“They didn’t go fast enough in the Stayers’ for him but today was perfect for him.”

 

Anthony Bromley, racing manager to Simon Munir and Isaac Souede said: “It’s really lovely for L’Ami Serge as he has always threatened to win a big race in England.

 

“The race set up perfectly for him today as he loves to come from the back of the field like that. He loves a furious pace and everything worked out well today.

 

“You have to produce him late and Daryl had to ride him coolly today. He jumped to the front at the last and stayed on well.

 

“He didn’t get home in the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham last time on heavy ground, but he relished that trip today.

 

“He won the French Champion Hurdle at Auteuil last year and that will again be his aim this year – It’s been a brilliant day for Simon and Isaac.”

 

3.35pm Betway Aintree Hurdle (Grade 1)

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

2 SUPASUNDAE (Ann & Alan Potts Limited) Jessica Harrington IRE 8-11-07 Robbie Power 11/10 Fav

3 CLYNE (David Williams) Evan Williams 8-11-07 Adam Wedge 25/1

 

Distances: 3, 3¾

Tote Win: £5.90 Places:£1.60, £1.10, £5.10 Exacta: £13.10

 

L’AMI SURGES TO VICTORY

 

L’Ami Serge bounced back to form in no uncertain terms when staying on strongly to land the Grade One Betway Aintree Hurdle by three lengths at Aintree this afternoon.

 

The 9/2 shot relished the end to end gallop that was set by the free-running Diakali and was still travelling well when the field turned for home.

 

Jockey Daryl Jacob had to work hard on the eight-year old after the final flight but his mount found plenty to swamp Supasundae and the pair scampered clear to record the third Grade One victory on the card for trainer Nicky Henderson (following the victories of We Have A Dream and Might Bite).

 

Jacob was also recording a 17/1 double and he was wreathed in smiles following the race.

 

“That was a very good performance from L’Ami Serge and fair play to Sarah (who looks after L’Ami Serge at home) here,” said Jacob

 

“She does everything with him and, to be honest, I don’t ride him very much at home because she knows him inside out. She knows when the horse is on his day and she told me that he was today.

 

“It is a great team effort by Simon (Munir – joint-owner), Isaac (Souede – joint-owner) and Anthony (Bromley – racing manager to Munir and Souede). After Cheltenham, I was quite keen to come back to two and a half miles in England. They race slightly differently out in France which means you can ride him a bit different and he can see out the longer trip. I must admit, I was cursing myself a little bit two out for coming off the rail. The one thing I said I am not doing today is coming off the rail, but I had to follow Supasundae through and I was not sure whether it was going to open up enough down the inner. L’Ami Serge is tough and, when he is on his A-game like that, he is a very talented horse.”

 

Simon Munir, joint-owner along with Isaac Souede, was delighted with the performance of L’Ami Serge after the race.

 

“Nicky had been saying he had been working very well – it was a great performance,” said Munir.

 

“He’s a wise old horse and we try and hold up him now – he’s run very well. It’s a fantastic feeling when they win here – it’s living a boyhood dream. The one thing I’ve learned about owning horses is to enjoy moments like this as you never know when things will go wrong. When you get ‘phone calls like that, your heart sinks but sometimes it can be a blessing in disguise. We Have A Dream (winner of the Grade One Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle earlier in the card) ended up missing Cheltenham due to a temperature but it turned out to be a good thing as he won so well here today.”

 

Munir is also looking forward to Saturday’s Randox Health Grand National, in which he owns Ucello Conti along with Souede.

 

“Winning the Grand National would be the biggest dream of all. We’re hoping it’s third time lucky with Ucello Conti – he finished sixth first time (in 2016 behind Rule The World) and he was brought down last year (Ucello Conti was officially deemed to have unseated his rider when being badly hampered at Becher’s Brook second time around – the 22nd fence). I’m hoping he can run a big race.”

 

3.35pm Betway Aintree Hurdle (Grade 1)

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

2 SUPASUNDAE (Ann & Alan Potts Limited) Jessica Harrington IRE 8-11-07 Robbie Power 11/10 Fav

3 CLYNE (David Williams) Evan Williams 8-11-07 Adam Wedge 25/1

 

Distances: 3, 3¾

Tote Win: £5.90 Places:£1.60, £1.10, £5.10 Exacta: £13.10

 

NO EXCUSES FOR SUPASUNDAE

 

The 11/10 favourite Supasundae finished a gallant second to Grade One Betway Aintree Hurdle winner L’Ami Serge by three lengths, pleasing trainer Jessica Harrington and jockey Robbie Power.

 

Harrington said: “It was a super run – he just met L’Ami Serge on a going day. Robbie said there was no excuse, he jumped super, the ground was no excuse and he travelled well. He was just beaten by a better horse on the day.

 

“He’ll go to Punchestown. He’s in both the Champion Hurdle and the three-mile hurdle there, but I don’t know which he will run in yet.”

 

Asked whether the eight-year-old might go chasing next season, Harrington replied: “No. You show me a Galileo that has made a good chaser and I’ll send him chasing! He’ll stay hurdling. He’s come a long way from this year to last year and if I can maybe do a few tweaks over the summer, we might get a couple more pounds out of him.”

 

Power said: “He ran a cracking race. I have absolutely no excuses. He travelled, he jumped and he just met L’Ami Serge on a going day. He’s a very good horse on a going day.”

 

Evan Williams, trainer of the third home, Clyne (25/1), said: “We are delighted really. We thought if we could get some prize money we would be over the moon, but to nick a bit of third, we are more than happy. It was a tremendous effort from a horse that has been running in handicaps.

 

“We have actually beaten the winner before – in a bog at Haydock – and we thought that was just the ground that was the leveller.

 

“We will take today and enjoy it. We have been third in a Grade One Betway Aintree Hurdle.”

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RANDOX HEALTH GRAND NATIONAL FESTIVAL, 2018

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AINTREE, GRAND NATIONAL THURSDAY, APRIL 12

 

O’CONNOR ACHIEVES A LIFE’S AMBITION

 

Derek O’Connor, the most successful rider in Irish point-to-pointing history, claimed his first success over the Grand National fences when taking the Randox Health Foxhunters’ Chase on Balnaslow.

 

O’Connor and the Graham McKeever-trained 11-year-old were sent off at odds of 11/2, and beat Bear’s Affair by two and a half lengths.

 

O’Connor said: “He’s a fabulous horse. He’s a brilliant jumper and tries his heart out, and I couldn’t have asked for the race to go any better.

 

“Personally, it’s a massive thrill. Riding winners round the country is lovely, but there is something about the challenge, the trials and the tribulations of the Aintree fences. To achieve that is very fulfilling.

 

“The sad part of it is that Mrs Hagan [who owned Balnaslow; the horse is now owned by her executors] died last year; what a wonderful woman she was. Whatever I did on his back or Graham did on the ground, we definitely had help from elsewhere. This is tough for her family, who only buried their mother a few months ago.

 

“The race worked perfectly well for me. I had a great run around the inside and he jumped brilliantly through the race. In the latter stages of the race there were a couple of bad jumpers down the inside so I made the decision to switch out, and I got a perfectly clear run over the last four fences and came home very strong.

 

“Balnaslow has been exceptionally well-trained by Graham McKeever. It’s a tight unit and a small yard where he gets all the attention he needs and Graham has done a wonderful job on him.”

 

EDWARDS SECOND AFFAIR

 

Bear’s Affair, a 20/1 chance who has a good record in hunter chases, did not disappoint today when coming home second, two and a half-lengths behind 11/2 winner Balnaslow, in the Randox Health Foxhunters’ Chase.

 

Alex Edwards, the Presenting 12-year-olds regular rider, was delighted with his charge’s run if a little frustrated with the result, said: “He’s run an absolute blinder and I thought I had it at the elbow – I thought I had just enough in the tank, but the winner just stayed on that bit better.

 

“He jumped so well and was an absolute pleasure to ride around there. He’s better in himself this year.

 

“I just sat where he travelled comfortably and hoped I would get there, but it proved frustrating.”

 

FINE RUN FROM GREENSALT

 

Greensalt belied his odds of 66/1 to finish third behind winner Balnaslow and runner-up Bear’s Affair in the Randox Health Foxhunters’ Chase at Aintree this afternoon.

 

The 10-year-old, who came home third in the Catterick Hunter Chase last time out, enjoyed his first experience of the big Aintree fences and gave his young jockey, Will Easterby (son of trainer Tim), a real thrill.

 

Trained by Easterby’s mother Sarah, Greensalt produced a fine round of jumping and was still in with a real shout as the field jumped the final fence.

 

However, despite his rider’s best urgings, he couldn’t quite match the staying power of the winner and runner-up and was eventually beaten a total of eight lengths.

 

“That was brilliant,” enthused Easterby.

 

“I got really excited jumping the last and thought ‘we’re in front here – we could win this!’ but it wasn’t to be.

 

“He just wandered out in the straight when he heard the crowd, but I guess he was beaten by better horses. He was a 66/1 shot but 150/1 last night!”

 

DISNEY RELISHES GRAND NATIONAL CHALLENGE

 

Guy Disney finished 12th and last aboard the Kim Bailey-trained Gallery Exhibition in the Randox Health Foxhunters Chase.

 

Disney, the first amputee to ride in a race over the Grand National fences, commented: “That is the sort of thing you would do every day until you die, if you could. That was very special.

 

“Coming down there [first six fences on Grand National course] with Derek O’Connor in front of you, Jamie Codd there, Nina Carberry there, and you are popping away. It is lovely, it really is.

 

“Gallery Exhibition is the most gorgeous horse. Down the far side, it is really soft and he struggled in that.”

 

LILBITLUSO

 

While racing in the Randox Health Foxhunters’ Chase at Aintree, Lilbitluso fell and was quickly attended to by our expert veterinary professionals.

 

Sadly, the nature of the injury meant it was necessary to put him down humanely on welfare grounds. Our sympathies are very much with his owners and the team who cared for him on a daily basis.

 

4.05pm Randox Health Foxhunters’ Chase 2m 5f 19y £45,000

 

1 BALNASLOW (IRE) GRAHAM MCKEEVER, IRELAND 12ST 0LB MR DEREK O’CONNOR 11/2

2 Bear’s Affair (IRE) Philip Rowley 12st 0lb Mr Alex Edwards 20/1

3 Greensalt (IRE) (Tongue Strap) William Easterby 12st 0lb Mr William Easterby 66/1

4 Barrakilla (IRE) Fergal O’Brien 12st 0lb Mr Zac Baker 8/1

5 On The Fringe (IRE) Enda Bolger, Ireland 12st 0lb Miss Nina Carberry 8/1

6 Bound For Glory (IRE) (Tongue Strap) D. M. G. Fitch-Peyton 12st 0lb Miss Hannah Lewis 100/1

7 Unioniste (FR) Paul Nicholls 12st 0lb Mr David Maxwell 8/1

8 Distime (IRE) Mrs D. J. Ralph 12st 0lb Mr William Biddick 14/1

9 Sir Jack Yeats (IRE) (Blinkers) Richard Spencer 12st 0lb Mr James King 16/1

10 Never Complain (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Mrs F. Marshall 12st 0lb Mr Charlie Marshall 66/1

11 Wonderful Charm (FR) (Blinkers, Tongue Strap) Paul Nicholls 12st 0lb Mr Sam Waley-Cohen 8/1

12 Gallery Exhibition (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Kim Bailey 12st 0lb Mr Guy Disney 40/1

F 9 Wells de Lune (FR) (Hood, Tongue Strap) Mickey Bowen 12st 0lb Mr Peter Bryan 16/1

F 12 Grand Vision (IRE) Colin Tizzard 12st 0lb Mr Jamie Codd 7/2 Fav

F12 Lilbitluso (IRE) J. J. O’Shea 12st 0lb Mr Gillon Crow 100/1

F14 Warden Hill (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Mrs H. Connors 12st 0lb Mr Tom Chatfeild-Roberts 50/1

F9 Eddies Miracle (IRE) D. M. Christie, Ireland 12st 0lb Mr Barry O’Neill 16/1

PU 10 Mon Parrain (FR) (Blinkers, Tongue Strap) Mrs Kim Smyly 12st 0lb Miss Page Fuller 40/1

PU 17 Curraigflemens (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) David Kemp 12st 0lb Mr Richard Collinson 66/1

REF 8 Rouge Et Blanc (FR) (Sheepskin C/P) Oliver Sherwood 12st 0lb Miss Pippa Glanville 66/1

UR 8 Winged Crusader (IRE) Miss A. Waugh 12st 0lb Miss Amie Waugh 66/1

 

Winner owned by Exors of the late Mrs M E Hagan

Distances: 2½, 4, 4, ¾, 2½, 5, 6, 7, 21, nk, 2¾

Tote  Win: £6.40 Places:£2.50, £5.30, £14.80 Exacta: £129.10


 

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AINTREE, GRAND NATIONAL THURSDAY, APRIL 12

 

BENTELIMAR SIGNS HIS SEASON OFF WITH A FLOURISH

 

Bentelimar won the Zut Media Red Rum Handicap Chase at 10/1 for trainer Charlie Longsdon and stable jockey Jonathan Burke.

 

He finished three and a quarter lengths ahead of Theinval.

 

Oxfordshire-based Longsdon said: “It all went right in the end. It’s taken its time! We’ve been thinking he’s seriously well-handicapped for a big race for some time.

 

“He’s been on the go all last summer in Ireland, running in races like the Galway Plate and the Kerry National [when trained by Shay Barry], and all this winter as well, and I thought it might be one race too many for this season and that he would win first time out next season. But he’s done it, thankfully.

 

“Since he came over from Ireland [Bentelimar joined Longsdon’s Chipping Norton yard in October] he’s been placed, placed, placed, and he didn’t run his race at Kempton [the Matchbook Silver Bowl Chase on March 17]. But we’ve been saying for ages he’s well-handicapped to win a big race.”

 

He added: “It’s great for Johnny, who gave him a great ride. It’s been a tough first year in England for him, and this just proves he is a top-class jockey and he can do it.

 

“It is absolutely massive to get a big winner here, especially for everyone at home. Everyone said it was becoming a bit of a hoodoo and it has been a bit frustrating.”

 

CHEEKPIECES THE KEY FOR BENTELIMAR

 

The Charlie Longsdon-trained Bentelimar ran out the ready three and a quarter length winner of the Zut Media Red Rum Handicap Chase at Aintree this afternoon.

 

The well-backed 10/1 shot was always travelling sweetly for jockey Jonathan Burke and the pair put daylight between themselves and the eventual runner-up, Theinval, at the penultimate fence.

 

A fine leap at the last sealed their victory and the jockey was quick to point to the addition of cheekpieces as the reason for the improvement in form.

 

“He jumped and travelled well,” said Burke, stable jockey to Bentelimar’s trainer.

 

“To be fair to the horse, he was brilliant. His experience has helped, along with the strong pace over two miles because he stays well.

“He was a bit unlucky at Cheltenham earlier in the season. I thought a flat track like Aintree with lots of jumping would suit him.

 

“The cheekpieces definitely woke him up. When he came from Ireland, he was a little bit brave to start with but then he got a bit clumsy. The cheekpieces definitely helped and he didn’t miss a beat. Everytime I asked him, he was there.”

 

4.40pm Zut Media Red Rum Handicap Chase (Grade 3)

 

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

2 THEINVAL (Mr & Mrs Sandy Orr) Nicky Henderson 8-11-00 Jeremiah McGrath 5/1

3 GINO TRAIL (Jan Smith) Kerry Lee 11-11-12 Jamie Moore 10/1

4 DOITFORTHEVILLAGE (The Rockbourne Partnership) Paul Henderson 9-10-12 Tom O’Brien 10/1

7/2 Fav King’s Socks (PU)

 

Distances: 3¼, 18, 3¼

Tote Win: £12.40 Places: £3.00, £1.60, £2.40, £2.30 Exacta: £60.80

 

THIEN VALIANT IN DEFEAT

 

Jeremiah McGrath was pleased with the performance of the Nicky Henderson-trained Thienval (5/1), who finished a three and a quarter-length second to Charlie Longsdon’s 10/1 shot Bentelimar in the Zut Media Red Rum Handicap Chase over two miles.

 

McGrath said: “Thienval has run a great race. He has bumped into a very well handicapped rival, but he has run his heart out and given everything today.

 

“He is so consistent and he’s turned the form round with Gino Trail from Cheltenham so you have to be pleased with him.

 

“There is a definitely a big race in him, but he’s run a great race.”

 

Jamie Moore, praised the effort of Kerry Lee’s front-runner Gino Trial (10/1), who was a further 18 lengths back in third.

 

Moore commented: “Gino Trail ran really well. He’s had a long hard season but he always gives his all and he did again today.

 

“He has run really well at both Cheltenham and Aintree now in the space of four weeks so we’re delighted.

 

“A busy season may have slightly caught up with him and he would have preferred softer ground.”

 

4.40pm Zut Media Red Rum Handicap Chase (Grade 3)

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

2 THEINVAL (Mr & Mrs Sandy Orr) Nicky Henderson 8-11-00 Jeremiah McGrath 5/1

3 GINO TRAIL (Jan Smith) Kerry Lee 11-11-12 Jamie Moore 10/1

4 DOITFORTHEVILLAGE (The Rockbourne Partnership) Paul Henderson 9-10-12 Tom O’Brien 10/1

7/2 Fav King’s Socks (PU)

 

Distances: 3¼, 18, 3¼

Tote Win: £12.40 Places: £3.00, £1.60, £2.40, £2.30 Exacta: £60.80

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T28.

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AINTREE GRAND NATIONAL THURSDAY, APRIL 12

 

 

LITTLE CHANGE IN THE GOING EXPECTED AHEAD OF TOMORROW’S LADIES DAY CARD

 

 

With a chance of light rain, and little chance of bright sun, there is not expected to be a tangible change in Aintree’s going ahead of tomorrow’s Ladies Day card.

 

The current going on the Mildmay and Hurdle courses is ‘soft, good to soft in places’, and ‘soft’ on the Grand National course.

 

Clerk of the Course Andrew Tulloch said: “We will be moving all the bends in by four yards overnight to produce fresh ground on the corners, and I would expect the going to remain roughly similar again tomorrow.

 

“The forecast is for more of the same – a bit grey and a bit overcast, and they are talking about light drizzle overnight and possibly some showers tomorrow, but we just don’t know where they are going to come and how often. It may be one or two millimetres overnight, and we’ll see what happens tomorrow.

 

“I’m expecting it to be dry overnight on Friday, but there is a possibility of light drizzle, and then Saturday could be a brighter day with some sunshine – there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

“It’s been a great day’s racing and we’ve seen some wonderful horses – Might Bite was just poetry in motion.

 

“It was marvellous to see the amateurs putting on a great race for the Randox Health Foxhunters’ Chase, in which so many of the horses jumped so well. They took their time and credit to them. Derek O’Connor [the winning rider] gave his horse a fine ride and it’s great to see riders of that class having a spin around there and getting a tune out of a horse. That is what racing is about – we all appreciate seeing horses jump like that.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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AINTREE, GRAND NATIONAL THURSDAY, APRIL 12

 

KATIE MAI GETS AWAY WITH IT

 

John Queally was a relieved man after Getaway Katie Mai justified her position as the 15/8 favourite to win the closing race of Grand National Thursday, the Grade Two Goffs Nickel Coin Mares’ Bumper.

 

Ridden by crack Irish amateur Jamie Codd, the five-year-old Getaway mare beat the Alan King-trained Midnightreferendum by a length and a quarter.

 

Queally, who won the Betway Aintree Hurdle with Al Eile in 2005, 2007 and 2008, said: “She’s the form horse in the race and those form horses are expected to win, so I’m relieved.

 

“She stays well and has the speed to get there. There’s not a lot of her but she has quality. She’s a lovely mare.”

 

Asked what the future held for Getaway Katie Mai, Queally replied: “She’ll probably go hurdling, but she has the option of running on the Flat too. I would look at it for her. She’s not short of pace.”

 

RESULT

5.15pm Goffs Nickel Coin Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Grade 2)

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

2 MIDNIGHTREFERENDUM (Robert Abrey, Ian Thurtle) Alan King 5-11-00 Wayne Hutchinson 25/1

3 DULHALLOW GESTURE (Galveston Partners) Anthony Honeyball 6-11-00 Richie McLernon 10/1
Distances: 1¼, 2¾
Tote Win: £2.70        Places: £1.50, £7.50, £3.50  Exacta: £66.20

 

 

CODDFATHER DELIVERS A PEACH ABOARD MAI

 

Nicknamed “The Coddfather”, jockey Jamie Codd lived up to his billing with an ice-cool ride aboard the well-supported 15/8 favourite Getaway Katie Mai in the concluding Goffs Nickel Coin Mares’ National Hunt Flat Race.

 

Having pulled hard in the early stages of the two mile and one furlong event, Getaway Katie Mae was towards the back of the 20-runner field entering the home straight, but made stealthy headway in the closing stages to hit the front and score by one and a quarter-lengths from Alan King’s Midnightreferendum (25/1) in second.

 

The John Queally-trained Getaway Katie Mai was second to subsequent G1 Weatherbys Champion Bumper winner Relegate in a G2 event at Leopardstown in February and Codd was effusive in his praise of the five-year-old daughter of Getaway.

 

He said: “She’s a very nice mare. I rode her in a point-to-point at Lemonfield last year [March 2017] and she was a super jumper that day as she was very athletic through the air.

 

“I then won a bumper on her at Ballinrobe [August 2017] and I thought she was very smart.

 

“She ran well behind Relegate at Leopardstown last time and she is just very good.

 

“She pulled hard and had a bit of hardship on the bend, but she pricked her ears and she came home like a train.

 

“I thankfully had a hold of her and she lasted home well – she was very tough.

 

“I think Cheltenham over hurdles will be the aim with her next year and John has done a brilliant job WITH her.

 

“It’s extra special this year as my brother [Willie Codd] passed away and he would have been at this meeting so this is dedicated to him – he’s looking down on me.”

 

Queally, who was registering another big winner at Aintree, following the victories of stable star Al Eile in the 2005, 2007 and 2008 Betway Aintree Hurdle.

KING HAPPY WITH REFERENDUM

 

The Alan King-trained Midnightreferendum stayed on strongly to finish the one and a quarter length runner-up behind 15/8 winner Getaway Katie Mai in the Goffs Nickel Coin Mares’ Bumper at Aintree this afternoon.

 

The 25/1 shot ran on well under jockey Wayne Hutchinson and her trainer was pleased enough with the performance after the race.

 

“She’s run really well,” said King.

 

“She’ll be a nice mare next year.”

 

The pacesetting Duhallow Gesture finished a further four lengths back in third to maintain trainer Anthony Honeyball’s fine record in this race.

 

Honeyball trained Eleven Fifty Nine to win in 2012.

 

 

5.15pm Goffs Nickel Coin Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Grade 2)

 

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

2 MIDNIGHTREFERENDUM (Robert Abrey, Ian Thurtle) Alan King 5-11-00 Wayne Hutchinson 25/1

3 DULHALLOW GESTURE (Galveston Partners) Anthony Honeyball 6-11-00 Richie McLernon 10/1

 

Distances: 1¼, 2¾

 

Tote Win: £2.70

Places: £1.50, £7.50, £3.50

Exacta: £66.20

 

 


 

RANDOX HEALTH GRAND NATIONAL FESTIVAL 2018

RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE

AINTREE, GRAND NATIONAL THURSDAY, APRIL 12

Liverpool 2018 Leading Jockey Awards –

Standings after Grand National Thursday

 

Jockey      1st  2nd  3rd

Daryl Jacob     2  1  -

Robbie Power     1  1  -

Nico de Boinville    1  -  -

Jonathan Burke     1  -  -

Mr Jamie Codd     1  -  -

Mr Derek O’Connor    1  -  -

Mr Alex Edwards    -  1  -

Wayne Hutchinson    -  1  -

Richard Johnson    -  1  -

Jeremiah McGrath    -  1  -

Harry Skelton     -  1  -

Harry Cobden     -  -  1

Mr William Easterby    -  -  1

Sean Flanagan     -  -  1

Barry Geraghty     -  -  1

Richie McLernon    -  -  1

Jamie Moore     -  -  1

Adam Wedge     -  -  1

 

A decade on from European Capital of Culture, Liverpool is looking to the future with a thrilling year-long programme which celebrates the city’s culture and creativity. Come and join us in an unforgettable kaleidoscope of art, music, theatre, technology, style and sport, as the city’s signature mix of creative risk-taking and magical happenings takes centre stage.

From feel-good festivals to exhilarating exhibitions, amazing art to magnificent music, it’s all happening here over 12 memorable months. Expect the unexpected, prepare for the spectacular.

To find out more go to: www.visitliverpool.com

 

TODAY’S CROWD

 

Today’s crowd on Grand National Thursday came to 33,500, which was less than 500 down on the 2017 figure.


 

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RANDOX HEALTH GRAND NATIONAL FESTIVAL 2018

RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE

AINTREE, GRAND NATIONAL THURSDAY, APRIL 12

 

Leading Trainer – Standings after Grand National Thursday


 

Trainer      1st  2nd  3rd

Nicky Henderson    3  1  1

Charlie Longsdon    1  -  -

Graham McKeever    1  -  -

John Queally IRE    1  -  -

Colin Tizzard     1  -  -

Jessica Harrington IRE    -  1  -

Philip Hobbs     -  1  -

Alan King     -  1  -

Philip Rowley     -  1  -

Dan Skelton     -  1  -

Nigel Twiston-Davies    -  1  -

Henry de Bromhead IRE    -  -  1

William Easterby    -  -  1

Anthony Honeyball    -  -  1

Kerry Lee     -  -  1

Paul Nicholls     -  -  1

Evan Williams     -  -  1

 

Leading Owner – Standings after Grand National Thursday


 

Owner        1st  2nd  3rd

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede     2  1  -

Ann & Alan Potts Partnership     1  1  -

Michael Daly       1  -  -

The Knot Again Partnership     1  -  -

Exors of the Late Mrs M E Hagan    1  -  -

Swanee River Partnership     1  -  -

Robert Abrey & Ian Thurtle     -  1  -

G B Barlow       -  1  -

Andy & Sharon Measham     -  1  -

Terry Warner       -  1  -

Mr & Mrs Sandy Orr      -  1  -

J P McManus       -  -  2

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

Sarah Easterby       -  -  1

Galveston Partners      -  -  1

Gigginstown House Stud     -  -  1

Jan Smith       -  -  1

 

 

 

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STEWARDS’ REPORTS

 

After race three, the going on the Mildmay course was changed to Soft, Good to Soft in places (from Good to Soft, Soft in places)

 

Race 1 – 1:45pm

BIG BUCK’S CELEBRATION MANIFESTO NOVICES’ CHASE G1

The Stable Inspecting Officer reported that the representative of Dan Skelton, the trainer of RENE’S GIRL (IRE), NUBE NEGRA (SPA) and SAVELLO (IRE), had brought an unlabelled substance into the racecourse stables. Dan Skelton, the trainer’s travelling Head Groom, the Stable Inspecting Officer and the Anti-Doping Manager were interviewed. Being satisfied that the horses had received only normal food and water by mouth on the day of racing, the Stewards allowed RENE’S GIRL (IRE), NUBE NEGRA (SPA) and SAVELLO (IRE) to run and ordered that some of the horses be routine tested. They further confiscated the substance, ordered that it be tested, and referred the matter to the Head Office of the British Horseracing Authority.

 

Race 2 – 2:20pm

DOOM BAR ANNIVERSARY 4-Y-O JUVENILE HURDLE G1

NUBE NEGRA (SPA) wore earplugs which were removed at the start. GUMBALL (FR), placed second, appeared to show an improvement in form compared with its previous run at Cheltenham on 16 March 2018, where the gelding was pulled up. The representative of Philip Hobbs explained that GUMBALL (FR) appreciated the better ground conditions on this occasion. The gelding was routine tested. The performance of MALAYA (FR), which finished eighth of nine, beaten 39¾ lengths, was considered. Paul Nicholls explained that the filly was feeling the effects of a long campaign and will not run again this season. The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of MALAYA (FR) during routine testing failed to reveal any abnormalities. On the bend leaving the back straight, BEAU GOSSE (FR), placed seventh, edged left crowding GUMBALL (FR), placed second, on to APPLE’S SHAKIRA (FR), placed third, which resulted in ET MOI ALORS (FR), placed sixth, being tightened for room, but after viewing a recording of the incident, it was found that no riding offence was involved. Following the race, James Reveley reported that BEAU GOSSE (FR), placed seventh, hung right throughout.

 

Race 3 – 2:50pm

BETWAY BOWL CHASE G1

BRISTOL DE MAI (FR) wore earplugs and SUB LIEUTENANT (IRE) and TEA FOR TWO both wore earplugs which were removed at the start. The performance of DOUBLE SHUFFLE (IRE), which finished last of seven, was considered. Tom George could offer no explanation for the gelding’s performance. The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of DOUBLE SHUFFLE (IRE) during routine testing failed to reveal any abnormalities.

 

Race 4 – 3:25pm

BETWAY AINTREE HURDLE G1

DIAKALI (FR), ridden by Joshua Moore, did not parade in racecard order. Being satisfied that it was due to circumstances beyond the rider’s control, no further action was taken. The performance of THE NEW ONE (IRE), which was pulled up, was considered. Nigel Twiston-Davies could offer no explanation for the gelding’s performance. The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of THE NEW ONE (IRE) during routine testing failed to reveal any abnormalities.

 

Race 5 – 4:05pm

RANDOX HEALTH FOXHUNTERS’ OPEN HUNTERS’ CHASE

Derek O’Connor was suspended for 2 days for failing to obey the Stewards’ instruction to attend a pre-race Jockeys briefing. Sam Waley-Cohen was suspended for 1 day for failing to obey the Stewards’ instruction to attend a pre-race Jockeys briefing. Derek O’Connor, the rider of the winner, BALNASLOW (IRE), was suspended for 2 days for using his whip with excessive force after the last fence. The gelding was examined by Veterinary Surgeons after the race and was found to be in good physical condition. Following the race, Miss Pippa Glanville reported that her saddle slipped on ROUGE ET BLANC (FR), which was pulled up, and the Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of the gelding revealed it had bled from the nose. The Veterinary Officer reported that GALLERY EXHIBITION (IRE), unplaced, sustained a laceration to its right fore and WELLS DE LUNE (FR), which unseated its rider, lost its right hind shoe.

 

Race 6 – 4:40pm

ZUT MEDIA RED RUM HANDICAP CHASE G3

Permission was given for GINO TRAIL (IRE) to go early to post and DOITFORTHEVILLAGE (IRE) wore a hood in the Parade Ring only.

The performance of TOMMY SILVER (FR), which was pulled up, was considered. The representative of Paul Nicholls explained that the gelding was unsuited by the going, which was officially described as Soft (Good to Soft in Places), and would prefer a quicker surface. The performance of KING’S SOCKS (FR), which was pulled up, was considered. The representative of David Pipe could offer no explanation for the gelding’s performance. The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of KING’S SOCKS (FR) during routine testing failed to reveal any abnormalities. The winner, BENTELIMAR (IRE), appeared to show an improvement in form compared with its previous run at Kempton on 17 March 2018, where the gelding was seventh of ten, beaten 23¾ lengths. Charlie Longsdon explained that BENTELIMAR (IRE) appreciated the drop back in trip on this occasion to 2 miles from 2 miles 4½ furlongs. The gelding was routine tested. Following the race, A. P. Heskin reported that BABY KING (IRE), which was pulled up, made a bad mistake at the second last fence.

 

Race 7 – 5:15pm

GOFFS NICKEL COIN MARES’ BUMPER G1

The Stable Inspecting Officer reported that Anthony Honeyball, the trainer of DUHALLOW GESTURE (IRE), had brought an unlabelled substance into the racecourse stables. Anthony Honeyball, the Stable Inspecting Officer and the Anti-Doping Manager were interviewed. Being satisfied that the mare had received only normal food and water by mouth on the day of racing, the Stewards allowed DUHALLOW GESTURE (IRE) to run and ordered that it be routine tested. They further confiscated the substance, ordered that it be tested, and referred the matter to the Head Office of the British Horseracing Authority. Mr J. J. Codd, the rider of the winner, GETAWAY KATIE MAI (IRE), was suspended for 17 days and fined £400 for using his whip above the permitted level from the wings of the second last. The mare was examined by Veterinary Surgeons after the race and was found to have no abnormalities.

 


 

RANDOX HEALTH GRAND NATIONAL FESTIVAL, 2018

RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE

AINTREE GRAND NATIONAL THURSDAY, APRIL 12

 

 

LITTLE CHANGE IN THE GOING EXPECTED AHEAD OF TOMORROW’S LADIES DAY CARD

 

 

With a chance of light rain, and little chance of bright sun, there is not expected to be a tangible change in Aintree’s going ahead of tomorrow’s Ladies Day card.

 

The current going on the Mildmay and Hurdle courses is ‘soft, good to soft in places’, and ‘soft’ on the Grand National course.

 

Clerk of the Course Andrew Tulloch said: “We will be moving all the bends in by four yards overnight to produce fresh ground on the corners, and I would expect the going to remain roughly similar again tomorrow.

 

“The forecast is for more of the same – a bit grey and a bit overcast, and they are talking about light drizzle overnight and possibly some showers tomorrow, but we just don’t know where they are going to come and how often. It may be one or two millimetres overnight, and we’ll see what happens tomorrow.

 

“I’m expecting it to be dry overnight on Friday, but there is a possibility of light drizzle, and then Saturday could be a brighter day with some sunshine – there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

“It’s been a great day’s racing and we’ve seen some wonderful horses – Might Bite was just poetry in motion.

 

“It was marvellous to see the amateurs putting on a great race for the Randox Health Foxhunters’ Chase, in which so many of the horses jumped so well. They took their time and credit to them. Derek O’Connor [the winning rider] gave his horse a fine ride and it’s great to see riders of that class having a spin around there and getting a tune out of a horse. That is what racing is about – we all appreciate seeing horses jump like that.”

 

 

 

 

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