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Monday, April 3, 2000.

BEST ODDS

TOTE CREDIT CLUB HANDICAP, NOTTINGHAM.

TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 2000. 3.50 pm.
(Tote Odds)

Jamaican Flight - 7
Weet for Me - 17/2
Bridie's Pride - 8
City Standard - 25
Hayaan - 16
Tramline - 16
Maknaas - 7/2
Little Brave - 14
I Can't Remember - 12
Old Hush Wing - 6
My Legal Eagle - 9
Distant Storm - 14
Cindesti - 5



MARTELL GRAND NATIONAL, AINTREE, APRIL 8, 2000. 3.45 pm.
(Coral - C, Ladbrokes - L, William Hill - WH, Tote - T)

Star Traveller - 8 (T)
Bobbyjo - 7 (C,L,WH,T)
Young Kenny - 11 (T)
Micko's Dream - 11 (C)
Cavalero - 20 (L,T)
Dark Stranger - 20 (C,T)
The Last Fling - 16 (T)
Djeddah - 20 (C,T)
Red Marauder - 16 (WH)
Escartefigue - 33 (C,L,WH)
Listen Timmy - 40 (L,WH)
Papillon - 50 (C)
Call It A Day - 40 (C,WH,T)
Niki Dee - 33 (WH,T)
Kendal Cavalier - 33 (WH)
Earthmover - 25 (L,WH,T)
Luzcadou - 40 (L,WH,T)
Hollybank Buck - 40 (L,WH)
Kingdom Of Shades - 50 (L,T)
Merry People - 40 (L,WH)
Lucky Town - 33 (C,T)
Sparky Gayle - 33 (C,L,WH,T)
Suny Bay - 50 (T)
Buck Rogers - 40 (C,WH)
Feels Like Gold - 40 (C,WH)
Flaked Oats - 50 (C,WH)
Royal Predica - 40 (C,WH,T)
Torduff Express - 40 (C)
Addington Boy - 40 (C,WH)
Choisty - 50 (C)
Esprit De Cotte - 50 (C,WH)
Village King - 50 (WH,T)
Mely Moss - 50 (C)
Brave Highlander - 50 (C,L,WH)
Druids Brook - 66 (C,WH,T)
Even Flow - 66 (C)
Stormy Passage - 50 (L,WH,T)
The Gopher - 80 (T)
Art Prince - 80 (T)
Cariboo Gold - 100 (C,T)
Celtic Giant - 66 (C,L,WH,T)
Trinitro - 66 (C,L,WH,T)
Full Of Oats - 100 (C,T)
Mountain Path - 100 (T)
Senor El Betrutti - 80 (C)
Forestal - 100 (L,T)
Overflowing River - 150 (WH,T)
Ryhane - 150 (L)
Another Excuse 200 (C,T)
Camelot Knight - 200 (L)
River Unshion - 200 (L)
Back Bar - 500 (L)






EDMOND TO MISS MARTELL GRAND NATIONAL





Trainer Henry Daly today revealed that his Coral Welsh National winner, Edmond, will miss the Martell Grand National on Saturday because of fears that the ground will not be soft enough.


"Edmond will not run," said Daly, speaking from his Downton Hall Stables near Ludlow in Shropshire. "Although we have had heavy rain, and it is in fact snowing this morning, we have taken the decision on the back of the forecast which is for it to be dry from Tuesday onwards. I had a chat with his owner Lady Knutsford and that was that."

But Daly still has the favourite Star Traveller in the Martell Grand National and the nine-year-old is reported to be in good order. "Star Traveller is absolutely fine and just had a canter this morning," Daly added.




MARTELL GRAND NATIONAL COURSE GOOD TO SOFT, SOFT IN PLACES





Aintree has had a wet weekend and the going on the Martell Grand National course is GOOD TO SOFT, SOFT IN PLACES. On the Mildmay and Hurdle courses, the going is GOOD, GOOD TO SOFT IN PLACES.


Ian Renton, speaking at 10.30am this morning, said: "We have had half an inch of rain over the weekend and a bit more rain is forecast today, tonight, tomorrow and then it should be dry from Tuesday afternoon onwards."



CARBERRY CONCERNS ABOUT BOBBYJO





Tommy Carberry, trainer of last year's gallant Martell Grand National winner, Bobbyjo, has warned punters that things might not be so easy for his 10-year-old charge in this year's renewal, for which he is the current 6-1 clear favourite.


Carberry commented: "The horse is in good form. He's gone up so much in the weights that I think he's got it all to do. We're always worried about soft ground, but I think the danger of it getting really heavy is minimal."



GERAGHTY TO RIDE CALL IT A DAY





Irish rider, Barry Geraghty, will ride the Alan King-trained Call It A Day in this year's Martell Grand National at Aintree. Last year Geraghty rode 40 winners, including 22 as a claiming professional.


Geraghty, who has never ridden in the world's most famous steeplechase, commented: "I didn't know anything about it until I got a call this morning to say that Alan King would like me to take the ride."

King said: "Call It A Day has been a bit out of form for his last couple of runs but hopefully Aintree will spark him up. He was travelling well enough there until falling last November in the Becher Chase. I'm very happy to have booked Barry, who is having a fantastic season in Ireland. Most of the top jockeys in this country are already booked."



YOUNG KENNY TO RUN EVEN IF GROUND IS GOOD





Trainer, Peter Beaumont, who has never previously had a runner in the Martell Grand National at Aintree, has confirmed that both of his entries for this year's big race, Young Kenny and Niki Dee, are fit and well, and that the former will run even if the ground is good.


Beaumont commented: "I think we'll run Young Kenny if the ground is good. I wouldn't in a normal race, but the National is not a normal race. Young Kenny and Niki Dee did a nice piece of work and are in good order.

"It doesn't really help those who are concerned about the ground that declarations have to be made on Thursday, but I hope and think we should get goodish ground at least."



MAUDE TO RIDE SUNY BAY





Jockey, Chris Maude, has confirmed that he will ride Suny Bay, trained by Simon Sherwood at Uplands, the former stable of Fred Winter, in the Martell Grand National. The 11-year-old Roselier gelding has twice finished runner-up in the Martell Grand National in 1997 and 1998, whilst trained by Charlie Brooks.


Maude commented: "I'm delighted. Suny Bay is a high-profile horse and has twice been placed in the race. As spare rides go, you couldn't ask for better. I've been lucky to get on some good horses. I thought I had a great chance when I was fifth on Young Hustler, and Suny Bay is another with a chance."



BETTY'S BOY PUT DOWN





The Kim Bailey-trained Betty's Boy has had to be put down after breaking his near-hind in two places on the gallops on Saturday. The 11-year-old was third favourite for this year's running of the Martell Grand National at Aintree on Saturday,

Jockey, Norman Williamson, commented: "It was very,very sad for all concerned and I'm absolutely gutted about it. He was such a great old horse who I'd ridden many times and won on at last year's Cheltenham Festival in the William Hill National Hunt National Hunt Handicap Chase."











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