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Thursday, April 8, 2010


JOHN SMITH’S GRAND NATIONAL MEETING - LIVERPOOL DAY
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
AINTREE, THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 2010


THE 2010 JOHN SMITH’S GRAND NATIONAL - TOP 40 DECLARED TO RUN - UPDATED WITH CONFIRMED RIDERS
Class 1, Grade 3, £925,000 total Prize Fund. 4.15pm, Aintree, Saturday, April 10, 2010, four miles and four furlongs. For six-year-olds 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 14, 2010. Horses which are not qualified for a rating in Great Britain or Ireland at February 2, 2010, 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 14, 2010, 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 14, 2010. 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 February 2, entries revealed February 3 (112 entries. 1 subsequently scratched), weights revealed February 16, first scratchings deadline March 2 (98 remain), second scratchings deadline March 23 (75 remained). Five-day confirmation stage April 5 (65 confirmations), final declaration stage 10.00am, April 8 (40 declarations and 4 reserves) Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Wednesday, April 7. Maximum 40 runners

Form Horse Age/Wgt Owner Trainer/Jockey
1) 01-3244 MADISON DU BERLAIS (FR) 9-11-10 Roger Stanley & Yvonne Reynolds II David Pipe/Tom Scudamore
2) 1-P3463 MON MOME (FR) 10-11-07 Vida Bingham Venetia Williams/Aidan Coleman
3) 211501 VIC VENTURI (IRE) 10-11-06 James Dunne Dessie Hughes IRE/Paddy Flood
4) 151U-02 BLACK APALACHI (IRE) 11-11-06 Gerard Burke Dessie Hughes IRE/Denis O’Regan
5) 5-50030 JOE LIVELY (IRE) 11-11-06 Richard Dimond Colin Tizzard/Joe Tizzard
6) 01-423P DON'T PUSH IT (IRE) 10-11-05 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill/Tony McCoy
7) P002-00 COMPLY OR DIE (IRE) 11-11-05 David Johnson David Pipe/Timmy Murphy
8) 121-210 TRICKY TRICKSTER (IRE) 7-11-04 Chris Giles Paul Nicholls/Barry Geraghty
9) 1-03520 NICHE MARKET (IRE) 9-11-04 Graham Regan Bob Buckler/Harry Skelton
10) 2404P2 MADE IN TAIPAN (IRE) 8-11-04 Frances Duffin/Sean Corby Tom Mullins IRE/Niall Madden
11) UPP/-21P DREAM ALLIANCE 9-11-03 The Alliance Partnership Philip Hobbs/Tom O’Brien
12) FU-3644 CLOUDY LANE 10-11-03 Trevor Hemmings Donald McCain Jnr/Jason Maguire
13) 1P00-60 NOZIC (FR) 9-11-03 Coral Racing Ltd Paul Nicholls/Liam Treadwell
14) 53-2057 MY WILL (FR) 10-11-02 The Stewart Family Paul Nicholls/Nick Scholfield
15) 3606-4F PABLO DU CHARMIL (FR) 9-11-02 Joe Moran David Pipe/Danny Cook
16) 6-51110 BALLYHOLLAND (IRE) 9-11-00 Cathal McGovern Colin McBratney IRE/Andrew McNamara
17) 123130 BACKSTAGE (FR) 8-11-00 MPR & Capranny Syndicate Gordon Elliott IRE/Davy Condon
18) P-1P1PP BEAT THE BOYS (IRE) 9-11-00 New Club Ladies Nigel Twiston-Davies/Brian Hughes
19) 0-000U0 PREISTS LEAP (IRE) 10-11-00 John O'Donohue & Tom O'Leary Tom O'Leary IRE/Philip Enright
20) 103223 SNOWY MORNING (IRE) 10-10-13 Quayside Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE/David Casey
21) 14F-016 CAN'T BUY TIME (IRE) 8-10-13 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill/Richie McLernon
22) 136-2U1 BIG FELLA THANKS 8-10-12 Maggie Findlay & Paul Barber Paul Nicholls/Ruby Walsh
23) 60/144-P STATE OF PLAY 10-10-11 William & Angela Rucker Evan Williams/Paul Moloney
24) 3301-00 CHARACTER BUILDING (IRE) 10-10-11 Patricia Thompson John Quinn/Miss Nina Carberry
25) 0-12100 ELLERSLIE GEORGE (IRE) 10-10-10 Guy Henderson Nick Mitchell/Christian Willlams
26) 2P5-011 ERIC'S CHARM (FR) 12-10-09 Martin St Quinton & Peter Deal Oliver Sherwood/Wayne Hutchinson
27) 2/0-0000 KING JOHNS CASTLE (IRE) 11-10-09 J P McManus Arthur Moore IRE/Paul Carberry
28) 43545U CONNA CASTLE (IRE) 11-10-09 Kings Syndicate Jimmy Mangan IRE/Sean Flanagan
29) 4P1540 BALLYFITZ 10-10-09 Fred & Wayne Mills Nigel Twiston-Davies/David England
30) 305467 OLLIE MAGERN 12-10-09 Roger Nicholls Nigel Twiston-Davies/Tom Molloy
31) 30-30U2 ARBOR SUPREME (IRE) 8-10-08 J P McManus Willie Mullins IRE/Paul Townend
32) 02P-253 MALJIMAR (IRE) 10-10-08 Jane Williams Nick Williams/Daryl Jacob
33) 3-02312 THE PACKAGE 7-10-07 David Johnson David Pipe/Graham Lee
34) 0-33010 PIRAYA (FR) 7-10-07 Terry Neill David Pipe/Johnny Farrelly
35) U01-4U5 IRISH RAPTOR (IRE) 11-10-07 Caroline Beresford-Wylie Nigel Twiston-Davies/Paddy Brennan
36) P/6220-0 MR POINTMENT (IRE) 11-10-07 Judith Wilson Paul Murphy/Ken Whelan
37) P6-1420 PALYPSO DE CREEK (FR) 7-10-06 Alan Halsall Charlie Longsdon/Tom Siddall
38) 035U00 HELLO BUD (IRE) 12-10-06 Seamus Murphy Nigel Twiston-Davies/Mr Sam Twiston-Davies
39) P63/52-P FLINTOFF (USA) 9-10-05 Andrew Flintoff & Paul Beck Venetia Williams/Andrew Tinkler
40) 3/32-31P ABBEYBRANEY (IRE) 9-10-05 Andrea & Graham Wylie Howard Johnson/Wilson Renwick

reserves to be utilised by 9am tomorrow, Friday, April 9
R1) F-26r20 SILVER BIRCH (IRE) 13-10-05 Brian Walsh (Co. Kildare) Gordon Elliott IRE/Robbie Power
R2) 0PP/05-0 CERIUM (FR) 9-10-05 Judith Wilson Paul Murphy/Davy Russell?
R3) 56/-33P5 ROYAL ROSA (FR) 11-10-05 Andrea & Graham Wylie Howard Johnson/Ryan Mania
R4) 3PP462F KNOWHERE (IRE) 12-10-04 Raymond Mould Nigel Twiston-Davies/Brian Harding



Silver Birch has also been declared to run in the John Smith’s Topham Chase tomorrow, Friday, April 9.



OFFICIAL BETTING PARTNER - TOTESPORT

John Smith's Grand National - totesport bet: 15/2 Big Fella Thanks, 12 Black Apalachi, Mon Mome, 14 Arbor Supreme, The Package, 16 Character Building, Snowy Morning, State Of Play, Tricky Trickster, 18 Niche Market, 20 Backstage, Comply Or Die, Vic Venturi, 22 Can't Buy Time, Don't Push It, 28 Ballyholland, Maljimar, 33 Dream Alliance, Irish Raptor, 40 Cloudy Lane, Hello Bud, King Johns Castle, My Will, 50 Abbeybraney, Ballyfitz, Ballytrim, Flintoff, Joe Lively, Madison du Berlais, Palypso de Creek, 66 Beat The Boys, Nozic, Preists Leap, 100 Conna Castle, Ellerslie George, Made In Taipan, Mr Pointment, Ollie Magern, Pablo du Charmil, Piraya.


Reserves: 66 Silver Birch (1), 50 Cerium, (2), 66 Royal Rosa (3), 100 Knowhere (4).


1/4 the odds 1-2-3-4

CROWD FIGURE

The opening day of the John Smith’s Grand National meeting has been christened ‘Liverpool Day’ and racing enthusiasts and locals alike turned out in droves to enjoy a feast of good jumping action and some welcome spring sunshine.


The first-day attendance figure at Aintree was 26,431, an increase of nearly 5% on last year’s figure of 25,218.


Julian Thick, managing director of Aintree Racecourse, said: “We’re delighted with the crowd figure. The inaugural Liverpool Day has been received very positively and we are looking forward to the rest of the meeting.”


TOMLINSON CUTS THE RIBBON FOR INAUGURAL LIVERPOOL DAY

Immediately prior to the start of racing at the John Smith’s Grand National Meeting, Ricky Tomlinson, star of The Royle Family and potential parliamentary candidate, cut the ribbon to declare the inaugural Liverpool Day open.


“I love this city. It’s a bouncing vibrant place. And Liverpool Day has added so much to the occasion. The Grand National meeting is world famous and this will now always be known as Liverpool Day and it will go round the world,” he said.


A parade of famous sporting stars from Liverpool embellished the occasion. Football legends John Aldridge, Alan Kennedy, Joe Royle and Colin Harvey; rugby league stars Paul Sculthorpe and Paul Wellens; Olympic medallists Steve Parry, from swimming, and David Price, from boxing, were on hand.


None though could match the Tomlinson’s sartorial sense. Wearing ill-fitting (very ill-fitting) racing silks of quartered purple and white (apparently courtesy of a fancy-dress shop), the Liverpudlian actor claimed to be on call in case he was needed to ride. “I borrowed this from Lester Piggott,” he claimed, “And he wants it back later.”

Even though he is not much of a gambler, Tomlinson will have a small wager in the John Smith’s Grand National on Saturday, as everyone does. “I’ll have 50p each way on Royal Rosa, because everyone thinks I own it,” he said. Clearly no one had told him that the horse is still only third reserve for the race.


Before Saturday’s race though, Tomlinson has another very important appointment. He is one of just two who have been short-listed for the Socialist Labour Party’s candidacy for the Liverpool Wavertree constituency, so he could well be standing in next month’s election.





NINA CARBERRY TAKES RIDE ON CHARACTER BUILDING

Amateur rider Nina Carberry has been booked to ride the John Quinn-trained Character Building in the John Smith’s Grand National. The 10-year-old gelding, who is set to have his first start in the big race, was bought earlier this week by Patricia Thompson of Cheveley Park Stud, owners of the 1992 winner Party Politics.

Confirming the booking, John Quinn said this morning: “Mrs Thompson said she was a huge fan of Nina and said she would like her to ride the horse if Tony McCoy, Ruby Walsh or a top jockey was not available.


“She asked me what I thought and one could only say that she’s outstanding. Mrs Thompson asked me to book Nina so I rang to ask her if she’d like the ride and she said she’d be delighted.”

Character Building will be Nina Carberry’s second John Smith’s Grand National partner after the amateur jockey rode Forest Gunner into ninth place in 2006 becoming the fourth female rider in history to complete the course. Her brother Paul won the 1999 Grand National on Bobbyjo, trained by their father Tommy.

The last time the John Smith’s Grand National was won by an amateur jockey was in 1990 when Marcus Armytage, now racing correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, won in record time on Mr Frisk.




McCOY TO RIDE DON’T PUSH IT, McLERNON SET FOR FIRST NATIONAL RIDE ON CAN’T BUY TIME

Champion jockey AP McCoy has opted to ride JP McManus’s Don’t Push It, leaving the ride on Can’t Buy Time, also owned by McManus and trained by Jonjo O’Neill, to Richie McLernon, who is set to have his first ride in the John Smith’s Grand National.


Despite having landed the National Hunt jockeys’ championship for a record 14 times, McCoy is yet to win the Grand National. In 14 rides in the world’s most famous steeplechase, he has completed five times, finishing third on three occasions on Blowing Wind (twice) and Clan Royal.


Frank Berry, racing manager to JP McManus, said: “We left the decision completely up to AP (McCoy). It didn’t matter to us which one he wanted to ride and he’s happy with Don’t Push It.

“It’s a big day for Richie (McLernon) as it’s his first ride in the race but he knows the horse well and he’s won on him. He’ll just need a bit of luck after that but we’re hoping for the best.”


JOCKEYS SHOW SUPPORT FOR ALDER HEY

Jockeys taking part in the year’s John Smith’s Grand National meeting will be making their annual visit to Alder Hey’s cancer unit before racing tomorrow (Friday, April 9) to meet the patients who benefit from their fantastic support.

The visit is led by Imagine patrons, champion jump jockey AP McCoy and Mick Fitzgerald who has now retired from National Hunt racing

McCoy said: “It’s such a moving experience to visit these young patients and their families and share a little bit of their day. We’ve been coming here before racing on Friday for the past nine years and it certainly gives us a sense of perspective”

During the visit, the jockeys will meet patient, Christopher Jones who has been raising money with his “Caps on 4 Cancer” campaign. He has managed to acquire 10 signed jockey’s caps from the racing industry including one from last year’s Grand National winning jockey, Liam Treadwell , plus McCoy which he’s hoping to auction on Ebay.


The hospital’s Imagine Appeal charity has been named as the official charity partner for the three-day Aintree meeting for the fifth year in succession.



PHOTO/INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES

Friday, April 9, 9.45am at Alder Hey Cancer Unit

ALDER HEY

Alder Hey, Europe’s busiest children’s hospital, provides family-focused care for around 250,000 young patients every year and is responsible for the health of more children than any other hospital in the UK.

John Smith’s is promoting Alder Hey Imagine Appeal over the three days through branding jockey silks with Imagine, giving the charity a televised race on Thursday, providing on-course banners and information about the charity in the racecard.

Imagine patrons AP McCoy and Mick Fitzgerald have raised over £100,000 for the charity through various events.

Imagine was the first charity in the UK to register its own racing silks. They were designed by a patient and ran on a single race lease in 2005 and on Shotgun Willy in the John Smith’s Grand National 2006

Top hotels and restaurants in Liverpool are supporting Alder Hey Imagine Appeal by adding £1 to their bills over the three-day festival.



COLEMAN TO HOSPITAL FOR ASSESSMENT

Aidan Coleman, due to ride last year’s John Smith’s Grand National winner Mon Mome in the big race on Saturday, was unseated from Double Handful at the first hurdle in the Matalan Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices’ Hurdle and has been taken to hospital for assessment.


Coleman had to be supported on the walk to the ambulance and he is being assessed for possible abdominal and shoulder injuries.



COLEMAN DISCHARGED BY FAZAKERLEY HOSPITAL

Aidan Coleman, due to ride last year’s John Smith’s Grand National winner Mon Mome in the big race on Saturday, has been discharged by Fazakerley Hospital after being taken there when unseated from Double Handful at the first hurdle in the Matalan Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices’ Hurdle.

The doctors at Aintree Racecourse sent him to hospital to be assessed for possible abdominal and shoulder injuries.


Coleman, who gave up his rides for the rest of today, will have to pass the Aintree doctors tomorrow in order to resume riding.



DECLARED RUNNERS FOR SATURDAY’S JOHN SMITH’S DICK FRANCIS AINTREE HURDLE

Grade 1, 2.50pm, Saturday, April 10

Horse Trainer Weight Jockey
1 Celestial Halo (IRE) (ts) Paul Nicholls 11st 7lb Ruby Walsh
2 Khyber Kim Nigel Twiston-Davies 11st 7lb Paddy Brennan
3 Muirhead (IRE) Noel Meade IRE 11st 7lb Paul Carberry
4 Petit Robin (FR) Nicky Henderson 11st 7lb Tony McCoy
5 Quwetwo Howard Johnson 11st 7lb Denis O'Regan
6 Souffleur Peter Bowen 11st 7lb Tom O'Brien
7 Won In The Dark (IRE) Sabrina Harty IRE 11st 7lb Davy Russell
8 Zaynar (FR) (Sheep. C/P) Nicky Henderson 11st 7lb Barry Geraghty


GROUND UPDATE

Aintree’s Director of Racing and Clerk of the Course, Andrew Tulloch, is not planning to change the official ground description overnight so the going remains:

Mildmay and Hurdle Courses - Good, Good to Soft in places

Grand National Course - Good to Soft, Soft in places


“We’ll be moving some rails in tonight so they will be racing on some fresh ground tomorrow and some of that will be easier. We’ll have a look tomorrow and keep monitoring things,” said Tulloch. “The forecast remains as it was for a dry night tonight.”

G4S Leading Jockey Award
First Day Standings

Jockey 1st 2nd 3rd
Ruby Walsh 2 - 3
Barry Geraghty 1 1 -
Robert Thornton 1 1 -
Davy Condon 1 - -
Sean Quinlan 1 - -
Mr Tom Weston 1 - -
Tony McCoy - 1 1
Mattie Batchelor - 1 -
Mr Alan Berry - 1 -
Tom O’Brien - 1 -
Andrew Thornton - 1 -
Richard Johnson - - 1
Mr Ryan Mahon - - 1
Joe Tizzard - - 1

Leading Trainer Award
First Day Standings

Trainer 1st 2nd 3rd
Paul Nicholls 2 - 3
Milton Harris 1 - -
Nicky Henderson 1 - -
Alan King 1 - -
Dr Richard Newland 1 - -
Michael Smith 1 - -
Caroline Bailey - 1 -
Peter Bowen - 1 -
Mark Bradstock - 1 -
Rebecca Curtis - 1 -
Henrietta Knight - 1 -
Jonjo O’Neill - 1 -
Evan Williams - 1 -
Henry Daly - - 1
Tom George - - 1
David Staddon - - 1
Colin Tizzard - - 1


THURSDAY’S WINNERS

2pm BGC Partners Liverpool Hurdle (Grade One)
BIG BUCKìS (FR) (The Stewart Family) Paul Nicholls 7-11-7 Ruby Walsh 30/100f

2.35pm Matalan Anniversary 4-y-o Novicesì Hurdle (Grade One)
ORSIPPUS (USA) (Sandra Smith) Michael Smith 4-11-0 Davy Condon 40/1

3.10pm totesport Bowl Chase (Grade One)
WHAT A FRIEND (Ged Mason & Sir Alex Ferguson) Paul Nicholls 7-11-7 Ruby Walsh 5/2

3.45pm JOHN SMITHìS FOX HUNTERSì CHASE
SILVER ADONIS (IRE) (C Stedman & R Corsan) Dr Richard Newland 9-12-0p Mr Tom Weston 50/1

4.20pm Alder Hey Imagine Appeal Red Rum Handicap Chase (Grade Three)
CHANINBAR (FR) (John Watts, Caroline Thompson, John Naylor) Milton Harris 7-10-8v1 Sean Quinlan (3) 20/1

4.55pm totepool Manifesto Novices' Chase (Grade Two)
MAD MAX (IRE) (Carole Skipworth & Paul Murphy) Nicky Henderson 8-11-4 Barry Geraghty 4/1

5.30pm Silver Cross Handicap Hurdle (Listed)
SIR HARRY ORMESHER (David Sewell) Alan King 7-11-1 Robert Thornton 16/1


FIRST RACE WINNING QUOTES
BGC PARTNERS LIVERPOOL HURDLE (GRADE 1)

BUCK’S LANDS MORE BUCKS

The Paul Nicholls-trained Big Buck’s confirmed himself the best staying hurdler around when getting punters off to a good start when justifying 30/100 favouritsim in the opening Grade 1 BGC Partners Liverpool Hurdle.


It was a workmanlike, rather than flamboyant success, under Ruby Walsh in a race that the seven-year-old also landed 12 months ago.


“He runs up to the race a bit. The better the race the more he’ll do,” said Nicholls. “He raced today as you’d expect him to do it and he pricked his ears jumping the last. But he probably blows more going up the hill at home than he did today.


“He was even more idle on occasions last year but you know there is a load left in the tank. The idea was to get a lead because if he was left three clear in the straight then he could easily get beat.


“He’s won eight hurdle races on the trot and is just a really good horse. He’s a character, he’s easy to train fitness wise but mentally is still a baby.


“You won’t be seeing him again this season, I should think he won’t be out again until Hennessy day next year. We just have to manage him right and he will probably go for the same four races next season.


“If he’s ever going to win a Gold Cup then we’ll look after him and, although I keep joking to Andy (Stewart) that he’ll go chasing, I should think he’ll stick to hurdling next season. I did school him over baby fences a couple of weeks ago, really just because I was inquisitive, and that gave us a bit of hope although his jumping will always be an issue.”

Walsh added: “It was a true run race, he jumped well and picked up after pinging the last. He was only doing enough to stay in front, but that’s just what he does. I think it’s nearly good ground all the way now, there’s not a lot of good to soft in there.”

Winning owner Andy Stewart added: “Ruby had to shake the reins but got him going and the horse just doesn’t seem to respect his hurdles. Ruby said that he knew perfectly well going round second time that he was still not out of second gear.


“Ruby didn’t want to touch him and he’s not been touched since going over hurdles. There’s no doubt the undulations at Cheltenham help him a bit more than here. Ruby also said that the ground had really dried out and the moisture had come out of it.

“The next thing will be a bit of a holiday for him, he doesn’t like travelling so he won’t go to Punchestown. I should think he’ll be turned out in a field at Ditcheat tomorrow and then will come back for the same four races next year.


“He’s still a young horse and every time Paul (Nicholls) tells me Kauto Star and Denman are getting old enough to buy a round of drinks, I tell him that I want to stick to hurdling with Big Buck’s and not go chasing.”

Stewart is confident ahead of My Will’s run in the John Smith’s Grand National on Saturday and is also hopeful for Poquelin in tomorrow’s John Smith’s Melling Chase.


“My Will has sort of been written off for some reason yet he’s 2lb better off than when he was fifth in the race last year,” added Stewart. “He’s 40/1 and I think a tremendous each-way bet. I’d much rather be backing him than Big Fella Thanks at 7/1.


“Poquelin is ever so well. He had a hard race at Cheltenham, as did the winner Albertas Run, but he’s not shown any signs of that at home.”

First race - placed quotes, second and third
BGC Partners Liverpool Hurdle

BOWENS EYEING OVERSEAS CHALLENGES WITH SOUFFLEUR

Pembrokeshire trainer Peter Bowen is considering heading overseas with Souffleur after the seven-year-old ran another fine race to be second to mighty Big Buck’s in the Grade One BGC Partners Liverpool Hurdle.


Bowen, whose wife, Karen, is one of four owners involved with Souffleur, said: “He’ll go to Punchestown next and then, if he’s fit and well, for the French Champion Hurdle [the Grand Course de Haies at Auteuil] in June. I wouldn’t be worried if the ground dried up.


“He needs three miles and, when he was second on his previous start at Fontwell, it was only two and a half miles and the ground was deep.


“He’s been a good horse and only cost £5,000 - that’s the best thing about him!”

Bowen, who trained the 2007 John Smith’s Grand National runner-up McKelvey, entered Mumbles Head for this year’s big race, but the horse failed to beat the cut.



Henry Daly, trainer of third-placed Possol, said: "He's run an absolutely cracking race, he just loves good ground. There's a chance we could send him to Perth but we'll have to see. He had a pretty hard race there."


Race 2 - The Matalan Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices’ Hurdle - winner quotes

DREAM RESULT FOR SHEEP FARMING TRAINER

40/1 outsider Orsippus provided the biggest career victory for Northumbrian Michael Smith, who trains the juvenile hurdler for his wife Sandra, one of seven horses the couple have in training.


The 45-year-old former road bike racer said: “I’m just a small trainer with seven horses and my wife owns them all. She said if I didn’t start having winners she’d move them to another yard so I had to do something. We’ll be eating fillet steak tonight and it’ll be bacon and eggs for breakfast tomorrow - I’ll be properly looked after now.”

Smith, who trains at Kirkheaton, just outside Newcastle, continued: “We bought Orsippus to have a bit of fun through the summer. We were looking for a flat horse who’d won a maiden and he’d won at Goodwood. We thought coming to our place, where it’s nice and quiet with only a handful of horses, and training the way we do, we hoped in time he’d improve and he has.


“At Cheltenham (where he was third in the Fred Winter Novices’ Hurdle) he lost about 25 lengths when he got squeezed up onto the rail and he spent the whole race trying to get back into it. It was bad luck but that’s racing.”

Smith, who was able to buy his farm after being a successful property developer, started out training point-to-pointers and has developed his training base over the last five years. He is assisted by his wife and 23-year-old daughter Rebecca, both of whom, like Smith, ride the horses in their work.


“I just kept my head down and had faith that I could do it,” he said. “You have to have horses with talent. You can work very hard with horses that are never going to win a race. Believe it or not this horse was offered for syndication last season but nobody wanted a share in him.”

Orsippus, formerly trained by Mick Channon and bought out of a three-year-old seller at Yarmouth from owners Harry Findlay and Tony Bloom, may now head to the Punchestown Festival.

“If he comes out of this okay I don’t see why he shouldn’t go there. He’s done what I thought he could do today,” Smith added. “I think he’s progressed in the last six weeks more than anybody could have expected and he’s made my season today. He usually comes out of his races very well and I’m looking forward to finding out how to get to Punchestown.”

Winning jockey Davy Condon said: “He ran a cracker at Cheltenham considering and he shouldn’t have been the price he was today. I fancied him and he picked up the best. It turned into a bit of a sprint and he had the most gears.”



Race 2: Matalan Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices’ Hurdle Placed Quotes

BARIZAN BEATEN BY THE WRONG HORSE

Barizan, beaten by less than two lengths in the JCB Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, put in another sterling performance in the Matalan Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices’ Hurdle to again place second, three and a quarter lengths behind the 40/1 winner Orsippus.


It probably makes Barizan the best four-year-old not to win a Grade race this season, but that was no compensation for trainer Evan Williams, whose race plan came so close to fruition.


“What the hell do we have to do to win a Grade One?” said a frustrated Williams. “We thought we’d change the plan [from Cheltenham]. Between the last and the second last we wanted to get Sanctuaire racing - and we did that. Then we’re mugged on the far side.”

“The little horse has run his race and we’ve beaten the horse we had to beat - but credit to the winner. I can’t believe it though. You try to be brave and you get kicked in the arse. It’s no good being second in two Grade Ones; it’s the loneliest place you’ll ever find. He hasn’t won a graded race and I’ve won graded races with a lot worse than this. I’m frustrated for him,” he said.


Williams brushed aside any suggestion the loss of a hind shoe made any difference: “Look you could cut his leg off that’s how tough he is. He’s a proper tough horse.”

With the Punchestown juvenile hurdle on Saturday April 24, Williams does not have long to freshen up Barizan for just one more try. “We’ll see how he is,” said the trainer. If he does line up in Ireland, he will face Orsippus once more.



SETTLING SANCTUAIRE IS MISSION FOR NICHOLLS

Favourite Sanctuaire (13/8) could finish only third in the Matalan Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices’ Hurdle after running too freely through the early stages of the Grade 1 race.


Trainer Paul Nicholls said: “They didn’t go that quickly early on and you could see the writing was on the wall because he was too free. He needs an end-to-end gallop and to get cover.


“When we first got him it was a problem getting him to settle, and he was a nightmare before his first run for us at Taunton. Ruby [Walsh] said they went no gallop today and the horse will be better off a faster pace when he can jump into contention - he’s such a good jumper. He’ll get better when we can get him to switch off.


“We’ve still beaten some good horses, so we can’t be too disappointed.”


THIRD RACE WINNING QUOTES
TOTESPORT BOWL (GRADE 1)

FRIEND BRINGS COMPENSATION FOR FERGUSON

A few hours after Manchester United’s defeat to Bayern Munich last night, manager Sir Alex Ferguson gained some compensation when his horse What A Friend took a dramatic renewal of the Grade One totesport Bowl, in which favourite Imperial Commander unseated rider Paddy Brennan.


“Nobody died last night and life is like that, every day is a different day and so we move on,” said Ferguson. “It doesn’t compensate for last night but you get bad results and you have to move on. We’ve had good results go our way in the past

“This is fantastic. I’ve been lucky to have a lot of great wins as an owner and this is right up with them. A lot of owners never even have a winner so to win a big one is special.


“Racing is a great outlet for everyone and people get exhilarated whether they back or own a horse. It takes me away from the pains of the normal job - racing is such a great releasing industry for anyone.


“This is a young horse and the aim is to go for the Gold Cup next year. He’s only seven so I think the opportunity will be next year when we’ll be strong and more mature. We didn’t go to Cheltenham and as you saw with Imperial Commander he was never going to win and I think that’s because he had a hard race at Cheltenham.


“We knew Carruthers and Nacarat would make the running and Ruby (Walsh) was happy to sit behind and his jumping won the race.”

Winning trainer Paul Nicholls had been Ferguson’s guest at the big game last night and the trainer said: “He’s a baby, he’s only seven and the best is yet to come. The others had their races at Cheltenham but we kept What A Friend for today, this was his Gold Cup.


“I think he could be a Gold Cup horse and next year is the year for him. He’s only had three runs this season and won’t run again and I suspect his next run could be at Haydock in November.


“Kauto’s big aim next season is to win the King George again and it wouldn’t worry me if we didn’t run beforehand. If we do run somewhere I’d like to find a nice easy race and get his head in front somewhere.


“What A Friend might be 20/1 for next year’s Gold Cup now but he won’t be next March - he could be 33/1! On the other hand he could just be in the mix next March. Kauto Star and Denman will still be around God willing but they and Imperial Commander will all be that bit older and the younger horses could come through and I hope this will be one of them. Every day of every month he is getting better.


“He’s a horse that hits the front and pulls up a bit and he was a little bit on and off the bridle. He’s quite like Big Buck’s but he puts a lot into it and has been very immature. He will get better as he gets more mature and you can forgive them for being a bit quirky when they are as good as that.


“I was lucky enough to go to the game last night and had a drink with Sir Alex afterwards and he was happy to talk through the mistakes they made last night. I think he was feeling like I was after Kauto Star was beaten in the Gold Cup.


“I learn a lot from Sir Alex from just talking to him. A lot of what of they do compares to us. It was one mistake that cost them the game last night and that was the same with Kauto in the Gold Cup.


Jockey Ruby Walsh added: “Fair play to Sam Thomas, who told me how to ride him. I was niggling away on him and he jumped so well that helped. When Nacarat made a mistake at the second last I had to go on then. Imperial Commander’s jumping had been so bad that I’d given up on him and didn’t really see him as a danger. Sir Alex and (co-owner) Ged Mason are great fun to ride for and I really enjoy it.”

Looking ahead to Big Fella Thanks in the John Smith’s Grand National, Nicholls added: “I’m looking forward to that although I have to say I wouldn’t swap What A Friend winning today for anything as he had been trained for the race. The National has just never worked out for me although we’ve had plenty of luck at Aintree.”


Race 3: totesport Bowl Chase Placed Quotes

WELL DONE, CARRUTHERS

Although avowing that second was not a nice place to be, trainer Mark Bradstock was absolutely delighted with the run of Carruthers in the Grade One totesport Bowl Chase. The seven-year-old was beaten three lengths by What A Friend, but for a fleeting moment coming to the last, Carruthers could perhaps have made the race his.


“He just didn’t get the last quite right,” said trainer Mark Bradstock, adding that he was still, “Over the moon.”

“The intention wasn’t to come here, it was to go to Punchestown. But we thought they [Aintree] were going to get the rain - which they didn’t - and he came out of the Cheltenham race [the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup] so well that we came here,” said Bradstock.


“More rain would have been nice today but to jumped well today. If it’s sloppy, he’s brilliant, but what he doesn’t want is that sticky, gluey ground as he’s not strong enough,” said the trainer.


The probability is that Carruthers will end his season now, as is likely with the third-placed horse Nacarat.


The owner of Nacarat, Simon Clarke, said: “He put his all in, he’s a lovely horse. About five out I thought we had a real chance, but he clipped four out and had to make up the ground and that cost him. And towards the end of the race, the first two were flying.


“A little more rain might have helped, but having said that he really didn’t like the soft ground at Kempton last time,” he added.


Third race quotes
totesport Bowl Chase

IMPERIAL COMMANDER ‘FINE’ AFTER UNSEATING BRENNAN

Imperial Commander, winner of the totesport Gold Cup at Cheltenham last month, failed to add to that success in the totesport Bowl Chase when unseating jockey Paddy Brennan at Aintree today.


The nine-year-old, who was being niggled along, paddled through the 14th fence, an open ditch, and several strides after the jump Brennan’s struggle with gravity proved of no avail.


Carl Llewellyn, assistant to trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies, said post race: “Imperial Commander is fine. There’s no mark on him. He’ll have a long holiday now.


“Paddy’s fine too.”


Fourth race winner’s quotes
John Smith’s Fox Hunters’ Chase

WESTON WINS GOLD ON SILVER ADONIS

Tom Weston, 23, joined the envied list of amateur riders who have won the John Smith’s Fox Hunters’ Chase when guiding 50-1 outsider Silver Adonis to victory at Aintree today.


The winner, a grey nine-year-old trained by Richard Newland in Worcestershire, beat Moncadou and Blu Teen by three and three quarter lengths and six lengths in a time of 5mins 43.7secs. The favourite, Baby Run, fell at the sixth when half a length behind the eventual fourth, Van Ness.


Weston, who comes from a family of point-to-point enthusiasts, and whose father, Martin, trained Flimsy Truth to win the 1997 National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham, is 6ft 2ins and too heavy to turn professional. He finished second on Caught At Dawn in the 2005 running of the John Smith’s Fox Hunters’ Chase behind Katarino.

He said: “It’s an unbelievable feeling. I’ve ridden here before and at the Cheltenham Festival, and I finished third in the Walwyn Muir Chase, but I just wanted to win one of these big races. I’m relieved to have done it.


“I saw Baby Run fall, and thought that gave us a better chance, although I jumped into one at Becher’s, which wasn’t ideal. I managed to give him a breather after the Canal Turn, but after that he picked up and was tanking with me going to the final bend.


“Richard gave me a great opportunity when I joined his yard and started riding under Rules so it’s wonderful to do this on one of his horses. He’s been putting me up against professionals and things have spiralled from there. I rode three point-to-point winners over Easter, so things are going well in that championship.”

The stewards handed him a five-day ban for using his whip excessively and with excessive frequency.


Newland said: “That’s absolutely the best. It’s my dream to win a [John Smith’s] Grand National, but to have any winner over these fences is special. I’m so pleased for Tom, who is part of the team.


“This horse is pretty useful and won three races last year - he had a prep run in a hunter chase at Ludlow last month, but the ground was too soft and he finished second. We freshened him up and brought him here. He’s quite quirky, and sometimes the quirky ones love Aintree.”

Silver Adonis is entered in tomorrow’s John Smith’s Topham Chase, and Newland is keen to run the horse with Andrew Glassonbury in the saddle.

He said: “I’ve been told the vets may not let me run him, which I think is wrong. He’s finished fresh and well and didn’t touch a twig out there - I could take him home and find he eats up, but not be allowed to run. Of course, I wouldn’t run him if I wasn’t happy, and I fully understand the issues of horse welfare, but it would be quite wrong not to allow the horse to run just because he’s run today.”


Race 4 - The John Smith’s Fox Hunters’ Steeple Chase - placed quotes and fallers

MONCADOU ‘HAD EVERY CHANCE’

JP McManus, who owns four runners in the John Smith’s Grand National on Saturday, had to settle for second best in the ‘Amateurs’ National’ when Moncadou failed to reel in long-time leader Silver Adonis despite looking menacing at the Elbow.


Alan Berry, who was having his first taste of the National fences aboard runner-up Moncadou, said: “I thought I was getting there for a stride but the winner was gone. My horse was a little bit one-paced but he nearly got brought down at the first and he’s so genuine. He jumped brilliantly.”

Moncadou’s trainer Jonjo O’Neill added: “He ran a blinder and Alan gave him a great old spin. He had every chance all the way from the Canal Turn and he just couldn’t get to the winner unfortunately. He hit a horse at the first fence but I don’t think that made any difference.”

Looking ahead to the John Smith’s Grand National, in which he has Don’t Push It and Can’t Buy Time for McManus, O’Neill said: “They’re in great form. I’m not really surprised that AP (McCoy) chose Don’t Push It. Can’t Buy Time really likes good ground and he might struggle if it went a bit soft.”

He added: “Don’t Push It is a good fast horse on his day. If you go back and take his form literally he’s probably one of the best in the race but he’s getting older and he has his days. But he might have his day on Saturday.

“Can’t Buy Time fell last year unfortunately but he has a grand attitude for a big occasion whereas Don’t Push It gets very excited in the parade ring. Can’t Buy Time is a relaxed horse which might help him but it’s the National, you know, we’re hopeful with both of them and I don’t mind which one of them wins!”

David Staddon, trainer of third-placed Blu Teen, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to bits. He came here last year and also got round but he’s in much better form this year and we were hopeful of a big run. He isn’t a straightforward horse to train. He has very fragile legs and has bled in the past so we have to ride him patiently because of the bleeding but in a race like this you can’t sit too far back. Ryan (Mahon) gave him a peach of a ride and we’re thrilled to be in the winner’s enclosure and to have the horse back in one piece.”

Sam Twiston-Davies, rider of 5/2 favourite Baby Run, who was unseated at the fourth, said: “He was too long and banked it and fired me over his neck.”

Ollie Greenall, rider of last year’s winner Trust Fund, said: “He’s had his problems and was always outpaced. He just kept coming out of my hands and he unseated me at the ditch.”


FIFTH RACE WINNING QUOTES
ALDER HEY IMAGINE APPEAL RED RUM HANDICAP CHASE (GRADE 3)

SO NEAR FOR DOCTOR

Trainer Caroline Bailey is hoping to find another opportunity for Doctor David this season after the seven-year-old ran a gallant race to be second to the front-running Channinbar in the Alder Hey Imagine Appeal Red Rum Handicap Chase.


“He deserves to win a good race and will do so somewhere,” said Bailey. “But I don’t know where we can go now. He missed Cheltenham so is still a fresh horse. There is a race at Ayr but that’s next week and I think it will be a bit quick for him.”


Race 5: Alder Hey Imagine Appeal Red Rum Handicap Chase Winners Quotes

HIGH VOLTAGE FROM ELECTRIC CHANINBAR

Trainer Milton Harris put a visor on Chaninbar just to “change something” and as experiments go few can be deemed to be as successful. The talented seven-year-old, a 20/1 chance, galloped the opposition into the ground in the Alder Hey Imagine Appeal Red Rum Handicap Chase winning by 15 lengths after his nearest challenger, Doctor David, already about eight lengths adrift, blundered the last.


“I didn’t see them at the start, but when they got to the far side I could see that he was clear. He’s an electric sort of horse. Warren Marston once described him as a young man’s ride. He’s a horse that really jumps quick and low, but he’s got a few kinks in him,” said the trainer.


“I thought he would run all right today, I’m just annoyed I didn’t have anything on him. He’s the sort of horse you back in running, it was made for him. He is a good horse on his day, a very strong travelling horse. He could work with anything at home,” he added.


Though the horse set an impressive pace over the second half of the race, Harris had no doubt that he would keep galloping. “He could go two and a half, but why would you go two and a half when you’re that quick?” he said.


The likelihood is that Chaninbar will turn out for a conditionals’ race at Cheltenham next week. “He won’t have a choice,” said Harris, recognising that his handicap mark will suffer for this bloodless victory.


If he does go to Cheltenham, Sean Quinlan, who rode him to success today, will not be eligible, as he will be 26. Today’s win was Quinlan’s best-ever.



Race 6 - The totepool Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase - winner’s quotes

BIG PRIZE WELL DESERVED BY MAD MAX

A front-running round secured a Grade Two victory for the giant steeplechaser Mad Max, whose bold perfomance belied the fact that he has breathing difficulties for which he has undergone four operations.


“We upped him in trip and let him go on and do what he wanted to do which is to just gallop,” said his trainer Nicky Henderson. “I’ve always wanted to do that with him. He’s such a big horse that these are only like hurdles to him but he doesn’t quicken too much.


“I was dying to go two and a half (miles) with him to give him more of a chance to catch his breath. He did run a great race in the Arkle to be fair. If he hadn’t blundered two out he could have been second or third instead of fourth. He wants good ground. He’s got a big prize now and he deserves one.”

He added: “We can do no more for his breathing problem. He’s had four operations and there’s nothing left to operate on. He’s a great big daft thing but he’s the (half) brother to Carole’s Legacy (runner-up in the David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham) and it’s fantastic for his breeder - it’s been a good year for the family.”

The horse’s delighted owner/breeder Paul Murphy races Mad Max with Carole Skipworth, the partnership that also raced Mad Max’s dam, the TBA National Hunt Broodmare of the Year, Carole’s Crusader.


He said: “I decided to watch on the big screen in the paddock because I didn’t want to show my emotions. We’re highly delighted. We had a dream run - Barry (Geraghty) just took him out and bowled him along and it was just a delightful run.


“Carole’s Crusader is in foal to Kayf Tara again so in a couple of weeks we’ll have either a full-sister or full-brother to Mad Max which will be a horse to look forward to in the future.”


Sixth race placed quotes
totepool Manifesto Novices’ Chase

TRAINER HAPPY TO PUT A LINE THROUGH SOMERSBY RUN

Trainer Henrietta Knight took comfort in the words of jockey Choc Thornton after Somersby was beaten into second by Mad Max in the totepool Manifesto Novices’ Chase.


Somersby had finished runner-up to Sizing Europe in the Irish Independent Arkle Trophy Chase at last month’s Cheltenham Festival, but a chapter of little incidents did him no favours before or during today’s race.


Knight said: “Absolutely nothing went right - he got rid of Choc going out onto the course and was then kicked on the knee at the start, and then Choc said it was a nightmare race.

“A couple of horses kept going across him and he could never get him where he wanted to be. He told me ‘You can put a complete line through the race’.”

Today’s race was a step up in trip for Somersby, and Knight added: “Immediately after the race I said to Terry [her partner, Terry Biddlecombe], ‘we’ll have to go back to two miles’, but Choc said ‘No, there’s nothing wrong with the distance - just nothing went right’.


“The horse made two or three mistakes, which is uncharacteristic, so perhaps he was hurt at the start. We might find that out tomorrow. If you get kicked by a horse with shoes on it can hurt.


“That’s definitely it for the season, and we’ll consider this trip again next season.”

Paul Nicholls, trainer of third-placed The Nightingale, said: “He wants soft ground and was just feeling it a bit today as it had got that bit faster. It’s been soft the last two times he won well at Fontwell and Kempton. He won’t run again this season and I think he’s a real winter horse.


“Ruby said he might be better going right handed because he jumped right and was always leaning that way.”


Seventh race winner’s quotes
Silver Cross Handicap Hurdle

KING ON TOP IN LAST THANKS TO SIR HARRY ORMESHER

An inauspicious season for trainer Alan King gained some welcome gilt when Sir Harry Ormesher landed the £50,000 Silver Cross Handicap Hurdle.


The winner, who was ridden by Choc Thornton in the colours of David Sewell, worked hard to get past leader Black Jack Blues and then hung on from that rival to score by three-quarters of a length. Pistolet Noir finished third ahead of Siberian Tiger.


On his previous outing Sir Harry Ormesher finished seventh of 28 runners in the Cheltenham Festival’s Coral Cup, and King said: “He ran very well in that race, when we dropped him right out and Choc said, ‘God, I wish I’d ridden him more handily’, which is what he did today.


“He missed the last hurdle down the back straight, which didn’t help, but it means a lot to come here and have a winner. It’s not been a vintage season but this helps.


“David Sewell, who is a great bloke, got me out of trouble at last year’s Cheltenham Festival when Oh Crick [who is owned by Sewell] won the final race. I’m thrilled for him.


“This is a good horse. I thought he was going to make a really high-class chaser, but he didn’t really take to it. He fell at Kempton [on November 2] and it frightened the life out of him. He’s been much better since going back hurdling, but he hasn’t had the best of luck.


“He ‘won’ the voided hurdle race at Doncaster, then went back to Doncaster and it was abandoned due to the weather and then he went back there again and won. He’s got a fair engine and he’s getting slightly better, and David Stratton, who looks after him at home, is doing a great job with him.


“We’ll enjoy today and think about other plans later.”

Following the race Aintree’s stewards enquired into Thornton’s use of the whip on the winner - they found him in breach of Schedule (B) 6 Part 2 in that he had used the whip with excessive frequency. Thornton was cautioned.


SEVENTH RACE PLACED QUOTES
SILVER CROSS HANDICAP HURDLE

BLACK JACK TAKES SECOND

Black Jack Blues had to settle for second best when finishing three quarters of a length behind Sir Harry Ormesher in the concluding Silver Cross Handicap Hurdle.


“It was a brilliant run, I was really pleased especially as he’s a novice,” said the second’s trainer, Rebecca Curtis. “He just missed the third last which didn’t help but it was all OK after that.


“It’s how high he goes up in the handicap that is the thing now because he’s not very big and I think he’s probably done enough this season. It’s a bit silly as he likes good ground. Barry (Geraghty) said that he should jump a fence so that gives us an option in the future.”

Paul Nicholls, trainer of the third-placed Pistolet Noir, said: "He’s been so disappointing at home this year. From the day we got him, he’s never inspired us. He never jumped. He never did anything. And it’s only in the last fortnight he’s started to pick up.

“He did a great bit of work a couple of days ago. I mean we’ve spent more hours schooling this one than any of them. But the penny’s beginning to drop and, as I said to Ruby, he’s coming to our way of thinking. He’ll be alright next year."


PAGAN STARPRINCESS

Pagan Starprincess had a fatal fall at the first hurdle.



GOING CHANGE AT NOON

A dry 24 hours has led to a change in the going on all courses at Aintree.



Grand National course - Good to soft, soft in places (from Soft, good to soft in places)
GoingStick reading 5.8

Mildmay & Hurdle course - Good, good to soft in places (from Good to soft, good in places)


Andrew Tulloch, Aintree’s Clerk Of the Course, said: “It has been dry and sunny today, while the forecast was for some drizzle and overcast conditions. This means the ground has dried up a bit and I have changed the going descriptions to reflect this.”


GOING NEWS

The ground ahead of day one of the John Smith’s Grand National Meeting is:

Mildmay and Hurdle Courses: Good to Soft, Good in places

Grand National Course: Soft, Good to Soft in places

The GoingStick readings (taken on Wednesday at 4pm) were Mildmay 6.6, Hurdle 6.4 and National 5.4

All bends on outer lines of the Mildmay and Hurdle Courses will be moved in to provide fresh ground each day.


After a dry night, the forecast on Thursday is to be cloudy at times with possible patchy drizzle in the morning, clearing to give brighter spells in afternoon with temperatures of 13 degrees.

Friday’s forecast is to be cloudy in the morning and then dry and bright in the afternoon with a temperature of 15 degrees.


Saturday is set to be dry with sunshine and a temperature of 15/16 degrees.



BETTING NEWS & NON-RUNNER

Big Buck’s looks bullet-proof for the opening race of the John Smith’s Grand National Meeting, the BCG Partners Liverpool Hurdle (2:00pm). The odds remain prohibitive, but one investor with Ladbrokes felt that even at 1/3, the best price available, it was worth putting £30,000 down to win just £10,000.


In contrast, the other Cheltenham highflyer, Imperial Commander, looks a touch vulnerable in the totesport Bowl Chase (3:10pm). Paddy Power have eased the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup winner from 10/11 to Evens and, unlike with Big Buck’s, there has been noticeable support for the opposition with the race sponsors shortening Nacarat to 4/1, from 5/1, and both Paddy Power and Skybet seeing interest in the outsider, Calgary Bay, who is now 16/1 with Paddy Power and 14/1 with Skybet, both companies starting the day with the horse on offer at 20/1.


Calgary Bay is one of four horses nominated by Pricewise in the Racing Post and all four have seen some support, with Joaaci in the John Smith’s Fox Hunter’s Chase (3:45pm) comfortably the most popular. Skybet and Ladbrokes still have the chaser, once rated at 152, at 16/1, but Paddy Power and Stan James are a couple of points shorter at 14/1.


The Alder Hey Imagine Appeal Red Rum Handicap Chase (4:20pm) takes some unravelling. Trainer Paul Nicholls could easily have two on the board by the fifth race with Big Buck’s and Sanctuaire, who is in the Matalan Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices’ Hurdle (2:35pm), and the David Johnson-owned Chapoturgeon is fancied to add to the stable tally. With totesport the horse is now 17/2 from 10/1, while with Ladbrokes the move has been even more emphatic, now at 15/2 from 11/1. In the same race Nikola has been backed with totesport, 16/1 from 20/1, and Doctor David with Skybet, 14/1 from 16/1.


In the totesport Manifesto Novices’ Chase (4:55pm) Hey Big Spender, who was going well enough when he unseated Joe Tizzard in the Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival has been backed with Ladbrokes and is now 7/1 from 8/1.




BABY RUN BIDS TO COMPLETE SPECIAL DOUBLE

Baby Run is hot favourite to win today’s John Smith’s Fox Hunters’ Chase and land a double in two of hunt racing’s biggest prizes.


Last month the ten-year-old won Cheltenham’s Christie’s Foxhunter Chase, but since 1945 only nine horses have won at The Festival and Aintree in the same season.


They are:
Lucky Purchase 1947
Colledge Master 1961
Credit Call 1972
Bullocks Horn 1973
Spartan Missile 1979
Rolls Rambler 1980
Grittar 1981
Call Collect 1990
Double Silk 1993

Another four horses, Happymint, Eliogarty, Elegant Lord and Cavalero, won both races, but in different seasons.

Baby Run, who is trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies and ridden by his 17-year-old son Sam, will have appeared in Britain and Ireland’s four major hunter chases after tackling today’s contest.


Last year he did not run at Aintree, but was third in the Christie’s Foxhunter Chase, won Punchestown’s Cox’s Cash & Carry Champion Hunters’ Chase, and was runner-up in the W + S Recycling Champion Hunters’ Chase at Stratford.


FIRST RACE RESULT

2pm BGC PARTNERS LIVERPOOL HURDLE (GRADE ONE)
£100,000 guaranteed, 3m 110y, For 4yo+ Weights 4yo.10st 13lb; 5yo+ 11st 7lb Allowances fillies and mares 7lb Entries 9 pay £450 Penalty value 1st £57,010.00 2nd £21,390.00 3rd £10,710.00 4th £5,340.00 5th £2,680.00 6th £1,340.00

1 BIG BUCKìS (FR) (The Stewart Family) Paul Nicholls 7-11-7 Ruby Walsh 30/100f
2 SOUFFLEUR (Karen Bowen, W Bryan, Mr & Mrs J Timons) Peter Bowen 7-11-7 Tom O'Brien 16/1
3 POSSOL (FR) (Neville Statham) Henry Daly 7-11-7 Richard Johnson 33/1
4 TIDAL BAY (IRE) (Andrea & Graham Wylie) Howard Johnson 9-11-7 Brian Hughes
5 KAYF ARAMIS (Isobel Phipps Coltman) Nigel Twiston-Davies 8-11-7 Paddy Brennan
6 BOUGGLER (Axiom (XXI)) Emma Lavelle 5-11-7 Jack Doyle
7 WOLF MOON (IRE) (Louise Jones) Martin Keighley 7-11-7 Warren Marston

7 ran
Non-runner: 5 Silver Token (travel issues); 8 Time For Rupert
Distances: 2 3/4, 1 1/4, 2, 11, 8, dist
Breeder: Henri Poulat
Breeding: b or br g Cadoudal (FR) - Buck’s (FR)
Totes: Win: £1.30 Places: £1.10, £3.40 Exacta: £4.30

Winning Trainer: PAUL NICHOLLS Date of birth: 17/05/62 Based: Heighes House, Manor Farm Stables, Ditcheat, Shepton Mallet, Somerset Background: Paul Nicholls, the son of a policeman, was born in Olveston, Bristol, on April 17, 1962, and has been training at Manor Farm Stables in Ditcheat, Somerset, since taking out a licence on November 1, 1991. He started out as a jump jockey and twice rode the winner of the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Newbury, in 1986 and 1987. He partnered 130 winners between 1980 and 1989, and nominates the best horses he rode as Broadheath, Playschool and Seagram. Between 1989 and 1991, he was assistant trainer to former Devon-based David Barons, who sent out Seagram to win the 1991 Grand National at Aintree during that time. Having strongly challenged Martin Pipe for the jump trainers’ championship for several years, most notably when pushing his great rival right to the last day of the 2004/05 campaign, he claimed his first title in the 2005/06 season. Nicholls pulled off the amazing feat of saddling seven winners and three seconds from his 10 runners on Saturday, November 7, 1998, and made history when he became the first trainer to saddle six winners on the same card, at Wincanton, his local track, on Saturday, January 21, 2006. Aintree Festival Wins include: John Smith’s Liverpool Hurdle (2010 & 2009 Big Buck’s), John Smith’s Extra Cold Handicap Hurdle (2008 Forest Pennant), Littlewoods Direct Appeal Top Novices’ Hurdle (2008 Pierrot Lunaire), John Smith’s Topham Chase (2008 Gwanako), John Smith’s Maghull Novices’ Chase (1999 Flagship Uberalles, 2002 Armaturk, 2003 Le Roi Miguel, 2007 Twist Magic), John Smith’s Melling Chase (2001 Fadalko), John Smith’s Mildmay Novices’ Chase (2006 Star De Mohaison, 2008 John Smith’s Mildmay Novices’ Chase), Citroen C5 Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Natal, 2008 Elusive Dream)), John Smith’s Fox Hunter Chase (2002 Torduff Express), Totesport Bowl (2000 See More Business) Cheltenham Festival Wins (27). First Trainer to Saddle Six Winners on One Card: Saturday, January 21, 2006, at Wincanton Number of Winners (1992/03-2008/09): 20; 29; 28; 53; 56; 82; 110; 71; 83; 136; 152; 127; 152; 148*; 124*; 151* (first trainer to win more than £4 million in prize money in a season);155*; *Champion Trainer Wins this Season: 107

Winning Jockey: Ruby Walsh Born: May 14, 1979 Background: Ruby (short for Rupert) is associated with the powerful stables of Paul Nicholls in Britain and Willie Mullins in Ireland. He is the son of 11-times Irish amateur champion jockey, Ted Walsh, now a trainer. Ruby is the second of Walsh's four children and his younger sister Katie is a successful amateur. He followed in his father's footsteps when capturing the Irish amateur riders’ championship (1996-97) at the age of 19 while still studying for his Leaving Certificate. He was crowned champion Irish National Hunt jockey in his first season as a professional (1998/99) and has taken the title a further five times (2000/2001, 2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/7 and 2007/08). Walsh has won the John Smith's Grand National twice. His first success came in 2000 on his first ride in the race aboard Papillon, trained by his father, less than a month after returning from a fractured leg sustained in a fall in October, 1999, in the Czech Republic. The Willie Mullins-trained Hedgehunter provided him with a second success in 2005. He followed Papillon's Aintree triumph with an Irish Grand National victory aboard his father's Commanche Court but surpassed that achievement in the 2004/2005 season when his John Smith's Grand National success aboard Hedgehunter was augmented by wins in the Welsh National (Silver Birch) and Irish Grand National (Numbersixvalverde). He narrowly missed out in that season's Scottish Grand National when his mount, Cornish Rebel, finished a short-head second to Joes Edge. In the 2008/09 season he was leading rider at the Cheltenham Festival for a fourth time. First Winner: Siren Song, Gowran Park, July 25, 1995 Aintree Festival Wins include: John Smith’s Mares’ Standard Open NHF (2009 Candy Creek), John Smith’s Liverpool Hurdle (2010 & 2009 Big Buck’s), John Smith’s Extra Cold Handicap Hurdle (2008 Forest Pennant) Littlewoods Direct Imagine Appeal Top Novices’ Hurdle (2008 Pierrot Lunaire), John Smith’s Topham Chase (2008 Gwanako), John Smith’s Grand National (2000 Papillon (His first National ride), 2005 Hedgehunter), John Smith’s Mildmay Novices’ Chase (2008 Big Buck’s), John Smith’s Maghull Novices’ Chase (2003 Le Roi Miguel, 2007 Twist Magic), Baltika Beer Aintree Hurdle (2002 Ilnamar, 2006 Asian Maze), John Smith’s Anniversary 4-y-o Novices’ Hurdle (2003 Le Duc), Citroen C5 Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (2004 Garde Champetre, 2006 Natal, 2008 Elusive Dream) Cheltenham Festival Wins (27). 1,000th Winner in Ireland: Rare Article, Smirnoff (Mares) Maiden Hurdle, Thurles, May 4, 2008 (became only the second jockey to complete the feat after Charlie Swann) Number of Wins in Britain (1998/99-2008/09): 1; 1; 5; 13; 77; 62; 81; 69; 73; 69; 69 Wins in Britain This Season: 67



SECOND RACE RESULT

2.35pm MATALAN ANNIVERSARY 4-Y-O NOVICESì HURDLE (GRADE ONE)
£100,000 guaranteed, 2m 110y, For 4yo Weights 11st Allowances fillies 7lb Entries 17 pay £450 Penalty value 1st £57,010.00 2nd £21,390.00 3rd £10,710.00 4th £5,340.00 5th £2,680.00 6th £1,340.00

1 ORSIPPUS (USA) (Sandra Smith) Michael Smith 4-11-0 Davy Condon 40/1
2 BARIZAN (IRE) (Peter Conway) Evan Williams 4-11-0v Tony McCoy 9/2
3 SANCTUAIRE (FR) (Jared Sullivan) Paul Nicholls 4-11-0 Ruby Walsh 13/8f
4 OLOFI (FR) (R&L Channing, S&F Roberts, McNeil Racing) Tom George 4-11-0 Paddy Brennan
5 AL QEDDAAF (IRE) (Tim Leslie) Donald McCain Jnr 4-11-0 Jason Maguire
6 ME VOICI (FR) (Jane Williams) Nick Williams 4-11-0 Daryl Jacob
7 NOTUS DE LA TOUR (FR) (Racing For Change) David Pipe 4-11-0 Tom Scudamore
8 NAFAATH (IRE) (Andrea & Graham Wylie) Howard Johnson 4-11-0 Denis O'Regan
9 SUPER KENNY (IRE) (Highclere Thoroughbred Racing - Super Kenny) Nicky Henderson 4-11-0 Barry Geraghty 10 DRUSSELL (IRE) (Samantha Donohoe) Shane Donohoe IRE 4-11-0 Richard Johnson
U1st DOUBLE HANDFUL (GER) (Simon Bold) Venetia Williams 4-11-0 Aidan Coleman

11 ran
Distances: 3 1/4, 2 3/4, 6, 4 1/2, 2 1/2, 6, hd, 1 1/4, dist
Breeder: Stephen Batchelder and Gainesway Farm
Breeding: b or br g Sunday Break (JPN) - Mirror Dancing (USA)
Totes: Win: £60.30 Places: £9.70; £1.90, £1.10 Exacta: £335.00

Winning Trainer: MICHAEL SMITH Based: Kirkheaton, Northumberland Background: Former point-to-point rider who turned to training after becoming too heavy to ride. His first runner, Texas Hold ‘Em, won by 25 lengths. His first Cheltenham Festival runner, Orsippus, finished third in the Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle. He had purchased the horse for his wife Sandra out of Mick Channon’s yard for £4,500 with a view to having fun on the Flat through the summer. That plan failed to come off and he was sent hurdling through the winter. The gelding gave Smith his biggest success and his first Aintree victory at the first attempt when winning the Grade One Matalan Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices’ Hurdle at odds of 40/1 Aintree Festival Wins: Matalan Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices’ Hurdle (2010 Orsippus) Wins in Britain (2000/01-2008/09): 0; 0; 0; 0; 1; 2; 1; 1; 0 Wins this season: 3

Winning Jockey: Condon, Davy Background: Father Mick was a top-class point to point rider. Former Flat jockey who endured problems with his weight and successfully switched to jump racing, having ridden around 100 winners on the level. Second jockey to Willie Mullins behind Ruby Walsh before becoming Nicky Richards’ number one after the retirement of Tony Dobbin in May 2008. Back in Ireland for the 2009/10 season riding mainly for Noel Meade. His cousin is Paul Townend. Aintree Festival Wins: Matalan Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices’ Hurdle (2010 Orsippus) Cheltenham Festival Wins (1): Anglo Irish Bank Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2007 Ebaziyan) First Win over Hurdles: Markason (Clonee Handicap Hurdle, Fairyhouse, November 19, 2004) First Ride over Fences: Adamant Approach (PU, Clonmel Oil Chase, Clonmel, November 18, 2004) Big Race Wins: At The Races Bobbyjo Chase (2007 Homer Wells), Christmas Hurdle (2009 Go Native), Fighting Fifth Hurdle (2009 Go Native); Peterborough Chase (2008 Monet’s Garden), Scottish Champion Hurdle (2009 Noble Alan), Thyestes Chase (2007 Homer Wells) Wins in Britain (2006/07-2008/09): 1; 0; 24 Wins in Britain This Season: 3



THIRD RACE RESULT

3.10pm totesport BOWL CHASE (GRADE ONE)
£150,000 guaranteed, 3m 1f. For 5yo+ Weights 11st 7lb Allowances mares 7lb Entries 13 pay £700 Penalty value 1st £85,515.00 2nd £32,085.00 3rd £16,065.00 4th £8,010.00 5th £4,020.00

1 WHAT A FRIEND (Ged Mason & Sir Alex Ferguson) Paul Nicholls 7-11-7 Ruby Walsh 5/2
2 CARRUTHERS (The Oaksey Partnership) Mark Bradstock 7-11-7 Mattie Batchelor 10/1
3 NACARAT (FR) (Simon Clarke) Tom George 9-11-7 Tony McCoy
4 CALGARY BAY (Camilla Radford) Henrietta Knight 7-11-7 Graham Lee
U14th IMPERIAL COMMANDER (Our Friends In The North) Nigel Twiston-Davies 9-11-7 Paddy Brennan 11/8f

5 ran
Distances: 3 1/4, 13, 8
Breeder: Mrs O Bush
Breeding: b g Alflora (IRE) - Friendly Lady
Totes: Win: £2.50 Places: £1.50, £3.40 Exacta: £15.30

Winning Jockey: Ruby Walsh Born: May 14, 1979 Background: Ruby (short for Rupert) is associated with the powerful stables of Paul Nicholls in Britain and Willie Mullins in Ireland. He is the son of 11-times Irish amateur champion jockey, Ted Walsh, now a trainer. Ruby is the second of Walsh's four children and his younger sister Katie is a successful amateur. He followed in his father's footsteps when capturing the Irish amateur riders’ championship (1996-97) at the age of 19. He was crowned champion Irish National Hunt jockey in his first season as a professional (1998/99) and has taken the title a further five times (2000/2001, 2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/7 and 2007/08). Walsh has won the John Smith's Grand National twice. His first success came in 2000 on his first ride in the race aboard Papillon, trained by his father, less than a month after returning from a fractured leg sustained in a fall in October, 1999, in the Czech Republic. The Willie Mullins-trained Hedgehunter provided him with a second success in 2005. He followed Papillon's Aintree triumph with an Irish Grand National victory aboard his father's Commanche Court but surpassed that achievement in the 2004/2005 season when his John Smith's Grand National success aboard Hedgehunter was augmented by wins in the Welsh National (Silver Birch) and Irish Grand National (Numbersixvalverde). He narrowly missed out in that season's Scottish Grand National when his mount, Cornish Rebel, finished a short-head second to Joes Edge. First Winner: Siren Song, Gowran Park, July 25, 1995 Aintree Festival Wins include: totesport Bowl (2010 What A Friend), John Smith’s Mares’ Standard Open NHF (2009 Candy Creek), John Smith’s Liverpool Hurdle (2010 & 2009 Big Buck’s), John Smith’s Extra Cold Handicap Hurdle (2008 Forest Pennant) Littlewoods Direct Imagine Appeal Top Novices’ Hurdle (2008 Pierrot Lunaire), John Smith’s Topham Chase (2008 Gwanako), John Smith’s Grand National (2000 Papillon (His first National ride), 2005 Hedgehunter), John Smith’s Mildmay Novices’ Chase (2008 Big Buck’s), John Smith’s Maghull Novices’ Chase (2003 Le Roi Miguel, 2007 Twist Magic), Baltika Beer Aintree Hurdle (2002 Ilnamar, 2006 Asian Maze), John Smith’s Anniversary 4-y-o Novices’ Hurdle (2003 Le Duc), Citroen C5 Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (2004 Garde Champetre, 2006 Natal, 2008 Elusive Dream) 1,000th Winner in Ireland: Rare Article, Smirnoff (Mares) Maiden Hurdle, Thurles, May 4, 2008 (became only the second jockey to complete the feat after Charlie Swann) Number of Wins in Britain (1998/99-2008/09): 1; 1; 5; 13; 77; 62; 81; 69; 73; 69; 69 Wins in Britain This Season: 68

Winning Trainer: PAUL NICHOLLS Date of birth: 17/05/62 Based: Heighes House, Manor Farm Stables, Ditcheat, Shepton Mallet, Somerset Background: Paul Nicholls, the son of a policeman, was born in Olveston, Bristol, on April 17, 1962, and has been training at Manor Farm Stables in Ditcheat, Somerset, since taking out a licence on November 1, 1991. He started out as a jump jockey and twice rode the winner of the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Newbury, in 1986 and 1987. He partnered 130 winners between 1980 and 1989, and nominates the best horses he rode as Broadheath, Playschool and Seagram. Between 1989 and 1991, he was assistant trainer to former Devon-based David Barons, who sent out Seagram to win the 1991 Grand National at Aintree during that time. Having strongly challenged Martin Pipe for the jump trainers’ championship for several years, most notably when pushing his great rival right to the last day of the 2004/05 campaign, he claimed his first title in the 2005/06 season. Nicholls pulled off the amazing feat of saddling seven winners and three seconds from his 10 runners on Saturday, November 7, 1998, and made history when he became the first trainer to saddle six winners on the same card, at Wincanton, his local track, on Saturday, January 21, 2006. Aintree Festival Wins include: John Smith’s Liverpool Hurdle (2010 & 2009 Big Buck’s), John Smith’s Extra Cold Handicap Hurdle (2008 Forest Pennant), Littlewoods Direct Appeal Top Novices’ Hurdle (2008 Pierrot Lunaire), John Smith’s Topham Chase (2008 Gwanako), John Smith’s Maghull Novices’ Chase (1999 Flagship Uberalles, 2002 Armaturk, 2003 Le Roi Miguel, 2007 Twist Magic), John Smith’s Melling Chase (2001 Fadalko), John Smith’s Mildmay Novices’ Chase (2006 Star De Mohaison, 2008 John Smith’s Mildmay Novices’ Chase), Citroen C5 Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Natal, 2008 Elusive Dream)), John Smith’s Fox Hunter Chase (2002 Torduff Express), Totesport Bowl (2010 What A Friend, 2000 See More Business) First Trainer to Saddle Six Winners on One Card: Saturday, January 21, 2006, at Wincanton Number of Winners (1992/03-2008/09): 20; 29; 28; 53; 56; 82; 110; 71; 83; 136; 152; 127; 152; 148*; 124*; 151* (first trainer to win more than £4 million in a season);155*; *Champion Trainer Wins this Season: 108



3.45pm JOHN SMITHìS FOX HUNTERSì CHASE
£40,000 guaranteed, 2m 5f 110y. For 6yo+ which hold a Hunters' certificate issued during the current season by any recognised Hunt and which, between December 1st, 2008 and April 1st, 2010 (inclusive), have won either a chase in Great Britain or Ireland or an Open point-to-point (i.e. Gentlemens, Ladies and Mixed Open race) in Great Britain or Ireland Weights 12st Allowances mares 7lb Entries 27 pay £200 Penalty value 1st £24,008.00 2nd £7,500.00 3rd £3,748.00 4th £1,876.00 5th £936.00 6th £472.00

1 SILVER ADONIS (IRE) (C Stedman & R Corsan) Dr Richard Newland 9-12-0p Mr Tom Weston 50/1
2 MONCADOU (FR) (J P McManus) Jonjo OìNeill 10-12-0t Mr Alan Berry 16/1
3 BLU TEEN (FR) (Caroline Staddon & David Staddon) David Staddon 10-12-0t Mr Ryan Mahon 12/1
4 VAN NESS (IRE) (Tim Edwards) Sophie George 11-12-0 Mr Tim Edwards 50/1
5 SONEVAFUSHI (FR) (Tom Banister) Cherry Coward 12-12-0 Mr Jake Greenall
6 PENNY DOC (IRE) (Peter & Lida Hall) Philip York 9-12-0 Mr Philip York
7 REACH FOR THE TOP (IRE) (Mike Tuckey) Mike Tuckey 9-12-0 Mr Ben Tuckey
8 TOMMY TWO TOES (IRE) (Bellflower Racing Ltd) Stuart Ross 11-12-0 Mr Stuart Ross
9 HAVING A CUT (IRE) (J P McManus) Edward OìGrady IRE 8-12-0 Mr J T McNamara
F1 BELEM RANGER (IRE) (J & B Arthurs) Jenny Warwick 10-12-0 Mr Chris Dawson
F1 ISLAND FLYER (IRE) (Thoroughbred Ladies) Tom George 8-12-0 Mr Luke Morgan
F1 JOAACI (IRE) (Duncan Odgers) Pat Shaw 10-12-0 Mr Darren Edwards
F6 LITTLE ROCKER (IRE) (B Perkins) R Smart 9-12-0 Mr Sam Waley-Cohen
F6 WHIZZAAR (J Symes) Richard Woollacott 10-12-0 Mr Richard Woollacott
F6 BABY RUN (FR) (Nigel Twiston-Davies) Nigel Twiston-Davies 10-12-0 Mr Sam Twiston-Davies 5/2f
F9 CARRICK OSCAR (IRE) (optimumracing.co.uk) Tim Vaughan 10-12-0 Mr Rhys Hughes
F15 CHRISTY BEAMISH (IRE) (M Mann) Sue Taylor 13-12-0 Miss Claire Allen
P16 BLAZE AHEAD (IRE) (Sarah Clifford) Brendan Powell 10-12-0p Mr Richard Bandey
U7 TRUST FUND (IRE) (Lord Daresbury) Richard Barber 12-12-0 Mr Oliver Greenall
U12 NEDZERìS RETURN (IRE) (Annie Bowles) Gordon Elliott IRE 8-12-0t Mr Simon McGonagle
U12 LAUNDE (IRE) (Anthony Ward-Thomas) Chris Gordon11-12-0 Mr Anthony Ward-Thomas

21 ran
Distances: 3 3/4, 6, 26, 4, 3 3/4, 1/2, 12, dist
Breeder: M Moloney
Breeding: gr g Portrait Gallery (IRE) - Fair Fontaine (IRE)
Totes: Win: £72.20 Places: £15.40; £5.40; £3.40 Exacta: £881.40

Winning Trainer: DR RICHARD NEWLAND Based: Claines, Worcestershire Background: Birmingham GP who trains 12 horses. Trained a couple of pointers before taking out a full licence. Date of first Trainer’s Licence: October, 2006 Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Foxhunters’ Chase (2010 Silver Adonis) Cheltenham Festival Wins (1): Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (2007 Burntoakboy - first runner at the Festival) Other Big Race Wins: William Hill Handicap Hurdle (2006 Overstrand), Betfair Handicap Hurdle (2007 Overstrand) First Winner Under Rules: Overstrand, Leicester, November 26, 2006 Number of Wins (2006/07-2008/09): 6; 7; 7 Wins This Season: 20

Winning Jockey: Tom Weston Background: Partnered Caught At Dawn to second-place in the John Smith’s Fox Hunters’ at Aintree in 2005, aged 18. Rode the same horse to back-to-back successes in the Colin Nash Memorial Challenge Cup at Cheltenham. Rides mainly for Dr Richard Newland. Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Foxhunters’ Chase (2010 Silver Adonis) First Cheltenham Win: Caught At Dawn, April 28, 2004, Colin Nash Memorial Challenge Cup Wins (2004/05-2008/09): 1; 1; 3; 2; 1 Wins This Season: 5




4.20pm ALDER HEY IMAGINE APPEAL RED RUM HANDICAP CHASE (GRADE THREE)
£70,000 guaranteed, 2m. For 5yo+ Weight raised 10 Minimum weight 10st Penalties after March 27th, a winner of a chase 4lb (no penalty to increase a horse's weight above 11st 12lb) Chapoturgeon's Handicap Mark 150 Entries 28 pay £350 Penalty value 1st £39,907.00 2nd £14,973.00 3rd £7,497.00 4th £3,738.00 5th £1,876.00 6th £938.00

1 CHANINBAR (FR) (John Watts, Caroline Thompson, John Naylor) Milton Harris 7-10-8v1 Sean Quinlan (3) 20/1
2 DOCTOR DAVID (Dr D Myers & A Reid) Caroline Bailey 7-11-1 Andrew Thornton 17/2
3 OISEAU DE NUIT (FR) (Terry Warner) Colin Tizzard 8-11-6 Joe Tizzard 16/1
4 ENLIGHTENMENT (IRE) (Hywel Jones) Evan Williams 10 10-5 Donal Fahy (3) 16/1
5 PEPSYROCK (FR) (John & Barbara Cotton) Nicky Henderson 7-10-11 Barry Geraghty
6 STAN (NZ) (Paul Beck) Venetia Williams 11-10-11 Daryl Jacob
7 CONSIGLIERE (FR) (E Scouller) David Pipe 7-11-10tb Tom Scudamore 6/1f
8 NIKOLA (FR) (Graham & Alison Jelley) Nigel Twiston-Davies 9-10-1 Mr Sam Twiston-Davies (7)
9 PIGEON ISLAND (Raymond Mould) Nigel Twiston-Davies 7-10-13b Paddy Brennan
10 LORD JAY JAY (IRE) (Jan Johnson) David Evans 10-10-13 Liam Treadwell
11 PRET A THOU (FR) (C Tipton) John Groucott 7-10-6 Mr Harry Challoner (7)
12 SAFARI JOURNEY (USA) (Hill, Trembath, Bryan & Outhart) Philip Hobbs 6-10-8 Rhys Flint
BD 4th CHAPOTURGEON (FR) (David Johnson) Paul Nicholls 6-11-12 Timmy Murphy
Fell at the 4th fence KILMACKILLOGE (S Currie) Martin Todhunter 11-10-10 Brian Harding
PU LENNON (IRE) (Andrea & Graham Wylie) Howard Johnson 10-11-1 Denis O'Regan
UR 2 out WATCH MY BACK (Tony Ambler) Ferdy Murphy 9-11-4 Graham Lee

16 ran
Non-runner: 17 Arkendale (self certificate)
Distances: 15, 4 1/2, 12, 1, 1, sh, 3 1/2, 5, 3 1/4, 1/2, 17
Breeder: SCI Cercy
Breeding: b g Milford Track (IRE) - Logicia (FR)
Totes: Win: £22.70 Places: £4.60, £2.20, £3.50, £4.70 Exacta: £279.40

Winning Trainer: MILTON HARRIS Based: Trafford Bridge Stables, Edgcote, Banbury, Oxfordshire Type of Licence Held: Dual Aintree Festival Wins: Alder Hey Imagine Appeal Red Rum Handicap Chase (2010 Chaninbar) Big Race Wins: Finesse Juvenile Novices' Hurdle (2004 Mondul), Summit Junior Novices' Hurdle (2003 Mondul) Number of Winners (2002/03-2008/09): 6; 9; 9; 18; 24; 22; 11; Wins This Season: 12

Winning Jockey: Sean Quinlan Born: December 15, 1983 Background: Conditional rider; joined Richard Phillips’ yard in August 2005 having been previously attached to Edward O’Grady in Ireland. Aintree Festival Wins: Alder Hey Imagine Appeal Red Rum Handicap Chase (2010 Chaninbar) First Ride in UK: Alf Lauren (seventh), Newbury, November 27, 2005 First Winner in UK: Caesarean Hunter, gg.com Conditional Jockeys Novices Handicap Hurdle, Exeter, December 2, 2005. Wins (2005/06-2008/09): 4; 5; 15; 22 Wins This Season: 13




4.55pm totepool MANIFESTO NOVICES' CHASE (GRADE TWO)
£80,000 guaranteed, 2m 4f. For 5yo+ Weights 11st 4lb Allowances mares 7lb Entries 19 pay £400 Penalty value 1st £45,608.00 2nd £17,112.00 3rd £8,568.00 4th £4,272.00 5th £2,144.00 6th £1,072.00

1 MAD MAX (IRE) (Carole Skipworth & Paul Murphy) Nicky Henderson 8-11-4 Barry Geraghty 4/1
2 SOMERSBY (IRE) (Camilla Radford) Henrietta Knight 6-11-4 Robert Thornton 6/4f
3 THE NIGHTINGALE (FR) (Graham Roach) Paul Nicholls 7-11-4 Ruby Walsh 11/4
4 OTHERMIX (FR) (Power Panels Electrical Systems Ltd) Tom George 6-11-4b Paddy Brennan 14/1
Fell four fences from the finish THE JAZZ MUSICIAN (IRE) (The Jazz Club) Colin Tizzard 8-11-4 Tom Scudamore
Fell at the sixth fence after the start HEY BIG SPENDER (IRE) (Brocade Racing) Colin Tizzard 7-11-4 Joe Tizzard

6 ran
Non-runner: 1 Gansey (self certificate - lame)
Distances: 9, 15, dist
Breeder: Paul Murphy
Breeding: b g Kayf Tara - Carole’s Crusader
Totes: Win: £5.20 Places: £2.50, £1.30 Exacta: £11.30

Winning Trainer: NICHOLAS (NICKY) JOHN HENDERSON Based: Seven Barrows, Lambourn, Hungerford, Berkshire Date of birth: 10/12/50 Background: The son of financier and amateur jockey John Henderson MBE, Nicky attended Eton before working in the City for stockbrokers Cazenoves. Ended up in their Sydney office and rode out each morning prior to work before deciding to study farming at Cirencester. Also spent six years as an amateur, riding 78 winners including the Imperial Cup and the Foxhunters Chase at Liverpool. He was assistant to the legendary Fred Winter from 1974 to 1978. In July 1978 he first took out a trainer's licence and trained from Windsor House in Lambourn. He moved to Seven Barrows in 1992. Aintree Festival wins: totepool Manifesto Novices’ Chase (2010 Mad Max), John Smith’s Mares Only Open NHF (2008 Carole’s Legacy), John Smith’s 250th Anniversary 4YO Novices’ Hurdle (2008 Binocular), totepool Handicap Chase (2008 Oedipe), John Smith’s Fox Hunter’s Chase (2007 Scots Grey), betafir.com Handicap Chase (1985 Green Bramble, 2004 Lord Of The River), John Smith’s Champion NH Flat Race (1987 Rustle), Citroen C6 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (1988 Rustle), John Smith’s Melling Chase (1992 Remittance Man), John Smith’s Topham Chase (1990 Wont Be Gone Long, 2006 Liberthine), John Smith’s Mildmay Novices’ Chase (1991 Sparkling Flame, 2003 Irish Hussar), John Smith’s Extra Smooth H’cap Hurdle (1995 Thinking Twice) Number of Winners (1982/83-2008/09): 40, 43, 40, 46, 67, 40, 43, 41, 49, 52, 53, 48, 45, 47, 58, 54, 73, 67, 81, 92, 69, 79; 53; 85; 74; 83; 115; Wins this Season: 126

Winning Jockey: Barry Geraghty Born: September 16, 1979 Background: Barry Geraghty will forever be associated with the great Moscow Flyer who provided him with his first Cheltenham Festival victory in the 2002 Arkle Chase and went on to add the Queen Mother Champion Chase in 2003 and 2005, as well as a host of other championship races including the Grade One John Smith's Melling Chase at Aintree in 2004 and 2005. Geraghty is one of six children from a "horse-mad" family that hails from Drumree in Co Meath. His father ‘Tucker' was a useful amateur and trains a few horses in addition to his riding school and livery yard while his brother Ross, who won the 2002 Irish National on The Bunny Boiler, and sister Jill, an amateur, are both jockeys. Geraghty has a background in pony racing, riding his last winner in that sphere in September, 1996, before becoming apprenticed to Noel Meade that month and having his first ride in October, 1996. He has twice been champion jump jockey in Ireland in the seasons 1999/2000 and 2003/04. It was for Moscow Flyer's trainer Jessica Harrington that he first sprang to prominence, partnering her 1998 Midlands National winner Miss Orchestra. He crowned the 2002/03 season with victory in the John Smith's Grand National aboard Monty's Pass, something which contributed to him being voted RTE Sports Personality of the year by Irish television viewers. Took up the offer of becoming Nicky Henderson’s number one jockey following the retirement of Mick Fitzgerald at the end of the 2007/08 season, and he now divides his time between Britain and Ireland. Based: Drumree, County Meath, Ireland First Winner: Stagalier (EBF Mares’ Maiden Hurdle, Down Royal, January 29, 1997) Achievements: Champion jockey in Ireland in 1999/2000 and 2003/04 Aintree Festival Wins include: Martell Cognac Grand National (2003 Monty’s Pass); totepool Manifesto Novices’ Chase (2010 Mad Max), totesport Bowl (2002 Florida Pearl), Martell Cognac Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (2000 Sackville, 2003 Iris’s Gift), Martell Cognac Laurel Pub Company Liverpool Hurdle (2004 Iris’s Gift), John Smith’s Melling Chase (2004 & 2005 Moscow Flyer), John Smith’s Mildmay Novices’ Chase (2006 Star de Mohaison) Wins in Britain (2001/02-2008/09): 4; 26; 13; 10; 8; 1; 1; 65 Wins in Britain this Season: 71



SEVENTH RACE RESULT

5.30pm SILVER CROSS HANDICAP HURDLE (LISTED)
£50,000 guaranteed, 2m 4f. For 4yo+ Weight raised 8 Minimum weight 10-0 Penalties after March 27th, a winner of a hurdle 4lb Afsoun's Handicap Mark 150 Entries 56 pay £50 pay £200 Penalty value 1st £28,505.00 2nd £10,695.00 3rd £5,355.00 4th £2,670.00 5th £1,340.00 6th £670.00

1 SIR HARRY ORMESHER (David Sewell) Alan King 7-11-1 Robert Thornton 16/1
2 BLACK JACK BLUES (IRE) (Peter Neary) Rebecca Curtis 7-10-8 Barry Geraghty 14/1
3 PISTOLET NOIR (FR) (The Roy & Stewart Families) Paul Nicholls 4-10-4 Ruby Walsh 16/1
4 SIBERIAN TIGER (IRE) (Allan Darke) Michael Wigham 5-10-8 Graham Lee 25/1
5 EL DANCER (GER) (Ron Davies) Lucy Wadham 6-11-2 Tom O'Brien
6 SILVERHAND (IRE) (J P McManus) Noel Meade IRE 6-10-11 Paul Carberry
7 AINAMA (IRE) (J P McManus) Nicky Henderson 6-11-0 Tony McCoy
8 MAJAALES (USA) (S Nelson, J Bowen-Rees, D O’Donohoe) Tom George 7-10-5 Paddy Brennan
9 SOUTH O'THE BORDER (Bryan Mathieson & David Sutherland) Nigel Twiston-Davies 8-10-4 Mr Sam Twiston-Davies (7)
10 WISHFULL THINKING (Diana Whateley) Philip Hobbs 7-11-6 Richard Johnson 4/1f
11 AFSOUN (FR) (Trevor Hemmings) Nicky Henderson 8-11-5 David Bass (7)
12 SONGE (FR) (Alan Halsall) Charlie Longsdon 6-10-11 Tom Siddall
13 MAMLOOK (IRE) (Peter Deal & G Lowe) David Pipe 6-11-7 Tom Scudamore
14 HONEST JOHN (P Martin) Steve Gollings 6-10-12 Keith Mercer
15 I HEAR A SYMPHONY (IRE) (Alan Peterson) Charlie Longsdon 8-10-2 Rhys Flint
16 DOESLESSTHANME (IRE) (Andrea & Graham Wylie) Howard Johnson 6-10-2 Ryan Mania (3)
17 TARA ROYAL (Tim Leslie) Donald McCain Jnr 5-10-5 Jason Maguire
18 MARAAFEQ (USA) (Taylor, Burrows, Johnstone, Brooke) Venetia Williams 6-9-11 Mr Harry Challoner (7)
19 SIR TANTALLUS HAWK (Highland Racing 4 & Mrs E Melrose) Alan Swinbank 6-11-0 Brian Hughes
Fell at the first hurdle after the start PAGAN STARPRINCESS (Richard Phizacklea) George Moore 6-10-3v1 Barry Keniry
Pulled-up PASCHA BERE (FR) (Mr & Mrs Mark Tracy) Nick Gifford 7-10-3 Liam Treadwell
Pulled-up BENFLEET BOY (J Semple) Brendan Powell 6-11-0 Wilson Renwick

22 ran
Distances: 3/4, 3/4, 1 1/2, 1 1/2, nse, 1, 2 1/2, 3 3/4, 12, 2, 1 1/4, nk, 14, nk, 10, 10, 12, dist
Breeder: Wood Farm Stud Breeding: b g Sir Harry Lewis (USA) - Glamour Game
Totes: Win: £19.00 Places: £3.90, £2.80, £4.60, £5.40 Exacta: £315.60

Winning Trainer: ALAN KING Born: December 13, 1966 Based: Barbury Castle Stables, Wroughton, Wiltshire Background: Born into a farming family in Lanarkshire on December 13, 1966, Alan King was a member of a local pony club and also competed on the show jumping circuit before joining David Nicholson as an amateur jockey in 1985, having previously worked for John Wilson in his native Scotland. Alan managed to finish third in a couple of hunter chases, but soon realised that race riding was not for him and served as long-time assistant to Nicholson, from whom he took over the licence at Jackdaws Castle stables near Temple Guiting in Gloucestershire on December 3, 1999. He only had to wait until the following day for Mini Moo Min to provide him with a first success at Towcester. In that rookie season, Alan also saddled Relkeel to take a third totesport Bula Hurdle at Cheltenham a week after breaking his duck, and the following weekend captured the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot with Anzum, one part of a four-timer. He also sent out Go Ballistic to finish second to See More Business in the Stan James King George VI Chase at Kempton. Alan was only based at Jackdaws Castle, then owned by Colin Smith, until the end of the 1999/2000 season, as there was only a year by year lease available. At that juncture, he moved to the Barbury Castle estate near Marlborough, Wiltshire, which was bought by one of his principal owners, Nigel Bunter, and the trainer has since gone from strength to strength. Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Melling Chase (2008 Voy Por Ustedes), John Smith’s Great Float Social Club Liverpool Hurdle (2008 Blazing Bailey), Silver Cross Handicap Hurdle (2010 Sir Harry Ormesher), John Smith’s Anniversary 4-Y-0 Hurdle (2007 Katchit, 2009 Walkon), Citroen C6 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (2002 Stromness), John Smith’s Liverpool Hurdle (2002 Spendid), John Smith’s HBLB TBA Mares’ Only NH (2005 Senorita Rumbalita), John Smith’s Champion Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (2006 Pangbourne) John Smith’s Red Rum Handicap Chase (2009 Oh Crick) Number of Winners (1999/2000-2008/09): 27; 18; 34; 39; 47; 66; 63; 92; 128; 136; Wins this Season: 68

Winning Jockey: Robert Thornton Date of birth: 14/7/78 Background: Robert Thornton made a big splash in the 1996/7 season when, at the age of 18, he rode a double on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival (King Lucifer in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup and Pharanear in the Gold Card Final), then added two more wins at Aintree (John Smith's Fox Hunters' Chase on Blue Cheek and the Cordon Bleu Handicap Hurdle aboard Shankar) and secured the amateur riders' title. Born on July 14, 1978, Thornton, nicknamed "Chocolate" or "Choc" for short due to his penchant for sweets in his younger days, hails from Leicestershire where his father Martin is a huntsman with the Belvoir and mother Sally trains a couple of point-to-pointers. He worked for the late David Nicholson at Jackdaws Castle after leaving Grantham College at 16 and was later pupil assistant. His first winner under Rules came aboard K C's Dancer at Cheltenham on October 25, 1995. He was the leading conditional rider in the 1997/8 season with 80 wins and has also ridden the winners of four amateur Flat races. After such a flying start, Thornton's career went through something of a lull but after a spell with Kim Bailey he linked up with Alan King at Barbury Castle and the pair have enjoyed great success. Had his hair shaved for charity in June 2007, despite protests from his girlfriend. First Winner Under Rules: K C’s Dancer (Cheltenham, October 25, 1995) Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Melling Chase (2008 Voy Por Ustedes), John Smith’s Great Float Social Club Liverpool Hurdle (2008 Blazing Bailey), John Smith’s Anniversary 4-Y-0 Hurdle (2007 Katchit, 2009 Walkon), Martell Foxhunters’ Chase (Blue Cheek 1997), Cordon Bleu Handicap Hurdle (Shankar 1997), Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (2002 Stromness), Premier Convenience Stores Top Novices’ Hurdle (2004 Royal Shakespeare); John Smith’s Mares Only Nh Flat Race (2005 Senorita Rumbalita), John Smith’s Champion Standard Open NH Flat Race (2006 Pangbourne), John Smith’s Red Rum Handicap Chase (2009 Oh Crick), Silver Cross Handicap Hurdle (2010 Sir Harry Ormesher) Wins (1995/96-2008/09): 3; 30; 71; 37; 23; 40; 56; 50; 73; 97; 73; 99; 105; 119; Wins this Season: 64






















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