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 and 74 yards 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.More information
Anibale Fly placed fourth in this race last year Anibale Fly comes here in really good form this season. Second last time out in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, if that has not taken too much out of this horse we should be in for a good run. Having to carry top weight this year actually means he is the best horse in the race. Top weights have not won this race for a long time but there have been few classier top weights taking their chance. The recent hard race is a worry.
Valtor is a nice French-bred horse who acts really well on really soft going. Has plenty of weight to carry in the race and was pulled up in January when last seen at Cheltenham. He would be an unlikely winner.
Last year's winner Tiger Roll comes year in really sparkling form. Returning Grand National winners don't usually do so well, with the last dual winner being Red Rum in 1974. Having said that lots of horses that win the Grand National don't go on to do anything subsequently after they win. Tiger Roll has been something of an exception as he has actually been as good if not better this season than last season. He has only gone up 9 pounds in the ratings and won the cross country race at the Cheltenham Festival on course for his run here exactly as he did last season. A very short priced favourite this year but could well win again. Last year's race he ran tactically very good when he took the lead two fences from home. He opened up a good gap and was well clear at the elbow however he did tire at the end and was almost caught on the line by Pleasant Company a horse he takes on again today. Although very strong in the market this is the Grand National and nothing is certain and I believe he can be opposed today.
Outlander comes from the same stable and ownership as Tiger Roll. And that really I would say is where the similarity ends. He is not as good a horse as his stablemate and looks to have plenty on his plate today. There are many more horses I would take before this one. *Note the horse has changed ownership and trainer in the last few days**
Another from the same stable and ownership is Don Poli. He is a 10-year-old bay gelding who was a really good juvenile but is not quite been able to show his class since losing that status. Has always promised a Lot but I suspect yours too much weight for his class to win this today. *Note the horse has changed ownership and trainer in the last few days**
Grand National winning trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies sends the smart gelding Go Conquer here today. He was last seen in the sky bet handicap Chase back in January where he was a really good winner over 3 miles on good ground. He has run once before over these fences when in 2017 he ran in the top chase. He finished well down the field that day but he was badly hampered halfway through the race lost his place and found himself well behind. He did finish the race and so could be one to watch today. Could be a big price to run into a place.
Mala Beach is another from the Gordon Elliott guard this time running for his owner Mr C Jones. He will have the help of one of the best amateurs in the business Jamie Codd on board. He is a good 11-year-old who runs well at around the 3-mile mark and looks as if he should get further. Perhaps the secret of this horse is very soft ground the softer the better, this horse will be suited by it. Any serious move in the betting market should not be ignored.
Minella Rocco is a really good long distance chaser. He was a winner of the 4-mile chase at Cheltenham back in March 2016 where he had the 2018 Gold cup winner Native River in behind that day. He actually Franked the form the following year where he was a really good 2nd to Sizing John in the Gold Cup. He has a lot of class but unfortunately is quite inconsistent. He can put in very poor runs and then suddenly have a sparkling run. If he takes to these fences and I see no reason why he shouldn't he could be a real big danger here today, but the problem might be his poor form so far this season. He had wind surgery before the season started but that doesn't seem to have helped and on his final run back at the Cheltenham Festival in the Ultima handicap Chase he was very disappointing being pulled up after the eighth fence when going nowhere. There's a lot to take on trust with this horse but it wouldn't be a surprise by any means to see him make the frame or even win especially if the ground dries out. One for the shortlist.
Next on the list is Lake View Lad from the Scottish stable of Nick Alexander. He is a really consistent nine-year-old grey gelding who rarely puts a foot wrong. He seems to act on most going but does better with some cut in the ground. He was a really good horse at around 2 1/2 miles and since being stepped up to 3 he has kept his form. He ran an eye-catching race in the Ultima handicap where he finished third behind another horse by his owner Vintage Clouds who he takes on again today. He has been creeping up the handicap but looks the right type on what I would consider being the right sort of weight today. I strongly fancy this horse to run well and maybe run into a place. He would by no means be a surprise winner and being a grey I'm sure will be very popular. One for the shortlist.
Pleasant Company from the Willie Mullins yard is a really nice horse. He's 11 years old now and saw certainly won't be getting any better but given his sparkling run last year in this race he certainly can't be ruled out. He ran in the 2017 national and was ninth behind One for Arthur. He ran a good race that day but stumbled at one of the fences and never really got back onto terms. Last season he had a much better run and was running strongly throughout the race. He was a good 6 to 7 lengths down on the running at the elbow. He did finally chase Tiger Roll and only missed out by a head. Had there been another 50 yards I think you would certainly have been the winner. I did not think he got the credit for his run last year which means he is a much better price than I would have expected for getting so close. As I stated before he is unlikely to get any better but if he produced that run again I could see him getting very close. With some luck, and all runners need that, he could go one better this year. A strong fancy even at 11 years old. Another for the shortlist.
Another Nigel Twiston-Davies runner is Ballyoptic. A nine-year-old bay gelding he was second last season in the Scottish National beaten by just the smallest of margins "a nose". He hasn't been able to repeat that form of last year so far this season. So there must be some doubt especially as he was pulled up on his last outing back in February at Haydock. If he runs to the form that he did in the Scottish National he could go close but the lack of a good recent run is a worry.
Dounikos is a horse who you could be forgiven for saying that he is better at two and a half miles long at longer distances. He hasn't been showing the same form since stepping up in distance until his last run in February in the Grand National trial handicap Chase in Ireland where he suddenly got it all together and stayed on really well under pressure to win by a good margin. A lot more required here today but he is a young horse and who knows he could find some more today but one swallow rarely makes a summer and it would be nice to have seen in with a few other good runs before we can be recommended.
Rathvinden is another good horse sent here by the Willie Mullins yard and is one who is running into good form. His last run back in February was a really good win in the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse where he had a few good horses well behind. 11 years old and well exposed but looks to have the right sort of form for this race and looks the right type. A good run will be expected. There has been a significant move on the starting price of this horse in the last few weeks suggesting he is doing everything right at home.
The 2017 winner One for Arthur comes back this year after missing a lot of last year. After the national, he had a 609 Daybreak before coming back last December in the Many Clouds Chase at this course, but over the Mildmay fences where he unseated his rider at the third fence. His next outing, which was his last, he unseated his rider four from home but at the time he was well off the pace. He obviously is a good horse who excels at these sort of distances but to unseat in the last two races is a worry. His trainer has a lot of class and experience and will not run the horse unless he was a hundred percent, or very close to it, therefore we can take his well-being as read and if you ignore the last two runs he really does have some sparkling form. It would not be a surprise to see him running very well today but given his lack of real race fitness, it's difficult to recommend him again.
Rock the Kasbah is the mount of champion jockey Richard Johnson. He is a young nine-year-old horse who runs pretty consistently on the whole. He could only manage to finish sixth in a handicap at the Cheltenham Festival but did have to give weight to all the runners that day. Untried over these fences, he looks as if the distance shouldn't be a problem for him and with a little luck in running could be a player today. It would be really great to see the champion jockey when the Grand National finally and for his Minehead trainer Philip Hobbs it would round off what has been a good year for the stable.
Warriors Tail comes from the Paul Nicholls stable and is in the ownership of Grand National-winning owner Trevor Hemmings. His now-familiar green and yellow quarter colours have been regularly seen in this race, and indeed winning this race in the past. He has one over a distance of 3 miles but that was on good to firm his best form seems to be at around 2 1/2 miles or just a little above. With this in mind, I don't think he is sure to get the trip today but if his trainer sends him here he is clearly a good judge and thinks he will. Another good horse was difficult to recommend.
Regal Encore was eighth in this race on 2017 and his form since then has been quite in and out. He was a really good horse a few seasons back when running at around 2 miles. He is not quite the same horse over the extended trip and in his two runs this season he has not quite look the force of old.
Magic of Light is a young 8-year-old bay mare who has been running well enough against her own sex in the past. She unseated rider in the Bobbyjo, and at the festival never really got involved in the Ultima chase. I think others have more appeal today.
A Toi Phil is a nine-year-old bay gelding who had some reasonable form last season. He is well exposed and takes plenty of racing. He has run seven times already this year and although he is not run badly he has not shown anything that suggests he could win this. He has never won over a distance greater than 2 miles and 6 furlongs and that isn't ideal either. Likely to be an also-ran.
Jury Duty is a young eight old bay gelding who was running into form at the right time. Two nice wins recently and the horse does seem to be improving but much more needed here today. He is a young horse and could well have that improvement. He is quite consistent and a good jumper if he takes to the fences he could well put up a good run.
Noble Endeavour running the Becher Chase back in December over these fences, albeit a shorter distance. He ran well enough that day and jumped well but did weaken towards the end of the race. Of course, he wouldn't have been fully fit that point of the season and is likely to be laid out for this race. However, he is another that is difficult to recommend.
Monbeg Notorious has seemed to lose his way this season with three lacklustre performances. He had a good year last year in good quality novice chases but much more is needed from this young eight-year-old today.
Ramses De Teillee is having a great season. He finished second in the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow back in December and was finishing the race really well. He also ran in the William Hill National trial at Haydock and finished a good second. The main problem I have with this horse is that he is a seven-year-old and seven-year-olds do not have a great record in this race with the last one to win back in 1940.
Tea for Two will be ridden by the good popular female jockey Lizzie Kelly. The two of them get on really well together and the softening ground may well help them by slowing the pace of the race down. On his last run, he was unseated at the Cheltenham Festival in the cross country race which was won by today's favourite Tiger Roll. Not without a chance but I feel that he would have to have things go his way to win here.
Just a Par has just got into the race as the reserve. A 12 year old Bay geldig he was 14th in th 2017 race. He took 588 days of after that season and came back to the races in December when he finished 7th in the Becher Chase over these fances. He will stay and acts on any going but is not getting any better with age. He would be surprise winner.
Step back is a nice nine-year-old chestnut gelding who seems to run well around this time of year. He was a good winner by a long margin at Sandown at the tail end of last season over 3 miles and 5 furlongs, but he has not really been at his best this season. He has a good profile for this sort of race and his trainer often does well with good chasing types. Not without a chance and could run really well.
Ultragold has run and won over these fences in the past. In 2016 he won the Topham chase albeit or 2 miles and 5 furlongs over these fences and won again in 2017 and was a good winner in heavy ground. Came back to the course in the Bechers where He finished well in third place over 3 miles and 2 furlongs. A liking for the course and should run well but he seems better over a shorter trip and that is a big worry.
Blow by Blow was a really decent hurdler who hasn't quite lived up to his hurdle rating since going over fences. He has had wind surgery since his last run but he would need much improvement to be in with a chance here.
Another of the Willie Mullins runners Is Up For Review. This 10-year-old Brown gelding has only had 16 runs under rules and only seven over chases. He is an ex-point to pointer and has got some reasonable form although he did make a mistake at the festival and dropped back quickly. Would possibly be a bigger starting price if not trained by Willie Mullins.
Singlefarmpayment is one of those horses that has been knocking on the door for quite some time. He rarely runs a bad race but always finds a few too good for him. He could only manage 13th of 24 in a handicap at the festival and looks to have much on his plate here today.
Vieux Lion Rouge is a 10-year-old chestnut gelding trained by David Pipe. In his early years, he did lots of winning and looked as if he could be top class. But he has never seemed to quite live up to expectations. He has experience over these fences, indeed he ran in the 2016 Grand National where he finished a good seventh. At the start of the following season over the same fences, he won the Beecher handicap Chase over 3 miles and 2 furlongs in a good battle to the finish. April 2017 he was back to the Grand National he finished sixth that day 27 lengths behind the winner. He tried the national again last year and finished ninth. However he has finished pulled up in his last two runs despite running really well in the Becher Handicap Chase on his seasonal debut. Something of an enigma, but he can't be left out of your reckoning.
Valseur Lido is trying his luck again this year after finishing eighth in last year's race. He was held up early on in the race but made good progress throughout the race but he did weaken quite markedly towards the end of the race. With that in mind, the distance must be a bit of a worry.
Vintage Clouds is a really good consistent grey gelding. Last season he ran really well in the long-distance chases being beaten into fourth in the Coral Welsh National and a good third in the Scottish National. He was disappointing in this year's Welsh National where he was pulled up along with a lot of other horses in the race. He did make a single bad mistake that day so perhaps he can be forgiven that run. He has also finished seventh in the Scottish National. He looks to have a really good chance you are today if he put his best foot forward and at nine years old could well be on the top of his game. Another for the shortlist.
General Principle was the 2018 winner of the Irish Grand National over 3 miles and 5 furlongs on heavy ground. Has not shown that form at all this season with some very lacklustre runs. Lots and lots of rain would surely help his cause but he is difficult to fancy on this season's poor form.
Livelovelaugh is another horse who seemed to be going the right way last season but this season seems to have lost his way a bit. He has won over 3 miles but there is no doubt that his best performances are at distances of about 2 1/2 miles so stamina is a worry for this one as well.
Walk in the Mill is a nine-year-old bay gelding trained by Robert Walford. He tackled these fences back in December and showed a good liking for them winning the Beecher chase over 3 miles and 2 furlongs in soft ground. In his two subsequent runs, he has not quite been so good however they were both at distances much less than 3 miles and it may be that the pace of the races put him on the wrong keel. An improvement today looks on the cards given his liking for the course, and also he looks the type that could easily stay the extended distance.
Folsom Blue is a nice chaser who likes heavy ground and if the rain continues to fall and the going is heavy this will improve his chances. He has been a little lacklustre this season and that is a worry but it wouldn't be surprised to see him put up a good performance today.
Captain Redbeard is a good consistent sort but is another who although he has won a point-to-point has not won at 3 miles or more under rules over fences. He has run three times over the National fences last year he unseated his rider in this race and finished ninth earlier in the season in the Grand Sefton Handicap Chase over 2 miles and 5 furlongs. He's not fluent over these fences and that would be a worry when you add to that the fact that he may not stay this trip is difficult to fancy.
Bless the Wings is a grand 14-year-old bay gelding who despite his win in the cross-country chase in December 2017 at Cheltenham looks to have no real chance here today.
Joe Farrell makes up the final field at number 40. This is a really good progressive horse who last season won the Scottish Grand National. He is a really good long distance chaser who looks to be at the top of his game right now. He comes year with a great racing weight of 10 stone and 2 pounds he can act with a bit of cut in the ground and has won on soft in the past. His last run was in a handicap chase where he finished second giving away one stone and 6 pounds to the winner. If he takes to the fences and I can see no reason why he shouldn't, I think is a really big player today and is another making it onto the shortlist.
So there we have the full field of 40 and what conclusions can we make. Tiger Roll was a good horse last year and by all accounts has improved this year. He has not done an awful lot wrong but is a very short priced winner given that he was getting tired towards the end of last year's race and was being caught on every stride from the elbow to the finish line by Pleasant Company. He did run well in the cross-country at the festival but the horses he beat that day are nowhere near as good as some of the horses he will meet today. Although use a good horse I don't see him as such a strong favourite but a lot of others do today and I think although he can win the race he is well worth opposing today. So what will take him on?
Taking them in racecard order I think the first danger will be Minella Rocco. He is a good long distance chaser and has the right profile to win the race, sure his recent form has not been that great but he does have all the attributes of a Grand National horse. Perhaps telling is the fact that he has not won since March 2016 and that was over 4 miles which he has not attempted again since. Perhaps something of a dark horse I expect him to go well.
Next is Lake View Lad perhaps the opposite of Minella Rocco this lad is the model of consistency. He is a really good jumper and is a very progressive horse. I don't think he has got to find too much more improvement to be in the finish you are today. He is a very strong contender.
Last year's second Pleasant Company is the next on the list, he was catching Tiger roll with every stride from the elbow last season and if he could get a bit closer a little earlier on in the race I think he would have beaten him. The worry perhaps is that that might have been his best chance. To be honest he's had to below par races so far this season but they have to be seen in the context of preparation for this race which he has been laid out for. Another contender.
I am throwing in Vieux Lion Rouge into the mix although I am worried about the fact that he's French-bred and French-bred horses tend to be much better below nine years old especially the distance chasers. He is just the wrong age for me but I've always thought that he just has one big race in him somewhere. Who knows this could just be it.
Vintage Clouds is in the same ownership of Lake View Lad. Both of these horses ran really well at the festival finish in second and third in the Ultima handicap Chase. Vintage clouds was getting 11 pounds from Lake View Lad and was two lengths ahead of him. He is getting the same today so they could finish close again. He does look like a national horse and his trainer Sue Smith does really well with good hardy chasers and has won this race before of course.
Finally, it's a horse with the biggest number Joe Farrell. Trained by Rebecca Curtis in Pembrokeshire South West Wales he is a really hardy racehorse. He jumps well travels easily through his races and is probably at the top of his form right now. He will love the distance and will not mind soft ground although he is untried on bottomless ground. I expect a good show from this lad today.
So there you have it horse racing and especially National Hunt horse racing is a game of opinions. In the Grand National, you need luck in running and usually, the horses that get the right luck run into the frame. As I write this final part day one of the Aintree Festival has just finished. The ground looks very very soft to me today and possibly if the rain keeps falling could get heavy by 5 o'clock on Saturday. Although really classy horses often overcome ground that they don't like running on extremes of going are a different matter. As long as all the horses come back fit and healthy will have another great race today.
Race conditions : For 7yo+ which, prior to March 19th, have started in a chase during the current season, and have been placed first, second, third or fourth in a chase with an official distance description of 'two miles seven and a half furlongs' or more, at any time during the horse's career. Horses must be also allotted a rating of 125 or more by the BHA Handicapper following a review of the horses entered and after taking account of races run up to and including February 10th. 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 horses racecourse performances up to and including February 10th would merit a minimum rating of 125. To qualify, horses must have run at least three times in Steeple Chases run under the Rules of Racing of the same Recognised Racing Authority up to and including February 10th. At the Handicappers discretion, such horses may be allotted a rating. Weights highest weight 11st 10lb Minimum weights: 10-0; Anibale Fly's Handicap Mark 164
|1||F34-622 • GELDING||Anibale Fly (FR) T||9||11st 10lbs||A. J. Martin||Barry Geraghty||164|
|2||32-601P • GELDING||Valtor (FR)||10||11st 6lbs||Nicky Henderson||Daryl Jacob||160|
|3||511-411 • CD • GELDING||Tiger Roll (IRE) B T||9||11st 5lbs||Gordon Elliott||Davy Russell||159|
|4||0-23544 • GELDING||Outlander (IRE)||11||11st 4lbs||Richard Spencer||James Bowen||158|
|5||P23/-PP3 • C • GELDING||Don Poli (IRE) p||10||11st 3lbs||Philip Kirby||Mr P. W. Mullins||157|
|6||U50-321 • GELDING||Go Conquer (IRE) T||10||11st 3lbs||Nigel Twiston-Davies||Sam Twiston-Davies||157|
|7||1P12-02 • GELDING||Mala Beach (IRE)||11||11st 2lbs||Gordon Elliott||Mr J. J. Codd||156|
|8||P4F-50P • GELDING||Minella Rocco (IRE)||9||11st 1lbs||Jonjo O'Neill||Richie McLernon||155|
|9||123-113 • GELDING||Lake View Lad (IRE)||9||11st 1lbs||N. W. Alexander||Henry Brooke||155|
|10||0/0P2-00 • GELDING||Pleasant Company (IRE)||11||11st 1lbs||W. P. Mullins||P. Townend||155|
|11||142-F6P • C • GELDING||Ballyoptic (IRE)||9||11st 1lbs||Nigel Twiston-Davies||Tom Bellamy||155|
|12||PP-00F1 • GELDING||Dounikos (FR)||8||11st 0lbs||Gordon Elliott||Jack Kennedy||154|
|13||2BU14-1 • GELDING||Rathvinden (IRE)||11||11st 0lbs||W. P. Mullins||R. Walsh||154|
|14||1511/-UU • CD • GELDING||One For Arthur (IRE) T||10||11st 0lbs||Lucinda Russell||Derek Fox||154|
|15||1P2-616 • GELDING||Rock The Kasbah (IRE) p||9||10st 13lbs||Philip Hobbs||Richard Johnson||153|
|16||2P-41P0 • C • GELDING||Warriors Tale (GB) T||10||10st 13lbs||Paul Nicholls||Harry Cobden||153|
|17||3P1P-63 • GELDING||Regal Encore (IRE)||11||10st 12lbs||Anthony Honeyball||Mark Walsh||152|
|18||3112U0 • MARE||Magic of Light (IRE) p||8||10st 11lbs||Mrs J. Harrington||Paddy Kennedy||151|
|19||30P545 • GELDING||A Toi Phil (FR) T||9||10st 11lbs||Gordon Elliott||Denis O'Regan||151|
|20||3-30211 • GELDING||Jury Duty (IRE) T||8||10st 11lbs||Gordon Elliott||Robbie Power||151|
|21||4136/-00 • GELDING||Noble Endeavor (IRE) p||10||10st 10lbs||Gordon Elliott||Mark Enright||150|
|22||102-006 • GELDING||Monbeg Notorious (IRE) V||8||10st 10lbs||Gordon Elliott||Sean Bowen||150|
|23||00-5122 • GELDING||Ramses de Teillee (FR) T||7||10st 9lbs||David Pipe||David Noonan||149|
|24||6-P36PU • C • GELDING||Tea For Two (GB)||10||10st 9lbs||Mrs Jane Williams||Lizzie Kelly||149|
|25||52P-362 • GELDING||Just a Par||9||10st 8lbs||James Moffatt||Aiden Coleman||148|
|26||2311-06 • GELDING||Step Back (IRE) p||9||10st 7lbs||Mark Bradstock||Nico de Boinville||147|
|27||01-435P • C • GELDING||Ultragold (FR) T||11||10st 7lbs||Colin Tizzard||Tom O'Brien||147|
|28||203P6P • GELDING||Blow By Blow (IRE) B T WS||8||10st 6lbs||Gordon Elliott||Andrew Ring||146|
|29||140-130 • GELDING||Up For Review (IRE)||10||10st 6lbs||W. P. Mullins||Daniel Mullins||146|
|30||P52-420 • GELDING||Singlefarmpayment (GB) H||9||10st 6lbs||Tom George||Paddy Brennan||146|
|31||040-2PP • C • GELDING||Vieux Lion Rouge (FR) T p||10||10st 6lbs||David Pipe||Tom Scudamore||146|
|32||260030 • GELDING||Valseur Lido (FR)||10||10st 6lbs||Henry de Bromhead||Rachael Blackmore||146|
|33||233-1P2 • C • GELDING||Vintage Clouds (IRE)||9||10st 4lbs||Sue Smith||Danny Cook||144|
|34||1-0053P • GELDING||General Principle (IRE) T||10||10st 4lbs||Gordon Elliott||J. J. Slevin||144|
|35||13F-P20 • GELDING||Livelovelaugh (IRE)||9||10st 4lbs||W. P. Mullins||David Mullins||144|
|36||3P-3133 • C • GELDING||Walk In The Mill (FR)||9||10st 4lbs||Robert Walford||James Best||144|
|37||40-4046 • GELDING||Folsom Blue (IRE) T p||12||10st 4lbs||Gordon Elliott||Luke Dempsey||144|
|38||330613 • GELDING||Captain Redbeard (IRE)||10||10st 3lbs||Stuart Coltherd||Sam Coltherd||143|
|39||34-566P • GELDING||Bless The Wings (IRE) p||14||10st 3lbs||Gordon Elliott||Robert Dunne||143|
|40||4311-62 • GELDING||Joe Farrell (IRE)||10||10st 2lbs||Rebecca Curtis||Adam Wedge||142|
Statistics for Grand National
|1||511-411 • CD • GELDING||Tiger Roll (IRE) B T||9||11st 5lbs||Gordon Elliott||Davy Russell||159|
|2||3112U0 • MARE||Magic of Light (IRE) p||8||10st 11lbs||Mrs J. Harrington||Paddy Kennedy||151|
|3||2BU14-1 • GELDING||Rathvinden (IRE)||11||11st 0lbs||W. P. Mullins||R. Walsh||154|
|4||3P-3133 • C • GELDING||Walk In The Mill (FR)||9||10st 4lbs||Robert Walford||James Best||144|
|5||F34-622 • GELDING||Anibale Fly (FR) T||9||11st 10lbs||A. J. Martin||Barry Geraghty||164|
|6||1511/-UU • CD • GELDING||One For Arthur (IRE) T||10||11st 0lbs||Lucinda Russell||Derek Fox||154|
|7||3P1P-63 • GELDING||Regal Encore (IRE)||11||10st 12lbs||Anthony Honeyball||Mark Walsh||152|
|8||P52-420 • GELDING||Singlefarmpayment (GB) H||9||10st 6lbs||Tom George||Paddy Brennan||146|
|9||0-23544 • GELDING||Outlander (IRE)||11||11st 4lbs||Gordon Elliott||Keith Donoghue||158|
|10||260030 • GELDING||Valseur Lido (FR)||10||10st 6lbs||Henry de Bromhead||Rachael Blackmore||146|
|11||13F-P20 • GELDING||Livelovelaugh (IRE)||9||10st 4lbs||W. P. Mullins||David Mullins||144|
|12||30P545 • GELDING||A Toi Phil (FR) T||9||10st 11lbs||Gordon Elliott||Denis O'Regan||151|
|13||34-566P • GELDING||Bless The Wings (IRE) p||14||10st 3lbs||Gordon Elliott||Robert Dunne||143|
|14||01-435P • C • GELDING||Ultragold (FR) T||11||10st 7lbs||Colin Tizzard||Tom O'Brien||147|
|15||040-2PP • C • GELDING||Vieux Lion Rouge (FR) T p||10||10st 6lbs||David Pipe||Tom Scudamore||146|
|16||330613 • GELDING||Captain Redbeard (IRE)||10||10st 3lbs||Stuart Coltherd||Sam Coltherd||143|
|17||40-4046 • GELDING||Folsom Blue (IRE) T p||12||10st 4lbs||Gordon Elliott||Luke Dempsey||144|
|18||32-601P • GELDING||Valtor (FR)||10||11st 6lbs||Nicky Henderson||Daryl Jacob||160|
|19||P23/-PP3 • C • GELDING||Don Poli (IRE) p||10||11st 3lbs||Gordon Elliott||Mr P. W. Mullins||157|
|F (1)||233-1P2 • C • GELDING||Vintage Clouds (IRE)||9||10st 4lbs||Sue Smith||Danny Cook||144|
|BD (1)||140-130 • GELDING||Up For Review (IRE)||10||10st 6lbs||W. P. Mullins||Daniel Mullins||146|
|PU (16)||102-006 • GELDING||Monbeg Notorious (IRE) V||8||10st 10lbs||Gordon Elliott||Sean Bowen||150|
|PU (17)||203P6P • GELDING||Blow By Blow (IRE) B T WS||8||10st 6lbs||Gordon Elliott||Andrew Ring||146|
|BD (18)||1P2-616 • GELDING||Rock The Kasbah (IRE) p||9||10st 13lbs||Philip Hobbs||Richard Johnson||153|
|f (18)||142-F6P • C • GELDING||Ballyoptic (IRE)||9||11st 1lbs||Nigel Twiston-Davies||Tom Bellamy||155|
|F (18)||1-0053P • GELDING||General Principle (IRE) T||10||10st 4lbs||Gordon Elliott||J. J. Slevin||144|
|UR (18)||3-30211 • GELDING||Jury Duty (IRE) T||8||10st 11lbs||Gordon Elliott||Robbie Power||151|
|PU (19)||P4F-50P • GELDING||Minella Rocco (IRE)||9||11st 1lbs||Jonjo O'Neill||Richie McLernon||155|
|PU (24)||2311-06 • GELDING||Step Back (IRE) p||9||10st 7lbs||Mark Bradstock||Nico de Boinville||147|
|PU (26)||123-113 • GELDING||Lake View Lad (IRE)||9||11st 1lbs||N. W. Alexander||Henry Brooke||155|
|PU (26)||PP-00F1 • GELDING||Dounikos (FR)||8||11st 0lbs||Gordon Elliott||Jack Kennedy||154|
|PU (26)||2P-41P0 • C • GELDING||Warriors Tale (GB) T||10||10st 13lbs||Paul Nicholls||Harry Cobden||153|
|PU (26)||4136/-00 • GELDING||Noble Endeavor (IRE) p||10||10st 10lbs||Gordon Elliott||Mark Enright||150|
|UR (26)||0/0P2-00 • GELDING||Pleasant Company (IRE)||11||11st 1lbs||W. P. Mullins||P. Townend||155|
|PU (27)||U50-321 • GELDING||Go Conquer (IRE) T||10||11st 3lbs||Nigel Twiston-Davies||Sam Twiston-Davies||157|
|PU (27)||4P100/-0 • GELDING||Just A Par (IRE) B||12||10st 2lbs||James Moffatt||Aidan Coleman||142|
|PU (28)||1P12-02 • GELDING||Mala Beach (IRE)||11||11st 2lbs||Gordon Elliott||Mr J. J. Codd||156|
|PU (28)||6-P36PU • C • GELDING||Tea For Two (GB)||10||10st 9lbs||Mrs Jane Williams||Lizzie Kelly||149|
|PU (28)||4311-62 • GELDING||Joe Farrell (IRE)||10||10st 2lbs||Rebecca Curtis||Adam Wedge||142|
|PU (30)||00-5122 • GELDING||Ramses de Teillee (FR) T||7||10st 9lbs||David Pipe||David Noonan||149|
Permission was given for SINGELFARMPAYMENT to be mounted in the pre-parade ring prior to entering the parade ring.
PLEASANT COMPANY (IRE), RAMSES DE TEILLEE (FR) and UP FOR REVIEW (IRE) wore earplugs throughout the race and VALTOR (FR),
ROCK THE KASBAH (IRE) and TEA FOR TWO wore earplugs which were removed at the start.
Having reviewed recordings of the false start, the Starters were satisfied that no riders should be reported for contravening the starting procedures. **Notice amended on 8 April 2019 to confirm the fact that there was officially a false start.**
Following the race, the representative of N.W. Alexander, the trainer of LAKE VIEW LAD (IRE), which was pulled up, reported that the gelding was unsuited by the Good to Soft, Soft in places going and would prefer a softer surface. The Veterinary Officer reported that BLOW BY BLOW (IRE), which was pulled up, finished lame on its right fore and ULTRAGOLD (FR), unplaced, finished lame on its right fore. David Noonan reported that his rein snapped on RAMSES DE TEILLE (FR), and so he pulled up; the rein was inspected and as it was found to be in a serviceable condition, no further action was taken.