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Friday, April 8, 2005


Class A, Grade 3, Handicap Chase, Total Prize Fund £700,000. 4.10pm, Aintree, Saturday, April 9, 2005. Four miles and four furlongs (over the Grand National course). For 6-y-o and upwards which are allotted a rating of 110 or more by the Senior BHB NH Handicapper following a review of the horses entered and after taking account of races run up to and including February 6. Horses, which are not qualified for a rating in Great Britain or Ireland at January 26, may also be entered. Such horses may be eligible for a weight providing the Handicapper is satisfied that the horse's racecourse performances to February 6 would merit a minimum rating of 110. The bottom-weighted horse, Toulouse-Lautrec, is rated 109. To qualify horses must have run at least three times in Steeple Chases run under the Rules of Racing of the same Recognised Turf Authority up to and including February 6. At the Handicapper's discretion such horses may be allocated a rating. The decision of the Senior BHB NH Handicapper shall be final. Entries closed January 26, entries revealed January 27 (152 entries), first forfeit stage February 22 (130 remained), second forfeit stage March 22 (107 remain), five-day confirmation stage April 4 (85 remain - weights raised 3lb), final declaration stage 10.00am, April 7 (40 runners and four reserves). Friday, April 8 - one reserve added. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys. May not include some overseas form.

Form Horse Age/Wt Owner Trainer/Probable Jockey
1)F4/422F-0P LE COUDRAY (FR) 11-11-12 J P McManus Christy Roche IRE/Conor O‘Dwyer
2)302-132334 ROYAL AUCLAIR (FR) 8-11-10 Clive Smith Paul Nicholls/Christian Williams
3)0004-3F00 MONTY'S PASS (IRE) 12-11-06 Dee Racing Syndicate Jimmy Mangan IRE/Barry Geraghty
4)34F-0002 FONDMORT (FR) 9-11-06 Bill Brown Nicky Henderson/Mick Fitzgerald
5)126PF32 TAKE THE STAND (IRE) 9-11-05 The Courters Peter Bowen/Leighton Aspell
6)12P-25P0 BALLYCASSIDY (IRE) 9-11-05 Roddy Owen & Paul Fullagar Peter Bowen/Seamus Durack
7)P4P/21-U42P BALLYBOUGH RASHER (IRE) 10-11-04 B D R Partnership Howard Johnson/Alan Dempsey
8)232120F RISK ACCESSOR (IRE) 10-11-04J P McManus Christy Roche IRE/Alan Crowe
9)216F-56 BINDAREE (IRE) 11-11-03 Raymond Mould Nigel Twiston-Davies/Carl Llewellyn
10)P51-04540 AMBERLEIGH HOUSE (IRE) 13-11-03 Halewood International Ltd Ginger McCain/Graham Lee
11)1F-024061 HEDGEHUNTER (IRE) 9-11-01 Trevor Hemmings Willie Mullins IRE/Ruby Walsh
12)0/P3010-122 FOLY PLEASANT (FR) 11-11-00 Nick Shutts Karen Marks/Andrew Thornton
13)43-0450P00 ASTONVILLE (FR) 11-10-13 Fergus Wilson Michael Scudamore/Jim Crowley
14)1/66F-540 AD HOC (IRE) 11-10-12 Sir Robert Ogden Paul Nicholls/Joe Tizzard
15)31111//-51P HEROS COLLONGES (FR) 10-10-11 John Hales Paul Nicholls/JP McNamara
16)00-460343 GLENELLY GALE (IRE) 11-10-11 Frank Bradley Arthur Moore IRE/Mr Tom Greenall
17)5P-554310 IT TAKES TIME (IRE) 11-10-11 David Johnson Martin Pipe/Timmy Murphy
18)411/12-4 CLAN ROYAL (FR) 10-10-11 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill/Tony McCoy
19)13-4P5S341 NIL DESPERANDUM (IRE) 8-10-11 Mike Shone Frances Crowley IRE/Jim Culloty
20)15F-0541P JOLY BEY (FR) 8-10-10 David Dunsdon Nick Gifford/Mr David Dunsdon
21)115103-05 JAKARI (FR) 8-10-10 The Earl Cadogan Henry Daly/Richard Johnson
22)13//-3P340 FRENCHMAN'S CREEK 11-10-09 Rory Sweet & Panda Christie Hughie Morrison/Jimmy McCarthy
23)P132F6-020 IZNOGOUD (FR) 9-10-09 County Stores & Avalon Surfacing Martin Pipe /Tom Scudamore
24)31-120500 POLAR RED 8-10-08 Lady Clarke Martin Pipe/Tom Malone
25)1354432 DOUBLE HONOUR (FR) 7-10-08 The 4th Middleham Partnership Philip Hobbs/Paddy Brennan
26)12/315-11 FOREST GUNNER 11-10-07 John Gilsenan Richard Ford/Carrie Ford
27)41F-1P235 COLNEL RAYBURN (IRE) 9-10-07 Thatch (Ferns) Racing Syndicate Paul Nolan IRE/Paul Carberry
28)1UP-012P JUST IN DEBT (IRE) 9-10-07 Bill Hazeldean Martin Todhunter/Tony Dobbin
29)55-101141 SPOT THEDIFFERENCE (IRE) 12-10-07 J P McManus Enda Bolger IRE/Robbie Power
30)6603021 INNOX (FR) 9-10-06 J P McManus Francois Doumen FR/Robert Thornton
31)4621122 STRONG RESOLVE (IRE) 9-10-06 Fair City Flyers Lucinda Russell/Peter Buchanan
32)F132/5-4 SHAMAWAN (IRE) 10-10-06 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill/Shay Barry
33)11/1P3-44 LORD ATTERBURY (IRE) 9-10-06 David Johnson Martin Pipe/Mark Bradburne
34)0P133F0B EUROPA 9-10-06 Trevor Hemmings Ferdy Murphy/Jason Maguire
35)3P1P0 MERCHANTS FRIEND (IRE) 10-10-06 Magic Moments Charlie Mann/Noel Fehily
36)-05443 SIMPLY GIFTED 10-10-06 Steve Hammond Jonjo O'Neill/Brian Harding
37)4-60200 ARCTIC COPPER (IRE) 11-10-06 Grand Alliance Racing Club Noel Meade IRE/Davy Russell
38) 121P-05P NATIVE EMPEROR 9-10-05 J C, J R and S R Hitchins Jonjo O'Neill/Dominic Elsworth
(was reserve one)
39)22-00310 MARCUS DU BERLAIS (FR) 8-10-05 Marcus Beresford Arthur Moore IRE/Barry Cash
40)11024644 L'AVENTURE (FR) 6-10-05 Chris Harriman Paul Nicholls/Bobby McNally
NON RUNNER the original no 38)62-4120P0 TURNIUM (FR) 10-10-06 Fergus Wilson Michael Scudamore

Reserve Two 1U11/54-6 A PIECE OF CAKE (IRE) 12-10-05 Lightbody Celebration Cakes Ltd Jim Goldie
Reserve Three 1132-2P1 LONGSHANKS 8-10-04 Alan Halsall Kim Bailey
Reserve Four P502/-0P SUPREME GLORY (IRE) 12-10-04 Chris Moorsom Pat Murphy


Outsider Turnium was found to be lame this morning and so misses tomorrow’s John Smith’s Grand National, and his place in the 40-strong field is taken by Native Emperor, who was first reserve.

Native Emperor will carry Turnium’s number 38 on his saddle cloth but will bring up the rear in the parade. Trainer Jonjo O’Neill has booked Dominic Elsworth to ride.


The going for tomorrow’s John Smith’s Grand National meeting officially remains the same as today. Mildmay course, good: Hurdles course good, good to soft in places: National course, good to soft.

Clerk of the Course Andrew Tulloch said: “The National course has been drying out today, and we will have another look in the morning. We will be racing on fresh ground on the Mildmay course, which has been drying out, and we would expect it to be good jumping ground.

“Showers are possible about lunchtime, but only about 1mm is expected and it is forecast to be a warmer day than today.”


The official going has been changed before racing to:-

GOOD TO SOFT - Grand National Course


GOOD - Mildmay Course

The forecast for tomorrow is for warmer weather with the possibility of the odd shower around noon. There has been no rain since 1pm on Thursday.

After racing today, all bends on the Mildmay and Hurdle courses will be moved to provide fresh ground.


Aintree had a dry night, and the ground remains


on all three courses (Grand National, Mildmay & Hurdle) for the second day of the John Smith’s Grand National meeting.

Andrew Tulloch, the clerk of the course, said: “It is a cold day, but the forecast is for it to remain dry apart from an isolated sleet or snow shower, so the ground should continue to dry out.

“The weathermen are predicting a few spots of rain towards dawn, and it will be a similar sort of day tomorrow, so we are looking set for what promises to be a fantastic John Smith’s Grand National tomorrow.”


The attendance of 53,860 is a record for the Friday of the John Smith’s Grand National meeting, and represents an increase of 3,360 on the corresponding day in 2004.

Managing director Charles Barnett said: “We are thrilled with the crowd figure, particularly in view of the rail strike. We have been delighted with the local publicity concerning alternative travel arrangements which ensured racegoers arrived early.”


Today’s tote pool turnover at Aintree was £1,572,183.20, compared with £1,592,893.50 on the corresponding Friday last year.


There will be nine jockeys taking part in their first John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree tomorrow - Carrie Ford, Paddy Brennan, Mr Tom Greenall, Mr David Dunsdon, Christian Williams, Alan Crowe, Robbie Power, Tom Malone and Peter Buchanan.


Dominic Elsworth was suspended for one day (April19) after being found guilty of using his whip with excessive frequency on Better Days, who was unplaced in the John Smith’s and Spar Topham Chase.

Elsworth was suspended for a second day (April 20) after the starter reported that he and Jim Culloty had disobeyed his instructions at the start of this race and, as this was his second such offence in the last 12 months, Culloty was fined £250.


Paul Carberry, who stood down after only one ride yesterday as he had aggravated an old leg injury, will not be riding again today.

Tony McCoy will replace him on Winning Dream (no.12) in the John Smith’s and Spar Topham Chase (3.45), and Ruby Walsh will take over the ride on Asian Maze (no.17) in the John Smith’s NUSSL Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (4.20).


Plenty of people who backed Longshanks at fancy odds for the John Smith’s Grand National and burned their fingers when he did not make the cut, have set out to retrieve losses on him in the John Smith’s and Spar Topham Chase (3.45) this afternoon. There has been money for him with Paddy Power, where he is now at 7-1 from 9-1, with Coral, where he is a point shorter than the morning 15-2, and with totesport, where he has been cut from 15-2 to 6-1.

There has been plenty of support for others in the 30-strong Topham field, with Powers reporting interest in the outsider Spring Margot, who is now at 22-1 from 33-1, while Ladbrokes and totesport have had money for Impek, who has come in from 20-1 to 16-1 and to 14-1 respectively, and Ladbrokes for Alcapone, whom they have cut from 28-1 to 20-1.

Powers also have had support, from 18-1 to 16-1, for Astronomic in the John Smith’s Top Novices’ Hurdle (2.35), and for Idle Talk, who is at 14-1 from 16-1 in the John Smith’s NUSSL Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (4.20).

In that race there has also been money for Bewleys Berry, who is in from 8-1 to 7-1 with Ladbrokes and from15-2 to 13-2 with Coral, while Ladbrokes have also trimmed Moulin Riche from 5-1 to 9-2 and totesport have brought Gold Medallist from 6-1 to 5-1.

In the betfair.com Handicap Chase (4.55) Powers have reduced Zeta’s River from 5-2 to 9-4, and they have also cut Paperprophet by a point to 7-1 in the closing John Smith’s Extra Cold Handicap Hurdle (5.20).

There are new books for the John Smith’s Mildmay Novices’ Chase (2.0), following the withdrawals of Captain Corelli and Jazz d’Estruval, and totesport have had enough interest in Like-A-Butterfly to cut her price from 9-2 to 7-2.



Christy Roche, trainer of the successful Like-A-Butterfly, said that the mare has not been easy to train.

“When she ran at Leopardstown over Christmas her blood was wrong,” he said. “She sweated up a lot, which made it clear that she was not right, but we could never pin down what was the problem. Maybe we had run her a bit too quickly after she had won at Naas.”

It was later reported that the mare had been suffering from a soft-tissue disruption.

“She is not back to the mare she was when she won the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham (in 2002),” Roche added. “She is close to that, but not quite there.

“And I am sure that she has never got back to the form she showed when she was winning her bumpers earlier in her career, but she is a lovely mare and I am delighted to have her.”

First Race winner.

Mildmay Novices’ Chase


Christy Roche, winning trainer, said: “Like-A-Butterfly’s blood was always showing good and we got her back to Cheltenham, but with hindsight, it was the wrong thing to do - it is like a bug, everyone always wants to get there.

“When she won the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, she was near her best, and we never quite got her back to what she was as a bumper, but I am still delighted to have her.

“I wanted to retire her before Cheltenham, but Frank (Berry – the owner’s racing manager) was adamant she would get through, and we have a lot to thank Frank for, and Jim Bolger too for allowing us to go to his gallops.”

When asked if she would be retired, he replied: “That is down to ‘J P’. She might not be the mare she used to be, but very few mares will have won a Grade 1 bumper, a Grade 1 Hurdle and a Grade 1 Chase.”

Tony McCoy said: “She has improved and got better since Cheltenham, she is just a very good horse and still very professional.”

J P McManus said: “We went to Cheltenham and just wondered if she had shown enough, but she came out of it so well that we went to Fairyhouse, and she won there and now has come here and won.

“One half of the family say we should have her covered by ‘Sadler’s Wells or whoever, and the other half say we should retire her - it is always something for deliberation!”

Race One: John Smith’s Mildmay Novices’ Chase
Placed Quotes:


Seamus Mullins was justifiably proud of the bold front-running display of See You Sometime in the John Smith’s Mildmay Novices’ Chase, despite being beaten by Like A Butterfly, who was receiving 7lb.

The trainer said: “He is a brave little horse. I told Andrew (Thornton) to set him alight at the cross fence, and the horse really picked up for him. We gave the mare a run for her money with our penalty, and now we’ll take our fellow to Punchestown. He might not enjoy it, but I can assure you that I will!”

Thornton said: “You can’t ask for more than that. See You Sometime was as fresh as paint and he really loved being able to dominate out in front.”

Francois Doumen, who trains third-placed L’Ami, the 7-2 favourite, said: “He has improved his jumping, and that might silence those in the press this morning who claimed he was a suspect jumper.

“He is lightly-raced and a real three-miler. Chocolate (Thornton) thought he would win two out, but L’Ami does not have a turn of foot and could only plug on at the one pace. However, he is only six and has a great future.”



After the first race, the following jockeys reported the ground as:

Mick Fitzgerald, rider of Chauvinist, and Richard Johnson, rider of Lacdoudal, both said: “Slow.”

Robbie Power, rider of Well Presented, said: “On the slow side of good - better than yesterday.”

Seamus Durack, rider of Too Forward, said: “Drying out.”

Andrew Thornton, rider of See You Sometime, said: “Good to soft.”

Tony McCoy, rider of winner Like-A-Butterfly, and Sam Thomas, rider of Limerick Boy, both said: “Good.” The latter, who took a fall on his mount at the eighth obstacle, walked back into the weighing room.


Mighty Man’s trainer Henry Daly declared of the winner: “he is pretty good and certainly the fastest two mile novice that I have had.

“He will continue to improve and has a lot of ability, but he is very buzzy, which is why we did not run him at Cheltenham and he needs time.

“He won’t run again this season and we will think about where we go next time round. I like fences and he will be a chaser, but we might still think about hurdles for next season.

“I had a bet with Nicky Henderson, (whose Sea Captain finished fifth) about the result of the race, and although I have won, I don’t think I shall have won very much as I have to buy him dinner.”



Mighty Man retained his unbeaten record on a racecourse, winning his fourth outing by half a length from favourite Dusky Warbler.

Winning trainer Henry Daly said: “He is going to be a lovely horse - he is a lovely horse now but he will get better when he learns to settle and take less out of himself even in the paddock.

“I have to thank Mel Langford, who rides him every day at home and has done a brilliant, first-class job. He is not straightforward and is always on his toes.

“I don’t know if he will go chasing next season - I will have to sit down and think about it. He will not be going for the Swinton Hurdle at Haydock and that may be it for the season. There is no obvious race for him unless he travels to Punchestown and he probably won’t do that as he hasn’t got the mentality for it at the moment.

“He is a home-bred horse and he came to me at the back-end of 2003 around Christmas time.

“Even I achieved to win a bumper with him first time out, hard held by 21 lengths - I have never seen one do that before!”

Victor Chandler go 20/1 about Mighty Man for the 2006 Smurfit Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Second Race Runner-up
Top Novices’ Hurdle


Rodger Sargent, part-owner of Dusky Warbler, said: “There is a big difference in the 18 inches between the winner’s enclosure and the runner-up spot! He travelled good but missed the third last, and this morning I really thought he should win it.

“He is not good enough to go to Punchestown, and we will probably put him away now. We thought he might be good enough to go for the Champion Hurdle next year, but he does not look good enough to go for that so he will go novice chasing.”


Moscow Flyer’s owner Brian Kearney said: “watching him in a race like this is at the same time stomach turning and magnificent, and I do not know how to separate the two feelings.

“He seems to be getting better as he gets older, which is very encouraging for people like me to show that there is life in the old dog yet.”

The winner’s trainer Jessica Harrington remarked that “Barry (Geraghty) is saying that he is better now than he was at Cheltenham.

“It has taken us six or seven years to get him to where he is, but we finally seem to have done it with him.

“He is one hundred times very, very special.

“We’ll take it one race at a time with him and hopefully he will be at Punchestown in two weeks’ time. I can’t say at the moment about the King George V1.”

His jockey Barry Geraghty confirmed his comment that Moscow Flyer “is better than he was at Cheltenham, and he has so much scope.

“He was a bit keen on the way to the start but when Kadarann made that mistake he settled better and he is very clever over his fences.

“I am lucky enough to be able to ride him and Kicking King. They are two machines and it is great to have them.”

Race Three: John Smith’s Melling Chase
Winner’s Quotes:


The incomparable Moscow Flyer, hero of the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham, made it 19 victories from as many completed races over fences with another exhibition performance to win the John Smith’s Melling Chase.

Despite being a bit keen over the early fences, Moscow Flyer was always in second gear, and jumping to the front five from home he won easing down by 16 lengths from Le Roi Miguel.

Barry Geraghty was adamant that even at the age of 11 Moscow Flyer is getting better.

He said:”The best feel I ever got was when he won the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown, but this was on a par with that - and he was definitely better than he was at Cheltenham.”

Jessica Harrington, who trains Moscow Flyer, said: “It has taken us six years to get Moscow Flyer jumping like that, but he is learning to relax and he was brilliant today.

“He is getting clever at his fences and is now an easier ride, and the fact that Aintree is a week later this year enabled us to come here.

“However, he does not really like Aintree, and he simply refuses to enter that canopy in the winner’s enclosure.

“Since Cheltenham he has had two trips to The Curragh to keep him sweet, and he is a very, very special horse. One day he will be beaten, that’s for sure, but I don’t think about that.

“I just take it one race at a time, and we’ll take him home and, hopefully, run him at Punchestown. It would mean a lot to everyone if he won there.”



Le Roi Miguel ran a stormer to finish a 16 length second to Moscow Flyer, who recorded his sixth successive victory this season, in the John Smith’s Melling Chase.

The second could make a quick reappearance according to his trainer Paul Nicholls. “He might run in the Myra Showers two mile five furlong limited handicap at Cheltenham on Wednesday,” he revealed. “There is not a lot else to run him in - it’s a long time until November.

”He’s only had five runs this season and he’ll go if he’s alright - he’s fit. I can’t go to Punchestown as the only options are two miles or three miles one furlong and that means Moscow Flyer or Kicking King!

“He was fourth in the King George but two miles four furlongs or a furlong extra - a race like the Peterborough Chase - is ideal.

“We knew the result of this race before the start and he has come up against a very, very special horse in Moscow Flyer.”

Therealbandit was a further 28 lengths adrift in third. David Pipe, assistant trainer to his father Martin, said: “I don’t know what his best trip is - two miles four furlongs or three miles.

“Timmy [Murphy, jockey] said that he showed a lot of speed early on and he’s in the Myra Showers race at Cheltenham on Wednesday.

“Le Roi Miguel is out of the weights at the moment.”

He was then asked how he knew this and he replied with a smile: “I know what we have entered,” which could mean that Well Chief is a possible for the Prestbury Park event.

Third Race
Melling Chase


Trainer Sue Smith reported that Mr McGoldrick, who fell at the third fence, sustained a slight overreach and will not be going to Punchestown. His rider Dominic Elsworth escaped injury.

Jimmy McCarthy, Paddy Brennan and Timmy Murphy were fined £140 for arriving late in the parade ring.


The winner’s trainer Shane Donohoe was at home in Co. Cavan, so his wife Samantha was doing the honours. “He will be delighted,” she said. “We have had this race in mind for the horse since we had him as a four-year-old when he won a point-to-point.

“He went away to Paddy Mullins for a while but we were delighted to get him back.

“He had jumped round a circuit of these fences in the Grand National before and we were delighted with the way he ran at Fairyhouse last time.

“He is very clever. I ride him out regularly at home and he sometimes runs away with me. He doesn’t really like racing but he was enjoying himself today.”

The winner’s jockey Davy Russell said: “that was marvellous and it was a very exciting finish. Shane told me to let him take his time to get into the race and all the time from the Canal Turn he was running on and running on.”

Fourth Race Winner
Topham Chase


Shane Donohoe, trainer of 50/1 shot Cregg House, was represented by his wife Samantha who said: “Shane is at home in Cavan looking after our 45 horses and three children! He will be over the moon, we have always wanted to run the horse in this race.

“The owner gave us a second chance, and the horse came back to us from Paddy Mullins after 18 months. He had won four points and two races at Fairyhouse when we first had him, and won another race for us at Fairyhouse last month.

“He ran in the Grand National for Paddy Mullins, and he refused at Becher’s second time around, but we came here hopeful, it was always going to be his race.

“We are having a very good season back home, we have had more winners than ever, and it was my treat to come over today because I ride the horse out at home.”

Winning jockey Davy Russell said: “He ran well over two miles at Fairyhouse ten days ago, and he was never a 50-1 chance (today) in my book. We always thought he might take to these fences, and I had a brilliant ride round. I have never done that well here in the past but this was something else.”

Race Four: John Smith’s and Spar Topham Chase
Placed Quotes


Kim Bailey could not help but reflect what might have been after Longshanks, runner-up in last year’s John Smith’s and Spar Topham Chase, had run another stormer in this year’s renewal, finishing a gallant fourth.

Jumping brilliantly all the way round, Longshanks, who failed to make the cut for tomorrow’s John Smith’s Grand National by three, was just tapped for foot over the final three fences.

Bailey said: “JP (McNamara) got off and told me Longshanks would definitely have won the National.

“I was gutted that he was ballotted out, but that’s racing. The trouble is he is an out-and-out stayer and not a two miles and five furlongs horse, and they have basically done him for speed.

“This was a great National trial a year too soon, but the plan will be to go for the big one in 366 days time.”

Paul Nicholls and his owner Andy Stewart are also thinking very much in terms of next year’s National for Le Duc, who ran out of his skin to finish third.

Le Duc is an enigmatic character, but Nicholls felt that the big fences might bring out the best in him, and so it proved.

He said: “I knew that he would either love it or hate it, and I was particularly pleased to see him battle on from the elbow. He’ll be raced over shorter distances next season until we get to Aintree, and that will be our target.”

Stewart, who has often described Le Duc as “a total nutcase, said: “That was brilliant. Everything will be geared around the National next year, and I’ll also aim Gingerbread House, who is with Richard Phillips, for the race.”



After the John Smith’s And Spar Topham Chase, the following jockeys reported the ground as:

Sam Waley-Cohen, rider of Liberthine, said: “Maybe a little deader than yesterday.”

Ruby Walsh, rider of Le Duc, and Dominic Elsworth, rider of Better Days, both said: “A bit dead.”

Tom Doyle, rider of Rathbawn Prince, said: “On the easy side.”

Ken Whelan, rider of John James, said: “Nice - a little bit on the slow side.”

Richard Johnson, rider of Knock Down, and Davy Russell, rider of winner Cregg House, both said: “Good.”

Wayne Hutchinson, rider of Wain Mountain, said: “Good ground.”

Keith Mercer, rider of Haut De Gamme, said: “Good - a bit dead.”

Sam Thomas, rider of Itsonlyme, said: “Good ground which is a bit on the slow side.”

Christian Williams, rider of Spring Margot, said: “Good, beautiful ground.”

Noel Fehily, rider of Alcapone, said: “Slow side of good.”


Present Bleu took a heavy fall, injuring his neck and came back in the horse ambulance for further examination on the racecourse. But the vets report that he has already showed a lot of improvement since the fall when he was concussed.


The winner’s trainer Tom Mullins recalled that in her early days the successful Asian Maze was not very highly regarded at home.

“We really did not think that much of her and she could not even win a bumper, so we were not very hopeful about her.

“Then one day it looked as if she would stay and so we decicded to pop her out in front and see what happens.

“She has not looked back since. That is her eighth race since we started running her that way and she has now won six and been second in the other two.

“There are no plans for her, though I suppose we could think of Punchestown, but she has been on the go since September. She enjoys every minute of it.”



Asian Maze provided Tom Mullins with his first winner in Britain with only his second runner, coming home two and a half lengths ahead of Brewster.

The winning trainer said: “This is my first runner at Liverpool - I had one run at Cheltenham and we hoped that it would run well and possibly run into a place but it didn’t work there.

“I’ve been with my father Paddy as assistant for a long time and I’m more relaxed now in one way rather than being the assistant.

“This mare has been improving all year - she’s now won six of her last eight starts and finished second on the other two.

“She has won over three miles and we thought that this was her best trip. Saying that, I thought maybe we should have run her in the two and a half mile race yesterday, especially as there were only nine runners in that. But she’s gone and won this so everthing is fine!

“This is the fourth time that Ruby has won on her but we did have Paul Carberry lined up to ride. It was a kick in the teeth to say the least when Paul was stood down. I automatically thought of Ruby then as he started her off on her winning run.

“We’ll consider Punchestown but if it dries out, we probably won’t go there. She has been given an entry in the stayers’ hurdle there as well as the two and a half mile novices.”

Fifth Race Places
John Smith’s NUSSL Sefton Novices’ Hurdle


Ian Williams, trainer of runner-up Brewster said: “He has run a super race on ground which was a little bit quicker than is ideal for him, and he was beaten by a decent performer with solid form.

“He has been to Cheltenham and now to Liverpool, but he is tough and just may have another run, but it would have to be somewhere where the ground is soft.”

Peter Bowen, who trains third-placed Football Crazy, said: “That was a good run. He has come back from a break and I am happy enough with that, we will school him over fences now and he will go chasing after May 1.

“He has won six of his 12 races for us, so that can’t be bad.”

Bowen runs both Take The Stand and Ballycassidy in tomorrow’s John Smith’s Grand National, and he added: “Take The Stand is in good order, and hopefully there will not any overnight rain.

“But don’t forget Ballycassidy, he only came right two weeks before the Gold Cup.”

betfair.com HANDICAP CHASE


“It has been a great team effort and everyone, particularly his owner David Jackson, has been very patient,” said Paul Nicholls after Sleeping Night had won the betfair.com Handicap Chase by ten lengths from Zeta’s River in spite of hitting the last fence very hard as he was pulling clear.

“He doesn’t always get very high but that is him and he can put himself right,” said the trainer. “The only time he has fallen this season was at Wincanton and that was my fault for running him the wrong way round as he is blind in his right eye.

“He was going to be a good horse when he was second in the Charlie Hall Chase three years ago, but he has had a lot of problems with his legs and fractured his pelvis and it took us a long time to get him right.

“He came back to us on the first of July and then he went to Chloe Roddick, who has quite a lot of horses for me. She had him from then until January, while she hunted him and it had always been my plan to start him again at Wetherby in February as we did.

“Ruby (Walsh, who rode the winner and was following up his success on Asian Maze in the previous race) and I have been discussing all week which race to run him and Le Duc in. Ruby was keen to do things the other way round, but I was sure that Le Duc would jump the big fences in the Topham, and so we agreed to run him in that and Sleeping Night in this one.

“I was always keen to use the hunter chase route to bring him back as a help for his confidence, but he won’t be out again this season. He could be a quite well handicapped horse as he was on 156 three years ago and is down to 142 now and we will start him off again in the Charlie Hall next season.”

Race Six: betfair.com Handicap Chase
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Henry Daly, who runs Jakari in tomorrow’s John Smith’s Grand National, has his horses in great form, and, following his earlier success of Mighty Man, he was delighted to see topweight Hand In Hand run well to finish third behind Sleeping Night in the betfair.com Handicap Chase.

Daly said: “We were giving 12lb to the winner, so you have to be pleased. He is so consistent that he gets no respite from the handicapper, who put him up 5lb for finishing fourth at Cheltenham.

“I doubt he’ll run again this season, but the good thing is that next winter we won’t have to worry about the Grade 1 penalty, which has been a noose around our neck this season.”

David Johnson had no excuses for runner-up Zeta’s River, the 5-2 favourite.

The owner said: “He has run well, but he has been beaten by a better handicapped horse.

“Timmy (Murphy) told me that the ground is drying up, which is good news for tomorrow. The dryer the better for Contraband, while it would also give It Takes Time more chance of getting the trip in the John Smith’s Grand National.”


* Dominic Elsworth was badly shaken and stood down for the rest of the day after a fall from Rebel Rhythm in the John Smith’s NUSSL Sefton Novices’ Hurdle, but he expects to be back tomorrow. He has to pass the doctor in the morning to take his rides which include Native Emperor in the John Smith’s Grand National.

Race Seven: John Smith’s Extra Cold Handicap Hurdle
Winner’s Quotes:


Sarah Williams, who only has a team of eight at her West Country yard in South Molton,Devon, celebrated her biggest success when Holland Park beat the well-backed favourite Celtic Son in the £40,000 John Smith’s Extra Cold Handicap Hurdle.

Almost hoarse after shouting Holland Park home, Mrs Williams said: “I am so excited but I must keep cool as my two children will get embarrassed.

“I would have been thrilled if Holland Park had finished in the first six and over the moon if he made the first four, so to gain my biggest win at the Grand National meeting is simply amazing.

“I ride him myself at home so I knew how well he was, and I am so pleased for Joe (Tizzard), who gave him a terrific ride. We only have eight horses, but there is room for more!”

Tizzard said: “Holland Park is a decent horse, but he lost his confidence when he fell over fences earlier in the season, and Sarah has done a great job getting him back.

“He ran well at Haydock and then won at Uttoxeter, and I could not be more pleased. I was glad that Celtic Song challenged us at the last, because my fellow was starting to idle and it encouraged him to find more.”

Tizzard rides Ad Hoc in tomorrow’s John Smith’s Grand National and is sweet on his chance.

He said: “The drying ground will help Ad Hoc, who is a class horse and was going really well when he was brought down a couple of years ago. He must have a chance, but even I win I can’t celebrate as I am riding at Worcester on Sunday!”



Celtic Son missed out on a five-timer after finding just Holland Park nine lengths too powerful.

Champion trainer Martin Pipe saddled five in the race including Celtic Son and Idaho D’Ox, who was fourth. His son and assistant David Pipe said: “They all ran well - not good enough I’m afraid!”

Third-placed The Dark Lord was a further three-quarters of a length away. Owner Vicky Pakenham said: “When he ran at Cheltenham last time, they went too slow. If he carries more than 11st the weight tells as he is quite a small horse. That was a great run and he is so brave.

“I think that will be it now for the season as he has been on the go for quite a while now and deserves a break.”

Trainer Lucy Wadham added: “He is really in the grip of the handicapper now and we may well school him over fences and see how he gets on.”

Lilium De Cotte

Lilium De Cotte had a haemorrhage and died after pulling up before the fifth hurdle in the last race, and a post mortem will be held. RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE


Class A, Grade Two, £75,000 Guaranteed, 3m 1f. For 5yo+. Weights: 5yo 10st 7lb; 6yo+ 11st 2lb. Penalties: after April 24, 2004, a winner of a Class C chase 3lb; of a Class B chase 5lb; of a Class A chase 7lb. Allowances: mares 7lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £43,500; 2nd: £16,500; 3rd: £8,250; 4th: £3,750; 5th: £1,875; 6th: £1,125
SP/Betfair SP
1) LIKE-A-BUTTERFLY (J P McManus) Christy Roche IRE 11-11-02 Tony McCoy 6/1 7.28
2) SEE YOU SOMETIME (J A G Meaden) Seamus Mullins 10-11-09 Andrew Thornton 20/1 29.74
3) L'AMI (Jim McCarthy) Francois Doumen FR 6-11-09 Robert Thornton 7/2 Fav 4.9
4) LACDOUDAL (Carol Skan) Philip Hobbs 6-11-07 Richard Johnson 5.28
5) TOO FORWARD (T L Gibson & D Nathias) Mark Pitman 9-11-02 Seamus Durack 45.92
6) WELL PRESENTED (B B Horse Racing Club) Jessica Harrington IRE 7-11-09 Robbie Power 46.9
F8) LIMERICK BOY (Favourites Racing) Venetia Williams 7-11-09 Sam Thomas 11.7
PU BEF 2 OUT) CHAUVINIST (Bunny & Nick Roberts) Nicky Henderson 10-11-05 Mick Fitzgerald 8.2
PU BEF LAST) WHITFORD DON (John Hales) Paul Nicholls b7-11-07 Ruby Walsh 7.75
PU BEF 3 OUT) CONTROL MAN (David Johnson) Martin Pipe v7-11-07 Timmy Murphy 14.49

10 ran Non-Runners: Jazz D’Estruval (Ground), Captain Corelli (Vet’s Certificate)
Breeder: P J McGee Breeding: b m Montelimar (USA) - Swifts Butterfly
Tote Win: £3.70 Places: £1.50; £5.40; £2.00 Exacta: £181.00
Dist: 1¾, 1½, 30, 5, 3½

Winning Trainer: Christy Roche Based: Curragh View House, Kildare, County Kildare, Ireland Previous Occupation: Professional Flat jockey. Won 1984 Epsom Derby on Secreto. Cheltenham Festival Winners: (3) Coral Cup Hcap Hurdle (1999 Khayrawani), Gerrard Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2002 Like-A-Butterfly), William Hill National Hunt Chase (2003 Youlneverwalkalone) Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Top Novices’ Hurdle (1999 Joe Mac), John Smith’s Noblige Hcap Hurdle (1999 Khayrawani), John Smith’s Cordon Bleu Handicap Hurdle (2004 Puck Out), John Smith’s Mildmay Novices Chase (2005 Like-A-Butterfly)

Winning Jockey: Anthony Peter McCoy Date of Birth: 04/05/74 First Winner: Thurles, 26/03/92 (First winner in Britain: 07/09/94, Exeter, Chickabiddy) Apprenticeship: Four years with Jim Bolger.Cheltenham Festival Wins: (15) GRAND ANNUAL CHASE (1996 Kibreet, 1998 Edredon Bleu), IRISH INDEPENDENT ARKLE CHASE (1997 Or Royal, 1998 Champleve, 2004 Well Chief), SMURFIT CHAMPION HURDLE (1997 Make A Stand), TOTE GOLD CUP (1997 Mr Mulligan), CATHCART CHASE (1998 Cyfor Malta, 2002 Royal Auclair) Pertemps Final (1998 Unsinkable Boxer), VINCENT O’BRIEN COUNTY HURDLE (1998 Blowing Wind), GERRARD SUPREME NOVICES’ HURDLE (1999 Hors La Loi III), THE MILDMAY OF FLETE CHALLENGE CUP HCAP CHASE (1999 Majadou), QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE (2000 Edredon Bleu), WEATHERBYS CHAMPION BUMPER (2003 Liberman)) Other major wins: KING GEORGE VI CHASE (2002 Best Mate), SCOTTISH GRAND NATIONAL (1997 Belmont King), REHEARSAL CHASE (1996 Belmont King), PADDY POWER GOLD CUP (1998 Cyfor Malta, 2000 Lady Cricket, 2001Shooting Light), PILLAR PROPERTY CHASE (1999 Cyfor Malta), TRIPLEPRINT GOLD CUP CHASE (1998 Northern Starlight), EXTRAMAN HENRY VIII NOVICES’ CHASE (1998 Dines), MILDMAY & CAZALET HCAP CHASE (1999 Eudipe), GROSVENOR CASINOS LONG DISTANCE HURDLE (1999 Galant Moss), SCILLY ISLES NOVICES’ CHASE (2000 Upgrade), FIRST NATIONAL GOLD CUP H’CAP CHASE (2000 Upgrade), LONG WALK HURDLE (2002 Deano’s Beeno) Winners 1994/5-2003/04:74,175, 189,253,186,245,191, 289, 257, 209 Aintree Festival Wins Include: MELLING CHASE (Viking Flagship 1996), ANNIVERSARY HURDLE (Zabadi 1996, Hors La Loi III 1999), JOHN SMITH’S NOVICES’ HURDLE (1998 Fataliste), TOPHAM CHASE (1998 Cyfor Malta, 2000 Northern Starlight), JOHN SMITH’S MILDMAY NOVICES’ CHASE (1998 Boss Doyle, 2005 Like-A-Butterfly), SEFTON NOVICES’ HURDLE (1998 Unsinkable Boxer), AINTREE HURDLE (1998 Pridwell), JOHN SMITH’S HANDICAP HURDLE (1996 Top Spin, 2003 Carlovent), JOHN SMITH’S RED RUM HANDICAP CHASE (2003 Golden Alpha, 2005 Fota Island) BETFAIR BOWL (2004 Tiutchev), MAGHULL NOVICES’ CHASE (2004 Well Chief) Wins This Season: 182


Class A, Grade Two, £50,000 Guaranteed, 2m 1/2f. For 4yo+. Weights: 4yo 10st 8lb; 5yo+ 11st. Penalties: a winner of a Class C hurdle 3lb; of a Class B hurdle 5lb; of a Class A hurdle 8lb. Allowances: fillies & mares 7lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £29,000; 2nd: £11,000; 3rd: £5,500; 4th: £2,500; 5th: £1,250; 6th: £750
SP/Betfair SP
1) MIGHTY MAN (E R Hanbury) Henry Daly 5-11-00 Richard Johnson 3/1 4.33
2) DUSKY WARBLER (Mike Charlton & Rodger Sargent) Gary Moore 6-11-00 Tony McCoy 15/8 Fav 3.14
3) NAPOLITAIN (Judy Stewart) Paul Nicholls 4-11-02 Ruby Walsh 25/1 31.9
4) NYRCHE (Tony & Jeni Fisher) Alan King 5-11-03 Robert Thornton 8.33
5) SEA CAPTAIN (The Queen) Nicky Henderson 5-11-00 Mick Fitzgerald 6.74
6) MARCEL (David Johnson) Martin Pipe 5-11-08 Timmy Murphy 9.04
PU BEF 3 OUT) ASTRONOMIC (Andrea & Graham Wylie) Howard Johnson 5-11-08 Graham Lee 20.68

7 ran
Breeder: Evan Hanbury Breeding: b g Sir Harry Lewis (USA) - Vanina II (FR)
Tote Win: £3.20 Places: £1.80; £1.80 Exacta: £7.30
Dist:½, 23, 9, nk, 29

Winning Trainer: Henry Daly Based: Downton Hall Stables, Ludlow, Shropshire Horses in Training (1999-2005): 50; 50; 51; 50; 50; 50; 50 Number of Winners (1998/99-2003/04): 35; 38; 25; 28; 28; 43 Cheltenham Festival Wins: (3) National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Novices’ Chase (2000 Relaxation), Mildmay Of Flete Challenge Cup Chase (2003 Young Spartacus), Grand Annual Chase (2003 Palarshan) Big Race Wins Include: Tolworth Hurdle (1999 Behrajan), Mildmay & Cazalet Handicap Chase (2000 Lancastrian Jet), Totesport Exacta Long Distance Hurdle (2000 Behrajan), Racing Post Chase (Young Spartacus), Silver Cup Chase (2002 Behrajan), John Smith’s Top Novices’ Hurdle (2005 Mighty Man) Wins This Season: 30

Winning Jockey: Richard Johnson Date of birth: 21/07/77 Wins (1993/94-2003/2004): 1; 12; 53; 102; 120; 133; 143; 161; 132; 147; 186 Cheltenham Festival wins: (11) BONUSPRINT STAYERS’ HURDLE (1999 Anzum), MILDMAY OF FLETE CHALLENGE CUP H’CAP CHASE (2000 Dark Stranger, 2003 Young Spartacus), TOTE CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP (2000 Looks Like Trouble), QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE (2002 Flagship Uberalles), COUNTY HURDLE (2002 Rooster Booster), SMURFIT CHAMPION HURDLE (2003 Rooster Booster), Royal & SunAlliance Chase (2003 One Knight), Cathcart Chase (2003 La Landiere), CORAL CUP (2004 Monkerhostin), JCB Triumph Hurdle (2004 Made In Japan) Aintree Festival wins: TOP NOVICES’ HURDLE (1997 Midnight Legend, 2000 Phardante Flyer), Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (1997 Forest Ivory), Betfair Bowl (1998 Escartefigue), Mildmay Novices’ Chase (1999 Spendid, 2001 What’s Up Boys), Anniversary 4yo Novices’ Hurdle (2000 Lord Brex), Jjohn Smith’s Topham Chase (2001 Gower-Slave), John Smith’s Top Novices’ Hurdle (2005 Mighty Man) Other big race wins: JAMES NICHOLSON WINE MERCHANT CHAMPION CHASE (2000 Looks Like Trouble), WELSH NATIONAL (1999 Edmond), RACING POST TROPHY (2000 Gloria Victis, 2001 Young Spartacus, 2002 Gunter McBride, 2005 Farmer Jack), TOTE SILVER CUP (2002 Behrajan) Wins This Season: 128


Class A, Grade One, £150,000 Guaranteed, 2m 4f. For 5yo+. Weights: 5yo 11st 6lb; 6yo+ 11st 10lb. Allowances: mares 7lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £87,000; 2nd: £33,000; 3rd: £16,500; 4th: £7,500; 5th: £3,750; 6th: £2,250
SP/Betfair SP
1) MOSCOW FLYER (Brian Kearney) Jessica Harrington IRE 11-11-10 Barry Geraghty 4/9 Fav 1.48
2) LE ROI MIGUEL (Judy Stewart) Paul Nicholls 7-11-10 Ruby Walsh 9/2 6.12
3) THEREALBANDIT (David Johnson) Martin Pipe v1 8-11-10 Timmy Murphy 9/1 12.17
4) KADARANN (Notalottery) Paul Nicholls 8-11-10 Paddy Brennan 66.37
5) DAVOSKI (Lady Maria Coventry) Dr Philip Pritchard 11-11-10 Jimmy McCarthy 495.61
F3) MISTER MCGOLDRICK (Richard Longley) Sue Smith 8-11-10 Dominic Elsworth 14.12

6 ran
Breeder: Edward Joyce Breeding: b g Moscow Society (USA) - Meelick Lady (IRE)
Tote Win: £1.40 Places: £1.30; £1.90 Exacta: £2.70
Dist: 16, 28, dist, 17

Winning Trainer: Jessica Harrington Based: Commonstown Stables, Moone, County Kildare, Ireland Age: 58 Background: Fomrer three-day-event rider, competed for Ireland at the Olympics. Date of First Licence: 1989 Cheltenham Festival Wins (5): Grand Annual Hcap Chase (1999 Space Trucker), Irish Independent Arkle Chase (2002 Moscow Flyer), Queen Mother Champion Chase (2003 & 2005 Moscow Flyer), County Hurdle (2003 Spirit Leader) Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Melling Chase (2004 & 2005 Moscow Flyer) Big Race Wins: Royal Bond Novices’ Hurdle (1999 Moscow Flyer), Evening Herald Champion Novices’ Hurdle (2000 Moscow Flyer), Morgiana Hurdle (2000 Moscow Flyer), William Hill Handicap Hurdle (2002 Spirit Leader), Totesport Gold Trophy (2003 Spirit Leader), Tingle Creek Chase (2003 & 2004 Moscow Flyer) Wins in Britain in 2001/2-2003/04: 1; 5; 2 Horses in Training (2004-05): 89; 114

Winning Jockey: Barry Geraghty Born: September 16, 1979 Background: one of six children from a “horse-mad” family in Drumree. His father Tucker was a useful amateur rider and trains a few horses in addition to his riding school and livery yard while his brothers Ross and Norman are both jockeys. The former won the 2002 Irish Grand National on The Bunny Boiler, while Norman is an amateur who doubles as a farrier. Barry has a background in pony racing, riding his last winner in that arena in September, 1996, before becoming apprenticed to Noel Meade that month and having his first ride the following month. He still rides mainly for Meade, but is also frequently used by Willie Mullins, Frances Crowley and Jessica Harrington. Based: Drumree, County Meath, Ireland First Winner: Stagalier (EBF Mares’ Maiden Hurdle, Down Royal, January 29, 1997) Achievements: Champion jockey in Ireland in 1999/2000 Cheltenham Festival Wins: (9) Irish Independent Arkle Chase (2002 Moscow Flyer), William Hill Trophy Chase (2003 Youlneverwalkalone), Pertemps Final (2003 Inching Closer), Queen Mother Champion Chase (2003, 2005 Moscow Flyer), JCB Triumph Hurdle (2003 Spectroscope), County Hurdle (2003 Spirit Leader), bonusprint.com Stayers’ Hurdle (2004 Iris’s Gift), totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup (2005 Kicking King) Aintree Festival Wins include: John Smith’s Grand National (2003 Monty’s Pass); John Smith’s Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (2000 Sackville, 2003 Iris’s Gift), Liverpool Hurdle (2004 Iris’s Gift), John Smith’s Melling Chase (2004 & 2005 Moscow Flyer) Big Race Wins: MIDLANDS GRAND NATIONAL (1998 Miss Orchestra), ROYAL BOND NOVICES’ HURDLE (1999 Moscow Flyer), EVENING HERALD CHAMPION NOVICES’ HURDLE (2000 Moscow Flyer); STEEL PLATE & SECTIONS NOVICES’ CHASE (2002 Super Fellow), INTERVET TROPHY (2002 Stormez), THOMAS PINK GOLD CUP (2002 Cyfor Malta), VODAFONE GOLD CUP (2004 Isio), Tingle Creek Chase (2003 & 2004 Moscow Flyer) Wins in Britain in 2002/3-2003/4: 26; 13

Class B, £80,000 Guaranteed, 2m 5 1/2f. For 5yo+ Rated 0150. Minimum weight: 10st. Penalties: after March 26, a winner of a chase 4lb (No penalty to increase a horse’s weight above 11st 12lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £46,400; 2nd: £17,600; 3rd: £8,800; 4th: £4,000; 5th: £2,000; 6th: £1,200
SP/Betfair SP
1) CREGG HOUSE (Kathleen Kennedy) Shane Donohoe IRE 10-10-04 Davy Russell 50/1 78.66
2) HAUT DE GAMME (The Haut de Gamme Partnership) Ferdy Murphy 10-10-10 Keith Mercer (3) 25/1 41.53
3) LE DUC (Judy Stewart) Paul Nicholls 6-11-03 Ruby Walsh 20/1 21.75
4) LONGSHANKS (Alan Halsall) Kim Bailey 8-11-00 J P McNamara 9/2 Favourite 6.7
5) IMPEK (Jim Lewis) Henrietta Knight 9-11-11 Jim Culloty 20.74
6) MUNSTER (Cathal Ryan) Arthur Moore IRE t8-9-11 Danny Howard (3) 98.93
7) WHEREAREYOUNOW (Raymond Mould) Nigel Twiston-Davies 8-10-12 Carl Llewellyn 17.36
8) WAIN MOUNTAIN (W J Smith & M D Dudley) Jim Old t9-10-11 Wayne Hutchinson 38.92
9) BETTER DAYS (Trevor Hemmings) Sue Smith 9-10-09 Dominic Elsworth 28.17
10) WINNING DREAM (Mrs C McKiernan) Oliver McKiernan IRE 11-10-12 Tony McCoy 30.53
11) COLCA CANYON (Philip Myerscough) Jessica Harrington IRE 8-11-12 Robbie Power 39.27
12) ITSONLYME (Mel Davies) Venetia Williams 12-10-05 Sam Thomas 298.9
13) JUVEIGNEUR (Trevor Hemmings) Nicky Henderson 8-11-00 Mick Fitzgerald 7.98
14) LIBERTHINE (Robert Waley-Cohen) Nicky Henderson 6-10-12 Mr Sam Waley-Cohen (7) 11.21
15) GHADAMES (Paul Beck) Richard Guest 11-10-04 Sean Fox 260.08
16) BOY'S HURRAH (Woolpack Farm Partnership) Howard Johnson 9-10-00 Graham Lee 15.17
17) KNOCK DOWN (Patrick Burling Developments) Henry Daly 6-10-07 Richard Johnson 35.56
18) TURGEONEV (David Sills) Tim Easterby 10-11-09 David O'Meara 66.27
19) RATHBAWN PRINCE (Susie Culloty) Henrietta Knight 13-10-02 Tom Doyle 61.53
20) BE MY BETTER HALF (J P McManus) Arthur Moore IRE 10-10-07 Conor O'Dwyer 37.84
21) HERSOV (Sin Sceal Eile Syndicate) Paul Roche IRE p9-10-00 Brian Harding 60.08
22) JOHN JAMES (Monica Cogan) Homer Scott IRE 9-11-01 Ken Whelan 17.78
F 9) PRESENT BLEU (Fergus Wilson) Michael Scudamore 10-10-09 James Davies 623.24
F10) SPRING MARGOT (Sir Robert Ogden) Paul Nicholls 9-10-05 Christian Williams 30.48
F10) HISTORIC (Mrs R E R Rumboll) Tom George 9-10-13 Jason Maguire 161.07
PU BEF 14) WILD TEMPO (Fergus Wilson) Michael Scudamore 10-10-06 Tom Scudamore 567.14
PU BEF 13) ALCAPONE (Ann Daly) Mouse Morris IRE 11-11-05 Noel Fehily 40.85
UR 3) OVER THE FIRST (Trotters Ind Trading Syndicate) Charlie Swan IRE 10-10-08 Tony Dobbin 67.44
UR 12) ROYAL ATALZA (Terry Ramsden) Geoff Huffer p8-10-04 Paul Moloney 91.16
REF TO RACE) SWANSEA BAY (Peter Bowling) Peter Bowen t9-10-08 Andrew Thornton 40.6
30 ran
Breeder: James White Breeding: b g Kadalko - La Brunante
Tote Win: £104.90 Places: £16.20, £9, 5.40, £1.40 Exacta: £991.80
Dist: 1, 5, nk, 2, 2.5, 4, 4, nk, 2.5, 6, 6, 8, 2, 10, hd, 2, 0.5, 1.25, dist, dist, nk
Winning Trainer: Shane Donohoe Based: Fairtown Stud, Co. Cavan, Ireland Background: former jockey, who has worked for Tony Keane, Jim Bolger, John Edwards and Paul Nicholls. Started training in 1994. Big Race Wins: John Smith's Topham Chase (2005 Cregg House)
Winning Jockey: David Russell Background: Learned trade on ponies and then competed in Irish point-to-points - in 2000 riding 36 winners on amateur circuit. Aintree Festival Wins: MARTELL CHAMPION STANDARD N.H. FLAT RACE (2000 Quadco) (first winner in Britain), John Smith's Topham Chase (2005 Cregg House)


Class A, Grade One, £80,000 Guaranteed, 3m 1/2f. For 4yo+. Weights: 4yo 10st 10lb; 5yo+ 11st 4lb. Allowances: fillies & mares 7lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £46,400; 2nd: £17,600; 3rd: £8,800; 4th: £4,000; 5th: £2,000; 6th: £1,200
SP/Betfair SP
1) ASIAN MAZE (Mrs C A Moore) Tom Mullins IRE 6-10-11 Ruby Walsh 7/1 8.49
2) BREWSTER (Mr & Mrs John Poynton) Ian Williams 8-11-04 David Dennis 6/1 7.69
3) FOOTBALL CRAZY (Ken Bevan, Stuart Brain) Peter Bowen 6-11-04 Warren Marston 33/1 52.69
4) MOULIN RICHE (J C Seroul) Francois Doumen FR 5-11-04 Mick Fitzgerald 7/2 Fav 4.78
5) SEOMRA HOCHT (Mrs M Monaghan) William Coleman O'Brien IRE 8-11-04 Barry Geraghty 816.89
6) SHUHOOD (Mr & Mrs M J Dowd) Paul Webber 5-11-04 Tom Doyle 103.45
7) BLACK APALACHI (G Burke) Philip Rothwell IRE 6-11-4 John Cullen 44.66
8) TEEMING RAIN (J P McManus) Charlie Swan IRE 6-11-04 Tony McCoy 16.49
9) KING KILLONE (Hogarth Racing) Henrietta Knight 5-11-04 Timmy Murphy 91.61
F10) REBEL RHYTHM (The Fees R Us Syndicate) Sue Smith 6-11-04 Dominic Elsworth 15.41
PU) LOUP CHARTER (Trevor Hemmings) Henrietta Knight 6-11-04 Jim Culloty 33.52
PU) GOLD MEDALLIST (Mrs D L Whateley) Philip Hobbs 5-11-04 Richard Johnson 7.07
PU) IL DUCE (Mrs Peter Prowting) Alan King 5-11-04 Robert Thornton 108.1
PU) FERIMON (Strachan Myddleton Gabb Stoddart Lawson) Henry Daly 6-11-04 Mark Bradburne 86.36
PU) BLAZING BATMAN (Jumping Jokers) Dr Philip Pritchard 12-11-04 Dr Philip Pritchard 1000
PU) IDLE TALK (Mrs M J George) Tom George 6-11-04 Jason Maguire 20.59
PU) BEWLEYS BERRY (Andrea & Graham Wylie) Howard Johnson 7-11-04 Graham Lee 7.92

17 ran
Breeder: Mrs C A Moore Breeding: ch m Anshan - Mazuma (IRE)
Tote Win: £7.00 Places: £2.10; £2.60; £5.00 Exacta: £63.60
Dist: 2½, 25, 1¾, 2½, 4, 11, 4, 30

Winning Trainer: Mullins, Tom Background: Son of former trainer Paddy Mullins. Took over the licence in 2005. Brother of trainers Willie and Tony Mullins. Big-Race Wins: John Smith’s NUSSL Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (2005 Asian Maze).

Winning Jockey: Ruby Walsh Born: May 14, 1979 Cheltenham Festival Wins (8): Weatherbys Champion Bumper (1998 Alexander Banquet, 2005 Missed That), Mildmay Of Flete (2002 Blowing Wind), Irish Independent Arkle (2003 Azertyuiop), Queen Mother Champion Chase (2004 Azertyuiop), Grand Annual (2004 St Pirran), County Hurdle (2004 Sporazene), Daily Telegraph Festival Trophy Chase (2005 Thisthatandtother) Aintree Festival wins:John Smith’s GRAND NATIONAL (2000 Papillon) (His first National ride); MELLING CHASE (2001 Fadalko); ANNIVESARY 4-Y-O NOVICES’ HURDLE (2003 Le Duc), CORDON BLEU HANDICAP HURDLE (2003 Risky Reef); MAGHULL NOVICES’ CHASE (2003 Le Roi Miguel); AINTREE HURDLE (2003 Sacundai), Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (2004 Garde Champetre), John Smith’s Sefton novices’ Hurdle (2005 Asian Maze) Other Big Race Wins: HEINEKEN GOLD CUP (1999 Imperial Call), INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER NOVICES’ CHASE (2002 Azertyuiop, 2003 Thisthatandtother), GREATWOOD HURDLE (2003 Rigmarole), RACING POST CHASE (2004 Marlborough) Number of Wins in Britain (1998/99-2003/04): 1; 1; 5; 13; 77; 62 Other Details: Son of Ted Walsh, former leading Irish amateur rider who is now a trainer and broadcaster in Ireland. Rides regularly for Paul Nicholls Wins This Season: 70

4.55pm betfair.com HANDICAP CHASE
Class B, £50,000 Guaranteed, 3m 1f. For 5yo+.Minimum Weight: 10st. Penalties: after March 26, a winner of a chase 4lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £29,000; 2nd: £11,000; 3rd: £5,500; 4th: £2,500; 5th: £1,250; 6th: £750
SP/Betfair SP
1) SLEEPING NIGHT (D J & F A Jackson) Paul Nicholls 9-11-00 Ruby Walsh 3/1 4.23
2) ZETA'S RIVER (David Johnson) Martin Pipe 7-10-00 Timmy Murphy 5/2 Fav 3.69
3) HAND INN HAND (Patrick Burling Developments Ltd) Henry Daly 9-11-12 Mark Bradburne 11/1 15.3
4) ROVERETTO (Swanvista Limited) Martin Pipe b10-9-09 Robert Stephens (5) 220.64
5) KOCK DE LA VESVRE (O P Dakin) Venetia Williams 7-10-04 Sam Thomas 8.23
6) HOWAYA PET (Beautiful Syndicate) Gerard Keane IRE t9-10-00 Shay Barry 20.22
7) HAPPY HUSSAR (Dr J J Kabler) Dr Philip Pritchard 12-9-09 Dr Philip Pritchard (5) 993.21
8) MARLBOROUGH (Sir Robert Ogden) Nicky Henderson 13-11-03 Mick Fitzgerald 70.79
9) HORUS (Brian Kilpatrick) Martin Pipe v10-10-00 Tom Malone (5) 17.03
PU BEF LAST) ARTIC JACK (Trevor Hemmings) Sue Smith 9-9-11 Keith Mercer (3) 19.75
PU BEF 13) DARK'N SHARP (Ascot Five Plus One) Richard Phillips 10-11-01 Richard Johnson 111.78
UR LAST) LORD OF THE RIVER (Brian Stewart-Brown) Nicky Henderson 13-10-00 Marcus Foley 7.34

12 ran
Breeder: Gerard Chicoulaa Breeding: b g Sleeping Car (FR) - Doll Night (FR)
Tote Win: £3.90 Places: £1.90; £1.60; £2.90 Exacta: £11.10
Dist: 10, 4, 2, 3½, 3½, 24, dist, 12

Winning Trainer: Paul Nicholls Date of birth: 17/05/62 Date of first trainer’s licence: 01/11/91 Previous Occupation: professional jockey 1980-89. Rode 130 winners including Hennessy Gold Cup (1986 & 87), Irish Gold Cup (1988), Welsh Grand National (1987) Wins (1992/3--2003/04): 20,29,28,53,56,82,110,71, 83, 136, 152, 127 Horses in training (1997-2005): 52, 60, 66, 65, 78, 105, 106, 121; 126 Cheltenham Festival Wins: (10) Irish Independent Arkle Novices’ Chase (1999 Flagship Uberalles, 2003 Azertyuiop), Queen Mother Champion Chase (1999 Call Equiname, 2004 Azertyuiop), totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup (1999 See More Business), Christie’s Foxhunter Chase (2004 Earthmover, 2005 Sleeping Night), Grand Annual (2004 St Pirran), County Hurdle (2004 Sporazene), Daily Telegraph Festival Trophy Chase (2005 Thisthatandtother) Other big race wins: Desert Orchid H’cap Chase (2000 Fadalko, 2002 Valley Henry), Mitsubishi Shogun Ascot Chase (2000 Rockforce), Mitsubishi Shogun Game Spirit Chase (2000 Flagship Uberalles), Aon Chase (2000 See More Business, 2001 Shotgun Willy, 2003 Valley Henry), Scottish Champion Hcap Hurdle (1999 Fadalko), Independent Newspaper Novices’ Chase (1995 Captain Khedive, 1999 Fadalko, 2002 Azertyuiop, 2003 Thisthatandtother) William Hill Haldon Gold Cup Chase (1998 Lake Kariba and 1999 Flagship Uberalles), Charlie Hall Chase (1999 and 2000 See More Business), King George VI Chase (1997, 1999 See More Business), Rehearsal Chase (1996 Belmont King, 1997 and 1998 See More Business), Scottish Grand National (1997 Belmont King), Pillar Chase (1998, 2001 See More Business), Feltham Novices’ Chase (1993 See More Indians), attheraces Gold Cup (2001 & 2003 Ad Hoc), Greatwood Hurdle (2003 Rigmarole), Totesport Bula Hurdle (2003 Rigmarole), betfair.com Handicap Chase (2005 Sleeping Night) 1000th Domestic Winner: Noble Action (Bumper, Folkestone, November 15, 2004) Wins This Season: 134

Winning Jockey: Ruby Walsh Born: May 14, 1979 Cheltenham Festival Wins (8): Weatherbys Champion Bumper (1998 Alexander Banquet, 2005 Missed That), Mildmay Of Flete (2002 Blowing Wind), Irish Independent Arkle (2003 Azertyuiop), Queen Mother Champion Chase (2004 Azertyuiop), Grand Annual (2004 St Pirran), County Hurdle (2004 Sporazene), Daily Telegraph Festival Trophy Chase (2005 Thisthatandtother) Aintree Festival wins:John Smith’s GRAND NATIONAL (2000 Papillon) (His first National ride); MELLING CHASE (2001 Fadalko); ANNIVESARY 4-Y-O NOVICES’ HURDLE (2003 Le Duc), CORDON BLEU HANDICAP HURDLE (2003 Risky Reef); MAGHULL NOVICES’ CHASE (2003 Le Roi Miguel); AINTREE HURDLE (2003 Sacundai), Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (2004 Garde Champetre), John Smith’s Sefton novices’ Hurdle (2005 Asian Maze), betfair.com Handicap Chase (2005 Sleeping Night) Other Big Race Wins: HEINEKEN GOLD CUP (1999 Imperial Call), INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER NOVICES’ CHASE (2002 Azertyuiop, 2003 Thisthatandtother), GREATWOOD HURDLE (2003 Rigmarole), RACING POST CHASE (2004 Marlborough) Number of Wins in Britain (1998/99-2003/04): 1; 1; 5; 13; 77; 62 Other Details: Son of Ted Walsh, former leading Irish amateur rider who is now a trainer and broadcaster in Ireland. Rides regularly for Paul Nicholls Wins This Season: 71


Class A, Listed Race, £40,000 Guaranteed, 3m 1/2f. For 4yo+.Minimum Weight: 10st. Penalties: after March 26, a winner of a hurdle 4lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £23,200; 2nd: £8,800; 3rd: £4,400; 4th: £2,000; 5th: £1,000; 6th: £600
SP/Betfair SP
1) HOLLAND PARK (B M Yin & J M Barlow) Sarah Williams 6-11-00 Joe Tizzard 10/1 13.1
2) CELTIC SON (David Johnson) Martin Pipe t6-11-05 Timmy Murphy 2/1 Fav 3.42
3) THE DARK LORD (Anthony Pakenham) Lucy Wadham 8-11-03 Leighton Aspell 16/1 27.41
4) IDAHO D'OX (The Dionysius Partnership) Martin Pipe 9-9-12 Tom Malone (5) 25/1 54.75
5) VICTORY GUNNER (Ron Bartlett & F J Ayres) Craig Roberts 7-9-09 Lee Stephens (5) 112.22
6) MIOCHE D'ESTRUVAL (Joe Moran) Martin Pipe 5-10-09 Tom Scudamore 15.93
7) BACK TO BEN ALDER (Bridget Hanbury) Nicky Henderson 8-10-04 Marcus Foley 34.84
8) CHAMPAGNE HARRY (Raymond Mould) Nigel Twiston-Davies 7-11-05 Carl Llewellyn 207.56
9) PENNY PICTURES (Terry Neill) Martin Pipe 6-11-03 Robert Thornton 124.47
10) CARLYS QUEST (Ms L Neville) Ferdy Murphy v11-11-02 Keith Mercer (3) 14.14
11) TOUCH CLOSER (Vicky Scott) Vicky Scott 8-10-11 Graham Lee 24.16
12) QUICK (Kinsford Champagne Partnership) Martin Pipe v5-11-05 Mr Andrew Glassonbury (7) 77.21
13) SAVANNAH BAY (Brian Walsh) Philip Hobbs b6-10-04 Richard Johnson 13.3
14) NO PICNIC (Broad And Cochrane) Sue Bradburne 7-10-00 Mark Bradburne 251.51
BD 10) TURTLE SOUP (M K George) Tom George 9-11-00 W McCarthy (10) 125.29
F 10) HIRVINE (B A Crumbley) Peter Bowen p7-11-05 Tom Greenway (5) 65.65
PU BEF 10) YOU OWE ME (C Cornes) Nigel Twiston-Davies 8-10-06 Warren Marston 132.61
PU BEF 5) LILIUM DE COTTE (J P McManus) Nicky Henderson 6-10-08 Mick Fitzgerald 76.84
PU 10) BALLYLUSKY (Black Sheep Racing) Jonjo O'Neill 8-11-05 Tony McCoy 40.27
PU BEF 3 OUT) PAPERPROPHET (The Jockeys Whips) Nicky Richards 7-11-03 Tony Dobbin 8.05
PU BEF LAST) FOUNTAIN HILL (The Fountains Partnership) Paul Nicholls 6-11-06 Ruby Walsh 11.88
PU BEF 3 OUT) OLD FEATHERS (John Connor) Jonjo O'Neill b8-10-00 Seamus Durack 280.84

22 ran
Breeder: Mrs Cecily Purcell Breeding: gr g Roselier (FR) - Bluebell Avenue
Tote Win: £16.00 Places: £3.80; £1.30; £4.20; £9.10 Exacta: £58.10
Dist: 9, ¾, 5, ½, 16, ¾, 17, sh, nk, 7, dist, hd, 9

Winning trainer: Sarah Williams Based: Hilltown Farm, Mariansleigh, South Molton, Devon Number of Winners (2002/03-2003/04): 2; 6 Horses In Training (2004-2005): 11; 12 Big Race Wins: John Smith’s Extra Cold Handicap Hurdle (2005 Holland Park)

Winning Jockey: Joe Tizzard Date Of Birth: 13/12/79 First point to point winner: Qualitaire Memor
y (February 1996) - rode 44 winners in points in three seasons after 16yo Wins under NH Rules (1995/96-2003/04): 2; 11; 27; 91; 63; 50; 44; 20; 61 Cheltenham Festival wins: (2) CHRISTIE’S FOXHUNTER CHASE (1998 Earthmover), GUINNESS ARKLE TROPHY (1999 Flagship Uberalles) Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Maghull Novices’ Chase (1999 Flagship Uberalles), John Smith’s Extra Cold Handicap Hurdle (2004 His Nibs, 2005 Holland Park) Other Big Race Wins: WILLIAM HILL HALDON GOLD CUP CHASE (1998 Lake Kariba), MERMAID QUAY RISING STAR NOVICES’ CHASE (1998 Irbee), REHEARSAL HANDICAP CHASE (1998 See More Business), JIM FORD CHALLENGE CUP (1999 Double Thriller, 2002 See More Business), HOECHST ROUSSEL VET PANACUR EBF MARES’ NH FINAL (1999 Flagship Therese), MITSUBISHI SHOGUN GAME SPIRIT CHASE (2000 Flagship Uberalles), PERSIAN WAR NOVICES’ HURDLE (2000 Valley Henry) Work experience: Martin Pipe & David Nicholson Other details: Appointed stable jockey to Paul Nicholls in November 1998. Started hunting at the age of six; father Colin holds a permit licence in the West Country (Sherbourne) as well as running an arable and dairy farm. Wins This Season: 56

1st 2nd 3rd
Tony Dobbin 3 - -
Tony McCoy 2 4 -
Ruby Walsh 2 1 1
Robert Thornton 1 2 2
Barry Geraghty 1 - 2
Graham Lee 1 - 1
Richard Johnson 1 - -
Davy Russell 1 - -
Joe Tizzard 1 - -
Mr Sam Waley-Cohen 1 - -
Timmy Murphy - 3 1
David Dennis - 1 -
Keith Mercer - 1 -
Andrew Thornton - 1 -
Mr Tom Weston - 1 -
Leighton Aspell - - 1
Mark Bradburne - - 1
Paul Carberry - - 1
Warren Marston - - 1
Tom Scudamore - - 1
Mr Colman Sweeney - - 1
Sam Thomas - - 1


1st 2nd 3rd
Nicky Richards 3 - -
Alan King 1 2 1
Paul Nicholls 1 1 2
Henry Daly 1 - 1
Howard Johnson 1 - 1
Shane Donohoe IRE 1 - -
Jessica Harrington IRE 1 - -
Mouse Morris IRE 1 - -
Tom Mullins IRE 1 - -
Christy Roche IRE 1 - -
Robert Waley-Cohen 1 - -
Sarah Williams 1 - -
Martin Pipe - 2 1
Peter Bowen - 1 1
Francois Doumen FR - 1 1
Ian Williams - 1 1
Georgie Browne - 1 -
Gary Moore - 1 -
Seamus Mullins IRE - 1 -
Ferdy Murphy - 1 -
Keith Reveley - 1 -
Martin Weston - 1 -
Eric McNamara - - 1
Michael Scudamore - - 1
Tom Taaffe IRE - - 1
Lucy Wadham - - 1
Venetia Williams - - 1

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