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Thursday, April 6, 2000

BEST ODDS

MARTELL GRAND NATIONAL, AINTREE, APRIL 8, 2000. 3.45 pm.
Best Odds of William Hill (H) and Coral (C)Odds

Star Traveller - 7 C,H
Bobbyjo - 7 C,H
Young Kenny - 11 H
Micko's Dream - 11 C,H
Cavalero - 16 C
Dark Stranger - 12 H
The Last Fling - 14 H
Djeddah - 16 C,H
Red Marauder - 11 C,H
Escartefigue - 33 C,H
Listen Timmy - 50 H
Papillon - 33 C,H
Call It A Day - 40 C,H
Niki Dee - 33 H
Kendal Cavalier - 18 C
Earthmover - 20 H
Hollybank Buck - 33 H, C
Kingdom Of Shades - 66 H
Merry People - 50 H
Lucky Town - 33 C
Sparky Gayle - 40 H
Suny Bay - 50 H
Buck Rogers - 50 H
Feels Like Gold - 33 C,H
Flaked Oats - 50 C
Royal Predica - 50 H
Torduff Express - 40 C,H
Addington Boy - 40 C,H
Choisty - 40 H
Esprit De Cotte - 50 C,H
Village King - 50 C,H
Mely Moss - 25 H
Brave Highlander - 50 C,H
Druids Brook - 100 H
Stormy Passage - 50 H
The Gopher - 100 H
Art Prince - 100 H
Cariboo Gold - 100 C,H
Celtic Giant - 100 H
Trinitro - 100 H
Senor El Betrutti - 100 H
Overflowing River - 150 H
Camelot Knight - 200 C,H
River Unshion - 200 C,H

2.35 Aintree Mumm Melling Chase 2 miles 4 furlongs
(Coral - C, Ladbrokes - L, William Hill - WH, Tote - T)

DIRECT ROUTE 6/4 (WH)
FLAGSHIP UBERALLES 6/4 (C)
FLYING INSTRUCTOR 9 (L)
MAJADOU 9 (T, L)
MAKOUNJI 16 (L)

3.10 Aintree Mumm Mildmay Novices' Chase 3 miles 1 furlong
(Coral - C, Ladbrokes - L, William Hill - WH, Tote - T)

CONNOR MACLEOD 14 (WH)
RUBISSIMO 14 (WH, C, T)
SERENUS 6 (T, WH)
UPGRADE 3 (T)
ROBBO 5 (L)
BLOOMFIELD STORM 12 (C, L)
BOSUNS MATE 7/2 (C)
HIGH GAME 8 (WH, T, L)

LATEST UPDATE ON STAR TRAVELLER


Trainer Henry Daly who is in charge of Martell Grand National ante-post favourite Star Traveller said this morning: "I remembered to declare him! He will do very little from now on -- I will just canter him tomorrow.


"He will travel up from my stables on Saturday morning. I am very happy with him and preparations have gone to plan so far."

Star Traveller is one of 40 horses declared this morning for Saturday's Martell Grand National, with Luzcadou, Even Flow and Forestal having been taken out. Even Flow will run in the John Hughes Trophy tomorrow (Friday).


There are also four horses listed as reserves -- Cavalero, Overflowing River, Cariboo Gold and River Unshion. That is the order in which they will replace any horses among the 40 runners which are withdrawn from the Martell Grand National by 9.30 am tomorrow (Friday) morning.


Ryhane, who was originally listed among the reserves, has also been declared for the John Hughes Chase. He is not allowed to run in both races and the Jockey Club have ruled that he therefore cannot be a reserve for the Martell Grand National.


FINAL VERSION OF DECLARED RUNNERS FOR THE MARTELL GRAND NATIONAL


Class A, Grade 3, Showcase Handicap, 3.45pm Saturday, April 8, 2000, 4m 4f, £500,000 guaranteed, six-year-olds and upwards who are allotted a rating of 110 or more by the senior BHB National Hunt Handicapper following a review of the horses entered and after taking account of races run up to and including February 6. Horses which are not qualified for a rating in Great Britain or Ireland at January 26 may also be entered. Such horses may be eligible for a weight providing the Handicapper is satisfied that the horse's racecourse performance to February 6 would merit a minimum rating of 110, and that the horse has either won a chase or hurdle race, or has run at least three times collectively in chases or hurdle races by February 6. At the Handicapper's discretion, such horses may be allocated either a rating, or will be allotted top weight under Order 95 (iii) (b). No penalties after the publication of weights. Entries closed January 26 (108 entries), weights released February 8 (99 weighted), first forfeit stage February 22 (85 entries), second forfeit stage March 21 (64 entries), five-day confirmation stage April 3(52), final declaration stage 10am April 6 (40 declared runners). A maximum of 40 runners can go to post.


Form Horse Age/Wt Owner Trainer Jockey
1)U111-0614 YOUNG KENNY 9-12-00 Gareth Read Peter Beaumont Brendan Powell
2)11FP0-P5 SUNY BAY (IRE) 11-11-12 Andrew Cohen Simon Sherwood Chris Maude
3)202F-4524 ESCARTEFIGUE (FR) 8-11-09 Darren Mercer Paul Nicholls Jimmy McCarthy
4)4F-11305 DJEDDAH (FR) 9-11-08bl John D Martin Francois Doumen FR Thierry Doumen
5)54116-045 BOBBYJO (IRE) 10-11-06 Bobby Burke Tommy Carberry IRE Paul Carberry
6)1011-P5P LISTEN TIMMY (NZ) 11-11-05 Stan Clarke Alan King Tony Dobbin
7)4-U14211P THE LAST FLING (IRE) 10-11-05 Trevor Hemmings Sue Smith Seamus Durack
8)624-24P STORMY PASSAGE (IRE)10-11-03 Peter Luff Philip Hobbs Andrew Thornton
9)3///1/111-16 RED MARAUDER 10-11-02 Norman Mason Norman Mason Richard Guest
10)F354-U03 ADDINGTON BOY (IRE) 12-11-02 Fat Yuen Chiu Ferdy Murphy Adrian Maguire
11)42F13160 BUCK ROGERS (IRE) 11-11-00 Josephine Skinner Victor Bowens IRE Ken Whelan
12)12-1P2222P NIKI DEE (IRE) 10-10-13 George Dilger Peter Beaumont Robbie Supple
13)4100-005403 PAPILLON (IRE) 9-10-12 Betty Moran Ted Walsh IRE Ruby Walsh
14)200-65200 SENOR EL BETRUTTI (IRE) 11-10-12 Gerard Nock Susan Nock Carl Llewellyn
15)1-251123 STAR TRAVELLER 9-10-11 Jill Griffith/Liz Strachan/Sue Lewis Henry Daly Richard Johnson
16)23122-1336 VILLAGE KING (IRE) 7-10-11 Bill Edwards-Heathcote Philip Hobbs Jim Culloty
17)323-3FP5 CALL IT A DAY (IRE) 10-10-11 Jane Lane Alan King Barry Geraghty
18)31133-P121 MICKO'S DREAM (IRE) 8-10-10 S.P.O.R.T. Racing Club Willie Mullins IRE Jason Titley
19)21-2FPP40 ESPRIT DE COTTE (FR) 8-10-08 bl Trevor Hemmings Nicky Henderson Mick Fitzgerald
20)3P31-06702 SPARKY GAYLE (IRE) 10-10-08 Ray & Anita Green Colin Parker Brian Storey
21)345-1P3P FEELS LIKE GOLD (IRE) 12-10-07 Independent Twine Manufacturing Co Nicky Richards Brian Harding
22)5P0-4656 KENDAL CAVALIER 10-10-06 Michael Wingfield Digby Toby Balding Barry Fenton
23)0522230 LUCKY TOWN (IRE) 9-10-05 bl Mrs Noreen McManus Enda Bolger IRE David Casey
24)P-511536 EARTHMOVER (IRE) 9-10-05 Roger Penny Paul Nicholls Joe Tizzard
25)32-P33P55 HOLLYBANK BUCK (IRE)10-10-04 bl Mrs Sarah Warner Tony Martin IRE Peter Niven
26)31P-4211 ROYAL PREDICA (FR) 6-10-04 v Peter Dea/J S Dale/A Stennetl Martin Pipe Glenn Tormey
27)1P-1215U KINGDOM OF SHADES (USA)10-10-04 Michael Fenn Venetia Williams Tom Jenks
28)14/31/4-1 TRINITRO 9-10-03 Ms Liv Saether Myskja Rune Haugen NOR Robert Bellamy
29)12104-33 TORDUFF EXPRESS (IRE)9-10-03 Two Plus Two Paul Nicholls Robert Thornton
30)44-122160 THE GOPHER (IRE) 11-10-03 bl John Egan/Phillip Banks/Brenda Grainger David Wintle Warren Marston
31)0/132//21- MELY MOSS (FR) 9-10-01 Darren Mercer CharlieEgerton Norman Williamson
32)1P1-24P11 DARK STRANGER (FR) 9-10-01 bl Terry Neill Martin Pipe Tony McCoy
33)1B122-142 CHOISTY (IRE) 10-10-00 Fred Sainsbury Ted Haynes Robert Widger
34)404P-14522 FLAKED OATS 11-10-00 (9-11) bl Daily Mail Reader Paul Nicholls Timmy Murphy
35)221213 ART PRINCE (IRE) 10-10-00 (9-10) t Terry Neill Martin Pipe Dean Gallagher
36)4P60-P666 MERRY PEOPLE (IRE) 12-10-00 (9-09) Karl Casey John Queally IRE Garrett Cotter
37)2420-1PP2 DRUID'S BROOK 11-10-00 (9-09) bl Major Tony Everett Kim Bailey Rupert Wakley
38)2U0/P6-PP0 BRAVE HIGHLANDER (IRE) 12-10-00 (9-09)Nick Embiricos Josh Gifford Philip Hide
39)4F00-440 CAMELOT KNIGHT 14-10-00 (9-08) Michael Gates Nigel Twiston-Davies Jamie Goldstein
40)3R/11PP-0 CELTIC GIANT 10-10-00 (9-07) Richard Gilbert Len Lungo Bruce Gibson

40 declared runners
Declared and reserves who will be ulitised if there are non-runners by 9.30am on Friday, April 7, 2000 at the latest
R1 F2350P-211 CAVALERO 11-9-06 John Manners John Manners Mr Alex Charles-Jones
R2 312P/P1-31 OVERFLOWING RIVER (IRE)11-9-06 t John Wade John Wade
R3 4/34P53-22 CARIBOO GOLD (USA) 11-9-06 bl Sharon Nelson Kim Bailey Rupert Wakley
R4 10-03310P RIVER UNSHION (IRE) 10-9-02 R J Crake Howard Johnson J P McNamara
Declared but eliminated
P/123-31P6 MOUNTAIN PATH 10-9-07 Terry Caldwell Terry Caldwell
5-P525400 RYHANE (IRE) 11-9-02 Mrs B M McKinney Arthur Moore IRE Conor O'Dwyer
12303-43 FULL OF OATS 14-9-00 Martin Bradford Philip Hobbs
315//03/-64D ANOTHER EXCUSE (IRE)12-8-13 Kilshannig Racing Syndicate Eugene O'Sullivan IRE
0-U66U0 BACK BAR (IRE) 12-8-11 Fergus Wilson Ginger McCain
The following three horses were taken out at the 48-hour declaration stage
6531/-F5110 LUZCADOU (FR) 7-10-12 Andrew Chappell Micky Hammond
26P-2053 FORESTAL 8-9-12 Billy Maguire Howard Johnson
1330-P402 EVEN FLOW (IRE) 11-9-08 Andrew Wates Terry Casey

RED MARAUDER MAY MISS NATIONAL

RED MARAUDER will not run in the Martell Grand National unless there is a change in the ground conditions.


Richard Guest, assistant to permit trainer Norman Mason, said: "He won't run if this sunny, drying weather continues. We have come this far so we must give the weather every chance so we won't make a decision until Saturday morning."

Although there are four reserves in the Martell Grand National, they can only take the place of a declared horse if it is announed as a non-runner prior to 9.30am on Friday morning.


Guest added: "I am sorry for the reserves who are hoping to get a run but we feel we must hang on as a long as possible to give Red Marauder every chance."


CARBERRY LOOKS FORWARD

After riding Frozen Groom to finish second in the Sandeman Maghull Novices' Chase, jockey Paul Carberry looked forward to Saturday's Martell Grand National, which he will try to win for a second year on Bobbyjo.


"I'd be fairly confident but history says he can't do it, so we'll have to try and change that," said Carberry.


"The weight wouldn't be ideal, being a year older and having to carry a stone and a half more than last season. It's definitely a hard task in that respect.


"I would think that I will ride a similar sort of race as last year. The ground will be grand for him on Saturday, especially if it keeps drying.


"But I could pick out a fair few who have nice chances on Saturday."

Bobbyjo has not jumped a fence since his Aintree triumph but Carberry does not feel that is a problem. "Last year, he didn't school before the race at all. He's an easy horse to handle and will do whatever suits you - he's an easy horse to train"



Tomorrow's John Hughes Trophy Chase

NORTHERN STARLIGHT, fresh from his gallant Ascot victory last weekend, tries his hand over the Grand National fences in the John Hughes Trophy tomorrow.


The Martin Pipe-trained chaser may not be the most imposing chaser, little rather than large, but his heart is in the right place as he showed at Ascot with a never-say-die performance in defeating Wise King.


Tony McCoy sends all the right signals to Northern Starlight, cajoling and encouraging him all the way round. If his mount takes to the Aintree country, he could prove hard to beat.


Terry Casey, who saddled Rough Quest to win the 1996 Martell Grand National, withdrew Even Flow from Saturday's big race with a view attempting victory here. Even Flow showed signs of better things to come when chasing home Trouble Ahead at Sandown last month.


Arthur Moore's Ryhane has been eliminated from the National. The plan had been to go for the John Hughes if Ryhane did not make the cut on Saturday. Ryhane was a staying on fifth behind Listen Timmy in the race last year.


Kim Bailey, who lost his Grand National hope Betty's Boy when he broke a leg on the gallops last weekend, relies on Supreme Charm, whose recent third in the Kim Muir Chase at Cheltenham puts him in with a chance.


Native Status looked in good shape when he alighted with his more illustrious stable companion Bobbyjo from the Tommy Carberry horsebox on Wednesday. He won over the Punchestown Banks course in February and will provide encouragement for a repeat National win from Bobbyjo if he puts up a bold show.


Venetia Williams saddled The Outback Way to finish fourth in the race last year and relies on Fourth In Line, who finished third to Sunrise Special at Chepstow last time.





BARNETT AND WEBBON


Aintree managing director Charles Barnett and the Jockey Club's veterinary officer Peter Webbon spoke about the day's four equine fatalities after Architect became the fourth casualty during the day as a result of his fall at the second last in the Glenlivet Hurdle.


Barnett said: "It is very sad, but we have to accept that accidents do happen. But they do not often happen in clusters like this; more often they are just random accidents and today we have had three random accidents.


"They have happened on three different courses, the Mildmay course, the Grand National course and the hurdles course, and there is no interlinking factor between the three of them,

"There is no question of the course being to blame. All the jockeys have said that the course is in excellent condition. These are just very sad accidents about which we are all very sorry."

Webbon echoed Barnett's words. He said: "They have been accidents and accident is very much the right word for what has happened.


"None of them has anything in common with each other; they happened on different courses and in different circumstances. The three horses who died as a result of falls suffered similar injuries."


CROWD


Today's Aintree crowd was 18,500 - a record for the first day of the Martell Grand National meeting. The figure surpasses last year's previous record of 17,377.


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