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Wednesday, March 18, 2009


The 2009 John Smith’s Grand National, worth a record £900,000, has 88 acceptors going forward following the passing of the second scratchings deadline, details of which are revealed today.

Several horses that ran well at the Cheltenham Festival could head for the John Smith’s Grand National, at Aintree on Saturday, April 4, including My Will, the current 10/1 joint-favourite with Aintree’s official betting partner, totesport, and Roll Along who both ran well when fifth and sixth respectively in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday, March 13.

My Will is one of five possible contenders from the yard of champion trainer Paul Nicholls, who is still seeking his first John Smith’s Grand National success. The other acceptors from Nicholls’ Somerset yard are Nozic, the 2006 totesport Becher Chase victor Eurotrek the progressive Big Fella Thanks and Cornish Sett.

Tom George has his string in fine form this season and is looking forward to running Kilbeggan Blade in the John Smith’s Grand National. The 10-year-old has won three of his four starts this season, scoring twice at Towcester and at Sandown, and completed his John Smith’s Grand National preparation by finishing second in a novices’ hurdle at Warwick on March 8.

The Gloucestershire-based handler said: “I see that Kilbeggan Blade is now set to carry 10st 4lb and it looks like we will definitely get into the John Smith’s Grand National. The race has been the plan since he won his second London National (at Sandown) in December.

“That was his only start over fences this term and we not only did this to protect his mark but also because he seems to run better over fences after a spin over hurdles. His two victories at Sandown came on the back of hurdle appearances and he really enjoys a bit of a change.

“His run at Warwick should have put him just right for Aintree and it was a matter of getting a run into him rather than expecting him to win. He’s only had four starts all season and he’ll be going into the John Smith’s Grand National a fresh horse which is the key to him.

“He looks like he stays all day and he’s a great jumper. The reason he likes Sandown so much is because there is such an emphasis on jumping and I think he will enjoy the Grand National fences.

“The one thing we really need to look at is who will ride him on the day but I think the fact that we have 10st 4lb makes it a lot easier.”

Currently sharing favouritism with My Will is the Jonjo O’Neill-trained Butler’s Cabin, an eye-catching fifth behind Character Building in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase at Cheltenham last week. Another horse to run at the Cheltenham Festival was last year’s John Smith’s Grand National hero Comply Or Die, who performed well for a long way when seventh in the William Hill Trophy Handicap Chase.

Horses trained in Ireland have won the John Smith’s Grand National no less than half a dozen times since 1999 and another strong challenge is in prospect this year with a total of 25 Irish contenders still engaged. Prominent among these are the Dessie Hughes-trained Black Apalachi, who proved his ability over the course with an authoritative victory in the totesport.com Becher Chase at the Northwest Racing Masters in November, the 2006 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner War Of Attrition, last year’s runner-up King Johns Castle, who recently returned to action with a promising effort over hurdles at Naas, and Snowy Morning, who finished third in 2008. Other leading contenders from the other side of the Irish Sea include last year’s Irish Grand National victor Hear The Echo, Southern Vic, who represents Ted Walsh, successful with Papillon in 2000, and Chelsea Harbour.

Also included among the acceptors are Rambling Minster, who put himself firmly in line for a crack at the world’s most famous chase with a superb display of jumping when successful in the Blue Square Gold Cup at Haydock Park on February 14, the 2006 Hennessy Gold Cup victor State Of Play and Cloudy Lane from the stable of Donald McCain, who finished sixth in 2008.

The next acceptance stage for the John Smith’s Grand National is at the five-day stage on Monday, March 30. The maximum field size for the John Smith’s Grand National is 40 runners.

Latest totesport betting:
10 Butler's Cabin, 10 My Will, 12 Black Apalachi, 12 Character Building, 16 Big Fella Thanks, 16 Comply Or Die, 16 Hear the Echo, 16 Rambling Minster, 20 Snowy Morning, 20 Southern Vic, 25 Chelsea Harbour, 25 Cloudy Lane, 25 King Johns Castle, 25 State of Play, 25 War of Attrition, 33 Cant Buy Time, 33 Darkness, 33 Flintoff, 33 Himalayan Trail, 33 Hot Weld, 33 Irish Invader, 33 Kilbeggan Blade, 33 L’Ami, 33 Maljimar, 33 Parsons Legacy, 33 Preists Leap, 40 Brooklyn Brownie, 40 Companero, 40 Cornish Sett, 40 Golden Flight, 40 Niche Market, 40 Offshore Account, 40 Roll Along, 40 Silver Birch, 50 Afistfullofdollars, 50 Battlecry, 50 Conna Castle, 50 Dix Villez, 50 Dun Doire, 50 Eurotrek, 50 Fleet Street, 50 Hobbs Hill, 50 Idle Talk, 50 Kings Advocate, 50 Knowhere, 50 Mon Mome, 50 Nine De Sivola, 50 Nozic, 50 Out the Black, 50 Patsy Hall, 50 Pomme Tiepy, 50 Stan, 66 Bagan, 66 Beat the Boys, 66 King Harald, 66 Musical Bella, 66 Ollie Magern, 66 Pak Jack, 66 Reveillez, 100 Alexanderthegreat, 100 Always Waining, 100 Arteea, 100 Bible Lord, 100 Fundamentalist, 100 Ice Tea, 100 in the Loop, 100 Iron Man, 100 Kelami, 100 Le Toscan, 100 Mattock Ranger, 100 Nadover, 100 Oodachee, 100 Seymour Weld, 100 Tom Sayers, 100 Tumbling Dice, 100 Without A Doubt, 100 Youre Special, 100 Zabenz, 150 Lord Killeshanra, 150 Malko De Beaumont, 150 Milan Deux Mille, 150 Pass Me By, 150 Puntal, 150 Sandhurst, 200 Cerium, 200 Lysander, 250 Mont Misere.

Each Way 1/4 the Odds A Place 1-2-3-4

Irish-Trained Winner 15/8; Irish-Trained 1-2 5/1; Paul Nicholls-Trained Winner 8/1; A P McCoy to Ride Winner 8/1; Previous Grand National Winner (Aintree) to Win Again 14/1; D McCain-Trained Winner 20/1.

David Pipe to Train A Horse Placed in the First Four 2/1; Comply Or Die to Finish in the First Four 9/2; David Pipe to Train the S/p Favourite 5/1; David Pipe to Train the Winner 8/1
All Specials Singles Only

Class 1, Grade 3, £900,000 total Prize Fund. 4.15pm, Aintree, Saturday, April 4, 2009. For six-year-olds old and upwards which are allotted a rating of 110 or more by the BHA Head of Handicapping following a review of the horses entered and after taking account of races run up to and including February 8, 2009. Horses which are not qualified for a rating in Great Britain or Ireland at January 27, 2009, 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 8, 2009, 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 8, 2009. At the Handicapper's discretion such horses may be allocated a rating. The decision of the BHA Head of Handicapping shall be final. No penalties after publication of the weights. Highest weight 11st 10lb. Entries closed January 27, entries revealed January 28 (123 entries), weights revealed February 10 (61 in handicap, 3 scratched), first forfeit stage February 24 (106 remained), second forfeit stage March 17 (88 remain). Five/six-day confirmation stage March 30, final declaration stage 10.00am, April 2. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, March 16.

Form Horse Age/Wgt Owner Trainer
31320PP SNOOPY LOOPY (IRE) 11-11-10 Walters Plant Hire Ltd Egan Waste Ltd Peter Bowen
112/-U1P0 NOZIC (FR) 8-11-08 Sam Mcvie Paul Nicholls
16-0431F CLOUDY LANE 9-11-07 Trevor Hemmings Donald McCain Jnr
1/1//2110-4 AFISTFULLOFDOLLARS (IRE) 11-11-06 E McElroy, Linda Shanahan, Sue Magnier Noel Meade IRE
23/-1132 WAR OF ATTRITION (IRE) 10-11-06 Gigginstown House Stud Mouse Morris IRE
61U1F234 CHELSEA HARBOUR (IRE) 9-11-05 Frances Duffin Tom Mullins IRE
332-56F2 SNOWY MORNING (IRE) 9-11-05 Quayside Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE
16UP-100 KNOWHERE (IRE) 11-11-04 Raymond Mould Nigel Twiston-Davies
225-13P6 ROLL ALONG (IRE) 9-11-04 Bryan & Philippa Burrough Carl Llewellyn
P211-P00 COMPLY OR DIE (IRE) 10-11-03 David Johnson David Pipe
40-255550 OLLIE MAGERN 11-11-03 Roger Nicholls Nigel Twiston-Davies
4-2P51P04P STAN (NZ) 10-11-03 Paul Beck Venetia Williams
20F2-P151 BLACK APALACHI (IRE) 10-11-02 Gerard Burke Dessie Hughes IRE
501-556U HEAR THE ECHO (IRE) 8-11-02 Gigginstown House Stud Mouse Morris IRE
140-0F10 PREISTS LEAP (IRE) 9-11-02 John D O'Donohue Tom O'Leary IRE
P/22212-0 KING JOHNS CASTLE (IRE) 10-11-01 J P McManus Arthur Moore IRE
32023/-55 MY WILL (FR) 9-11-01 The Stewart Family Paul Nicholls
411P/1P/- EUROTREK (IRE) 13-11-00 Paul Green Paul Nicholls
2560-14 STATE OF PLAY 9-10-13 Mr & Mrs William Rucker Evan Williams
2-322U13 BIG FELLA THANKS 7-10-12 Paul Barber & Maggie Findlay Paul Nicholls
00-210200 MON MOME (FR) 9-10-11 Vida Bingham Venetia Williams
F/02421/-0 SILVER BIRCH (IRE) 12-10-11 Brian Walsh (Co. Kildare) Gordon Elliott IRE
03F-0005 BUTLER'S CABIN (FR) 9-10-10 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill
1111F-00 HOBBS HILL 10-10-10 J P McManus Charles Egerton
1111/U2-2 OFFSHORE ACCOUNT (IRE) 9-10-10 Brian Polly Charlie Swan IRE
23/54-1P PARSONS LEGACY (IRE) 11-10-09 R A S Offer Philip Hobbs
F0612/-P0 REVEILLEZ 10-10-09 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill
00146P6P FUNDAMENTALIST (IRE) 11-10-08 Colin Cornes Nigel Twiston-Davies
1/P133/3-0 GOLDEN FLIGHT (FR) 10-10-08 John & Barbara Cotton Nicky Henderson
03F0-4212 L'AMI (FR) 10-10-08 J P McManus Enda Bolger IRE
332-245P BATTLECRY 8-10-07 Trevor Hemmings Nigel Twiston-Davies
P00-F120 CORNISH SETT (IRE) 10-10-07 Peter Hart Paul Nicholls
042-P610 FLEET STREET 10-10-07 Henry Ponsonby Nicky Henderson
1222100 MUSICA BELLA (FR) 9-10-07 Jean-Paul Senechal Francois Cottin FR
63-111314 CAN'T BUY TIME (IRE) 7-10-06 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill
113P//-3P1 DARKNESS 10-10-06 Lady Lloyd-Webber Charles Egerton
F323111 IRISH INVADER (IRE) 8-10-06 Sackcloth & Ashes Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE
46-56511 RAMBLING MINSTER 11-10-06 The Lingdale Optimists Keith Reveley
5F/-06U343 SOUTHERN VIC (IRE) 10-10-06 Brenda Graham Ted Walsh IRE
P641PPP ALWAYS WAINING (IRE) 8-10-05 Mr & Mrs Peter James Douglas Peter Bowen
PPP611/-PP HOT WELD 10-10-04 Simon Hubbard Rodwell Ferdy Murphy
20P-1112 KILBEGGAN BLADE 10-10-04 K Doocey & Mrs A Doocey Tom George
4124021 BROOKLYN BROWNIE (IRE) 10-10-03 P Gaffney & Neil Stevenson Malcolm Jefferson
P/3-143301 CHARACTER BUILDING (IRE) 9-10-03 Mrs E Wright John Quinn
P-2P6006 CONNA CASTLE (IRE) 10-10-03 Kings Syndicate Jimmy Mangan IRE
1-P504P0 HIMALAYAN TRAIL 10-10-03 Mark Gittins Jimmy Mangan IRE
26U-3443 TUMBLING DICE (IRE) 10-10-03 Lucy Donegan Tom Taaffe IRE
3/00010-0 ARTEEA (IRE) 10-10-02 Judith Wilson David Pipe
0P/50PP-0 CERIUM (FR) 8-10-02 Judith Wilson Paul Murphy
050-2403 IDLE TALK (IRE) 10-10-02 Trevor Hemmings Donald McCain Jnr
0F2U6-P0 KELAMI (FR) 11-10-02 Halewood International Ltd Lisa Williamson
0/232P5/- ZABENZ (NZ) 12-10-02 Sarah Hobbs Philip Hobbs
PP541PP ICE TEA (IRE) 9-10-01 Sandicroft Stud Donald McCain Jnr
2U41U-02 MALJIMAR (IRE) 9-10-01 Jane Williams Nick Williams
211-1113 COMPANERO (IRE) 9-10-00 W M G Black & Sue Johnson Howard Johnson
0333P0P IRON MAN (FR) 8-10-00 Roddy Owen & Paul Fullagar Peter Bowen
P2P-P0PP MATTOCK RANGER (IRE) 9-10-00 Banouche Stud Ireland Ltd Noel Meade IRE
U44P-3140 NICHE MARKET (IRE) 8-10-00 Graham Regan Bob Buckler
0U01344 POMME TIEPY (FR) 6-10-00 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins IRE
101PP6- BAGAN (FR) 10-9-13 The Centaur Group Partnership VII Martin Todhunter
11P1-3PFP BEAT THE BOYS (IRE) 8-9-13 New Club Ladies Nigel Twiston-Davies
140-306F BIBLE LORD (IRE) 8-9-13 M Tedham Andrew Turnell
64P3-015 DIX VILLEZ (FR) 10-9-13 Gigginstown House Stud Paul Nolan IRE
P2P63-52 FLINTOFF (USA) 8-9-13 Andrew Flintoff & Paul Beck Venetia Williams
4B0-4000F PATSY HALL (IRE) 9-9-13 Thomas Mooney Partnership Tony Martin IRE
3/2F01P- IN THE LOOP (IRE) 11-9-12 Ben-Hill Syndicate Roy Wilson IRE
P121-P50 KING HARALD (IRE) 11-9-12 Piers Pottinger & P B-J Partnership Mark Bradstock
P00-P304 NADOVER (FR) 8-9-12 George Storey Charlie Mann
2/223F0- PAK JACK (FR) 9-9-12 The Pak Jack Partnership Richard Phillips
421101 SEYMOUR WELD 9-9-12 Charles Pogson Charles Pogson
22/-22P43 NINE DE SIVOLA (FR) 8-9-11 The DPRP Sivola Partnership Ferdy Murphy
210123-P TOM SAYERS (IRE) 11-9-11 Capt Bill Edwards-Heathcote Philip Hobbs
0-321230 OODACHEE 10-9-09 Modreeny Syndicate Charlie Swan IRE
12366/-4 KINGS ADVOCATE (IRE) 9-9-08 Conor Clarkson Tom Taaffe IRE
62P-30P0 DUN DOIRE (IRE) 10-9-07 Dunderry Racing Syndicate Tony Martin IRE
02P-P4F0 LE TOSCAN (FR) 9-9-07 Judith Wilson David Pipe
U1-52541 OUT THE BLACK (IRE) 11-9-07 James Drummond Philip Hobbs
0P0/03-03P PUNTAL (FR) 13-9-07 Terry Neill David Pipe
P4220-0P WITHOUT A DOUBT 10-9-07 Malcolm Denmark Carl Llewellyn
1P1F//PP-0P YOU'RE SPECIAL (USA) 12-9-06 Diane O' Rourke Ferdy Murphy
21/-2426U ALEXANDERTHEGREAT (IRE) 11-9-05 Six Blokes Venetia Williams
5/5400-P0 MILAN DEUX MILLE (FR) 7-9-05 Judith Wilson David Pipe
41/F400-23P SANDHURST (IRE) 9-9-02 John Duddy Edgar Byrne IRE
5/6P0-42P LORD KILLESHANRA (IRE) 10-9-01 G F Gingell Colin Tizzard
U-2130U63 LYSANDER (GER) 10-9-01 The Piranha Partnership Ian Williams
4213140P MALKO DE BEAUMONT (FR) 9-9-01 David Sturdy Alan Brown
P06-350FP PASS ME BY 10-8-13 Paul Beck Suzy Smith
1110PP MONT MISERE (FR) 13-8-12 Judith Wilson Paul Murphy

88 entries remain after March 17 scratchings deadline
25 Irish-trained
1 French-trained



The £110,000 John Smith’s Topham Chase, on day two of the John Smith’s Grand National meeting, Friday, April 3, has attracted an entry of 78 for the 2009 renewal.

This is the third year that the John Smith’s Topham Chase, run over an extended two miles and five furlongs of the Grand National course, has been an early closing race and also the third time that it has been an open handicap.

Last year Gwanako jumped or fun to come home the neck winner and the six-year-old is one of six entries for champion trainer Paul Nicholls this time around. The sextet from Ditcheat is completed by John Smith’s Grand National entry Nozic, the bold-jumping novice Herecomesthetruth, the 2007 totesport.com Becher Chase scorer Mr Pointment, recent Newbury winner New Little Bric and Osako d’Airy.

Dorset trainer Bob Bucker is no stranger to success over the Grand National fences, having saddled I Hear Thunder to take the 2007 totepool Grand Sefton Chase. Buckler has entered The Sawyer in the John Smith’s Topham Chase this year and is hoping that the nine-year-old, who enjoyed his biggest career success in a valuable handicap chase at Cheltenham in January, can give a good account of himself prior to hopefully tacking the John Smith’s Grand National in 2010. Most recently, The Sawyer ran well at the Cheltenham Festival to finish fourth behind Wichita Lineman in the William Hill Trophy Handicap Chase.

Buckler said: “We have given The Sawyer an entry in the John Smith’s Topham Chase and he will hopefully run as long as the ground is not too fast.

“I thought he had a super run at The Festival and he has come out of the race in good order. He won at Cheltenham in January over two miles and five furlongs in January, so I would think that taking on the Grand National fences over the same trip at Aintree will be quite interesting.

“If there is some give in the ground, he will go to the John Smith’s Topham Chase with quite a serious chance. I definitely consider him as a John Smith’s Grand National horse in the future, hopefully next year.”

There are a total of 16 Irish-trained entries, including the very useful Finger Onthe Pulse.


Class 2 £110,000 Total Prize Fund. 3.45pm, Aintree, Friday, April 3, 2009. Two miles about five and a half furlongs (over the Grand National course). For five-year-olds and upwards. Penalties: after March 22, a winner of a chase 4lb. No penalty to increase a horse’s weight above 11st 12lb. Entries closed Tuesday, March 17. Entries revealed Wednesday, March 18 (78 Entries). Weights revealed March 25. Six-day confirmation stage March 28, final declaration stage 10.00am, Thursday, April 2. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys - correct up to and including racing on Monday, March 16.

Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
F00404 A NEW STORY (IRE) 11 Storey's Over Syndicate Michael Hourigan IRE
641PPP ALWAYS WAINING (IRE) 8 Mr & Mrs Peter James Douglas Peter Bowen
64221P APPLEADAY (IRE) 8 D Allen Paul Webber
4151-13 ARBOR SUPREME (IRE) 7 J P McManus Willie Mullins IRE
00010-0 ARTEEA (IRE) 10 Judith Wilson David Pipe
156345 BADGERLAW (IRE) 9 Exors of the late Mr Lynn Wilson Jessica Harrington IRE
101PP6- BAGAN (FR) 10 The Centaur Group Partnership VII Mark Todhunter
444-P01 BALLYTRIM (IRE) 8 Violet O'Leary Willie Mullins IRE
40-306F BIBLE LORD (IRE) 8 M Tedham Andrew Turnell
P03110 BILL'S ECHO 10 Burns Partnership Alistair Whillans
P40-P00 BILLYVODDAN (IRE) 10 Trevor Hemmings Henry Daly
2-62610 BISHOP'S BRIDGE (IRE) 11 S Kimber Emma Lavelle
000-P05 BLACK HILLS 10 The Kingfisher Partnership Jonathan Geake
PP-0551 BOB BOB BOBBIN 10 Sarah Tizzard Colin Tizzard
PP-3300 BOOMSHAKALAKA (IRE) 9 The Cigar Bar Partnership Nicky Henderson
124021 BROOKLYN BROWNIE (IRE) 10 Mrs K S Gaffney & J N Stevenson Malcolm Jefferson
511430 BUCK THE LEGEND (IRE) 7 Alan Parker, C. Fell & A. Harris Nigel Twiston-Davies
P/50PP-0 CERIUM (FR) 8 Judith Wilson Paul Murphy
143301 CHARACTER BUILDING (IRE) 9 Mrs E Wright John Quinn
4/-00P12 CHURCH ISLAND (IRE) 10 Joe Craig Michael Hourigan IRE
3-15111 CONSIGLIERE (FR) 6 E A P Scouller David Pipe
120361 CORLANDE (IRE) 9 Crow Partnership Donald McCain Jnr
20-P425 COSSACK DANCER (IRE) 11 The United Front Partnership Mark Bradstock
0F-5F04 CROZAN (FR) 9 Trevor Hemmings Sue Smith
044311 DALDINI 7 Paul Dixon Sue Smith
2F-1010 ELLERSLIE GEORGE (IRE) 9 Andrea & Graham Wylie Howard Johnson
5-123U6 FINGER ONTHE PULSE (IRE) 8 Conor Clarkson Tom Taaffe IRE
003523 FOND OF A DROP 8 Joseph M Doyle Dessie Hughes IRE
311223 FRANC VILLEZ (FR) 7 Martin Lynch Gordon Elliott IRE
133-F35 FRANKIE FIGG (IRE) 7 Andrea & Graham Wylie Howard Johnson
6P4121 FRESH AIR AND FUN (IRE) 6 McGrath, Beighton & Hancock Jonjo O'Neill
21-U125 GWANAKO (FR) 6 The Stewart Family Paul Nicholls
1r1111 HERECOMESTHETRUTH (IRE)7 Maggie Findlay & Paul Barber Paul Nicholls
50-2403 IDLE TALK (IRE) 10 Trevor Hemmings Donald McCain Jnr
460PU0 IRISH RAPTOR (IRE) 10 Caroline Beresford-Wylie Nigel Twiston-Davies
333P0P IRON MAN (FR) 8 Roddy Owen & Paul Fullagar Peter Bowen
130250 KNIGHT LEGEND (IRE) 10 Martin G St Quinton Jessica Harrington IRE
2P-P4F0 LE TOSCAN (FR) 9 Judith Wilson David Pipe
2144P5 LIDJO DE ROUGE (FR) 10 Paul Henderson Paul Henderson
FP0P31 MASSINI SUNSET (IRE) 9 Mr and Mrs Andrew May Nick Mitchell
5400-P0 MILAN DEUX MILLE (FR) 7 Judith Wilson David Pipe
2310/-66 MONCADOU (FR) 9 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill
6P-6220 MR POINTMENT (IRE) 10 Stockton Heath Racing Paul Nicholls
30-5506 MR PRICKLE (IRE) 9 Dr Richard And Mrs L J Newland Dr Richard Newland
111-5P2 NATIAIN 10 Alistair M Brown Stuart Coltherd
114-F23 NATIVE CORAL (IRE) 11 City Rovers Partnership Nicky Richards
5P-56P1 NEW LITTLE BRIC (FR) 8 Kathy Stuart Paul Nicholls
5P-6153 NEWBAY PROP (IRE) 10 Billy Moffett Tony Martin IRE
2-11P00 NEWTON BRIDGE (IRE) 8 Barry Callaghan Gordon Elliott IRE
1-P0303 NIRVANA SWING (FR) 8 Sue Smith Sue Smith
2U-30P0 NOBLE BILY (FR) 8 Gregory Molen Alan Jones
40-0634 NOIR ET VERT (FR) 8 Plantation Stud Ferdy Murphy
12/-U1P0 NOZIC (FR) 8 Sam Mcvie Paul Nicholls
30-0520 ONEWAY (IRE) 12 Mark Rimell Mark Rimell
0104P0 ONIZ TIPTOES (IRE) 8 drawn2win.co.uk Partnership John Wainwright
321230 OODACHEE 10 Modreeny Syndicate Charlie Swan IRE
354402 ORMELLO (FR) 7 The Ormello Way Lucinda Russell
246410 OSAKO D'AIRY (FR) 7 J B Webb Paul Nicholls
00-1360 PABLO DU CHARMIL (FR) 8 Joe Moran David Pipe
222112 PING PONG SIVOLA (FR) 6 Jean Yeomans Venetia Williams
041421 POLAR GUNNER 12 Mrs M E Dixon Malcolm Jefferson
U01344 POMME TIEPY (FR) 6 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins IRE
412322 PRETTY STAR (GER) 9 Lottie Hayman-Joyce and H J Racing Venetia Williams
43210P PRIVATE BE 10 David and Daphne Walsh Philip Hobbs
22/-1F21 SA SUFFIT (FR) 6 Proud To Be Scottish Partnership James Ewart
4U0P-36 SAINTSAIRE (FR) 10 The Saintsaire Partnership Alan Hales
3/11-14R SEYMAR LAD (IRE) 9 Andrew Gemmell Emma Lavelle
U315P2 SOLEIL FIX (FR) 8 David Dunsdon Nick Gifford
PF0046 SOU'WESTER 9 Robert and Sarah Tizzard Colin Tizzard
51P04P STAN (NZ) 10 Paul Beck Venetia Williams
2-41302 SUPER BABY (FR) 7 The Ancrum Pointer James Ewart
33-4623 TAWNIES (IRE) 9 Lady Insan Syndicate Thomas O'Leary IRE
401-1P0 THE HOLLOW BOTTOM 8 The Hollow Partnership Nigel Twiston-Davies
411545 THE SAWYER (BEL) 9 D R Fear Bob Buckler
0-P4630 TOO FORWARD (IRE) 13 Richard Pitman Jamie Snowden
6U-3443 TUMBLING DICE (IRE) ` 10 Mrs John Donegan Tom Taaffe IRE
525234 WATSON LAKE (IRE) 11 John Corr Noel Meade IRE
4220-0P WITHOUT A DOUBT 10 Malcolm Denmark Carl Llewellyn
78 Entries
16 Irish-trained

totepool - Official Betting Partner of Aintree 2009

The Tote is delighted to once again be the official betting partner of the 2009 John Smith's Grand National at Aintree and is looking forward to building on the success of the 2008 meeting.

Despite the economic downturn, the Tote is again hoping to achieve the same high levels of turnover on-course at this year's John Smith's Grand National meeting and aim to break the £2-million mark on Saturday for the second year in succession.

The three days at Aintree in April play an important part in the Tote's annual performance and 2009 will be just as vital as ever.

The Tote, whose profits go back into horseracing, has a strong stable of bets available through totepool that offer fantastic value at the major festival race meetings.

In total, totewin beat the bookmaker starting price on 19 out of 21 races at the meeting last year -with the most impressive statistic that the totewin return would have beaten the Starting Price on 38 out of the 40 horses that ran in the Grand National. Life-changing sums are a feature of the big festivals and last year's John Smith's Grand National Meeting was no different. The totejackpot paid out an incredible £510,955 to £1 - the biggest ever payout in the history of the bet on the Friday in 2008 - while the biggest ever toteplacepot at Aintree was recorded on the same day with £419,871 bet into the pool.

totepool Radio - powered by Timeform

The Tote will also be providing racegoers with the opportunity to tune into totepool Radio (powered by Timeform) over the three days of the Grand National meeting which will be broadcast around the racecourse to keep punters up to date with all the news, interviews and commentaries from Aintree.

Earpieces will be available to keep racegoers in touch with all the action with the station also being broadcast over a several mile radius around Liverpool on 87.7FM so those staying in the area - as well as those driving in - can be kept up-to-date with all the latest action as well as all the latest totepool information hot off the press.


Totewin beat SP on 19 out of 21 races at last year's National meeting
A £10 totewin bet on all 21 races last year paid £787 more than SP overall
Totewin beat SP on 38 out of 40 runners in last year's Grand National

Toteexacta beat the straight forecast on 17 out of 21 races at last year's National meeting
A £10 toteexacta on last year's Grand National paid £235 more than the bookies straight forecast

A £2 totetrifecta on last year's Grand National paid £9,328 - a massive £4,782 more than the bookies tricast

Paid a record £510,956 for just £1 stake at last year's Grand National meeting

Average payout of £4,044 to £2 on Grand National Day over last five years
Average daily payout of £1,618 to £2 at the National meeting over last five years
Record toteplacepot pool of £403,992 at last year's Grand National meeting

Average payout of £158 to £2 on Grand National Day over last five years
Average daily payout of £108 to £2 at the National meeting over last five years

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