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Friday, April 9, 2010


JOHN SMITH’S GRAND NATIONAL MEETING - LADIES’ DAY
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
AINTREE, FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2010

TWO IN - TWO OUT ON THIS MORNING
THE 2010 JOHN SMITH’S GRAND NATIONAL



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), Friday, April 9 (Two reserves utilised) 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/Roger Loughran
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) 0PP/05-0 CERIUM (FR) 9-10-05 Judith Wilson Paul Murphy/Davy Russell
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) 56/-33P5 ROYAL ROSA (FR) 11-10-05 Andrea & Graham Wylie Howard Johnson/Wilson Renwick

Two reserves utilised at 9am today, Friday, April 9, Cerium (no 36) and Royal Rosa (no 40)
NR MR POINTMENT (IRE) 11-10-07 Judith Wilson Paul Murphy
NR ABBEYBRANEY (IRE) 9-10-05 Andrea & Graham Wylie Howard Johnson
NR SILVER BIRCH (IRE(was first reserve) 13-10-05 Brian Walsh (Co. Kildare) Gordon Elliott IRE NON-RUNNER - RUNS TODAY
Reserve four did not get in KNOWHERE (IRE)12-10-04 Raymond Mould Nigel Twiston-Davies


LOUGHRAN TAKES OVER FROM FLOOD ON VIC VENTURI
Jockey Roger Loughran has landed a marvellous spare ride on Vic Venturi in tomorrow’s John Smith’s Grand National, after his colleague Paddy Flood suffered a broken collarbone at Aintree today.


Dessie Hughes, who trains Vic Venturi, said: “We had a couple of options to consider, but we’re going with Roger Loughran.”

Loughran, 30, from Kells, County Meath, has never ridden in the John Smith’s Grand National. He turned professional in 2005 at the age of 26 having joined Hughes’ stable as an amateur four years earlier.


His first victory under Rules came on Kilcullen in a bumper at Kildare, in May 2001. One of his biggest wins to date came on Black Apalachi in last year’s Bobbyjo Chase, while on Central House he won the 2005 runnings of the Fortria Chase and Hilly Way Chase. He also took the Irish Arkle Chase on Schindlers Hunt in 2007.



LAST GASP ENTRIES FOR CERIUM AND ROYAL ROSA

Last minute negotiations this morning between trainers ensured that Cerium and Royal Rosa will take their place in the starting line-up for tomorrow’s John Smith’s Grand National.


In the minutes prior to this morning’s 9am deadline, Gordon Elliott withdrew the first reserve Silver Birch - who will now run in today’s John Smith’s Topham Chase - which allowed Paul Murphy to withdraw Mr Pointment in favour of the second reserve Cerium, which in turn allowed Howard Johnson to withdraw Abbeybraney in favour of the third reserve Royal Rosa.


“It was all done in the last 10 minutes and I’ve got grey lines and look about 70!” said Murphy. “I’ve been talking to Gordon over the past few days and it was down to him that we could do it. We left it to the last minute in case anything else pulled out of the race,” he added.


Cerium, who was fifth in last year’s race, will be ridden by Davy Russell who rang the trainer seeking the ride on the nine-year-old. “It’s hard on Ken [Whelan], who was down to ride Mr Pointment, but Davy is a class rider,” said Murphy.


Like Murphy, Johnson had made it clear all week that, if circumstances provided him with the opportunity he would withdraw Abbeybraney in favour of Royal Rosa.


“We were fortunate to get Royal Rosa in as Abbeybraney didn’t eat a crust last night,” said Johnson, who added that Wilson Renwick would be aboard Royal Rosa.


The official reasons given for withdrawal were: Mr Pointment - vet’s certificate; Abbeybraney - self-certificate, not eaten up.




COLEMAN PASSES DOCTOR

As he expected, Aidan Coleman was passed fit by the doctor at 1pm at Aintree and can take up his three rides at the course this afternoon. He is also set to partner last year’s winner Mon Mome in tomorrow’s John Smith’s Grand National.


Coleman said earlier: “I feel fine, a bit sore but I’m absolutely okay and really looking forward to tomorrow.”

AIDAN COLEMAN: ‘I FEEL FINE’


Jockey Aidan Coleman, who took a nasty tumble from the Venetia-Williams trained Double Handful yesterday, has to pass a doctor’s inspection this morning but feels it is a formality that he will be riding at Aintree today and fulfilling his appointment with last year’s winner Mon Mome in the John’s Smith’s Grand National tomorrow.


Speaking at 11.30 am, Coleman said: “I’m just on my way from the hotel but I’d be very surprised if I don’t pass the doctor.


“I’m feeling fine, a little bit sore but I’m absolutely okay and really looking forward to tomorrow.”


NICHOLLS: ‘ EVERYONE WANTS TO WIN THE NATIONAL’

Looking ahead to Saturday’s big race, the John Smith’s Grand National, Champion trainer Paul Nicholls, the winner of four Cheltenham Gold Cups, admitted: “Everyone wants to win the Grand National and it would be great for the whole team at home, it would mean a lot to them. We’re really looking forward to tomorrow.”

Nicholls indicated that Big Fella Thanks, who finished fifth last year under Christian Williams and will be partnered by Ruby Walsh tomorrow, has been campaigned with the National specifically in mind unlike previous years, saying: “This season has been all about the Grand National for him.”

Walsh rode My Will to third place in 2009 and this time around the Stewart Family’s ten-year-old will be ridden by Nick Schofield. Aon Chase winner Tricky Trickster is the mount of Barry Geraghty while Nozic has the services of last year’s wining rider Liam Treadwell.


Nicholls said: “My Will’s been a bit out of form lately but that’s down to the ground. He needs to jump a lot better than he did last year. Ruby came back looking even greyer than he usually does. Liam Treadwell’s a good lad and obviously he won the race last year. Forget Nozic’s run in the Welsh National - he didn’t go in the ground but he will love this ground and he’ll have an outside chance. Tricky Trickster was disappointing in the Gold Cup but we did not find anything wrong with him afterwards. He is a horse who keeps a bit to himself but on AON form has a good chance.”

Najaf, who is entered in Saturday’s G2 John Smith’s Mersey Novices’ Hurdle, steps back in trip after his run in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham.


“Three miles was a bit far for him last time,” said the trainer. “Two and a half miles will suit him well but he had a hard race at Cheltenham and, as we saw yesterday, that can take its toll.”

Nicholls also has Tataniano in tomorrow’s John Smith’s Maghull Novices’ Chase and said of his chances: “He was bitterly disappointing last time at Newbury but he loves this time of year and this ground. He’s got to improve on that form but he definitely has a chance and this ground is perfect for him.”

Champion Hurdle fourth Celestial Halo makes what may be his last appearance over hurdles in the John Smith’s Dick Francis Aintree Hurdle tomorrow and will be aimed at novice chases next season.


Nicholls said: “He won’t mind the ground but he ran a shocking race here last year. I haven’t done a lot with him since Cheltenham, just kept him fresh and we’ll ride a normal race with him tomorrow, he won’t charge off in front.”


TOTESPORT PREDICT A RACEDAY PLUNGE

Totesport spokesman George Primarolo, expecting a bonanza betting day in tomorrow’s glorious (predicted) sunshine, is convinced that all the cards have not yet been played in the John Smith’s Grand National betting.


“We’ve seen a number of serious gambles already, but you can be sure on the morning of the race there will be a few surprises in store. This week Flintoff has been supported from 100/1 to 50/1 and, with Freddie sure to be at Aintree, the money could keep coming. But it could easily be another outsider that punters have not even considered,” said Primarolo.


In the history of the betting for this year’s John Smith’s Grand National, the consistent factor has been Big Fella Thanks, who was sixth in last year’s race and is now carrying three pounds less. He has been fancied to give champion trainer Paul Nicholls his first success in the race almost since the betting opened. The eight-year-old, now a solid 15/2 with totesport, has seen off all contenders at the head of the market.


The Dessie Hughes-trained Black Apalachi, who tipped up at the 22nd fence last year, was vying with Big Fella Thanks for favouritism in the early markets, but is now joint second favourite at 12/1 alongside last year’s winner Mon Mome. The Venetia Williams-trained Mon Mome was on offer at 25/1 with totesport until he powered up the Cheltenham hill to snatch third place in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup.


The Package and Arbor Supreme have both been well supported even though discarded by Timmy Murphy and AP McCoy respectively. They are 14/1 joint third favourites with totesport.


A victory for Character Building, from the John Quinn yard, would delight new owners, David and Patricia Thomson of the Cheveley Park Stud, who recently bought the horse. They bought Party Politics shortly before his victory in 1992 (also an election year). Character Building was popular with totesport before Nina Carberry was named as the rider on Wednesday and that support has continued, with the horse just 16/1 now.


They are the market leaders with totesport, but discount the rest at your peril. Last year, Mon Mome was 100/1 on the book and paid £158.40 on the tote. Another Mon Mome could be lurking.




STAR SIGNS OF THE 2010 JOHN SMITH’S GRAND NATIONAL RUNNERS

Taurus (April 21 - May 21)
Beat The Boys (April 23)
Big Fella Thanks (April 28)
Can’t Buy Time (April 29)
Character Building (April 23)
Comply Or Die (May 11)
Conna Castle (April 30)
Hello Bud (April 24)
Irish Raptor (April 22)
King Johns Castle (April 26)
Madison Du Berlais (April 28)
Maljimar (May 5)
Mon Mome (April 29)
Niche Market (April 25)
Palypso De Creek (May 3)
Vic Venturi (May 18)

Aries (March 21 - April 20)
Backstage (April 17)
Black Apalachi (April 13)
Dream Alliance (March 23)
Ellerslie George (April 15)
Eric’s Charm (March 23)
Flintoff (March 28)
My Will (March 31)
Nozic (April 14)
Ollie Magern (April 12)
Piraya (April 6)
Snowy Morning (April 17)
The Package (March 22)

Gemini (May 22 - June 21)
Ballyfitz (May 27)
Don’t Push It (June 6)
Joe Lively (June 2)
Pablo Du Charmil (May 28)
Tricky Trickster (June 14)

Pisces (February 20 - March 20)
Arbor Supreme (March 5)
Ballyholland (March 15)
Cerium (February 24)

Aquarius (January 21 - February 19)
Cloudy Lane (February 18)
Made In Taipan (February 10)
Royal Rosa (February 19)
State Of Play (February 12)

Cancer (June 22-July 23)
Preists Leap (June 26)

2010 JOHN SMITH’S GRAND NATIONAL TRIVIA

Oldest horse: 12yo Ollie Magern (born April 12, 1998, 12 days before Hello Bud).

Youngest horse: 7yo Tricky Trickster (born June 14, 2003)
Most experienced horse: Ollie Magern 53 races (12 wins)
Least experienced horse: Tricky Trickster - 9 runs (4 wins)
Fewest victories: Niche Market - 2 wins (19 races)
Biggest money spinner: Comply Or Die (career winnings of £798,008)
Still paying his way: Backstage (career winnings of £77,169)
Most expensive horse (bought at public auction): Royal Rosa 340,000gns (May 2003, Doncaster Bloodstock Sales)
Horses trained in Ireland: 10
Former winners: Comply Or Die 2008. Mon Mome 2009.

Greys: Beat The Boys, Character Building, King Johns Castle, Piraya
Mares: None
Aiding and betting: Cheekpieces - Madison Du Berlais, Black Apalachi, Dream Alliance, Ellerslie George. Blinkers - Comply Or Die, Preists Leap, Flintoff. Tongue-strap - Nozic, Pablo Du Charmil, Piraya, Hello Bud
Googling a runner: King Johns Castle; a castle, built on the orders of King John and completed around 1200 on the southern bank of the River Shannon in County Limerick. It was severely damaged in 1642 by Garret Barry, leader of an Irish confederate force, who laid siege to the castle, not with artillery, but by undermining a wall which collapsed.

John Smith’s Grand National virgin jockeys: Danny Cook (Pablo Du Charmil), Brian Hughes (Beat The Boys), Sean Flanagan (Conna Castle), Richie McLernon (Can’t Buy Time), Tom Molloy (Ollie Magern), Tom Siddall (Palypso De Creek), Harry Skelton (Niche Market), Sam Twiston-Davies (Hello Bud)
Oldest John Smith’s Grand National virgin jockey: Tom Siddall (32). Born Aug 13, 1977
John Smith’s Grand National virgin trainers: Bob Buckler (Niche Market), John Quinn (Character Building), Charlie Longsdon (Palypso De Creek), Colin McBratney (Ballyholland), Nick Mitchell (Ellerslie George)
Longest trying trainer: Arthur Moore (first runner 1982: 14 runners, no winners)
Good bet to get round: Niall Madden - three rides, three completions (1st, 6th, 8th). Rides Made In Taipan.

Most experienced John Smith’s Grand National jockey: Tony McCoy 14 rides (no wins)
100% record: Liam Treadwell - one ride, one win (Mon Mome 2009)
Past winners: Paul Carberry (1999, Bobbyjo), Ruby Walsh (2000, Papillon, 2005 Hedgehunter), Barry Geraghty (2003, Montys Pass), Graham Lee (2004 Amberleigh House), Niall Madden (2006, Numbersixvalverde), Timmy Murphy (2008, Comply Or Die), Liam Treadwell (2009, Mon Mome)
Amateur riders: Nina Carberry, Sam Twiston-Davies
Oldest rider: Paul Carberry (36). Born Feb 9, 1974
Youngest rider: Sam Twiston-Davies (17years and 146 days). Born 15/10/1992. Youngest Grand National winner Bruce Hobbs (born 27/12/1920) was 17years and 88 days.

Siblings: Paul & Nina Carberry
Cousins: Paul Townend & Davy Condon
Notable absentees: jockeys Richard Johnson, Choc Thornton, Sam Thomas (injured)





SELL-OUT CROWD FOR LADIES DAY


There was a sell-out crowd for this year's Ladies' Day, the second day of the John Smith's Grand National meeting.


The crowd figure was 53,654, a 5.5% increase on last year's attendance of 50,722.


Julian Thick, managing director of Aintree racecourse, said: "It is great news that the attendance at the first two days of the John Smith's Grand National meeting has been up.


"Ladies' Day at Aintree has always been very popular and it is testament to the day's success that we had a sell-out crowd."

On a beautifully sunny day, there were over 2,000 entries for the John Smith's Grand National style competition. The winner, from the five finalists, will be announced tomorrow at 12:30pm.



SELECTIVE WATERING FOR NATIONAL COURSE AHEAD OF BIG DAY


After two drying days at the John Smith’s Grand National meeting Aintree Clerk of the Course Andrew Tulloch plans to water overnight ahead of the final day.


Tulloch said: “On the Grand National course I’ll be watering the 13th and 14th fences after the Melling Road crossing and the Mildmay and Hurdles courses will also be watered.


“We’re moving on to fresh ground tomorrow so this is really just to maintain conditions. Overall I’m happy with the ground.”

Today’s going was GOOD on the Mildmay and Hurdles courses.


The Grand National course was GOOD TO SOFT.





GOING NEWS AT 1PM

The going remains:

Grand National course - Good to soft
with a GoingStick reading of 5.6

Mildmay & Hurdle courses - Good
with GoingStick readings of 6.6 and 6.0 respectively

Andrew Tulloch, Aintree’s Clerk of the Course, said: “We are likely to water the Mildmay & Hurdle courses after racing today as well as around fences 13 and 14 of the Grand National course to maintain the ground because the waether is forecast to be fine for the rest of today and tomorrow.”

Following a dry night, the going ahead of day two of the John Smith’s Grand National meeting has changed to:

Mildmay and Hurdle Courses - Good

Grand National Course - Good to Soft

The going has changed from Good, Good to Soft in Places, on the Mildmay and Hurdle Courses and Good to Soft, Soft in Places, on the Grand National Course.


All bends were moved in on the Mildmay and Hurdle Courses to provide fresh racing ground and they will be moved in again after racing tonight.


If required, the Mildmay and Hurdle Courses will be watered later.


Today’s forecast is to be dry overnight with cloudy periods in the afternoon and a temperature of 14/15 degrees.


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



STYLE 10 FINALISTS REVEALED

The finalists for the Style 10 competition have been revealed.

The winner of this event, which is supported by Aintree’s official partner Mattalan, will be revealed in the winner’s enclosure at 12.30pm tomorrow by Coleen Rooney.


The finalists are:

Daniel Wood - a 20-year-old from Liverpool. His outfit included a three-piece tweed suit and bow tie.


Sophie Fairclough - a 20-year-old from Formby. She wore an emerald green Suzannah dress.

Faye Currie - a 21-year-old from Ainsdale. She wore a vintage gingham dress.


Sam Stonehouse - a 23-year-old from Maghull. She wore a 50s inspired cherry print skirt and top.


Faith Amond - a 57-year-old from Lincoln. Her outfit included a Philip Treacy hat.



The prizes for the Style 10 contest include:

- A brand new Kia Venga 1, worth £12,000

- A Matalan photo shoot styled by international fashion designer Jeff Banks, including a professional portfolio, dinner at The Ivy and a night in a luxury hotel.


- £500 worth of Matalan vouchers.


- A premium all-inclusive 10 night Almond Resorts holiday for two to Barbados.


- A £500 totepool bet on the John Smith’s Grand National.


- Goodies from Cricket and Benefit.


- Two tickets to the Official John Smith’s Grand National Winner’s Party at Alma de Cuba.







G4S Leading Jockey Award
Second Day Standings

Jockey 1st 2nd 3rd
Barry Geraghty 3 1 -
Tony McCoy 2 1 1
Ruby Walsh 2 - 3
Robert Thornton 1 1 -
Mr Michael Byrne 1 - -
Davy Condon 1 - -
Dougie Costello 1 - -
Brian Hughes 1 - -
Sean Quinlan 1 - -
Mr Tom Weston 1 - -
Richard Johnson - 1 2
Mattie Batchelor - 1 -
Mr Alan Berry - 1 -
Tom O’Brien - 1 -
Conor O’Farrell - 1 -
Andrew McNamara - 1 -
Mr Patrick Mullins - 1 -
Davy Russell - 1 -
Andrew Thornton - 1 -
Paul Townend - 1 -
Charlie Poste - 1 -
Joe Tizzard - - 2
Paddy Brennan - - 1
Paul Carberry - - 1
Jason Maguire - - 1
Mr Ryan Mahon - - 1
Denis O’Regan - - 1
Mr Sam Waley-Cohen - - 1



Leading Trainer Award
Second Day Standings

Trainer 1st 2nd 3rd
Nicky Henderson 3 - -
Jonjo O’Neill 2 1 1
Paul Nicholls 2 - 4
Peter Bowen 2 1 -
Milton Harris 1 - -
Alan King 1 - -
Dr Richard Newland 1 - -
Michael Smith 1 - -
Ian Williams 1 - 1
Willie Mullins IRE - 2 -
Caroline Bailey - 1 -
Mark Bradstock - 1 -
Ben Case - 1 -
Tom Cooper IRE - 1 -
Rebecca Curtis - 1 -
John Hanlon IRE - 1 -
Philip Hobbs - 1 -
Henrietta Knight - 1 -
Colin McBratney IRE - 1 -
Evan Williams - 1 -
Colin Tizzard - - 2
Henry Daly - - 1
Tom George - - 1
Donald McCain jnr - - 1
Noel Meade IRE - - 1
Nicky Richards - - 1
David Staddon - - 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

FRIDAY’S WINNERS

2.00pm John Smith's Top Novices' Hurdle (Grade Two)
GENERAL MILLER (Henry Ponsonby) Nicky Henderson 5-11-4 Barry Geraghty 7/1

2.35pm matalan.co.uk Mildmay Novices' Chase (Grade Two)
BURTON PORT (IRE) (Trevor Hemmings) Nicky Henderson 6-11-4 Barry Geraghty 9/2

3.10pm John Smith's Melling Chase (Grade One)
ALBERTAS RUN (IRE) (Trevor Hemmings) Jonjo O'Neill 9-11-10 Tony McCoy 8/1

3.45pm John Smith's Topham Chase (Listed Handicap)
ALWAYS WAINING (IRE) (Mr & Mrs Peter Douglas) Peter Bowen 9-10-0p Brian Hughes 22/1

4.20pm John Smith's Sefton Novices' Hurdle (Grade One)
WAYWARD PRINCE (T J & Hillary Parrott) Ian Williams 6-11-4 Dougie Costello 9/1

4.55pm John Smith's Smithythehorse.com Handicap Hurdle (Grade Three)
RINGAROSES (Mrs Nicholas Jones/Martin Broughton) Jonjo O'Neill 9-11-0t Tony McCoy 10/1

5.30pm John Smith's Mares' Standard Open NH Flat Race (Listed)
BIG TIME BILLY (IRE) (R Bryan) Peter Bowen 4-10-5 Mr Michael Byrne (7) 28/1




FIRST RACE WINNING QUOTES
JOHN SMITH’S TOP NOVICES’ HURDLE (GRADE 2)

MILLER FLOORS MENORAH

The Nicky Henderson-trained General Miller may have got no further than the first obstacle in the Spinal Research Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham last month but he bounced back in style to beat the winner that day, Menorah, when winning today’s John Smith’s Top Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree.


“It was the first race, first hurdle and bang at Cheltenham but this went a bit better,” said Henderson. “We have spent a lot of the winter trying to buck his jumping up, which he did today as he jumped really slickly.


“It was just bad luck at Cheltenham - to fall at the first in the very first race is how to open the Festival! It was bad luck on Andrew (Tinkler) and just one of those things. He has jumped really well today because it hasn’t been his strongest suit all the way through the winter.


“We took him twice last week to Marcus Foley’s place to loose school him and try to get his jumping into shape. He hasn’t found it that easy but he is learning.


“It was brave for a baby because he has only had four runs over hurdles, including a fall, and a couple of bumpers. He lacks that bit of experience, in fairness they all do, but it was great to get up. I thought that we had done well to finish second jumping the last but he does stay - we actually tried him over two and a half miles once earlier on in the year but it looked like he didn’t get it.


“He was brave for a baby as he’s only had four runs and just lacks that bit of experience. The novices have been good all year and they have helped each other. When you get a good batch they bring each other on as they have to keep up with themselves.


“While the likes of Finian’s Rainbow, Quantitativeeasing and Bellvano will be going chasing next season, General Miller isn’t a natural chaser so will have to stick to the hurdle route which won’t be easy.”




Race 1 John Smith’s Top Novices’ Hurdle - Winning Quotes

GERAGHTY THOUGHT HE WOULD GET THERE

General Miller came with a great run under Barry Geraghty from the last to collar Menorah by a neck in the opening Grade One John Smith’s Top Novices’ Hurdle.


He said: “I thought that when we squared up to Menorah at the third last and jumped it well that I always had enough horse to beat him. My lad was just a little bit slow at the second last but I was running at Menorah going to the last and attacked the last, which I winged. I felt that I was always getting there.

“Menorah has picked up well in the straight but I suppose he had a hard race at Cheltenham, when my horse fell at the first.


“It’s beautiful ground out there - it’s drying but it is not getting quick. It will be getting quick tomorrow but it is beautiful jumping ground and there are no real excuses for any horse. They have done a great job.”

Successful owner Henry Ponsonby added: “He is a very good horse and I love the family.


“When he fell at the first at Cheltenham it was very character building. As a seasoned professional, I am used to things like that happening but for some first-time owners involved in the syndicate it was a very deflating experience.

“I thought we would give Menorah a race today, as they said in Nicky’s yard that he was better than Oscar Whisky, who was fourth to Menorah at Cheltenham.

“I was’t optimistic he would get up today but I did know he would get the trip and stay on well. He has tremendous class.


“He has some quotes for the Champion Hurdle next year but I think that’s a bit silly as I think he might well go chasing.”





First race placed quotes
John Smith’s Top Novices’ Hurdle

NO COMPLAINTS FROM HOBBS
AFTER MENORAH DEFEAT

Cheltenham Festival winner Menorah was beaten but only narrowly in the opening race of the second day of the John Smith’s Grand National meeting.


The Philip Hobbs-trained five-year-old, who was successful in last month’s Spinal Research Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, led before the last but was caught in the final strides by General Miller, who had unseated at the first flight when Menorah won at Cheltenham. A neck separated the pair.


Hobbs, who reported that his John Smith’s Grand National runner Dream Alliance remains in good health, was philosophical about Menorah’s defeat, and said: “He’s run extremely well, but found one too good.


“In an ideal world, he would not have been in front for quite so long, but that’s the way the race worked out.


“I would think that’s it for the season, because Punchestown is only ten days away, so it’s unrealistic to think we’ll take him there. He’s only five, a young horse.


“At the moment, we can say we’ll be taking the Champion Hurdle route next year.”


First race - The John Smith’s Top Novices’ Hurdle - placed quotes

McCAIN PLEASED WITH
‘FUN HORSE’

Five-year-old Inventor has recently been bought by The MerseyClyde Partnership and the big bunch of happy locals had plenty to cheer about when the Alzao gelding battled home to take third.


Trainer Donald McCain Jr said: “We’re delighted. The lads have just taken him on because John Glews was selling him and a lot of them are from this area. We thought he’d run well today and he has.

“He’ll learn a lot from this - he just got outpaced early on. We made a bit too much use of him at Cheltenham - he’s just a really grand tough little horse and we’re going to have a lot of fun with him.”

Paul Nicholls, trainer of 4/1 second favourite Escort’men, who finished sixth, said: “At Kempton last time out it was soft that day and they went too fast and it fell in his lap a bit. Today he was a bit keen and they went a bit fast for him. He’ll probably need two and a half miles next year.”


GOING AFTER THE FIRST


Barry Geraghty, jockey of the 7/1 winner General Miller, described the ground as “Lovely.”

Richard Johnson, partner of the neck second Menorah, said: “It is good ground but slow in places.”

Jason Maguire, rider of the 11-length third Inventor, said: “Good ground. It is not much quicker than yesterday.”

Tom Scudamore, partner of Dan Breen, said: “It is good ground and getting quicker all the time.”

Adam Pogson, rider of Moonstreaker, said: “It lovely nice ground.”

Denis O’Regan, rider of Washington Irving, said: “I would say it has dried a bit since yesterday.”

Ruby Walsh, partner of Escort’men, said: “Good ground.”

AP McCoy, jockey of La Sarrazine, said: “It has dried out a bit.”



Second race - The matalan.co.uk Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase - winner’s quotes

QUICKFIRE DOUBLE FOR HENDERSON AS BURTON OBLIGES

Six-year-old Burton Port may have been the stable’s third string when heading to the Cheltenham Festival but he has proved that he deserves to be considered as one of Nicky Henderson’s leading lights after his victory in the matalan.co.uk Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase. The trainer sent out Mad Max to win yesterday and also took the opening race on Ladies’ Day with General Miller.


“He’s a smashing horse,” said a beaming Henderson. “Mad Max yesterday is as big as they get but this one is the complete opposite, he’s only a little person. He must have the biggest heart because he’s been on the go all season and ran at Cheltenham (where he was runner-up in the RSA Chase).


“I thought he’d probably had enough after Cheltenham but Trevor (Hemmings) loves this place so he always had to come here. It’s surprised me, what he’s risen to this year, but you never know, he could keep going. His enthusiasm for life is unbelievable - all he does is try to run away with his ride every day.”

The trainer added: “I’m very sad Trevor can’t be here. There was no point in me saying the horse couldn’t come here as I knew straight after Cheltenham he’d be coming here. But he’s never flinched once all season. To begin with we just thought he was a very nice little horse but he actually came out of the Cheltenham race the best of our three and after that he deserved to win this. They’ve got to be tough to do it but his stamina kicked in.”

Barry Geraghty made it two wins from two races on Ladies’ Day and with a win and a second from the last two races on Thursday is compiling an enviable sequence. But it wasn’t all plain sailing on Burton Port.


He explained: “On one fence down the back, I chased him up for a long one and in the last stride and he came out of my hands early and I lost a stirrup. They are big fences round here. He has run well at Ascot and Cheltenham but I think that those on the Mildmay course are the biggest fences in England. During the race I said to Ruby that I thought that my lad was having a long season and he wasn’t really going and he agreed with me on his mount. But half a second later, I said that it was just that the fences were bigger - I was having to ask my horse for more of an effort and ask more questions than I would normally.
“He is going the right way - he kept winning and was second at Cheltenham, which was a great run. It’’s been great work by Nicky but great work by the horse as well - he hasn’’t had overly hard races but he has been in every cock-fight.”





Race 2 - matalan.co.uk Mildmay Novices’ Chase - Placed Quotes

ISLAND DELIGHTS CASE

Trainer Ben Case was understandably delighted with the effort of 33/1 shot Dance Island, the three and a quarter length runner-up behind Burton Port in the Grade Two matalan.co.uk Novices’ Chase.


The trainer said: “I am delighted. We knew we were coming here today as the total outsider, but he has to go left handed and the strong gallop has helped him. He won well at Warwick but was disappointing at Leicester last time.


“He showed resilience today and it is great for a small yard like ours to have a horse like him. Although he is by Turtle Island, he is a good moving horse and the ground was perfect today.


“I don’t have any immediate plans as to where he goes next. He is entered at Cheltenham next week, but that was only really under consideration if something happened here today and it is highly unlikely he will run there.”




Second race placed quotes
matalan.co.uk Mildmay Novices’ Chase

THIRD-LAST BLUNDER COSTS THE BREEZE

Stepping up in distance proved no problem for matalan.co.uk Mildmay Novices’ Chase challenger Take The Breeze, although a blunder three fences out did the grey no favours.


Paul Nicholls was taking plenty of plusses out of the contest after Take The Breeze finished third to Burton Port, and the Somerset-based trainer said: “You watch the replay and see the mistake at the third-last and it could be argued he was unlucky. Ruby said he decided to switch in to get a bit of cover he was going so well, but then made a mistake and from there he stayed on.


“He was going too well. Ruby said he probably should have stayed outside, but ducked him in when he didn’t need to.

“It was a very encouraging run for his first time over a trip - there’s a valuable race at Perth over three miles and he thrives on racing, so I might think about that after talking to the owners [Graham and Jan Calder]. It will be harder for him next year.”


Pogson suspended for three days

Adam Pogson, who rode last placed Moonstreaker in the opening event, the John Smith’s Top Novices’ Hurdle Race, was found to have used his whip when out of contention.


Pogson was suspended for three days - April 23 to 25 inclusive.






THIRD RACE WINNING QUOTES
JOHN SMITH’S MELLING CHASE (GRADE 1)

ALBERTAS CONTINUES WINNING RUN

Albertas Run followed up his impressve Ryanair Chase win at Cheltenham with an impressive victory in today’s John Smith’s Melling Chase, coming home with three and a quarter to lengths to spare over Forpadydeplasterer.


“He’s just come right this spring and is in great form with himself,” said winning trainer Jonjo O’Neill. “He missed one down the back straight but otherwise everything went great and, although Forpadydeplasterer was cruising when they jumped the second last together I thought he would keep going and the others would have to pull out all the stops.


“Good ground is very important to him and so that had really come right for him.


“It never really entered my head to worry that he’d been to Cheltenham as well because he was in great order. A P knows him so well, they are a brilliant combination.”

McCOY’S JOHN SMITH GRAND NATIONAL CHOICE WAS NOT EASY


Champion jockey Tony McCoy admitted that it was not an easy choice picking his mount for the John Smith’s Grand National, a race he will be bidding to win for a first time at the 15th attempt.

Owner J P McManus, who retains McCoy, has four runners in tomorrow’s big race and it was not until yesterday that he picked the Jonjo O’Neill-trained Don’t Push It.


“It was a very tough decision,” said McCoy. “J P has four runners. Of them, King Johns Castle has not performed since he was second in the National a couple of years ago, his form has been disappointing.


“Arbor Supreme is the shortest of J P’s in the betting, which probably reflects his recent form, but I’m just not sure that he is an ideal National-type horse.


“Don’t Push It is classy with loads of ability but unfortunately he never runs two races the same. But he won at the meeting and just has a bit more class than Can’t Buy Time and if he shows up on the day he could run a real good race.


“Can’t Buy Time would be the best ride to get round even though he fell last year. If I wanted a nice safe ride that would take me round then I would have picked him and although he didn’t seem to stay four miles at Cheltenham last year he is a year older now.


“From a public perception, the John Smith’s Grand National is the greatest horse race of the year so from that point of view you would love to win it. But you only get one chance a year and I’m sure if you asked every jockey to pick one horse now most of them would choose the wrong one. You only have to look at Mon Mome winning at 100/1 last year to see what can happen.”




Third race win quotes
John Smith’s Melling Chase

‘GOOD GROUND KEY TO ALBERTAS’ SAYS McCOY

Cheltenham Festival form took a battering throughout the first day and a half of the John Smith’s Grand National meeting, but Albertas Run put the record straight in style under champion jockey Tony McCoy.


Albertas Run won the Ryanair Chase last month and today landed the John Smith’s Melling Chase, beating Forpadydeplasterer and Monets Garden by three and a quarter lengths and one and a quarter lengths.


McCoy, who rode the Jonjo O’Neill-trained chaser close to the pace set by Monets Garden, said: “I feel he’s a horse that likes a bit of room and doesn’t like to be crowded, and he’s won an RSA Chase so we know he stays. The idea was to go as fast as we dared go without going too fast. He jumped brilliantly except for the last fence down the back, but I knew when I came round the bend for the third last I was in a good position, even though you never want to assume anything.


“I had two speed horses behind me in Forpadydeplasterer and Kalahari King [who had in fact fallen] and I just hoped I had enough left if I got in a battle. At the second-last we were flat to the boards but by the last I thought ‘they won’t get past me now’. He’s a right little horse and I never thought they were going to beat m

“Good ground is a huge help to him - he’s a really confident horse on good ground. When it gets a bit soft he loses that spring going to a fence and finds it hard work. On good ground he’s loads of bottle and really attacks it for you and that’s when he’s at his very best.


“It’s always a worry coming on from Cheltenham when running in Grade One races that are close together but there were no other real fresh horses in there except for Monet’s Garden, who ran well.


“Since he dropped back in trip I’ve ridden him more aggressively and he’s shown a lot of pace, which he didn’t do before. He’s had a Timeform squiggle (suggesting he is ungenuine) but he doesn’t deserve that.”

Ferdy Murphy, the trainer of faller Kalahari King, said of the gelding: “He’s fine, there’s not a mark on him”.



Race 3: John Smith’s Melling Chase - Second Place Quotes

FOR PADY THE PRIZE IS ELUSIVE

Forpadydeplasterer has compiled a sequence his trainer Thomas Cooper would rather hadn’t happened. In his four outings this season prior to the John Smith’s Melling Chase he had finished second each time.


It was the same medicine here with the doughty eight-year-old just failing to match Albertas’ Run, going down by three and a quarter lengths, for yet another second place.


“No excuses. There’s nothing he could have done better today, he’s just unlucky. He’s a good, good horse,” said the trainer Thomas Cooper.


“They went very, very quick early on and Davy [Russell] took his time and got him into a lovely rhythm. Right down to the last when we were within half a length of him [Alberta’s Run], I thought we had a chance,” he added.


Brian Cooper, of the owners, the Goat Syndicate, added: “I was looking at the runners and they’ve won four million pounds between them. This was a very serious race. I think we’ve got three or more good years in Paddy. He still only eight and he’s lightly raced - he hasn’t got a lot of miles on the clock - and there’s still some scope.”

The trainer confirmed that the horse will not go to Punchestown. “That’ll be it for now,” he said.



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

MORE FOR MONET’S

Monet’s Garden, now a 12-year-old and running in his second John Smith’s Melling Chase, ran another superb race as he was just thee and a half lengths behind Albertas Run in this year’s renewal of the £175,000 Grade One contest. He previously won this race in 2007.


The popular grey led for much of the two mile, five furlong contest and jumped with his usual boldness. Despite being headed approaching the last, he rallied gamely in the closing stages.


Trainer Nicky Richards said of the 15/2 chance: “Richard (Johnson) said he was like a bull going round there today and he has run a tremendous race today.


“I just hope I don’t read in the racing press that it is time for him to be retired! He has had a great season and when he got beat at Ascot in November it was purely my fault.


“My father trained some super old grey horses, including Better Times Ahead who broke two track records as a 15-year-old and Monet’s Garden will carry on racing. When he he doesn’t want to keep going round, he will tell us.”

Tom George, trainer of fourth-placed Tartak, said: "He’s run a tremendous race - it was very fast and he put in a strong run in a competitive field. It was a privilege to be there and to be in with a chance at the second-last. It’s great to be a part of it all.

"It’s been a difficult season for him and we haven’t actually won with him but he’s run some gallant races - it’s always difficult from novice chasing to step up into the next level but I feel he’s a horse with improvement to come."







SUSPECTED BROKEN COLLARBONE FOR FLOOD

Paddy Flood has a suspected broken collarbone after Schindlers Hunt fell at the third fence in the John Smith’s Melling Chase. More news on Flood, who is set to ride Vic Venturi in the John Smith’s Grand National tomorrow, to come.


Schindlers Hunt fractured his near foreleg in the fall and was humanely put down.




Fourth race winner’s quotes
John Smith’s Topham Chase

WAINING TOP IN TOPHAM FOR DOUGLAS AND BOWEN

West Wales-based trainer Peter Bowen saddled Always Waining, the runaway winner of the John Smith’s Topham Chase, at Aintree today. Twelve months ago the horse had finished fourth in the same race.


Ridden by Brian Hughes in the colours of Mr and Mrs Peter Douglas, Always Waining clocked a time of 5mins 26.9secs, more than 17 seconds quicker than Silver Adonis achieved in yesterday’s John Smith’s Fox Hunters’ Chase.


Bowen said: “That’s unbelievable - my heart’s still up in the air somewhere. He’s run a lovely race, but he loves this place and was running off a nice weight, so it was all in his favour.


“He ran well here last year off a 12lb higher mark so he was entitled to put up a good show.”

Always Waining has often worn blinkers in the past, but today he was equipped with cheekpieces. Bowen said: “I don’t think that made any difference to him - he’s been running on soft ground, which doesn’t suit him, but today’s good ground was what he wants.”

Karen Bowen, Peter’s wife, added: “A lot of people had written him off but I really had confidences in him because he ran really well round here last year, finishing fourth, and he jumps absolutely brilliantly. I knew that the big fences would bring a revival but I didn’t think that it would bring that much of a revival back to him.

“He was really well handicapped - he was running off 12lb less than last year - but he hadn’t been running up to form.”

Peter Bowen and Peter Douglas have disagreed in the past about the horse’s prospects if lining up in the John Smith’s Grand National, and it seems likely to be a theme in the future. Bowen said: “They are good owners, love the horse and really look after him. Two days ago they weren’t keen to run here, but I told them he had come right in the past fortnight and to let him take his chance. He’ll go out in a field next week for a summer break, but I’d love to get him into the National next year. I think he’ll get the trip.”

Douglas, who lives in Uttoxeter and is chairman of an engineering company, said: “I didn’t fancy him at all. Everyone I’ve spoken to today I’ve told them ‘don’t back him, he’s here for fun’. We’ve come for a fun day out and won the Topham, but it’s the ground that’s made the difference. He jumps so well off good ground. He didn’t have his ground last year, but today was our day.


“He won’t get the distance in the National - Peter wants to run him in it and I won’t let him. We tried him in the Midlands National, but anything over three miles two furlongs he won’t get. He’ll come back here for the Topham next year if the ground is right.”



The John Smith’s Topham Chase - winner’s quotes


HUGHES IN THE SPOTLIGHT AHEAD OF HIS FIRST NATIONAL RIDE

Northern-based jockey Brian Hughes is set to have his first ride in the John Smith’s Grand National tomorrow aboard Beat The Boys and he had the perfect rehearsal for the big race when sailing to a 12-length victory on Always Waining in the John Smith’s Topham Chase.


He said: “This horse was fourth in this race last year and he was 12lbs lower today. Sometimes with older chasers coming round here brings the best out of them. Peter Bowen is a very shrewd man as everyone knows and when he said he had him spot on you can go out there with a lot of confidence.”

Hughes, who was having his fourth ride around the National fences, added: “It’s my first ride in the National tomorrow so today couldn’t have gone any better. I sat second all the way. Frankie Figg is a decent horse and he can trap along but my little horse kept galloping and he always keeps a little bit for himself so he was always going to get home. It’s all down to him. He’s not very big but he’s really brave.

“I wasn’t surprised at how well he was going because he had that much less weight and he was in contention last year when he made a bad blunder. Peter Bowen has done some training performance and I’m just the lucky one who gets a brilliant spare ride.

“To win here round the National fences is just amazing. I want to just get round safe and sound tomorrow - as we all know the National’s a lottery.”



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

MULLINS EYEING 2011 NATIONAL FOR SCOTS AND GATE

Trainer Willie Mullins was very pleased with the efforts of top-weight Scotsirish and Dooneys Gate, who finished second and fourth respectively in the John Smith’s Topham Chase over the Grand National fences. The County Carlow handler has his eyes set on the 2011 renewal of the John Smith’s Grand National for the duo.


Mullins said: “I am delighted with Scotsirish and Dooneys Gate, they were both terrific.

“Scotsirish carried top weight and Dooneys Gate made a bad mistake four or five out, but after those performances today, I would not be afraid to enter them both in the National next year. The course certainly holds no fear for them.


“I am just disappointed for Katie Walsh who rode our other runner, Pomme Tiepy, as she fell at the first! She met it right and had plenty of daylight but just crumpled on landing.”

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s John Smith’s Grand National, in which Mullins saddles Arbor Supreme and Snowy Morning, the trainer continued: “Both horses are fit and well, and we have had no setbacks at all. The ground should also be perfect for them both.”




Race 4: John Smith’s Topham Handicap Chase - Third Place Quotes

ISN’T THAT LUCKY PUTS CHELTENHAM BEHIND HIM

Isn’t That Lucky wasn’t so lucky at Cheltenham when he fell two out in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase last month when in third place, but there was no such error on the far more difficult Grand National fences, and the seven-year-old just pipped Dooney’s Gate to gain third place, 20 lengths behind the winner Always Waining.


The horse is owned by Dominic and Valda Burke, who bred champion hurdle winner Katchit. “He been so bad with his wind and had the big operation last November and then we didn’t know if it worked or not because he fell two from home at Cheltenham,” said Valda.


“It was a great performance. I think the horse enjoyed it as much as the jockey,” added her husband Dominic.


Trainer Jonjo O’Neill said: “Sam [Waley-Cohen] gave him a great ride and everything went right. Brilliant.”

Waley-Cohen said: “I was carrying two pounds overweight, I just couldn’t get it off. Jonjo called me yesterday and said did I want to ride. Normally it would take 10 days to do that sort of weight [9st 11lb], so it’s been a lean twenty-four hours.


“But he’s run a brilliant race and I don’t think the two pounds made any difference, he was never going to get the first two,” he said.

GOING UPDATE

Jockeys riding in the John Smith’s Topham Chase, over the course that will be used in tomorrow’s John Smith’s Grand National, felt that the ground was riding good or slightly softer.
Paul Townend: “It’s just on the slow side of good.”
Davy Russell: “Good”
Ruby Walsh: “It’s good ground”
Mr Sam Waley-Cohen: “Good, it’s no slower than that.”
Brian Harding: “It’s good, good to soft.”
Philip Hide: “It felt lovely ground.”



John Smith’s Topham Chase

UNLUCKY RENWICK

Wilson Renwick, whose mount Frankie Figg led until unseating him at the second last fence, commented: “I had a great ride off him. I thought that I had every chance - he was still picking up - but unfortunately I think he put down, got in a bit tight and put the back end up too high.

“He is a very bold horse and everything about him is very bold. You are better off asking big questions rather than trying to get him to go in close to his fences because that is when the problems happen.


“I was happy with him before he fell. I got a breather into him coming along the side and Brian (Hughes on the winner Always Waining) came to me but I was still travelling and was picking up.

“It is still a long way to go from the second but I was happy with how I was going at the time.

“He has been very unlucky. He has fallen three times and it is not often that you look forward to riding a horse like that again, but I would love to ride him again.”


John Smith’s Topham Chase

PRUDENT HONOUR & PLAISIR D’ESTRUVAL

Prudent Honour and Plaisir D’Estruval both unfortunately had fatal falls at Valentine’s (13th fence from the start).




Race 5 - John Smith’s Sefton Novices’ Hurdle - Winning Quotes

WAYWARD PRINCE SIGNS OFF OVER HURDLES WITH GRADE ONE SUCCESS

Wayward Prince signed off his hurdling career with a battling victory in the Grade One John Smith’s Sefton Novices’ Hurdle over an extended three miles.


Western Leader, the 5/1 market leader, made virtually all of the running in the £100,000 contest and looked to have the race in the bag, but a determined effort from the winner after the last hurdle saw him wear down the leader and prevail by six lengths at the finish. The winner was returned at 9/1.


The winner finished slightly dehydrated and did not come into the winner’s enclosure, but trainer Ian Williams reported the six-year-old to be fine afterwards.


Williams said: “He has just finished a bit dehydrated. He dug very deep today, which is why he finished the way he has.

“He is a horse of real quality and we have only just seen what he is capable of. He is bred to be chaser and that is where he will go next season.


“He will not run again this season and will go straight over fences next season.


“We couldn’t run him at Cheltenham and we were a little disappointed but we had always been of the opinion that he was a Liverpool horse. We were a bit worried about the ground today - it looked like it could be quick enough out there for him - but he did it magnificently well. He’s a proper chaser in the making so I hope that this is small fry in comparion to what he could achieve.

“I was happy to see them going so fast up front but, when the horse in front looks like it is not going to stop, we had plenty to do turning in. He knuckled down and galloped - it was a very good performance.”

Winning trainer Dougie Costello added: “He’s fine, just a bit tired and exhausted. He is still a big frame of a horse - he’s a chaser in the making - and they went a good gallop. I was flat out on landing down the back but he just dug deep and is just a bit tired.


“I thought that if we could just stretch them and from the last down the back, even though I was squeezing, he was still landing the blows. When he was second last time, he jumped the last and dug deep after the last, so I have always felt that he would pick up again when I really needed him to.”


The John Smith’s Sefton Novices’ Hurdle - placed quotes

TIZZARD HAILS ‘CHASER IN THE MAKING’

Cannington Brook finished eleven lengths off the winner when running home for third but nevertheless delighted his trainer Colin Tizzard, who is already dreaming of next season with the strapping son of Winged Love.


Tizzard said: “We’re absolutely delighted to finish third in a really good race. He’s a big baby, he’s a lovely-looking horse but he’s a chaser in the making.

“He’s won two point-to-points then he went chasing and pulled up when the yard wasn’t right. So we thought we’d go hurdling and have a go at some nice hurdles but he’s a chaser for next season.”

The trainer added: “We were a bit concerned about the going because he’s won on heavy ground but he’s handled this beautifully.”

The runner-up Western Leader finished lame after the race and his trainer John Hanlon said: “He ran a really super race but unfortunately he is lame.”


SIXTH RACE WINNING QUOTES
JOHN SMITH’S smithythehorse.com HANDICAP HURDLE

RINGAROSES COMPLETES GREAT DAY FOR O’NEILL

Jonjo O’Neill, who landed the feature John Smith’s Melling Chase with Albertas Run, completed a 98/1 double along with jockey Tony McCoy when Ringaroses landed a six-length success in the John Smith’s smithythehorse.com Handicap Hurdle.


“It’s been a brilliant day. “It has been a great day. I love Aintree and, on a Friday afternoon with all of these lovely ladies, not a lot could be better!,” said O’Neill. “This horse didn’t jump fences great and it was A P (McCoy) who suggested we bring him back to hurdles even though he has won a couple of chases. He has a greater chance of getting from A to B over hurdles!

“He needs good ground and is in at Cheltenham next week with a penalty but we’ll have to see how the horse is after this.


“But longer term he could go for the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot and he could he could run a couple of those staying races on the Flat.


“He is good horse and he is another one who likes good ground. He can’t jump fences properly and he is not too good over the hurdles either but AP knows him and gets on well with him.

“He has been working fantastically at home - we were delighted with him - but he just can’t jump so you can never be too confident with him.”


Sixth race winner’s quotes
John Smith’s smithythehorse.com Handicap Hurdle

BREEDER JONES IN CLOVER WITH ROSES

Ringaroses became a winner for breeder Nicholas Jones when taking the John Smith’s smithythehorse.com Handicap Hurdle.


Tony McCoy rode the Jonjo O’Neill-trained winner, who carries the colours of Jones’s wife, and Martin Broughton, former chairman of the British Horseracing Board. Ringaroses was bred at Jones’s Coln Valley Stud near Cirencester in Gloucestershire after a mating between stallion Karinga Bay and the high-class mare Rose Ravine. She won the Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival for trainer Fulke Walwyn and owner Pam Smart, who was Jones’s mother-in-law.


Ringaroses has been chasing successfully, but returned to hurdling today and looked even better for the change. Jones said: “He’s the last foal of Rose Ravine. She died aged 24 about seven years ago, but we’ve got a half-sister to this horse called Miniature Rose and she’s breeding for us at home.


“She had a bumper winner for us recently called Cinderella Rose, who will hopefully run in the mares’ bumper for us next Thursday at Cheltenham. She’s trained by Kim Bailey.


“Ringaroses is not a natural jumper of fences and doesn’t arch his back properly. He’s got a lot of natural speed, so he’ll stick to hurdles or might try the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot - but that might be a bit greedy for now.


“We’ve got just one jumping mare at home, because we’re mainly breeding for the Flat. We own [in partnership] Gryada, the dam of [Irish Derby winner] Fame And Glory, and she produced a full sister to him by Montjeu last week.”


Race 6: John Smith’s smithythehorse.com Handicap Hurdle - Placed Quotes

CARSONSTOWN BOY MAKES ANOTHER PROFITABLE SORTIE

Carsonstown Boy is becoming notably successful with his forays into British racing. Three outings at Perth have produced two wins and a second; at Ffos Las his record is one win from one run; and the horse’s Aintree debut - in the John Smith’s smithythehorse.com Handicap Hurdle - produced another very commendable performance with a second place to the Jonjo O’Neill-trained Ringaroses.


The ground has been the main reason for the horse crossing the Irish Sea. “The ground has just been very, very heavy for his last two races and he needs good ground, so we thought we’d bring him here for a nice handicap,” said the trainer Colin McBratney.

The horse, back over hurdles after two chase outings, will race throughout the summer, as he did last year.


“He may not be out for six or seven weeks, but then we’ll give him a few races,” added the trainer.



Race 7 - John Smith’s Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race - Winning Quotes

BUMPER HEROINE COULD BE FOR SALE

Big Time Billy capped a perfect day for Peter Bowen when giving the Haverfordwest trainer a second winner on Ladies’ Day following the success of Always Waining in the John Smith’s Topham Chase. Big Time Billy was returned at 28/1, giving Bowen a massive 666/1 double on the day.


Partnered by amateur Michael Byrne, the four-year-old Definite Article filly travelled supremely well entering the straight and kept on well to repel the challenges of Dare To Doubt and Style Of Campile, recording a three and a quarter length victory.


Bowen said: “She probably didn’t beat much when she won at Ludlow last time out and had to improve, but she has really travelled and done it well today.


“I think she will now be joining Always Waining in the field. Having said that, she could well be put up for sale. Her pedigree is very good on the dam side.


The winning jockey Michael Byrne is 21 and was recording just his second winner in Britain, having ridden also ridden Big Time Billy to victory at Ludlow. He rode 19 point to point winners in Ireland and his cousin is jockey Jack Doyle.


Byrne said: "She travelled unbelievably well.

“I thought she was running with the choke out down the back a bit but she’s obviously a really classy filly in that she can run handy and take everything else off the bridle.

“They were all off the bridle but she stayed on very gamely.”


Race 7: John Smith’s Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race - Placed Quotes

DOUGHTY DARE TO DOUBT

A near eight-month break proved no handicap for the Willie Mullins-trained Dare To Doubt, the six-year-old mare staying on sturdily to take second place in the John Smith’s Mares Standard Open NH Flat Race behind surprise 28/1 winner Big Time Billy.


“She stayed on very well. For her first run back, I was delighted,” said Mullins.


“I said to Patrick [Mullins] to give her every chance to see it out because they were likely to go a huge gallop. And she galloped the whole way to the line. She’ll go hurdling now,” added the trainer.


Mullins also confirmed that all was well with his John Smith’s Grand National candidates, Snowy Morning and Arbor Supreme, suggesting that the former, ridden by David Casey, could enjoy the better ground. “I think he could jump well out of it,” he said.



MARKET MOVERS


The JP McManus-owned La Sarrazine has been the subject of early morning support ahead of the mare’s appearance in the John Smith’s Top Novices’ Hurdle at 2pm today with totesport, Coral and Paddy Power having cut the five-year-old to 4/1 from 5/1. William Hill and Ladbrokes report interest in Dan Breen in today’s opener with William Hill and Skybet quoting the David Pipe trainee at 14/1 in from 18/1 and Ladbrokes have him at 16/1 from 25/1.


Irish raider Lenabane is also proving popular for the matalan.co.uk Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase at 2.35pm. William Hill have trimmed Dessie Hughes’ charge to 8/1 from 12/1, while totesport and Boylesports go 8/1 from 11/1 and Paddy Power, Skybet and Ladbrokes both have him at 9/1. Ogee, successful at this meeting last year, has been trimmed to 4/1 (from 5/1) by Coral.


In the 3.10pm, the John’s Smith’s Melling Chase, Tartak has been brought in to 16/1 (from 25s) with both Labrokes and Paddy Power while Boylesports report interest in the great grey, Monet’s Garden, who is 15/2 from 9/1.


Frankie Figg is also shortening in the betting for today’s race over the big fences, the John Smith’s Topham Chase. The Graham Wylie-owned eight-year-old is now 14/1 (from 16/1) with Coral, Paddy Power and Wiliam Hill, while there has also been support for Always Waning (33/1 from 50/1 with Paddy Power and 28/1 from 40/1 with Wiliam Hill) and Offshore Account (7/1 from 9/1 with Coral and Boylesports, 8/1 from 17/2 with Skybet).


Skybet have cut the Evan Williams-trained Phidippides to 17/2 (from 10/1) for the John Smith’s Sefton Novices’ Hurdle in which the same firm has Midnight Tuesday now at 33/1 (from 50/1) and Paddy Power quotes Lord Generous at 12/1 (from 14/1) and Chamirey at 12/1 (from 14/1).


Bob ‘N’ You and Carsonstown Boy are both in to 14/1 for the John Smith’s smithythehorse.com Handicap Hurdle with William Hill, while Skybet holds Bob ‘N’ You at 16/1 (from 20/1) and also has Carsonstown Boy at 14/1 (from 18/1).

The mares bring the curtain down on Ladies’ Day in the John Smith’s Standard Open NH Flat Race. Araucaria is now 2/1 from 3/1 with Boylesports and 5/2 from 3/1 with Paddy Power while William Hill has seen support for Lifestyle, now 5/1 from 6/1 and Natural Spring, in to 14/1 from 20/1.



FIRST RACE RESULT

2.00pm JOHN SMITH'S TOP NOVICES' HURDLE (GRADE TWO)
£60,000 guaranteed, 2m 110y. For 4yo+ Weights 4yo.10st 12lb; 5yo+ 11st 4lb Allowances fillies and mares 7lb Entries 21 pay £285 Penalty value 1st £34,206.00 2nd £12,834.00 3rd £6,426.00 4th £3,204.00 5th £1,608.00 6th £804.00

1 GENERAL MILLER (Henry Ponsonby) Nicky Henderson 5-11-4 Barry Geraghty 7/1
2 MENORAH (IRE) (Diana Whateley) Philip Hobbs 5-11-4 Richard Johnson 7/4f
3 INVENTOR (IRE) (The Merseyclyde Partnership) Donald McCain Jnr 5-11-4t Jason Maguire 12/1
4 LA SARRAZINE (FR) (J P McManus) James Fanshawe 5-10-11 Tony McCoy
5 DAN BREEN (IRE) (Stuart Mercer) David Pipe 5-11-4 Tom Scudamore
6 ESCORT'MEN (FR) (G McDonald, C Donlon & A Doyle) Paul Nicholls 4-10-12 Ruby Walsh
7 WASHINGTON IRVING (IRE) (Andrea & Graham Wylie) Howard Johnson 5-11-4 Denis O'Regan
8 CAPTIVE AUDIENCE (IRE) (A Sherwood & G Costelloe) Rebecca Curtis 7-11-4 Robert Thornton
9 MOONSTREAKER (Wordingham Plant Hire) Charles Pogson 7-11-4 Adam Pogson

9 ran
Distances: nk, 11, 3, 1, 2 1/2, 21, 1 1/2, 1 3/4
Breeder: N Shutts
Breeding: b g Karinga Bay - Millers Action
Totes: Win: £10.50 Places: £2.30, £1.20, £3.60 Exacta: £25.40

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: John Smith’s Top Novices’ Hurdle (2010 General Miller), 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: 127

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); John Smith’s Top Novices’ Hurdle (2010 General Miller) 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: 72



SECOND RACE RESULT

2.35pm MATALAN.CO.UK MILDMAY NOVICES' CHASE (GRADE TWO)
£80,000 guaranteed, 3m 1f. For 5yo+ Weights 11st 4lb Allowances mares 7lb Entries 13 pay £375 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 BURTON PORT (IRE) (Trevor Hemmings) Nicky Henderson 6-11-4 Barry Geraghty 9/2
2 DANCE ISLAND (IRE) (Lady Jane Grosvenor) Ben Case 7-11-4 Charlie Poste 33/1
3 TAKE THE BREEZE (FR) (Mr & Mrs G Calder) Paul Nicholls 7-11-4 Ruby Walsh 8/1
4 LENABANE (IRE) (K McNulty) Dessie Hughes IRE 8-11-4 Paddy Flood
5 KNOCKARA BEAU (IRE) (W Trueman) George Charlton 7-11-4 Jan Faltejsek
6 DOOR BOY (IRE) (Andrea & Graham Wylie) Howard Johnson 7-11-4 Denis O'Regan
7 SONG SUNG BLUE (IRE) (Singing & Dancing Racing) Colin Tizzard 7-11-4 Joe Tizzard
8 OGEE (Sir Evelyn de Rothschild) Renee Robeson 7-11-4 Jimmy McCarthy 11/4f
9 RORY BOY (USA) (Colin Cornes) Nigel Twiston-Davies 5-11-4 Paddy Brennan
Fell at the 11th fence KHACHATURIAN (IRE) (Brendan Richardson & Jon Glews) Donald McCain Jnr 7-11-4 Jason Maguire

10 ran
Distances: 3 1/4, hd, 3 1/4, 3/4, sh, 2 1/2, hd, 4 1/2
Breeder: Thomas Meagher
Breeding: b g Bob Back (USA) - Despute (IRE)
Totes: Win: £4.60 Places: £2.00, £5.90, £2.50 Exacta: £197.00

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: John Smith’s Top Novices’ Hurdle (2010 General Miller), 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), matalan.co.uk Mildmay Novices’ Chase (1991 Sparkling Flame, 2003 Irish Hussar, 2010 Burton Port), 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: 128

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); John Smith’s Top Novices’ Hurdle (2010 General Miller) 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), matalan.co.uk Mildmay Novices’ Chase (2006 Star de Mohaison, 2010 Burton Port) Wins in Britain (2001/02-2008/09): 4; 26; 13; 10; 8; 1; 1; 65 Wins in Britain this Season: 73


THIRD RACE RESULT

3.10pm JOHN SMITH'S MELLING CHASE (GRADE ONE)
£175,000 guaranteed, 2m 4f. For 5yo+ Weights 11st 10lb Allowances mares 7lb Entries 16 pay £800 Penalty value 1st £99,767.50 2nd £37,432.50 3rd £18,742.50 4th £9,345.00 5th £4,690.00 6th £2,345.00

1 ALBERTAS RUN (IRE) (Trevor Hemmings) Jonjo O'Neill 9-11-10 Tony McCoy 8/1
2 FORPADYDEPLASTERER (IRE) (Goat Racing Syndicate) Tom Cooper IRE 8-11-10 Davy Russell 4/1JF
3 MONET'S GARDEN (IRE) (David Yates) Nicky Richards 12-11-10 Richard Johnson 15/2
4 TARTAK (FR) (Power Panels Electrical Systems Ltd) Tom George 7-11-10 Denis O'Regan
5 MAHOGANY BLAZE (FR) (Lorna Berryman) Nigel Twiston-Davies 8-11-10 Paddy Brennan
6 DEEP PURPLE (Paul Green) Evan Williams 9-11-10 Paul Moloney
7 OH CRICK (FR) (David Sewell) Alan King 7-11-10 Robert Thornton
8 JACK THE GIANT (IRE) (Hanbury Syndicate) Nicky Henderson 8-11-10 Barry Geraghty
Fell at the 3rd fence after start SCHINDLERS HUNT (IRE) (Slaneyville Syndicate) Dessie Hughes IRE 10-11-10 Paddy Flood
Fell at the 2nd fence after the start KALAHARI KING (FR) (Mrs J Morgan) Ferdy Murphy 9-11-10 Graham Lee 4/1JF
Unseated his rider four fences before the finish line POQUELIN (FR) (The Stewart Family) Paul Nicholls 7-11-10 Ruby Walsh

11 ran
Distances: 3 1/4, 1 1/4, 3/4, 11, 4 1/2, 1 1/4, dist
Breeder: Oliver & Salome Brennan
Breeding: b g Accordion - Holly Grove Lass
Totes: Win: £7.50 Places: £2.30, £2.10, £2.00 Exacta: £41.30

Winning Trainer: JONJO O’NEILL Born: April 13, 1952 Based: Jackdaws Castle, Gloucestershire Background: Jonjo O’Neill was a highly successful jump jockey and has established himself at the top of the training ranks in recent seasons. In spite of an appalling list of injuries, he was champion jockey on two occasions (1977/78 and 1979/80), and he set a then record for a season of 149 winners in his first championship year. The most sensational moment of his riding career came when he won the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Dawn Run in 1986 as the mare became the only horse to win that trophy after having previously taken the Champion Hurdle (1984), also with O’Neill in the saddle. He also won the Gold Cup on Alverton in 1979, though he had a dreadful record in the Grand National, in which he never completed the course in spite of having had a number of fancied rides. He retired from the saddle at the end of the 1985/86 season and, having survived lymphatic cancer not long after that, started training near Penrith, Cumbria, in 1987. He forged a reputation with horses such as Vicario Di Bray, winner of the 1989 Champion Hurdle Trial at Haydock, and Legal Right, who landed the Grade Three Tripleprint (now Boylesports) Gold Cup at Cheltenham in 1999 and went on to capture the BGC Silver Cup at Ascot as well as the Grade Two Tommy Whittle Chase. He moved to his present base at Jackdaws Castle in Gloucestershire, not far from Cheltenham, when the yard was bought by owner J P McManus in 2001. Aintree Festival wins: John Smith’s Melling Chase (2010 Albertas Run), John Smith’s Handicap Chase (2009 Don’t Push It), Totesport Bowl (2007 Exotic Dancer), betfair.com Handicap Chase (2000 Radiation, 2002 Carbury Cross, 2003 Master Tern), John Smith’s Extra Cold Handicap Hurdle (2002 Sudden Shock, 2006 Refinement, 2007 Alberta’s Run), John Smith’s Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices’ Hurdle (2002 Quazar), John Smith’s Extra Smooth Handicap Hurdle (2002 Intersky Falcon), John Smith’s Topham Chase (2003 Clan Royal), Citroen C6 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (2003 Iris’s Gift, 2006 Black Jack Ketchum), John Smith’s Champion Standard National Hunt Flat Race (2003 Classic Native), John Smith’s Liverpool Hurdle (2004 Iris’s Gift), S&N Aintree Hurdle (2004 Rhinestone Cowboy), Silver Cross Handicap Hurdle (2009 Sunnyhillboy, 2007 Two Miles West) Number of Winners (1995/96-2008/09): 18; 17; 32; 38; 44; 58; 113; 114; 102; 96; 105; 126; 106; 97; Wins this Season: 100

Winning Jockey: Anthony Peter McCoy MBE Date of Birth: 04/05/74 Background: Tony McCoy is the greatest jump jockey of his era and many would argue the greatest of all time. McCoy started out with Billy Rock then tried his luck as a Flat jockey with Jim Bolger. Since growing too heavy and turning to jump racing he has not looked back. He was champion conditional rider in Britain in 1994/5 when attached to Toby Balding's Hampshire yard and took his first senior title in 1995/96 season with 174 wins. His domination has brought 14 consecutive jump jockey's titles. McCoy broke Peter Scudamore's record of 221 wins in the 1997/8 season with 253 successes and broke his own record for the fastest 200 winners in the 1999/2000 season, ending up with 245 successes. In 2001/02 he beat by 20 the record of 269 winners in any season set by Sir Gordon Richards. He has passed the double century mark five times. He had a fairytale 1998 Cheltenham Festival, riding a record five winners, and also rode a rare double the previous year on Make A Stand in the Champion Hurdle (for his boss Martin Pipe) and Mr Mulligan in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. McCoy added a second Champion Hurdle when successful on Brave Inca in 2006. In April, 2004, he left Martin Pipe's stable after accepting a reportedly huge offer from J P McManus and rides for McManus's principal trainer in Britain, Jonjo O'Neill. McCoy, O'Neill and McManus teamed up to capture the Irish Grand National with Butler's Cabin in April 2007. McCoy cracked a vertebra in a terrible fall Warwick in January, 2008, but was back in winning action with Alberta’s Run at the Cheltenham Festival in March. His wife Chanelle gave birth to their daughter Eve in late 2007. Tony was awarded an MBE in the 2003 Queen’s Birthday Honours. 1000th Win Over Jumps In Britain: Majadou, Cheltenham, December 11, 1999 2000th Win Over Jumps In Britain: Corporate Player, Wincanton, January 17, 2004 3000th Win Over Jumps In Britain: Restless D’Artaix, Plumpton, February 9, 2009 First Winner: Thurles, 26/03/92, Legal Steps (First winner in Britain: 07/09/94, Exeter, Chickabiddy) Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Handicap Chase (2009 Don’t Push It), Betfair.com Handicap Chase (2007 Reveillez), John Smith’s Melling Chase (2010 Albertas Run, 1996 Viking Flagship), John Smith’s 250th Anniversary 4yo Hurdle (1996 Zabadi, 1999 Hors La Loi III, 2008 Binocular), Barton & Guestier Novices’ Hurdle (1998 Fataliste), John Smith’s Top Novices Hurdle (2006 Straw Bear), John Hughes Trophy Chase (1998 Cyfor Malta, 2000 Northern Starlight), John Smith’s Mildmay Novices’ Chase (1998 Boss Doyle, 2005 Like-A-Butterfly), Citroen C6 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (1998 Unsinkable Boxer, 2006 Black Jack Ketchum), Martell Aintree Hurdle (1998 Pridwell), Martell Cognac Handicap Hurdle (1996 Top Spin, 2003 Carlovent) John Smith’s Extra Cold Handicap Hurdle (2006 Refinement), Chivas Regal Novices’ Hcap Chase (1999 Royal Predica), John Smith’s Red Rum Handicap Chase (2003 Golden Alpha, 2005 Fota Island), Betfair Bowl Chase (2004 Tiutchev, 2007 Exotic Dancer), Martell Maghull Novices’ Chase (2004 Well Chief), Silver Cross Handicap Hurdle (2005 Genghis, 2009 Sunnyhillboy), John Smith’s Maghull Novices’ Chase (2006 Foreman) Wins 1994/5-2008/09: 74; 175; 189; 253; 186; 245; 191; 289; 257; 209; 199; 178; 184; 140; 186; Wins this season: 190



FOURTH RACE RESULT

3.45pm JOHN SMITH'S TOPHAM CHASE (LISTED HANDICAP)
£100,000 guaranteed, 2m 5f, 110y. For 5yo+ Minimum weight 10-0 Penalties after March 27th, a winner of a chase 4lb (No penalty to increase a horse's weight above 11st 12lb) Scotsirish's Handicap Mark 154 Entries 47 pay £100 pay £400 Penalty value 1st £56,330.00 2nd £21,220.00 3rd £10,620.00 4th £5,310.00 5th £2,660.00 6th £1,330.00

1 ALWAYS WAINING (IRE) (Mr & Mrs Peter Douglas) Peter Bowen 9-10-0p Brian Hughes 22/1
2 SCOTSIRISH (IRE) (Double R Stable Syndicate) Willie Mullins IRE 9-11-12 Paul Townend 14/1
3 ISN'T THAT LUCKY (Valda Burke) Jonjo O'Neill 7-10-13ow2lb Mr Sam Waley-Cohen (5) 16/1
4 DOONEYS GATE (IRE) (Thomas Gilligan) Willie Mullins IRE 9-11-3 Davy Condon 28/1
5 OODACHEE (Modreeny Syndicate) Charlie Swan IRE 11-10-0 Denis Hogan (3)
6 IN COMPLIANCE (IRE) (Bernadine Mulryan & Noeleen McCreevy) Dessie Hughes IRE 10-11-5 Davy Russell
7 OFFSHORE ACCOUNT (IRE) (Brian Polly) Charlie Swan IRE 10-10-7 David Casey 7/1F
8 PAK JACK (FR) (The Pak Jack Partnership) Richard Phillips 10-10-0 Graham Lee
9 GAORA LANE (IRE) (S Beccle, Lady Hart, M Webster, R Hunter) Charlie Mann 9-10-0 Brian Harding
10 ZACHAROVA (IRE) (The Leadenhall Partnership) Venetia Williams 7-10-0 Aidan Coleman
11 COMMEMORATION DAY (IRE) (Alan Bosley) Gary Moore 9-10-0 Philip Hide
12 SILVER BIRCH (IRE) (Brian Walsh (Co Kildare)) Gordon Elliott IRE 13-10-5 Jason Maguire
13 QHILIMAR (FR) (Whites of Coventry & Stephen Dunn) Alan Jones 6-9-11 Harry Skelton (3)
14 OULART (IRE) (Dessie Hughes & Ged Pierse) Dessie Hughes IRE 11-10-0 Roger Loughran
15 DIABLO (IRE) (Raymond Mould) Nigel Twiston-Davies 8-9-13 Tom Molloy (3)
F1 POMME TIEPY (FR) (Susannah Ricci) Willie Mullins IRE 7-10-0 Ms Katie Walsh
F6 DUERS (IRE) (Kate Kelly & Kate Ronan) Paul Magnier IRE 8-10-8 Andrew McNamara
F6 GARLETON (IRE) (J Stephenson) Sue Smith 9-10-0 Tjade Collier
F10 WEE ROBBIE (P H Betts (Holdings) Ltd) Nick Gifford 10-10-0 Liam Treadwell
F12 PANJO BERE (FR) (Paul Chapman & Elizabeth Kiernan) Gary Moore 7-11-6 Jamie Moore
F13 PRUDENT HONOUR (IRE) (Humble Syndicate) Tom Cooper IRE 8-10-5 Robbie Power
F13 PLAISIR D'ESTRUVAL (FR) (Patrick Hale) Arthur Moore IRE 7-10-3 Paul Carberry
PU bef 2 out PASCO (SWI) (Terry Warner) Paul Nicholls 7-11-5 Ruby Walsh
U 2 out FRANKIE FIGG (IRE) (Andrea & Graham Wylie) Howard Johnson 8-10-2 Wilson Renwick
U7 BATTLECRY (Trevor Hemmings) Nigel Twiston-Davies 9-10-4 Paddy Brennan
U8 MAGIC SKY (FR) (D Brown & Lord Daresbury) Milton Harris 10-10-1 Mr Ollie Greenall (3)
U13 BOOMSHAKALAKA (IRE) (The Cigar Bar Partnership) Nicky Henderson 10-10-0 Andrew Tinkler

27 ran
Time: 5m 26.9s
Non-runner: 28 Silver Adonis (did not eat up), 7 Private Be (withdrawn start)
Distances: 12, 8, hd, 1 1/4, hd, 8, 1/2, 3, 7, hd, 8, 5, 9, 27
Breeder: Barouche Stud Ireland Ltd Breeding: b g Unfuwain (USA) - Glenarff (USA)
Totes: Win: £29.90 Places: £6.00, £3.70, £4.60, £8.20 Exacta: £513.70

Winning Trainer: PETER BOWEN Based: Yet-Y-Rhug, Letterston, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales Background: Born on June 9, 1958, Peter Bowen is married to Karen and has three sons, Michael, Sean and James. The son of a haulier and a village postmistress, Bowen trains at Letterston near Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire, Wales, and took out his first trainer’s licence in 1995, having previously been a livery yard proprietor and hugely successful point-to-point handler.. His stable stars have included Take The Stand, who was second to Kicking King in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2005 and finished fifth in the 2006 renewal. Peter’s biggest success to date came when Snoopy Loopy won the Grade One Betfair Chase at Haydock in November, 2008. Date of First Licence: 1995 Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Topham Chase (2007 Dunbrody Millar, 2010 Always Waining), John Smith’s Extra Smooth H’cap Hurdle (1999 Kinnescash), John Smith’s No Nonsense Handicap Hurdle (2005 Genghis) Other Major Wins Include: BetfairChase (2008 Snoopy Loopy), Challow Novices' Hurdle (2007 Souffleur), Elite Hurdle (1996 Dreams End), Hyde Novices' Hurdle (2003 Jollyolly), Kingwell Hurdle (1997 Dreams End), Scilly Isles Novices' Chase (1997 Stately Home), Scottish Champion Hurdle (2005 Genghis), Swinton Handicap Hurdle (1997 Dreams End), Worcester Novices' Chase (2003 Ballycassidy), Rendlesham Hurdle (2010 Souffleur) Number of Winners (1995/96-2008/09): 7; 33; 38; 32; 25; 8, 10, 18, 38; 40; 41; 73; 41; 44; Winners this Season: 35

Winning jockey: Brian Hughes Background: Irish rider formerly attached to Howard Johnson’s County Durham yard. Still based in the north of England and now rides freelance, mainly for Alan Swinbank, Richard Fahey and Johnson. Rode 19 winners on the Flat in Ireland when apprenticed to Kevin Prendergast, having graduated from the Racing Academy & Centre of Education in Kildare in 2002. Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Topham Chase (2010 Always Waining). First win under Rules in Britain: Renada, Newcastle, November 26, 2006 Big Race Wins Include: Rossington Main Novices’ Hurdle (2009 Alfie Flits), Swinton Handicap Hurdle (2009 Joe Jo Star) Wins (2005/06-2008/09): 11; 3; 39 (champion conditional jockey); 50 Wins This Season: 41



FIRTH RACE RESULT

4.20pm JOHN SMITH'S SEFTON NOVICES' HURDLE (GRADE ONE)
£100,000 guaranteed, 3m 110y. For 4yo+ Weights 4yo.10st 10lb; 5yo+ 11st 4lb Allowances fillies and mares 7lb Entries 24 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 WAYWARD PRINCE (T J & Mrs H Parrott) Ian Williams 6-11-4 Dougie Costello 9/1
2 WESTERN LEADER (IRE) (Barry Connell) John Hanlon IRE 6-11-4 Conor O'Farrell 5/1F
3 CANNINGTON BROOK (IRE) (KSB Bloodstock) Colin Tizzard 6-11-4 Joe Tizzard 20/1
4 PREMIER VICTORY (IRE) (Gerard Gavin) Tom Hogan IRE 6-10-11 John Cullen
5 THE GIANT BOLSTER (Simon Hunt) David Bridgwater 5-11-4 Rodi Greene
6 KENNEL HILL (IRE) (Peter & Lisa Hall) Keith Goldsworthy 8-11-4 Davy Russell
7 THE MINACK (IRE) (Graham Roach) Paul Nicholls 6-11-4 Ruby Walsh
8 PHIDIPPIDES (IRE) (Paul Green) Evan Williams 6-11-4 Paul Moloney
9 MIDNIGHT TUESDAY (FR) (Tony Evans) Nigel Twiston-Davies 5-11-4 Paddy Brennan
PU 3 out DOUBLE EXPRESSO (Andrea & Graham Wylie) Howard Johnson 6-11-4 Denis O'Regan
PU 3 out CHAMIREY (FR) (Sir Robert Ogden) Alan King 7-11-4 Robert Thornton
PU 3out LORD GENEROUS (Walters Plant Hire Ltd) Nicky Henderson 6-11-4p Barry Geraghty
PU 8th VORAMAR TWO (J & B Gibbs & Sons Ltd) Philip Hobbs 7-11-4 Richard Johnson
PU HOPEFUL START (IRE) (J P McManus) Jonjo O'Neill 6-11-4 Tony McCoy

14 ran
Distances: 6, 5, 5, 1, 1, 28, dist, 7
Breeder: M Kilroe
Breeding: b g Alflora (IRE) - Bellino Spirit (IRE)
Totes: Win: £12.90 Places: £3.80, £1.80, £7.20 Exacta: £68.00

Winning Trainer: IAN WILLIAMS Born: June 27, 1968 Based: Dominion Racing Stables, Alvechurch, Worcs. Background: Son of Devon trainer Billy Williams, Ian initially studied accountancy at college prior to a brief stint working for William Hill bookmakers. He spent three years working as an assistant for Jenny Pitman (1988-1991) prior to a six-month spell at Martin Pipe’s stable in late 1991. Moved on to Francois Doumen in January 1992 and enjoyed four years at the French trainer’s yard. Returned back to Britain and set up on his own in August, 2006. Date of First Trainer’s Licence: August 1996 Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (2010 Wayward Prince), John Smith’s Red Rum Handicap Chase (2007 Bambi De L’Orme) Other Big Race Wins: Albert Bartlett (Bristol) (2004 Brewster), Challow Novices' Hurdle (2004 Brewster), Hyde Novices' Hurdle (1999 Majestic, 2004 Brewster), Towton Novices' Chase (2010 Weird Al) Number of Winners (1996/97-2008/09): 5, 14, 31, 42, 42, 48, 51, 50, 40, 28, 19; 20; 14; Wins this Season: 35

Winning Jockey: Dougie Costello Born: March 4, 1983 Based: Darlington, County Durham Background: Hails from Galway. Briefly based with Mary Reveley but moved to Martin Todhunter in the spring of 2004 and then joined Malton trainer John Quinn. Moved to Shropshire trainer Heather Dalton at the end of April 2006. First Winner in Britain: York Rite, Bangor, August 1, 2003, Bettisfield Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle First career Double: Sedgefield, July 26, 2004 (Magic Box and Super Lucky at combined odds of 441-1) Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (2010 Wayward Prince), John Smith’s Extra Cold Handicap Hurdle (2007 Kings Quay) Other Notable Wins: Durham National (2005 Prince Of Slane); Elite Hurdle (2006 Crow Wood; 2007 King’s Quay); North Yorkshire Grand National (2006 Prince Of Slane); Swinton Handicap Hurdle (2007 Leslingtaylor) Number of Wins (2003/04-2008/09): 3; 16; 23; 30; 35; 32 Wins This Season: 37






SIXTH RACE RESULT

4.55pm JOHN SMITH'S SMITHYTHEHORSE.COM HANDICAP HURDLE (GRADE THREE)
£50,000 guaranteed, 3m 110y. For 4yo+ Weight raised 7 Minimum weight 10-0 Penalties after March 27th, a winner of a hurdle 4lb Kicks For Free's Handicap Mark 142 Entries 55 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 RINGAROSES (Mrs Nicholas Jones/Martin Broughton) Jonjo O'Neill 9-11-0t Tony McCoy 10/1
2 CARSONSTOWN BOY (IRE) (Robert Scott) Colin McBratney IRE 6-11-0p Andrew McNamara 16/1
3 BOB 'N' YOU (IRE) (T & Mrs H Parrott) Ian Williams 7-11-0 Paddy Brennan 11/1
4 BUENA VISTA (IRE) (Matt Archer & The Late Jean Broadhurst) David Pipe 9-11-8b Hadden Frost (3) 12/1
5 NAIAD DU MISSELOT (FR) (Hill, Tembath, Bryan & Outhart) Ferdy Murphy 9-11-0 Graham Lee 12/1
6 CROSS KENNON (IRE) (P & Mrs G Clarke) Jennie Candlish 6-11-3 Allan O'Keeffe 8/1F
7 CLOVA ISLAND (Peter Prowting) Philip Hobbs 7-11-5 Richard Johnson
8 HEATHCLIFF (IRE) (George Brookes & Family & Lord Daresbury) Richard Lee 8-10-11b Mr Ollie Greenall (3)
9 PREDICTIVE (FR) (Mr & Mrs Peter Douglas) Donald McCain Jnr 7-11-5 Jason Maguire
10 ACCORDING TO PETE (P Nelson) Malcolm Jefferson 9-10-13 James Halliday (5)
11 DANCING DIK (Panther Racing Ltd) Chris Grant 5-10-13 Campbell Gillies (3)
12 QUENTIN COLLONGES (FR) (Neville Statham) Henry Daly 6-11-5 Andrew Tinkler
13 KICKS FOR FREE (IRE) (Trevor Hemmings) Paul Nicholls 9-11-12 Ruby Walsh
14 BADDAM (Noel Martin) Ian Williams 8-11-1 Robert Thornton
15 CHIEF YEOMAN (B Moore & E Stephens) Venetia Williams 10-11-4 Aidan Coleman
16 QUINZ (FR) (Andrew Cohen) Philip Hobbs 6-11-1 Mr Mark Griffiths (7)
17 SPECIAL ENVOY (FR) (Walters Plant Hire Ltd) Nicky Henderson 8-11-10 Barry Geraghty
18 ALDERLUCK (IRE) (Celia Rayner) Nick Gifford 7-11-5v Liam Treadwell
19 URSIS (FR) (P Martin) Steve Gollings 9-11-5 Keith Mercer
20 WOOLFALL TREASURE (Andrew Bradmore) Gary Moore 5-10-12p Jamie Moore
F 2nd WHINSTONE BOY (IRE) (Whinstone Syndicate) Jimmy Mangan IRE 9-10-13 Paddy Mangan (7)

21 ran
Non-runner: 4 Echo Point (vet certificate - lame)
Distances: 6, 1 1/4, 1 1/2, 4 1/2, 6, 3 1/2, 3, nk, 7, 1 1/4, 12, 1 3/4, 12, 3 1/2, dist, 6, 8, 7,dist
Breeder: Coln Valley Stud Breeding: b g Karinga Bay - Rose Ravine Totes: Win: £7.30 Places: £1.90, £5.60, £3.60, £3.20 Exacta: £99.80

Winning Trainer: JONJO O’NEILL Born: April 13, 1952 Based: Jackdaws Castle, Gloucestershire Background: Jonjo O’Neill was a highly successful jump jockey and has established himself at the top of the training ranks in recent seasons. In spite of an appalling list of injuries, he was champion jockey on two occasions (1977/78 and 1979/80), and he set a then record for a season of 149 winners in his first championship year. The most sensational moment of his riding career came when he won the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Dawn Run in 1986 as the mare became the only horse to win that trophy after having previously taken the Champion Hurdle (1984), also with O’Neill in the saddle. He also won the Gold Cup on Alverton in 1979, though he had a dreadful record in the Grand National, in which he never completed the course in spite of having had a number of fancied rides. He retired from the saddle at the end of the 1985/86 season and, having survived lymphatic cancer not long after that, started training near Penrith, Cumbria, in 1987.He moved to his present base at Jackdaws Castle in Gloucestershire, not far from Cheltenham, when the yard was bought by owner J P McManus in 2001. Aintree Festival wins: John Smith’s Melling Chase (2010 Albertas Run), John Smith’s Handicap Chase (2009 Don’t Push It), Totesport Bowl (2007 Exotic Dancer), betfair.com Handicap Chase (2000 Radiation, 2002 Carbury Cross, 2003 Master Tern), John Smith’s smithythehorse.com Handicap Hurdle (2010 Ringaroses), John Smith’s Extra Cold Handicap Hurdle (2002 Sudden Shock, 2006 Refinement, 2007 Alberta’s Run), John Smith’s Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices’ Hurdle (2002 Quazar), John Smith’s Extra Smooth Handicap Hurdle (2002 Intersky Falcon), John Smith’s Topham Chase (2003 Clan Royal), Citroen C6 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (2003 Iris’s Gift, 2006 Black Jack Ketchum), John Smith’s Champion Standard National Hunt Flat Race (2003 Classic Native), John Smith’s Liverpool Hurdle (2004 Iris’s Gift), S&N Aintree Hurdle (2004 Rhinestone Cowboy), Silver Cross Handicap Hurdle (2009 Sunnyhillboy, 2007 Two Miles West) Number of Winners (1995/96-2008/09): 18; 17; 32; 38; 44; 58; 113; 114; 102; 96; 105; 126; 106; 97; Wins this Season: 101

Winning Jockey: Anthony Peter McCoy MBE Date of Birth: 04/05/74 Background: Tony McCoy is the greatest jump jockey of his era and many would argue the greatest of all time. McCoy started out with Billy Rock then tried his luck as a Flat jockey with Jim Bolger. Since growing too heavy and turning to jump racing he has not looked back. He was champion conditional rider in Britain in 1994/5 when attached to Toby Balding's Hampshire yard and took his first senior title in 1995/96 season with 174 wins. His domination has brought 14 consecutive jump jockey's titles. McCoy broke Peter Scudamore's record of 221 wins in the 1997/8 season with 253 successes and broke his own record for the fastest 200 winners in the 1999/2000 season, ending up with 245 successes. In 2001/02 he beat by 20 the record of 269 winners in any season set by Sir Gordon Richards. He has passed the double century mark five times. In April, 2004, he left Martin Pipe's stable after accepting a reportedly huge offer from J P McManus and rides for McManus's principal trainer in Britain, Jonjo O'Neill. His wife Chanelle gave birth to their daughter Eve in late 2007. Tony was awarded an MBE in the 2003 Queen’s Birthday Honours. 1000th Win Over Jumps In Britain: Majadou, Cheltenham, December 11, 1999 2000th Win Over Jumps In Britain: Corporate Player, Wincanton, January 17, 2004 3000th Win Over Jumps In Britain: Restless D’Artaix, Plumpton, February 9, 2009 First Winner: Thurles, 26/03/92, Legal Steps (First winner in Britain: 07/09/94, Exeter, Chickabiddy) Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Handicap Chase (2009 Don’t Push It), Betfair.com Handicap Chase (2007 Reveillez), John Smith’s Melling Chase (2010 Albertas Run, 1996 Viking Flagship), John Smith’s smithythehorse.com Handicap Hurdle (2010 Ringaroses), John Smith’s 250th Anniversary 4yo Hurdle (1996 Zabadi, 1999 Hors La Loi III, 2008 Binocular), Barton & Guestier Novices’ Hurdle (1998 Fataliste), John Smith’s Top Novices Hurdle (2006 Straw Bear), John Hughes Trophy Chase (1998 Cyfor Malta, 2000 Northern Starlight), John Smith’s Mildmay Novices’ Chase (1998 Boss Doyle, 2005 Like-A-Butterfly), Citroen C6 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (1998 Unsinkable Boxer, 2006 Black Jack Ketchum), Martell Aintree Hurdle (1998 Pridwell), Martell Cognac Handicap Hurdle (1996 Top Spin, 2003 Carlovent) John Smith’s Extra Cold Handicap Hurdle (2006 Refinement), Chivas Regal Novices’ Hcap Chase (1999 Royal Predica), John Smith’s Red Rum Handicap Chase (2003 Golden Alpha, 2005 Fota Island), Betfair Bowl Chase (2004 Tiutchev, 2007 Exotic Dancer), Martell Maghull Novices’ Chase (2004 Well Chief), Silver Cross Handicap Hurdle (2005 Genghis, 2009 Sunnyhillboy), John Smith’s Maghull Novices’ Chase (2006 Foreman) Wins 1994/5-2008/09: 74; 175; 189; 253; 186; 245; 191; 289; 257; 209; 199; 178; 184; 140; 186; Wins this season: 191


SEVENTH RACE RESULT
5.30pm JOHN SMITH'S MARES' STANDARD OPEN NH FLAT RACE (LISTED)
£30,000 guaranteed, 2m 1f. For 4-6yo which have not run under any recognised Rules of Racing, except NH Flat races, INH Flat races or French AQPS Flat races. horses are not to have run in more than four races, or five races if the fifth run was in the Mares' Listed National Hunt Flat Race held at Sandown Park on March 13th, 2010 Weights 4yo.10st 8lb; 5yo and 6yo 11st Penalties a winner of a race 4lb Entries 33 pay £150 Penalty value 1st £17,103.00 2nd £6,417.00 3rd £3,213.00 4th £1,602.00 5th £804.00 6th £402.00

1 BIG TIME BILLY (IRE) (R Bryan) Peter Bowen 4-10-5 Mr Michael Byrne (7) 28/1
2 DARE TO DOUBT (Jim Ennis) Willie Mullins IRE 6-11-4 Mr Patrick Mullins 6/1
3 STYLE OF CAMPILE (IRE) (D Whelan, J Somers, E Banville, J Kehoe) Noel Meade IRE 5-11-4 Paul Carberry 33/1
4 ARAUCARIA (IRE) (Heinz Pollmeier) John Kiely IRE 6-11-4 Davy Russell
5 ANNIMATION (IRE) (Dr R Jowett) Seamus Mullins 6-10-11 Jimmy Derham (7) 5/2F
6 NATURAL SPRING (The Natural Spring Partnership) Suzy Smith 5-11-0 Colin Bolger
7 VIOLIN DAVIS (FR) (Andrew Polson) Paul Nicholls 4-10-8 Ruby Walsh
8 ALPINE BREEZE (IRE) (Don Cantillon) Don Cantillon 4-10-7 Giles Hawkins (5)
9 UP THE STYLE (IRE) (Jim Mernagh) Paul Nolan IRE 5-10-11 Alain Cawley (3)
10 LOVEY DOVEY (IRE) (Stuart Crawford) Stuart Crawford IRE 6-11-4 Mr Steven Crawford (5)
11 PICKWORTH (IRE) (Mr & Mrs W Williams) Keith Reveley 5-11-4 James Reveley
12 LIFESTYLE (The Turf Club & David Ford) Nicky Henderson 4-10-12 Barry Geraghty
13 RISAALA (David Bayliss) Pam Sly 4-10-12 Mr Sam Twiston-Davies (7)
14 TREACLE TART (O’Shaughnessy) Emma Stanford 5-10-9 John Kington (5)
15 MIZZURKA (IRE) (Golden Cap) Bob Buckler 6-11-4 Tony McCoy
16 REINRIVER (Mrs S Clifford) Brendan Powell 4-10-12 Aidan Coleman
17 CHICKLEMIX (Michael Sly, Dr T Davies, Pam Sly) Pam Sly 4-10-12 David England
18 BUSINESSMONEY JUDI (Business Money Ltd) Rod Millman 4-10-8 James Millman
PU BABA O'CURRAGH (FR) (C Eliades & C McHugh) Ferdy Murphy 4-10-12 Graham Lee

19 ran
Non-runner: 4 Full Of Spirit (vet certificate - lame)
Distances: 3 1/4, 3 3/4, 1, 2 3/4, 1/2, 1, 1 1/4, 6, 3 1/4, nk, 2 1/4, 3/4, 3 3/4, 11,30, 7, dist
Breeder: A & C Enterprises
Breeding: b f Definite Article - Zaratu (IRE)
Totes: Win: £18.90 Places: £4.30, £2.70, £9.80 Exacta: £337.30

Winning Trainer: PETER BOWEN Based: Yet-Y-Rhug, Letterston, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales Background: Born on June 9, 1958, Peter Bowen is married to Karen and has three sons, Michael, Sean and James. The son of a haulier and a village postmistress, Bowen trains at Letterston near Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire, Wales, and took out his first trainer’s licence in 1995, having previously been a livery yard proprietor and hugely successful point-to-point handler.. His stable stars have included Take The Stand, who was second to Kicking King in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2005 and finished fifth in the 2006 renewal. Peter’s biggest success to date came when Snoopy Loopy won the Grade One Betfair Chase at Haydock in November, 2008. Date of First Licence: 1995 Aintree Festival Wins: Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (2010 Big Time Billy), John Smith’s Topham Chase (2007 Dunbrody Millar, 2010 Always Waining), John Smith’s Extra Smooth H’cap Hurdle (1999 Kinnescash), John Smith’s No Nonsense Handicap Hurdle (2005 Genghis) Other Major Wins Include: BetfairChase (2008 Snoopy Loopy), Challow Novices' Hurdle (2007 Souffleur), Elite Hurdle (1996 Dreams End), Hyde Novices' Hurdle (2003 Jollyolly), Kingwell Hurdle (1997 Dreams End), Scilly Isles Novices' Chase (1997 Stately Home), Scottish Champion Hurdle (2005 Genghis), Swinton Handicap Hurdle (1997 Dreams End), Worcester Novices' Chase (2003 Ballycassidy), Rendlesham Hurdle (2010 Souffleur) Number of Winners (1995/96-2008/09): 7; 33; 38; 32; 25; 8, 10, 18, 38; 40; 41; 73; 41; 44; Winners this Season: 36

Winning Jockey: Mr Michael J Byrne Age: 21 Background: Hails from Cashel, Tipperary, where his father trains. Has ridden over a dozen winners in Irish points. Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (2010 Big Time Billy) Wins under Rules in Britain this season: 2


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