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RANDOX HEALTH GRAND NATIONAL FESTIVAL 2018

RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE

AINTREE, LADIES DAY, FRIDAY, APRIL 13

 

 

 

 

 

GROUND CHANGE AHEAD OF LADIES DAY

 

A wet Friday morning has seen the going descriptions change ahead of Ladies Day on the second day of the Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree.

 

Andrew Tulloch, Clerk of the Course at Aintree, reported at 8.30am: “We had four millimetres of rain between 4.00am and 8.00am.

 

“The ground is now Soft on all courses and Heavy on the Canal turn of the Grand National course.”

 

The rain has continued, though it is lighter than earlier, and the Met Office predicts ‘Rain will gradually ease, but patchy drizzle will linger into the afternoon’.

 

Mildmay & Hurdle courses – Soft (from Soft, Good to Soft in places)

Grand National course – Soft, Heavy on the Canal Turn (from Soft)

All bends have moved in four yards from yesterday’s outer line to provide fresh ground on the inner.

 

The distances of today’s races will be further than advertised as listed below:-

Race 1 – add 55 yds

Race 2 & 7 – add 44 yds

Race 3 – add 62 yds

Race 4 – add 47 yds

Race 5 – add 4 yds

Race 6 – add 69 yds

 

Rails will be moved in again after racing today.

 

Rainfall – 8mm Tuesday, 1.5m Wednesday. Friday – 4mm to 8am

 

Forecast

Friday – rain clearing this morning. Cloudy with odd brighter spell. Dry overnight, 12C.

Saturday – dry, cloudy, with brighter spells, 12C.

 

NON-RUNNERS AT 9.45AM

 

1.45pm Alder Hey Children’s Charity Handicap Hurdle

9 LOUGH DERG SPIRIT (IRE) (Going)

 

2.20pm Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle

15 IRISH ROE (IRE) (Self Certificate, Not Eaten Up)

 

2.50pm Betway Mildmay Novices’ Chase

9 MIA’S STORM (IRE) (Going)

 

4.05pm Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase

9 VIBRATO VALTAT (FR) (Self Certificate, Not Eaten Up)

18 HIGHLAND LODGE (IRE) (Vet’s Certificate, Abscess)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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RANDOX HEALTH GRAND NATIONAL FESTIVAL 2018

RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE

AINTREE, LADIES DAY, FRIDAY, APRIL 13

 

MINELLA ROCCO OUT OF RANDOX HEALTH GRAND NATIONAL & REPLACED BY FIRST RESERVE THUNDER AND ROSES

Top-weight MINELLA ROCCO is out of tomorrow’s £1-million Randox Health Grand National.

 

The eight-year-old was announced a non-runner today at 10.04am this morning. He was self-certified on account of the ground.

 

This means that first reserve THUNDER AND ROSES (10-10-05, Gigginstown House Stud/Mouse Morris IRE/J J Slevin) comes into the race.

 

Thunder And Roses will take the saddlecloth number of Minella Rocco (number 1). Saddlecloth numbers for all 39 other runners remain the same.

 

As Minella Rocco was top-weight, the weights for all runners are raised one pound. The new top-weight is now Blaklion with 11st 10lb.

 

NON-RUNNER TOMORROW

 

5.15pm Randox Health Grand National

1      MINELLA ROCCO (IRE) (Self Certificate, Going)

 

TODAY’S NON-RUNNERS

 

1.45pm Alder Hey Children’s Charity Handicap Hurdle

9 LOUGH DERG SPIRIT (IRE) (Going)

 

2.20pm Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle

15 IRISH ROE (IRE) (Self Certificate, Not Eaten Up)

 

2.50pm Betway Mildmay Novices’ Chase

9 MIA’S STORM (IRE) (Going)

 

4.05pm Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase

9 VIBRATO VALTAT (FR) (Self Certificate, Not Eaten Up)

18 HIGHLAND LODGE (IRE) (Vet’s Certificate, Abscess)

 

 

 

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RANDOX HEALTH GRAND NATIONAL FESTIVAL 2018

RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE

LADIES DAY, FRIDAY, APRIL 13

 

The Randox Health Grand National 2018 – updated declared runners

(Final version will be published at 1.00pm)

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

 

BALKLION, VIRGILIO  & PENDRA ALL REPORTED AS HAVING WIND SURGERY FOLLOWING THEIR LATEST RUN

Reserves

R2) DELUSIONOFGRANDEUR  8-10-05  McGoldrick Racing 3  Sue Smith   -

R3) WALK IN THE MILL   8-10-04  Baroness Harding  Robert Walford   Mr Sam Waley-Cohen

R4) VINTAGE CLOUDS   8-10-04  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 today, Friday, April 13.

Non-Runner – 1 Minella Rocco (Self Certificate, Going) replaced by first reserve Thunder And Roses

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RANDOX HEALTH GRAND NATIONAL FESTIVAL 2018

RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE

LADIES DAY, FRIDAY, APRIL 13

 

DECLARED RUNNERSD FOR GRAND NATIONAL DAY – SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2018

 

 

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

1 Louis’ Vac Pouch (IRE) (Hood) Philip Hobbs 11st 12lb Richard Johnson

2 Knight of Noir (IRE) Michael Blake 11st 12lb Nick Scholfield

3 Dream Berry (FR) (Tongue Strap) Jonjo O’Neill 11st 10lb Barry Geraghty

4 Tikkanbar (IRE) (Hood) Neil Mulholland 11st 9lb Noel Fehily

5 Sykes (IRE) Nicky Martin 11st 9lb Matt Griffiths

6 Golan Fortune (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Phil Middleton 11st 8lb Richard Patrick (5)

7 Debece Tim Vaughan 11st 8lb Alan Johns

8 Shannon Bridge (IRE) Dan Skelton 11st 7lb Harry Skelton

9 Prime Venture (IRE) Evan Williams 11st 7lb Miss Isabel Williams (7)

10 Red Indian Ben Pauling 11st 6lb David Bass

11 Jeannot de Nonant (FR) (Sheepskin C/P) Peter Bowen 11st 6lb Sean Bowen

12 Mr Big Shot (IRE) David Pipe 11st 5lb Tom Scudamore

13 No Hassle Hoff (IRE) Dan Skelton 11st 5lb Bridget Andrews (3)

14 Fixe Le Kap (FR) (Sheepskin C/P) Nicky Henderson 11st 5lb Daryl Jacob

15 Connetable (FR) (Blinkers) Paul Nicholls 11st 5lb Harry Cobden

16 Jaleo (GER) Ben Pauling 11st 4lb Mr Alex Ferguson (7)

17 Now McGinty (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Stuart Edmunds 11st 2lb Tom O’Brien

18 The Mighty Don (IRE) Nick Gifford 11st 2lb Tom Cannon

19 Ah Littleluck (IRE) (Tongue Strap) T. Gibney, Ireland 11st 2lb A. E. Lynch

20 Fortunate George (IRE) (Visor) Emma Lavelle 11st 2lb Adam Wedge

21 Stamp Your Feet (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Tom George 11st 2lb Mark Walsh

22 Sir Mangan (IRE) Dan Skelton 11st 1lb Fergus Gregory (5)

Eliminations: King of Realms (IRE), Oh Land Abloom (IRE), Spider’s Bite (IRE), Bryden Boy (IRE)

 

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

1 Aye Aye Charlie Fergal O’Brien 11st 4lb Paddy Brennan

2 Bedrock (Tongue Strap) Iain Jardine 11st 4lb

3 Better Getalong (IRE) Nicky Richards 11st 4lb Davy Russell

4 Black Op (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Tom George 11st 4lb Noel Fehily

5 Brianstorm (IRE) (Hood) Warren Greatrex 11st 4lb Gavin Sheehan

6 Chosen Path (IRE) Alan King 11st 4lb Wayne Hutchinson

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

8 Euxton Lane (IRE) Oliver Sherwood 11st 4lb Aidan Coleman

9 Kildisart (IRE) Ben Pauling 11st 4lb Daryl Jacob

10 Lostintranslation (IRE) Colin Tizzard 11st 4lb Robbie Power

11 On The Blind Side (IRE) Nicky Henderson 11st 4lb Nico de Boinville

12 Silver Concorde Keith Dalgleish 11st 4lb Brian Hughes

13 Western Ryder (IRE) Warren Greatrex 11st 4lb Richard Johnson

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

 

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

1 Delegate (Tongue Strap) Keith Dalgleish 11st 4lb Brian Hughes

2 Diego du Charmil (FR) (Tongue Strap) Paul Nicholls 11st 4lb Harry Cobden

3 Kauto Riko (FR) Tom Gretton 11st 4lb Robert Dunne

4 Petit Mouchoir (FR) Henry de Bromhead, Ireland 11st 4lb Davy Russell

5 Shantou Rock (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Dan Skelton 11st 4lb Harry Skelton

6 Lady Buttons Philip Kirby 10st 11lb Adam Nicol

 

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

1 Hammersly Lake (FR) Charlie Longsdon 11st 12lb Brian Hughes

2 Wakanda (IRE) Sue Smith 11st 5lb Henry Brooke

3 Oldgrangewood (Tongue Strap) Dan Skelton 11st 3lb Harry Skelton

4 Rocklander (IRE) Tom George 11st 2lb A. P. Heskin

5 Viconte du Noyer (FR) (Tongue Strap) Colin Tizzard 11st 1lb Robbie Power

6 Ibis du Rheu (FR) (Tongue Strap) Paul Nicholls 10st 11lb Sam Twiston-Davies

7 Thomas Patrick (IRE) Tom Lacey 10st 10lb Richard Johnson

8 Casse Tete (FR) Gary Moore 10st 9lb Joshua Moore

9 On Tour (IRE) Evan Williams 10st 8lb Adam Wedge

10 Holly Bush Henry (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Phil Middleton 10st 6lb James Bowen (3)

11 Pearl Swan (FR) (Visor, Tongue Strap) Peter Bowen 10st 5lb Sean Bowen

12 Heist (IRE) (Tongue Strap, Sheepskin C/P) Patrick Griffin, Ireland 10st 4lb A. W. Short (5)

13 Paper Lantern (IRE) (Blinkers) Karl Thornton, Ireland 10st 4lb Donagh Meyler (3)

14 Very First Time Tim Easterby 10st 3lb Danny Cook

15 Bells of Ailsworth (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Tim Vaughan 10st 3lb Alan Johns

16 Clondaw Cian (IRE) (Blinkers) Suzy Smith 10st 2lb Gavin Sheehan

17 Bearly Legal (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Karl Thornton, Ireland 10st 0lb A. E. Lynch

 

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 Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 4m 2f 74y £1,000,000

1 Thunder And Roses (IRE) (Tongue Strap, Sheepskin C/P) M. F. Morris, Ireland 10st 5lb J. J. Slevin

2 Blaklion Nigel Twiston-Davies 11st 10lb Sam Twiston-Davies

3 Anibale Fly (FR) (Tongue Strap) A. J. Martin, Ireland 11st 8lb Barry Geraghty

4 The Last Samuri (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Kim Bailey 11st 8lb David Bass

5 Valseur Lido (FR) Henry de Bromhead, Ireland 11st 7lb Keith Donoghue

6 Total Recall (IRE) W. P. Mullins, Ireland 11st 5lb P. Townend

7 Alpha des Obeaux (FR) (Sheepskin C/P) M. F. Morris, Ireland 11st 4lb Rachael Blackmore

8 Perfect Candidate (IRE) Fergal O’Brien 11st 3lb Alain Cawley

9 Shantou Flyer (IRE) (Visor, Tongue Strap) Richard Hobson 11st 2lb James Bowen

10 Tenor Nivernais (FR) Venetia Williams 11st 1lb Tom O’Brien

11 Carlingford Lough (IRE) John E. Kiely, Ireland 11st 1lb Mark Walsh

12 Vicente (FR) (Hood) Paul Nicholls 11st 0lb Nick Scholfield

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

14 Regal Encore (IRE) Anthony Honeyball 10st 13lb Richie McLernon

15 Vieux Lion Rouge (FR) (Sheepskin C/P) David Pipe 10st 13lb Tom Scudamore

16 Chase The Spud Fergal O’Brien 10st 12lb Paddy Brennan

17 Warriors Tale (Tongue Strap) Paul Nicholls 10st 12lb Sean Bowen

18 Seeyouatmidnight Sandy Thomson 10st 12lb Brian Hughes

19 Gas Line Boy (IRE) (Visor) Ian Williams 10st 11lb Robert Dunne

20 The Dutchman (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Colin Tizzard 10st 11lb Harry Cobden

21 Pleasant Company (IRE) W. P. Mullins, Ireland 10st 11lb David Mullins

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

23 Saint Are (FR) (Blinkers, Tongue Strap) Tom George 10st 10lb A. P. Heskin

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

25 Raz de Maree (FR) Gavin Cromwell, Ireland 10st 9lb Robbie Power

26 I Just Know (IRE) Sue Smith 10st 8lb Danny Cook

27 Virgilio (FR) (Tongue Strap) Dan Skelton 10st 8lb Harry Skelton

28 Baie des Iles (FR) (Sheepskin C/P) Ross O’Sullivan, Ireland 10st 8lb Ms K. Walsh

29 Maggio (FR) (Tongue Strap) Patrick Griffin, Ireland 10st 8lb Brendan Powell

30 Pendra (IRE) (Blinkers, Tongue Strap) Charlie Longsdon 10st 8lb Aidan Coleman

31 Buywise (IRE) Evan Williams 10st 8lb Adam Wedge

32 Childrens List (IRE) W. P. Mullins, Ireland 10st 8lb Jonathan Burke

33 Lord Windermere (IRE) J. Culloty, Ireland 10st 7lb A. E. Lynch

34 Captain Redbeard (IRE) Stuart Coltherd 10st 7lb Sam Coltherd

35 Houblon des Obeaux (FR) (Blinkers) Venetia Williams 10st 7lb Charlie Deutsch

36 Bless The Wings (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Gordon Elliott, Ireland 10st 6lb Jack Kennedy

37 Milansbar (IRE) (Blinkers) Neil King 10st 6lb Bryony Frost

38 Final Nudge (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) David Dennis 10st 6lb Gavin Sheehan

39 Double Ross (IRE) Nigel Twiston-Davies 10st 6lb Tom Bellamy

40 Road To Riches (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Noel Meade, Ireland 10st 5lb Sean Flanagan

41 Minella Rocco (IRE) (Tongue Strap, Sheepskin C/P) Jonjo O’Neill 11st 11lb Non Runner

Reserves

R1 Delusionofgrandeur (IRE) Sue Smith 10st 5lb

R2 Walk In The Mill (FR) Robert Walford 10st 4lb Mr Sam Waley-Cohen

R3 Vintage Clouds (IRE) Sue Smith 10st 4lb

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

 

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

1 Unison (IRE) Jeremy Scott 11st 12lb Robert Hawker (5)

2 Chesterfield (IRE) Seamus Mullins 11st 7lb Daniel Sansom (5)

3 Sternrubin (GER) Philip Hobbs 11st 6lb Sean Houlihan (5)

4 Dear Sire (FR) (Hood) Donald McCain 11st 6lb Lorcan Murtagh (5)

5 Amour de Nuit (IRE) Paul Nicholls 11st 3lb Bryony Frost (3)

6 All Set To Go (IRE) Kevin Frost 11st 2lb

7 Michael’s Mount Ian Williams 11st 0lb James Bowen (3)

8 Solatentif (FR) (Blinkers, Tongue Strap) Colin Tizzard 10st 12lb Richard Patrick (5)

9 High Expectations (FR) Gordon Elliott, Ireland 10st 7lb Donagh Meyler (3)

10 William of Orange (Blinkers, Tongue Strap) Donald McCain 10st 6lb Ryan Day (3)

11 Birch Hill (IRE) (Tongue Strap, Sheepskin C/P) Sophie Leech 10st 5lb Ciaran Gethings

12 Maquisard (FR) Gary Moore 10st 5lb Harry Teal (7)

13 Havana Beat (IRE) Tony Carroll 10st 4lb James Nixon (7)

14 Scheu Time (IRE) (Hood) James A. Nash, Ireland 10st 4lb Ms K. Walsh

15 Final Choice (Sheepskin C/P) Warren Greatrex 10st 3lb Ben Hicks (10)

16 Not That Fuisse (FR) Dan Skelton 10st 0lb Bridget Andrews (3)

17 Broughtons Admiral (Sheepskin C/P) Alastair Ralph 10st 0lb Charlie Hammond (7)

18 Always Resolute (Blinkers) Brian Ellison 10st 0lb Philip Donovan (7)

19 Colwinston (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Miss Suzy Barkley, Ireland 10st 0lb

 

F8.


RANDOX HEALTH GRAND NATIONAL FESTIVAL 2018

RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE

LADIES DAY, FRIDAY, APRIL 13

 

Randox Health Grand National to be broadcast live in the skies and on the seas

 

Saturday’s Randox Health Grand National from Aintree Racecourse in the UK, the most famous Jump race in the world, will be available to watch live for the first time on airlines and cruise liners.

 

Racecourse Media Group (RMG), the UK-based media rights organisation which produces and distributes top-class horseracing, will deliver full global coverage of this amazing spectacle, which will see 40 runners take on 30 unique fences in the four-and-a-quarter mile marathon.

 

In a first for the Randox Health Grand National, the spectacle will be shown live on selected aircraft and ships on 11 airlines and nine cruise lines via the Sport 24 channel.

 

Other broadcasters taking live coverage include ITV (UK), TV3 (Ireland), Dsport (India), SuperSport (South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa), Tellytrack (South Africa), Sky Racing Thoroughbred Channel (Australia), NZ Trackside (New Zealand), TVG and HPI TV (North America) SportsMax (Caribbean), National Sports Channel (Russia), TV Maritim Norge AS (Scandinavia), Equidia Racing (France), Unire (Italy), and Arena (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Serbia).

 

The MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region will be served by live coverage from Dubai Racing Channel.

 

More than 20,000 British troops and personnel serving overseas will be able to enjoy ITV’s coverage of the Randox Health Grand National via British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS), which means the race will be broadcast over 16 time zones including the Middle East, Brunei, Germany, Gibraltar, Cyprus, Falkland Islands, Canada, South Sudan, Somalia and Kenya, as well as on Royal Navy ships at sea.

 

Coverage of the race will be widely available to news outlets across the world via SNTV, the leading sports news video agency, while Trans World Sport will feature the race in its global magazine programme. The race will also form part of the Green Channel’s international horseracing programme, seen in Japan.

 

RMG will also make the fixture available in 30,000 betting shops across more than 40 countries and via 40 online bookmakers, which will be streaming the race. RMG’s TV channel, Racing UK, will also show the race to 50,000 subscribers and in 6,000 pubs and clubs in the UK and Ireland.

 

Radio listeners will enjoy live coverage in the UK courtesy of BBC Radio 5 Live and talkSPORT, while Racing UK Radio, which syndicates audio on behalf of Aintree Racecourse, will distribute to regional, national and international news stations.

 

About Racecourse Media Group (RMG)

 

RMG is the umbrella organisation for the 37 racecourses which hold an interest in Racing UK (Sky 432/Virgin 536 and 411/Freeview and YouView 261), GBI Racing (international betting shop service) and Racecourse Data Company (Joint venture with 57 British racecourses for the licensing and control of Pre-Race Data). For more information, go to www.racecoursemediagroup.com.

 

For media inquiries please contact:               

Seb Vance, RMG PR and Communications Director

T: +44 7810043040 E: seb.vance@racinguk.com

 

 

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RANDOX HEALTH GRAND NATIONAL FESTIVAL 2018

RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE

LADIES DAY, FRIDAY, APRIL 13

 

VICENTE OUT – DELUSIONOFGRANDER COMES IN

 

VICENTE has been declared a non-runner in tomorrow’s Randox Health Grand National. The reason given for the horse’s withdrawal is the going.

 

Vicente will be replaced by the second reserve DELUSIONOFGRANDEUR (8-10-05, McGoldrick Racing/Sue Smith) who takes Vicente’s saddlecloth number – 12. No jockey has yet been announced for Delusionofgrandeur.

 

NON-RUNNERS TOMORROW

 

5.15pm Randox Health Grand National

1 MINELLA ROCCO (IRE) (Self Certificate, Going) – taken out at 10.04am today

Replaced by first reserve THUNDER AND ROSES

 

12 VICENTE (Going) – taken out at 12.15pm today

Replaced by second reserve DELUSIONOFGRANDEUR

 

The deadline for reserves to come into the Randox Health Grand National is 1.00pm today.

 

The deadline for all jockey bookings for the Randox Health Grand National is 1.30pm today.

 

TODAY’S NON-RUNNERS

 

1.45pm Alder Hey Children’s Charity Handicap Hurdle

9 LOUGH DERG SPIRIT (IRE) (Going)

 

2.20pm Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle

11 SIMPLY THE BETTS (IRE) (Going)

15 IRISH ROE (IRE) (Self Certificate, Not Eaten Up)

 

2.50pm Betway Mildmay Novices’ Chase

9 MIA’S STORM (IRE) (Going)

 

4.05pm Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase

6 ART MAURESQUE (FR) (Going)

9 VIBRATO VALTAT (FR) (Self Certificate, Not Eaten Up)

18 HIGHLAND LODGE (IRE) (Vet’s Certificate, Abscess)

 

 

 

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RANDOX HEALTH GRAND NATIONAL FESTIVAL 2018

RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE

LADIES DAY, FRIDAY, APRIL 13

 

BEEVES OUT – WALK IN THE MILL COMES IN

 

BEEVES was announced at 12.46pm as the third non-runner in the 2018 Randox Health Grand National.

 

The third reserve WALK IN THE MILL now comes into tomorrow’s £1-million spectacular, taking Beeves’ saddlecloth number of 24.

 

NON-RUNNERS TOMORROW

 

5.15pm Randox Health Grand National

1 MINELLA ROCCO (IRE) (Self Certificate, Going) – taken out at 10.04am today

Replaced by first reserve THUNDER AND ROSES (10-10-05 Gigginstown House Stud/Mouse Morris IRE/J J Slevin)

 

12 VICENTE (Going) – taken out at 12.15pm today

Replaced by second reserve DELUSIONOFGRANDEUR (8-10-05 McGoldrick Racing 3/Sue Smith/Henry Brooke)

 

24 BEEVES (IRE) (Going) – taken out at 12.46pm today

Replaced by third reserve WALK IN THE MILL (8-10-04 Baroness Harding/Robert Walford/Mr Sam Waley-Cohen)

 

The deadline for reserves to come into the Randox Health Grand National was 1.00pm today. As that deadline has now passed, the fourth reserve, VINTAGE CLOUDS, will not be utilised and is a non-runner.

 

The deadline for all jockey bookings for the Randox Health Grand National is 1.30pm today.

 

TODAY’S NON-RUNNERS

 

1.45pm Alder Hey Children’s Charity Handicap Hurdle

9 LOUGH DERG SPIRIT (IRE) (Going)

 

2.20pm Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle

11 SIMPLY THE BETTS (IRE) (Going)

15 IRISH ROE (IRE) (Self Certificate, Not Eaten Up)

 

2.50pm Betway Mildmay Novices’ Chase

9 MIA’S STORM (IRE) (Going)

 

4.05pm Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase

6 ART MAURESQUE (FR) (Going)

9 VIBRATO VALTAT (FR) (Self Certificate, Not Eaten Up)

18 HIGHLAND LODGE (IRE) (Vet’s Certificate, Abscess)

 

 

 

 

 

 

F14.

 

RANDOX HEALTH GRAND NATIONAL FESTIVAL 2018

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AINTREE, LADIES DAY, FRIDAY, APRIL 13

 

10/1 THE FIELD IN NATIONAL

 

Anibale Fly, Blaklion and Total Recall are the 10/1 co-favourites of three for tomorrow’s £1 million Randox Health Grand National with Betway, official betting partner of the Randox Health Grand National Festival.

 

Top-weight Minella Rocco (20/1) has been taken out of the race which means 50/1 shot Thunder And Roses now gets into the race as the first reserve.

 

There has been support for two outsiders ahead of the world’s richest chase, which will take place at 5.15pm tomorrow. Sue Smith trained the winner of the Randox Health Grand National in 2012 when Auroras Encore romped to victory at odds of 66/1 and she will be hoping for a big run from I Just Know.

 

The eight-year-old, who was successful in the North Yorkshire Grand National at Catterick in January, has been cut to 20/1 (from 22/1) by Betway.

 

There has also been solid each-way support for the Fergal O’Brien-trained Chase The Spud and the 2017 Midlands Grand National winner is now a 40/1 chance (from 50/1).

 

“It’s impossible to split Anibale Fly, Blaklion and Total Recall at the head of the market at the moment and the deciding factor as to who goes off Grand National favourite could well be the amount of rain that falls at Aintree between now and Saturday,” said Betway’s Alan Alger.

 

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).

 

Randox Health Grand National – Betway bet: 10/1 Anibale Fly, Blaklion, Total Recall; 12/1 Tiger Roll; 16/1 Baie Des Iles, Seeyouatmidnight; 18/1 The Last Samuri, Ucello Conti; 20/1 (from 22/1) I Just Know; 25/1 Captain Redbeard, The Dutchman, Vieux Lion Rouge; 28/1 Gas Line Boy, Pleasant Company, Regal Encore; 33/1 Alpha Des Obeaux, Milansbar, Raz De Maree, Shantou Flyer, Vicente; 40/1 (from 50/1) Chase The Spud; 40/1 Carlingford Lough, Final Nudge, Houblon Des Obeaux, Warriors Tale; 50/1 Bless The Wings, Buywise, Childrens List, Road To Riches, Saint Are, Thunder And Roses; Valseur Lido; 66/1 Lord Windermere, Pendra, Perfect Candidate, Virgilio; 80/1 Beeves, Double Ross, Maggio, Tenor Nivernais.

 

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

 

F7.

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: 6/4 Under 14 Finishers; 5/2 14-16 horses (inc.) to finish; 11/8 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)

 

Randox Health Grand National: Special – Betway bet: 10/1 Female jockey to be ride the winner

 

Randox Health Grand National: Best Placed Female Jockey – Betway bet: 11/10 Katie Walsh; 2/1 Bryony Frost; 11/4 Rachael Blackmore

 

 

 

 

 

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AINTREE, LADIES DAY, FRIDAY, APRIL 13

 

 

PUNTERS GO WITH THE FLOS

 

 

It’s been a brisk morning in the Betway offices as the firm, which is the official betting partner of the Randox Health Grand National Festival, prepares itself for the second day of the meeting, Ladies Day.

 

In the Grade One Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle (2.20pm), the Colin Tizzard-trained Vision Des Flos has been well backed to give the trainer his second victory of the meeting following Finian’s Oscar’s success in the Big Buck’s Celebration Manifesto Novices’ Chase yesterday. The five-year-old is now the 11/4 second favourite (from 5/1) with the sponsor.

 

In the Grade One Betway Mildmay Novices’ Chase (2.50pm), another Colin Tizzard inmate, in the shape of Elegant Escape, has been backed into 4/1 (from 11/2).

 

Min has been all the rage in the Grade One JLT Melling Chase (3.25pm) and has consolidated his position at the head of the market. The Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-old is now 11/10 (from 6/4) with Betway.

 

The big race over the Grand National fences this afternoon is the Randox Health Topham Chase (4.05pm). The Fergal O’Brien-trained Mystifiable has been very well-backed for the Grade Three contest and is now an 11/1 shot (from 25/1).

 

One of the best-backed horses in the day comes in the Weatherbys Racing Bank Bumper (5.15pm) where the Oliver Sherwood-trained Severano is now the 5/1 second favourite, having been a 9/1 shot this morning.

 

 

2.20pm: The Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle – 11/4 (from 5/1) Vision Des Flos

 

2.50pm: The Betway Mildmay Novices’ Chase – 4/1 (from 11/2) Elegant Escape

 

3.25pm: The JLT Melling Chase – 11/10 (from 6/4) Min

 

4.05pm: The Randox Health Topham Chase – 11/1 (from 25/1) Mystifiable

 

5.15pm: The Weatherbys Racing Bank Bumper – 5/1 (from 9/1) Severano

 

 

 

F15.


 

GRAND NATIONAL COURSE GOING NOW

HEAVY, SOFT IN PLACES

 

 

Andrew Tulloch, Clerk of the Course at Aintree, has changed at 11.55am the going description on the Grand National course to Heavy, Soft in places.

 

Following five millimetres of rain this morning between 4.00am and 11.00am the ground is:

 

Mildmay & Hurdle courses – Soft (from Soft, Good to Soft in places)

Grand National course – Heavy, Soft in places (from Soft, Heavy on the Canal Turn)

 

The GoingStick readings at 10am were:

 

Grand National course: 3.9

Mildmay & Hurdle courses: 5.0

 

“The rain starting coming in at 4.00am and it was just a steady, constant fall. That cleared through by 10.00am and we have had drizzle since.

 

“The Mildmay and Hurdle courses are soft and the Grand National course is now heavy, soft in places. The Grand National course was used yesterday, but the fences look fantastic.

 

“The ground is going to ride on the easier side, but hopefully the rain should clear through. We should be dry tonight and tomorrow.

 

“We might even see a bit of sunshine for the Randox Health Grand National tomorrow.

 

“Last night it was lovely ground before we had that bit of rain, so we do need it to stop raining.

 

“The temperatures are still only around 12 to 13 degrees which is low for April.

 

“We’re here on Ladies Day, part of the Randox Health Grand National Festival, and we’re looking forward to a great day of racing and a great atmosphere.

 

“There were some great finishes and some excellent racing yesterday. To start a meeting with quality racing like we had yesterday is great.”

 

 


 


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AINTREE, LADIES DAY, FRIDAY, APRIL 13

 

GREY, SEVEN-YEAR-OLD MARE BIDS TO CONFOUND THE STATS FOR ROSS AND KATIE

 

Katie Walsh and her mount Baie Des Iles will bid to confound a heap of statistics when lining up in tomorrow’s Randox Health Grand National.

 

Walsh brushed aside the trends odds that are stacked against her and Baie Des Iles, but consider the facts: no woman has won the race, and only 13 mares have been successful, the most recent to win it being Nickel Coin in 1951.

 

Only three greys have triumphed – The Lamb in 1868 and 1871, Nicolaus Silver in 1961 and Neptune Collonges in 2012 – and the last seven-year-old to win was Bogskar in 1940.

 

Baie Des Iles is trained by Walsh’s husband, Ross O’Sullivan. Only one husband and wife team have run a horse in the Randox Health Grand National, and that was Richard and Carrie Ford, whose Forest Gunner was fifth in 2005.

 

Walsh said: “We’re a small operation, and to have a runner in the Irish National or the Grand National is great.

 

“I don’t pay much attention to stats. How many seven-year-olds have run in it? How many seven-year-old mares have run in it? I couldn’t tell you, but if you’re not in you can’t win.

 

“We might tip up at the first fence and the dream could be dead, so you have to enjoy the occasion and we’re having a ball.

 

“We had a lot of quick ground in the spring last year, and she likes a bit of cut, so we left off her for a while – she was six, and therefore wasn’t qualified to run in the Grand National last year. After she ran in the National Trial [at Punchestown in February, finished third having won the race 12 months’ earlier] – and given the spring we’ve been having, although you could hardly call it spring – we thought the ground might remain soft enough to run at Aintree.”

 

 

FOUR-YEAR-OLD MALONE ROAD SELLS FOR £325,000 AT AINTREE SALE

 

Racehorse owners David and Patricia Thompson landed the £325,000 top lot at yesterday evening’s Goffs UK Aintree Sale, held in the winner’s enclosure after racing.

 

Bloodstock agent Tom Malone represented the Thompsons, and brought the auctioneer’s hammer down before revealing the gelding will go into training with Gordon Elliott. Best known as owners of Cheveley Park Stud in Newmarket, Malone Road’s new owners are keen followers of the Randox Health Grand National, and the 1992 winner Party Politics ran in Mrs Thompson’s colours. Earlier this week they bought Seeyouatmidnight, who will run in her name in tomorrow’s big race.

 

Malone Road advertised his ability when winning a point-to-point at Loughanmore in Ireland recently for trainer Stuart Crawford and his then owner/breeder, Jane Buchanan, sister of former Jump jockey Peter Buchanan.

 

Tom Malone, who during the afternoon’s racing at Aintree watched Finian’s Oscar land the G1 Big Buck’s Celebration Manifesto Novices’ Chase and become the latest Grade One winner he has picked out at auction, said: “I couldn’t have been more impressed with this horse’s point-to-point win. He missed the last three fences and still won on the bridle. His two winning brothers didn’t reach the track until they were five, which bodes well for this horse.”

 

Twenty-four horses were offered for sale by Goffs UK, and 19 found a buyer, creating turnover of £2,417,000. The average went up 15% to £115,095, while the median gained 16% at £100,000.

 

Other notable sales during the evening included one of £250,000 for the four-year-old gelding Champagne Platinum, who was trained by Roisin Hickey to win an Irish point at Quakerstown. Ciaran McManus, son of leading owner J P McManus, lowered the hammer for this one, who had been bought as an unbroken three-year-old last year for €35,000.

 

The most highly-valued filly was Little Light, another Irish pointing winner, and sold for £200,000 to agent Aiden Murphy, who said he was acting for former amateur rider J P Magnier.

 

Colin Tizzard, Finian’s Oscar’s trainer, invested £170,000 in Faustinovick, a recent pointing winner for Ellmarie Holden’s stable, and Tizzard’s fellow West Country trainer, Anthony Honeyball, gained Tara West for £100,000. She had beaten Little Light on her only start, yet sold for exactly half the amount of the beaten horse; such are the whims of the market.

 

Donald McCain’s £110,000 bid gained him Gaelik Coast, while agent Anthony Bromley secured the most valued of four British pointers, Eurobot, who made £105,000. A winner in Gloucestershire on Sunday on his racing debut for Warwickshire trainer Tom Ellis, Eurobot was a son of the Welsh National-winning mare L’Aventure.

 

SISTERS IN ARMS LOOK FORWARD TO RANDOX HEALTH GRAND NATIONAL

 

Katie Walsh, Bryony Frost and Rachael Blackmore met at The Chair ahead of racing today to brief the press ahead of their rides in tomorrow’s Randox Health Grand National.

 

Frost, who rides Milansbar for trainer Neil King, said: “Twelve months ago I rode over this fence when finishing fourth on Pacha Du Polder in the Foxhunters’ Chase, and now I’m about to go out in the National on Milansbar. The build-up to the race isn’t affecting me at all – you’re here, living in the moment and doing a job you love doing. It’s a privilege.”

 

Asked about media interest in her, Frost said: “I am who I am and you guys [the press] are running with us. I’m a woman but I can’t change it, and so we’re a little bit different, but it’s nice to let people into your world, so you get on and do it.

 

“I’m just concentrating on the job in hand and taking each ride as it comes. I won’t be thinking about the National ride until after I’ve ridden Black Corton this afternoon. It’s going to be a war of attrition out here on this ground, but you just have to deal with it.

 

“Milansbar is big, he jumps great and he comes alive when he sees a fence. I’m hoping he’ll bowl on down to this [The Chair] and get the adrenalin buzz I’m getting. We’ll try to jump positively, but we have to go four and a bit miles, which is a long way, so want to get into a rhythm, whether it be in front or fifteenth.”

 

Walsh, who rides Baie Des Iles, trained by her husband Ross O’Sullivan, said: “I’ve been involved in the build-up before and there’s always great excitement. I’m delighted to be part of it, thrilled that Rachael and Bryony are part of it too, and you have to enjoy these occasions. I know it’s serious and this is a big deal, but we’re privileged to be part of it. The top lads have a ride in it every year, but for the rest of us the chance doesn’t come too often.

 

“I’m realistic, and anything could happen. It could be over in a flash and that’s the reality of it, so we’ll see what happens. I would just like a good clear stab at it. Over the first few fences, you are just looking for your own little area with a little bit of room and a bit of light. You get over the first and you’re looking for the second, and you take it fence by fence. I’m loving the rain because my mare loves a bit of soft ground.”

 

Blackmore, who rides Alpha Des Obeaux for Mouse Morris, said: “I’m really looking forward to the ride and its fingers crossed – it’s very exciting to be part of it.

 

“The last few nights my only worry was how to get here with the price of flights [from Ireland], but I’ve been looking at previous Grand Nationals and watching them and I’ll speak to Mouse to see what he wants me to do. I know you need a lot of luck round here.”


 

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Reserves to appear at the base of tomorrow’s Randox Health Grand National Racecard

 

It has been agreed by the BHA and Aintree – for the 2018 Randox Health Grand National – that where a reserve runs, following a withdrawal before 1.00pm on Friday, April 13, that horse will appear at the base of the racecard, and shall carry the racecard number of the horse they replaced.

 

This in order to ensure that the runners and riders remain listed in order of weight carried, as opposed to saddle cloth number, to avoid confusion for all those who are following the race.

 

This means that:

 

THUNDER AND ROSES (IRE) will appear as the 38th horse in the racecard order, and carry saddle cloth number 1, following the withdrawal of Minella Rocco.

 

DELUSIONOFGRANDER will appear as the 39th horse in the racecard order, and will carry saddle cloth number 12, following the withdrawal of Vicente.

 

WALK IN THE MILL will appear as the 40th horse in the racecard order, and will carry saddle cloth number 24, following the withdrawal of Beeves.

 

The 2018 Randox Health Grand National Racecard

2 Blaklion Nigel Twiston-Davies 11st 10lb Sam Twiston-Davies

3 Anibale Fly (FR) (Tongue Strap) A. J. Martin, Ireland 11st 8lb Barry Geraghty

4 The Last Samuri (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Kim Bailey 11st 8lb David Bass

5 Valseur Lido (FR) Henry de Bromhead, Ireland 11st 7lb Keith Donoghue

6 Total Recall (IRE) W. P. Mullins, Ireland 11st 5lb P. Townend

7 Alpha des Obeaux (FR) (Sheepskin C/P) M. F. Morris, Ireland 11st 4lb Rachael Blackmore

8 Perfect Candidate (IRE) Fergal O’Brien 11st 3lb Alain Cawley

9 Shantou Flyer (IRE) (Visor, Tongue Strap) Richard Hobson 11st 2lb James Bowen

10 Tenor Nivernais (FR) Venetia Williams 11st 1lb Tom O’Brien

11 Carlingford Lough (IRE) John E. Kiely, Ireland 11st 1lb Mark Walsh

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

14 Regal Encore (IRE) Anthony Honeyball 10st 13lb Richie McLernon

15 Vieux Lion Rouge (FR) (Sheepskin C/P) David Pipe 10st 13lb Tom Scudamore

16 Chase The Spud Fergal O’Brien 10st 12lb Paddy Brennan

17 Warriors Tale (Tongue Strap) Paul Nicholls 10st 12lb Sean Bowen

18 Seeyouatmidnight Sandy Thomson 10st 12lb Brian Hughes

19 Gas Line Boy (IRE) (Visor) Ian Williams 10st 11lb Robert Dunne

20 The Dutchman (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Colin Tizzard 10st 11lb Harry Cobden

21 Pleasant Company (IRE) W. P. Mullins, Ireland 10st 11lb David Mullins

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

23 Saint Are (FR) (Blinkers, Tongue Strap) Tom George 10st 10lb A. P. Heskin

25 Raz de Maree (FR) Gavin Cromwell, Ireland 10st 9lb Robbie Power

26 I Just Know (IRE) Sue Smith 10st 8lb Danny Cook

27 Virgilio (FR) (Tongue Strap) Dan Skelton 10st 8lb Harry Skelton

28 Baie des Iles (FR) (Sheepskin C/P) Ross O’Sullivan, Ireland 10st 8lb Ms K. Walsh

29 Maggio (FR) (Tongue Strap) Patrick Griffin, Ireland 10st 8lb Brendan Powell

30 Pendra (IRE) (Blinkers, Tongue Strap) Charlie Longsdon 10st 8lb Aidan Coleman

31 Buywise (IRE) Evan Williams 10st 8lb Adam Wedge

32 Childrens List (IRE) W. P. Mullins, Ireland 10st 8lb Jonathan Burke

33 Lord Windermere (IRE) J. Culloty, Ireland 10st 7lb A. E. Lynch

34 Captain Redbeard (IRE) Stuart Coltherd 10st 7lb Sam Coltherd

35 Houblon des Obeaux (FR) (Blinkers) Venetia Williams 10st 7lb Charlie Deutsch

36 Bless The Wings (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Gordon Elliott, Ireland 10st 6lb Jack Kennedy

37 Milansbar (IRE) (Blinkers) Neil King 10st 6lb Bryony Frost

38 Final Nudge (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) David Dennis 10st 6lb Gavin Sheehan

39 Double Ross (IRE) Nigel Twiston-Davies 10st 6lb Tom Bellamy

40 Road To Riches (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Noel Meade, Ireland 10st 5lb Sean Flanagan Reserves

R1 Thunder And Roses (IRE) (Tongue Strap, Sheepskin C/P) M. F. Morris, Ireland 10st 5lb J. J. Slevin

R12 Delusionofgrandeur (IRE) Sue Smith 10st 5lb Henry Brooke

R24 Walk In The Mill (FR) Robert Walford 10st 4lb Mr Sam Waley-Cohen

F22.

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LADIES DAY, FRIDAY, APRIL 13 2018

 

GRAND NATIONAL LANDMARKS: HORSES

 

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

 

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

 

Location: 16 of the 40 horses in Saturday’s Randox Health Grand National are trained in Ireland, 21 are trained in England, two in Scotland (Captain Redbeard, Stuart Coltherd/Sam Coltherd; Seeyouatmidnight (Sandy Thomson/Brian Hughes) and one in Wales – Buywise (Evan Williams/Adam Wedge). Scotland took last year’s race with the Lucinda Russell-trained One For Arthur, but Wales’s last winner was Kirkland in 1905.

 

Country of birth: 23 of the horses in the 2018 Randox Health Grand National were bred in Ireland, 13 in France and just four in Britain (Blaklion, Chase The Spud, Warriors Tale and Seeyouatmidnight).

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

STAR SIGNS OF THE GRAND NATIONAL RUNNERS

 

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

 

 

Aquarius: Chase The Spud

 

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

 

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

 

Taurus: Perfect Candidate, Regal Encore, Gas Line Boy, Buywise, Captain Redbeard, Final Nudge, Walk In The Mill

 

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


 

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AINTREE, LADIES DAY, FRIDAY, APRIL 13

 

LACEY JETS EVER UPWARDS

 

Trainer Tom Lacey scored the biggest success of his career to date when Jester Jet won the Grade Three £75,000 Alder Hey Children’s Charity Handicap Hurdle, the opening race of Ladies Day, the second day of the Randox Health Grand National Festival.

 

The eight-year-old mare was ridden by Robbie Dunne. She won by three-quarters of a length from Eaton Hill at odds of 20/1.

 

It was a first Aintree winner for Lacey, who trains near Ledbury in Herefordshire.

 

He said: “It was a super performance. Robbie said she was full of running.

 

“I was a bit nervous of bringing her when the ground got soft – we had her in the three-mile race  but when the ground got soft we decided to run in this [over two miles four furlongs]. She ran very well for a long way over further at Kempton on soft ground. We thought that if she could run like that here, she’d be close enough.”

 

Lacey has made his reputation producing young horses and selling them on. He explained: “We still have 15-20 young horses to race and sell and 15-20 older horses to race; the young horses allow me to do this. We’ve had an incredible season; everything has dropped into place.”

 

Discussing Jester Jet, he said: “She’s pretty straightforward. Michelle has ridden her every day since she [Jester Jet] first walked on to the yard. She’s lovely and if they were all as easy as her, it would be alright!”

 

JESTER LAUGHS AT HER RIVALS

 

The Tom Lacey-trained Jester Jet powered through the prevailing soft ground at Aintree this afternoon to land the Grade Three Alder Hey Children’s Charity Handicap Hurdle by three quarters of a length.

 

The 20/1 shot was always travelling powerfully for jockey Robbie Dunne and the pair hit the front just after the penultimate hurdle. Jester Jet jumped the last a length clear and then dug deep to repel the challenge of runner-up Eaton Hill on the run-in.

 

Dunne was delighted with the performance of the eight-year-old mare after the race.

 

“She’s been very good this year,” said the jockey.

 

“I was very confident that she would run a big race as the last day was a very good run and she’s proven on the ground.

 

“They went a really good gallop which suited me nicely. They were stacking up turning for home, which is why I went round the outside.

 

“I just sneaked up behind them and then, going to the second last, I knew she’d stay on well. It’s very soft out there but I wouldn’t say it’s heavy. It could get worse though as the day goes on.”

 

Dunne also had news of his Randox Health Grand National mount Gas Line Boy, who Dunne partnered to finish fifth behind One For Arthur last year.

 

“To be honest, Gas Line Boy doesn’t really get the National trip even though he loves the fences,” opined Dunne.

 

“He will get through the ground but, on heavy ground, will he get the trip? Last year was the first time I’d ridden him and I learned a few things so hopefully that should stand me in good stead.

 

“I’m really looking forward to it – it should be a great race.”

 

NO HILL HIGH ENOUGH FOR EATON

 

Trainer Kerry Lee was pleased with the performance of Eaton Hill (20/1), who stayed on strongly under Jamie Moore to finish a three-quarter length second to 20/1 winner Jester Jet, trained by Tom Lacey, in the Alder Hey Children’s Charity Handicap Hurdle, the first race on day two, Ladies Day, of the Randox Health Grand National Festival.

 

Lee said: “Eaton Hill has run a great race. He was 2lb out of the handicap and we weren’t even sure at one stage if he would even get into the race, but he did us proud and kept on really well.

 

“He travelled nicely throughout and I think he is even better on better ground.

 

“He will run a few more times this season and we’re looking forward to running him.”

 

Jamie Moore added: “He ran well and travelling nicely throughout.

 

“He made a slight mistake at the third last, but we were beaten by the better horse.”

 

1.45pm Alder Hey Children’s Charity Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

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

2 EATON HILL (Mr & Mrs J H Watson) Kerry Lee 6-10-00 Jamie Moore 20/1

3 WHO DARES WINS (HP Racing Who Dares Wins) Alan King 6-11-11 Wayne Hutchinson 13/2 Fav

4 WILDE BLUE YONDER (Maybe Only Fools Have Horses) Alan King 9-10-08 Tom Cannon 14/1

 

Distances: ¾, ¾, hd

Tote Win: £21.90 Places :£3.90, £5.50, £1.70, £3.40 Exacta:£451.90

 

WHO DARES WINS COULD BECOME A MULTI-TASKER

 

There was no place for shirkers in today’s 19-runner Alder Hey Children’s Charity Handicap Hurdle, as witnessed by mud-splattered horses and jockeys following the race.

 

Victory on the rain-softened ground went to Jester Jet (20/1), who beat Eaton Hill (20/1), and the stablemates Who Dares Wins (13/2 f) and Wilde Blue Yonder (14/1). The distances were three-quarters of a length and the same, with a head back to the fourth.

 

Alan King, who trains Who Dares Wins and Wilde Blue Yonder, looked pleased with their gallant efforts, and, having run Who Dares Wins in today’s hurdle race, spoke of future Flat races and chases for the six-year-old.

 

King said: “They both produced great runs, but it was probably just the weight that stopped Who Dares Wins. He’s run a helluva of a race so I’m thrilled with him, and eleven stone eleven pounds in this ground is very tough.

 

“He will go Chester Cup next, and he could just be a very exciting novice chaser next season.

 

“Wilde Blue Yonder has had all sorts of injuries, but today’s run shows he still retains a lot of ability.”

 

GOING AFTER THE FIRST

 

Robbie Dunne, jockey of the winner, 20/1 Jester Jet, said: “It is soft – I wouldn’t call it heavy.”

 

Jamie Moore, rider of the three quarters of a length second, Eaton Hill, said: “Soft.”

 

Wayne Hutchinson, partner of 13/2 favourite and third Who Dares Wins, said: “Soft.”

 

Tom Cannon, on board fourth home Wilde Blue Yonder, said: “Soft.”

 

James Bowen, on board Jenkins, said: “It is soft but they are getting through it.”

 

Miss Isobel Williams, jockey of Court Minstrel, said: “Soft.”

 

Barry Geragthy, on board Ivanovich Gorbatov, said: “Very soft.”

 

Bridget Andrews, rider of Spiritofthe games, said: “Very soft.”

 

Harry Cobden, partner of Storm Home, said: “Very soft.”

 

Harry Skelton, jockey of Three Musketeers, said: “Soft to heavy.”

 

Mr Lorcan Williams, rider of Zubayr, said: “Deep and hard work.

 

Brian Hughes, rider of Project Bluebook, said: “Soft.”

 

David Mullins, partner of Grand Partner, said: “Soft, beautiful ground.”

 

Mark Walsh, rider of Massini’s Trap, said: “Proper soft ground.”

 

Tom Scudamore, jockey of Eamon An Cnoic, said: “Very soft.”

 

Daniel Sansom, rider of Landin, said: “Soft.”

 

Nico de Boinville, partner of Cyrius Moriviere, said: “Soft and very hard work.”

 

Ciaran Gethings, jockey of Sumkindofking, said: “Very soft.”

 

Jamie Hamilton, on board Cornborough, said: “Very deep.”


 

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LALOR PAYS SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO RICHARD WOOLLACOTT

 

Lalor, who was bought and trained by the late Richard Woollacott, paid him a fitting tribute when winning today’s G1 Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle.

 

Ridden by Richard Johnson, he became a first Grade One winner for Woollacott’s widow, Kayley, who took over the trainer’s licence after her husband took his life in January. Twelve months ago today Lalor won the Weatherbys Private Bank Bumper which closes the card, and he has the size and scope to win at Aintree over fences in the future.

 

Lalor (14/1) beat Vision Des Flos (11/4) and Bedrock (33/1) by two lengths, half a length and three-quarters of a length.

 

The winning trainer, stifling tears and waves of emotion, said: “It’s unbelievable – I don’t know how that just happened. It’s an emotional day, but I had a little help from up above.

 

“This was a really special horse for me and Richard. We loved the horse from the moment he came to our yard.

 

“He will jump fences one day. He is a chaser in the making. Richard went to look at him at [trainer] Stewart Kittow’s and came back and said ‘I’ve got to have this horse – we’ve got to find a way of having him’. He was big, beautiful, a bit gormless, backward, but lovely, and we’ve always been excited about him.

 

“Richard [Johnson] came back in and said the track and the two long straights really suit him. He jumped much better than in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury. We’ve done a lot of schooling since then and he loves it here.

 

“The horse has kept everything going, and me on the straight and narrow. Having horses like him in the yard make you want to do it, and the owners [Mr and Mrs David Staddon] have stuck by me and been so loyal and so good. It’s worked out.

 

“I did say earlier I just want to go home. Racing is one of the toughest games, but over the last few months it has also shown how supportive it can be. They [racing people] really get behind you and help you, and have helped me find my feet.

 

“I thought that if he had run and been beaten today we would have a novice for next season and with plenty of experience – now we will have to go back to the drawing board.”

 

LALOR STEALS SHOW FOR JOHNSON

 

The Kayley Woollacott-trained Lalor (14/1) recorded a game success in the G1 Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle under Richard Johnson.

 

The six-year-old son of Gino jumped well throughout the extended two-mile event and kept on resolutely in the closing stages under Britain’s champion Jump jockey to score by two and a half lengths from Colin Tizzard’s 11/4 shot Vision Des Flos in second.

 

Lalor landed the Weatherbys Private Bank Bumper at last year’s Randox Health Grand National Festival under Richard Johnson for Woollacott’s husband Richard, who died in January, with Kayley subsequently taking over the training license.

 

A delighted Johnson said: “We were slightly concerned about the ground being soft for Lalor and he won at the meeting last year on good ground.

 

“He has run some nice races this year, but didn’t really perform in the Betfair Hurdle [finished 13th] last time.

 

“However, if you forget about that run, he had every chance. He has come back here and proved himself.

 

“The course here really suits him, as it allows him to get into a nice rhythm.

 

“He stays well and when I got to the front at two out, I thought he would keep galloping as he is so straightforward.

 

“It is hard to put it into words [how special this is]. Lalor was Richard’s first big winner literally on this day last year, so for the horse to come here and do it again for the family in Richard’s memory is fantastic.

 

“It was very sad what happened to Richard and a shock to everyone full stop. Lalor is the horse that got them going and hopefully he can keep their name in lights for a long time to come.

 

“With the way things have worked out, I haven’t sat on Lalor since this day last year. We said, tongue in cheek, that it would lovely to repeat last year’s performance today, so I said that I would ride him realistically in the same sort of way – reasonably handy, with a bit of room, because he is a very big horse and stays really well.”

 

OWNERS LOOK TO NEXT YEAR WITH VISION

 

The Colin Tizzard-trained Vision Des Flos stayed on late in the day to snatch the runner-up spot from Bedrock behind the two-and-a-half length winner in the Grade One Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree this afternoon.

 

The 11/4 second favourite looked to be booked for third place as the 13-strong field jumped the final fence but jockey Robbie Power managed to get the five-year-old to renew his effort on the run-in to pass Bedrock, who finished a further three-quarters of a length back in third.

 

Judy Cusimano, of owners Ann and Alan Potts Limited, said: “We thought he ran a cracking race, and we thought he had really improved from Cheltenham to now.

 

“We brought the distance back to two miles and we thought he ran really well. He’s a very young horse (five) so who knows what’s to come? I would have thought that is his final run of this season, though.”

 

Jockey Ross Chapman, who rode 33/1 chance Bedrock, thought the ground found the Iain Jardine-trained gelding out in the final stages of the race.

 

“He gave me a real good spin,” said the jockey.

 

“He probably wants a bit better ground. He travelled there lovely and I got to them easy enough but he couldn’t quite pick up on this soft ground. I’d imagine, on better ground, he’ll go on and win now.”

 

2.20pm Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)

 

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

2 VISION DES FLOS (Ann & Alan Potts Limited) Colin Tizzard 5-11-04 Robbie Power 11/4

3 BEDROCK (The Risk Takers Partnership) Iain Jardine 5-11-04 Ross Chapman 33/1

5/2 Fav Global Citizen (6th)

 

Distances: 2½, ¾

Tote Win: £16.70 Places: £4.20, £1.50, £6.10 Exacta: £62.00


 

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Quotes from today’s Grand Women’s summit held at Aintree Racecourse

 

The Grand Women’s Summit was held at Aintree Racecourse for the fourth time today.

 

The panel discussed a variety of issues:

Participation and engagement in sport

Mental health in sport

Harassment and bullying

TV Coverage

Gender Pay Gap

 

Rose Patterson, Chairman of Aintree Racecourse, said when opening the Grand Women’s Summit: ‘I am thrilled to have you all here at Aintree Racecourse. We have got a good chance 2018 will be the year a woman takes the Grand National title!’

Judy Denman, Women in Racing, added: “I am thrilled to have you all at the fourth Grand Women’s Summit”

 

Quotes

Sam Quek (Presenter, GB hockey player & Aintree Racecourse Ambassador) on how she became sporty at a young age “Growing up with a twin and older brother meant I had to get involved in sport and activity or I’d sit on my own, I didn’t have a problem with getting stuck into everything.”

Jo Pavey MBE (Athlete) on growing up: “I felt frustrated that I had to watch by brothers play sport at the weekend and I couldn’t take part, but that all changed when I started long distance running in secondary school.

“Later in life when I realised I wanted to try to become an athlete, I was too embarrassed to tell people I gave up my job to become an athlete, so my husband and I went away and trained in the most beautiful places so we could say we gave up our jobs to go travelling. I found after having a baby that qualify family time and training time led to my best of my performances”

 

Participation and engagement in sport – how do we get young girls into sport?

Jo Pavey “We need to remove judgement.”

Sam Quek “We need to shine a light on our role models and we need to make being sweaty and red faces cool.”

Sally Nugent (BBC Breakfast presenter): “Women in sport get judged off the field more than men.”

Vicky Gosling OBE (CEO British Ski and Snowboard; Custodian Rugby Centurions; CEO Invictus Games 2016; Head of Global Impact Auden; Strategic Advisor to Invictus Games UK Team) “I hid my pregnancy as I didn’t want colleagues to think I couldn’t do my job, which I knew I could.”

 

Do you believe in MeToo campaign?

Sam Quek “Yes and especially when men stand up too, it really makes a difference (used Andy Murray example in Rio re Serena Williams).”

 

Social media

Jo Pavey “Social media can be so helpful and can spread positivity but also can be very negative too.”

Vicky Gosling “Onus is on those who are successful to be using social media correctly.”

Sam Quek “It is such a business, I have work Sam which I show online and then home Sam which I keep to myself.”

 

Gender paygap

Jo Pavey: “it has been ok in my athletics career, but still a long way to go across the board.”

Vicky Gosling on negotiating: “Because it still isn’t transparent, as a women, It is so hard to negotiate, I’ve been blessed in the military as there are pay scales so have been lucky in that sense.”

Sam Quek “Opportunities are still minimal for women in sports presenting so there needs to be more opportunities across the board. It comes to exposure, the bigger you are in media and the more followers you have on social platforms the more you are wanted and the more you are paid.”

 

Other

Lucinda Russell (Trainer) “Great to be here today with all these fantastic women, thank you for having me.”

Sam Quek on The Development award: “I’m a proud ambassador for this award, we need to help these young female jockeys get a ride so they can go on and win the prize to help their career.”

Laura Wright then sang two songs and jockey Katie Walsh led a course walk.

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HENDERSON’S TERRIFIC WEEK CONTINUES

 

Nicky Henderson’s success with Terrefort in the Grade One Betway Mildmay Novices’ Chase was his fourth Grade One win of the 2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival so far. Yesterday (Thursday), We Have A Dream took the Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle, Might Bite won the Betway Bowl and L’Ami Serge scored in the Betway Aintree Hurdle.

 

Terrefort, ridden by Daryl Jacob for owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede, was the 3/1 favourite and beat Ms Parfois by three and three-quarter lengths.

 

Henderson said: “He’s only five, but we moved him up to three miles for the first time today. He was the one horse we came here today with confident that he would like the ground. He’s had a very busy time – he came to us at Christmas and I think he had already had 12 runs before that in France. He surprised me a lot even at Huntingdon the first time, so imagine how surprised I am now that he has won two Grade Ones!

 

“He shows nothing at home, absolutely zero. I sent him to Huntingdon for a little handicap the first time and was amazed [he beat Red Rum Chase winner Bentelimar by 10 lengths on January 12]. Then he won the G1 Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase at Sandown [in February] and was second [in the JLT Novices’ Chase] at Cheltenham, and now he’s won here. Today’s exercise was to see whether he would stay, and he had to stay well in that ground. He quickened up, but you’ve got to see this out well today.”

 

Asked about future plans for Terrefort, Henderson replied: “He’s only five. He’s a winter horse, anyway – he’s got that advantage; there’s no point in coming out early. The handicapper’s not going to give him much of a chance so he will have to go down some sort of a [Graded race] route. We’ve got a summer to dream about it.”

 

Jacob maintains leading jockey position with win number three

 

Jockey Daryl Jacob is riding the crest of an Aintree wave, and kept surfing it when landing the G1 Betway Mildmay Novices’ Chase on the Nicky Henderson-trained Terrefort.

 

The five-year-old became Jacob’s third winner at the 2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival, and the trio have all been gained in Grade One races and while wearing the colours of his retaining owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede.

 

Terrefort (3/1f), who was second in the JLT Novices’ Chase over two and a half miles at the Cheltenham Festival, found the additional five furlongs right up his street. He beat Ms Parfois (9/2) and Elegant Escape (4/1) by three and three-quarters of a length and nine lengths.

 

A clearly delighted Jacob said: “We’ve been delighted with him since he came over [having been bought out of Guillaume Macaire’s yard in France]. His work had been just average before he made his debut over here at Huntingdon [he won] and just average after that run, but he just seems to keep it all for the track.

 

“He is never flamboyant in his schooling or work, but after his last schooling session before we came here I said to Nicky, ‘He’s getting the hang of this English job’.

 

“I was delighted the rain came and we needed to know where we are going with him. We could have gone for the two-and-a-half miler yesterday, but as regards next year we needed to know if he got this trip.

 

“He jumped class all the way. I got him in tight to a couple of fences because I thought we were going to get there too soon.

 

“I missed out [on winning] at Cheltenham and I was absolutely gutted. I promise you I have been looking forward to this week for a long, long time. When Anthony Bromley [racing manager to the owners] emailed me the list of provisional entries, I tell you if you could not get out of bed looking forward to riding these horses, you are in the wrong job.

 

“I am absolutely blessed that I have got Simon, Isaac and Anthony. They leave it all to me and win, lose or draw, they are 100 per cent supportive of me. That gives you a huge amount of confidence knowing you can go out there and if you get something wrong, you are not going to get it in the throat.

 

“I can’t wait for the Grand National. I have been looking forward to it for a long time and I know Gordon has got Ucello Conti in tip-top shape. I have just got to try and stay on him this year!”

 

PARFOIS THE BRIDESMAID AGAIN

 

Anthony Honeyball’s Ms Parfois (9/2) produced a game performance to finish second to the progressive Terrefort in the G1 Betway Mildmay Novices’ Chase over three miles and one furlong.

 

Second in the National Hunt Chase over four miles at the Cheltenham Festival, the seven-year-old daughter of Mahler jumped with aplomb under Noel Fehily, but could not match the finishing kick of Terrefort, the 3/1 favourite, from the back of the last, who scored by a three and three quarter lengths.

 

A delighted Honeyball said: “Ms Parfois has run another brilliant race. She travelled really well into contention but perhaps just got a bit tired in the closing stages and was going at her own pace, rather than that of the winner.

 

“There are not many mares who have the scope like her to run over fences and be brilliant at it, so she’s been an absolute credit to us.

 

“Despite her finishing second at Cheltenham, I was disappointed and I am slightly disappointed at the same time.

 

“It’s difficult to win handicaps, let alone Grade Ones, so to run so well today is pleasing.

 

“She relishes these ground conditions and has improved again from Cheltenham.

 

“She’s pulled even further clear of the third [Elegant Escape, nine lengths behind] and there were some good horses who finished behind her.

 

“Turning in, I thought she had a huge chance and could possibly win, but Terrefort kept on well.

 

“She’s run another solid race and there’s a lot to look forward to next year with her.

 

“I think we might target races including the Welsh National and possibly even the Grand National back here.

 

“She jumps so well and stays, that she might be suited by that sort of race. Ground conditions have been in her favour recently and she does enjoy a bit of a slog.

 

“However, racing on this ground can take it out of horses, but again she has run another big race – I’m really proud of her.”

 

 

TIZZARD PLEASED BUT COBDEN DISSAPOINTED

 

Two third-placed runs in Grade One races is not to be sniffed at and Colin Tizzard, trainer of Elegant Escape, who filled the third berth in the Betway Mildmay Novices’ Chase and was third in the RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last time out, was suitably pleased with his charge’s run.

 

Tizzard commented: “He stayed on well, but was beaten by two better horses.

 

“He was always having to do a bit in this grade.

 

“He has had plenty of racing so that will be it for this season. He is a lovely horse for next year.”

 

Jockey Harry Cobden, who rode the 4/1 chance, added: “He didn’t really show me what I thought he might today, he didn’t travel that well on this ground.

 

“I am slightly disappointed with him, but to be fair to the horse he stayed galloping really well.”

 

2.50pm Betway Mildmay Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)

 

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

2 MS PARFOIS (M R Chapman) Anthony Honeyball 7-10-11 Noel Fehily 9/2

3 ELEGANT ESCAPE (J P Romans) Colin Tizzard 6-11-04 Harry Cobden 4/1

 

Distances: 3¾, 9

Tote Win: £3.60 Places:£1.60, £1.70, £1.60 Exacta: £17.10


 

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POLITOLOGUE LANDS THE MELLING

 

The Paul Nicholls-trained Politologue (11/1) landed a thrilling renewal of the £250,000 G1 JLT Melling Chase at Aintree under Sam Twiston-Davies, getting the better of 11/10 favourite Min, trained by Willie Mullins.

 

The seven-year-old grey son of Poliglote kept on tenaciously in the closing stages to score by a neck.

 

Politologue finished fourth in the Betway Queen Mother Champion over two miles at the Cheltenham Festival, but enjoyed the step up to two miles and four furlongs in today’s contest.

 

Twiston-Davies said: “We put the hood back on Politologue today which really helped. His best form has come on flat tracks, but he did relax today which allows him to be capable of big performances like this today.

 

“He jumped fantastic and got in a great rhythm. He has done all the hard work – I just sat here and pushed at the end.

 

“It’s great to be involved and it’s nice when Paul’s yard is in a transition phase to have a Grade One winner.

 

“It’s amazing to come here and get on the board.

 

“Winning a Grade One is massive and it’s hard to sum up how I’m feeling as we came in as an underdog, which makes it even better.

 

“We met the last on a nice stride and he was very tough. We fought on well and he was very brave all the way to the line.

 

“At that stage [when a horse comes upside], it is always hard. You think if you can wing the last, you might able to get away from them and have a chance again, but when something is travelling like that, you are always concerned.

 

“The one thing about this fella is that he does try very hard and that does help in these conditions.

 

“I needed that, I’ll tell you that for free. It has been a trying time. Everyone knows Paul is trying to rebuild to get the new stars coming up and through. At the end of the day, I was injured for a bit of it, so I missed the opportunity on a few, then I got a few decisions wrong and gave a few horses not so great rides along the way, but these ones make it all worthwhile.”

 

3.25pm JLT Melling Chase (Grade 1)

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

2 MIN (Susannah Ricci) Willie Mullins IRE 7-11-07 Paul Townend 11/10 Fav

3 SIZING GRANITE (Ann & Alan Potts Limited) Colin Tizzard 10-11-07 Robbie Power 20/1

 

Distances: nk, 20

Tote Win: £11.70 Places: £3.60, £1.30 Exacta: £28.70

 

POLITOLOGUE BANISHES MEMORIES OF ONE MAN

 

Owner John Hales was understandably emotional after Politologue fought hard to land a thrilling renewal of the £250,000 Grade One JLT Melling Chase at Aintree this afternoon by a neck from runner-up (and 11/10 favourite) Min.

 

It was 20 years ago that Hales lost the popular grey, One Man, in this very race but the seven-year-old, also a grey, banished memories of that day with a gutsy performance, travelling and jumping well under jockey Sam Twiston-Davies before battling hard to hold off the runner-up in the closing stages.

 

The 11/1 shot had disappointed in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival and had been unlucky twelve months ago in the Grade One Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase, when Politologue stumbled and fell after jumping the last in the lead.

 

“It was a brilliant performance,” said Hales.

 

“He was totally relaxed today and Paul was totally right to put the head cover (hood) back on Politologue today.

 

“He felt he left the race in the parade ring at Cheltenham as he got so buzzed up. He jumped for fun all the way round and it is a happier day than 20 years ago.”

 

Trainer Paul Nicholls felt that the combination of the hood and the tongue tie made the difference this afternoon.

 

“He was brilliant,” said the trainer.

 

“He jumped and stayed on well. I’ve felt for a while that he wants two and a half miles. He blew his brains at Cheltenham before his run and, with the hood on today, it’s just helped him relax. The flat track has suited too – for some reason, he doesn’t like Cheltenham for whatever reason. It was a great ride from Sam.

 

“He jumped, galloped and stayed on well – he needed to. It was a very good performance. At least he relaxed and got the trip – I think it’s what he always wanted.

 

“It’s great for John as he lost One Man 20 years ago in this race. But you can’t look back – you’ve got to look forward. We put a tongue tie on him today because I kept looking back at Cheltenham and thinking that he got to the last fence and found nothing. He wasn’t perfect so I put the tongue tie on.

 

“He’s had a great season. He’s won the Tingle Creek (at Sandown) and the Haldon Gold Cup (at Exeter). That’ll be him now for the season.”

 

MIN JUST MISSES OUT IN TITANIC BATTLE WITH POLITOLOGUE

 

There was a touch of Aintree deja vue relating to the G1 JLT Melling Chase, which revived memories of the 2012 Randox Health Grand National.

 

On that occasion the grey Neptune Collonges in the colours of John Hales just beat Sunnyhill Boy in a head-bobbing finish, and today it was the turn of Hales’ grey Politologue who scraped home after a lengthy battle with Min.

 

The winner, 11/1, beat Min, the 11/10 favourite, by a neck, with winning jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and Paul Townend on the runner-up giving a gripping demonstration of the art of jockeyship.

 

Townend, who was second on Min to Altior in the two-mile G1 Betway Queen Mother Champion at Cheltenham last month, said: “I tried to fill him up turning in because I didn’t want him to get into a battle that far out. I think we were probably just outstayed at the end. He tried very hard and has run his race, but it’s disappointing to be runner-up on him again.”

 

Willie Mullins, who trains Min for owner Rich Ricci, said: “It was a good run, but I think the running rail all the way up the straight [and which Politologue raced next to] might have made the difference. Our fellow did everything right.

“He stayed as well as the winner – he was going up from two miles and probably wanted to go two-mile pace, but I’m sure the winner was the same so we can’t use that as an excuse. He might go to Punchestown now, if he comes out of this race okay.”

 

Robbie Power, jockey of third placed Sizing Granite, 20 lengths further back, said: “He felt fantastic. He was the outsider of the field but he finished third. It was a fantastic run from him.”

 


 

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A GOLDEN DOUBLE FOR TIZZARD

 

The Colin Tizzard-trained Ultragold won the Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase over the Grand National fences for the second year in a row under Harry Cobham. A 14/1 chance, he drew away from Shanahan’s Turn – also trained by Tizzard – to score by three and three-quarters of a length.

 

Since he won this race in 2017, 10-year-old Ultragold’s best run was back here at Aintree in the 188Bet Sefton Handicap Chase, also over the Grand National fences, in December, where he finished second to Gas Line Boy, who runs in tomorrow’s Randox Health Grand National.

 

Tizzard said: “That was brilliant, wasn’t it? When the loose horse was having a go at taking him on, I thought, ‘at least we’ve got Shanahan’s Turn behind anyway! It’s lovely when that happens. Robbie [Power, who rode Shanahan’s Turn] quite fancied his chances going to the Elbow, didn’t he?

 

“Three times Ultragold’s been here, and he has had two wins and a second. It is that National factor, because he’s not doing it at Cheltenham or anything like that. It’s these fences – they are a big factor. He absolutely loves it.”

 

Asked whether he might run in three-mile chases next season, Tizzard replied: “Or four miles two [in the Randox Health Grand National]! We talked about running him in the race this year, but we thought, ‘Well, he doesn’t really stay’, so we came here again.”

 

Part-owner Terry Warner said: “This is fantastic. We said Ultragold would win again a month ago because he loves the fences. Few horses really enjoy the fences and he jumps them for fun.

 

“He finished second here in December to one of Ian Williams’ horses, who runs in the Grand National tomorrow. From then we said he has jumped the fences twice and we thought he would jump them well again.”

 

PURE GOLD FOR TEAM TIZZARD AND COBDEN

 

Ultragold, trained by Colin Tizzard for Brocade Racing, John Romans and Terry Warner, landed the Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase for the second year running.

 

The 10-year-old, a 14/1 shot ridden once again by Harry Cobden, beat his stablemate, Shanahan’s Turn (14/1), by three and three-quarters of a length, with Theatre Territory (10/1) a further six lengths back in third. Kilcrea Vale (12/1) took fourth, eight lengths further behind.

 

Joe Tizzard, assistant to his father, said of the stable’s one-two over the Grand National fences: “That was brilliant – I didn’t know which one to shout for. To come back and do it again with Ultragold is wonderful. He’s just a completely different horse over these fences and he jumps for fun.

 

“I think Harry had the time of his life, again, and he said last year that it was the best ride he’d had. You can see him smiling as he pulls up. He’s a very accomplished young man now and you could see him thinking it out during the race.

 

“It was great to see Shanahan’s Turn run so well – we thought he was back to a winnable mark.

 

“His [Ultragold’s] three best runs in the last 12 months have been around Aintree – he ran well at the December meeting here [when second to Randox Health Grand National hopeful Gas Line Boy], and there have been the two Topham wins.”

 

Cobden said: “I think I enjoyed that more than last year – there were no horses around me and I was able to take it all in. He jumped from fence to fence.

 

“I got a really good start, he pinged the first, pinged the second, winged The Chair, and where he was jumping so well I could just sit up and take a pull on him here and there, to keep filling him up.

“I saw a loose horse coming at the Canal Turn, but he’s such an easy horse to ride that I could just take a pull and let the loose horse jump the fence ahead of me. He went straight on and I cut the bend. He enjoys this a lot more than handicaps at other courses.

 

Round here he’s pricking his ears and taking on the fences – he’s a joy to ride.”

 

THEATRE GIVES SAM ANOTHER FINE SPIN OVER NATIONAL FENCES

 

Jockey Sam Waley-Cohen enhanced his fine record over the Grand National fences after 10/1 shot Theatre Territory finished third in the Randox Health Topham Chase at Aintree this afternoon.

 

The amateur has the best record over the Grand National fences of any current jockey riding (with six victories) and, as the pair turned for home, it looked like he could make it seven as the eight-year-old mare was still travelling powerfully. However, she couldn’t quite pick up in the rain softened ground, eventually finishing six lengths behind runner-up Shanahan’s Turn (14/1) who, in turn, was three and three quarters of a length behind Ultragold (14/1) (who was winning the race for the second successive year.

 

Waley-Cohen was delighted with the performance of Theatre Territory after the race.

 

“It’s just a real pleasure to ride round here when you’re on a good horse,” said the jockey. “She’s just made for this place. She jumped so well and really enjoyed herself. She’s probably just lacked a bit of quality at the end of the race but she’s the perfect amateur’s ride.”

 

The jockey also had news of his Randox Health Grand National mount Walk In The Mill, who had been third reserve for the race but sneaked in after Beeves was declared a non-runner just under 15 minutes before the 1pm cut off.

 

“I’m just really thrilled to be on him (Walk In The Mill),” exclaimed the jockey.

 

“I know Dido (Baroness Harding – owner) well and she just called me up and asked me if I’d ride him. When I looked at the race a week ago, I thought I’d get in but no one really came out so I was pretty gloomy when we were third reserve. As I was walking the course this morning, one came out (Minella Rocco) and then another came out (Vicente) and I started to get excited. Then we saw that the last one (Beeves) had dropped out the betting so it was a nervous wait to see if we’d actually got in. It’s great to be part of it and it’s an open race so we’ll see what happens. I haven’t actually ridden him but I’ve watched his races and he’s a beautiful jumper. He’s actually got some good form over three miles so who knows?”

 

Robbie Power, jockey of the second, Shanahan’s Turn, said: ”He absolutely loved it round there and jumped from fence to fence.  I thought going to the elbow that I could pick the winner up, but just on that ground he couldn’t pick up. He is a Galway Plate winner so better ground is ideal for him.”

 

Power also had news of his mount, Raz De Maree, in tomorrow’s Randox Health Grand National; “I hope it rains more as Raz (De Maree) would love the heavy ground, so the more rain that falls the better for him.”


 

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4.05pm Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 

2m 5f 19y £140,000

 

1 ULTRAGOLD (FR) (TONGUE STRAP) COLIN TIZZARD 11ST 1LB HARRY COBDEN 14/1

2 Shanahan’s Turn (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Colin Tizzard 10st 8lb Robbie Power 14/1

3 Theatre Territory (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Warren Greatrex 10st 3lb Mr Sam Waley-Cohen (3) 10/1

4 Kilcrea Vale (IRE) Nicky Henderson 10st 9lb Jeremiah McGrath 12/1

5 Ballyalton (IRE) Ian Williams 10st 12lb Tom O’Brien 11/1

6 Clarcam (FR) (Tongue Strap, Sheepskin C/P) Gordon Elliott, Ireland 11st 9lb Davy Russell 16/1

7 Indian Temple (IRE) Tim Reed 10st 1lb Harry Reed (5) 50/1

8 Top Gamble (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Kerry Lee 11st 07lb James Bowen (3) 12/1

9 Polidam (FR) (Hood) W. P. Mullins, Ireland 11st 6lb Daryl Jacob 9/1 Fav

10 Flying Angel (IRE) Nigel Twiston-Davies 11st 8lb Tom Bellamy 10/1

11 Mystifiable (Tongue Strap) Fergal O’Brien 10st 0lb Paddy Brennan 12/1

12 Deauville Dancer (IRE) (Tongue Strap) David Dennis 10st 10lb Brian Hughes 50/1

13 Eastlake (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Jonjo O’Neill 11st 1lb Barry Geraghty 33/1

14 Devils Bride (IRE) (Tongue Strap, Sheepskin C/P) Henry de Bromhead, Ireland 11st 12lb Dylan Robinson 66/1

F3 Newsworthy (IRE) Mrs D. A. Love, Ireland 10st 4lb Jonathan Moore 66/1

F7 Beau Bay (FR) (Hood, Tongue Strap) Dr Richard Newland 10st 8lb Will Kennedy 33/1

F15 Rathlin Rose (IRE) (Blinkers) David Pipe 10st 7lb Tom Scudamore 16/1

PU 2 OUT Bouvreuil (FR) (Tongue Strap) Paul Nicholls 11st 2lb Sam Twiston-Davies 14/1

PU 15 Midnight Shot Charlie Longsdon 10st 13lb Jonathan Burke 33/1

PU 2 OUT Village Vic (IRE) Philip Hobbs 11st 10lb Richard Johnson 40/1

PU 15 Notarfbad (IRE) (Hood) Jeremy Scott 10st 5lb Matt Griffiths 66/1

PU 10 O O Seven (IRE) Nicky Henderson 11st 10lb Aidan Coleman 10/1

PU LAST Greybougg Nigel Hawke 10st 0lb Conor O’Farrell 66/1

PU 2 OUT Rogue Angel (IRE) (Tongue Strap, Sheepskin C/P) M. F. Morris, Ireland 10st 4lb Rachael Blackmore 20/1

UR 11 Minella On Line (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Oliver Sherwood 10st 4lb Conor Shoemark 33/1

UR 3 Bigbadjohn (IRE) Nigel Twiston-Davies 10st 12lb Jamie Bargary 14/1

UR 1 Flying Eagle (IRE) (Blinkers, Tongue Strap) Peter Bowen 10st 0lb Sean Bowen 40/1

 

27 ran

Non-Runners: 6 ART MAURESQUE (FR) (Going); 9 VIBRATO VALTAT (FR) (Self Cert (Not Eaten Up)); 18 HIGHLAND LODGE (IRE) (Vet’s Certificate, Abscess)

Winner owned by Brocade Racing, JP Romans & Terry Warner

Time: 5m 50.5s

Distances: 3¾, 6, 8, 2½, 1½, nose, 7, 9, 3¼, 16, 5, 49, 71

Tote Win: £14.20 Places: £3.50, £4.60, £2.50, £4.20 Exacta: £243.70

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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AINTREE, LADIES DAY, FRIDAY, APRIL 13

 

SANTINI MAKES IT FIVE GRADE ONES FOR HENDERSON

 

Santini’s victory in the Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle was a remarkable fifth Grade One success for Nicky Henderson at the 2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival.

 

It follows We Have A Dream’s Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle win, Might Bite’s success in the Betway Bowl, L’Ami Serge’s Betway Aintree Hurdle triumph and Terrefort’s Betway Mildmay Novices’ Chase win.

 

Santini, the 6/4 favourite, was ridden by Nico de Boinville, and the pair beat the Dan Skelton-trained mare Roksana (Harry Skelton) by one and a half lengths.

 

Henderson said: “He was enjoying himself out there. He’s a brave horse – a lovely big baby of a horse, and a chaser for next year. He ran such a good race at Cheltenham [third in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle] that we thought we ought to put him away, but temptation comes in. Richard [Kelvin-Hughes, who bred and owns him] was keen to go, and he’s been really fresh and well at home. He has said all along, ‘I’m up for this again’, and, bless him, he’s only a big baby but it was a great performance.

 

“He’s home-bred too by Richard and Lizzie Kelvin-Hughes, and I trained the mare [Tinagoodnight] as well, and I know it is actually their first Gradfe One winner out of all the home-breds they have had, which is lovely. He’s a gorgeous horse. And so is OK Corral, who ran a very good race but just sort of flattened out. It was probably a bridge too far for him today – it is for a lot of them, to be fair.”

 

Asked to put his five Grade One wins at this meeting into context, Henderson said: “Obviously a lot of very, very good horses; you can’t go without them. But I have to say, everybody’s worked their socks off. It’s a long four weeks from Cheltenham, nearly all of them have been there, and everyone’s done brilliantly to get them here. That’s been the secret of it, really. But you have to have good horses.”

 

SANTINI THE SEFTON KING

 

Santini registered trainer Nicky Henderson’s fifth Grade One winner of the Randox Health Grand National Festival when running out the one and a half length winner of the Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree this afternoon.

 

The 6/4 favourite, who had finished a fine third behind Kilbricken Storm in the Grade One Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival last time out, was always travelling sweetly in the rain-softened ground for his jockey Nico De Boinville but the pair had to work hard in the closing stages to repel the challenge of the runner-up Roksana (9/1).

 

De Boinville was delighted with the performance of Santini after the race.

 

“Santini is some horse,” said the jockey.

 

“At Cheltenham we got shuffled back a bit, so we were very keen to make amends today and ride him nice and positively on a flat track like this.

 

“I thought I would try and get some better ground on the far side. That actually helped him a bit and he battled on well. He is going to be an out and out stayer.

 

“It just shows what a genius the guvnor is to bring them back from Cheltenham. When they do the business up here, it is no easy feat.”

 

 

4.40pm Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)

 

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

2 ROKSANA (Sarah Faulks) Dan Skelton 6-10-11 Harry Skelton 9/1

3 TOWER BRIDGE (J P McManus) Joseph O’Brien IRE 5-11-04 J J Slevin 8/1

 

Distances: 1½, 6

Tote Win: £2.60 Places:£1.20, £2.80, £2.70 Exacta: £16.70

 

BATTLING ROKSANA JUST FAILS TO HAUL BACK SANTINI

 

A day of protracted battles along Aintree’s long finishing straight continued when Santini and Roksana hogged the finish to the G1 Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle.

 

Santini (6/4f) clung on, beating the mare Roksana (9/1) by one and a half lengths, with a further six lengths back to Tower Bridge (8/1).

 

Dan Skelton, the trainer of Roksana, said: “Both the mares we’ve run in Grade Ones this week have run really well [the other being Rene’s Girl, runner-up in the G1 Big Buck’s Celebration Manifesto Novices’ Chase]. To get so close and just get beaten is disappointing, but this is a fine mare and where we go with her next season I don’t know.

 

“We’ll look after her and hope she improves again. The mares’ hurdle at Cheltenham next year over two and a half miles is going to be the minimum trip for her, but hopefully she can progress and become a fixture in those races.

 

“Now I hope Momella [also a mare] can run as well tomorrow [in the G1 Aintree Betway Mersey Novices' Hurdle].”

 

J J Slevin, rider of third-placed Tower Bridge, said: “Tower Bridge has run a cracker. He travelled and jumped well and it was lovely to get a ride on a horse like that. He did us really proud.”


 

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TED DEFIES EWING’S MEDICAL LOGIC TO LAND FEATURED BUMPER

 

Portrush Ted’s win in the G2 Weatherbys Racing Bank Open Bumper left trainer Warren Greatrex briefly short of words.

 

“I’m shocked,” admitted the Lambourn trainer after six-year-old Portrush Ted had won under Gavin Sheehan, who was sporting the colours of The McNeill Family. The horse is named after Max McNeill’s father – who was a golf professional at Portrush – and he was bought as an unbroken three-year-old at a sale in Ireland by Greatrex’s wife, Tessa, who is a bloodstock agent.

 

A 25/1 shot, he beat Kateson (16/1) by three and a quarter lengths, with Harambe (33/1) a nose back in third.

 

Greatrex said: “I cannot say enough about the team at home, because this horse is never sound – he swims pretty much every day and we ride him out a couple of days a week. He has a hind-leg issue and if you watch him when he walks he turns his foot out, which puts pressure on it. We’ve thought about selling him, but can’t, and we’ve always told Max that the horse has talent.

 

“He’s got a big engine, and he’s a full-brother to the good horses Shantou Village and Bun Doran.

 

“He was a good second at Hereford to a horse called Brewin’Upastorm, who then ran well at Newbury in a Listed bumper. We put a tongue strap on today because he makes a bit of a noise at home, and he’s had a soft-palate operation, so I thought it was worth giving it a go. It’s worked, but it’s unbelievable.”

 

PORTRUSH TED BRINGS UP 50 WINNERS FOR SHEEHAN

 

The Warren Greatrex-trained 25/1 shot Portrush Ted landed the concluding race on day two of the Randox Health Grand National, the G2 £45,000 Weatherbys Racing Bank Bumper.

 

Ridden by Gavin Sheehan, registering his 50th winner of the season, the six-year-old son of Shantou kept on tenaciously in the closing stages to score by three-quarters of a length.

 

Sheehan said: “It was brilliant. Portrush Ted is a nice horse and has run in very competitive races.

 

“We kept him in training this season for this race and it was good planning by the team.

 

“He loved the end-to-end gallop and the further we went, the better he was going. I was always in a nice position and when we turned in, he pricked his ears and I didn’t have to go for the stick until late.

 

“We’ve always thought a lot of him, but he’s been very hard to train. He is a good horse who just has little niggly problems, but that was a lovely performance.”

 

5.15pm Weatherbys Racing Bank Standard Open NH Flat Race (Grade 2)

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

2 KATESON (D M Richards Roberts Church Ward W-Williams) Tom Lacey 5-11-04 Tom Scudamore 16/1

3 HARAMBE (Niall Farrell & Friends) Alan King 5-11-04 Tom Bellamy 33/1

11/4 Fav Danny Kirwan (16th)

 

Distances; 3¼, ns

Tote Win: £29.40 Places:£6.60, £4.70, £11.10 Exacta: £386.90

 

KATESON DEMONSTRATES LACEY’S GOOD FORM

 

Herefordshire trainer Tom Lacey’s streak of form continued in the Weatherbys Racing Bank Bumper, the final race of Ladies Day at the Randox Health Grand National Festival.

 

Kateson, his grey five-year-old son of Black Sam Bellamy, got the best of a photo-finish with Harambe to take second place, three and a quarter lengths behind the Warren Greatrex-trained winner, Portrush Ted.

 

Kateson was ridden by Tom Scudamore and was sent off at odds of 16/1.

 

Lacey, who had enjoyed a winner with Jester Jet in the first race of the day, the Alder Hey Children’s Charity Handicap Hurdle, said: “He’s improved from run to run.

 

“These bumpers, I’ve watched them for years as a spectator and they can be very rough races. He’s a horse for the future. He’s been looked after – that’s why we posted him wide, but actually I don’t think he would have done any better because he had a lovely clear run.

 

“He’ll go out in the field now and then go hurdling next season.”


 

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AINTREE, LADIES DAY, FRIDAY, APRIL 13

 

GOING TO REMAIN THE SAME OVERNIGHT

 

The going descriptions remain the same overnight.

 

Grand National course: Heavy, Soft in places

 

Mildmay & Hurdle Course: Soft

 

Andrew Tulloch, Clerk of the Course at Aintree, said: “We will leave the descriptions as they are overnight.

 

“The rails will be moved in four or five yards to the inner line, providing some fresh ground for tomorrow’s racing.

 

“The forecast looks dry, with a bit of cloud tomorrow morning and then hopefully brightening up from about midday.”

 

NATIONAL FAVOURITES ON THE DRIFT

 

On the eve of the £1-million Randox Health Grand National, the co-favourites have been pushed out by Betway, the official betting partner of the Randox Health Grand National Festival, and they now go 12/1 the field for the world’s richest Jump race.

 

Blaklion, Anibale Fly, Total Recall and Tiger Roll have all touched 10/1 at some point in the past 24 hours but the money is now coming for horses lurking beneath and there could well be a new market leader come the off time of 5.15pm on Saturday, April 14.

 

The recent rain may have hindered the chances of those at the top of the weights, while the likes of Seeyouatmidnight, Baie Des Iles, I Just Know and The Dutchman have all been backed at big prices. Seeyouatmidnight (14/1 from 18/1) is the best-backed horse of the day, according to the official betting partner, while Baie Des Iles, the mount of Katie Walsh, would be the most costly result for Betway as things stand.

 

Betway’s Alan Alger said: “There’s been an extra few drops of rain today and that’s left punters seeking out those tried and tested soft ground performers.

 

“Seeyouatmidnight has a handful of good wins on heavy ground and he’s being backed like staying tomorrow’s trip in testing conditions won’t be a problem. Just like the rain, the money for Sandy Thomson’s horse has been relentless. He’s now 14/1 and could end up going off favourite at this rate.

“The betting suggests this is one of the most open Nationals for years and pinning down a favourite is tricky. Any of the top five could go off favourite, with Anibale Fly the most likely to at 5/2, while it’s 5/1 for the jolly to come from outside the current top five in the betting.

 

“Total Recall is a class act and can be backed at 7/2 to go off shortest, while long-time ante-post market leader Blaklion is now 4/1 to shoulder favouritism in the big race. Carrying top-weight on this ground is going to be very tough for Blaklion and the support for him has certainly cooled off somewhat. Nigel Twiston-Davies’ runner has been notably weak over the last 12 hours or so and has been eased out to 12/1 as a result.”

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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AINTREE, LADIES DAY, FRIDAY, APRIL 13

 

50,000 SELL-OUT AT AINTREE ON LADIES DAY

                                                  

Day two of the 2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival, Ladies Day, was an unmitigated success with a 50,000 sell-out crowd. This compared to a crowd of 46,636 crowd in 2017.

 

Liverpool 2018 Leading Jockey Awards –

Standings after Ladies Day

 

Jockey                                                                  1st                          2nd                        3rd

Daryl Jacob                                                         3                              1                              -

Nico de Boinville                                               2                              -                              -

Robbie Power                                                   1                              3                              1

Richard Johnson                                               1                              1                              -

Harry Cobden                                                                    1                              -                              2

Jonathan Burke                                                1                              -                              -

Mr Jamie Codd                                                  1                              -                              -

Robert Dunne                                                   1                              -                              -

Mr Derek O’Connor                                        1                              -                              -

Gavin Sheehan                                                 1                              -                              -

Sam Twiston-Davies                                       1                              -                              -

Harry Skelton                                                     -                              2                              -

Wayne Hutchinson                                          -                              1                              1

Jamie Moore                                                     -                              1                              1

Mr Alex Edwards                                              -                              1                              -

Noel Fehily                                                         -                              1                              -

Jeremiah McGrath                                          -                              1                              -

Tom Scudamore                                               -                              1                              -

Paul Townend                                                   -                              1                              -

Tom Bellamy                                                      -                              -                              1

Ross Chapman                                                  -                              -                              1

Mr William Easterby                                        -                              -                              1

Sean Flanagan                                                   -                              -                              1

Barry Geraghty                                                 -                              -                              1

Richie McLernon                                              -                              -                              1

JJ Slevin                                                                                -                              -                              1

Mr Sam Waley-Cohen                                    -                              -                              1

Adam Wedge                                                    -                              -                              1

 

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Leading Trainer – Standings after Ladies Day


 

Trainer                                                 1st                   2nd                  3rd

Nicky Henderson                                    5                      1                      1

Colin Tizzard                                          2                      2                      2

Tom Lacey                                             1                      1                      -

Warren Greatrex                                                1                      -                       1

Charlie Longsdon                                    1                      -           `          -

Graham McKeever                                  1                      -                       -

Paul Nicholls                                          1                      -                       -

John Queally IRE                                    1                      -                       -

Kayley Woollacott                                               1                      -                       -

Dan Skelton                                           -                       2                      -

Alan King                                               -                       1                      2

Anthony Honeyball                                 -                       1                      1

Kerry Lee                                              -                       1                      1

Jessica Harrington IRE                                        -                       1                      -

Philip Hobbs                                           -                       1                      -

Willie Mullins IRE                                                -                       1                      -

Philip Rowley                                         -                       1                      -

Nigel Twiston-Davies                              -                       1                      -

Henry de Bromhead IRE                         -                       -                       1

William Easterby                                    -                       -                       1

Iain Jardine                                           -                       -                       1

Paul Nicholls                                          -                       -                       1

Joseph O’Brien IRE                                 -                       -                       1

Evan Williams                                                    -                       -                       1

 

Leading Owner – Standings after Ladies Day


 

Owner                                                                          1st                   2nd                  3rd

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede                                           3                      1                      -

Ann & Alan Potts Limited                                                 1                      3                      1

Brocade Racing, JP Romans & Terry Warner                                 1                      -                       -

Michael Daly                                                                              1                      -                       -

John Hales                                                                     1                      -                       -

Mrs T P James                                                                1                      -                       -

The Knot Again Partnership                                             1                      -                       -

Exors of the Late Mrs M E Hagan                                                  1                      -                       -

Richard & Lizzie Kelvin Hughes                                        1                      -                       -

McNeill Family                                                                1                      -                       -

D J Staddon                                                                   1                      -                       -

Swanee River Partnership                                               1                      -                       -

Robert Abrey & Ian Thurtle                                             -                       1                      -

G B Barlow                                                                    -                       1                      -

M R Chapman                                                                -                       1                      -

Sarah Faulks                                                                  -                       1                      -

Andy & Sharon Measham                                                -                       1                      -

Mr & Mrs Sandy Orr                                                        -                       1                      -

Susannah Ricci                                                               -                       1                      -

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

Terry Warner                                                                 -                       1                      -

Mr & Mrs J H Watson                                                       -                       1                      -

J P McManus                                                                              -                       -                       3

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

Sarah Easterby                                                              -                       -                       1

Niall Farrell & Friends                                                      -                       -                       1

Galveston Partners                                                         -                       -                       1

Gigginstown House Stud                                                  -                       -                       1

H P Racing Who Dares Wins                                            -                       -                       1

The Risk Takers Partnership                                            -                       -                       1

J P Romans                                                                    -                       -                       1

Jan Smith                                                                      -                       -                       1

Robert Waley-Cohen                                                       -                       -                       1

STEWARDS’ REPORTS

 

Race 1 – 1:45pm ALDER HEY CHILDREN’S CHARITY HANDICAP HURDLE G3

Permission was given for EATON HILL (IRE) to go early to post. The performance of LANDIN (GER), which was pulled up, was considered. The representative of Seamus Mullins could offer no explanation for the gelding’s performance. LANDIN (GER) was routine tested. Following the race, the representative of Tom George reported that SUMKINDOFKING (IRE), unplaced, was unsuited by the going on this occasion, which was officially described as Soft, and would prefer a faster surface. The Veterinary Officer reported that IVANOVICH GORBATOV (IRE), which was pulled up, lost its right fore shoe.

 

Race 2 – 2:20pm BETWAY TOP NOVICES’ HURDLE G1

IMPACT FACTOR (IRE) wore earplugs which were removed at the start. The winner, LALOR (GER), appeared to show improved form, compared with its previous run at Newbury on 10 February 2018 where the gelding finished thirteenth of twenty-four, beaten by 39 lengths, on Soft going. Kayley Woollacott’s explanation was noted that LALOR (GER) had jumped more fluently on this occasion and was better suited by today’s ground, which though officially described as Soft, in her opinion was less testing than the ground at Newbury. The gelding was routine tested. Following the race, Nico de Boinville reported that STYLE DE GARDE (FR), which was pulled up, weakened quickly turning into the home straight. The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of the gelding failed to reveal any abnormalities.

 

Race 3 – 2:50pm BETWAY MILDMAY NOVICES’ CHASE G1

The performance of COO STAR SIVOLA (FR), which was pulled up, was considered. Nick Williams could offer no explanation for the gelding’s performance. The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of COO STAR SIVOLA (FR), during routine testing, failed to reveal any abnormalities. Following the race, Brian Hughes reported that TESTIFY (IRE), which was pulled up, hung left-handed. The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of the gelding revealed it to have lost its left hind shoe. The Veterinary Officer further reported that SNOW FALCON (IRE), which was pulled up, had bled from the nose.

 

Race 4 – 3:25pm THE JLT MELLING CHASE G1

Permission was given for POLITOLOGUE (FR) to lead the Parade and MIN (FR) wore earplugs throughout the race. Following the race, Davy Russell reported that BALKO DES FLOS (FR), placed fourth, weakened quickly after jumping the second last fence. The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of the gelding, during routine testing, failed to reveal any abnormalities. The Veterinary Officer further reported that the winner, POLITOLOGUE (FR), lost its right hind shoe and SIZING GRANITE (IRE), placed third, lost its left hind shoe.

 

Race 5 – 4:05pm RANDOX HEALTH TOPHAM HANDICAP CHASE G3

RATHLIN ROSE (IRE) wore earplugs which were removed at the start. Having reviewed recordings of the false start, the Starters were satisfied that no riders should be reported for contravening the starting procedures. An enquiry was held into the start of this race. The Starters, Assistant Head Groundsman, Richard Johnson, the rider of VILLAGE VIC (IRE), Davy Russell, the rider of CLARCAM (FR) and Daryl Jacob, the rider of POLIDAM (FR), were interviewed. Having heard their evidence where the Starter stated that after effecting the start, as the runners galloped away from him, he realised that part of the tape had not risen sufficiently on the inside, causing several jockeys to have to duck in order to avoid the tape. The riders interviewed stated that they had ducked to avoid the tape and had not suffered any disadvantage as a result. The Starter further stated that all pre-race procedures in testing the starting mechanism had been completed satisfactorily and could offer no explanation how this malfunction had occurred. Their explanations were noted and a report forwarded to the Head Office of the British Horseracing Authority for their consideration. The winner, ULTRAGOLD (FR), appeared to show improved form, compared with its previous run at Cheltenham on 15 March 2018 where the gelding finished thirteenth of twenty-two, beaten by 46 lengths. Colin Tizzard’s representative’s explanation was noted that ULTRAGOLD (FR) appreciated the return to Aintree having performed well there in the past. The gelding was routine tested. Following the race, Aidan Coleman reported that O O SEVEN (IRE), which was pulled up, was never travelling comfortably. Daryl Jacob reported that POLIDAM (FR), placed ninth,suffered interference on several occasions throughout the race and weakened after passing the Elbow. The Veterinary Officer subsequently reported that POLIDAM (FR) lost both its front shoes and the gelding was routine tested. Conor O’Farrell reported that GREYBOUGG, which was pulled up, hung left-handed. The Veterinary Officer subsequently reported that the gelding was struck into on its left fore. The Veterinary Officer further reported that FLYING ANGEL (IRE), placed tenth, lost its right hind shoe and BALLYALTON (IRE), placed fifth, lost its right fore shoe and was struck into on its right fore.

 

Race 6 – 4:40pm DOOM BAR SEFTON NOVICES’ HURDLE G1

SANTINI wore earplugs which were removed at the start. UPPERTOWN PRINCE (IRE), placed fourth, did not enter the winner’s enclosure on veterinary advice. Following the race, the Veterinary Officer reported that LOUSE TALK (IRE), which was pulled up, lost its right fore shoe, POINT OF PRINCIPLE (IRE), placed seventh, lost it right fore shoe and the winner, SANTINI, lost its right hind shoe.

 

Race 7 – 5:15pm WEATHERBYS RACING BANK BUMPER G2

Permission was given for MERCY MERCY ME to wear a hood in the Parade Ring. The Veterinary Officer reported that a kit bag search of John Ryan, the trainer of NORMAL NORMAN, revealed possession of Restore-Lyte Gel, an electrolyte replacement supplement. John Ryan’s representative, the Stable Inspecting Officer and the Veterinary Officer were interviewed. The trainer’s representative’s explanation that it was unopened and had not been used was noted. Being satisfied that the gelding had received only normal food and water by mouth on the day of racing, the Stewards allowed NORMAL NORMAN to run and the gelding was 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. The performance of DANNY KIRWAN (IRE), which started favourite and finished unplaced, was considered. The representative of Paul Nicholls explained that although the gelding had only run twice, it has been in training a long time and is in need of a break. DANNY KIRWAN (IRE) was routine tested. Following the race, Thomas Garner reported that NORMAL NORMAN, which was pulled up, stopped quickly.

 

 


 


 

 

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