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The Grand National

The Worlds Greatest Steeplechase



 

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The Grand National or the worlds greatest steeplechase as it is often referred to as is a horse race run over steeplechase fences at Aintree racecourse in Liverpool..

The distance run in this race is 4 Miles 2 Furlongs 74 yards (4 miles 4 furlongs prior distance change last year) and is the longest race run in the UK today.

This race is a unique test or horse and rider and the 30 fences that are jumped are a real test of bravery. Unlike most racecourses in the uk the fences are varied in height, width and depth and also the landing side on many of the fences is lower than the take off side and therefore do not offer a view of the landing to the horse.

There are 16 fences and 14 of then are jumped twice, the exceptions being the water and The Chair jumps. This make a total of 30 jumps to be made.

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RACE CONDITIONS For 7yo+ which, up to and including March 18th, have been placed first, second, third or fourth in a chase of three miles or more and which are allotted a rating of 120 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 9th. Horses which are not qualified for a rating in Great Britain or Ireland at closing may also be entered. Such horses may be eligible for a weight providing the Handicapper is satisfied that the horse's racecourse performances up to and including February 9th would merit a minimum rating of 120. To qualify, horses must have run at least three times in Chases run under the Rules of Racing of the same Recognised Racing Authority up to and including February 9th. At the Handicapper's discretion, such horses may be allocated a rating. The decision of the BHA Head of Handicapping shall be final. Weights highest weight 11st 10lb Minimum weight 10-0 Penalties (no penalties after the publication of the weights)

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No. Form Name Age Weight Trainer Jockey Rating


1 1-1532 Tidal Bay 13 11-10 Paul Nicholls Sam Twiston-Davies 161
A top class chaser who rarely runs a bad race. He was not out of the first two in his first 18 runs under rules. Racing then at top-level it sometimes becomes more difficult for horses to win and although running extremely well he did find it difficult to win for a little while.
However being the top class chaser that he is last season he seemed to be rejuvenated at the grand old age of 12. He has continued his fine runs this season.
He looks sure to be able to stay this distance as his win in the 2012 Bet365 Gold cup chase shows that was over 3 miles and 6 furlongs and he was very impressive when he won by 15 lengths. He has only been tried in this race on one occasion where in 2011 he unseated his rider at the 10th fence. That was uncharacteristic as it is the only time that he ever unseated and he has never fallen.
He is 13 years old coming into this race and if ever a 13-year-old had a chance of winning the race in modern times you would have to say that this horse could be the one to buck the trend that is the last 13-year-old to win this race was Sergeant Murphy in 1923.

15 wins from 42 starts (8 chase wins from 26 starts) on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and 6 furlongs.

2 2-54U1 Long Run 9 11-9 Nicky Henderson Mr S Waley-Cohen 160
In 26 lifetime running’s up to the end of last season this horse he had never been out of the first three. An exceptional high class horse who looked with all intents and purposes to be the right sort of horse for this race. He is top class and a past winner of the Cheltenham Gold cup, The Denman chase and twice winner of The King George VI Chase. He has also run extremely well in these races on multiple occasions. He is one of those horses who seems to have been around for a long time so it is surprise in perhaps that he is only nine years old.
In today's race he will have to carry 11 stone and 9 pounds and no horse as carried this weight to win the national since Red Rum carried 12 stone in 1974, and 11 stone 8 pounds in 1977. That said due to the crushing that the handicap in the last five years 4 horses have carried more than 11 stone with the 2012 winner Neptune Collonges carrying 11 stone 6 pounds. Six years ago you would have said he had no chance at this weight but today given that he will be at the height of his form and only nine years old he should be able to give a really good account for himself in the race today and would be a popular winner.
He cannot be described as in form this season as he started slowly, which is and characteristic for him however he bounced back to a really fine win in a 3 mile 2 furlong handicap at Kelso on 13 February and won by 6 lengths.

15 wins from 30 starts (10 chase wins from 22 starts) on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and three furlongs.

3 686934 Hunt Ball 9 11-7 Nicky Henderson A.Tinkler 158


A really nice chaser who had a tremendous season in 2011 / 2012 where his rating jumped from 69 to 162. He was then sold to run in America but did not do so well there and has recently returned to these shores and put up a good performance when third in the Betfair Ascot chase a Grade 1 over 2 miles and 6 furlongs. His latest run was at the Cheltenham Festival in the Ryanair Chase where he finished a good fourth over 2 miles and 5 furlongs. The distance would seem to be the problem with this horse as he has never won over a distance longer than 2 miles and 5 furlongs and in this marathon race looks to have a very difficult task indeed.

8 wins from 25 starts (8 chase wins from 19 starts) on ground ranging from good to firm through to soft and up to a distance of 2 miles and 5 furlongs.

4 1-1310 Triolo DŽAlene 7 11-6 Nicky Henderson B.J. Geraghty 157
Smart seven-year-old chestnut gelding from the Nicky Henderson yard. He was a winner of last season's Topham chase over these fences at a distance of 2 miles and 6 furlongs. Clearly he will like the fences and he has stayed on to win a Hennessey Gold cup chase over 3 miles and 3 furlongs. It would seem that he has a good chance in this race today however 7-year-old horses have an extremely poor were record in this race with the last 7-year-old to win was in 1940 when Bogskar won the race. Also his trainer who is the champion trainer and one of the best we have seen in this country he has failed to win this race so far. The stats are against this horse today, that is not to say that he will not win but that he will have to be an exceptional horse over this sort of distance at this age.
Started this season in a grade 3 handicap Chase on very soft ground at Ascot but then won the Hennessy Gold cup chase on his next outing four weeks later. He had a run in the Gold cup at the Festival where he was well fancied before the race but could only finish in 10th position.

6 wins from 16 starts (6 wins from 13 chase starts) on ground ranging from good through to very soft add up to a distance of 3 miles and 3 furlongs.

5 113-22 Rocky Creek 8 11-5 Paul Nicholls N.Fehily 156
Rocky Creek is a fine young bay gelding who has been improving with every run. He did really well in his novice season last year and ended it with two fine runs winning the grade 2 novice chase at Ascot and then being placed third of six in a Grade 2 novice at this meeting. Has had two good runs this season, he was second in the Hennessy Gold cup at Newbury to the smart Triolo D'Alene and also second to a rejuvenated The Giant Bolster in the Argento chase in January. Laid out since then for this race he should be spot-on today.

4 wins from 10 starts (3 chase wins from 7 chase starts) on ground ranging from good to soft through to soft add up to a distance of 3 miles and one furlong.

6 F475P Quito De La Roque 10 11-1 C A Murphy B T O'Connell 152
A good novice chaser was founded very difficult to get his head in front since running in handicaps. To good runs on this course although not over these fences when third in 2012 in a listed chase and fourth in last season's Betfair Bowl Chase at this meeting. Last time out and looks to have it all to do today and would be a surprise winner

9 wins from 24 starts (see 7 chase wins from 19 starts) on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and 1 furlong.

7 03U0F Colbert Station 10 11-0 T M Walsh M P Walsh 151
This good 10-year-old bay gelding came in for some good support in last year's running of this race but he unseated his rider on the first circuit at the biggest fence on the course The Chair. He was a very consistent sort of horse until that run and had never unseated or fallen up to that point but this season he has run below par and unseated and fallen on two occasions. Usually ridden by the champion jockey Tony McCoy he will need to improve significantly on what he has done this season to take part in the finish this year. If his unseating in this race has unsettled the horse then he may run poorly again and that is a worry. Difficult now to fully assess with his form this year but on his best form he would have a good chance of making the frame.

5 wins from 24 starts (2 wins from 9 chase starts) on ground ranging from yielding through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles.

8 P52-U4 Walkon 9 11-0 Alan King W Hutchinson 151
A very classy hurdler was second in the 2009 Triumph Hurdle, he went on that season to also win the novice Grade 1 hurdle at this meeting. Has found it difficult since to win. Was tried in the 2012 Scottish National but was pulled up. He is a good horse but the main problem is that he has not won a race over 2 miles and 4 furlongs before and therefore has a virtually impossible task today.

9 wins from 28 starts (one chase win from 11 chase starts) on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 2 miles and 4 furlongs.

9 P-1111 Balthazar King 10 10-13 Philip Hobbs R Johnson 150
A good hurdler who made a satisfying transition to novice chasing. Putting in some fine performances at distances just in excess of 3 miles. However perhaps his defining moment came when he was first tried in a cross-country chase at Cheltenham in 2011. It could have all gone terribly wrong when he along with two other horses when going really strongly took the wrong course and were of course disqualified. He enjoyed himself so much that day over an extended 3 miles and 7 furlongs that he was retried over the same course and distance at the 2012 Cheltenham Festival where he was a good winner albeit by a short head on good to firm ground. The following season he was tried in the cross-country chase again at the same course and this time on good to soft ground where he was second to the very smart Uncle Junior. His running last season's Grand National was sparkling on the first circuit but he soon started to weaken on the second circuit on ground which may have been a little too soft for him and he finished 15th a long way from the winner. He then went to Sandown for the bet 365 Gold cup chase but that was one race too many last season and he was pulled up. He has returned to sparkling form again this season when going to France to try their cross-country race over 3 miles and 6 furlongs where he was a very impressive winner. He ran in the October meeting at Cheltenham and won a really good race on good ground over 3 1/2 miles. Two races since one in the November cross-country chase and then again at the Festival's cross-country chase last month where he won both races the first on genuine good ground and more recently on good to soft ground.
The going as I write this at Aintree in his good to soft if the ground does not get any softer then this horse will have a really good chance of making the frame and should the ground dry out to genuinely good ground or faster this horse should have an outstanding chance of making the frame and perhaps winning today.
More rain and a softening of the ground would certainly not be in his favour.

14 wins from 41 starts (11 chase wins from 22 starts) on ground ranging from good to firm through to good to soft and up to a distance of 3 miles and 7 furlongs.

10 6-52P7 Wayward Prince 10 10-13 Hilary Parrott Jack Doyle 150
Another good novice finding it difficult to win since moving up in the grades. Has been tried at this course five times winning twice the first in 2010, a Grade 1 hurdle and again in 2012 in a listed chase. he has good form but does not look good enough to win this race.

6 wins from 23 starts (4 wins from 16 chase starts) on ground ranging from good through to soft and up to a distance of 3 miles and one furlong.

11 573112 Mr Moonshine 10 10-12 Sue Smith R Mania 149
Another nice well exposed chaser, this 10-year-old bay gelding comes from the yard of last year's winning trainer Sue Smith. He was tried in this race last year but was pulled up 4 from home looking really tired. He does seem to stay 3 miles and has won a hurdle race over 3 miles and 2 furlongs but has not won a chase at a distance greater than 2 miles and 5 furlongs. An outsider's chance at best today even given he looks to be coming into some form.

6 wins from 31 starts (4 chase wins from 20 starts) on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and 2 furlongs.

12 03-928 Teaforthree 10 10-12 Rebecca Curtis N Schofield 149
A really smart 10-year-old long-distance chaser. This bay gelding was third in this race last year only 9 1/4 lengths behind the winner. He put in a really good run that day and was well in contention coming to the final fences. He had to carry 11 stone 3 pounds last year but will only be required to carry 10 stone 12 pounds this year and the repeat of last year's running will surely see him in the frame today.
He is a past Cheltenham Festival winner where he won the National Hunt Chase over 4 miles in 2012. He was second in last year's Welsh Grand National behind Monbeg Dude over 3 miles and 6 furlongs.
This season he started his campaign in the Welsh Grand National again but could only finish ninth. He followed that up with a good second at Ascot in a limited handicap listed chase. And his most recent run was in the Cheltenham Gold cup at the Festival where he finished eighth however that race should have brought him on and now he should be perfect for this run.
He has a liking for this course, he can handle the fences and of course the distance would not seem to be a problem. A worthy favourite and looks well-placed to be in the money today. The only thing on the downside is that he hasn't won yet this year nor did he win last season.

4 wins from 21 starts (3 chase wins from 14 starts) on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 4 miles.




13 0-581U Across The Bay 10 10-11 Donald McCain H Brooke 148
A good hurdler who turned into a decent novice chaser. A proper long-distance horse he was tried in the Irish Grand National in 2010 but unfortunately he unseated his rider. After that he seemed to be tried in as many hurdle races as he did chases and in the summer of 2011 he was sent to the Aintree Maestro Donald McCain. His first run perhaps then was not surprisingly at Aintree. But it was hurdle race over 3 miles and 1 furlongs and he ran really well to finish second behind another smart horse. His next big target was that the Pertemps final handicap hurdle at the Festival in 2012 however he showed no sort of form that day and was pulled up. He was then sent to Liverpool at this meeting where he came up against the brilliant and formidable Big Bucks.
He has now turned into a good chaser. He was seventh in the 2012 Welsh National on desperately heavy ground and at the end of last season ran a creditable 14th in this race behind Auroras Encore.
Four runs so far this season with this race clearly as his target. The first was a hurdle race and the second was the Beecher handicap over these fences but over a 3 mile2 furlong trip. He only finished eighth in a race clearly to short for him but he jumped well throughout the race. A good run followed in a handicap Chase at Haydock but on his last run on the same course he unseated his rider and that would not have been the best prep for this race.
Obviously has some chasing talent and you can't write off any McCain trained horse.

8 wins from 36 starts (4 chase wins from 15 starts) on ground ranging from soft through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and 4 furlongs.

14 111116 Double Seven 8 10-11 Martin Brassil A P McCoy 148
A nice improving eight-year-old bay gelding this horse has seemed to get his act together and is improving now with leaps and bounds.
Trained and run in his native Ireland and could easily be one of the dark horses in the race today. He comes here having won the Gigginstown Midlands National over 3 miles and 1 furlong at Killbeggan and also he won the Munster National back in October. He has been lightly raced since October with only one run last month in a handicap chase where his run suggested that he needed the outing. Will be coming here on top form if that form is good enough. Difficult to assess however a strong market move should certainly not be ignored.
He is owned by JP McManus and is often ridden by Mark Walsh to good effect.

9 wins from 27 starts (5 chase wins from 16 chase starts) on ground ranging from good to firm through to soft add up to a distance of 3 miles and 1 furlong.

15 1-1PRP Battle Group 9 10-10 Johnny Farrelly B J Powell 147
A nice horse when in the mood and at this meeting last year he ran twice, winning twice both over 3 miles and 1 furlong. The first in the grade 3 handicap hurdle and the next in a listed chase two days later. He ran in a long distance hurdle afterwards at the end of May and put in his third win on the bounce. Since then he has been extremely disappointing in his three races so far. He was pulled up in the Paddy Power at Cheltenham in November he then refused to race in a long-distance great two hurdle at Newbury and was again pulled up in December in a listed handicap chase at Ascot. Looks to have it all to do here today.

9 wins from 42 starts (1 chase win from 14 chase starts) on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and one furlong.

16 05103 Buckers Bridge 8 10-10 Henry De Bromhead A E Lynch 147


17 P-5714 Lion Na Bearnai 12 10-10 Thomas Gibney D N Russell 147
A nice long-distance chaser and past Irish Grand National winner (2012) this horse is not a prolific winner. Has some good form but is now 12 years old and 12-year-olds do not have a great record in this race with only two 12-year-olds winning since Red Rum in 1977. An interesting runner and not completely without a chance but would be a surprising winner.

4 wins from 35 starts (4 chase wins from 15 chase starts) on ground ranging from good too soft through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and five furlongs.

18 2-3094 Prince De Beauchene 11 10-10 W P Mullins P.Townend 147
Well exposed generally consistent 11-year-old bay gelding from the Willie Mullins yard in Ireland. A past winner of the grade 2 Bobbyjo chase in Ireland and also the John Smith's handicap chase at this meeting. Although one of the more fancied Irish raiders he has been uncharacteristically out of form this season and that is a worry as he is French bred and these horses do not seem to hold their form as long as others not bred in France.

8 wins from 24 starts (4 chase wins from 18 chase starts) on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and 1 furlong.

19 P-3415 Monbeg Dude 9 10-9 Michael Scudamore P Carberry 146
An ex-pointer who seemed to take his time to come to the public eye despite a few good runs in lower grade races. Then in November 2012 he won a grade 3 chase at Cheltenham's November meeting. His next run was to really get him noticed when he won the Coral Welsh National at Chepstow where he beat today's favourite Teaforthree on heavy ground. He ran then in last season's Gold cup where he was pulled up as he was making mistakes again as he has done in the past. His jumping has been better this season although he does still make mistakes they do not seem to be as devastating as they have been in the past.
He started the season slowly in a hurdle race but then tackled a Grade 3 handicap Chase at the Cheltenham November meeting, he finished fourth that day and would have finished second but for losing a few places at the end of the race. He was back at Cheltenham's December meeting on 13th of December where he won a grade 3 handicap Chase and stayed on strongly that day. One race since a nice enough 5th in another handicap chase which should have put him spot-on for today's race. He missed the Cheltenham Festival with this race in mind.
Should have lots in his favour today and will only have to carry 10 stone 9 pounds and will have the jockey that won on him in the Welsh National Paul Carberry on board a jockey who knows how to win this race and who was successful in 1999 on Bobbyjo.

4 wins from 17 starts (four chase wins from 11 chase starts) on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and six furlongs.

20 211-23 Big Shu 9 10-8 Peter Maher P Buchannan 145
Another good horse coming over from Ireland, and one with some cross-country form. A winner of the Cheltenham Festival cross-country in 2013 he looks the right type of horse for this type of race. He can sometimes run a poor race but since turning to cross-country has been a model of consistency.
He has had only two races this season the first in a Punchestown cross-country where he was second over 3 miles and his last run at the Cheltenham Festival again in the cross-country race where he was third to Balthazar King. Will be right for this race today if he takes to the course and fences.

3 wins from 16 starts (3 chase wins from 11 chase starts) on ground ranging from good to soft through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and 7 furlongs.

21 509P82 Burton Port 10 10-8 Jonjo OŽNeill B Harding 145
A good novice chaser who seemed to be on his way to the top when second in the 2010 Hennessy Gold cup and then second in the Denman chase a few months later. He was tried in the Cheltenham Gold cup that season and was a good fourth behind Synchronised. He then went to Aintree and was a fine second in the Betfred Bowl a grade 1 chase. This season he has not looked the same horse at alll putting in below form runs in his first five races. He came back to something like his old form at the beginning of March when he was second in a veterans handicap Chase at Newbury. If back to form then he would have a chance of running into a place here today but he will have to improve on what we have seen to win this competitive handicap, but he is at the right end of the weights at 10 stone and 8 pounds. Shortening of the starting price should not be ignored.

7 wins from 23 starts (5 wins from 14 chase starts) on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and one furlong.

22 24-759 Our Father 8 10-8 David Pipe D O'Reagan 145
A nice horse running from the very much in form David Pipe stable. A young grey gelding who has been running in good races. He does not have very much experience and has only 2 hurdle and 1 novice chase win in his life. Has run good races and is quite unexposed and ran a good race in the national trial at Haydock on 15 February where he was fifth but was over 40 lengths behind the winner. Not without a chance of making the frame but there are others with seemingly better claims today.

3 wins from 12 starts (1 chase win from 6 chase starts) on soft ground up to a distance of 3 miles and one furlong.

23 1-3315 Mountainous 9 10-7 Richard Lee J Moore 144
This season's Welsh Grand National winner comes here with plenty on his plate. A good horse who really only acts when the ground is very soft. His win in the Welsh National over 3 miles and 6 furlongs in heavy ground suggests that this trip should not be a problem as other Welsh National winners have done well here. He will not have tried these fences before and some horses take to them and some horses do not but he is a good jumper and it would be a surprise if he did not get around today. The pace of this race is especially if the ground is good could see him fall behind in the crucial stages of the race.

5 wins from 15 starts (3 chase wins from 9 starts) on ground ranging from soft through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and 6 furlongs.

24 UP-261 The Rainbow Hunter 10 10-7 Kim Bailey A Coleman 144
A nice 10-year-old chaser who potentially could be much better than his rating. His form has been a little in and out and punctuated by hold-ups falls or unseated rider's which is what he did in last year's Grand National at the eighth fence. He has won over 3 miles and 1 furlong but in his races looks as if a little further may suit him better. Well thought by his connections, he is trained by Grand National winning trainer Kim Bailey who won the race with Mr Frisk back in 1990. Showed that he is in good form right now with a fine win in the great Yorkshire chase at Doncaster in January and subsequently laid out for this race.
His unseated rider last year does not bode well but if he gets into a rhythm he could run into a place at good odds.

5 wins from 30 starts (4 chase wins from 19 starts) on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and 1 furlong.

25 1262F Vintage Star 8 10-7 Sue Smith B Hughes 144
A nice young chaser who is improving and was 6th in this season's Welsh National 14 lengths behind the winner. He can make mistakes in the race but when he gets it together he looks good. He will have to improve to take part in the finish here but has a nice good racing weight 10 stone and 7 pounds.

4 wins from 21 starts (2 chase wins from 10 starts) on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and 2 furlongs.

26 98-1P4 Chance Du Roy 10 10-6 Philip Hobbs T J O'Brian 143
This season's winner of the Becher chase over these fences back in December he jumped really well and ran on strongly. A good horse who will need to improve again. He seems to have plenty of speed when racing and will act on any ground except for extremes. He was second in the 2012 Topham chase but finished only ninth in the same race last year, although these races were over 2 miles and 6 furlongs. As he has shown he likes the course acts on most the rounds and is likely to get the trip he is an interesting runner!

8 wins from 33 starts (6 chase wins from 21 starts) on ground ranging from good through to soft and up to a distance of 3 miles and two furlongs.

27 2P-426 Hawkes Point 9 10-6 Paul Nicholls R Mahon 143
A lightly raced nine-year-old bay gelding from the Paul Nicholls yard he comes here with only a few wins in hurdles and a novice chase.
A really good run and second in this season's Welsh National on heavy ground where he ran surprisingly well puts him in here with a reasonable chance. On his last outing he was 6th in the national trial at Haydock but that would put him spot-on for this race now. With his limited past form of only 12 runs it will take a little bit of a leap of faith to see him winning today but it would not be a surprise to see him run well.

2 wins from 12 starts (one chase win from seven chase starts) on ground ranging from good through to heavy and at a distance of 3 miles.

28 441173 Kruzhlinin 7 10-6 Donald McCain K Renwick 143
A young 7-year-old chaser from Donald McCain’s yard. Normally you can discount nothing that runs from this stable at this course and even in this race, however although this is a nice horse seven-year-olds have an appalling record in this race and he would be trying to be the first seven-year-old in over 70 years to win this. Maybe better next year and can be overlook this year.

6 wins from 18 starts (4 wins from 12 chase starts) on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles.

29 5F2713 Pineau De Re 11 10-6 Dr Richard Newland L Aspell 143
Another well exposed 11-year-old horse who's bare form makes it difficult to see why a he should excel at this race. The only real marker in his form was his win in the Ulster Grand National around this time last year. That race is run over 3 1/2 miles so you will have an extra mile to travel today. Of course he will have much better opponents today. There seems to have been some money in the betting market for this horse so he may well be one of the dark horses in the race but it is difficult to give him any more than an outsider's chance and he would be a surprise winner.

6 wins from 34 starts (three chase wins from 14 starts) on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and 4 furlongs.

30 3/3-U1 Golan Way 10 10-5 Tim Vaughan Michael Byrne 142
A really nice 10-year-old who comes here on the back of a nice win in a Hunters Chase over 3 miles and 2 furlongs at Warwick. He must be well thought of as he was once entered in the King George VI Chase at Kempton however he refused 4 from home. Nothing in his form suggests that he might take any part in the finish here with the exception of a decent run over 3 miles and 6 furlongs in a handicap chase at Sandown. Even given that the form he would have to improve greatly to take part in the finish here today.

10 wins from 39 starts (four chase wins from 10 chase starts) on ground ranging from good to firm through to soft and up to a distance of 3 miles and two furlongs.

31 25017U Twirling Magnet 8 10-5 Jonjo OŽNeill R McLernon 142
A nice enough a general bay gelding with some in and out form most of it below this class. Has won over 3 miles and 1 furlong but only as a novice and unless he is much better than his rating he looks to have little chance here today.

5 wins from 17 starts (3 chase wins from 12 chase starts) on ground ranging from good to firm through to good to soft and up to a distance of 3 miles and 1 furlong.

32 72-FU9 Vesper Bell 8 10-5 W P Mullins M P Fogarty 142
An Irish raider from Willie Mullins yard who comes sure having only won once over fences and that in a beginners chase. A young horse who could improve but it would be surprising if he troubles the judge today.

3 wins from 14 starts (1 chase win from 8 chase starts) on ground ranging from soft through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles.

33 14PP-3 The Package 11 10-4 David Pipe T Scudamore 141
A past winner of the Badger ales Trophy at Wincanton over 3 miles and 2 furlongs this horse seemed to have promised much but has not quite lived up to expectations. Has run with credit in many races but always finds one or two bit better. Was tried in this race in 2010 but he was not fluent in the race and unseated his rider at the 19th fence.
Can't be strongly fancied but there is something in the horses make up that suggests he has a sparkling run waiting to get out.

4 wins from 26 starts (2 chase wins from 16 chase starts) on ground ranging from good to firm through to soft and up to a distance of 3 miles and two furlongs.

34 1-P0P3 Raz De Maree 9 10-3 D T Hughes D Condon 140
Another well exposed nine-year old Irish raider. A winner of the Munster National in October 2012 and the Cork National in November 2012 but has since done very little. Might have a chance on those two runs as they are 3 miles and 3 miles and 4 furlongs respectively however 2 pulled ups at 12th of 18 and 3rd of 5 does not look good enough form to make the frame today.

Five wins from 23 starts (three chase wins from 10 chase starts) on ground ranging from soft through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and for furlongs

35 14P-01 Rose Of The Moon 9 10-3 David OŽMeara J Greenall 140
Lightly run nine-year-old grey gelding who does not look as if he is up to the class of this race today. He was 10th in the Beecher handicap chase over these fences back in December. Therefore he has a liking for these fences as he seemed to run well that day over 3 miles and 2 furlongs but he was a little one paced. He comes here on good form having won 3 mile 1 furlong race on soft ground at Wetherby back in January, but it would be a surprise to see him make the frame.

5 wins from 16 starts (3 Cheers wins from six chase starts) on ground ranging from good to soft through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and three furlongs.

36 29/6P0 Shakalakaboomboom 10 10-3 Nicky Henderson D Bass 140
Another lightly raced 10-year-old bay gelding from Nicky Henderson's yard. A horse that is well tried in good races and rarely runs a bad race however he has been out of form on his last two runs being pulled up in a hurdle race at Doncaster and then only managing 17th of 23 in a handicap chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
Strongly fancied last year and was one of the joint favourites and ran with credit to finish 9th just weakening at the end of the race. Could run much better this year at a much higher price and looks a value if you can ignore his recent poor form.

4 wins from 18 starts (4 chase wins from 11 chase starts) on ground ranging from good through to good to soft add up to a distance of 3 miles and two furlongs.

37 R3-51P Alvarado 9 10-2 Fergal OŽBrien Jockey 139
A nine-year-old chestnut gelding who was a good novice but is now finding it a little more difficult in handicap company. Ran really well earlier in the season when a fine win in a Grade 3 handicap chase at Cheltenham over 3 miles and 3 1/2 furlongs. He had some good horses behind that day with Knockara Beau in second and Monbeg Dude back in fourth. That form looked pretty solid.
Only one run and since then when he wasn't going very well and blundered at a fence and was then pulled up. He can be something of a quirky character but seems the sort that might like longer trips. Would be a surprise winner.

8 wins from 21 starts (5 wins from 14 chase starts) on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and 4 furlongs.

38 33-009 Last Time DŽAlbain 10 10-2 Liam P Cusack P Moloney 139
A 10-year-old well exposed Irish raider who has only won once over fences and that was in a handicap chase. Only ever three career wins up to a distance of 2 miles and 4 furlongs and looks to have no chance here today

3 wins from 27 starts (one win from 13 chase starts) on ground ranging from soft through to heavy and up to a distance of 2 miles for furlongs.

39 F3P465 One In A Milan 9 10-2 Evan Williams R C Colgan 139
Only two wins in very low class races, one hurdle and one novice chase would seem to give the horse little chance. However he has run well at extreme distances. He was third in the Midlands National in March last year and then this year was a good fourth in the Coral Welsh National only eight lengths behind the winner. Could be one of the more surprising very high price outsiders. But would need a lot of luck in running.

2 wins from 19 starts (1 chase win from six starts) on ground ranging from soft through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles.

40 406-50 Swing Bill 13 10-1 David Pipe A Wedge 138
A seemingly average horse but seems to save his best for this course. In the 2012 running he finished 10th and last year improved to finish 6th. His first run this year as a 12-year-old was in the Becher handicap chase where he finished a good 5th. 13 years old now and the last 13-year-old won in 1923. Seems to have an impossible task and would be a surprise if popular winner.

6 wins from 45 starts (4 Cheers wins from 33 starts) on ground ranging from good to firm through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and 1 furlong.











The_Full_Result


POSITION NUMBER FORM NAME AGE WEIGHT TRAINER Jockey
1 29 5F2713 Pineau De Re 11 10-06 Dr Richard Newland L Aspell
2 9 P-1111 Balthazar King 10 10-13 Philip Hobbs R Johnson
3 14 111116 Double Seven 8 10-11 Martin Brassil A P McCoy
4 37 R3-51P Alvarado 9 10-02 Fergal OŽBrien Jockey
5 5 113-22 Rocky Creek 8 11-05 Paul Nicholls N.Fehily
6 26 98-1P4 Chance Du Roy 10 10-06 Philip Hobbs T J O'Brian
7 19 P-3415 Monbeg Dude 9 10-09 Michael Scudamore P Carberry
8 34 1-P0P3 Raz De Maree 9 10-03 D T Hughes D Condon
9 40 406-50 Swing Bill 13 10-01 David Pipe A Wedge
10 28 441173 Kruzhlinin 7 10-06 Donald McCain K Renwick
11 16 5103 Buckers Bridge 8 10-10 Henry De Bromhead A E Lynch
12 33 14PP-3 The Package 11 10-04 David Pipe T Scudamore
13 32 72-FU9 Vesper Bell 8 10-05 W P Mullins M P Fogarty
14 13 0-581U Across The Bay 10 10-11 Donald McCain H Brooke
15 11 573112 Mr Moonshine 10 10-12 Sue Smith R Mania
16 18 Feb-94 Prince De Beauchene 11 10-10 W P Mullins P.Townend
17 3 686934 Hunt Ball 9 11-07 Nicky Henderson A.Tinkler
18 27 2P-426 Hawkes Point 9 10-06 Paul Nicholls R Mahon
f 2 2-54U1 Long Run 9 11-09 Nicky Henderson Mr S Waley-Cohen
f 10 6-52P7 Wayward Prince 10 10-13 Hilary Parrott Jack Doyle
f 20 211-23 Big Shu 9 10-08 Peter Maher P Buchannan
f 23 Jan-15 Mountainous 9 10-07 Richard Lee J Moore
f 30 3/3-U1 Golan Way 10 10-05 Tim Vaughan Michael Byrne
f 31 25017U Twirling Magnet 8 10-05 Jonjo OŽNeill R McLernon
f 35 14P-01 Rose Of The Moon 9 10-03 David OŽMeara J Greenall
f 39 F3P465 One In A Milan 9 10-02 Evan Williams R C Colgan
p 4 1-1310 Triolo DŽAlene 7 11-06 Nicky Henderson B.J. Geraghty
p 6 F475P Quito De La Roque 10 11-01 C A Murphy B T O'Connell
p 7 03U0F Colbert Station 10 11-06 T M Walsh M P Walsh
p 8 P52-U4 Walkon 9 11-0 Alan King W Hutchinson
p 17 P-5714 Lion Na Bearnai 12 10-10 Thomas Gibney D N Russell
p 25 1262F Vintage Star 8 10-07 Sue Smith B Hughes
p 36 29/6P0 Shakalakaboomboom 10 10-03 Nicky Henderson D Bass
Refused to Start 15 1-1PRP Battle Group 9 10-10 Johnny Farrelly B J Powell
u 1 1-1532 Tidal Bay 13 11-10 Paul Nicholls Sam Twiston-Davies
u 12 03-928 Teaforthree 10 10-12 Rebecca Curtis N Schofield
u 21 509P82 Burton Port 10 10-08 Jonjo OŽNeill B Harding
u 22 24-759 Our Father 8 10-08 David Pipe D O'Reagan
u 24 UP-261 The Rainbow Hunter 10 10-07 Kim Bailey A Coleman
u 38 33-009 Last Time DŽAlbain 10 10-02 Liam P Cusack P Moloney












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