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Friday, April 13, 2007


THE 2007 JOHN SMITH’S GRAND NATIONAL FINAL DECLARED RUNNERS


Class 1, Grade 3, £700,000 total Prize Fund. Aintree, 4.15pm Saturday, April 14. For six-year-olds old and upwards which are allotted a rating of 110 or more by the Senior BHB Jumps Handicapper following a review of the horses entered and after taking account of races run up to and including February 11, 2007. Horses which are not qualified for a rating in Great Britain or Ireland at January 31, 2007, 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 11, 2007, would merit a minimum rating of 110. 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 11, 2007. At the Handicapper's discretion such horses may be allocated a rating. The decision of the Senior BHB NH Handicapper shall be final. No penalties after publication of the weights. Entries closed January 31, entries revealed February 1 (119 entries), weights revealed February 13, first forfeit stage March 6 (106 remained), second forfeit stage March 27 (81 remained). Six-day confirmation stage April 9 (68 confirmed), final declaration stage 10.00am, April 12 (40 declared)

Form Horse Age/Wgt Owner Trainer Jockey
1. 04222-50 HEDGEHUNTER (IRE) 11-11-12 Trevor Hemmings Willie Mullins IRE Ruby Walsh
2. P/411P-1 EUROTREK (IRE) 11-11-08 Paul Green Paul Nicholls Liam Heard
3. 243-53420 L'AMI (FR) 8-11-08 J P McManus Francois Doumen FR Tony McCoy
4. 2643-344 MONKERHOSTIN (FR) 10-11-06 Martin St Quinton Philip Hobbs Richard Johnson
5. 14/3F-2520 THISTHATANDTOTHER (IRE) 11-11-05 Graham Roach Paul Nicholls Sam Thomas
6. 410U-513 BILLYVODDAN (IRE) 8-11-04 Trevor Hemmings Henry Daly Leighton Aspell
7. B4431-404 NUMBERSIXVALVERDE (IRE) 11-11-03 Bernard Carroll Martin Brassil IRE Niall Madden
8. 324-26UU IDLE TALK (IRE) 8-11-02 Trevor Hemmings Donald McCain Jnr Jason Maguire
9. F00-65036 ROYAL AUCLAIR (FR) 10-11-01 Clive Smith Paul Nicholls Joe Tizzard
10. 3/-0FP10F CLOUDY BAYS (IRE) 10-11-00 Cloudy Bay Syndicate Charles Byrnes IRE Andrew McNamara
11. 1F22300 KNOWHERE (IRE) 9-10-13 Raymond Mould Nigel Twiston-Davies Tom Doyle
12. 06-10302P2 KELAMI (FR) 9-10-12 Halewood International Ltd Francois Doumen FR Mick Fitzgerald
13. 1-P04B133 POINT BARROW (IRE) 9-10-12 Mrs P Clune Hughes Pat Hughes IRE Philip Carberry
14. 124420-P CELTIC SON (FR) 8-10-11 David Johnson David Pipe Timmy Murphy
15. 11-52611 SIMON 8-10-11 Mercy Rimell John Spearing Andrew Thornton
16. U20P5P0 BALLYCASSIDY (IRE) 11-10-09 Roddy Owen/Paul Fullagar Peter Bowen Denis O’Regan
17. 313-6FP CLAN ROYAL (FR) 12-10-09 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill Mr J T McNamara
18. 1125-130 GALLANT APPROACH (IRE) 8-10-09 Byrne Bros (Formwork) Ltd Charles Egerton Jimmy McCarthy
19. 50442250 LIVINGSTONEBRAMBLE (IRE) 11-10-09 Favourites Racing Willie Mullins IRE Davy Russell
20. 110-0F251 DUN DOIRE (IRE) 8-10-08 Dunderry Racing Syndicate Tony Martin IRE Paul Carberry
21. 0410-010 KANDJAR D'ALLIER (FR) 9-10-08 Let's Live Racing Alan King Robert Thornton
22. 2-33P3F5 SLIM PICKINGS (IRE) 8-10-08 Doubtful Five Syndicate Tom Taaffe IRE Barry Geraghty
23. 540-232 ZABENZ (NZ) 10-10-08 Michael Watt Philip Hobbs Barry Fenton
24. 236P-420 BEWLEYS BERRY (IRE) 9-10-07 Andrea & Graham Wylie Howard Johnson Paddy Brennan
25. P146/0-1 LONGSHANKS 10-10-07 Alan Halsall Kim Bailey Tony Dobbin
26. 5115UP BOTHAR NA (IRE) 8-10-06 Helen O'Dwyer Willie Mullins IRE David Casey
27. 2163-53U GRAPHIC APPROACH (IRE) 9-10-06 Sue & Peter Orton Charles Egerton Paul Moloney
28. 233-0F11 HOMER WELLS (IRE) 9-10-06 Margaret McMahon Willie Mullins IRE Davy Condon
29. U5014-400 LIBERTHINE (FR) 8-10-06 Robert Waley-Cohen Nicky Henderson Mr Sam Waley-Cohen
30. /4PPF-0242 SILVER BIRCH (IRE) 10-10-06 Brian Walsh (Co Kildare) Gordon Elliott IRE Robbie Power
31. BP21P6-0 PHILSON RUN (IRE) 11-10-05 Gale Force One Nick Williams Daryl Jacob
32. 0/60-5520P PUNTAL (FR) 11-10-05 Terry Neill David Pipe Tom Scudamore
33. 3-41R21PP THE OUTLIER (IRE) 9-10-05 Pat Murphy Venetia Williams Paul O’Neill
34. 2000-0440 TIKRAM 10-10-05 Mike Charlton/Rodger Sargent Alan King Wayne Hutchinson
35. U2-41061 MCKELVEY (IRE) 8-10-04 Noel Elliott Peter Bowen Tom O’Brien
36. 0411530P NAUNTON BROOK 8-10-04 David Langdon Nigel Twiston-Davies Noel Fehily
37. U0-000402 JACK HIGH (IRE) 12-10-03 Brenda Ross M McShane D Montgomery W Moore Ted Walsh IRE Richard McGrath
38. 11PP0-5120 SONEVAFUSHI (FR) 9-10-03 Brian Dice Venetia Williams Mr Tom Greenall
39. 4006-001 JOES EDGE (IRE) 10-10-02 Chemipetro Limited Ferdy Murphy Graham Lee
40. 2UU-0043 LE DUC (FR) 8-10-02 The Stewart Family Paul Nicholls Dominic Elsworth

No non-runners were announced by 9.30am this morning so none of the reserves will be utilised.



These were the prevailing Betfair "to back" prices for the John Smith’sGrand National at Aintree on Saturday 14th April as at 16:30 GMT on Friday.


4:15pm - AINTREE - JOHN SMITH’S GRAND NATIONAL
JOES EDGE 10 (9-1)
POINT BARROW 10.5 (9 ½-1)
HEDGEHUNTER 14.5 (13 ½-1)
NUMBERSIXVALVERDE 16.5 (15 ½-1)
DUN DOIRE 19 (18-1)
BILLYVODDAN 22 (21-1)
SIMON 25 (24-1)
EUROTREK 24 (23-1)
IDLE TALK 22 (21-1)
L'AMI 23 (22-1)
MCKELVEY 20 (19-1)
LONGSHANKS 29 (28-1)
MONKERHOSTIN 32 (31-1)
BOTHAR NA 30 (29-1)
BEWLEYS BERRY 32 (31-1)
ROYAL AUCLAIR 40
LIBERTHINE 55
HOMER WELLS 46
SLIM PICKINGS 48
CLAN ROYAL 50
JACK HIGH 60
KELAMI 48
SILVER BIRCH 48
BALLYCASSIDY 55
KANDJAR D'ALLIER 200
THISTHATANDTOTHER 140
ZABENZ 120
LE DUC 140
CELTIC SON 220
GRAPHIC APPROACH 210
LIVINGSTONEBRAMBLE 290
NAUNTON BROOK 220
PHILSON RUN 180
PUNTAL 130
CLOUDY BAYS 260
GALLANT APPROACH 180
KNOWHERE 270
SONEVAFUSHI 290
THE OUTLIER 330
TIKRAM 310

2:50 Aintree
DETROIT CITY 2.68 (approx 13-8)
AFSOUN 5 (4-1)
ASIAN MAZE 7 (6-1)
JAZZ MESSENGER 11 (10-1)
GASPARA 8.6 (approx 15-2)
ARCALIS 18.5 (17 ½-1)
AL EILE 10.5 (9 ½-1)
KAWAGINO 36 (35-1)
STRANGELY BROWN 34 (33-1)
STAR ANTIQUE 100 (99-1)
WHISPERED PROMISES 130 (129-1)

2:15 Aintree
TWIST MAGIC 3.15 (just under 9-4)
DON'T PUSH IT 3.9 (just under 3-1)
FAIR ALONG 3.55 (just over 5-2)
JACK THE GIANT 7 (6-1)
LENNON 9.2 (just over 8-1)
ROYAL SHAKESPEARE 16.5 (15 ½-1)



2007 JOHN SMITH’S GRAND NATIONAL LANDMARKS

First-time jockeys
Philip Carberry (Point Barrow)
Davy Condon (Homer Wells)
Wayne Hutchinson (Tikram)
Daryl Jacob (Philson Run)
Mr J T McNamara (Clan Royal)
Tom O’Brien (McKelvey)
Paul O’Neill (The Outlier)
Denis O’Regan (Ballycassidy)
Mr Sam Waley-Cohen (Liberthine)

First-time trainers
Gordon Elliott IRE (Silver Birch)
Pat Hughes IRE (Point Barrow)
Donald McCain Jr (Idle Talk)
David Pipe (Celtic Son, Puntal)
Tom Taaffe IRE (Slim Pickings)
Nick Williams (Philson Run)

Youngest jockey
Tom O’Brien (McKelvey), 20

Oldest jockey
Jimmy McCarthy (Gallant Approach), 37

Youngest trainer
Gordon Elliott (Silver Birch) 29

Oldest trainer
John Spearing (Simon), 66
Francois Doumen (Kelami and L’Ami) is also 66 but a month younger

Youngest Owner
Brian Walsh (Silver Birch), 26

Most successful jockeys
Ruby Walsh (Hedgehunter) - 2 wins from 6 rides
Niall Madden (Numbersixvalverde) has a 100 per cent record - 1 win from 1 ride

Least successful jockey
Tony McCoy (L’Ami) (no wins from 11 rides)

Most successful trainers
Nigel Twiston-Davies (Knowhere, Naunton Brook) - 2 wins from 23 runners
Martin Brassil (Numbersixvalverde) has a 100 per cent record - 1 win from 1 runner

Least successful trainers
Paul Nicholls (Eurotrek, Thisthatandtother, Royal Auclair, Le Duc) - 33 runners without a winner
Nicky Henderson (Liberthine) - 27 runners since 1980 without a win

Brothers In Arms
Two brothers are riding in the race - Paul Carberry (Dun Doire) and Philip Carberry (Point Barrow)
Andrew McNamara (Cloudy Bays) and Mr J T McNamara (Clan Royal) are first cousins.

Two equine brothers are running in the race (Kelami and L’Ami)

Irish challenge
11 Irish-trained runners is a modern-day record


GOING UPDATE


The overnight going on the eve of John Smith’s Grand National day remains

GOOD

on all three courses.


Andrew Tulloch, Aintree’s Clerk of the Course, said at 5.30pm: “We have already begun watering the Grand National course and we will start watering the Mildmay and Hurdle courses later this evening.



“We will be moving the bends in on the Hurdle Course to provide fresh ground that has not been raced on while we will also be moving both bends on the Mildmay Course.”



RUNNERS DECLARED FOR THE INAUGURAL
JOHN SMITH'S PEOPLE'S RACE

The John Smith's People's Race is an event that will give 10 members of the public the chance to ride in a Flat race at Aintree on Grand National Day and raise £100,000 for charity. The race will be televised on BBC1 at 1.10pm (off at 12.45pm) as part of their coverage of the 2007 John Smith's Grand National meeting from Aintree.


After enduring eight weeks of rigorous training with some of the country's leading trainers, the final 10 were selected by an expert training panel after a gruelling assessment day at the Northern Racing College, Doncaster.


John Smith's and Aintree Race Course are pleased to confirm the ten horses taking part in the nine-furlong Flat race. The list of starters is as follows:

1) Trainer: Peter Bowen, Haverfordwest
Rider: Susan Plumb (48), farmer, Carmarthen, West Wales
Horse: Redhot Fillypepper (trainer: K Goldsworthy) Price: 16-1

2) Trainer: Jonathan Geake, Andover
Rider: Kevin Old (44), pawnbroker, Bournemouth
Horse: Hoo La Baloo (trainer: Paul Nicholls) Price: 6-1

3) Trainer: Evan Williams, Barry
Rider: Mark Galliers (35), farrier, Bridgend, S Wales
Horse: Leading Article Price: 8-1

4) Trainer: Paul Webber, Banbury
Rider: Laura Monger (23), office worker, Chinnor, Oxon
Horse: Royal Paradise Price: 6-1

5) Trainer: Nick Gifford, Findon
Rider: Jamie Robertson (28), musician, Blackstone, Sussex
Horse: Super Sensation (trainer: G Moore) Price: 7-1

6) Trainer: Tim Easterby, Malton
Rider: Alan Lane (23), telephone engineer, Pickering, North Yorkshire
Horse: Nortonthorpe Lad Price: 16-1

7) Trainer: Richard Ford, Tarporley
Rider: Lisa Rodgers (33), office worker, Liverpool
Horse: Forfeiter Price: 12-1

8) Trainer: Andrew Parker, Lockerbie
Rider: George Hope (39), hospital manager, Carlisle
Horse: Big Wheel (trainer: N Richards) Price: 14-1

9) Trainer: Mick Easterby, Sheriff Hutton
Rider: Vanessa Marston (44), dental practice manager, York
Horse: Turbo Price: 5-1

10) Trainer: Richard Fahey, Malton
Rider: Michael Sweeney (47), plumber, Manchester
Horse: Instructor Price: 2-1



Massive Incentive to Find the John Smith’s National Winner


Punters will have to solve the John Smith’s Grand National puzzle if they are going to get their hands on the £191,992 totescoop6 rollover and a chance to go for a bonus of £485,292.

With £677,284 already in the combined funds, it is expected that a single winner could walk away with around £800,000.

Last year was the first time that the totescoop6 was won on John Smith’s Grand National day at Aintree when postman Mark Wylie from Glasgow picked up £129,988.


Along with the John Smith’s Grand National, races are divided between Lingfield and Newcastle

Paul Petrie, totepool spokesman, commented: “Despite the difficulty of finding the winner of the John Smith’s Grand National, there is more than enough money in both funds for players to get involved.

“Mark Wylie proved last year that it is possible to win the scoop6 on John Smith’s Grand National day and no doubt players will be hoping that they can follow his success.”



totescoop6 Legs


Leg 1 2.05 Newcastle

Leg 2 2.35 Newcastle

Leg 3 2.45 Lingfield

Leg 4 3.05 Newcastle

Leg 5 3.15 Lingfield

Leg 6 4.15 Aintree - The John Smith’s Grand National

Win Fund - £191,992

Bonus Fund - £485,292



GRAHAM LEE IN CONFIDENT MOOD

Graham Lee, who already has one John Smith’s Grand National trophy on his mantelpiece, courtesy of Amberleigh House in 2004, is "very hopeful" about emulating that triumph on Joes Edge in tomorrow's marathon at Aintree.


Speaking after scoring a facile success on stablemate Aces Four over the course today, Lee said: “The whole team are flying, and for me it is a case of 'happy days are here again'.


“I am not surprised that Joes Edge is favourite - he ticks all the right boxes. He stays alright, as we saw when he won the Scottish National, and he is a better horse than when finishing seventh behind Numbersixvalverde last year.


“He took to the fences last year and again ran well when we brought him back for the Becher Chase in November, but he benefited from his winter's break and was spot on when he won the William Hill Handicap Chase at Cheltenham.


“I have ridden at home since and he is in great form. Since I won on Amberleigh House, it has been my dream to win the National again, and Joes Edge certainly has a winning weight on 10st 2lb. Granted luck in running, I think he can do it.”


GREENALL SITS OUT TOPHAM


Tom Greenall has given up his ride on Lord Rodney in today's John Smith’s Topham Trophy, but he will definitely parter Sonevafushi in tomorrow's big one, the John Smith's Grand National at 4.15pm.


Richard Hale, the amateur’s agent, said this morning: “Tom would have had to struggle to do the 10st for Lord Rodney so he has decided to sit the race out and keep himself fresh for the National. Sonevafushi has 10st 3lb and that won’t be a problem.”

Peter Beaumont has booked Peter Buchanan to replace Greenall on Lord Rodney.


Both Ruby Walsh, who took a crashing fall from Andreas in the Red Rum Novices' Chase yesterday, and Timmy Murphy, who did not feel 100% before he rode Acambo in the finale, have declared themselves A1 to ride today.



BOTHAR NA AND POINT BARROW


Michael and Helen O'Dwyer will more options than most in tomorrow's John Smith's Grand National, for the retired pharmacist from Carlow and his wife not only own the Willie Mullin's trained Bothar Na, but have a third share in the second favourite Point Barrow.


On what the two horses have achieved so far, you might have expected the O'Dwyers to be rowing in behind last year's Irish Grand National winner Point Barrow, but Michael has not doubt who he would like to see heading the field.

"Now if they were together at the elbow that would be exciting," he said, "But the one we would have to be supporting is Bothar Na."

Michael has no doubts that the good ground will suit Bothar Na, a former hunter chaser, perfectly. "He ran a very good race in the Galway Plate in August last year, when he was a close fifth, on ground that was very similar," he said.


Point Barrow has also gone on the ground, winning a maiden hurdle at Leopardstown on good and recording his Irish National victory at Fairyhouse ,on a the same type of ground. O'Dwyer though can't help feeling that the horse would, "like it a bit easier".


The O'Dwyers have been owning horses for 25 years, but only had their first Aintree runner last year, when Bothar Na (which incidentally is pronounced Boha Na) ran in the John Smith's Foxhunters Chase and finished fourth.

This year will be the first time that the couple have had a starter in the John Smith's Grand National and they have two - and though they certainly wouldn't grumble if Point Barrow crossed the line first, O'Dwyer is emphatic who he'd rather see there. "Bothar Na," he says, closing the conversation.



MCCOY ON THE NATIONAL

Tony McCoy spoke today about his prospects of making it 12th time lucky on L'Ami in the John Smith's Grand National.

Three times the 11-times champion has finished third in the world's greatest steeplechase - twice on Blowing Wind and once on Clan Royal - and he was philosophic about the missing piece in his CV, observing "if it happens, it happens and if it doesn't, it doesn't".


McCoy said: "The John Smith’s Grand National is a unique race and, however good a jockey you are, and there have been better than me, unless you have the right horse you won't win.


"It would be great if L'Ami could do it, and he certainly has the class. His best run was when finishing second to Kauto Star in a small field in the AON Chase at Newbury, and I was disappointed with his effort in the Gold Cup.


"But he was fourth in a Gold Cup two seasons ago, and if he takes to the fences, gets into a rhythm with his jumping and gets some luck in running I think he has a very good chance, despite his big weight.


"Frankie (Dettori) is still waiting to win his first Derby, but he has it easy. No fences in the way and he doesn't have to contend with 39 others getting in his way."


HOLIDAY IN IRELAND PUTS CLAN RIGHT FOR NATIONAL

One of the best horses to grace Aintree's Grand National course in recent years bids to finally nail the big one when the runners line up at 4.15pm tomorrow.


Clan Royal will be making his seventh visit to Aintree, having compiled an excellent record, albeit one that has included a share of bad luck. He won the Martell Cognac-sponsored Topham Chase in April 2003, and seven months later beat Amberleigh House by a short-head in the Tote Becher Chase.


He finished second to that rival in the following year's John Smith's Grand National, and in 2005 was carried out by a loose horse at Becher's Brook when leading. Twelve months later he finished third to Numbersixvalverde, but spoilt his fine jumping record over the National fences when, in November, he fell at the first in the totesport Becher Chase.


Now 12, Clan Royal's best days are probably behind him, but a holiday in Limerick might have reinvigorated his system enough to make one more big effort on the world's most famous steeplechase. Trainer Jonjo O'Neill said: "After he fell here we ran him at Ascot, but he sulked and didn't want to race at all. We needed to cheer him up and felt a change of scenery would do him good.


"We sent him to Enda Bolger's yard in Limerick and J T McNamara, who rides him in the National, took him out hunting and played about with him. He seemed to enjoy that and although he's a year older and it's hard to say how much ability he retains, if he's as good as in the last few years he could run well - it's a funny old race and you never know. He certainly seems well at home."



The finalists for the Looking Good Style Contest are:

Over 40s
Faith Amond
Jackie Derby from St Helens

Ladies
Charlotte Atherton from Liverpool
Jessica Pettifer from Liverpool

Males
Martin Fairley from Liverpool
Stephen Wang from West Derby, Liverpool

The final is tomorrow, when each of the finalists receives a VIP day at Aintree, and they are in with a chance of winning the grand prize , a Citroën C4 Coupe by Lobb worth £12,700.




CITY PUNTER STAKES £20,000 ON MORE THAN 17 FINISHERS IN TOMORROW’S SHOWPIECE

Spread Betting Bookmakers Sporting Index this morning took a £20,000 bet on there being more than 17 finishers in tomorrow’s Grand National. The City-based punter will scoop at least £80,000 if the number of completions matches the 2005 figure of 21.

“We’ve been swamped with punters who want to bet that there will be more than 17 who finish”, said spokesman Wally Pyrah. “However, we are happy to hold our price at the moment as the history book tells us that more than 20 finishers is rare. Yet, if more than 20 were to complete, it would cost us six figures”.


The firm also predict that the winning distance will be seven lengths, the winning SP will be 18/1 and that three will fall at the first.


The record numbers of finishers was 23 in 1984, while large numbers of runners also completed in 1987 (22), 1990 (20), 1992 (22) and 2005 (21).




CROWD UP BY NEARLY 1,000

It was a great Ladies’ Day at Aintree today with a tremendous attendance of 52,922, up nearly 1,000 from the 51,940 seen last year.


Charles Barnett, Managing Director of Aintree Racecourse, commented: “This is a tremendous crowd figure and almost a record for Ladies’ Day.


“Racegoers have enjoyed themselves with the tremendous weather and great racing.”

The record for a Friday crowd was 53,860 in 2005.


RECORD CROWD YESTERDAY

The attendance on the opening day of the John Smith’s Grand National meeting yesterday was 27,060, an increase of 520 on the corresponding day last year.


The previous best Thursday attendance was 26,950 in 2005.





Race 1 Winner's Quotes
John Smith's Mildmay Novices' Chase

ACES TO THE FORE

Aces Four, trained by Ferdy Murphy and ridden by Graham Lee, powered his way to an easy victory in the opener on day two of the John Smith's Grand National meeting.


In doing so, the 5-2 favourite paid a compliment to Denman, who finished ahead of him when they were first and fourth in the Royal & SunAlliance Novices' Chase at last month's Cheltenham Festival.

The pair could meet again in next year's totesport Gold Cup, for which Aces Four is now 33-1 with Paddy Power and 25-1 with William Hill, but only 16-1 with Stan James.


Reflecting on today's race, Murphy said: "I should think Paul [Nicholls, trainer of Denman] is very pleased with that.

“Aces Four made a mistake early on, but it's a stary old fence so perhaps he was backing off it a bit and landed a bit steeply.


"Graham said he was waiting and waiting [in front] to slow it up so he could fill him up, but nothing came to him so when he got to the home straight he decided to let Aces Four go on.


"This fellow won a novices' chase under 11st 10lb at Newcastle on the day of the Rehearsal Chase, and he scored in a time 11 seconds faster. I have Another Promise who was second in the Rehearsal with 10st and he's no slouch, so I thought to myself if we're ever going to have a Gold Cup horse this one [Aces Four] is it.


"I didn't want to be tempted to run him in a handicap so took him out of the Betfred Gold Cup, but he'll go to Punchestown for a novices' chase.

“He wants this ground to be effective, but he's won on very heavy ground. He was second to Patsy Hall at Cheltenham in December, when Graham felt the horse made a bit of a noise - we've got a very good young vet who found some flesh in his throat, so we lasered that and he came back at the Festival."

Graham Lee added: “At Cheltenham he was running the race of his life and he did the splits at the third last upsides Denman, and probably would have been a very good second on the day. I'm chuffed for him and he deserved his big day today.


"He's a very good leaper. The only mistake he made was at the second and I was a bit long, maybe he slipped too. But after that he was immaculate. The ground is like a carpet - they've done a fantastic job.”

BETFAIR REPORT
Winner: Aces Four Price at off: 4.0 (3/1)
HIGHEST price matched before off: 7.0 (6/1) (£20 matched)
In running LOW: 1.01 (1/100) (£15,588 matched)
In running HIGH: 7.0 (6/1) (£14 matched)
ACES FOUR, the pre-race favourite, briefly went to 7.0 after an early blunder but was at 1.61 when taking the lead at the end of the back straight and 1.18 when clear jumping two out. No other horse traded at less than 3.40 (Turko).



Race 1 - John Smith’s Mildmay Novices’ Chase - Placed Quotes

FAASEL PLEASES RICHARDS

Faasel pleased his trainer Nicky Richards after finishing second, some eight lengths adrift, behind Aces Four in the John Smith’s Mildmay Novices’ Chase, the opening contest on day two of the John Smith’s Grand National meeting.


The Penrith-based handler said: “We thought he would get the trip.


“He made a fair mistake four out, although we would probably not have beaten the winner in any case.


“In my opinion, the winner must be the second best novice in the country.


“We could have a lot of fun with this horse, as he could also drop back in trip half a mile in trip with no problem.


“He’s a tough horse and we could maybe look at taking him to Ayr now.”

Looking back at Turpin Green’s disappointing performance in yesterday’s Betfair Bowl, Richards added: “We think that running him in blinkers first time in the Gold Cup may have taken more out of him than we thought.


“He had been going well at home and looked superb in the paddock but ran a very lacklustre race.

“He wouldn’t be the first horse to have run a disappointing race at Aintree after running at Cheltenham.”



Race 1 - John Smith’s Mildmay Novices Steeple Chase

ON PERFECT GROUND


Graham Lee, rider of Aces Four, the effortless winner of the John Smith’s Mildmay Novices’ Chase, thought the ground condition at Aintree was a vital contribution to his horses’ impressive performance. “The ground is like a carpet they’ve done a fantastic job. He flicks his toes and the ground would be very important to him,” he said.


There was near unanimity amongst the jockeys in the opening event of day two of the John Smith’s Grand National Meeting, with the consensus that the ground was immaculate.


Mick Fitzgerald, who was riding Ungaro, Leighton Aspell, on board Killaghy Castle, and Tony Dobbin, on second-placed Faasel, described the ground simply as “good”. Tom Scudamore, on David Pipe’s Dom d’Orgeval, called it “lovely ground”.


But the most enthusiastic of the riders came from Tom O’Brien, who made most of the pace on the Peter Bowen trained Yes Sir. O’Brien described the ground as “beautiful”.








Race 2 - The Citroën C6 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle Race

THE CHIEF IS KING

Chief Dan George came with all guns blazing to take the Citroën C6 Sefton Novices Hurdles ahead of the odds-on favourite Wichita Lineman, and if the result was a shock to punters, youthful trainer James Moffatt was not taken completely by surprise.

“We fancied him a little bit...and I said to Mick [Fitzgerald], that if we had a chance at the last, Chief Dan George wouldn’t let him down,” said Moffatt, who took over his father’s Cumbrian stables five years ago.


Chief Dan George had finished behind Wichita Lineman in the Brit Insurance Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham, but when he came back to the stables, Moffatt discovered that the horse had pulled back muscles.

For that reason, and because the trainer still thought his charge “had some improvement still in him” they were expecting a better show at Aintree.


Chief Dan George benefited by the principals committing themselves early. Tony McCoy on Wichita Lineman took on Richard Johnson’s mount Massini’s Maguire over three furlongs out and when McCoy’s mount gained superiority, it looked as if it was all over.

But McCoy had won the battle and lost the war. Fitzgerald came to the last with a wet sail and then it really was all over.

For owner Maurice Chapman, it was comfortably the biggest win of his racing career. “We always knew the horse had class,” said the retired businessman.


Moffatt added: "This is my biggest success as a trainer. It's a great day. He pulled a muscle in his hind quarters at Cheltenham - he kicked the running rail coming out - and John Patterson has put it right. He's a great man, and we fancied him. I was a jockey four years ago but probably not as a good as Mick!"

Mick Fitzgerald added: "I was surprised to see them race so far out. They quickened as soon as they turned out of the back, away they went, but there wasn't a lot I could have done about it to be honest.

"I was squeezing and squeezing on my fellow - he's a little bit of a thinker - and as soon as I squeezed him I thought, if I give you a belt now, you're going to curl up underneath me and stop.

"So I thought, just keep hoping to tag onto one, and maybe he might pick up, if he passes one. Luckily for me he did and when he saw the ones in front stop he really picked up. But it's typical of horse who probably just saves a little bit for himself."



Race 2 Place Quotes
Citroen C6 Sefton Novices' Hurdle

LINEMAN AND MAGUIRE FAIL TO FOLLOW UP

Wichita Lineman and Massini's Maguire were both winners at the Cheltenham Festival last month, but they could finish only second and fourth as Chief Dan George came home in front.


Jonjo O'Neill, trainer of Wichita Lineman, said: "He was beaten by a better horse so good luck to the winner. They went a good pace, but Tony [McCoy] felt softer ground might have helped.

“It's lovely ground, but he might be better on soft. He ran well and jumped well and this is a different track from Cheltenham.”

Philip Hobbs, trainer of Massini's Maguire, said: “Massini's Maguire and Wichita Lineman took on one another too much in the race. It certainly didn't help us stay the trip and it doesn't look like it helped Wichita Lineman either.


"He is entered at Punchestown, although I would say that is probably it for this year. Next year, he will start off over two and a half miles in novice chases."

Nigel Twiston-Davies, trainer of third-placed Imperial Commander, said: "I'm delighted with him. He's finished for now, but he'll go chasing next season and should be very good at that. The softer ground the better, but the longer trip today was the key."

BETFAIR REPORT

Winner: CHIEF DAN GEORGE Price at off: 24.0 (23/1)
HIGHEST price matched before off: 60.0 (59/1) (£91 matched)
In running LOW: 1.01 (1/100) (£39,054 matched)
In running HIGH: 200.0 (199/1) (£24 matched)
CHIEF DAN GEORGE - matched at a high of 60 pre-race and 200 in running - came from a long way back in a race of rapidly changing fortunes to deny Wichita Lineman. The latter, odds on pre-race and for most of the race itself, went as low as 1.01 (£3,459 matched at that figure) after two out but paid the price for having had a set-to with Massini's Maguire (who went as low as 2.40).




Race 3 - John Smith’s Melling Chase - Winning Quotes

GARDEN IN FULL BLOOM

Monet’s Garden put a disappointing performance in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham firmly behind him when putting up a superb performance to lift the Grade One £200,000 John Smith’s Melling Chase.


This was the grey’s second win at the John Smith’s Grand National meeting following on from his victory in the 2005 John Smith’s Liverpool Hurdle.


His delighted trainer, Nicky Richards, commented: “That was grand.


“He was not 100 percent after Cheltenham and, taking nothing away from the horses that beat him there, we’ve turned it round today.


“I think that two and a half miles on a flat track really suits him.


“I also think that he is worth trying over three miles again over three miles and there is no reason not to have another crack at the King George again next season although he will be travelling down on the morning of the race.


“He must also have decent ground.


“Today is a moment to remember. Aintree has also been a good track to me and my father before me.


“The weather plays a big part too. Monets Garden has really blossomed over the last 10 days with some sun on his back.


“It was a very sprting gesture by his owner, Mr Yates, to come here after his disappointing run at Cheltenham.


“The Old Roan Chase at Aintree could be a starting point for him next season.”

Tony Dobbin, the successful jockey, added: "I love this fellow! He's disappointed once or twice but there's always been reasons for it.

“He's a very good horse. He's got more brains than me and he's some leaper, and has been from day one - he's a lovely horse to be associated with.

“This place is really lucky for me."


More Third Race Quotes
John Smith’s Melling Chase


UNPLACED HORSES

Hi Cloy, who won the race last year, could finish only fifth, and jockey Davy Russell said: "The ground was a little too quick for him.

“He jumped fine in the circumstances, but on this ground he wanted to get in a bit close, whereas on softer ground jumping is his forte and he'll stand off a bit more.

“You would have to factor in that this was probably a hotter race than last year, but all in all he's run a grand race."

Mark Rimell, trainer of Oneway, who finished sixth, said: "He would appear to be sulking and we're not sure why.

“There's nothing wrong with the horse and he's been in great form at home. He's in at Punchestown and will be entered at Sandown, but we'll get him home and have a look.

“He's not run his race today, but we could change tactics - maybe he's sulking in behind and it's time to try something different. He's handicapped up to the hilt, but he doesn't seem to be making the grade in this company."


BETFAIR REPORT

Winner: MONET'S GARDEN Price at off: 5.2 (just over 4/1)
HIGHEST price matched before off: 7.8 (almost 7/1) (£8 matched)
In running LOW: 1.01 (1/100) (£20,570 matched)
In running HIGH: 7.0 (6/1) (small money)
MONET'S GARDEN got steadily on top in the closing stages having traded at 2.32 early in the straight. Well Chief, odds on pre-race and 1.93 at the off, went as low as 1.48 in running (£2,374 matched) but ran out of stamina and finished well held in third.



Race 4 Placed Quotes
John Smith's Topham Chase

MILLAR WINS FOR BOWENS AND WEST WALES

Front-running Dunbrody Millar, from 17lb out of the handicap, forced the pace and then rallied to win the £100,000 John Smith's Topham Chase over the Grand National fences.


His victory was some consolation for the Pembrokeshire stable run by Peter and Karen Bowen, whose Special Envoy fell at the last when clear in yesterday's John Smith's Handicap Hurdle.

However, Tom O'Brien, who has ridden so many of Bowen's winners this year, was out of luck once again. He rode Iron Man for the stable, but was unseated at the first, while Jamie Moore rode Dunbrody Millar to victory.


Peter Bowen was absent, preferring to remain at home before driving up Ballycassidy and McKelvey, his two John Smith's Grand National runners, to the track later today.

Dunbrody Millar was entered in the big race, but didn't make the cut, prompting Karen Bowen to say: "The way he runs I'm not sure whether four and a half miles really suits him - this race is tailor-made for him. We were just worried that he was too far out of the handicap in this race.


"He's so brave and just loves to take on everything. He just attacked those fences and tugged Jamie into the Chair. Jamie said he gave him a breather and then he ran on."

Of Special Envoy's fall, Karen said: "I said last night, God will give us back one hundred fold what the Devil stole today, and he did."

Jamie Moore said: "What a horse and I just had to stay on him. He was spot on at the fences - I wanted to make the running, but another horse [Irish Raptor] took us on, so I let that one kick on a bit and I tried to save a bit to get home. It paid dividends. It's a funny old game and you get a bit of luck now and again, and it's a dream to win over the National fences - I never thought it would happen to me and it probably won't again."

BETFAIR REPORT
Winner: DUNBRODY MILLAR Price at off: 38 (37/1)
HIGHEST price matched before off: 46 (45/1) (£78 matched)
In running LOW: 1.01 (1/100) (£54,023 matched)
In running HIGH: 70 (69/1) (£22 matched)
DUNBRODY MILLAR, among the outsiders pre-race, asserted from two out (odds on shortly after) having gone as high as 70 earlier in the race. Irish Raptor was popular with in-running punters - trading at as low as 2.04 (£84) matched - but faded out of the frame. Theatre Knight touched a low of 5.8 in-running but got no nearer than second.



Race 4 - 3.45pm John Smith’s Topham Chase - Placed Quotes

AINTREE BRINGS OUT THE BEST IN KNIGHT

Theatre Knight once again proved that the Grand National fences bring out the best in him when belying his 66/1 SP to finish second, beaten six lengths, behind Dunbrody Millar in the £100,000 John Smith’s Topham Chase.


His owner Graham Wyle commented: “I’m over the moon with that run.


“Howard (Johnson, the gelding’s trainer) said not to expect too much today but once again he has shown that Aintree brings out the best in him.


“He was third in the Grand Sefton Chase here back in November. The problem is that he can’t win around Sedgefield!

“The horse really loves these fences. Wilson (Renwick) said he was very intelligent today. If he gets in close, he still manages to sort himself out and he really stayed on well as well.


“We will have to try and get his handicap mark up so he can go for the National next year.”

MOORE PRAISES GROUND

Jamie Moore, rider of John Smith’s Topham Chase victor Dunbrody Millar, was very complimentary about the ground on the Grand National course.


Moore said: “The ground is lovely.


“You could put your snooker balls on it and play a game.”
David Pipe was very happy with the performance of second-placed Osana in the John Smth’s Imagine Top Novices’ Hurdle.


The five-year-old made much of the running in the extended two mile contest and battled on well to go down by two and a half lengths.


Pipe commented: “Osana has run a great race.


“He was just beaten by a horse that has come from the Flat and just has a bit more speed.


“My horse will make up into a lovely chaser for next season.”


Race 3 - The John Smith’s Melling Steeple Chase



TARANIS ON TRACK


Trainer Paul Nicholls was talking up Taranis after his six-year-old chased home Monet’s Garden in the John Smith’s Melling Steeple Chase. “I’m chuffed to pieces, he’s going to be a cracking horse and he’ll definitely get three miles next year,” he said.


Nicholls had considered Thursday’s Betfair Bowl as an option for Taranis. “But as long as Exotic Dancer stayed in we weren’t going to go for that,” he said.


Charles Whitaker, who jointly owns the horse, was equally upbeat out the future, even though he felt that his horse didn’t travel that well early on. “His jumping kept him in it, he may not have been quite suited by the flat track, but I think he’s come on since Cheltenham. He’s only young and a terrific prospect,” he said.


The satisfaction in the Taranis camp contrasted sharply with the mood of Well Chief’s connections. “It’s disappointing. There’s no excuses. He wouldn’t have won over two miles today,” said owner David Johnson.


“He travelled okay, just okay, but when when he was asked to go there was nothing there,” added Johnson.



JOCKEY NEWS FOLLOWING THE TOPHAM

Timmy Murphy, down in the dumps after a disappointing ride on Well Chief in the John Smith's Melling Chase, returned complaining of "feeling sore", having taken a fall from Marcel here yesterday, and he was stood down for the rest of the day.


However, Murphy is confident he will pass the doctor and be able to ride Celtic Son for owner David Johnson in tomorrow's John Smith's Grand National.


Alan Crowe, who crashed out on Lost Time in the John Smith's Topham Trophy, was taken to Fazackerley Hospital for x-rays on an injured shoulder, while Mark Bradburne, who tipped up on Briery Fox in the same race, came back with a "dead arm" but hopes to get clearance to ride.



HORSES UPDATE


Lord Rodney fell and died at the Chair in the John Smith’s Topham Chase. The cause of death is not certain at the moment but was likely have been a haemorrhage. A post-mortem will be carried out.


Espoir Du Bocage, who unseated his rider at the seventh fence, was lame afterwards. Due to the excellent veterinary facilities at Aintree, he was X-rayed on site and found to have no fractures. As a precaution, he will stay overnight in the racecourse veterinary hospital.


Race 5 - The John Smith’s Imagine Appeal Top Novices’ Hurdle Race


BLYTHE SUBLIME


Trainer John Quinn had brief but succinct instructions for jockey Tony McCoy before the John Smith’s Imagine Appeal Top Novices’ Hurdle. “The only thing I told him was that the better Blythe Knight was travelling, the longer he should wait,” said Quinn.


“He carried out the instructions to the letter,” he added. Was he worried when Ouninpohja, with Ruby Walsh came alongside apparently moving almost as sweetly behind the leader Osana? “Well, yes, but it was all over in a second,” he said.


Quinn’s priority for Blythe Knight was always Aintree above Cheltenham. “We didn’t run him there because we thought that the flatter course would suit him better. He doesn’t like drying ground either, but they put some water on here. I wouldn’t like to be paying for it by the glass,” he said.


Quinn, who bought the horse at Newmarket 18 months ago for 90,000 guineas, has no definite plans for Blythe Knight, who switches between the Flat and the jumps. “We could finish him now, unless he’s really well then we’ll keep him going,” he said.


Peter Clay, of Maxilead Limited, who own the horse, said that he was optimistic from the moment the horse settled behind the leader. “We were very confident, he’s a classy horse who can quicken up,” he said.





Race 5 Placed Quotes


John Smith's Imagine Appeal Top Novices' Hurdle

NICHOLLS SCRATCHES HIS HEAD OVER OUNINPOHJA

Paul Nicholls admitted to some exasperation after Ouninpohja, who had finished second in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham on his previous start, appeared to shirk a struggle before finishing third in this novices' hurdle.


Nicholls said: "He's a bit frustrating. I said to Ruby, 'do we need to put blinkers on him?' and he said 'maybe, but the unwatered ground at Cheltenham suited him better', even though this is lovely ground. I gave the horse the benefit of the doubt after he was beaten at Cheltenham, but now I'm not so sure because he didn't appear to go through with it. I might just give him one more run - he's in at Cheltenham on Thursday and at Ayr on Saturday or there's the Swinton Hurdle next month.


"Then we'll give him a holiday and I think he could really benefit from four months out at grass. He hasn't had a proper holiday for a long time. Then I might stick the blinkers on him and try to do a Desert Quest - it did help with him. I guess we'll always be scratching our heads with this horse."

David Pipe was happy with the performance of second-placed Osana - the five-year-old made much of the running in the extended two mile contest and battled on well to go down by two and a half lengths. Pipe commented: "Osana has run a great race. He was just beaten by a horse that has come from the Flat and just has a bit more speed. My horse will make up into a lovely chaser for next season."

George Charlton, trainer of fourth-placed Bywell Beau, said: "The faster ground meant he just struggled a bit. We'll see how he is this week and then might take him to Punchestown for a two-miler where the ground might hopefully be a bit softer. He ran a good race, but it's high-class at this meeting."

BETFAIR REPORT
Winner: BLYTHE KNIGHT Price at off: 22 (21/1)
HIGHEST price matched before off: 36 (35/1) (£22 matched)
In running LOW: 1.01 (1/100) (£19,113 matched)
In running HIGH: 50 (49/1) (£8 matched)
BLYTHE KNIGHT was a surprise winner (21/1 on Betfair at the off) but travelled strongly for a long way and easily got the better of Osana (low of 2.66 in running) and the irresolute Ouninpohja. The last-named lobbed along on the bridle for a long way and suckered in-running punters into backing him at as low as 2.04 (£4,999 matched) before finding nothing from the last.



Race 6 - betfair.com Handicap Chase

REVEILLEZ BOUNCES BACK

The James Fanshawe-trained Reveillez bounced back to his best with a smooth victory in the betfair.com Handicap Chase.


The eight-year-old, the 9/2 favourite, travelled supremely well throughout under Tony McCoy and went away at the finish to score by seven lengths from Lankawi.


Jacko Fanshawe, wife of trainer James Fanshawe, commented: “He is a very honest horse when he is right. He does take a lot of getting fit.

“This is his time of year and we did consider going for the Irish National with him

“It was unfortunate that he had an accident before he was due to run in the Racing Post Chase at Kempton as that meant he wasn’t at his best for Cheltenham,

“I know that the race James would really like to go for with him now is the Betfred Gold Cup. We will have to see how he comes out of the this race and discuss it with Mr McManus.


“I still ride him at home all the time - nobody else is allowed to sit on him!”

Betfred rate Reveillez a 10/1 chance (from 33/1) for the Betfred Gold Cup, run at Sandown on Saturday, April 28.



Race 6 - The Betfair.com Handicap Steeple Chase


ABSENT BOWEN ON A ROLL


The promising Langkawi added a little more gloss to the day for Peter Bowen’s Haverfordwest stable, when the five-year-old ran a very promising second to Reveillez in the Betfair.com Handicap Steeple Chase.


“We delighted. He’s still very young and everything would have happened very quickly for him out there. But Tom [O’Brien] didn’t hustle or bustle him, and gave him confidence,” said Karen Bowen, deputising for her husband, Peter and still smiling from the stable’s earlier success with Dunbrody Millar in the John Smith’s Topham Chase.


“Peter was pretty confident about this horse. When they’ve gave him a handicap mark of 130, he thought there could be a good run from him off that mark,” she said. “Earlier this season, one or two of the horses weren’t quite right, so it’s good to be back in form - and at the right time.


The smile extended to owner Jill Day who said: “That was great, Peter will lets us know what comes next.”

Philip Hobbs trainer of the third-place Lacdoudal expressed satisfaction with his horse’s performance in third place. “I’m chuffed with him. He was second in this last year, behind State Of Play, and I’m very please with that run,” he said.





Race 7 Winner's Quotes
John Smith's Mares' Only Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race


LINN PUTS ON TURBO FOR OCTOGENARIAN OWNER

The Alan Swinbank-trained Turbo Linn, under a fine ride by Tony Dobbin, galloped to victory in this mares' bumper to maintain her unbeaten record.


The four-year-old was bred in Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire, by her 83-year-old owner, sheep farmer James Nelson. He has two mares, including Turbo Linn's dam, Linns Heir, who is in foal to Royal Anthem.


Linns Heir comes from the family of Bishops Pawn, a good horse owned by Mr Nelson in the 1970s and trained under permit by his brother, John.


Swinbank, who is based Richmond, Yorkshire, said: "She's never done anything wrong since her first win on very soft ground at Carlisle. There are winners everywhere in the family and I've got a yearling full sister who might be for sale one day.


"We'll look for a maiden on the Flat for this one now - as long as she keeps eating and stays happy we'll crack on with her, but I wouldn't think she'll run over hurdles from our yard - those jumps men are heroes."



BETFAIR REPORT
Winner: TURBO LINN Price at off: 3.75 (11-4)
HIGHEST price matched before off: 5 (4-1) (£200 matched)
In running LOW: 1.01 (1/100) (£20,699 matched)
In running HIGH: around 4.0 (3-1)
TURBO LINN sent favourite backers home happy with an authoritative win in the closing bumper. Having been trading at around 3.75 at the off, she travelled strongly and went odds on just before the home straight before seeing off her only remaining challenger Theatre Girl in the closing stages.



Race 7 - John Smith’s Mares’ Only Standard National Hunt Flat Race

KING PLEASED

Alan King was more than satisfied with the performance of Theatre Girl, the length and three-quarters runner-up in the concluding John Smith’s Mares’ Only Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.


The Barbury Castle handler said: “I am very pleased with Theatre Girl and also my other runner Katess (6th), who unfortunately got left at the start.

“Theatre Girl is a better filly on this ground and is improving all the time.


“She is a lovely prospect for next year.”



GROUND

The going for day two of the John Smith’s Grand National meeting remains:

GOOD

Andrew Tulloch, Aintree’s Clerk of the Course, reported this morning: “The going remains good on all courses.


“We watered the Grand National course until 2.00am this morning while watering commenced again on the Mildmay and Hurdles courses at 5.00am this morning and will continue up to the start of racing.”


BETFAIR ODDS FOR THE
JOHN SMITH’S GRAND NATIONAL
Joes Edge 9-1, Point Barrow 10-1, Hedgehunter 14-1, Numbersixvalverde 15-1, Dun Doire 17-1, Billyvoddan 21-1, Idle Talk 21-1, Eurotrek 22-1, L'Ami 22-1, Mckelvey 23-1, Simon 26-1, Monkerhostin 29-1, Bothar Na 29-1, Bewleys Berry 31-1, Longshanks 31-1, Kelami 43-1, Homer Wells 43-1, Silver Birch 44-1, Clan Royal 47-1, Royal Auclair 47-1, Slim Pickings 47-1, Liberthine 49-1, Jack High 54-1, Ballycassidy 54-1, Zabenz 99-1, Puntal 109-1, Le Duc 134-1, Thisthatantother 139-1, Kandjar D’Allier 169-1, Philson Run 179-1, Gallant Approach 189-1, Naunton Brook 209-1, Celtic Son 219-1, Graphic Approach 219-1, Cloudy Bays- 229-1, Sonevafushi 239-1, The Outlier 249-1, Knowhere 259-1, Livingstonebramble 269-1, Tikram 309-1

Tony Calvin, spokesman for Betfair, Aintree’s official betting partner, said: “Over the past week, the 2005 winner Hedgehunter has come in for solid support, having been as long as 20/1.


“Dun Doire has fluctuated widely, having been as high as 29/1 after doubts were raised about whether the ground would be suitable.


“Horses proving weak at the moment include Idle Talk and Eurotrek, while there has also not been a great deal of trade on last year’s winner Numbersixvalverde. Simon, a strong fancy at one point, has also drifted out, having been as low as 14/1.


“Liberthine has also drifted, she was trading at 25/1 last week but is now available at almost double that price.


“One of the most popular horses this week has been McKelvey while Clive Smith, owner of the 2005 runner-up Royal Auclair, is very keen on that horse’s chance this time around.”









HUTCHINSON SUSPENDED


Following the John Smith’s Topham Chase, the stewards held an enquiry into possible interference on the final bend. The two horses involved were Irish Raptor, ridden by Wayne Hutchinson, and Theatre Knight, with Wilson Renwick on board.


The stewards adjudged that Hutchinson had allowed Irish Raptor to drift in to the rail and suspended the jockey for two days under Rule 153. The suspension will be served on April 24th and 25th.


The stewards also interviewed Renwick, who finished second on Theatre Knight and, after considering his evidence and viewing a video of the race, found the rider guilty of using the whip with “excessive frequently” and cautioned the rider as to his future use of the whip.





WARM WEATHER AFFECTS TOTE


The Tote figures for the second day of the John Smith’s Grand National Meeting showed a 3% drop year-on-year. The turnover for Friday was £1,630,953 compared to £1,690,862 a year ago. “Though the figures are slightly down, we are very pleased with that. There is always a slight downturn when the weather is so good and there were 23 fewer runners on this year’s card too,” said Totesport representative Damian Walker

There will be a Tote Jackpot carryover of £28,165 to John Smith’s Grand National Day on Saturday.



FIRST RACE RESULT

2.00pm JOHN SMITH’S MILDMAY NOVICES’ CHASE (GRADE TWO)
£80,000 guaranteed, 3m 1f Mildmay Course, For 5yo+ Weights 5yo 10st 7lb; 6yo+ 11st 2lb Penalties after April 29, 2006, a winner of a Class 3 chase 3lb; of a Class 2 chase 5lb; of a Class1 chase 7lb Allowances mares 7lb Entries 21 pay £300 Penalty Value 1st £45,616; 2nd £17,112; 3rd £8,568; 4th £4,272; 5th £2,144; 6th £1,072

1 ACES FOUR (IRE) (The Dprp Aces Partnership) Ferdy Murphy 8-11-05 Graham Lee 5/2f
2 FAASEL (IRE) (Jim Ennis) Nicky Richards 6-11-02b Tony Dobbin 6/1
3 DOM D'ORGEVAL (FR) (A White & Mrs A Underhill) David Pipe 7-11-05 Tom Scudamore 16/1
4 YES SIR (IRE) (Y Hill) Peter Bowen 8-11-09 Tom O'Brien
5 BOYCHUK (IRE) (Diana Whateley) Philip Hobbs 6-11-09 Richard Johnson
6 UNGARO (FR) (Sir Robert Ogden) Keith Reveley 8-11-09 Mick Fitzgerald
7 JAUNTY TIMES (J Sumner) Henry Daly 7-11-05 Mark Bradburne
P bef two out KILLAGHY CASTLE (S Embiricos) Nick Gifford 7-11-05 Leighton Aspell
P bef two out TURKO (FR) (The Stewart Family) Paul Nicholls 5-11-00t Ruby Walsh
P after 15th STANDIN OBLIGATION (IRE) (David Johnson) David Pipe 8-11-07 Timmy Murphy

10 ran
Distances: 8, 1/2, 6, 5, 6, dist
Breeding: ch g Fourstars Allstars - Special Trix
Breeder: J & S Cox
Totes: Win: £3.10 Places: £1.60; £2.20; £5.30 Exacta: £14.10

Winning Trainer: FERDY MURPHY Trains at West Witton, Leyburn, North Yorkshire Riding career: Professional 1966-82; rode about 100 winners Date of first licence: 1990 Cheltenham Festival Wins (7): Walwyn Muir (1996 Stop The Waller, 2006 You’re Special), Elite Triumph Hurdle (1996 Paddy’s Return), Royal & SunAlliance Hurdle (1998 French Holly), National Hunt Chase (2006 Hot Weld), William Hill Trophy (2007 Joe’s Edge), Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase (2007 L’Antartique) Aintree Festival Wins include: John Smith’s Maghull Novices’ Chase (2001 Ballinclay King), John Smith’s Novices’ Handicap Chase (2005 Joes Edge), John Smith’s Mildmay Novices’ Chase (2007 Aces Four) Other major wins: Ballymore Properties Champion Stayers Hurdle (2005 Carlys Quest), Christmas Hurdle (1998 French Holly), Hennessy Gold Cup (1992 Sibton Abbey), Long Walk Hurdle (1997 Paddy’s Return), Prix La Barka (1999 French Holly), Rowland Meyrick Chase (2004 Truckers Tavern, 2006 Leading Man), Sporting Index Chase (2001 Paddy’s Return), Scottish Grand National (2000 Paris Pike, 2005 Joes Edge), Tolworth Hurdle (1998 French Holly) Number of Winners (1997/98-2005/06): 27; 40; 34; 41; 68; 43; 31; 55; 45 Wins this Season: 55

Winning Jockey: Graham Lee Born: December 16, 1975 Background: Irish pony-racing circuit, left school at 15 to join handler Noel Meade. Five rides for Meade then joined Dessie McDonogh in County Meath. Ger Lyons then obtained Lee a position with Mary Reveley when he was 17. Began riding out for Bill Haigh, before joining Malcolm Jefferson. He is now stable jockey to Howard Johnson, for whom he rode 35 winners in 2003/4. Number of Wins (1993/94-2005/06): 6; 20; 11; 16; 21; 24; 28; 25; 58; 66; 94; 100; 108 First Winner: Navan, November 7, 1992, Blushing Pearl Cheltenham Festival Wins (4): Letheby & Christopher Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2005 Arcalis), Royal & Sunalliance Novices’ Hurdle (2005 No Refuge), Ladbrokes World Hurdle (2005 Inglis Drever), Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase (2007 L’Antartique) Leading Rider at The Festival: 2005 (3). Big Race Wins: Ascot Hurdle (2005 No Refuge); Ballymore Properties Long Distance Hurdle (2005 Inglis Drever), Charlie Hall Chase (2003 Ballybough Rasher; 2004 Grey Abbey); Elite Hurdle (2005 Royal Shakespeare); Finesse Juvenile Hurdle (2005 Akilak); John Smith’s West Yorkshire Hurdle (2003 Gralmano, 2005 Inglis Drever) Leamington Novices’ Hurdle (2004 Inglis Drever, 2005 No Refuge); Peterborough Chase (2006 Racing Demon), Peter Marsh Chase (2005 Lord Transcend); Pillar Propery Chase (2005 Grey Abbey); Prestige Novices’ Hurdle (2004 Royal Rosa); Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase (2006 LeadingMan); Scottish Grand National (2004 Grey Abbey); Stanleybet Handicap Hurdle (2005 Coat Of Honour); Tote Exacta Premier Kelso Hurdle (2003 Covent Garden), totesport Classic Chase (2004 Southern Star); Towton Novices’ Chase (2007 Heltornic); Winter Novices’ Hurdle (2003 Inglis Drever) Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Beefeater Restaurants Handicap Hurdle (2004 Zibeline), John Smith’s Grand National (2004 Amberleigh House), Betfair Bowl (2005 Grey Abbey), John Smith’s Mildmay Novices’ Chase (2007 Aces Four) Wins This Season: 88



SECOND RACE RESULT

2.35pm CITROEN C6 SEFTON NOVICES’ HURDLE (GRADE ONE)
£95,000 guaranteed, 3m 1/2f, For 4yo+ Weights 4yo 10st 10lb; 5yo+ 11st 4lb Allowances fillies and mares 7lb Entries 21 pay £350 Penalty Value 1st £54,169; 2nd £20,320.50; 3rd £10,174.50; 4th £5,073; 5th £2,546; 6th £1,273

1 CHIEF DAN GEORGE (IRE) (Maurice Chapman) James Moffatt 7-11-04p Mick Fitzgerald 20/1
2 WICHITA LINEMAN (IRE) (J P McManus) Jonjo O'Neill 6-11-04 Tony McCoy 4/6f
3 IMPERIAL COMMANDER (IRE) (Our Friends In The North) Nigel Twiston-Davies 6-11-04 Tony Evans 25/1
4 MASSINI'S MAGUIRE (IRE) (Alan Peterson) Philip Hobbs 6-11-04 Richard Johnson
5 KNOWLEDGE BOX (IRE) (B Haodh) John Murphy IRE 7-11-04 Eddie Power
6 SILVERBURN (IRE) (Paul Green) Paul Nicholls 6-11-04 Ruby Walsh
P after seventh SUPER NICK (IRE) (Trevor Hemmings) Nigel Twiston-Davies 6-11-04 Robert Thornton
P bef four out WEE FORBEES (IRE) (Matthew Green & Howard Johnson) Howard Johnson 5-11-04 Paddy Brennan
P after 10th BATTLECRY (Hamsard Ltd) Nigel Twiston-Davies 6-11-04 Tom Scudamore
P after 10th SECRET PLOY (A Carding) Hughie Morrison 7-11-04 Andrew Tinkler

10 ran
Distances: 4, 18, 9, 24, dist
Breeding: b g Lord Americo - Colleen Donn
Breeder: Matthew Brady
Totes: Win: £16.90 Places: £2.80; £1.10; £4.90 Exacta: £49.40

Winning Trainer: Jimmy Moffatt Born: June 14, 1972 Based: Pit Farm Racing Stables, Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria Background: Former jockey who rode about 100 winners including the 1995 County Hurdle on Home Counties, trained by his father Dudley from whom he took over the licence at Pit Farm Stables. Other info: Won on his first ride in public, on Silver’s Girl at Ayr, April 13, 1989 (Flat apprentice handicap) Number of Wins (2002/03-2005/06): 1; 6; 2; 6 Wins this Season: 6 Aintree Festival Wins: Citroen C6 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (2007 Chief Dan George) Other Big Race Wins: Brit Insurance Novices’ Hurdle (2007 Chief Dan George), Brit Insurance Prestige Novices’ Hurdle (2007 Chief Dan George)

Winning Jockey: Mick Fitzgerald Date/place of birth: Cork, 10/05/1970 First Winner Under Rules (Britain): Lovers Secret, Ludlow, December 20, 1988 Cheltenham Festival Wins: (14) Cathcart Chase (1994 Raymylette, 1999 and 2000 Stormyfairweather), William Hill Trophy Chase (1995 Rough Quest, 2000 Marlborough), JCB Triumph Hurdle (1999 Katarino), Queen Mother (1999 Call Equiname), Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup (1999 See More Business), Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase (2000 Tiutchev), Ladbrokes World Hurdle (2000 Bacchanal), Coral Cup (2003 Xenophon), Royal & SunAlliance Chase (2005 Trabolgan), Ryanair Chase (2006 Fondmort), Racing Post Plate (2006 Non So) Leading Rider at The Festival: 2000 (4), 1999 (4). Aintree Festival Wins: Grand National Chase (1996 Rough Quest), Aintree Hurdle (Bimsey 1997), Cordon Bleu Handicap Hurdle (1995 Thinking Twice), Martell Cup Chase (2000 See More Business), Chivas Regal Handicap Chase (2001 Kingsmark), Martell Cognac Mildmay Novices’ Chase (2003 Irish Hussar), Citroen C6 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (2007 Chief Dan George) Other Big Race Wins: Adonis Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle (1999 Katarino), Agfa Diamond Chase (1996 Amtrak Express), Aon Chase (2000 See More Business), Charlie Hall Chase (1999 and 2000 See More Business, 2002 Marlborough), Desert Orchid H’cap Chase (2000 Fadalko), Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle (1999 Premier Generation), Feltham Novices’ Chase (2006 Ungaro), Finale Juvenile Hurdle (2005 Blue Shark, 2006 Good Bye Simon), First National Gold Cup (2003 Iris Royal), Game Spirit Chase (1999 Celibate), Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup (2005 Trabolgan), Tote Lanzarote Hcap Hurdle (1999 Tiutchev), Mitie Group Kennel Gate Hurdle (1998 Hidebound), Paddy Power Gold Cup (2003 Fondmort), Pendil Novices’ Chase (1999 Makounji), Rossington Main Novices’ Hurdle (2000 Dusk Duel), Tingle Creek Trophy Chase (2005 Kauto Star), Tote Gold Trophy Chase (2001 Marlborough), Tote Gold Trophy Hcap Hurdle (2000 Geos, 2001 Landing Light), Tripleprint Gold Cup (2002 Fondmort, 2003 Iris Royal), Victor Chandler Chase (Big Matt 1996, Isio 2004) Number of Wins (1995/96-2004/05): 68; 82; 102; 121; 107; 78; 109; 77; 51; 65; 62 Wins This Season: 60



THIRD RACE RESULT

3.10pm JOHN SMITH’S MELLING CHASE (GRADE ONE)
£200,000 guaranteed, 2m 4f Mildmay Course, For 5yo+ Weights 5yo 11st 6lb; 6yo+ 11st 10lb Allowances mares 7lb Entries 13 pay £700 Penalty Value 1st £114,040; 2nd £42,780; 3rd £21,420; 4th £10,680; 5th £5,360; 6th £2,680

1 MONET'S GARDEN (IRE) (David Yates) Nicky Richards 9-11-10 Tony Dobbin 4/1
2 TARANIS (FR) (Mrs A Yeoman & C Whittaker) Paul Nicholls 6-11-10t Ruby Walsh 5/1
3 WELL CHIEF (FR) (David Johnson) David Pipe 8-11-10 Timmy Murphy 4/5f
4 CROZAN (FR) (Trevor Hemmings) Nicky Henderson 7-11-10b Mick Fitzgerald
5 HI CLOY (IRE) (Mrs S McCloy) Michael Hourigan IRE 10-11-10 Davy Russell
6 ONEWAY (IRE) (Mark Rimell) Mark Rimell 10-11-10b Richard Johnson

6 ran
Non-runners: 1 Cerium (vet’s certificate), 3 Fota Island (vc), 6 Newmill (vc)
Distances: 3 1/2, 9, 8, 3, dist
Breeding: gr g Roselier (FR) - Royal Remainder (IRE)
Breeder: William Delahunty
Totes: Win: £4.50 Places: £1.90; £2.40 Exacta: £21.20

Wining Trainer: NICKY RICHARDS Born: February 25, 1956 Based: Greystoke Stables Ltd, The Old Rectory, Greystoke, Penrith, Cumbria Other major wins: Becher Chase (1999 Feels Like Gold), Fighting Fifth Hurdle (2003 The French Furze), totescoop6 Summer Plate (2004 Glinger), John Smith’s Hurdle (2004 Telemoss), Commercial First Ascot Chase (2007 Monet’s Garden) Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Melling Chase (2007 Monet’s Garden), John Smith’s Anniversary 4-y-o Hurdle (2005 Faasel), John Smith’s Liverpool Hurdle (2005 Monet’s Garden), Citroen C4 Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (2005 Turpin Green) Number of Winners (1998/99-2005/06): 15; 29; 18; 25; 36; 38; 50; 59 Wins this Season: 58

Winning Jockey: Tony Dobbin Date of Birth: 01/05/72 Apprenticeship: served with Jonjo O’Neill First Winner: 19/05/90, Hamilton Park (Stay Awake) Cheltenham Festival Wins: (3) County Hurdle (1994 Dizzy and 2000 Master Tern), Pertemps Handicap Hurdle Final (2002 Freetown) Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Melling Chase (2007 Monet’s Garden), John Smith’s Grand National (1997 Lord Gyllene), John Hughes Trophy Hcap Chase (1999 Listen Timmy), Oddbins Handicap Hurdle (2001 Crazy Horse), Martell Aintree Hurdle (2001 Barton), Martell Cognac V.s. Hcap Chase (2003 Master Tern), Martell Cognac Top Novices’ Hurdle (2003 Limerick Boy), Martell Mildmay Novices’ Chase (2002 Barton), John Smith’s and Batleys Liverpool Hurdle (2005 Monet’s Garden), John Smith’s Anniversary 4-y-o Novices’ Hurdle (2002 Quazar, 2005 Faasel), John Smith’s Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (2005 Turpin Green) Other Big Race Wins: Boylesports.com Gold Cup (2006 Exotic Dancer), Commercial First Ascot Chase (2007 Monet’s Garden), Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup (1994 One Man), Premier Long Distance Hurdle (1996 Better Times Ahead), Becher Chase (Into the Red 1996), Comet Chase (1998 One Man), Wensleydale Juvenile Hurdle (2000 Spirit of Park), Punchestown Champion Four-year-old Hurdle (2002 Quazar), Coral Welsh National (2002 Mini Sensation), Premier Stayers’ Hurdle (2003 Lord Transcend), Emo Oil Champion Hurdle (2003 Quazar), Tote Exacta Premier Kelso Hurdle (Paddy the Piper 2004), John Smith’s Hurdle (Telemoss 2004), Coloroll Hurdle (Monet’s Garden 2004), Pertemps Fighting Fifth Hurdle (2005 Arcalis), VC Casino.com Long Distance Hurdle (2006 Inglis Drever). Number of Wins (1991/92-2005/06): 14; 23; 45; 57; 67; 73; 53; 62; 72; 84; 109; 109; 89; 115; 91 Wins This Season: 63


FOURTH RACE RESULT

3.45pm JOHN SMITH’S TOPHAM CHASE (HANDICAP)
£100,000 guaranteed, 2m 5 1/2f Grand National Course, For 5yo+ Minimum Weight 10st Penalties after March 24, a winner of a chase 4lb (no penalty to increase a horse’s weight above 11st 12lb) Armaturk’s Handicap Mark 155 Entries 84 pay £100 Confirmed 39 pay £250 Penalty Value 1st £62,630; 2nd £18,500; 3rd £9,250; 4th £4,630; 5th £2,310; 6th £1,160

1 DUNBRODY MILLAR (IRE) (Dundon Else Partnership) Peter Bowen 9-10-00 Jamie Moore 25/1
2 THEATRE KNIGHT (IRE) (Andrea & Graham Wylie) Howard Johnson 9-10-00 Wilson Renwick 66/1
3 LATIMER'S PLACE (Sir Christopher Wates) Nicky Gifford 11-10-00ow1 Leighton Aspell 25/1
4 GROUND BALL (IRE) (J P McManus) Charlie Swan IRE 10-10-10 Tony McCoy 12/1
5 MILAN DEUX MILLE (FR) (Fergus Wilson & Judith Wilson) David Pipe 5-10-09 Tom Scudamore 18/1
6 LE VOLFONI (FR) (Aaron Banks) Paul Nicholls 6-11-04 Ruby Walsh 13/2f
7 IRISH RAPTOR (IRE) (Caroline Beresford-Wylie) Nigel Twiston-Davies 8-10-07 Wayne Hutchinson
8 JUST IN DEBT (IRE) (Gill & Bill Hazeldean) Martin Todhunter 11-10-00p Brian Harding
9 HAKIM (NZ) (T Siviter) John Spearing 13-10-00 Seamus Durack
10 BROOKLYN BREEZE (IRE) (Ashleybank Investments Limited) Len Lungo 10-10-07 Graham Lee
11 RISK ACCESSOR (IRE) (J P McManus) Jonjo O'Neill 12-10-00 Richie McGrath
12 VODKA BLEU (FR) (David Johnson) David Pipe 8-10-11 Davy Russell
13 FLIGHT COMMAND (Nick Bannister) Peter Beaumont 9-10-00pTom Siddall
14 CASSIA HEIGHTS (B Ridge & D Hewitt) Steve Brookshaw 12-9-11t Philip Kinsella (3)
15 LORD OF ILLUSION (IRE) (Sharon Nelson) Tom George 10-10-05t Dominic Elsworth
Ref to race ALWAYS (Angela Long) John Long IRE 8-10-02b Martin Ferris (5)
U1 IRON MAN (FR) (Roddy Owen & Paul Fullagar) Peter Bowen 6-10-00p Tom O'Brien
F3 LOST TIME (IRE) (J P McManus) Christy Roche IRE 10-10-00 Alan Crowe
U3 BRIERY FOX (IRE) (Vicky Reed, Helen Plumbly, Jane Trafford) Henry Daly 9-10-05 Mark Bradburne
B3 ARMATURK (FR) (Trevor Hemmings) Paul Nicholls 10-11-12 Sam Thomas
F3 LORD RODNEY (IRE) (Estio Racing) Peter Beaumont 8-10-00 Peter Buchanan
F3 KASTHARI (IRE) (Elliott Brothers) Howard Johnson 8-10-00 Paddy Brennan
U7 ESPOIR DU BOCAGE (FR) (J Wilson & T Wilson) Michael Scudamore 12-9-07 John Kington (7)
P bef 8 PATMAN DU CHARMIL (FR) (Raymond Mould) Nigel Twiston-Davies 5-10-00 Paul Moloney
F9 ON THE NET (IRE) (A O’Grady) Eoghan O'Grady IRE 9-10-10 David Casey
F9 SHANNON'S PRIDE (IRE) (Jas Partnership) Richard Guest 11-9-07p David Cullinan (7)
U10 ALMOST BROKE (Mrs L Homer) Gary Brown 10-9-07 Miss Lucy Horner (7)
U13 TURTHEN (FR) (Clive Smith) Paul Nicholls 6-9-13ow1 Liam Heard (3)
P bef 17 UMBRELLA MAN (IRE) (Mrs J Dollar & Mrs M Hall) Emma Lavelle 11-10-02 Barry Fenton

29 ran
Non-runner: 28 High Moon (vc)
Distances: 6, 2 1/2, 1 3/4, 3, hd, 5, 3/4, 4, 1, 1 3/4, 4, 12, dist, dist
Breeding: b or br g Lord Americo - Salt Mills
Breeder: Lord Donegall
Totes: Win: £43.70 Places: £7.10; £18.80; £7.20; £2.80 Exacta: £1600

Winning Trainer: PETER BOWEN Based: Yet-Y-Rhug, Letterston, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales Date of First Licence: 1995 Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Topham Chase (2007 Dunbrody Millar) John Smith’s Extra Smooth H’cap Hurdle (1999 Kinnescash), John Smith’s No Nonsense Handicap Hurdle (2005 Genghis) Other Major Wins Include: Badger Beer Chase (2002, 2003 Swansea Bay), Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase (1997 Stately Home), Edward Hanmer Chase (2003 Swansea Bay), Samsung Electronics Scottish Champion Hurdle (2005 Genghis) Horses in Training (2000-2006): 19; 9; n/a; 16; 26; 20; 36; 42 Number of Winners (1995/96-2005/06): 7; 33; 38; 32; 25; 8, 10, 18, 38; 40; 41 Winners this Season: 68

Winning Jockey: Jamie Edward Moore Born: January 31, 1985 Background: Hails from the great Moore racing family - father Gary now trains, having been a fearless Jumps jockey, while brother Ryan is a champion Flat rider. He formerly worked for his father before a spell attached to Martin Pipe’s yard at Nicholashayne in Somerset. Went freelance in July 2005. Number of Wins 2002/3-2005/6: 16; 48; 48 (champion conditional jockey); 52 Riding Weight: 8st 10lb First Winner: Stormy Skye (Guy Fawkes Amateur Riders’ Classified Stakes, Nottingham, November 5, 2001) Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Topham Chase (2007 Dunbrody Millar) Other Big Race Wins: Cantorsport.co.uk Silver Cup (2003 Horus); Elite Hurdle (2003 Well Chief); Scottish Champion Hurdle (2004 Copeland); Edward Hanmer Memorial Chase (2004 Horus); Totespot Ascot Chase (2005 it Takes Time); Totesport Trophy (2007 Heathcote); William Hill Handicap Hurdle (2005 Verasi); Vodafone Gold Cup (2006 Horus (ddht with Cornish Sett)) Wins This Season: 37
FIFTH RACE RESULT

4.20pm JOHN SMITH’S IMAGINE APPEAL TOP NOVICES’ HURDLE
(GRADE TWO)
£55,000 guaranteed, 2m 1/2f, For 4yo+ Weights 4yo 10st 8lb; 5yo+ 11st Penalties a winner of a Class 3 hurdle 3lb; of a Class 2 hurdle 5lb; of a Class 1 hurdle 8lb Allowances fillies and mares 7lb Entries 20 pay £250 Penalty Value 1st £31,361; 2nd £11,764.50; 3rd £5,890.50; 4th £2,937; 5th £1,474; 6th £737

1 BLYTHE KNIGHT (IRE) (Maxilead Ltd) John Quinn 7-11-00 Tony McCoy 14/1
2 OSANA (FR) (Thomas Barr) David Pipe 5-11-00 Tom Scudamore 3/1
3 OUNINPOHJA (IRE) (Margaret Findlay) Paul Nicholls 6-11-00 Ruby Walsh 2/1f
4 BYWELL BEAU (W Trueman) George Charlton 8-11-08t Jan Faltejsek
5 DE SOTO (Peter Deal) Paul Webber 6-11-05t Richard Johnson
6 CROCODILE DUNDEE (IRE) (Andrea & Graham Wylie) Howard Johnson 6-11-05 Paddy Brennan
7 TYSON (SAF) (Paul Beck, Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood, M Slack) Venetia Williams 7-11-00 Paul O'Neill
8 ENFORCE (USA) (Thurloe Finsbury II) Lucy Wadham 4-10-01 Leighton Aspell

8 ran
Non-runner: 7 Special Envoy (vc)
Distances: 2 1/2, 5, 8, 10, 5, 7, dist
Breeding: ch g Selkirk (USA) - Blushing Barada (USA)
Breeder: Gainsborough Stud Management Ltd
Totes: Win: £14.90 Places: £2.40; £1.90; £1.20 Exacta: £85.10

Winning Trainer: John Quinn Based: Highfield Stables, Malton, North Yorkshire Background: former jockey now a dual purpose trainer. Saddled Blythe Knight to win the 2006 Lincoln Handicap on the Flat Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Imagine Appeal John Smith’s Top Novices’ Hurdle (2007 Blythe Knight) Other Big Race Wins (Jumps): Elite Hurdle (2006 Crow Wood); Scottish County Hurdle (2006 Crow Wood) Wins in 2001/02-2005/6: 4; 1; 5; 11; 19 Wins this season: 31

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. Aintree Festival Wins: Mumm Melling Chase (1996 Viking Flagship), Glenlivet Anniversary Hurdle (1996 Zabadi, 1999 Hors La Loi III), Barton & Guestier Novices’ Hurdle (1998 Fataliste), John Smith’s Top Novices Hurdle (2006 Straw Bear, 2007 Blythe Knight), John Hughes Trophy Chase (1998 Cyfor Malta, 2000 Northern Starlight), John Smith’s Mildmay Novices’ Chase (1998 Boss Doyle, 2005 Like-A-Butterfly), Citroen C6 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (1998 Unsinkable Boxer, 2006 Black Jack Ketchum), Martell Aintree Hurdle (1998 Pridwell), Martell Cognac Handicap Hurdle (1996 Top Spin, 2003 Carlovent) John Smith’s Extra Cold Handicap Hurdle (2006 Refinement), Chivas Regal Novices’ Hcap Chase (1999 Royal Predica), John Smith’s Red Rum Handicap Chase (2003 Golden Alpha, 2005 Fota Island), Betfair Bowl Chase (2004 Tiutchev, 2007 Exotic Dancer), Martell Maghull Novices’ Chase (2004 Well Chief), John Smith’s No Nonsense Handicap Hurdle (2005 Genghis), John Smith’s Maghull Novices’ Chase (2006 Foreman) Cheltenham Festival Wins: (19) 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, 2006 Brave Inca), 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), Mildmay of Flete Challenge Cup Hcap Chase (1999 Majadou), Queen Mother Champion Chase (2000 Edredon Bleu), Weatherbys Champion Bumper (2003 Liberman), Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase (2006 Reveillez), Brit Insurance Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Black Jack Ketchum, 2007 Wichita Lineman) Leading Rider at The Festival: 1997 (3), 1998 (5). Other major wins: AIG Europe Champion Hurdle (2006 Brave Inca), Cleeve Hurdle (2003 Classified), Challow Hurdle (2001 Classified, 2006 Wichita Lineman), December Festival Hurdle (2005 Brave Inca), Feltham Novices’ Chase (2005 Darkness), Fighting Fifth Hurdle (2006 Straw Bear), Finale Juvenile Hurdle (2004 Phar Bleu), First National Gold Cup H’cap Chase (2000 Upgrade, 2001 Wahiba Sands), Game Spirit Chase (2002 Lady Cricket), Hatton’s Grace Hurdle (2006 Brave Inca), Henry VIII Novices’ Chase (1998 Dines), King George VI Chase (2002 Best Mate), Kingwell Hurdle (2007 Straw Bear), Letheby & Christopher Cotswold Chase (1999 Cyfor Malta, 2007 Exotic Dancer), Long Distance Hurdle (1999 Galant Moss, 2003 Deano’s Beano, 2004 Baracouda), Long Walk Hurdle (2002 Deano’s Beeno, 2004 Baracouda), Rehearsal Chase (1996 Belmont King), Paddy Power Gold Cup (1998 Cyfor Malta, 2000 Lady Cricket, 2001Shooting Light, 2006 Exotic Dancer), Peterborough Chase (2005 Impek), Powers Gold Cup (2005 Like-A-Butterfly), Rendlesham Hurdle (2003 Deano’s Beano), Ritz Club Ascot Chase (2003 Tiutchev), Scottish Champion Hurdle (2005 Genghis), Scottish Grand National (1997 Belmont King), Sunderlands Imperial Cup (2003 Korelo), Tripleprint Gold Cup Chase (1998 Northern Starlight), Tote Gold Trophy (2002 Copeland), Winners 1994/5-2005/06: 74,175, 189,253,186,245,191, 289, 257, 209, 199; 178 Wins this season: 180



SIXTH RACE RESULT

4.55pm BETFAIR.COM HANDICAP CHASE
£50,000 guaranteed, 3m 1f Mildmay Course, For 5yo+ Weights Raised 10lb Minimum Weight 10st Penalties after March 31, a winner of a chase 4lb Lacdoudal’s Handicap Mark 149 Entries 41 pay £180 Penalty Value 1st £31,315; 2nd £9,250; 3rd £4,625; 4th £2,315; 5th £1,155; 6th £580

1 REVEILLEZ (J P McManus) James Fanshawe 8-11-08t Tony McCoy 9/2f
2 LANKAWI (Jill Day) Peter Bowen 5-10-00 Tom O'Brien 10/1
3 LACDOUDAL (FR) (Carol Skan) PhilipHobbs 8-11-12 Richard Johnson 8/1
4 HEALY'S PUB (IRE) (C McKiernan) Oliver McKiernan IRE 11-9-13 Tom Ryan (3) 50/1
5 COPSALE LAD (Swallow Partnership) Nicky Henderson 10-11-06 Mick Fitzgerald
6 TAMARINBLEU (FR) (The Arthur White Partnership) David Pipe 7-11-10 Tom Scudamore
7 NEW ALCO (FR) (D McGowan & S Murphy) Ferdy Murphy 6-11-04 Graham Lee
8 MAURICE (FR) (Trevor Hemmings) Donald McCain Jnr 7-10-12t Jason Maguire
9 UNDENIABLE (Keith Nicholson) Sue Smith 9-10-04 David O'Meara
10 SILVER KNIGHT (C Stevens) Tim Easterby 9-10-10p Russ Garritty
P bef 13th OPENIDE (Brendan W Duke Racing) Brendan Duke 6-10-09 Noel Fehily
P bef last LOU DU MOULIN MAS (FR) (The Eight Amigos Racing Syndicate) Paul Nicholls 8-10-08t Ruby Walsh
P bef 2 out WITHOUT A DOUBT (Malcolm Denmark) Carl Llewellyn 8-10-06 Leighton Aspell
P bef 2 out FUNDAMENTALIST (IRE) (Gripen) Nigel Twiston-Davies 9-11-03t Paddy Brennan
P bef 14th POLE STAR (Paul Green) Evan Williams 9-11-00p Paul Moloney
P bef 4 out GREEN BELT FLYER (IRE) (Green Belt Forsters) Venetia Williams 9-11-03 Sam Thomas
P after 11th LIMERICK BOY (GER) (Favourites Racing III) Venetia Williams 9-11-05 A Dobbin
P after 11th VICTORY GUNNER (IRE) (Ron Bartlett & F Ayres) Craig Roberts 9-10-00ow3 Lee Stephens (3)

18 ran
Distances: 7, 2 1/2, 3 1/2, 4, 1 3/4, 5, 3, 14, 12
Breeding: gr g First Trump - Amalancher (USA)
Breeder: Mrs A Yearly
Totes: Win: £5.10 Places: £2.10; £3.30; £2.70; £7.90 Exacta: £79.00

Winning Trainer: JAMES FANSHAWE Date of Birth: 6/8/62 Trains: Pegasus Stables, Newmarket, Suffolk Date of first licence:1990 Previous Occupation:Assistant to Michael Stoute and David Nicholson. Major wins include: Eclipse Stakes (1991 Environment Friend), Dante Stakes (1991 Environment Friend), Prix Kergorlay (1998 Arctic Owl), Jockey Club Stakes (1998 Arctic Owl), Prix du Cadran (1998 Invermark), Bonusprint Stakes (1999 Arctic Owl), Irish St Leger (2000 Arctic Owl) Aintree Festival Wins: Betfair.com Handicap Chase (2007 Reveillez) Cheltenham Festival Wins (3): Smurfit Champion Hurdle (1992 Royal Gait, 2002 Hors La Loi III), Jewson Novices’ H’cap Chase (2006 Reveillez) Other Major NH Wins: Kingwell Hurdle (2002 Hors La Loi III) Major Flat Wins: Eclipse (1991 Environment Friend) Irish St Leger (2000 Arctic Owl) First Goodwood winner: Stylish Senor (July 30, 1991 - Gordon Stakes) Goodwood wins: 9 (4 July Meeting) Other details: National Hunt successes include Champion Hurdle (1992 Royal Gait) First Winner for J P McManus: Reveillez (Jeff Banks Port Of Call Introductory Novices’ Hurdle, Windsor, Nov 20, 2004) Number of Winners (Jumps 2001/02-2005/06): 3; 1; 1; 7; 6 Wins this Season: 5

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. Aintree Festival Wins: Betfair.com Handicap Chase (2007 Reveillez), Mumm Melling Chase (1996 Viking Flagship), Glenlivet Anniversary Hurdle (1996 Zabadi, 1999 Hors La Loi III), Barton & Guestier Novices’ Hurdle (1998 Fataliste), John Smith’s Top Novices Hurdle (2006 Straw Bear), John Hughes Trophy Chase (1998 Cyfor Malta, 2000 Northern Starlight), John Smith’s Mildmay Novices’ Chase (1998 Boss Doyle, 2005 Like-A-Butterfly), Citroen C6 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (1998 Unsinkable Boxer, 2006 Black Jack Ketchum), Martell Aintree Hurdle (1998 Pridwell), Martell Cognac Handicap Hurdle (1996 Top Spin, 2003 Carlovent) John Smith’s Extra Cold Handicap Hurdle (2006 Refinement), Chivas Regal Novices’ Hcap Chase (1999 Royal Predica), John Smith’s Red Rum Handicap Chase (2003 Golden Alpha, 2005 Fota Island), Betfair Bowl Chase (2004 Tiutchev, 2007 Exotic Dancer), Martell Maghull Novices’ Chase (2004 Well Chief), John Smith’s No Nonsense Handicap Hurdle (2005 Genghis), John Smith’s Maghull Novices’ Chase (2006 Foreman) Cheltenham Festival Wins: (19) 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, 2006 Brave Inca), 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), Mildmay of Flete Challenge Cup Hcap Chase (1999 Majadou), Queen Mother Champion Chase (2000 Edredon Bleu), Weatherbys Champion Bumper (2003 Liberman), Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase (2006 Reveillez), Brit Insurance Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Black Jack Ketchum, 2007 Wichita Lineman) Leading Rider at The Festival: 1997 (3), 1998 (5). Other major wins: AIG Europe Champion Hurdle (2006 Brave Inca), Ballymore Properties “Classic” Nov Hdle (2007 Wichita Lineman), Cleeve Hurdle (2003 Classified), Challow Hurdle (2001 Classified, 2006 Wichita Lineman), December Festival Hurdle (2005 Brave Inca), Feltham Novices’ Chase (2005 Darkness), Fighting Fifth Hurdle (2006 Straw Bear), Finale Juvenile Hurdle (2004 Phar Bleu), First National Gold Cup H’cap Chase (2000 Upgrade, 2001 Wahiba Sands), Game Spirit Chase (2002 Lady Cricket), Hatton’s Grace Hurdle (2006 Brave Inca), Henry VIII Novices’ Chase (1998 Dines), King George VI Chase (2002 Best Mate), Kingwell Hurdle (2007 Straw Bear), Letheby & Christopher Cotswold Chase (1999 Cyfor Malta, 2007 Exotic Dancer), Long Distance Hurdle (1999 Galant Moss, 2003 Deano’s Beano, 2004 Baracouda), Long Walk Hurdle (2002 Deano’s Beeno, 2004 Baracouda), Mildmay & Cazalet Hcap Chase (1999 Eudipe), Rehearsal Chase (1996 Belmont King), Paddy Power Gold Cup (1998 Cyfor Malta, 2000 Lady Cricket, 2001Shooting Light, 2006 Exotic Dancer), Peterborough Chase (2005 Impek), Powers Gold Cup (2005 Like-A-Butterfly), Rendlesham Hurdle (2003 Deano’s Beano), Ritz Club Ascot Chase (2003 Tiutchev), Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase (2000 Upgrade, 2003 Tarxien), Scottish Champion Hurdle (2005 Genghis), Scottish Grand National (1997 Belmont King), Sunderlands Imperial Cup (2003 Korelo), Tripleprint Gold Cup Chase (1998 Northern Starlight), Tote Gold Trophy (2002 Copeland), Winners 1994/5-2005/06: 74,175, 189,253,186,245,191, 289, 257, 209, 199; 178 Wins this season: 181


SEVENTH RACE RESULT

5.30pm JOHN SMITH’S MARES’ ONLY STANDARD OPEN
NATIONAL HUNT FLAT RACE (LISTED)
£30,000 guaranteed, 2m 1f, For 4-6yo which have not run under any recognised Rules of Racing, except NH/INH Flat races; horses are not to have run in more than four NH Flat races, or five such races if the fifth run was in the Mares’ Only Listed race held at Sandown Park on March 10, 2007 Weights 4yo 10st 8lb; 5yo & 6yo 11st Penalties a winner of a NH/INH Flat race 4lb; of two such races 7lb; of three such races 10lb Entries 30 pay £150 Penalty Value 1st £17,106; 2nd £6,417; 3rd £3,213; 4th £1,602; 5th £804; 6th £402

1 TURBO LINN (James Nelson) Alan Swinbank 4-11-04 Tony Dobbin 5/2f
2 THEATRE GIRL (Let’s Live Racing) Alan King 4-10-12 Robert Thornton 10/1
3 VALENTINES LADY (IRE) (Ivor Valentine) Keith Reveley 6-11-01 Philip Kinsella (3) 33/1
4 HELENS VISION (Walters Plant Hire Limited) Helen Lewis 4-10-12 Liam Treadwell (3) 5/1
5 O'HANA (FR) (Closutton Racing Club) Willie Mullins IRE 5-10-11 Mr Patrick Mullins (7)
6 KATESS (IRE) (Mrs M Sweeney) Alan King 4-10-12 Wayne Hutchinson
7 IZITA STAR (Aiden Murphy) Anabel King 4-10-03 Adrian Scholes (5)
8 DRUMDERRY (IRE) (Does Size Matter Syndicate) Willie Mullins IRE 5-11-07 Ruby Walsh
9 DIAVOLERIA (D Green) Mick Easterby 4-10-12 Mr Tom Greenall
10 HALIGREEN (IRE) (Sally Mullins) Seamus Mullins 5-10-13 Wayne Kavanagh (5)
11 WHITEOAK (IRE) (Brendan Richardson) Donald McCain Jnr 4-10-12 Jason Maguire
12 ONE GULP (Bobby McAlpine) Paul Webber 4-10-12 Andrew Tinkler
13 ROSIE ALL OVER (Donald McCain) Donald McCain Jnr 5-10-07 Paul Benson (7)
14 BROOK NO ARGUMENT (Lady Legard) John Quinn 5-11-04 Graham Lee
15 ITS TEESCOMPONENTS (IRE) (Tees Components Ltd) Keith Reveley 5-10-07 James Reveley (7)
16 DAND NEE (USA) (Mrs B Watson) Alan Swinbank 5-11-04 Tom Doyle
17 OWLESBURY DREAM (IRE) (John Studd & D Gamble) Brendan Powell 5-10-13 Charlie Stud (5)
B PRINCESS FLAME (GER) (Mr & Mrs D Gamble) Brendan Powell 5-10-13 Sam Jones (5)
F CRACKING CLICHE (Scarlet Knipe) Venetia Williams 5-11-00 Sam Thomas
P FIDDLING AGAIN (Bunny Roberts) Nicky Henderson 4-11-01 Mick Fitzgerald

20 ran
Distances: 1 3/4, 13, 2, 4, 2 1/2, 5, 1 1/2, 12, 2, 1 3/4, 15, 3, 1/2, sh, 15, 14
Breeding: b f Turbo Speed - Linn’s Heir
Breeder: James Nelson
Totes: Win: £3.50 Places: £1.60; £4.10; £10.70 Exacta: £45.40

Winning Trainer: ALAN SWINBANK Based: Melsonby, North Yorkshire Information: Assisted by former trainer Bill Haigh Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Mares’ Only NHF Race (2007 Turbo Linn) Other Big Race Wins (Jumps): Scottish County Hurdle (2005 Far Pavilions) Major Flat Wins: Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase (2006 Collier Hill); Cambridgeshire (2006 Formal Decree); Canadian International (2006 Collier Hill); Gerling-Preis (2005 Collier Hill); Irish St Leger (2005 Collier Hill); Stockholm Cup International (2004 & 2006 Collier Hill) Number of Wins (2001/2-2005/06): 14; 14; 13; 8; 15 Wins this Season: 28

Winning Jockey: Tony Dobbin Date of Birth: 01/05/72 Apprenticeship: served with Jonjo O’Neill First Winner: 19/05/90, Hamilton Park (Stay Awake) Cheltenham Festival Wins: (3) County Hurdle (1994 Dizzy and 2000 Master Tern), Pertemps Handicap Hurdle Final (2002 Freetown) Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Mares’ Only Standard Open NHF Race (2007 Turbo Linn), John Smith’s Melling Chase (2007 Monet’s Garden), John Smith’s Grand National (1997 Lord Gyllene), John Hughes Trophy Hcap Chase (1999 Listen Timmy), Oddbins Handicap Hurdle (2001 Crazy Horse), Martell Aintree Hurdle (2001 Barton), Martell Cognac V.s. Hcap Chase (2003 Master Tern), Martell Cognac Top Novices’ Hurdle (2003 Limerick Boy), Martell Mildmay Novices’ Chase (2002 Barton), John Smith’s and Batleys Liverpool Hurdle (2005 Monet’s Garden), John Smith’s Anniversary 4-y-o Novices’ Hurdle (2002 Quazar, 2005 Faasel), John Smith’s Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (2005 Turpin Green) Other Big Race Wins: Boylesports.com Gold Cup (2006 Exotic Dancer), Commercial First Ascot Chase (2007 Monet’s Garden), Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup (1994 One Man), Premier Long Distance Hurdle (1996 Better Times Ahead), Becher Chase (Into the Red 1996), Comet Chase (1998 One Man), Wensleydale Juvenile Hurdle (2000 Spirit of Park), Punchestown Champion Four-year-old Hurdle (2002 Quazar), Coral Welsh National (2002 Mini Sensation), Premier Stayers’ Hurdle (2003 Lord Transcend), Emo Oil Champion Hurdle (2003 Quazar), Tote Exacta Premier Kelso Hurdle (Paddy the Piper 2004), John Smith’s Hurdle (Telemoss 2004), Coloroll Hurdle (Monet’s Garden 2004), Pertemps Fighting Fifth Hurdle (2005 Arcalis), VC Casino.com Long Distance Hurdle (2006 Inglis Drever). Number of Wins (1991/92-2005/06): 14; 23; 45; 57; 67; 73; 53; 62; 72; 84; 109; 109; 89; 115; 91 Wins This Season: 64


LEADING JOCKEY STANDINGS AFTER DAY TWO

Jockey 1st 2nd 3rd
Tony McCoy 3 3 -
Tony Dobbin 2 1 1
Mick Fitzgerald 1 1 -
Graham Lee 1 1 -
Robert Thornton 1 1 -
Paddy Brennan 1 - 2
Richard Johnson 1 - 1
Mr Richard Burton 1 - -
Dominic Elsworth 1 - -
Noel Fehily 1 - -
Jamie Moore 1 - -
Ruby Walsh - 2 1
Wilson Renwick - 1 1
Tom Scudamore - 1 1
Mr Richard Harding - 1 -
Tom O’Brien - 1 -
Liam Treadwell - 1 -
Timmy Murphy - - 2
Leighton Aspell - - 1
Miss Nina Carberry - - 1
Tony Evans - - 1
Philip Kinsella - - 1
Mr Sam Waley-Cohen - - 1


Latest Stan James betting: 11/8 Tony McCoy, 9/4 Richard Johnson, 6/1 Robert Thornton, 6/1 Ruby Walsh, 14/1 bar


LEADING TRAINER STANDINGS AFTER DAY TWO

Trainer 1st 2nd 3rd
Jonjo O’Neill 2 2 -
Howard Johnson 1 1 2
Nicky Henderson 1 1 1
Nicky Richards 1 1 1
Peter Bowen 1 1 -
Alan King 1 1 -
Ferdy Murphy 1 1 -
Henry Daly 1 - -
James Fanshawe 1 - -
James Moffatt 1 - -
John Quinn 1 - -
Alan Swinbank 1 - -
Ian Williams 1 - -
Paul Nicholls - 2 1
David Pipe - 1 3
Richard Barber - 1 -
Niall Madden IRE - 1 -
Venetia Williams - 1 -
Nick Gifford - - 1
Philip Hobbs - - 1
Peter Monteith - - 1
Keith Reveley - - 1
John Queally IRE - - 1
Nigel Twiston-Davies - - 1


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