Aintree Racecard - The Randox Grand National Festival - Day Two, Friday 9th April

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RANDOX GRAND NATIONAL FESTIVAL

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LADIES DAY FRIDAY 9TH APRIL 2021


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THE JOCKEY CLUB WELCOMES YOU

We are delighted to be able to welcome you to day two of the Randox Grand National Festival. Ladies’ Day is always a very special occasion at Aintree and we are looking forward to another exciting day’s racing. Following the success of 2020, the #AGrandDayIn Virtual Style Awards are back and the competition closes later today. We are inviting everyone to embrace the theme of the day and get dressed up to enjoy a day at the races from the comfort of your own home. To find out more information about how to enter, please head over to the racecourse website. Good luck! Alongside the action on the course, Ladies’ Day sees us host our Grand Women’s Summit which continues to go from strength to strength and this year’s panel is full of sporting stars. Hosted by ITV Racing’s Alice Plunkett, the panel, which includes Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Pippa Funnell and Judy Murray, will discuss the challenges professional sport presents to mental health with this year’s event taking the title: ‘Sport and mental health: A Powerful Relationship’. We are also delighted to welcome Evie Paterson, daughter of our late Chairman, Rose Paterson, to make the opening address at the Summit. This year the event is being held virtually and you will all be able to watch it on Aintree’s website from 12:30pm today. Our thanks as ever go to the sponsors of this meeting. Firstly, to our event partner Randox, who have supported the Grand National Festival since 2017. We are delighted to confirm our partnership with them for the next five years and look forward to continue working with Dr Peter FitzGerald, his wife Nuailin and the Randox team. Our thanks also go to our official betting partner Betway, Pertemps, Marsh, Molson Coors and Pinsent Masons. We’re delighted to be able to welcome a restricted number of owners back on course over the three days. We hope you all enjoy your time with us, and wish you all the best of luck today. Thank you for your patience and support over the past 12 months. We hope you and the rest of the world will enjoy all the magic from home with Racing TV and ITV Racing, as well as on our Raceday Live hub on the website, together with the live after racing show on our social media channels. We very much look forward to welcoming all of our racegoers back to Aintree to celebrate with us again at the 2022 Randox Grand National Festival.

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Davy Russell J Gordon Elliott, Ireland T Ecomm Merchant Solutuions S

TIMEFORM VIEW Edged out Pleasant Company when winning this off 9lb lower 12 months ago and left his rivals for dead in the Cross Country at Cheltenham last month. Sure to go close with a clear round. TFR BHA159 (+8) 3

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RACECARD EXPLAINED 1. FORM

EXPERT VIEW

A quick way to see a horse’s past performance. These are its recent finishing positions. Look C = D = CD =

out for Letters: Has won at this course Has won over this distance Has won over this distance at this course BF = Was a beaten favourite MORE INFORMATION ON THE FORM / P

= New racing season = Missed racing season = Was pulled-up and didn’t finish the race F = Horse fell U = Rider unseated R = Horse refused to race CO = The horse was forced out of a race by a loose horse B = Horse was brought down S = Horse slipped r = The horse ran around a jump or took the wrong course in a flat race d = Disqualified Bold form figures = performance in all-weather (Flat) or Point-to-Point (Jump) races

How the experts rate the horse’s chances: 2. BHA rating = the higher the number, the better the horse. 3. Timeform view and TFR rating 4. HORSE’S TRAINER & THEIR LOCATION Look out for the summary of leading course trainers before each race. 5. JOCKEY Listen out for any jockeys who are having a successful day. OTHER USEFUL DETAILS 6. Owner’s colours worn by the Jockey 7. Saddlecloth number 8. Horse’s name 9. Days since the horse last run 10. Horse’s age 11. Jockey’s weight (stone and Ibs) 12. The horse’s breeding – father (sire) and mother (dam) 13. Horse’s owner 14. Horse’s breeder 15. Birthplace of horse (outside GB)

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BETTING EXPLAINED — Select your horse. Note their name and saddlecloth number. — Choose your bet. ‘To win’ or ‘each-way’ are popular types of bet. — ‘To win’ is for your horse to come first. — ‘Each-way’ is for your horse to come first or to be placed. It’s two bets, so ‘£2 each-way’ = £4 total bet. — Decide the amount – or stake – you are comfortable to bet. — Place your bet. There are different places to bet on course; The Tote, racecourse bookmakers, betting shop or online. Each option offers a different experience. — Collect. Once ‘Weighed-in’ has been announced, present your betting slip and collect any winnings.

A DAY AT THE RACES EXPLAINED — Explore and familiarise yourself with the racecourse. — Find out the time of the first race in the racecard. Races are about 30 minutes apart and provide a natural focus for your day. — Visit the Parade Ring around 20 minutes before each race. This is your chance to see the horses up-close. Look for signs of their fitness and attitude. A glossy coat, pricked ears and alert nature are considered good. — Watch at least one race by the railings, as close to the finishing post as you can get.

RACEHORSES EXPLAINED — Jump horses are generally sturdier and bigger than Flat horses. Key attributes are endurance and strength. — Flat horses are lighter and more elegant for shorter, faster races. — They use a different set of muscles, so muscle definition varies just like in human athletes. — On average, Jump horses race - or ‘travel’ - at 30mph. — Flat horses are faster at 35mph and the best exceed 40mph during a race.


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Aintree Tote Placepot tips 1:45pm - The Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) JACAMAR scored over course and distance here in October and looks poised for a big run here. He took his hurdles form to a new level at Wincanton last time and should take all the beating. It’s a big ask for WILDE ABOUT OSCAR under top-weight, but he could well be the graded horse in a handicap here. Our Placepot Perm:

1) Jacamar

2) Wilde About Oscar

2.20pm - The Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) AJERO has improved and improved all season and Kim Bailey’s 6yo could well run into a place here. THIRD TIME LUCKI probably hit the front a little too soon in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham and can reverse form with Belfast Banter, who got a peach of a ride off bottom-weight. Our Placepot Perm:

1) Ajero

2) Third Time Lucki

2.50pm - The Betway Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase (Grade 1) CHANTRY HOUSE was fantastic in the Marsh Novices’ Chase and it would be a huge surprise to see him finish outside the places.

Our Placepot Perm:

1) Chantry House

3.25pm - The Marsh Steeple Chase (Registered as the Melling) (Grade 1) DASHEL DRASHER heads here after winning the Ascot Chase and can run into a place under another bold ride. NUTS WELL win over course and distance in the Old Roan reads well and he’s been laid out for this.

Our Placepot Perm:

1) Dashel Drasher

2) Nuts Well

4.05pm - The Randox Health Topham Steeple Chase (Grade 3) Top-weight IBLEO ran a belter at Cheltenham, finishing third in the Grand Annual. The step up in trip will suit and he’s never finished out of the places over fences. SENIOR CITIZEN has a handy 10-6 on his back and we might not have seen the best of him yet. Our Placepot Perm:

1) Ibleo

2) Senior Citizen

4:40pm - The Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) STREETS OF DOYEN stays this trip very well and will benefit from what’s likely to be a strong pace here. SIZABLE SAM was a little disappointing last time but is likely to improve for that experience and could be a bit underrepresented in the pool. Our Placepot Perm:

1) Streets Of Doyen

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2) Sizable Sam

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FACTS & STATS THE PERTEMPS NETWORK HANDICAP HURDLE (GRADE 3) RACE DESCRIPTION

This two and a half mile handicap hurdle is always a competitive contest and is one of the only intermediate trip Grade 3 handicap hurdles where runners are almost guaranteed to get good ground. Many trainers target this due to the favourable conditions, with novices holding a particularly strong record thanks to the lateness it is staged in the season. With a big field, horses with good tactical speed are able to excel over this two and a half mile trip.

2019

GRADE 3 HANDICAP

WINNER

RUN OVER TWO MILES, FOUR FURLONGS

THREE MUSKETEERS Three Musketeers settled in well to life at Cullentra and made his first start for the yard a winning one. Returned to hurdles and down in trip on his stable debut, he travelled powerfully under Jack Kennedy to exploit his low hurdles mark of 132, having been rated as high as 155 over fences. Delivered late by Kennedy, the winner plugged on well to see off Tim Vaughan’s Point Of Principle back in second and Canardier in third.

11 HURDLES TO BE JUMPED

TOTAL PRIZE FUND OF

£56,000

£31,511 TO THE WINNER

ROLL OF HONOUR 2011-2020 YEAR 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011

FORM WINNER AGE WEIGHT MEETING ABANDONED 738 Three Musketeers 9 10-5 213P2 Jester Jet 8 10-9 112U Rather Be 6 11-2 P Party Rock 9 10-8 61521 Theinval 5 11-4 930 Clondaw Kaempfer 6 11-4 311 Minella Forfitness 6 10-3 35P11 Attaglance 6 11-12 10110 Russian War 8 10-1

SP 8/1 20/1 10/1 33/1 7/1 10/1 10/1 14/1 16/1

TRAINER

RUNNERS

G Elliott T Lacey N Henderson J Candish N Henderson D McCain N Henderson M Jefferson G Elliott

21 19 22 22 21 22 21 21 22

LAST RACE (NO.DAYS) 8th Haydock Handicap Chase (75) 2nd Listed Warwick Mares’ Hurdle (62) UR Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle (21) PU Sandown Handicap Hurdle (20) 1st Kempton Handicap Hurdle (27) 14th Gr.3 Coral Cup (23) 1st Doncaster Nov. Hurdle (43) 1st Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle (28) 10th Cheltenham Handicap Hurdle (145)

KEY TRENDS Nine of the last 18 winners were novices

13 of the past 20 winners missed Cheltenham

Eight of the past 11 winners were rated in the 130’s

WINNING CONNECTIONS Trainers and Jockeys with some of the strongest records in the race over the last 10 years.

TRAINER

JOCKEY

Nicky Henderson

Robert Dunne

3 winners

1 winner

Today Nicky saddles Monte Cristo & Mister Coffey

Today Robert rides Solwara One


2m 4f

FIRST RACE 1.45 THE PERTEMPS NETWORK HANDICAP HURDLE RACE (CLASS 1) (Grade 3) (GBB RACE)

for four yrs old and upwards x Total race value £56000

Owners Prize Money. 1st £24102, 2nd £9934, 3rd £4967, 4th £2486, 5th £1243, 6th £622, 7th £308, 8th £157. (Penalty Value £31511.20) Weights raised 3lb and paragraph 34 of the Weights and Handicapping Code complied with where applicable. 8 Eliminated Under Rules (I)9 and (I)10.

FORM ANALYSIS - A CLOSER LOOK

| FACTS | FANCIES | FORM | STATS | Leading course trainer (16-21): N Henderson (19 wins from 103 runners, 18%) runs MISTER COFFEY & MONTE CRISTO Trainer-in-form (last 14 days): D Skelton (16 wins from 52 runners, 31%) runs WEST TO THE BRIDGE & WILDE ABOUT OSCAR Fancy That: N Henderson won this race in 2013, 2015 and 2017. The stable runs MISTER COFFEY & MONTE CRISTO today. Longest Traveller: TRONADOR trained by D Foster, Ireland.

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WILDE ABOUT OSCAR (IRE) (20) 4-11P11 CD

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Harry Skelton J Br B g Oscar (IRE) - Baie Barbara (IRE) Dan Skelton, Alcester T O Mike and Eileen Newbould The Air Ambulance Service (Warwickshire & Northamptonshire) S B Miss Elizabeth Kennedy

TIMEFORM VIEW Challow run aside (bad mistake did for him), he has been unbeaten over hurdles, showing smart form switched to handicap company at Uttoxeter (2 1/2m) last time. Should go well again. TFRHHHHI BHA150

2

EDWARDSTONE (GB) (21) 6-5U135 C

Br B g Kayf Tara - Nothingtoloose (IRE) O Robert Abrey & Ian Thurtle B Mr R. Abrey & Mr I. Thurtle

7

11-11

Tom Cannon J Alan King, Barbury Castle T Hare Group Ltd S

TIMEFORM VIEW Back to winning ways in a small-field handicap in January and good efforts when third in Betfair Hurdle at Newbury and fifth in County at Cheltenham since. Bred to stay 2 1/2m. Much respected. TFRHHHHI BHA149

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CHAPMANSHYPE (IRE) (160) 11-0110

Br B g Aizavoski (IRE) - Call Her Something (IRE) O The GD Partnership B Robert Tector

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11-8

Gavin Sheehan J Jamie Snowden, Lambourn T Betvictor S

TIMEFORM VIEW Took form up another notch when landing a sixth handicap success at Kelso (21f) in September. May have been unsuited by soft ground when well held in Wetherby Grade 2 in October. Given break since. TFRHHIII BHA146

4 MONTE CRISTO (FR) (23) 141-010

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11-7

Daryl Jacob J Br B g Montmartre (FR) - Rylara des Brosses (FR) Nicky Henderson, Lambourn T O Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede Ptarmigan Media Limited S B Mr Jean-Philippe Dubois

TIMEFORM VIEW French recruit and the ready winner of a competitive Kempton handicap (21f) on Boxing Day. Disputing fourth when badly hampered at last in Coral Cup at Cheltenham since. Remains open to improvement. TFRHHHHH BHA145

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MASTER DEBONAIR (GB) (111) 2113-60

Br Br g Yeats (IRE) - Swincombe Flame O The Gosden Mob & Sprayclad UK B M. C. and Mrs Yeo

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11-4

Sean Bowen J Harry Fry, Seaborough T Citipost S

TIMEFORM VIEW Grade 2 novice winner at Ascot last season. Disappointed in 2 runs for Colin Tizzard before Christmas but may fare better for a new yard after wind surgery. Up in trip. TFRHHHII BHA142

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AMOUR DE NUIT (IRE) (21) 2/-12450 D

Br B g Azamour (IRE) - Umthoulah (IRE) O Mr Andrew Williams B Wardley Bloodstock

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11-1

Harry Cobden J Paul Nicholls, Ditcheat T Morson Group S

TIMEFORM VIEW Made light of 20-month absence when landing 2 1/2m Plumpton handicap in November. Solid in-frame efforts the next twice and not disgraced in Martin Pipe latest. Cheekpieces go on. TFRHHHII BHA139

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KATESON (GB) (48) 42-0130 CD

Br Gr g Black Sam Bellamy (IRE) - Silver Kate (IRE) O DMRichardsRobertsChurchwardW-Williams B D. M. Richards

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11-0

Tom Scudamore J Tom Lacey, Woolhope T Plusbac S

TIMEFORM VIEW Doesn’t always look straightforward but galvanised by first-time cheekpieces to win over C&D (heavy) in December. Good third at Ascot next time but not in the same form back there since. TFRHHIII BHA138

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STOLEN SILVER (FR) (48) 0P-332P

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10-13

Sam Twiston-Davies J Br Gr g Lord du Sud (FR) - Change Partner (FR) Nigel Twiston-Davies, Cheltenham T O Walters Plant Hire & Potter Group Potter Group S B S.C. Snig Elevage

TIMEFORM VIEW Useful hurdler who matched that level without getting his head in front in three runs over fences to start this season. Ran poorly back hurdling at Ascot last time, though. TFRHHIII BHA137 12


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WEST TO THE BRIDGE (IRE) (13) 5P42P5 C D

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10-13

Bridget Andrews J Br B g Flemensfirth (USA) - Godlylady (IRE) Dan Skelton, Alcester T O Mr J. Tierney Ladbrokes, The Air Ambulance Service (Warwickshire & Northamptonshire) S B Mr L. Dunne

TIMEFORM VIEW Bounced back to very best when runner-up at Wetherby (2 1/2m) in February. Failed to stay 3 1/4m when remote fifth at Kelso last time so probably still in form. TFRHHHII BHA137

10 MISTER COFFEY (FR) (47) 1/12-130

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Br B g Authorized (IRE) - Mamitador O Lady Bamford & Alice Bamford B S.C.E.A. Le Haras D’Haspel

10-13

Nico de Boinville J Nicky Henderson, Lambourn T Unibet S

TIMEFORM VIEW Improved again to win on handicap bow at Sandown (2m) in November. Progress stalled twice since but far from disgraced when seventh of 23 in Betfair at Newbury latterly. Up in trip. Still unexposed. TFRHHHHI BHA137

11 WHATSUPWITHYOU (IRE) (21) P3-0254

7

10-12

TIMEFORM VIEW Just an Ascot maiden win to his name but he has posted some good efforts in defeats in handicaps this term, the latest when 12 lengths fourth in Martin Pipe at Cheltenham. Yet another to consider. TFRHHHHI BHA136

12 WAR LORD (GER) (34) 0-21304

6

Br Gr g Jukebox Jury (IRE) - Westalin (GER) O The Wychwood Partnership B Gestut Etzean

10-12

Jonjo O’Neill Jr. J Colin Tizzard, Sherborne T Coral Racing Limited S

TIMEFORM VIEW Solid second on return at Wetherby prior to going one better at Haydock. Not disgraced back at the latter course next run, but his last 2 efforts have been underwhelming. Bounce back required. TFRHHIII BHA136

13 JACAMAR (GER) (59) 314410 CD BF

6

Br B g Maxios - Juvena (GER) O Pegasus Bloodstock Limited B J. Imm

10-11

Paddy Brennan J Milton Harris, Warminster T

TIMEFORM VIEW Useful hurdler who won over C&D (from Strong Glance) in October and added to tally over 21f at Wincanton on Boxing Day. Shaped as if still in form when midfield in jumpers bumper at Kempton since. TFRHHHII BHA135

14 SOLWARA ONE (IRE) (23) 2-1121

7

Br B g Gold Well - Turquoise Green (IRE) O Mrs Jane Gerard-Pearse B John and Miriam Murphy

10-10

Robert Dunne J Neil Mulholland, Limpley Stoke T Tote S

TIMEFORM VIEW Bumper winner in November and also successful twice in novice hurdles since. Lacks experience for a race of this nature but he’s a strong traveller who could be suited by big-field handicaps. Player. TFRHHHHI BHA134

15 NIGHTBOATTOCLYRO (GB) (20) 36-1113 D BF Br Ch g Sulamani (IRE) - Wychwoods Legend O Glastonburys & On The Gallops 1 B Kevin & Anne Glastonbury

7

10-7

Jack Tudor (3) J Samuel Drinkwater, Strensham T Tote S

TIMEFORM VIEW Real improver for new yard during the winter, completing the hat-trick at Wetherby. Winning run came to a halt at Kempton last month but he still performed with credit in third. TFRHHHII BHA131

16 DANS LE VENT (FR) (23) U2-1440 D Br B g Skins Game - Boreade (FR) O R J Gambarini Racing B C. Laval, J. Laval & A. Larrieu

8

10-7

Isabel Williams (5) J Evan Williams, Llancarfan T Office Visions (Wales) Ltd S

TIMEFORM VIEW Better than ever when narrowly landing 7-runner handicap back hurdling following 13 months off at Hereford (19.5f) in December. Creditable efforts in defeat since but looks summed up by his mark. TFRHHHII BHA131

17 THISTLE DO NICELY (IRE) (554) 42202/4Br B g Arcadio (GER) - April Thistle (IRE) O Appletree Stud, M Gumienny & A Signy B D. Caverley

7

10-6

Page Fuller J Jamie Snowden, Lambourn T Betvictor S

TIMEFORM VIEW Useful novice hurdler in 2018/19 but absent since finishing fourth on Warwick chase debut in autumn 2019. This a big ask on his return. TFRHHIII BHA130

18 PRESS YOUR LUCK (IRE) (13) 11P0B2 Br B g Doyen (IRE) - Merry Gladness (IRE) O Cox, Lloyd & Finden B Gregory Rossiter

6

10-6

Joshua Moore J Chris Gordon, Winchester T Equestrian Fencing & Timber Ltd S

TIMEFORM VIEW Irish point winner who landed 2 novice hurdles in autumn. Disappointed next 2 starts but back on track when second of in 19f Newbury handicap hurdle 13 days ago. TFRHHHII BHA130

19 THE VOLLAN (IRE) (159) 0-23U04 D

7

10-6

Jonathan Burke J Br B g Scorpion (IRE) - Print It On Lips (IRE) Charlie Longsdon, Chipping Norton T O Mr M. Scott Merribelle Stable Llc S B Sharon Duggan

TIMEFORM VIEW Dual hurdle winner last term and placed in 2 handicap hurdles over 23f to start this season. Hasn’t taken to fences since then but may fare better back over the smaller obstacles after wind surgery. TFRHHHII BHA130 13

First Race

Kevin Brogan (5) J Br B g Shantou (USA) - Whats Up Britta (IRE) Ben Pauling, Bourton-on-the-Water T O Co-Foundations Ltd Jeremy Houghton - Houghtonart S B Stone Electrical Ltd


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20 STRONG GLANCE (GB) (21) 20r110

8

10-5

Aidan Coleman J Br Bl g Passing Glance - Strong Westerner (IRE) Olly Murphy, Wilmcote T O Welfordgolf syndicate Welford On Avon Golf Course Ltd S B R. Rainbow & Sons

TIMEFORM VIEW Won a couple of AW jumpers bumpers in February. Struggled back hurdling in the County at Cheltenham last month but has dropped back to the same mark as when second to Jacamar over C&D in October. TFRHHHII BHA129

21 TRONADOR (IRE) (19) 4130-0

Br Ch g Lope de Vega (IRE) - Autumn Leaves (FR) O Mr M. Wasylocha B B. Sangster & Freynestown Stud

5

10-4

Jack Kennedy J Mrs Denise Foster, Ireland T

TIMEFORM VIEW Shaped better than the result in Fred Winter at Cheltenham on final start last season and should be sharper for last month’s reappearance run at Downpatrick. Remains capable of better. TFRHHHII BHA128

22 AMARILLO SKY (IRE) (31) 1-4401

5

Br B g Westerner - Bag of Tricks (IRE) O J P Romans & Taylor, O’Dwyer B Mrs Amy Collins

10-4

Robbie Power J Colin Tizzard, Sherborne T Coral Racing Limited S

TIMEFORM VIEW Improved effort over hurdles when making all on Exeter handicap debut a month ago. That was only a Grade 4 so this a significant jump in class but he had plenty in hand and is open to improvement. TFRHHHII BHA128 DECLARED RUNNERS 22 2020: MEETING ABANDONED Sheepskin Cheek Pieces worn first time by No. 6. Hood worn by No. 9, 10. Tongue Strap worn by No. 3, 7, 8, 19. Sheepskin Cheek Pieces worn by No. 7, 19, 21. Running for the first time since Wind Surgery No. 5, 19. Stewards Note: MONTE CRISTO: Following its run on 17/3/2021 it was reported that the horse was hampered by a faller. STOLEN SILVER: Following its run on 20/2/2021 it was reported that the horse was never travelling. JACAMAR: Following its run on 9/2/2021 it was reported that the trainer could not explain the poor run. PRESS YOUR LUCK: Following its run on 27/3/2021 it was reported that the horse lost a shoe. Probable S.P’s: 7-1 Solwara One (IRE), 9-1 Wilde About Oscar (IRE), 10-1 Mister Coffey (FR), 12-1 Edwardstone (GB), 14-1 Monte Cristo (FR), 16-1 Whatsupwithyou (IRE), Tronador (IRE), Amarillo Sky (IRE), 20-1 Press Your Luck (IRE), 25-1 Master Debonair (GB), Nightboattoclyro (GB), 28-1 Amour de Nuit (IRE), Jacamar (GER), 33-1 Chapmanshype (IRE), Strong Glance (GB), 40-1 Kateson (GB), West To The Bridge (IRE), War Lord (GER), Dans Le Vent (FR), The Vollan (IRE), 50-1 Stolen Silver (FR), 66-1 Thistle Do Nicely (IRE)

PLAY SMARTER

Several possibilities in this very competitive opener. Nicky Henderson has tasted success in this 3 times since 2013 so the suggestion is MONTE CRISTO, who was still in with a shout of aplace when hampered at the last in the Coral Cup. Edwardstone has some very solid 2m handicap form to his name and is bred to stay this trip so he’s next on the list ahead of Mister Coffey and Solwara One.

TIMEFORM PREDICTION: 1.MONTE CRISTO (FR) 2.EDWARDSTONE 3.MISTER COFFEY (FR)

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FACTS & STATS THE BETWAY TOP NOVICES’ HURDLE (GRADE 1) RACE DESCRIPTION The Top became a Grade 1 in 2016 and has been dominated by Nicky Henderson in recent years, with the likes Buveur D’Air, Josses Hill and My Tent Or Yours all those to have won from Seven Barrows. This race acts as a natural progression from the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, and the last horse to complete the Supreme-Top double was Browne’s Gazette in 1984. 2019

GRADE 1

WINNER

RUN OVER TWO MILES, 103 YARDS

FELIX DESJY Fifth in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, Felix Desjy came to Aintree full of confidence after that promising run and put his exuberant running style to use by making all in this race in 2019. Jack Kennedy was keen to be positive from the saddle and rode his mount into every hurdle, keen to keep momentum. A slight wobble up the run-in was soon corrected, and he stayed on well to see off the fast finishing Aramon in second.

9 HURDLES TO BE JUMPED

TOTAL PRIZE FUND OF

£75,000

£42,202 TO THE WINNER

ROLL OF HONOUR 2011-2020 YEAR 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011

FORM WINNER AGE WEIGHT MEETING ABANDONED 75215 Felix Desjy 6 11-4 2320 Lalor 6 11-4 4140 Pingshou 7 11-4 113 Buveur d’Air 5 11-4 311 Cyrus Darius 6 11-4 21122 Josses Hill 6 11-4 12112 My Tent Or Yours 6 11-4 111F2 Darlan 5 11-4 41011 Topolski 5 11-4

SP 7/2 14/1 16/1 11/4 8/1 6/4F 4/11F 7/4F 11/2

TRAINER G Elliott K Woolacott C Tizzard N Henderson M Jefferson N Henderson N Henderson N Henderson D Arbuthnot

RUNNERS 7 13 9 11 11 10 4 12 13

LAST RACE (NO.DAYS) 5th Gr.1 Supreme Nov. Hurdle (24) 13th Gr.3 Newbury Handicap Hurdle (62) 10th Gr.1 Supreme Nov. Hurdle (24) 3rd Gr.1 Supreme Nov. Hurdle (24) 1st Hexham Nov. Hurdle (17) 2nd Gr.1 Supreme Nov. Hurdle (30) 2nd Gr.1 Supreme Nov. Hurdle (24) 2nd Gr.1 Supreme Nov. Hurdle (31) 1st Newton Abbot Nov. Hurdle (20)

KEY TRENDS 12 of the past 21 winners contested the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle

Four of the last seven winners had contested a championship bumper the previous season

WINNING CONNECTION Trainer with the strongest record in the race over the last 10 years.

TRAINER Nicky Henderson 4 winners Today Nicky saddles Dusart

Nicky Henderson has saddled five winners since 2010


2m 103y

SECOND RACE 2.20 THE BETWAY TOP NOVICES’ HURDLE RACE (CLASS 1) (Grade 1) (GBB RACE) for novice four yrs old and upwards x Total race value £75000 Owners Prize Money. 1st £32280, 2nd £13305, 3rd £6653, 4th £3330, 5th £1665, 6th £833, 7th £413, 8th £210. (Penalty Value £42202.50)

FORM ANALYSIS - A CLOSER LOOK

| FACTS | FANCIES | FORM | STATS | Leading course trainer (16-21): N Henderson (19 wins from 103 runners, 18%) runs DUSART Trainer-in-form (last 14 days): D Skelton (16 wins from 52 runners, 31%) runs THIRD TIME LUCKI Fancy That: N Henderson won this race in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016. The stable runs DUSART today. Longest Traveller: BELFAST BANTER trained by P Fahey, Ireland.

J Jockey

T Trainer O Owner B Breeder S Sponsor Br Breeding

colours no

1

horse

AJERO (IRE) (17) 3-21111 D

Br B g Red Jazz (USA) - Eoz (IRE) O Julie and David R Martin and Dan Hall B Peter & Sandra McCarthy

age

st-lb

6

11-4

David Bass J Kim Bailey, Cheltenham T Kim Bailey Racing Ltd S

TIMEFORM VIEW Half-brother to connections’ very smart chaser Charbel. Progressive over hurdles, extending winning sequence to 4 when easily seeing off 3 rivals in Huntingdon handicap 17 days ago. More to come. TFRHHHII BHA140

2

ANY NEWS (IRE) (34) F-112U

Br Ch g Stowaway - Kisskiss Bang Bang (IRE) O Jane Nuala Cartwright B Aileen Persse & Hannah Persse

6

11-4

Sam Twiston-Davies J Neil Mulholland, Limpley Stoke T

TIMEFORM VIEW Has made a bright start under Rules, supplementing his bumper win at Exeter on hurdles bow at Bangor in November. Yet to be asked for effort when unseating at Kelso and remains open to improvement. TFRHHHII BHA143

3

BELFAST BANTER (IRE) (21) 125621 D

Br B g Jeremy (USA) - Sumtin Nice (IRE) O Direct Bloodstock Limited B Seamus Cooney

6

11-4

Kevin Sexton J Peter Fahey, Ireland T

TIMEFORM VIEW Off mark over hurdles in 2m maiden at Galway in October and produced his best effort yet when landing the County at Cheltenham 3 weeks ago. Things may not pan out so favourably here upped in grade. TFRHHIII BHA135

4 BOMBYX (GB) (13) 13 D

6

Br Ch g Sir Percy - Bombazine (IRE) O The FOPS B Mr & Mrs A. E. Pakenham

11-4

Bryony Frost J Lucy Wadham, Newmarket T Weatherbys Hamilton LLP S

TIMEFORM VIEW Useful on Flat for James Fanshawe and showed he still retains his ability when returning from a 21-month absence to easily make a winning start over hurdles at Huntingdon. Looks out of his depth here. TFRHIIII BHA122

5

DO YOUR JOB (IRE) (34) 2-11242 D

Br B g Fame And Glory - Full of Birds (FR) O Mr Mark Dunphy B Mrs C. J. Berry

7

11-4

Brendan Powell J Michael Scudamore, Bromsash T Kiely Bros Ltd S

TIMEFORM VIEW Irish point winner who has done well over hurdles this term, scoring twice in October. Ran at least as well as previously following a wind op when runner-up in Grade 2 event at Kelso but more needed. TFRHHIII BHA136

6

DUSART (IRE) (155) 1 D

Br B g Flemensfirth (USA) - Dusty Too O Mr R. A. Bartlett B Mrs Virginia McGrath

6

11-4

Nico de Boinville J Nicky Henderson, Lambourn T Albert Bartlett S

TIMEFORM VIEW Looked a star in the making when scoring on debut for a top yard at Newbury in November, leading 2 out and keeping on well. Has scope for plenty of improvement and very much one to keep onside. TFRHHHHI BHA-

7

FOR PLEASURE (IRE) (24) 114103 D

6

11-4

Harry Bannister J Br Ch g Excelebration (IRE) - Darsan (IRE) Alex Hales, Edgecote T O Premier Plastering (UK) Limited Premier Plastering (UK) Limited, Lactodorum Contracts Ltd S B M. Phelan

TIMEFORM VIEW Headstrong front runner who was in fine form in first half of season, including Grade 2 novice win at Cheltenham. Ran his heart out to hit the frame in the Supreme but likely to come up short here. TFRHHIII BHA144

8

THIRD TIME LUCKI (IRE) (21) 112146 D

6

11-4

Harry Skelton J Br Br g Arcadio (GER) - Definite Valley (IRE) Dan Skelton, Alcester T O Mike and Eileen Newbould The Air Ambulance Service (Warwickshire & Northamptonshire) S B Mr G. Delaney

TIMEFORM VIEW Enhanced his good record over hurdles with easy Kempton success on Boxing Day. Arguably shaped best when sixth on handicap debut at Cheltenham 3 weeks ago and he remains one to view positively. TFRHHHHH BHA144 18


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TIMBERMAN (IRE) (35) 225-431

Br B g Califet (FR) - Millrock Lady (IRE) O Mr J. Turner B Mr D. Fitzsimons

6

11-4

Paddy Brennan J Fergal O’Brien, Cheltenham T

TIMEFORM VIEW Promise for Nicky Henderson in 2019, and did well to overhaul his chief market rival on first hurdles start for this yard at Doncaster last month, leading under pressure run-in. Plenty more needed. TFRHHIII BHA-

10 HOUX GRIS (FR) (24) 123134

Br Gr g Gris de Gris (IRE) - Qarera (FR) O Booth Evans Giles & Sullivan Bloodstock B E.A.R.L. Trinquet, M. & O. Trinquet

4

10-12

Harry Cobden J Paul Nicholls, Ditcheat T Morson Group S

TIMEFORM VIEW Cost €200,000 after winning at Auteuil as a three-year-old. Shaped really when finishing fourth on second start for this yard in the Fred Winter at Cheltenham last month and he remains capable of better. TFRHHHII BHA130 DECLARED RUNNERS 10 Tongue Strap worn by No. 1, 3, 5. Probable S.P’s: 7-2 Third Time Lucki (IRE), 4-1 Dusart (IRE), 5-1 Any News (IRE), 11-2 Ajero (IRE), 10-1 For Pleasure (IRE), 12-1 Belfast Banter (IRE), 16-1 Houx Gris (FR), 25-1 Do Your Job (IRE), 28-1 Timberman (IRE), 150-1 Bombyx (GB)

PLAY SMARTER

Some top novices on show here, with preference for Dan Skelton’s THIRD TIME LUCKI, who paid the price for making his move earlier than ideal in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham 3 weeks ago and looks to have been found a good opportunity for a first top-level success. The main danger could be Dusart, who is open to any amount of improvement after his debut victory, with Any News also respected.

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FACTS & STATS THE BETWAY MILDMAY NOVICES’ CHASE (GRADE 1) RACE DESCRIPTION Named after the course the race is ran on, the Mildmay, this contest was first ran in 1981. A race for those who contested the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase (the Broadway) at the Cheltenham Festival, this test is ideal for those three mile chasers looking to gain more experience before taking the step into open company next season. First ran as a Grade 1 in 2014, Might Bite is the last horse to complete the Cheltenham-Aintree double. 2019

GRADE 1

WINNER

RUN OVER THREE MILES, 210 YARDS

LOSTINTRANSLATION Despite being keen throughout the race, Colin Tizzard’s Lostintranslation put RSA winner Topofthegame in his place rather easily thanks to a superb round of jumping. Robbie Power enabled his mount to jump fluently throughout and had plenty of horse underneath him over the final two fences, with Lostintranslation easing away to win by a widening six lengths. RSA winner Topofthegame snatched second in the shadow of the post from Top Ville Ben.

19 FENCES TO BE JUMPED

TOTAL PRIZE FUND OF

£75,000

£42,202 TO THE WINNER

ROLL OF HONOUR 2011-2020 YEAR 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011

FORM WINNER AGE WEIGHT SP MEETING ABANDONED 23122 Lostintranslation 7 11-4 3/1 13112 Terrefort 5 11-4 3/1F 21F11 Might Bite 8 11-4 8/13F 11332 Native River 6 11-4 11/2 U1F12 Saphir du Rheu 6 11-4 13/8F 2U111 Holywell 7 11-4 7/2 1112 Dynaste 7 11-4 9/4JF 3124 Silviniaco Conti 6 11-4 7/4F 1211 Quito de La Roque 7 11-4 6/1

TRAINER

RUNNERS

C Tizzard N Henderson N Henderson C Tizzard P Nicholls J O’Neill D Pipe P Nicholls C Murphy

6 9 5 8 9 6 6 5 8

LAST RACE (NO.DAYS) 2nd Gr.1 Marsh Nov. Chase (22) 2nd Gr.1 Marsh Nov. Chase (29) 1st Gr.1 RSA Chase (23) 2nd Cheltenham Nov. Chase (24) 2nd Gr.1 Stayers’ Hurdle (29) 1st Gr.3 Ultima Handicap Chase (24) 2nd Gr.2 Marsh Nov. Chase (22) 4th Gr.2 Reynoldstown Chase (53) 1st Gr.2 Ten Up Chase (55)

KEY TRENDS 15 of the last 18 winners ran at the Cheltenham Festival

34 of the 39 winners had won at least twice over fences

Five of the past eight winners contested the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase

WINNING CONNECTIONS Trainers and Jockeys with some of the strongest records in the race over the last 10 years.

TRAINER

JOCKEY

Nicky Henderson

Robbie Power

2 winners

1 winner

Today Nicky saddles Chantry House

Today Robbie rides Fiddlerontheroof


3m 210y

THIRD RACE 2.50 THE BETWAY MILDMAY NOVICES’ STEEPLE CHASE (CLASS 1) (Grade 1) (GBB RACE) for novice five yrs old and upwards x Total race value £75000 Owners Prize Money. 1st £32280, 2nd £13305, 3rd £6653, 4th £3330, 5th £1665, 6th £833, 7th £413, 8th £210. (Penalty Value £42202.50)

FORM ANALYSIS - A CLOSER LOOK

| FACTS | FANCIES | FORM | STATS | Leading course trainer (16-21): N Henderson (19 wins from 103 runners, 18%) runs CHANTRY HOUSE Trainer-in-form (last 14 days): D Skelton (16 wins from 52 runners, 31%) runs SHAN BLUE Longest Traveller: SPORTING JOHN trained by P Hobbs, Minehead, 233 miles.

J Jockey

T Trainer O Owner B Breeder S Sponsor Br Breeding

colours no

1

horse

CHANTRY HOUSE (IRE) (22) 13-1311

Br Br g Yeats (IRE) - The Last Bank (IRE) O Mr John P. McManus B M. Conaghan

age

st-lb

7

11-4

Nico de Boinville J Nicky Henderson, Lambourn T

TIMEFORM VIEW Has met with defeat just twice under Rules (including when third in last year’s Supreme) and took his place at the top table with victory in the Marsh last month. 3m will suit and the one to beat. TFRHHHHH BHA159

2

EMPIRE STEEL (IRE) (49) 313-121 D

Br Gr g Aizavoski (IRE) - Talk of Rain (FR) O Alan Wight B Mr Nick Blanchfield

7

11-4

Ryan Mania J Sandy Thomson, Greenlaw T Sandy Thomson Racing S

TIMEFORM VIEW Hurdles winner who has improved markedly for the switch to chasing this season, completing simple task to make it 2-3 in a Kelso novice (23.4f) in February. More to come but this is a tough ask. TFRHHHII BHA140

3

ESPOIR DE ROMAY (FR) (28) 310-121

7

Br B g Kap Rock (FR) - Miss du Seuil (FR) O The Midgelets B G. Gordat, O. Gordat & F. Dussably

11-4

David Bass J Kim Bailey, Cheltenham T Kim Bailey Racing Ltd S

TIMEFORM VIEW Useful hurdler who has done even better over fences, doubling chase tally with minimum fuss at Leicester (20f, heavy) last month. Quite possible he’s a graded-class novice and good showing expected. TFRHHHHI BHA155

4 FIDDLERONTHEROOF (IRE) (23) 212222 Br B g Stowaway - Inquisitive Look O Taylor, Burley & O’Dwyer B Treaty Pals Syndicate

7

11-4

Robbie Power J Colin Tizzard, Sherborne T Coral Racing Limited S

TIMEFORM VIEW Tolworth winner last term who landed an Exeter maiden chase (19f) in November. Similar form all 4 starts in defeat since, latterly when runner-up behind Monkfish at Cheltenham latest. Each-way claims. TFRHHHII BHA152

5

SHAN BLUE (IRE) (22) 6-11125

7

11-4

Harry Skelton J Br B g Shantou (USA) - Lady Roberta (IRE) Dan Skelton, Alcester T O Mr Colm Donlon Ladbrokes, The Air Ambulance Service (Warwickshire & Northamptonshire) S B Desmond Amond

TIMEFORM VIEW Landed Grade 1 Kauto Star at Kempton in December before a good second in Scilly Isles behind Sporting John. Chance probably compromised by pressing on too early in the Marsh and better expected here. TFRHHHHI BHA150

6

SILVER HALLMARK (GB) (76) 13/10-21

Br Br or Gr g Shirocco (GER) - Gaye Sophie O Mr & Mrs William Rucker B R. F. and S. D. Knipe

7

11-4

James Bowen J Fergal O’Brien, Cheltenham T Tote S

TIMEFORM VIEW Point/hurdles winner who, whilst very lightly raced, proved he’s a chaser of useful merit when landing Haydock Grade 2 in January. Remains totally unexposed and could be more to come up in trip. TFRHHHII BHA145

7

SPORTING JOHN (IRE) (23) 110-31F

Br B or Br g Getaway (GER) - Wild Spell (IRE) O Mr John P. McManus B Stephanie Hanly

6

11-4

Tom O’Brien J Philip Hobbs, Minehead T

TIMEFORM VIEW Multiple hurdles winner who was an impressive winner of Scilly Isles Chase at Sandown in February. Jumping let him down at Cheltenham but he remains with potential, particularly at this trip. TFRHHHHI BHA153

8

THE BIG BREAKAWAY (IRE) (23) 14-1223

Br Ch g Getaway (GER) - Princess Mairead (IRE) O Eric Jones, Geoff Nicholas, John Romans B William Mangan

6

11-4

Harry Cobden J Colin Tizzard, Sherborne T Coral Racing Limited S

TIMEFORM VIEW Useful hurdler who landed Cheltenham novice (24.3f) on chase debut in November. Runner-up in Kauto Star in December and paid price for putting it up to Monkfish when third at the Festival. TFRHHHII BHA148 26


thejockeyclub.co.uk DECLARED RUNNERS 8 Tongue Strap worn by No. 3, 4. Probable S.P’s: 13-8 Chantry House (IRE), 11-2 Shan Blue (IRE), 13-2 Espoir de Romay (FR), 17-2 The Big Breakaway (IRE), 9-1 Fiddlerontheroof (IRE), 11-1 Sporting John (IRE), 20-1 Silver Hallmark (GB), 25-1 Empire Steel (IRE)

PLAY SMARTER

CHANTRY HOUSE has quickly made up into a cracking chaser, a beneficiary of Envoi Allen’s early exit from the Marsh but impressive in his own right in drawing clear. He leaves the impression this longer trip will suit and he can land a second Grade 1. Shan Blue if ridden a little more conservatively, Sporting John and Espoir de Romay head the dangers.

TIMEFORM PREDICTION: 1.CHANTRY HOUSE (IRE) 2.SHAN BLUE (IRE) 3.SPORTING JOHN (IRE)

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FACTS & STATS THE MARSH STEEPLE CHASE (REGISTERED AS THE MELLING CHASE) (GRADE 1) RACE DESCRIPTION

Another Grade 1 with a rich history, the Marsh Melling Chase was added to the racing calendar in 1991, with Grade 1 status handed for it’s inaugural running. Named after the nearby village of Melling, situated on the famous Melling Road which crosses the racecourse, this is for many the feature race of the meeting. Another event over the intermediate trip of two miles and four furlongs, the likes of Don Cossack, Finian’s Rainbow and Sprinter Sacre feature on the roll of honour.

2019

GRADE 1

WINNER

RUN OVER TWO MILES, THREE FURLONGS & 200 YARDS

MIN

Min was at his imperious best when winning this in 2019, making all the running and putting in an exhibition round of jumping under Ruby Walsh. His victory was the most in command that many have seen for a long while in such a high-profile Grade 1, and he won unchallenged in mighty style. He bounced back from a below-par run at Cheltenham and put his rivals to the sword winning easily by 20 lengths.

16 FENCES TO BE JUMPED

TOTAL PRIZE FUND OF

£187,000

£104,963 TO THE WINNER

ROLL OF HONOUR 2011-2020 YEAR 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011

FORM WINNER AGE WEIGHT SP MEETING ABANDONED 115 Min 8 11-7 2/1F 11124 Politologue 7 11-7 11/1 1122 Fox Norton 7 11-7 4/1 324 God’s Own 8 11-10 10/1 11113 Don Cossack 8 11-10 3/1JF 166 Boston Bob 9 11-10 5/1 111 Sprinter Sacre 7 11-10 1/3F 121 Finian’s Rainbow 9 11-10 13/8F 1118 Master Minded 8 11-10 11/2

TRAINER

RUNNERS

W Mullins P Nicholls C Tizzard T George G Elliott W Mullins N Henderson N Henderson P Nicholls

6 6 9 6 10 10 6 8 10

LAST RACE (NO.DAYS) 5th Gr.1 Champion Chase (23) 4th Gr.1 Champion Chase (30) 2nd Gr.1 Champion Chase (23) 4th Gr.1 Champion Chase (23) 3rd Gr.1 Ryanair Chase (29) 6th Gr.1 Ryanair Chase (22) 1st Gr.1 Champion Chase (23) 1st Gr.1 Champion Chase (30) 8th Gr.1 Champion Chase (23)

KEY TRENDS The past 18 winners contested either the Queen Mother Chase or the Ryanair Chase

22 of the 29 winners had won or placed at this meeting previously

12 of the past 16 winners had won a Grade 1 earlier in the season

WINNING CONNECTIONS Trainers and Jockeys with some of the strongest records in the race over the last 10 years.

TRAINER

JOCKEY

Paul Nicholls

Sam Twiston-Davies

2 winners

1 winner

Today Paul saddles Duc des Genievres, Master Tommytucker & Politologue

Today Sam rides Master Tommytucker


2m 3f 200y

FOURTH RACE 3.25 THE MARSH STEEPLE CHASE (CLASS 1) (REGISTERED AS THE MELLING STEEPLE CHASE) (Grade 1) (GBB RACE)

for five yrs old and upwards x Total race value £187000

Owners Prize Money. 1st £80335, 2nd £33062, 3rd £16531, 4th £8265, 5th £4133, 6th £2057, 7th £1047, 8th £505. (Penalty Value £104963.10)

FORM ANALYSIS - A CLOSER LOOK

| FACTS | FANCIES | FORM | STATS | Leading course trainer (16-21): P Nicholls (12 wins from 116 runners, 10%) runs DUC DES GENIEVRES, MASTER TOMMYTUCKER & POLITOLOGUE Trainer-in-form (last 14 days): P Nicholls (12 wins from 34 runners, 35%) runners listed above. Longest Travellers: NOTEBOOK trained by H De Bromhead & FAKIR D’OUDAIRIES trained by J P O’Brien - both Ireland.

J Jockey

T Trainer O Owner B Breeder S Sponsor Br Breeding

colours no

1

horse

DASHEL DRASHER (GB) (48) U1-3111 D

Br B g Passing Glance - So Long O Mrs B Tully and Mr R Lock B Mrs C. C. Scott

age

st-lb

8

11-7

Matt Griffiths J Jeremy Scott, Dulverton T Brendon Powerwashers S

TIMEFORM VIEW Likeable front runner who has taken his form to another level this term, completing Ascot hat-trick with 2l win from Master Tommytucker in Betfair Chase last time. Strong claims. TFRHHHHI BHA162

2

DUC DES GENIEVRES (FR) (23) F5-2300 D 8

Br Gr g Buck’s Boum (FR) - Lobelie (FR) O Sullivan Bloodstock Limited B Mme Colette Serre

11-7

Lorcan Williams J Paul Nicholls, Ditcheat T Morson Group S

TIMEFORM VIEW Arkle winner in 2019 for Willie Mullins. Good second at Cheltenham on debut for new yard but has struggled since. TFRHIIII BHA155

3

FAKIR D’OUDAIRIES (FR) (22) 22-2P22 D

Br B g Kapgarde (FR) - Niagaria du Bois (FR) O Mr John P. McManus B Comte Michel de Gigou

6

11-7

Mark Walsh J Joseph Patrick O’Brien, Ireland T

TIMEFORM VIEW Top-class chaser who found only the highly-impressive Allaho too strong in the Ryanair at Cheltenham and no obvious reason why he won’t go well again. TFRHHHHI BHA162

4 ITCHY FEET (FR) (48) 1U-3225 D BF

Br B g Cima de Triomphe (IRE) - Maeva Candas (FR) O Kate & Andrew Brooks B Jean-Pierre Cordonnier & Daniel Gromada

7

11-7

Gavin Sheehan J Olly Murphy, Wilmcote T McCoy Contractors S

TIMEFORM VIEW Smart over hurdles and even better over fences. Generally creditable efforts in chases this term but underperformed back hurdling when fifth in Rendlesham at Haydock last time. TFRHHIII BHA154

5

MASTER TOMMYTUCKER (GB) (48) 211012 D 10

Br B g Kayf Tara - No Need For Alarm O Mr A. G. Fear B A. G. Fear

11-7

Sam Twiston-Davies J Paul Nicholls, Ditcheat T Morson Group S

TIMEFORM VIEW Front runner who often has a shocking mistake in him but that hasn’t stopped him winning 3 times this season. Good second to Dashel Drasher in Betfair Chase at Ascot and may do better still. TFRHHHHI BHA160

6

NOTEBOOK (GER) (23) 16-1230

8

Br B g Samum (GER) - Nova (GER) O Gigginstown House Stud B Gestut Am Schlossgarten GbR

11-7

Rachael Blackmore J Henry de Bromhead, Ireland T

TIMEFORM VIEW Top-class chaser. Wide-margin winner at Naas and good placed efforts next two starts. Underperformed in Champion Chase last time but could get involved if back on track. TFRHHHII BHA162

7

NUTS WELL (GB) (166) 1113-11 CD

Br B g Dylan Thomas (IRE) - Renada O Mr Ian Hamilton B Chesters Stud Ltd

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Danny McMenamin J Ann Hamilton, Newcastle Upon Tyne T I & A Hamilton S

TIMEFORM VIEW Has really thrived since this time last year, making it 5 wins in last 6 starts when seeing off 11 rivals in Old Roan Chase at Aintree in October. Likely to give another good account if tuned up. TFRHHHHI BHA159

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POLITOLOGUE (FR) (76) 2/251-12 CD BF

Br Gr g Poliglote - Scarlet Row (FR) O Mr J. Hales B Mme Henri Devin

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11-7

Harry Cobden J Paul Nicholls, Ditcheat T Morson Group S

TIMEFORM VIEW Captured a second Tingle Creek this term before creditable second to First Flow in Clarence House at Ascot. Freshened up since, so set for a bold showing. TFRHHHHH BHA168 34


thejockeyclub.co.uk DECLARED RUNNERS 8 Tongue Strap worn by No. 6, 8. Hood, Tongue Strap worn by No. 2. Probable S.P’s: 9-4 Politologue (FR), 9-2 Fakir d’Oudairies (FR), 6-1 Dashel Drasher (GB), Master Tommytucker (GB), 8-1 Notebook (GER), Nuts Well (GB), 40-1 Itchy Feet (FR), 50-1 Duc des Genievres (FR)

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POLITOLOGUE has won this in the past and can be forgiven a slightly underwhelming second to First Flow in the Clarence House at Ascot. He should be primed for a bold showing and is marginally preferred to the Ryanair runner-up Fakir d’Oudairies, with Dashel Drasher considered after his Ascot Chase success.

TIMEFORM PREDICTION: 1.POLITOLOGUE (FR) 2.FAKIR D’OUDAIRIES (FR) 3.DASHEL DRASHER

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A TRIBUTE TO ROSE PATERSON 1956-2020 Aintree lost a dear friend in 2020 with the passing of Racecourse Chairman, The Hon Rose Paterson. Rose, who passed away in June last year at the age of 63, was first involved with Aintree as Racecourse Committee Director in 2005 and became Chairman in 2014. She was also appointed to The Jockey Club’s Board of Stewards in 2019. Her passion for racing was lifelong and she described the day she became Aintree’s Chairman as “a dream come true”. Everyone she met will readily recall her kind, caring and compassionate personality and Aintree is proud to dedicate this year’s Foxhunters’ Chase to her memory as the Rose Paterson Randox Foxhunters’ Chase. One of Rose’s most treasured achievements during her time at Aintree was the inauguration of the Grand Women’s Summit, which now takes place on the Friday of the Randox Grand National Festival every year. This year her daughter Evie will launch the Rose Paterson Community Sportswoman Award, an annual award which will support someone in the community around Aintree each year. There have been many tributes paid to Rose, but there is no doubt that one of the most poignant was by racehorse owner Trevor Hemmings, who is seeking a record fourth Randox Grand National victory in 2021. He said: “Rose Paterson was such a lovely person and it is hard to believe that she is no longer part of Aintree in today’s world. “She will always be part of Aintree as far as I am concerned and many other people will feel the same. She was so nice, so level headed and never missed anybody out - whether they be old or young, rich or poor. She was a super lady and one we will miss very much. I am so sorry for the Paterson family.” Rose was succeeded as Chairman by Nicholas Wrigley, who has paid his own tribute. He said: “Rose’s role was amazing and all encompassing. I think it was remarkable for those that could see it, but many could not see the totality of it. She was excellent with the staff, whether they be full-time, part-time or just there on the big day. She was also excellent with the owners, trainers, and stable staff – she had a wonderful manner and was loved by everybody. “Her enthusiasm and interests went much wider than that however. Horse welfare was very important to her and she was a key part of the team maintaining horse welfare and improving it all the time. “Her work with our charitable partners was tireless. Whether that be Park Palace Ponies, whose ponies she looked after during the first COVID lockdown, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Everton in the Community or local schools - it was all part of her work and she worked tirelessly. “The other thing we all saw was the love that she had for Owen and her children. That was very important to her and she had great pride in their achievements, which makes it all so sad. From the perspective of everyone on the committee, we shall miss Rose and racing at Aintree will never be the same without her.” Dr Peter FitzGerald, Managing Director of sponsor Randox, added: “Rose was central to everything and our key contact point at Aintree. “She was an extraordinary person who always believed in doing good and always wanted to help people. Her love of horses was very much a factor in Aintree’s safety and welfare philosophy, which is superb. To us, she was central to the whole ethos of Aintree. “Rose was dedicated to Aintree and to the people of Liverpool. We will sadly miss her, both in the Randox family and in my own family.” At the 2021 Randox Grand National Festival, Rose will be named as an Aintree Legend – a ceremony will take place on Grand National Day. The Rose Paterson Trust, which will support organisations and individuals working to reduce the annual toll of suicides, is being launched at this year’s meeting. To support the Trust, please visit www.justgiving.com/rosepatersontrust - any donations would be greatly appreciated. The thoughts of everyone at Aintree are with Rose’s husband Owen and their three children, Felix, Ned, and Evie.



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FACTS & STATS THE RANDOX TOPHAM HANDICAP STEEPLE CHASE (GRADE 3) RACE DESCRIPTION The second of three races run over the famous Grand National fences, the Topham is staged over almost half the distance of the Randox Grand National. Always Waining landed his race for three successive years from 2010 to 2013, with Ultragold winning back to back renewals in 2017 and 2018. This race is always a tough ask, so it’s not a surprise to see that horses with plenty of previous experience over the fences fare the best in this Grade 3 handicap. 2019

GRADE 3 HANDICAP

WINNER

RUN OVER TWO MILES, FIVE FURLONGS & 19 YARDS

CADMIUM

Making all the running, Cadmium ran out a most impressive winner of the 209 Topham, excelling on his first run over the Grand National fences. Paul Townend allowed his mount to find a smooth jumping rhythm and the pair came clea unchallenged. Rachael Blackmore recovered Sub Lieutenant from an early mistake and galvanised her mount to finish second, three lengths ahead of Doitforthevillage back in third.

GRAND NATIONAL FENCES TO BE JUMPED

TOTAL PRIZE FUND OF

£105,000

£58,936 TO THE WINNER

ROLL OF HONOUR 2011-2020 YEAR 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011

FORM WINNER AGE WEIGHT MEETING ABANDONED 34412 Cadmium 7 11-2 392P0 Ultragold 10 11-1 1B679 Ultragold 9 10-5 P5P9 Eastlake 10 10-11 U4678 Rajdhani Express 8 11-8 3P12 Ma Filleule 6 11-7 2P38 Triolo d’Alene 6 10-7 84409 Always Waining 11 10-11 06704 Always Waining 10 10-4

SP 8/1 14/1 50/1 22/1 10/1 9/1 14/1 11/1 14/1

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RUNNERS

W Mullins C Tizzard C Tizzard J O’Neill N Henderson N Henderson N Henderson P Bowen P Bowen

27 27 29 29 30 30 29 26 30

LAST RACE (NO.DAYS) 2nd Gr.2 Navan Chase (18) 13th Gr.3 Festival Plate (29) 9th Gr.3 Grand Annual Chase (21) 9th Gr.3 Grand Annual Chase (21) 8th Gr.3 Festival Plate (29) 2nd Gr.3 Ultima Handicap Chase (24) 8th Sandown Handicap Chase (90) 9th Bangor Handicap Hurdle (21) 4th Chepstow Handicap Hurdle (16)

KEY TRENDS 10 out of the last 16 winners had previously run over the Grand National course

Five of the last seven winners were French-bred

Only two winners this century won last time out

WINNING CONNECTIONS Trainers and Jockeys with some of the strongest records in the race over the last 10 years.

TRAINER

JOCKEY

Nicky Henderson

Harry Cobden

3 winners

2 winners

Today Nicky saddles

Today Harry rides Magic Saint

Caribean Boy, Precious Cargo, Lust For Glory & Morning Vicar


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FIFTH RACE 4.05 THE RANDOX TOPHAM HANDICAP STEEPLE CHASE (CLASS 1) (Grade 3) (GBB RACE) for five yrs old and upwards x Total race value £105000

Owners Prize Money. 1st £45108, 2nd £18564, 3rd £9282, 4th £4641, 5th £2321, 6th £1155, 7th £588, 8th £284, 9th £147, 10th £74. (Penalty Value £58936.50) Weights raised 5lb and paragraph 34 of the Weights and Handicapping Code complied with where applicable.

FORM ANALYSIS - A CLOSER LOOK

| FACTS | FANCIES | FORM | STATS | Leading course trainer (16-21): N Henderson (19 wins from 103 runners, 18%) runs CARIBEAN BOY, LUST FOR GLORY, MORNING VICAR & PRECIOUS CARGO Trainer-in-form (last 14 days): W P Mullins (13 wins from 47 runners, 28%) runs LIVELOVELAUGH & ROBIN DES FORET

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IBLEO (FR) (23) 2-22113

Br B g Dick Turpin (IRE) - Mahendra (GER) O The Bellamy Partnership B Mr H. Honore & Mr P. Pietro di Pietro

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11-12

Charlie Deutsch J Venetia Williams, Hereford T Faucets Limited S

TIMEFORM VIEW Progressed rapidly over fences this season, winning cosily at Sandown/Doncaster before running well to finish a staying-on third in the Grand Annual at Cheltenham. Worth a go at this trip. TFRHHHHI BHA157

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MAGIC SAINT (FR) (47) 0-61445

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Br B g Saint des Saints (FR) - Magic Poline (FR) O Mr and Mrs J. D. Cotton B S.C.E.A. Des Prairies et al

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Harry Cobden J Paul Nicholls, Ditcheat T John Cotton (Group) Ltd S

TIMEFORM VIEW Proved better than ever when putting up a high-class effort to win a Cheltenham handicap (2m) in November but disappointed upped in grade at Newbury latest and probably better over a shorter trip. TFRHHHII BHA157

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TWO FOR GOLD (IRE) (34) 2-2P313 D

8

Br B g Gold Well - Two of Each (IRE) O May We Never Be Found Out Partnership 2 B Neil R. Tector

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David Bass J Kim Bailey, Cheltenham T Kim Bailey Racing Ltd S

TIMEFORM VIEW Tough and reliable chaser who has finished out of the frame only once over fences. Others look better treated as a result and not the most fluent of jumpers. TFRHHHII BHA153

4 CARIBEAN BOY (FR) (22) 31-1340 Br Gr g Myboycharlie (IRE) - Caribena (FR) O Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede B Mme S. Guittard & Mr G. E. Guittard

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11-7

Daryl Jacob J Nicky Henderson, Lambourn T Ptarmigan Media Limited S

TIMEFORM VIEW Taking winner of 20f Newbury Grade 2 in November and caught the eye in the Paddy Power Plate at Cheltenham 3 weeks ago, coming home well in a steadily-run race. High on shortlist. TFRHHHHH BHA152

5

MODUS (GB) (125) 300/6-13 C D

11

Br Ch g Motivator - Alessandra O Mr John P. McManus B D. J. and Mrs Deer

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Jonjo O’Neill Jr. J Paul Nicholls, Ditcheat T Morson Group S

TIMEFORM VIEW Very smart chaser who defied 16-month absence with ready win in 20f handicap chase here in November and fared best of those held up when third in Grand Sefton over C&D the following month. Player. TFRHHHHI BHA150

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ROBIN DES FORET (IRE) (17) 202641 D

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Br Br g Robin des Pres (FR) - Omyn Supreme (IRE) O Byerley Racing Syndicate B Mrs A. Darragh

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Brian Hayes J W. P. Mullins, Ireland T

TIMEFORM VIEW Strong traveller who often finds less than looks likely but dug deep to snap a long losing run in a minor event at Clonmel last month. Likely will prove vulnerable up this long run-in, though. TFRHHHII BHA148

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HUNTSMAN SON (IRE) (22) 10/2-1P6 D

Br B g Millenary - Daly Lady (IRE) O Mrs Wendy Wesley B Joseph O’Dwyer

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Kielan Woods J Alex Hales, Edgecote T Lactodorum Contracts Ltd S

TIMEFORM VIEW Made light of an 18-month absence with impressive victory in 19f Wetherby Listed handicap chase on return and better than bare result at Cheltenham both starts since. Can go well. TFRHHHHI BHA145

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LIVELOVELAUGH (IRE) (33) 630232 D BF

Br B g Beneficial - Another Evening (IRE) O Mrs S. Ricci B M. O’Riordan

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11-0

Mr P. W. Mullins J W. P. Mullins, Ireland T

TIMEFORM VIEW Better than ever when placed in handicaps at Leopardstown last 2 starts and took extremely well to these fences when mid-division in the 2019 Grand National (didn’t stay). Big run expected. TFRHHHHI BHA145 42


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PRECIOUS CARGO (IRE) (42) 123F-25

Br B g Yeats (IRE) - Kilbarry Classic (IRE) O Mr T. Barr B Con O’Keeffe

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10-12

Nico de Boinville J Nicky Henderson, Lambourn T Unibet S

TIMEFORM VIEW Failed to meet expectations since impressing on chase debut at Newbury last season but shaped better than the result would suggest when fifth at Warwick 6 weeks ago, making rapid headway. TFRHHHII BHA143

10 GLEN FORSA (IRE) (23) P/3-F040

9

Br B g Mahler - Outback Ivy (IRE) O Mr T. P. Radford B Mr Jonathan Deacon

10-12

Jonathan Burke J Mick Channon, West Ilsley T Timico S

TIMEFORM VIEW Very smart novice in 2018/19. Lightly raced since and mostly disappointing, including in the Grand Annual at Cheltenham 3 weeks ago. TFRHIIII BHA143

11 VISIOMAN (FR) (40) 4011P0

Br B g Vision d’Etat (FR) - Loumie (FR) O Mr A. Halsall B Ecurie Garcia Manuel

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10-12

Rachael Blackmore J Henry de Bromhead, Ireland T

TIMEFORM VIEW Boasts a good strike rate over fences (4-9) and was in decent heart in the autumn, winning at around 2 1/2m at Kilbeggan and Limerick. Recent return over hurdles should leave him spot on fitness-wise. TFRHHHHI BHA143

12 SNUGSBOROUGH HALL (IRE) (33) 4P-4500 10 10-12 Br B g Beneficial - Saddlers Arc (IRE) O Rising Sun Partnership B Mr Ray Loughnane

Mr Derek O’Connor J L. P. Cusack, Ireland T

TIMEFORM VIEW Most progressive as a novice and turned in his most encouraging effort of the season when seventh of 14 in handicap chase at Leopardstown (21.4f, good, 25/1) 33 days ago. Probably no back number. TFRHHHII BHA143

13 DUNVEGAN (FR) (28) 32-4PP3

8

Br Gr g Le Havre (IRE) - Or des Joncs (FR) O G. Turner/Clipper Logistics Group Ltd B Mme Lara Kovenko & Mr Jerome Brion

10-11

B. J. Cooper J P. A. Fahy, Ireland T

TIMEFORM VIEW Creditable fourth on handicap chase debut at Punchestown in November and bounced back from a couple of disappointing efforts (seemingly failed to stay 3m) when third at Gowran. More needed on balance. TFRHHHII BHA142

14 KAUTO RIKO (FR) (146) 0/2520-4 Br B g Ballingarry (IRE) - Kauto Relstar (FR) O Mr and Mrs J.Dale and Partners B Jean-Philippe Aubert & Denis Aubert

10 10-11

Sean Bowen J Tom Gretton, Inkberrow T Treehouse Sporting Colours S

TIMEFORM VIEW Winless since 2018 but is very useful on his day and returned after a wind op with good fourth of 16 in 20f handicap at Cheltenham in November, though getting going too late to land a blow. TFRHHHII BHA142

15 STORM CONTROL (IRE) (22) 0311P5

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10-9

Richard Patrick J Kerry Lee, Presteigne T Horseracing.Net S

16 RAVENHILL ROAD (IRE) (35) 14-FF31

10

TIMEFORM VIEW Has had an excellent campaign, winning twice at Cheltenham and respectable fifth in Kim Muir. Bold-jumping front-runner who could go well if getting into a decent rhythm over this shorter trip. TFRHHHII BHA140

Br Ch g Exit To Nowhere (USA) - Zaffarella (IRE) O Phil & Julie Martin B Miss J. A. Buchanan

10-7

Ryan Mania J Sue Smith, Bingley T Tuffa Footwear Ltd S

TIMEFORM VIEW Looked at least as good as ever when making all at Doncaster last month. This is much tougher from a 9lb higher mark, however, and has not always been a fluent jumper. TFRHHHII BHA138

17 SENIOR CITIZEN (GB) (34) 14-1204 D Br B g Tobougg (IRE) - Mothers Help O McNeill Family B C. and Mrs Wilson

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10-6

A. P. Heskin J Alan King, Barbury Castle T Ultima Business Solutions S

TIMEFORM VIEW Coped really well with the demands of a big-field handicap when seventh in the Grand Sefton over C&D, impressing with his accurate jumping. Creditable fourth at Newbury since and frame claims. TFRHHHII BHA137

18 PINK EYED PEDRO (GB) (35) 061300 D

10

10-6

Jack Tudor (3) J Br B g Dr Massini (IRE) - Poacher’s Paddy (IRE) David Brace, Bridgend T O Mr David Brace Dunraven Group of Companies S B Mr David Brace and Mr Neil Poacher

TIMEFORM VIEW Likeable chaser but found a good run of form coming to a halt in Grand Sefton over C&D in December and well held back over hurdles 3 months later. TFRHIIII BHA137

19 RELENTLESS DREAMER (IRE) (20) 1/3P6-20 D 12 Br Br g Kayf Tara - Full of Elegance (FR) O Mr Nigel Morris B Michael P. Keane

10-6

Nick Scholfield J Rebecca Curtis, Newport T William Hill S

TIMEFORM VIEW Sparingly raced in 2018/19 but shaped encouragingly when third at Chepstow on last season’s return. Reportedly finished sore on this year’s reappearance and well held back over hurdles 3 weeks ago. TFRHIIII BHA137 43

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20 MY WAY (FR) (20) 145315

7

Br Ch g Martaline - Royale Majesty (FR) O Chris Giles B E.A.R.L. Haras de L’Hotellerie

10-3

Bryony Frost J Paul Nicholls, Ditcheat T Morson Group S

TIMEFORM VIEW Blinkered and finally got off the mark over fences when making all in Kempton handicap but was hammered by the handicapper and duly struggled there next time. TFRHHIII BHA134

21 LUST FOR GLORY (IRE) (27) 2-41413

8

Br B m Getaway (GER) - Maisie Presenting (IRE) O Annabel Waley-Cohen and Family B Robert Merrigan

10-3

Mr Sam Waley-Cohen J Nicky Henderson, Lambourn T Upton Viva Stud S

TIMEFORM VIEW Twice a winner over fences this season but struggled back in a handicap at Sandown last time and others make more appeal. TFRHHIII BHA134

22 MORNING VICAR (IRE) (22) 2F-2100 D Br B g Beneficial - Mary’s Little Vic (IRE) O The Parishioners B Pat and Anne Moonan

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10-2

James Bowen J Nicky Henderson, Lambourn T Unibet S

TIMEFORM VIEW Shaped like a non-stayer in the Kim Muir (3 1/4m) at Cheltenham so will be suited by dropping back in trip here. Others have more appealing profiles but is not handicapped out of things. TFRHHHII BHA133

23 OUTLANDER (IRE) (12) 40/3P6-5 D

13

10-2

Darragh O’Keeffe J Br B g Stowaway - Western Whisper (IRE) Richard Spencer, Newmarket T O Gowing’s Eleven Rebel Racing Ltd, Direct Commercial Ltd S B Ronnie O’Neill

TIMEFORM VIEW Classy chaser in his pomp who took a small step back in the right direction on cross-country debut at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival. Well held on belated return at Ascot 12 days ago. TFRHIIII BHA133

24 REALM KEEPER (USA) (19) 04P411 Br B g Arch (USA) - La Lodola (USA) O Venetia Williams Racehorse Syndicate V B John D. Gunther et al

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10-0

Robert Dunne J Venetia Williams, Hereford T Faucets Limited S

TIMEFORM VIEW Fairly useful ex-French chaser who has finally got his act together for this yard, suited by drop in trip to win at Fontwell and Carlisle. Will find this much more competitive, however. TFRHHIII BHA131

25 COURT MASTER (IRE) (18) 0-12461 Br B g Court Cave (IRE) - Lusos Wonder (IRE) O Mrs Lynne Maclennan B Mr Cyril Carty

8

10-0

Brendan Powell J Michael Scudamore, Bromsash T Kiely Bros Ltd S

TIMEFORM VIEW Steadily progressive chaser who stayed on strongly to score over 2 3/4m at Kelso last month. Likeable type but a 5lb higher mark (2lb out of weights) in a stronger race demands more. TFRHHHII BHA129

26 TIQUER (FR) (90) 14/4/P1-2

13

10-0

Tom O’Brien J Br B g Equerry (USA) - Tirenna (FR) Alan Jones, Timberscombe T O Burnham P & D Ltd B Mr Mathieu Lalanne & Mr Michel Lalanne Burnham Plastering & Drylining Ltd S

TIMEFORM VIEW Veteran who shaped as if retaining his ability after 13 months off when runner-up at Chepstow in January but didn’t jump well and easy to oppose from out of the handicap. TFRHIIII BHA127

27 SIR JACK YEATS (IRE) (21) 412300

10 10-0

James Best J Br B g Yeats (IRE) - Quadrennial (IRE) Richard Spencer, Newmarket T O Gowing’s Eleven Rebel Racing Ltd, Direct Commercial Ltd S B Mrs E. Costelloe

TIMEFORM VIEW Fairly useful chaser who was runner-up in Grand Sefton over C&D but found good run of form coming to an end at Fakenham and struggled back over hurdles next time. 4lb out of the handicap. TFRHHIII BHA127

28 ZALVADOS (FR) (32) 20/-3412

Br Ch g Soldier of Fortune (IRE) - Zariyana (IRE) O Mr D. C. Mercer B Appapays Racing Club

8

10-0

Danny McMenamin J Oliver Greenall, Malpas T Swansway, Smartplanner S

TIMEFORM VIEW Arrives in good form but is a frustrating sort who won’t be suited by this long run-in and is 6lb out of the handicap. TFRHIIII BHA125 DECLARED RUNNERS 28 Hood worn by No. 12. Blinkers worn by No. 27. Tongue Strap worn by No. 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 18, 19. Blinkers, Tongue Strap worn by No. 20, 28. Sheepskin Cheek Pieces worn by No. 3, 15, 19, 23, 25. Probable S.P’s: 15-2 Livelovelaugh (IRE), 12-1 Visioman (FR), 14-1 Caribean Boy (FR), 16-1 Ibleo (FR), Two For Gold (IRE), Modus (GB), Senior Citizen (GB), 18-1 Precious Cargo (IRE), Morning Vicar (IRE), 22-1 Huntsman Son (IRE), 25-1 Magic Saint (FR), Robin des Foret (IRE), Ravenhill Road (IRE), 33-1 Dunvegan (FR), Storm Control (IRE), 40-1 Snugsborough Hall (IRE), Kauto Riko (FR), My Way (FR), Lust For Glory (IRE), Realm Keeper (USA), Court Master (IRE), 50-1 Sir Jack Yeats (IRE), 66-1 Glen Forsa (IRE), 80-1 Pink Eyed Pedro (GB), Relentless Dreamer (IRE), 100-1 Outlander (IRE), Tiquer (FR), Zalvados (FR)

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Nicky Henderson has won this on 5 occasions and his strong team is headed by CARIBEAN BOY, who caught the eye in the Paddy Power Plate at the Cheltenham Festival. That could prove the key piece of form as Huntsman Son also shaped well in that race. Livelovelaugh took extremely well to these fences in the 2019 Grand National and should make much more of an impact at the business end over this shorter trip.

TIMEFORM PREDICTION: 1.CARIBEAN BOY (FR) 2.HUNTSMAN SON (IRE) 3.LIVELOVELAUGH (IRE)

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FACTS & STATS THE DOOM BAR SEFTON NOVICES’ HURDLE (GRADE 1) RACE DESCRIPTION

This race is one for the stayers, with plenty of previous winners going on to achieve great things over longer trips and over fences. First ran in 1988, the race rose through the Graded ranks to achieve Grade 1 status in 1995, with Morgan’s Harbour becoming the first winner of the race as a Grade 1. Since then, racing royalty have won this, with Sir Anthony McCoy, Richard Johnson and Paul Carberry all riding winners.

2019

GRADE 1

WINNER

RUN OVER THREE MILES, 149 YARDS

CHAMP

Fresh from his second at the Cheltenham Festival behind City Island, Champ was all class when winning this in 2019. Settled into midfield by Mark Walsh, Champ made smooth headway in the closing stages to take up the running two hurdles from the finish and clear away from the smart Emitom in second. The second Grade 1 of his career, Champ was at his enigmatic best and marked himself out as a horse to follow.

13 HURDLES TO BE JUMPED

TOTAL PRIZE FUND OF

£75,000

£42,202 TO THE WINNER

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FORM WINNER AGE WEIGHT MEETING ABANDONED 11112 Champ 7 11-4 113 Santini 6 11-4 3111F The Worlds End 6 11-4 511 Ballyoptic 6 11-4 51715 Thistlecrack 7 11-4 12 Beat That 6 11-4 11111 At Fishers Cross 6 11-4 41F14 Lovcen 7 11-4 172F3 Saint Are 5 11-4

SP 9/4F 6/4F 3/1 9/1 25/1 6/1 11/8F 8/1 33/1

TRAINER

RUNNERS

N Henderson N Henderson T George N Twiston-Davies C Tizzard N Henderson R Curtis A King T Vaughan

12 13 11 15 16 18 9 19 19

LAST RACE (NO.DAYS) 2nd Gr.1 Ballymore Nov. Hurdle (23) 3rd Gr.1 Albert Bartlett Nov. Hurdle (28) F Gr.1 Albert Bartlett Nov. Hurdle (21) 1st Uttoxeter Nov. Hurdle (20) 5th Gr.3 Imperial Cup (34) 2nd Gr.2 Sandown Nov. Hurdle (139) 1st Gr.1 Albert Bartlett Nov. Hurdle (21) 4th Gr.1 Albert Bartlett Nov. Hurdle (28) 3rd Newbury Handicap Hurdle (34)

KEY TRENDS 22 of the past 25 winners had won at least twice over hurdles

18 of the last 21 winners were aged six or seven

Irish-trained horses are 0-23 in the past 14 years

WINNING CONNECTIONS Trainers and Jockeys with some of the strongest records in the race over the last 10 years.

TRAINER

JOCKEY

Nicky Henderson

Nico de Boinville

3 winners

1 winner

Today Nicky saddles Bothwell Bridge & Gallyhill

Today Nico rides Gallyhill


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SIXTH RACE 4.40 THE DOOM BAR SEFTON NOVICES’ HURDLE RACE (CLASS 1) (Grade 1) (GBB RACE)

for novice four yrs old and upwards x Total race value £75000 Owners Prize Money. 1st £32280, 2nd £13305, 3rd £6653, 4th £3330, 5th £1665, 6th £833, 7th £413, 8th £210. (Penalty Value £42202.50)

FORM ANALYSIS - A CLOSER LOOK

| FACTS | FANCIES | FORM | STATS | Leading course trainer (16-21): N Henderson (19 wins from 103 runners, 18%) runs BOTHWELL BRIDGE & GALLYHILL Trainer-in-form (last 14 days): D Skelton (16 wins from 52 runners, 31%) runs MIDNIGHT RIVER Longest Travellers: STREETS OF DOYEN trained by J McConnell & CAPE GENTLEMAN trained by E Mullins both Ireland.

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T Trainer O Owner B Breeder S Sponsor Br Breeding

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AHOY SENOR (IRE) (39) U-121

Br B g Dylan Thomas (IRE) - Dara Supreme (IRE) O Mrs C Wymer & Mr PJS Russell B Mr D.P. Constable

age

st-lb

6

11-4

Derek Fox J Lucinda Russell, Kinross T Ian Macleod & Co Ltd S

TIMEFORM VIEW Successful pointer who showed promise in a bumper and created a good impression when making a winning start over hurdles at Ayr (20.4f) last month. Open to progress but this a major step up in class. TFRHHIII BHA-

2

ALAPHILIPPE (IRE) (21) 111215

Br B g Morozov (USA) - Oscar Bird (IRE) O Mr Nic Brereton B Bryan Mangan

7

11-4

Paddy Brennan J Fergal O’Brien, Cheltenham T Dunraven Group of Companies S

TIMEFORM VIEW Point winner who made it 3-4 in this sphere with wide-margin success in Prestige Hurdle at Haydock. Could never land a telling blow in the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham but fifth-placed finish another good run. TFRHHHII BHA143

3

BOTHWELL BRIDGE (IRE) (40) 22-131

Br B g Stowaway - Raise The Issue (IRE) O Mr T. Barr B Stephen Roche

6

11-4

James Bowen J Nicky Henderson, Lambourn T Unibet S

TIMEFORM VIEW Useful in bumpers and made it 2 out of 3 over hurdles when ultimately presented with an easy opening at Hereford (25.5f). Stamina his forte but this asks a different question. TFRHHHII BHA131

4 BRAVEMANSGAME (FR) (23) 6-21113

6

11-4

Harry Cobden J Br B g Brave Mansonnien (FR) - Genifique (FR) Paul Nicholls, Ditcheat T O John Dance and Bryan Drew Morson Group, Vertem Asset Management S B Dr Vet M. Guiot & Dr Vet B. Stoffel

TIMEFORM VIEW Completed hat-trick in fine style in Grade 1 Challow at Newbury (2m4f) by 10l from Star Gate. Limitations exposed a little when third in the Ballymore at Cheltenham but still sets the standard now up in trip. TFRHHHHH BHA150

5

CAPE GENTLEMAN (IRE) (41) 1P1

Br Ch g Champs Elysees - Hawaiian Heat (IRE) O Mrs Margaret O’Rourke B Skymarc Farm

5

11-4

Rachael Blackmore J Emmet Mullins, Ireland T

TIMEFORM VIEW Useful Flat performer who looked exciting hurdles prospect when winning hard held at Punchestown (20f). Back on the up when adding Grade 2 Dovecote in February and limit not yet reached. Up in trip. TFRHHHHI BHA140

6

CHAMPAGNESUPEROVER (IRE) (21) 3-24120 6

Br B g Jeremy (USA) - Meldrum Hall (IRE) O McNeill Family & Patrick&Scott Bryceland B Thomas F. Hannon

11-4

A. P. Heskin J Olly Murphy, Wilmcote T Ultima Business Solutions S

TIMEFORM VIEW Useful bumper winner who got firmly back on track after a wind op when convincing scorer of 2m4f Ayr novice. Ridden to get the trip upped in class in the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham and ran well in seventh . TFRHHHII BHA137

7

DOYEN BREED (IRE) (13) 43-2212 BF

Br Ch g Doyen (IRE) - Sweet Empire (IRE) O The Explorers B Sean Gorman

6

11-4

Ryan Mania J Sandy Thomson, Greenlaw T Sandy Thomson Racing S

TIMEFORM VIEW Bumper winner who confirmed promise of placed efforts in handicaps for new yard when off the mark at Ayr (3m). Collared close home at Kelso recently and this is a different level altogether. TFRHHIII BHA126

8

GALLYHILL (IRE) (48) 1-12

Br B g Getaway (GER) - Tanit O Mr Claudio Michael Grech B Sean Gorman

6

11-4

Nico de Boinville J Nicky Henderson, Lambourn T Unibet S

TIMEFORM VIEW Cost £450,000 after sole point win and workmanlike when landing 16.3f Newbury novice in January. Held back by greenness when beaten by Midnight River at Ascot but remains one to be positive about. TFRHHHHI BHA136 50


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MIDNIGHT RIVER (GB) (48) 3-12141

6

11-4

Harry Skelton J Br Ch g Midnight Legend - Well Connected Dan Skelton, Alcester T O Mr Frank McAleavy Ladbrokes,TheAirAmbulanceService(Warwickshire&Northamptonshire) S B Swanbridge Bloodstock Limited

TIMEFORM VIEW Placed in strong bumpers and made experience over hurdles count when recording win number 3 at Ascot in February, seeing off Gallyhill. Looks well worth a go at 3m. TFRHHHII BHA141

10 OSCAR ELITE (IRE) (21) 1-11032

6

Br B g Oscar (IRE) - Lady Elite (IRE) O Mrs Mary-Ann Middleton B T. McAuliffe

11-4

Jonjo O’Neill Jr. J Colin Tizzard, Sherborne T Coral Racing Limited S

TIMEFORM VIEW Winning pointer who looked useful when bagging two Chepstow novice hurdles before Christmas. Tongue tie seemingly helped a lot when an excellent second in the Albert Bartlett. TFRHHHII BHA142

11 PATS FANCY (IRE) (21) 2612P0

6

Br B g Oscar (IRE) - Pat’s Darling (IRE) O Hydes,McDermott,Spencer,Frobisher & Lee B Maurice Leamy

11-4

Sean Bowen J Rebecca Curtis, Newport T William Hill S

TIMEFORM VIEW Looked useful prospect when making winning hurdling bow at Ffos Las in November. Upped in class and found wanting both starts this year. TFRHIIII BHA132

12 SIZABLE SAM (GB) (47) 21-2115 BF

6

Br Ch g Black Sam Bellamy (IRE) - Halo Flora O The Hopefuls & Kelvin-Hughes B Shade Oak Stud

11-4

Matt Griffiths J Jeremy Scott, Dulverton T Brendon Powerwashers S

TIMEFORM VIEW Bumper winner who recorded novice/handicap wins at Wincanton (up to 21.4f) during the winter. Sound fifth on first try over 3m since but needs to advance his form a lot to figure in this. TFRHHIII BHA131

13 STREETS OF DOYEN (IRE) (21) 111163 Br B g Doyen (IRE) - Satco Street (IRE) O Ms Caroline Ahearn B Alan Cox

7

11-4

Simon Torrens J John McConnell, Ireland T

TIMEFORM VIEW Useful form when completing four-timer at Cheltenham in October. Well held at Naas but back over a more suitable trip and much more like it when third in the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham. Tongue tie added. TFRHHHII BHA141

14 THE COB (IRE) (21) 3-11310

7

11-4

Br B g Let The Lion Roar - Millenium Love (IRE) J ER NN Ben Pauling, Bourton-on-the-Water T O The Ben Pauling Racing Club U R Jeremy Houghton - Houghtonart S B Second Chance Syndicate N-

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N back on track when 25/1 winner of River Don Hurdle at Doncaster in January. TIMEFORM VIEW Useful hurdler who got right Supplemented for the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham but was never a factor. Cheekpieces reached for. TFRHHIII BHA139 15 TOPOFTHECOTSWOLDS (IRE) (22) 213501 7 Br B g Arcadio (GER) - Bambootcha (IRE) O Mr M. A. Reay B Kieran Ryan & Tim Nolan

11-4

Sam Twiston-Davies J Nigel Twiston-Davies, Cheltenham T

TIMEFORM VIEW Useful chaser who put experience to good use when making all in a novice hurdle at Doncaster last month. Stays this far but dominating this field an entirely different undertaking. TFRHHIII BHA130 DECLARED RUNNERS 15 Tongue Strap worn first time by No. 13. Sheepskin Cheek Pieces worn first time by No. 14. Tongue Strap worn by No. 6, 10. Sheepskin Cheek Pieces worn by No. 7, 13. Stewards Note: GALLYHILL: Following its run on 20/2/2021 it was reported that the horse lost a shoe.

PLAY SMARTER

BRAVEMANSGAME couldn’t live with the turn of foot displayed by the top-class winner of the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle last month, but he meets nothing of Bob Olinger’s ilk here, and with this step up in trip promising to suit, he can regain the winning thread. Cape Gentleman and Gallyhill are arguably open to the most progress and head the opposition.

TIMEFORM PREDICTION: 1.BRAVEMANSGAME (FR) 2.CAPE GENTLEMAN (IRE) 3.GALLYHILL (IRE)

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Probable S.P’s: 2-1 Bravemansgame (FR), 11-2 Cape Gentleman (IRE), 11-1 Midnight River (GB), Oscar Elite (IRE), Streets of Doyen (IRE), 12-1 Gallyhill (IRE), 14-1 Alaphilippe (IRE), 18-1 Champagnesuperover (IRE), 22-1 Bothwell Bridge (IRE), 50-1 Sizable Sam (GB), 66-1 Ahoy Senor (IRE), Topofthecotswolds (IRE), 80-1 Doyen Breed (IRE), Pats Fancy (IRE)


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FACTS & STATS THE PINSENT MASONS HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 2) (CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS’ AND AMATEUR RIDERS’ RACE) RACE DESCRIPTION

A two mile handicap hurdle, this race has switched positions in the schedule to the final race on day two of the meeting, whereas previously it rounded out the meeting as the final race on Saturday. A chance for the Amateur and Conditional riders to shine, the likes of Jamie Codd, David Mullins and David Bass have all won this previously, the latter two before turning professional. Always ran at a fast pace, hold up horses fare well in these kinds of races.

2019

CLASS 2 HANDICAP

WINNER

RUN OVER TWO MILES, 103 YARDS

CHIEF JUSTICE

The colours of Cheveley Park Stud are best known to flat racing fans, but their rise to power in the National Hunt sphere was continued with the success of Chief Justice in this back in 2019. Held up under top amateur rider Jamie Codd, the winner was delivered to perfection at the last to take up the lead and, despite a slight mistake, was driven out on the run-in to see off the fast finishing Thistimenextyear by a head.

9 HURDLES TO BE JUMPED

TOTAL PRIZE FUND OF

£38,000

£19,547 TO THE WINNER

ROLL OF HONOUR 2011-2020 YEAR 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011

FORM

WINNER AGE WEIGHT SP MEETING ABANDONED 12150 Chief Justice 4 11-2 13/2 2231 Havana Beat 8 9-11 12/1 1F082 Chesterfield 7 10-5 8/1 1/008 Ivan Grozny 6 11-9 16/1 41F51 Astre De La Cour 5 10-10 10/1 11/874 Court Minstrel 7 11-12 16/1 2121 Cockney Sparrow 4 9-9 5/1F 11/430 Lifestyle 6 11-2 28/1 11780 Far Away So Close 6 9-10 14/1

TRAINER

RUNNERS

G Elliott T Carroll S Mullins W Mullins R Walford E Williams J Quinn N Henderson P Nolan

19 15 19 17 21 22 22 21 21

LAST RACE (NO.DAYS) 12th Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle(24) 1st Maiden Hurdle (31) 2nd Handicap Hurdle (31) 8th County Handicap Hurdle (22) 1st Handicap Hurdle (33) 4th International Hurdle (112) 1st Novices’ Hurdle (31) 21st County Handicap Hurdle (29) 9th Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (31)

KEY TRENDS 10 of the past 11 winners never won over 2m1f +

10 oif the last 11 winners contested a Class 1 previously

10 out of the last 11 winners had won in their last five races

WINNING CONNECTIONS Trainers and Jockeys with some of the strongest records in the race over the last 10 years.

TRAINER

JOCKEY

Richard Spencer

Danny McMenamin

2nd place in 2019

3rd place in 2019

Today Richard saddles Thistimenextyear

Today Danny rides Beeno


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SEVENTH RACE 5.15 THE PINSENT MASONS HANDICAP HURDLE RACE (CLASS 2) (CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS’ AND AMATEUR RIDERS’ RACE) (GBB RACE)

for four yrs old and upwards x Total race value £38000

Owners Prize Money. 1st £14926, 2nd £7463, 3rd £3732, 4th £1866, 5th £931, 6th £467, 7th £232, 8th £118. (Penalty Value £19547.20) 5 Eliminated Under Rules (I)9 and (I)10.

FORM ANALYSIS - A CLOSER LOOK

| FACTS | FANCIES | FORM | STATS | Leading course trainer (16-21): C Tizzard (13 wins from 70 runners, 19%) runs THE WIDDOW MAKER Trainer-in-form (last 14 days): P Nicholls (12 wins from 34 runners, 35%) runs TOMORROW MYSTERY & WILD MAX Longest Traveller: BOLD ENOUGH trained by H De Bromhead, Ireland.

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T Trainer O Owner B Breeder S Sponsor Br Breeding

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horse

WILD MAX (GER) (47) 14-411F D

Br B g Maxios - Wildfahrte (GER) O Owners Group 036 B Gestut Brummerhof

age

st-lb

6

11-12

Angus Cheleda (7) J Paul Nicholls, Ditcheat T Owners Group S

TIMEFORM VIEW Progressive sort who landed 2m handicaps at Huntingdon and Doncaster before Christmas. Fell first in Betfair Hurdle at Newbury only run since but could easily have more to offer here. Considered. TFRHHHII BHA147

2

FRANSHAM (GB) (27) 511320 D

7

Br B g Sulamani (IRE) - Circus Rose O G. Libson,D. Bayliss,T. Davies & P. Sly B Mrs P. Sly

11-7

Miss Gina Andrews (3) J Pam Sly, Peterborough T Pam Sly Racing S

TIMEFORM VIEW Better than ever this term, recording back-to-back 2m handicap wins at Wetherby. Good efforts when placed twice since and not discounted with conditions likely to suit this strong traveller. TFRHHHHI BHA142

3

LEONCAVALLO (IRE) (21) 5/024-16 D

9

Br Br g Cape Cross (IRE) - Nafura O ValueRacingClub.co.uk B Darley

11-5

Fergus Gillard (5) J David Pipe, Wellington T W & S Recycling S

TIMEFORM VIEW Useful hurdler for Dr Richard Newland. Chase/Flat winner for current yard too and he returned from 5 months off with good sixth of 24 in Martin Pipe Hurdle at Cheltenham. Well worth considering. TFRHHHHI BHA140

4 DEAR SIRE (FR) (62) 214P20 D Br Gr g Al Namix (FR) - Polismith (FR) O Green Day Racing B Mr Gregory Derat

9

11-3

Mr Derek O’Connor J Donald McCain, Cholmondeley T Proactive Personnel Limited S

TIMEFORM VIEW Good effort to win 2m Chepstow handicap in October but below form over hurdles since. Mark is sliding now but he still has plenty to prove. TFRHHIII BHA138

5

TOMORROW MYSTERY (GB) (57) 2/11-131 D

Br B m Nathaniel (IRE) - Retake O Mr John P. McManus B Mehmet Kurt

7

11-2

Lorcan Williams (3) J Paul Nicholls, Ditcheat T Morson Group S

TIMEFORM VIEW Fair 12f Flat winner who has made good strides over hurdles, scoring at Newbury in November. Added Kempton jumpers bumpers victory last time (after a wind op) so much respected back in this sphere. TFRHHHII BHA137

6

MICK MAESTRO (FR) (20) 1F13P5 D

Br B or Br g Air Chief Marshal (IRE) - Mick Maya (FR) O Crossed Fingers Partnership B Mme Gaelle Albert

8

11-0

Charlie Todd (3) J Nick Kent, Brigg T Lincolnshire Tyre Ltd. S

TIMEFORM VIEW Much improved this term for new yard when readily winning over 2m at Doncaster and Catterick, but his form dipped at Newcastle. Needs to get back on track. TFRHHHII BHA135

7

GOOBINATOR (USA) (60) 2-415F3 D BF

Br Ch g Noble Mission - Lilac Lilly (USA) O Mr T. G. Leslie B Fred W. Hertrich III & John D. Fielding

5

10-12

Theo Gillard (5) J Donald McCain, Cholmondeley T Proactive Personnel Limited S

TIMEFORM VIEW Notched third win over hurdles at Ayr in October and would have run really well had he stood up at Musselburgh in January. Third in Newcastle jumpers bumper last time. Shortlisted. TFRHHHII BHA133

8

THE WIDDOW MAKER (GB) (25) 0-00311 D

Br Ch g Arvico (FR) - Countess Point O Mr Sax Purdie B Mrs J. E. Purdie

7

10-9

Harry Kimber (7) J Colin Tizzard, Sherborne T Coral Racing Limited S

TIMEFORM VIEW Progressing well and he arrives on a hat-trick after two 2m wins at Taunton, readily scoring in tongue strap on handicap bow 25 days ago. Hiked up 12lb but not taken lightly in his current mood. TFRHHHHI BHA130 56


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RED FORCE ONE (GB) (12) 2563-10 D BF

6

10-9

Joe Williamson (7) J Br Ro g Lethal Force (IRE) - Dusty Red Philip Kirby, Richmond T O The Yorkshire Puddings Philip Kirby Racing, Topspec Equine Ltd S B K. A. Bartlett & J. M. Beever

TIMEFORM VIEW Landed 2m Market Rasen handicap last July for Paul Nicholls but lightly raced since and largely below form. Needs to step forward. TFRHHIII BHA130

10 BOLD ENOUGH (IRE) (19) 4-14562

6

Br B g Jeremy (USA) - Shuil Milan (IRE) O Mr Mustafa Elatrash B Michael Murphy

10-7

Hugh Morgan (5) J Henry de Bromhead, Ireland T

TIMEFORM VIEW Promising winning Irish hurdler who got back on track after 6 months off when runner-up at Downpatrick (2m2f) 19 days ago. In excellent hands but this demands more. TFRHHHII BHA128

11 BEENO (IRE) (166) 26-0210

12

Br B g Exit To Nowhere (USA) - Kay Theatre (IRE) O Mrs Margaret Coppola and Mr Arthur Slack B Mrs A. Kirkwood

10-6

Danny McMenamin J Dianne Sayer, Penrith T Tote S

TIMEFORM VIEW Veteran front runner who gamely landed early-season 2m1f Cartmel handicap. Not seen out since modest ninth over 2m4f here in October so has something to prove on his return. TFRHHIII BHA127

12 BLAKENEY POINT (GB) (34) 102150 D Br B g Sir Percy - Cartoon O T W Johnson & G Maxwell B Mr & Mrs A. E. Pakenham

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10-5

Jordan Gainford (7) J Donald McCain, Cholmondeley T Proactive Personnel Limited S

TIMEFORM VIEW Sprung a surprise when scoring at Musselburgh on New Year’s Day, but not in the same form both runs since and blinkers retried on latter occasion. Others are preferred. TFRHHIII BHA126

13 EDDIEMAURICE (IRE) (44) 313-051 D

10

Br Ch g Captain Rio - Annals O Mr J. L. Flint B Mr Declan Murphy

10-4

Charlie Price (5) J John Flint, Bridgend T

TIMEFORM VIEW Tongue strap on and cashed in on reduced mark in 2m handicap at Ludlow 44 days ago. Up 5lb and this is tougher so others appeal more. TFRHHIII BHA125

14 CAMPROND (FR) (17) 231 D

5

Br B g Lope de Vega (IRE) - Bernieres (IRE) O Mr John P. McManus B S.A. Franklin Finance

10-4

Ben Jones (3) J Philip Hobbs, Minehead T

TIMEFORM VIEW 1m4f French Flat winner who has made a promising start over hurdles, overcoming jumping errors to land 2m Taunton novice 17 days ago. Has more to offer, and not ruled out now handicapping. TFRHHHHI BHA125

15 THE GREY FALCO (FR) (78) 23-0132 D Br Gr g Falco (USA) - Take A Chance (FR) O The Roaming Roosters B Mme Magalen Bryant

6

10-3

Bryan Carver (3) J Alastair Ralph, Bridgnorth T Planned Office Interiors Ltd S

TIMEFORM VIEW Made a winning start over hurdles at Chepstow and has posted solid efforts under a penalty both runs since, second at Ludlow (2m) in January. Possibilities on his handicap bow. TFRHHHII BHA124

16 TURNING GOLD (GB) (111) P10/3P-3 D Br Ch g Pivotal - Illusion O Mr R. J. Bevis B Cheveley Park Stud Ltd

7

10-3

Jordan Nailor (3) J Robert Bevis, Duckington T

TIMEFORM VIEW Decent handicap hurdler at his best for Nigel Twiston-Davies but he offered little after 11 months off/ yard debut in 2m Haydock handicap. Something to prove now. TFRHHIII BHA124

17 COPPERLESS (GB) (17) 3-211 D

6

10-2

Lewis Stones (7) J Olly Murphy, Wilmcote T McCoy Contractors S

TIMEFORM VIEW Improving hurdler who made it 2-3 with stylish win on his handicap bow at Taunton last month, quickening clear from last having been forced very wide. Up 6lb but still weighted to have a big say. TFRHHHHH BHA123

18 THISTIMENEXTYEAR (GB) (667) 2/2412/0- D

7

10-1

Simon Torrens (3) J Br Gr g New Approach (IRE) - Scarlet Empire (IRE) Richard Spencer, Newmarket T O Rebel Racing (2) Rebel Racing Ltd, Direct Commercial Ltd S B Brook Stud Bloodstock Ltd

TIMEFORM VIEW Fairly useful winner on Flat and over hurdles but not seen out for 22 months. This is no easy comeback, and it’s easy to look elsewhere. TFRHHIII BHA122

19 ROWLAND WARD (GB) (21) 5-30234 D Br B g Sea The Stars (IRE) - Honor Bound O Mr David Mitson B Al Shahania Stud

5

10-1

Charlie Hammond J Stuart Edmunds, Newport Pagnell T Science Supplements S

TIMEFORM VIEW 1m4f winner on Flat and has matched that level of form over hurdles, good third at Fakenham last month on the back of a wind op. Needs considering. TFRHHHII BHA122 57

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20 NATIVE FIGHTER (IRE) (118) 121-313

7

Br B g Lawman (FR) - Night of Magic (IRE) O Varlien Vyner-Brooks,Dave&Yvonne Simpson B Jurgen Imm

10-0

Lorcan Murtagh (3) J James Moffatt, Cartmel T Tote S

TIMEFORM VIEW Scored at Perth (20f) in August and posted excellent third at Doncaster on only subsequent outing. Off 4 months but he shouldn’t be dismissed from a handy-looking mark. TFRHHHII BHA121

21 COMPETITION (GB) (185) 04P224- D

9

Br B g Multiplex - Compolina O ValueRacingClub.co.uk B Mickley Stud & Mr D. Mossop

10-0

Richard Patrick J Tom Lacey, Woolhope T Plusbac S

TIMEFORM VIEW Largely in good form for Micky Appleby on Flat this winter but he has it to prove back in this sphere for his new yard. TFRHHIII BHA121

22 GEMIRANDE (FR) (34) 31-P1P0 D

5

Br B g Al Namix (FR) - Queenjo (FR) O The Bellamy Partnership B I. Pacault, A. Pacault & M. Pacault

10-0

Miss Lucy Turner (7) J Venetia Williams, Hereford T Faucets Limited S

TIMEFORM VIEW Ex-French gelding who opened his account on these shores in 2m Wetherby novice hurdle in November. Good seventh in 2m Newbury handicap last month but he needs more from 3lb out of the handicap. TFRHHHII BHA118 DECLARED RUNNERS 22 Tongue Strap worn first time by No. 19. Hood worn by No. 4, 11. Tongue Strap worn by No. 1, 5, 13, 17, 21. Hood, Tongue Strap worn by No. 8. Blinkers, Tongue Strap worn by No. 3, 12. Probable S.P’s: 7-1 Copperless (GB), 12-1 The Widdow Maker (GB), Camprond (FR), 14-1 Wild Max (GER), Bold Enough (IRE), 20-1 Fransham (GB), Leoncavallo (IRE), Tomorrow Mystery (GB), Goobinator (USA), Blakeney Point (GB), Eddiemaurice (IRE), Rowland Ward (GB), 22-1 Mick Maestro (FR), Red Force One (GB), 25-1 The Grey Falco (FR), 28-1 Native Fighter (IRE), 33-1 Thistimenextyear (GB), 40-1 Dear Sire (FR), Beeno (IRE), Gemirande (FR), 66-1 Competition (GB), 100-1 Turning Gold (GB)

PLAY SMARTER

A case can be made for plenty of these but the most persuasive one is for Olly Murphy’s lightly-raced COPPERLESS who is on an upward curve and had plenty in the tank when making a recent winning handicap debut at Taunton. Fransham has enjoyed a fruitful season and another bold showing is on the cards with conditions to suit, while Leoncavallo and Native Fighter are two others worth considering.

TIMEFORM PREDICTION: 1.COPPERLESS 2.FRANSHAM 3.LEONCAVALLO (IRE)

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TODAY’S RACE CONDITIONS First Race 1.45 - THE PERTEMPS NETWORK HANDICAP HURDLE RACE (CLASS 1) (Grade 3) (GBB RACE) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £31511 to the winning horse The second to receive £11872, the third £5941, the fourth £2968, the fifth £1489, the sixth £744, the seventh £369 and the eighth £190. for four yrs old and upwards. £280 stake if the horse is rated 130 or higher, or £56 stake if the horse is rated 129 or lower with £224 extra if the horse is declared to run Declare by 10.00 a.m. April 7th. Penalties, after March 27th, 2021, a winner of a hurdle race 4lb (No penalty to increase a horse’s weight above 11st 12lb). PERTEMPS NETWORK have generously sponsored this race and will present a memento to the winning owner, trainer and jockey and a cash prize will be awarded to the stable employee in charge of the best turned out horse in this race. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of PERTEMPS. The sponsorship payment of £250 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. PLEASE NOTE: A novice or juvenile horse shall only be qualified to run in this race if it has run a minimum of three times in Hurdle Races in Great Britain, Ireland or France in accordance with paragraph 15 of the Weights and Handicapping Code 48 entries, 6 at £56 and 42 at £280. - Closed April 3rd, 2021. Owners Prize Money. Winner £24102; Second £9934; Third £4967; Fourth £2486; Fifth £1243; Sixth £622; Seventh £308; Eighth £157. (Penalty Value £31511.20) Weights raised 3lbs and paragraph 34 of the Weights and Handicapping Code complied with where applicable. 8 Eliminated Under Rules (I)9 and (I)10. SEE PAGE 12 FOR THIS RACE. Second Race 2.20 - THE BETWAY TOP NOVICES’ HURDLE RACE (CLASS 1) (Grade 1) (GBB RACE) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £42202 to the winning horse The second to receive £15900, the third £7957, the fourth £3975, the fifth £1995, the sixth £997, the seventh £495 and the eighth £255. for novice four yrs old and upwards. Enter by noon, April 3rd and pay £375 stake, Declare by 10.00 a.m. April 7th. Weights: 4-y-o 10st 12lb; 5-y-o and up 11st 4lb Fillies and mares allowed 7lb. BETWAY have has generously sponsored this race and will present a memento to the winning owner, trainer and jockey and a cash prize will be awarded to the stable employee in charge of the best turned out horse in this race. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of BETWAY. The sponsorship payment of £500 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. 18 entries at £375. - Closed April 3rd, 2021. Owners Prize Money. Winner £32280; Second £13305; Third £6653; Fourth £3330; Fifth £1665; Sixth £833; Seventh £413; Eighth £210. (Penalty Value £42202.50) A SEE PAGE 18 FOR THIS RACE. Third Race 2.50 - THE BETWAY MILDMAY NOVICES’ STEEPLE CHASE (CLASS 1) (Grade 1) (GBB RACE) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £42202 to the winning horse The second to receive £15900, the third £7957, the fourth £3975, the fifth £1995, the sixth £997, the seventh £495 and the eighth £255. for novice five yrs old and upwards, 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 the day prior to entry. Horses which are not qualified for a rating in Great Britain, Ireland or France may also be entered. Such horses may be eligible providing the Handicapper is satisfied that the horse’s racecourse performances up to and including the day prior to entry would merit a minimum rating of 120. The decision of the BHA Head of Handicapping shall be final.. Enter by noon, April 3rd and pay £375 stake, Declare by 10.00 a.m. April 7th. Weights: 11st 4lb each Mares allowed 7lb. BETWAY has generously sponsored this race and will present a memento to the winning owner, trainer and jockey and a cash prize awarded to the stable employee in charge of the best turned out horse in this race. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of BETWAY. The sponsorship payment of £500 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. 18 entries at £375. - Closed April 3rd, 2021. Owners Prize Money. Winner £32280; Second £13305; Third £6653; Fourth £3330; Fifth £1665; Sixth £833; Seventh £413; Eighth £210. (Penalty Value £42202.50) A SEE PAGE 26 FOR THIS RACE. Fourth Race 3.25 - THE MARSH STEEPLE CHASE (CLASS 1) (REGISTERED AS THE MELLING STEEPLE CHASE) (Grade 1) (GBB RACE) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £104963 to the winning horse The second to receive £39475, the third £19728, the fourth £9854, the fifth £4955, the sixth £2468, the seventh £1271 and the eighth £673. for five yrs old and upwards, which are allotted a rating of 130 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 the day prior to entry. Horses which are not qualified for a rating in Great Britain, Ireland or France may also be entered. Such horses may be eligible providing the Handicapper is satisfied that the horse’s racecourse performances up to and including the day prior to entry would merit a minimum rating of 130. The decision of the BHA Handicapper shall be final.. Enter by noon, April 3rd and pay £935 stake, Supplementary Entry by noon, April 6th and pay £9300 stake, Declare by 10.00 a.m. April 7th. Weights: 11st 7lb each Mares allowed 7lb. The winning owner will be presented with the Kilton Cup, to be returned to the Racecourse by March 1st, 2022. MARSH have kindly sponsored this race and will present a memento to the winning owner, trainer and jockey and a cash prize to the stable employee in charge of the best turned out horse in this race. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of MARSH. The sponsorship payment of £500 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. THERE WILL BE A PARADE FOR THIS RACE. Horses will be led past the Stands before cantering to the start. 11 entries at £935. - Closed April 3rd, 2021. Owners Prize Money. Winner £80335; Second £33062; Third £16531; Fourth £8265; Fifth £4133; Sixth £2057; Seventh £1047; Eighth £505. (Penalty Value £104963.10) A SEE PAGE 34 FOR THIS RACE. Fifth Race 4.05 - THE RANDOX TOPHAM HANDICAP STEEPLE CHASE (CLASS 1) (Grade 3) (GBB RACE) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £58936 to the winning horse The second to receive £22165, the third £11077, the fourth £5533, the fifth £2782, the sixth £1386, the seventh £714, the eighth £378, the ninth £210 and the tenth £105. for five yrs old and upwards, which have Started in a Steeple Chase during the current season. Enter by noon, March 23rd and pay £157 stake, Confirm by noon, April 3rd and pay £368, Declare by 10.00 a.m. April 7th. Penalties, after March 28th, 2021, a winner of a steeple chase 4lb (No penalty to increase a horse’s weight above 11st 12lb). To be ridden by Jockeys or Amateur Jockeys, who before April 8th, 2021, have ridden not less than 15 winners in steeple chases or hurdle races under the Rules of Racing and/or the Rules of Irish National Hunt Committee and ridden not less than 10 of these winners in steeple chases. The winning owner will be presented with the Challenge Cup, to be returned to the Racecourse by March 1st, 2022. Randox has generously sponsored this race and will present a memento to the winning owner, trainer, jockey and groom and also a cash prize to the stable employee in charge of the best turned out horse in this race. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of RANDOX. The sponsorship payment of £500 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. The British Horseracing Authority may exercise their powers under Rule (I)2 to refuse to allow a horse duly entered to run when they have reason to be concerned about the horse’s suitability for the race. Any horse for whom a Confirmation of Entry has been submitted will not be permitted to run if it subsequently runs in any other race, including Point-to-Point races. All runners must be presented to the BHA Veterinary Officers for a pre-race veterinary inspection and must pass the inspection. Any horse considered unfit to run will be withdrawn by order of the Stewards of the Meeting under Rule (H)7.4 Horses may be presented for inspection on the day of racing as advised. Subject to the discretion of the Stewards, any horse which is not presented for a veterinary inspection by the time advised will not be permitted to run under Rule (H)7.4. The British Horseracing Authority has modified paragraph 6 of the Weights and Handicapping Code for the purposes of this race, such that racecourse performances up to and including Sunday, March 28th may be taken into account. A Confirmation of Entry will not be accepted for any horse for whom a Medication Declaration Form A is not submitted to the BHA by 1st April, 2021. PLEASE NOTE: A novice horse shall only be qualified to run in this race if it has run a minimum of three times in Steeple Chases in Great Britain, Ireland or France in accordance with paragraph 15 of the Weights and Handicapping Code 48 entries, 16 at £157, 32 at £525. - Closed March 23rd, 2021. Owners Prize Money. Winner £45108; Second £18564; Third £9282; Fourth £4641; Fifth £2321; Sixth £1155; Seventh £588; Eighth £284; Ninth £147; Tenth £74. (Penalty Value £58936.50) Weights raised 5lb and paragraph 34 of the Weights and Handicapping Code complied with where applicable. SEE PAGE 42 FOR THIS RACE. Sixth Race 4.40 - THE DOOM BAR SEFTON NOVICES’ HURDLE RACE (CLASS 1) (Grade 1) (GBB RACE) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £42202 to the winning horse The second to receive £15900, the third £7957, the fourth £3975, the fifth £1995, the sixth £997, the seventh £495 and the eighth £255. for novice four yrs old and upwards. Enter by noon, April 3rd and pay £375 stake, Declare by 10.00 a.m. April 7th. Weights: 4-y-o 10st 10lb; 5-y-o and up 11st 4lb Fillies and mares allowed 7lb. Molson Coors has generously sponsored this race and will present a memento to the winning owner, trainer and jockey and a cash prize will be awarded to the stable employee in charge of the best turned out horse in this race. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of AINTREE. The sponsorship payment of £500 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. 23 entries at £375. - Closed April 3rd, 2021. Owners Prize Money. Winner £32280; Second £13305; Third £6653; Fourth £3330; Fifth £1665; Sixth £833; Seventh £413; Eighth £210. (Penalty Value £42202.50) A SEE PAGE 50 FOR THIS RACE. Seventh Race 5.15 - THE PINSENT MASONS HANDICAP HURDLE RACE (CLASS 2) (CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS’ AND AMATEUR RIDERS’ RACE) (GBB RACE) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £19547 to the winning horse The second to receive £8987, the third £4495, the fourth £2245, the fifth £1124, the sixth £558, the seventh £281 and the eighth £140. for four yrs old and upwards. £190 stake if the horse is rated 130 or higher, or £38 stake if the horse is rated 129 or lower with £152 extra if the horse is declared to run Declare by 10.00 a.m. April 7th. Penalties, after March 27th, 2021, for each hurdle race won 7lb. To be ridden by Conditional Jockeys or Amateur Jockeys or Overseas Jockeys eligible to ride Amateur Jockeys shall be those holding ‘Category B’ permits to ride only. The Riders’ Allowances under paragraph 53 of the Weights and Handicapping Code may be claimed in this race.. PINSENT MASONS has generously sponsored this race and will present a memento to the winning owner, trainer and jockey and award a cash prize to the stable employee in charge of best turned out horse in this race. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of AINTREE. The sponsorship payment of £250 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. PLEASE NOTE: A novice or juvenile horse shall only be qualified to run in this race if it has run a minimum of three times in Hurdle Races in Great Britain, Ireland or France in accordance with paragraph 15 of the Weights and Handicapping Code 32 entries, 4 at £38 and 28 at £190. - Closed April 3rd, 2021. Owners Prize Money. Winner £14926; Second £7463; Third £3732; Fourth £1866; Fifth £931; Sixth £467; Seventh £232; Eighth £118. (Penalty Value £19547.20) 5 Eliminated Under Rules (I)9 and (I)10. SEE PAGE 56 FOR THIS RACE.


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