Aintree Racecard - The Randox Grand National Festival - Day Three, Saturday 10th April

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RANDOX GRAND NATIONAL FESTIVAL

OFFICIAL PROGRAMME

GRAND NATIONAL DAY SATURDAY 10TH APRIL 2021


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THE JOCKEY CLUB WELCOMES YOU

Welcome to Randox Grand National Day. We are delighted to stage the people’s race once more and hope to bring a smile to the nation as the world will again watch 40 runners and riders take part in the world’s greatest steeplechase. 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, EFT Systems, Marsh, Molson Coors, Ryanair and Weatherbys. It is a great honour for us all at Aintree to inaugurate Rose Paterson as a Grand National Legend this year. Rose, who passed away in June 2020 at the age of 63, was first involved with Aintree as Racecourse Committee Director in 2005 and became Chairman in 2014 which she described as a “dream come true”. The Rose Paterson Trust, which will support organisations and individuals working to reduce the annual toll of suicides, is being launched today. Rose was an integral part of this racecourse, and an incredibly special person to work with. The thoughts of everyone at Aintree are with Rose’s family, who will be with us today. 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. As well as the famous 40 that will head to post at 5:15pm today, we welcome our honorary 41st runner in association with Alder Hey Children’s Charity, Lydia Barker. Lydia is 19 years old and has been so inspired by the Mental Health services team at the trust who have supported her since she was 15, she is now training as a nurse and has started her placement at Alder Hey hospital. We are delighted to have Lydia as part of our line-up and wish her a wonderful day. 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 our 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.

NICHOLAS WRIGLEY

DICKON WHITE

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North West Regional Director for Jockey Club Racecourses

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WELCOMES YOU Though the Randox Grand National may be a little different this year, I am pleased that the racing we have all missed so dearly can return once again to our screens. Our commitment to the world’s most iconic horse race is such that we have extended our sponsorship for another 5 years. The pandemic has highlighted the need for early and accurate diagnostics, which can and do save lives. We will work to convert these lessons into better health outcomes in the future. Randox set up the largest throughput COVID-19 laboratory in the UK. We have completed over 12 million gold-standard PCR tests for the UK’s National Testing Programme, representing approximately 21% of all PCR tests executed in the UK. The past year has taught us to appreciate the important things in life – our friends, our family, and our health. Whilst we are, as yet, unable to meet in person, I wish you all a healthy and enjoyable Randox Grand National 2021, wherever you are watching. DR PETER FITZGERALD Managing Director, Randox


TODAY’S RACE SPONSORS

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RACEDAY OFFICIALS Stewards Shaun Parker (Chief Steward) Jeremy Barlow & Rosie Pearson (Stewards' Panel Chairs) Jennifer Dewhurst, Michael Eyre, Helen Kinsella, Louise Moore, Adrian Sharpe Social Distancing Officer Chris Watts Starters Robert Supple, Seamus O’Neill, Stuart Turner, William Jordan Equine Welfare & Integrity Officers Louise Todd, Amy Fairclough, Alec Dent, Jeremy Willis, Martin Knight, Tracey Hamilton, Linda Porter, Shaun Mitchell, Graham Gray, Vince McKevitt Judges Nick Bostock & Michael Roberts

Race Conditions can be found on pages 62 & 63

Clerks Of The Scales Wayne Burnell & Claudia Marelli Veterinary Officers Arthur Kidd, Graham Potts, Kate Maxwell, Sally Taylor Veterinary Surgeons

Patrick Macandrew, Jim Tipp, John Burgess, Kerry Comb, Seamus Miller, Graham Potts, Ellen Singer, Kate Sumner, Sue Taylor, Alasdair Topp

Medical Officers

Dr John Murray, Dr Ian Roberts, Dr Martin Davis, Dr Louise Williams, Dr John Edwards, Dr Mike Unwin, Dr Owen Richards, Dr Tristan Elkin, Dr Emily Hill

Commentators Alan Howes, Simon Holt, Stewart Machin Chairman Nicholas Wrigley Clerk Of The Course Sulekha Varma

Regional Director - North West Dickon White

Head of Marketing - West Matthew Foxton-Duffy

Finance Director - West Roy Barker

Head of Partnerships - West Jack Royle

General Manager - Carlisle Racecourse Molly Dingwall

Regional Head of Operations Stephen Mansfield

Regional Head of Racing & Clerk of the Course - Aintree Sulekha Varma

Regional General Manager - Catering Peter Jardine

Regional Head of Racing & Clerk of the Course - Haydock Park Kirkland Tellwright Communications Lead - West Grant Rowley

Head of Hospitality - West Claire Leonard Regional Sales Coordination Manager Sales Service Manager Lucy Wood Head of Conference and Events - West Charlotte Fitzgerald


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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.

How the experts rate the horse’s chances:

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

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)

Visit www.racingexplained.co.uk for more information

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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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Tote Placepot pick six horses to place Bet on the Placepot at Tote.co.uk

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Aintree Tote Placepot tips 1:45pm - The EFT Systems Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) WHIRLING DERVISH is very interesting here. He obviously has a touch of class, having previously been rated 100 on the Flat and finished 7th in a big handicap on Future Champions Day at Newmarket. He’s unexposed over these staying trips. Old favourite Unowhatimeanharry won here earlier in the season and could go well. Our Placepot Perm:

1) Whirling Dervish

2) Unowhatimeanharry

2.25pm - The Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) Dan Skelton’s MY DROGO looks like one of the most promising novices in training. He should finish in the first three.

Our Placepot Perm:

1) My Drogo

3.00pm - The Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Steeple Chase (Grade 1) Quite simply, SHISHKIN is an absolute superstar. He wins at a canter.

Our Placepot Perm:

1) Shishkin

3.35pm - The Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle (Registered as the Liverpool Hurdle) (Grade 1) A small setback meant THYME HILL missed Cheltenham but he surely would have gone close in the Stayers. We can see him turning the tables on Paisley Park whose best years may be behind him. IF THE CAP FITS won this in 2019 and could run into a place. Our Placepot Perm:

1) Thyme Hill 2) If The Cap Fits

4.15pm - The Betway Handicap Steeple Chase (Listed) HAPPYGOLUCKY ran a great race at Cheltenham only to be beaten by Vintage Clouds. He’ll be popular here, but for good reason. TOP NOTCH wound back the clock to run a blinder in the Plate. If running up to that form, he’s good value for a place off the same mark. Our Placepot Perm:

1) Happygolucky 2) Top Notch

4:40pm - The Randox Grand National Steeple Chase (Grade 3) A horse that stands out as being made for the Grand National is Tom Lacey’s Kimberlite Candy. He stays well, he’s a sound jumper, and perhaps crucially, he’s got a good record over the Grand National fences. Farclas could be one to watch. The seven-year-old grey has been admirably consistent over fences this term, running mighty races in big field handicaps. ANIBALE FLY, who’s placed in this before, completes the shortlist. Our Placepot Perm: 1) Kimberlite Candy 2) Farclas 3) Anibale Fly

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FACTS & STATS THE EFT SYSTEMS HANDICAP HURDLE (GRADE 3) RACE DESCRIPTION

Handed Grade 3 status in 2010, the race was switched to the last day of the meeting in 2016. Run over a trip just longer than three miles, novices and lightly-raced hurdlers have a good record in this race. Despite the long trip, proven stamina isn’t always a neccessity when finding the winner in this race and, in fact, those stepping up in trip for the first time often go well. This is one for slick jumpers who travel well and may have a bit in hand at the weights.

2019

GRADE 3 HANDICAP

WINNER

RUN OVER THREE MILES, 149 YARDS

AUX PTITS SOINS

Aux Ptits Soins carried more weight than almost all his rivals but it wasn’t enough to stop a brillaint preformance. The grey was easy to pick out coming round the home bend and once he jumped the third last Harry Skelton kicked for home. Stablemate Tommy Rapper chased him all the way up the long run in but it wasn’t enough, and even though Aux Ptits Soins blundered his way through the last hurdle he was still on top at the finish.

13 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 517 0 17311 4U423 11144 11513 5F031 P5041 34414

WINNER AGE WEIGHT SP MEETING ABANDONED Aux Ptits Soins 9 11-8 11/1 Mr Big Shot 7 11-5 7/1F Fountains Windfall 7 10-12 11/1 Ubak 8 11-0 16/1 Taglietelle 6 11-6 7/1 Doctor Harper 6 11-3 8/1 Battle Group 8 10-9 8/1CF Cape Tribulation 8 11-12 14/1 Battle Group 6 11-1 16/1

TRAINER

RUNNERS

D Skelton D Pipe A Honeyball G Moore G Elliott D Pipe K Bishop M Jefferson D Pipe

21 20 2 19 21 22 21 21 20

LAST RACE (NO.DAYS) 7th Cleeve Hurdle (70) 10th Martin Pipe Hurdle (29) 21st Plumpton Nov. Hurdle (26) 3rd Gr.3 Coral Cup (24) 4th Gr.3 Coral Cup (29) 3rd Gr.3 EBF Final (25) 3rd Timeform Nov. H’cap Chase (68) 1st Listed Pertemps Final (28) 4th Gr.3 Coral Cup (23)

KEY TRENDS Seven of the past 14 winners were novices

12 of the past 16 winners were stepping up in trip

Six non-novice winners since 2005 had 11 or less hurdles starts

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

TRAINER

JOCKEY

Dan Skelton

Harry Skelton

1 winner

1 winner

Today Dan saddles Tommy Rapper & Ashtown Lad

Today Harry rides Ashtown Lad


3m 149y

FIRST RACE 1.45 THE EFT SYSTEMS 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 6lb and paragraph 34 of the Weights and Handicapping Code complied with where applicable. 12 Eliminated Under Rules (I)9 and (I)10.

FORM ANALYSIS - A CLOSER LOOK

| FACTS | FANCIES | FORM | STATS | Leading course trainer (16-21): D Skelton (18 wins from 120 runners, 15%) runs ASHTOWN LAD & TOMMY RAPPER Trainer-in-form (last 14 days): D Skelton (12 wins from 46 runners, 26%) runs ASHTOWN LAD & TOMMY RAPPER Longest Traveller: WHIRLING DERVISH trained by J Levins, Ireland.

J Jockey

T Trainer O Owner B Breeder S Sponsor Br Breeding

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UNOWHATIMEANHARRY (GB) (23) 250-100 CD 13

Br B g Sir Harry Lewis (USA) - Red Nose Lady O Mr John P. McManus B Mr R. J. Smith

st-lb

11-12

Kevin Brogan (5) J Harry Fry, Seaborough T

TIMEFORM VIEW Confirmed he’s still capable of smart form when landing handicap over C&D in November. Below par both runs since though so veteran needs to get back on track. TFRHHHII BHA149

2

VISION DES FLOS (FR) (84) 60-U505

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11-9

Jonjo O’Neill Jr. J Br B g Balko (FR) - Marie Royale (FR) Colin Tizzard, Sherborne T O Ann & Alan Potts Limited B Mr Clovis Bardin & Mme Florence Bardin Green Mining (Sizing), Coral Racing Limited S

TIMEFORM VIEW Smart hurdler at his best but he’s twice been below par back in this sphere after failing to convince over fences earlier this season. Hooded now and others appeal more. TFRHHIII BHA146

3

JANIKA (FR) (24) 4442-05

8

Br B g Saddler Maker (IRE) - Majaka (FR) O Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede B Mr Hubert Langot & Mr Michel Langot

11-8

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

TIMEFORM VIEW Grade 2 winner over fences during 2019/20 and not disgraced back hurdling when fifth of 26 in Coral Cup at Cheltenham (21f) 24 days ago. Has his stamina to prove, though. TFRHHIII BHA145

4 RESERVE TANK (IRE) (23) 212P-5P C Br B g Jeremy (USA) - Lady Bellamy (IRE) O The Reserve Tankers B Mr L. Dunne

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11-7

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

TIMEFORM VIEW Grade 1 winning hurdler who ran to a similar level over fences last term. Fair fifth in National Spirit at Fontwell on return but pulled up in Stayers’ Hurdle (50/1) at Cheltenham since. Tongue tied. TFRHHIII BHA144

5

J’AI FROID (IRE) (27) 1/-41111

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11-6

Max Kendrick (3) J Br B g Flemensfirth (USA) - Park Wave (IRE) L J Morgan, Waltham On The Wolds T O Mrs K. Bromley B Patricia and Marie Keating

TIMEFORM VIEW Strong stayer who has made a fine start for his current yard, completing the four-timer by wide margin at Warwick 27 days ago. Up a further 13lb but not taken lightly in current mood. TFRHHHII BHA143

6

TEA CLIPPER (IRE) (24) 12-1553

Br B g Stowaway - A Plus Ma Puce (FR) O Mr Jerry Hinds & Mr Ashley Head B Cyril O’Hara

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11-5

Rachael Blackmore J Tom Lacey, Woolhope T Plusbac S

TIMEFORM VIEW Returned with Grade 3 Chepstow handicap in October and even better form when third of 26 in Coral Cup at Cheltenham (21f) 24 days ago. Should prove effective over this longer trip. In the mix. TFRHHHII BHA142

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STONEY MOUNTAIN (IRE) (129) 11U50-3 C BF 8

Br Ch g Mountain High (IRE) - Cherry Pie (FR) O Mrs A. Gillies B Gleadhill House Stud Ltd

11-3

Gavin Sheehan J Jamie Snowden, Lambourn T Betvictor S

TIMEFORM VIEW Likeable hurdler who was bought for £140,000 after his ninth in last term’s Pertemps at Cheltenham for Henry Daly. Remote third over fences at Ludlow on yard bow but should fare better back hurdling. TFRHHHII BHA140

8

KID COMMANDO (GB) (49) 13-16P5

Br B g Robin des Champs (FR) - Banjaxed Girl O Chapman, Hanger, Kingston & Langford B Little Lodge Farm & Rahinston Farm

7

11-3

Aidan Coleman J Anthony Honeyball, Beaminster T Geegeez.co.uk S

TIMEFORM VIEW Ascot Listed handicap winner in October who took a step back in right direction after wind op when fifth of 15 in 2m3f handicap there 49 days ago. Handily weighted, but not proven over this far. TFRHHHII BHA140 12


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ONE NIGHT IN MILAN (IRE) (134) 233-P20 D 8

Br B g Milan - Native Mo (IRE) O The Gilbert’s & Mr Campbell B Fred Mackey

11-3

Billy Garritty (3) J Keith Dalgleish, Carluke T

TIMEFORM VIEW Progressive hurdler last term who posted good second in novice chase at Carlisle in November. Stiff task in Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury last time. Tongue tied. No forlorn hope back in a handicap. TFRHHHII BHA140

10 CORRIEBEN REIVER (GB) (28) 144/1-12 BF Br Ch g Malinas (GER) - Wild Child Lucy O John & Liz Elliot B John & Liz Elliot,I Copeland,A Whillans

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11-3

Henry Brooke J Alistair Whillans, Hawick T Sport Of Kings Classic Racewear S

TIMEFORM VIEW Made light of 16-month absence when landing Kelso handicap and good second of 11 at Ayr (2m4f, heavy) 28 days ago, clear of rest. Still low mileage, and can make his presence felt now up in trip. TFRHHHII BHA140

11 TOMMY RAPPER (IRE) (21) 442/1-2P

10

11-2

TIMEFORM VIEW Useful winning hurdler/chaser but lightly raced nowadays. Made light of 17-month absence when second in Exeter handicap hurdle but pulled up over fences at Uttoxeter only run since. Cheekpieces on. TFRHHIII BHA139

12 CHAMPAGNE PLATINUM (IRE) (23) 430-325 7 Br Gr g Stowaway - Saffron Holly (IRE) O Mr John P. McManus B Frank Tobin

11-2

Nico de Boinville J Nicky Henderson, Lambourn T

TIMEFORM VIEW Has never entirely convinced over fences, but he has shaped well back hurdling this term, fifth of 25 in Pertemps Final at Cheltenham (3m) 23 days ago. One for the shortlist off same mark. TFRHHHHI BHA139

13 SOUTHFIELD HARVEST (GB) (48) 1/21-223 BF Br B g Kayf Tara - Chamoss Royale (FR) O Mrs Angela Yeoman & Mr Paul K. Barber B Mrs Angela Yeoman

7

11-1

Harry Cobden J Paul Nicholls, Ditcheat T Morson Group S

TIMEFORMVIEWLightly-racedsortwhoadvancedhisformwhensecondonhandicapbowatWincanton(2m5f)andjustasgood when third over 3m at Newbury since. Cheekpieces on now. Needs considering after a break. TFRHHHHI BHA138

14 BURBANK (IRE) (24) 10P-130

9

Br B g Yeats (IRE) - Spring Swoon (FR) O Varlien Vyner-Brooks,Dave&Yvonne Simpson B Derrymore House Syndicate

11-1

Charlotte Jones (5) J James Moffatt, Cartmel T Tote S

TIMEFORM VIEW Smart chaser for Nicky Henderson last term. In good form for new yard this season, first run over hurdles for almost two years when tenth of 26 in Coral Cup at Cheltenham last time. Respected. TFRHHHII BHA138

15 POLISH (GB) (48) 5-43301

6

Br B g Teofilo (IRE) - Polygon (USA) O Caveat Emptor Partnership B Carwell Equities Ltd

11-0

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

TIMEFORM VIEW Relished return to 3m when landing 3m handicap hurdle (14/1) at Newbury in February. Up 7lb but he remains unexposed at staying trips so is not taken lightly after a break. TFRHHHHI BHA137

16 WHIRLING DERVISH (GB) (30) 126641 Br B g Camelot - Synergy (FR) O Mr Peter Trainor B Wood Hall Stud

6

11-0

Ricky Doyle (3) J J. F. Levins, Ireland T

TIMEFORM VIEW Useful Irish hurdler who arrives on back of game success in 2m7f handicap at Thurles last month. Gutsy sort but he’s been hit with a 13lb hike. TFRHHHII BHA137

17 HOMETOWN BOY (IRE) (42) 33120-1 Br Ch g Curtain Time (IRE) - Mercy Mission O The Garratt Family B Liam Norris

6

11-0

Ciaran Gethings J Stuart Edmunds, Newport Pagnell T Fences Farm S

TIMEFORM VIEW Quickly made up into a useful hurdler last term and returned after 11 months off with stylish win in 2m5f Kempton handicap in February. Up 7lb but he remains of interest now upped to 3m. Player. TFRHHHHI BHA137

18 COME ON TEDDY (IRE) (23) 41-4133 Br B g Fame And Glory - Theatre View (IRE) O Noel Fehily Racing Syndicates-Teddy B Miss Penny Downes

7

11-0

Jonathan Burke J Tom George, Slad T HBA Media S

TIMEFORM VIEW Landed 3m Cheltenham handicap in December and has posted two excellent placed efforts since, third of 22 in Pertemps Final there 23 days ago. Type to keep improving, and a very interesting contender. TFRHHHHH BHA137

19 BALLYBEGG (IRE) (52) 523-211 Br B g Mahler - Rebel Flyer (IRE) O Glass Half Full B Patrick Hennessy

6

11-0

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

TIMEFORM VIEW Improving hurdler who made it 2-3 in this sphere with gutsy all-the-way victory in 2m3f novice at Wetherby in February. Goes handicapping now with step up in trip likely to suit. Lively outsider. TFRHHHHI BHA137 13

First Race

Bridget Andrews J Br B g Milan - Supreme Evening (IRE) Dan Skelton, Alcester T O Judy Craymer & Nick Skelton Ladbrokes, The Air Ambulance Service (Warwickshire & Northamptonshire) S B J. Asple


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20 BARNAVIDDAUN (IRE) (140) 221-421

8

10-12

Brendan Powell J Br B g Scorpion (IRE) - Lucy Murphy (IRE) David Bridgwater, Stow-on-the-Wold T O Graham Clarkson & Andrew Smelt CWB S B Sean Murphy

TIMEFORM VIEW Progressive Irish hurdler for Thomas Mullins, bagging 2m4f handicap at Naas in November. This longer trip should prove within his compass on yard bow but much higher in the weights. TFRHHHII BHA135

21 ASHTOWN LAD (IRE) (70) 0-2115P

7

10-12

Harry Skelton J Br B g Flemensfirth (USA) - Blossom Trix (IRE) Dan Skelton, Alcester T O Darren & Annaley Yates Ladbrokes, The Air Ambulance Service (Warwickshire & Northamptonshire) S B R. McCarthy

TIMEFORM VIEW Took a major step forward when bolting up on handicap debut at Uttoxeter in November. Disappointing up in grade since, though had excuses last time and has since had a wind op/break. Not discounted. TFRHHHII BHA135

22 EARLOFTHECOTSWOLDS (FR) (38) 602415 BF 7 Br Bl g Axxos (GER) - Sissi Land (FR) O Twiston-Davies, Mason, Greer & Kiely B Yannick Colliot & Teddy Poirier

10-9

Sam Twiston-Davies J Nigel Twiston-Davies, Cheltenham T Agetur (UK) Ltd S

TIMEFORM VIEW Useful hurdler/chaser. Landed Kempton jumpers bumper before good fifth in Wincanton handicap chase so he’s not totally dismissed back in this sphere. TFRHHHII BHA132 DECLARED RUNNERS 22 2020: MEETING ABANDONED Hood worn first time by No. 2. Tongue Strap worn first time by No. 4, 9. Sheepskin Cheek Pieces worn first time by No. 11, 13. Visor worn by No. 5. Tongue Strap worn by No. 1, 2, 3, 8, 11. Sheepskin Cheek Pieces worn by No. 1, 14, 15, 16, 22. Running for the first time since Wind Surgery No. 21. Stewards Note: VISION DES FLOS: Following its run on 16/1/2021 it was reported that the horse ran too enthusiastically. TEA CLIPPER: Following its run on 17/3/2021 it was reported that the horse was hampered by a faller. TOMMY RAPPER: Following its run on 20/3/2021 it was reported that the horse lost a shoe. ASHTOWN LAD: Following its run on 30/1/2021 it was reported that the horse had blood in its trachea. Probable S.P’s: 13-2 Come On Teddy (IRE), 11-1 Tea Clipper (IRE), Champagne Platinum (IRE), 12-1 J’Ai Froid (IRE), Polish (GB), 14-1 Hometown Boy (IRE), 16-1 Southfield Harvest (GB), 18-1 Janika (FR), Corrieben Reiver (GB), Whirling Dervish (GB), 25-1 Reserve Tank (IRE), Kid Commando (GB), 28-1 Ballybegg (IRE), 33-1 Tommy Rapper (IRE), 40-1 Unowhatimeanharry (GB), Vision des Flos (FR), Burbank (IRE), Barnaviddaun (IRE), Earlofthecotswolds (FR), 50-1 Stoney Mountain (IRE), Ashtown Lad (IRE), 66-1 One Night In Milan (IRE)

PLAY SMARTER

Plenty in with a shout, but Tom George’s COME ON TEDDY arrives on the back of a cracking third in Cheltenham’s Pertemps Final so this upwardly-mobile hurdler is fancied to emerge on top. Hometown Boy is another low-mileage sort with better days ahead of him now stepping up to 3m and is feared most, although handicap debutant Ballybegg and Champagne Platinum also have much to recommend them.

TIMEFORM PREDICTION: 1.COME ON TEDDY (IRE) 2.HOMETOWN BOY (IRE) 3.BALLYBEGG (IRE)

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The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh 1921 - 2021


NATIONAL SILVER by Sally Duckett

Everyone loves a grey, they always seem to be so flamboyant, brave and, naturally, are more noticeable. Only three horses bearing the hallmark have won the Aintree Grand National in its 172 runnings – The Lamb who won in 1868 and 1871, the 2012 winner Neptune Collognes and, 60 years ago, Nicolaus Silver in 1961. Nicolaus Silver was bred in Tipperary in Ireland. He was not highly regarded in his native land, even when his subsequent Grand National-winning rider Bobby Beasley saw him race at Naas in 1960 he reportedly was not impressed. Nicolaus Silver’s trainer Dan Kirwan died suddenly that year and the horse had to be sold. Nicolaus Silver He was offered in November at the Dublin-based Ballsbridge Bloodstock Sale – the company is now known as Tattersalls Ireland. Before his death Kirwan had qualified Nicolaus Silver for the 1961 Grand National; it meant that horse was of keen interest to owners wishing to become involved in the big-race action. Two parties went head-to-head for the eight-year-old – journalist and racehorse trainer Ivor Herbert and his owner the film producer Frank Lauder versus the current champion trainer Fred Rimell with his owner Charles Vaughan. His reason for involvement was personal – he wanted to beat the horse owned by his father, Major D Vaughan. Rimell and Vaughan ended up the successful buyers with a bid of £2,600. After purchase Rimell was told by an Irish trainer: “You have given too much money for a bad horse!” Initially the horse did not set the gallops alight at Rimell’s yard in Kinnersley, Worcestershire, but Rimell was a magically talented trainer and knew the horse would prefer the faster spring ground. In March, the horse was sent up the road to run at the Cheltenham Festival and duly won the Kim Muir Handicap Chase. He is still one of only a handful of horses to win at The Festival and then go on to Grand National success in the same year. As the spring moved forward and the ground quickened again, the yard’s confidence began to grow. Apparently Rimell sent a telegram to Vaughan, then in Spain, saying that his horse had a “very, very good chance “ of winning the Grand National.

Fred Rimell

A five-time champion trainer Rimell became known as “Mr Grand National” after producing four winners of the race, and he is still the joint winning-most trainer. He subsequently


reported that, of all his winners, he had been most confident beforehand about Nicolaus Silver’s chances. Despite that confidence, the horse did not get to the race without some intrigue and gossip. Rumours of a plot to dope Nicolaus Silver reached Rimell and apparently an unusual “fragrant French lady” visited the stables. If she was there for misdeeds she was frustrated in her attempts – the pre-warned Rimell had switched stables for his Grand National entry and Nicolaus Silver’s usual box housed another grey named High Spot. It was never proven that High Spot was “got at” by mistake, but he never raced again. The pre-race problems for Nicolaus Silver were not over – when he was being shod with his racing plates the farrier pricked his foot giving the trainer and his staff an anxious night poulticing to draw any abscess. But the race with its 35-runners, including two international runners from Russia (who were both allotted a welter burden of 12st7lb!) went without mishap for Nicolaus Silver. Beasley settled the horse mid-field, jumped up toward the front as they headed out on the second circuit, and then sat him third or fourth behind the previous year’s winner Merryman. The grey jumped round the big track with ease and went clear on the run-in to win by a cosy five lengths with his ears pricked. Nicolaus Silver’s victory ensured a good pay out for his owner – reportedly Vaughan had backed the horse down from 40-1 to 28-1! Big purchases continue Such is the enduring romance of the Grand National, owners have continued to buy horses specifically for the race. Perhaps the most famous winning horse is Party Politics, who was bought in a private purchase by Patricia Thompson of Cheveley Park Stud just three days before he won in 1992. This year’s entry Balko Des Flos was bought by the RacehorseClub.com in March. His purchase reveals how bloodstock sales have changed – and especially in the last Party Politics year. Due to the pandemic, many recent bloodstock auctions have been staged online only as virtual events, with no horses or people at the sale ground, horses viewed by video and photos on the sale companies’ websites. Balko Des Flos was sold by the British-based Goffs UK sale company at its Online March Sale. Bought by bloodstock agent Peter Molony, who bid via the sales company’s timed online auction hub, the ten-year-old cost £110,000, some 44 times more than Nicolaus Silver’s 1960 auction price! The Henry de Bromhead-trained gelding was purchased on behalf of the RacehorseClub.com, which is setting up a new way for people to become involved in racehorse ownership through affordable “microshares”. Horseracing, racehorse purchasing and racehorse ownership has come a long way in the last 60 years.

Balko Des Flos



FACTS & STATS THE BETWAY MERSEY NOVICES’ HURDLE (GRADE 1) RACE DESCRIPTION

Some top novice hurdlers have won this race in years gone by, with the likes of Best Mate, Yorkhill, Tidal Bay and Simonsig all successful in this race before going onto win some of racing’s biggest prizes. Given Grade 1 status in 2014, the Ballymore hurdle at Cheltenham has been a good guide to identifying the winner in recent years. Winners of this race need to show a lot of speed at the business end of the race and often go onto compete down in trip rather than up as chasers.

2019

GRADE 1

WINNER

RUN OVER TWO MILES, FOUR FURLONGS

RESERVE TANK

2019 winner Reserve Tank Cheltenham before he won this race and connectons instead opted to wait for the better ground at Aintree. That decision proved to be a correct one by the Tizzard team, as Reserve Rank bolted up by three and a quarter lengths at an unfancied 20/1. Prominent throughout, Robbie Power elected to take the inside route, which proved to be a brilliant decision, and left in front three out, he stayed on really well when eyeballed by the second, to win going away.

11 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 3711 4122 111 1111 11U13 1411 2347 11211 1112

WINNER AGE WEIGHT SP MEETING ABANDONED Reserve Tank 5 11-4 20/1 Black Op 7 11-4 3/1 Finian’s Oscar 5 11-4 3/1F Yorkhill 6 11-4 30/100F Nichols Canyon 5 11-4 3/1F Lac Fontana 5 11-4 9/2F Ubak 5 11-4 22/1 Simonsig 6 11-4 4/9F Spirit Son 5 11-4 3/1

TRAINER

RUNNERS

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

9 12 13 6 12 12 8 10 9

LAST RACE (NO.DAYS) 1st Kempton Nov. Hurdle (21) 2nd Gr.1 Ballymore Nov. Hurdle (31) 1st Listed Exeter Nov. Hurdle (55) 1st Gr.1 Ballymore Nov. Hurdle (24) 3rd Gr.1 Ballymore Nov. Hurdle (31) 1st Gr.3 Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle (22) 7th Gr.1 Ballymore Nov. Hurdle (23) 1st Gr.1 Ballymore Nov. Hurdle (30) 2nd Gr.1 Supreme Nov. Hurdle (24)

KEY TRENDS Ballymore winners are four from four since 1999

14 of the past 21 winners ran at the Cheltenham festival

12 of the past 15 winners had won at least twice over hurdles

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

TRAINER Colin Tizzard 2 winners Today Colin saddles Striking A Pose


2m 4f

SECOND RACE 2.25 THE BETWAY MERSEY 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): D Skelton (18 wins from 120 runners, 15%) runs MY DROGO Trainer-in-form (last 14 days): D Skelton (12 wins from 46 runners, 26%) runs MY DROGO Fancy That: C Tizzard won this race in 2017 and 2019. The stable runs STRIKING A POSE today. Longest Travellers: BALLYADAM trained by H De Bromhead & DREAL DEAL trained by R McNally - both Ireland.

J Jockey

T Trainer O Owner B Breeder S Sponsor Br Breeding

colours no

1

horse

ADRIMEL (FR) (22) 10-111P

Br B or Br g Tirwanako (FR) - Irise De Gene (FR) O Lady Bamford & Alice Bamford B Dr V. Gabriel Descours

age

st-lb

6

11-4

Jonathan Burke J Tom Lacey, Woolhope T Plusbac S

TIMEFORM VIEW Useful bumper winner who won his first 3 starts over hurdles, including Warwick Grade 2 in gutsy fashion (2m5f) in January. Folded quickly from 2 out at Cheltenham but remains a useful prospect. TFRHHHII BHA142

2

BALLYADAM (IRE) (25) 1-11422

6

Br B g Fame And Glory - Grass Tips (IRE) O Cheveley Park Stud B P. Connell

11-4

Rachael Blackmore J Henry de Bromhead, Ireland T Cheveley Park Stud S

TIMEFORM VIEW Smart hurdler who landed Royal Bond in November and back on the up when second to Appreciate It at Leopardstown in February. Ran below that level in Supreme but can still be a big factor here. TFRHHHHI BHA148

3

BALLYBEGG (IRE) (52) 523-211 D

6

Br B g Mahler - Rebel Flyer (IRE) ER NN O Glass Half Full RU B Patrick Hennessy ON

TIMEFORM VIEW NON RUNNER.

J Kerry Lee, Presteigne T Horseracing.Net S

N

4 DREAL DEAL (IRE) (83) 00-1111 Br B g Arvico (FR) - Fleur Rose (IRE) O Ronan M. P. McNally B Ballymorisheen Stables

11-4

TFRIIIII BHA137

6

11-4

Denis O’Regan J Ronan M. P. McNally, Northern Ireland T

TIMEFORM VIEW Improving in leaps and bounds this term, sweeping past the whole field in the latter stages to complete the 4-timer in Moscow Flyer Novices’ Hurdle at Punchestown last time. Not taken lightly. TFRHHHHI BHA145

5

GUARD YOUR DREAMS (GB) (24) 141160

5

11-4

Sam Twiston-Davies J Br B g Fame And Glory - Native Sunrise (IRE) Nigel Twiston-Davies, Cheltenham T O Graham and Alison Jelley Jelson Ltd S B Little Lodge Farm & Mr & Mrs TWR Chugg

TIMEFORM VIEW Progressive type who made a winning handicap debut at Sandown in January. Not seen to best effect in the Betfair Hurdle and Coral Cup at Cheltenham since but this asks for more. TFRHHHII BHA135

6

JAY BEE WHY (IRE) (43) 10-151

Br B g Yeats (IRE) - Lady Bernie (IRE) O David J S Sewell & Tim Leadbeater B Thistletown Stud

6

11-4

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

TIMEFORM VIEW Irish point winner who has shown useful form in winning 2 of his 3 starts over hurdles at up to 21f. Remains unexposed and looks an interesting runner. TFRHHHII BHA136

7

LLANDINABO LAD (GB) (77) 22-1125 BF

Br Ch g Malinas (GER) - Hot Rhythm O Celia & Michael Baker B Mr P. P. Symonds

6

11-4

David Bass J Tom Symonds, Hentland T Gun Dog Gin Ltd S

TIMEFORM VIEW Quickly surpassed his bumper form in winning his first 2 starts over hurdles. Good second to My Drogo in Kennel Gate, but ran poorly in Rossington Main Novices’ Hurdle at Haydock last time. TFRHHHII BHA141

8

LUCKY ONE (FR) (35) 021315

Br Br g Authorized (IRE) - Lady Anouchka (IRE) O Sullivan Bloodstock & Hughes Crowley B E.A.R.L. du Bois Hue

6

11-4

Harry Cobden J Paul Nicholls, Ditcheat T Morson Group S

TIMEFORM VIEW Free-going front runner who doubled his tally with a dominant display in 2m novice at Wincanton in February. Found it harder to boss stronger opposition in Grade 2 won by My Drogo at Kelso, though. TFRHHIII BHA143 20


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9

MINELLA DRAMA (IRE) (48) 2-21121

6

11-4

Brian Hughes J Br B g Flemensfirth (USA) - Midsummer Drama (IRE) Donald McCain, Cholmondeley T O Green Day Racing Proactive Personnel Limited S B R. McCarthy

TIMEFORM VIEW Greenness hasn’t stopped him winning 3 of his 4 starts since finishing second to Llandinabo Lad on his Bangor hurdling debut. Remains one to be positive about despite his quirks. TFRHHHII BHA143

10 MY DROGO (GB) (35) 2111

6

Br B g Milan - My Petra O Mr & Mrs R. Kelvin-Hughes B H & C Group Ltd

11-4

Harry Skelton J Dan Skelton, Alcester T H & C Group Ltd S

TIMEFORM VIEW Good looking son of Milan who is unbeaten over hurdles, conceding weight to all in emphatic fashion in Grade 2 at Kelso (18.1) 35 days ago. Sets the standard and capable of better still. TFRHHHHH BHA150

11 PIPESMOKER (FR) (51) 232-3 BF Br B g Authorized (IRE) - Pisa (GER) O Lady Dulverton B Haras Du Taillis & Hans Hunziker

6

11-4

Nico de Boinville J Nicky Henderson, Lambourn T Unibet S

TIMEFORM VIEW Showed useful form when placed both starts in novice hurdles last season and did enough to suggest all his ability is intact when third in 2m novice at Sandown on return. Remains with potential. TFRHHHII BHA135

12 STRAW FAN JACK (GB) (21) P-F1212 C D BF

6

11-4

Ben Jones J Sheila Lewis, Brecon T Tote S

TIMEFORM VIEW Progressed nicely over hurdles before the turn of the year, defying a penalty by a wide margin at this course. Ran to a similar level back form a break at Kempton but has more on his plate now. TFRHHIII BHA134

13 STRIKING A POSE (IRE) (28) 1-3311P Br B g Getaway (GER) - Clonsingle Native (IRE) O I & C Gosden, M Sharp & G Kennington B Gerry Caplis

5

11-4

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

TIMEFORM VIEW Irish point winner who was suited by step up to 21.4f when making winning handicap bow at Wincanton. Defied a penalty with ease back in a novice at Exeter but pulled up in EBF Final at Sandown latest. TFRHHIII BHA128 DECLARED RUNNERS 13 Hood worn by No. 8, 9. Tongue Strap worn by No. 1, 4. Sheepskin Cheek Pieces worn by No. 1. Stewards Note: ADRIMEL: Following its run on 19/3/2021 it was reported that the horse lost a shoe. LUCKY ONE: Following its run on 6/3/2021 it was reported that the trainer could not explain the poor run. Probable S.P’s: 2-1 My Drogo (GB), 9-2 Ballyadam (IRE), 8-1 Dreal Deal (IRE), 14-1 Adrimel (FR), Jay Bee Why (IRE), Minella Drama (IRE), 16-1 Pipesmoker (FR), 18-1 Guard Your Dreams (GB), 25-1 Llandinabo Lad (GB), 28-1 Lucky One (FR), 33-1 Striking A Pose (IRE), 40-1 Straw Fan Jack (GB)

PLAY SMARTER

MY DROGO maintained his unbeaten record over hurdles when conceding weight all around in an excellent time at Kelso last month and, with the prospect of more to come now stepping up to 2 1/2m in this Grade 1, he’s strongly fancied to strike again. Ballyadam wasn’t at his best when a distant second in the Supreme but his previous form entitles him to respect, with the thriving Dream Deal also feared.

TIMEFORM PREDICTION: 1.MY DROGO 2.BALLYADAM (IRE) 3.DREAL DEAL (IRE)

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Br Gr g Geordieland (FR) - Callerlilly O Mr Graham Wilson B Whitegate Stud


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.



RANDOX GRAND NATIONAL P by Paul Ferguson 11 years on from winning the race with Don’t Push It, trainer Jonjo O’Neill is set to saddle the favourite for this year’s Randox Grand National, Cloth Cap. Third in the Scottish Grand National as a novice two years ago, the nine-year-old has shown marked improvement during this campaign, and following victory in both the Ladbrokes Trophy and Kelso’s Premier Chase, he will arrive at Aintree at the peak of his powers. In part, his improved form could simply be down to maturity and experience, but cheek-pieces were applied for the first time at Newbury in late-November, whilst he has also adopted new front-running tactics of late. Having won the Ladbrokes Trophy off a mark of 136, he is now rated 162, but with his Kelso victory coming after the publication of the weights, he races here off 148, so is effectively a stone ahead of the assessor. As a consequence, purely from a handicapping perspective, he would appear to hold very strong claims, although his price (at the time of writing) rather reflects that. At his very best on good ground, he is likely to find it more difficult to dominate this field from the front, so it will be interesting to see if he again attempts to make all. Cloth Cap will bid to provide leading owner Trevor Hemmings with a fourth win in the race since 2005, following on from Hedgehunter, Ballabriggs and Many Clouds. Ruby Walsh partnered Hedgehunter 16 years ago, having first won the race in 2000 aboard Papillon for his father, Ted. Walsh senior runs Any Second Now this year, and the nine-year-old arrives at Aintree on the back of winning a Grade 2 over the minimum trip. An unusual preparation you might think, but Papillon had been running largely over shorter distances, and Seabass won over two-miles prior to finishing third for Walsh in the 2012 Grand National. Incidentally, Jonjo O’Neill went very close to winning his second National that year, with Sunnyhillboy beaten a nose into second. The winner of the Kim Muir at Cheltenham in 2019 (3m2f), Any Second Now’s stamina isn’t assured, with his other four career wins were recorded over the minimum trip. However, his season has been geared around this race and he looks to be one of several with strong claims for leading owner JP McManus, successful in 2010 with the aforementioned Don’t Push It. McManus’s famous green and gold hooped silks are also to be carried by both Minella Times and Kimberlite Candy. The former skipped last week’s Irish equivalent and is another with a slight question mark hanging over him in terms of the trip. Yet to win beyond 2m6f, he has most recently run two solid races in very competitive Leopardstown handicaps, finishing second at both the Christmas meeting and the Dublin Racing Festival. Only eight and still lightly-raced as a chaser, he looks capable of landing a valuable handicap at some stage, and he is set to be partnered by none other


PREVIEW than Rachael Blackmore, who dominated the column inches following her outstanding performance(s) in the saddle at last month’s Cheltenham Festival. Kimberlite Candy is the only horse towards the head of the betting with experience of the famous fences. Runner-up in each of the past two renewals of the Becher Chase, Tom Lacey’s nine-year-old shaped better than the bare form this season (beaten 24 lengths), only tiring on the run to two out. He was conceding plenty of weight to both the winner and those who finished immediately behind him, and although he hasn’t been seen since, he remains a leading contender, with the added bonus of knowing that he appears to relish jumping the big fences. Winner of the Irish Grand National as a six-year-old in 2019, Burrows Saint has long given the impression that he could be the ideal type for Aintree, and despite not getting his head in front in three starts this season, Willie Mullins’ son of Saints des Saints has to be taken very seriously. Two runs over hurdles in ground far softer than ideal was followed by an encouraging second in the Bobbyjo Chase (a race Hedgehunter won before providing Mullins with his only Grand National to date), where he travelled notably well throughout. Rather like Cloth Cap, Burrows Saint enjoys a sounder surface, so news of the recent spell of pleasant weather in Liverpool will have gone down well in County Carlow. He will need to settle in the early part of the race, but the eight-year-old looks to have plenty of class about him, and it isn’t difficult to envisage him travelling powerfully for a very long way. On a line through him, stable-mate Acapella Bourgeois – who beat Burrows Saint in the Bobbyjo when conceding 6lbs – has to be considered at longer odds. He has won the past two renewals of the Bobbyjo and he also ran well when runner-up to dual Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo on New Year’s Day at Tramore. He wasn’t beaten far when third behind Burrows Saint in the 2019 Irish National, so would certainly be one of the more interesting outsiders. The same can be said of Paul Nolan’s Discorama, although he has been steadily supported in the build-up to the meeting. Runner-up in the National Hunt Chase two years ago (when it was still run over an extended 3m7½f), he went on to split Delta Work and A Plus Tard in a Grade 1 at Punchestown the following month, and his best effort since was his third behind the ill-fated The Conditional at last year’s Cheltenham Festival. That was strong form, and although he disappointed when last sighted in mid-November, he has a good record when fresh and shapes like a marathon trip will suit. Finally, 2019 runner-up Magic Of Light will bid to go one place better from a 5lbs higher mark, whilst top-weight Bristol de Mai is the class angle, having already been successful in no fewer than five Grade 1s. Three of those came in Haydock’s Betfair Chase, so the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained grey clearly likes the North West air, although he would probably appreciate a drop or two of rain. Personally, I nailed my colours to the mast of Burrows Saint early on in the season, but whatever the outcome, we look set for another memorable renewal of the world’s most famous race. And, once the fun of the big race is all over, we still have the Grade 2 Weatherbys nhstallions.co.uk Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race to look forward to, where we could well see some jumping stars of the future. Enjoy the action from my local track and good luck, Paul.


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FACTS & STATS THE DOOM BAR MAGHULL NOVICES’ STEEPLE CHASE (GRADE 1) RACE DESCRIPTION

A test for the speedsters, Sprinter Sacre and Special Tiara both won this race as novices before going onto victory at Cheltenham in the Champion Chase the following year. Although we were deprived of the race last year, this year might see another potential Grade 1 star in the making. Paul Nicholls has saddled two of the last three winners, who have avoided Cheltenahm before coming here.

2019

GRADE 1

WINNER

RUN OVER ONE MILE, SEVEN FURLONGS AND 176 YARDS

ORNUA

The Irish went into the 2019 renewal with a strong hand and were duly rewarded as their two hopefuls came first and second. The Henry De Bromhead-trained Ornua has been a front running tearaway all his career and this was no different. Davy Russell got a fine tune out of Ornua out in front and his jumping was exemplary, as one by one his rivals began to make mistakes. Despite Destrier’s best efforts, he couldn’t bridge the gap as Us And Them stayed on well into second.

12 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 2122F 132F U3111 11111 91U11 F1511 21125 1111 1112

WINNER AGE WEIGHT SP MEETING ABANDONED Ornua 8 11-4 3/1JF Diego du Charmil 6 11-4 5/1 San Benedeto 6 11-4 4/1 Douvan 6 11-4 2/13F Sizing Granite 7 11-4 9/2 Balder Succes 6 11-4 7/2 Special Tiara 6 11-4 28/1 Sprinter Sacre 6 11-4 1/7F Finian’s Rainbow 8 11-4 10/11F

TRAINER

RUNNERS

H De Bromhead P Nicholls P Nicholls W Mullins H De Bromhead A King H De Bromhead N Henderson N Henderson

7 6 5 5 6 7 6 4 7

LAST RACE (NO.DAYS) F Gr.1 Arkle Trophy (25) F Ascot Nov. Chase (20) 1st Ascot Nov. Chase (6) 1st Gr.1 Arkle Trophy (25) 1st Leopardstown Nov. Chase (42) 1st Gr.2 Pendil Nov. Chase (42) 5th Leopardstown Nov. Chase (34) 1st Gr.1 Arkle Trophy (32) 2nd Gr.1 Arkle Trophy (25)

KEY TRENDS Arkle winners are five from seven in the past 22 years

18 of the 19 winners between 1993 and 2012 ran in the Arkle

Seven of the past 23 winners finished 1st or 2nd in the Kingmaker at Warwick

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

TRAINER Nicky Henderson 2 winners Today Nicky saddles Shishkin


1m 7f 176y

THIRD RACE 3.00 THE DOOM BAR MAGHULL 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. (Penalty Value £42202.50)

FORM ANALYSIS - A CLOSER LOOK

| FACTS | FANCIES | FORM | STATS | Leading course trainer (16-21): D Skelton (18 wins from 120 runners, 15%) runs LONGHOUSE SALE Trainer-in-form (last 14 days): D Skelton (12 wins from 46 runners, 26%) runs LONGHOUSE SALE Fancy That: N Henderson won this race in 2011 and 2012. The stable runs SHISHKIN today. Longest Traveller: GUMBALL trained by P Hobbs, Minehead, 233 miles.

J Jockey

T Trainer O Owner B Breeder S Sponsor Br Breeding

colours no

1

horse

ELVIS MAIL (FR) (20) 01-1422 D

Br Gr g Great Pretender (IRE) - Queenly Mail (FR) O The Ladies Who B Mr Bernard Pierre Le Courtois

age

st-lb

7

11-4

Conor O’Farrell J N. W. Alexander, Kinneston T Kinneston Bloodstock Ltd S

TIMEFORM VIEW Useful hurdler and has quickly made into an even better chaser, winning at Ayr and finishing a good second on his last 2 starts, including when rallying at Carlisle just under 3 weeks ago. TFRHHIII BHA146

2

FUNAMBULE SIVOLA (FR) (13) 151211 D

Br B g Noroit (GER) - Little Memories (IRE) O My Racing Manager Friends B Mr Gilles Trapenard

6

11-4

Charlie Deutsch J Venetia Williams, Hereford T My Racing Manager S

TIMEFORM VIEW Has taken really well to chasing, notching a fourth win from just 6 starts when making all in 3-runner handicap chase at Ascot (16.8f) 13 days ago. Could give Shishkin most to think about. TFRHHHHI BHA149

3

GUMBALL (FR) (48) 0-31F40 D

7

Br Gr g No Risk At All (FR) - Good Time Girl (FR) O Mr Terry Warner B Mr J. Gallorini, Mlle M. Bilesimo et al

11-4

Tom O’Brien J Philip Hobbs, Minehead T Philip Hobbs Racing S

TIMEFORM VIEW Smart hurdler who quickly reached a similar level over fences in autumn, set to land a Cheltenham Grade 2 when falling 2 out. Not so good at Kempton over Christmas and ran poorly back hurdling since. TFRHHHII BHA150

4 LONGHOUSE SALE (IRE) (29) 5-1113P D

7

11-4

Harry Skelton J Br B g September Storm (GER) - Sweetbriar Rose (IRE) Dan Skelton, Alcester T O Rio Gold Racing Club Ladbrokes, The Air Ambulance Service (Warwickshire & Northamptonshire) S B John Kidd

TIMEFORM VIEW Terrific strike rate, winning 10 of his 15 starts overall. Lost his unbeaten record over fences at Chepstow back in October and probably needed run when pulled up at Sandown last month. More needed. TFRHHHII BHA144

5

SHISHKIN (IRE) (25) 11-1111 D

Br B g Sholokhov (IRE) - Labarynth (IRE) O Mrs J Donnelly B C.J. & E.B. Bennett

7

11-4

Nico de Boinville J Nicky Henderson, Lambourn T Unibet S

TIMEFORM VIEW Won the Supreme last year and has quickly made up into Timeform’s highest-rated novice chaser, easily winning all 4 starts this term, including Arkle at Cheltenham last month. Impossible to oppose. TFRHHHHH BHA169 DECLARED RUNNERS 5 Tongue Strap worn by No. 4. Probable S.P’s: 1-6 Shishkin (IRE), 18-1 Funambule Sivola (FR), 25-1 Elvis Mail (FR), Gumball (FR), 33-1 Longhouse Sale (IRE)

PLAY SMARTER

This Grade 1 should prove little more than a formality for the outstanding SHISHKIN, who sauntered clear in the Sporting Life Arkle at the Cheltenham Festival last month, and Timeform’s highest-rated novice chaser will face bigger challenges ahead next season. Venetia Williams’ Funambule Sivola narrowly shades the forecast spot ahead of Gumball.

TIMEFORM PREDICTION: 1.SHISHKIN (IRE) 2.FUNAMBULE SIVOLA (FR) 3.GUMBALL (FR)

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FACTS & STATS THE RYANAIR STAYERS HURDLE (REGISTERED AS THE LIVERPOOL HURDLE) (GRADE 1) RACE DESCRIPTION

Moved to the Grand National meeting in 2004, the Ryanair Stayers Hurdle was formely held at Ascot. It has now since been upgraded to a Grade 1 from a Grade 2 and was won in four consecutive seasons by Big Buck’s. Another over the three mile trip, stamina is the name of the game, with horses who have run at Cheltenham in the Stayers Hurdle holding a good record in this race, with last years winner If The Cap Fits only the second to have not run at Cheltenham.

2019

GRADE 1

WINNER

RUN OVER THREE MILES, 149 YARDS

IF THE CAP FITS

2019 served up one of the best finishes in recent memory, with three gallant horses battling for victory. A three way go between two brillant mares in Roksana and Apple’s Jade and the Harry Frytrained winner If The Cap Fits. If The Cap Fits looked the most unlikely of the three to land the spoils with 100 yards to go but pulled it out the bag with a late lunge to take victory by a head over Roksana, with a neck back to the brilliant Apple’s Jade.

13 HURDLES TO BE JUMPED

TOTAL PRIZE FUND OF

£150,000

£84,195 TO THE WINNER

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

FORM 2132 624 111D 21111 25 33121 211 1111 111

WINNER AGE WEIGHT SP MEETING ABANDONED If The Cap Fits 7 11-7 7/1 Identity Thief 8 11-7 14/1 Yanworth 7 11-7 9/4F Thistlecrack 8 11-7 2/7F Whisper 7 11-7 5/1 Whisper 6 11-7 4/1 Solwhit 9 11-7 9/4F Big Buck’s 9 11-7 2/9F Big Buck’s 8 11-7 4/6F

TRAINER

RUNNERS

H Fry H de Bromhead A King C Tizzard N Henderson N Henderson C Byrnes P Nicholls P Nicholls

15 10 11 6 9 7 13 8 11

LAST RACE (NO.DAYS) 2nd Gr.2 Fontwell Hurdle (41) 4th Gr.1 Champion Hurdle (32) disq. Gr.1 Champion Hurdle (25) 1st Gr.1 Stayers’ Hurdle (23) 5th Gr.1 Stayers’ Hurdle (30) 1st Gr.3 Coral Cup (24) 1st Gr.1 Stayers’ Hurdle (21) 1st Gr.1 Stayers’ Hurdle (28) 1st Gr.1 Stayers’ Hurdle (21)

KEY TRENDS Stayers’ Hurdle winners are five from six since the race became a Grade 1

14 of the 16 winners ran at the Cheltenham Festival

The record of last year’s winner stands at five from five

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

TRAINER

JOCKEY

Nicky Henderson

Sean Bowen

2 winners

1 winner

Today Nicky saddles Call Me Lord & On The Blind Side

Today Sean rides If The Cap Fits


3m 149y

FOURTH RACE 3.35 THE RYANAIR STAYERS HURDLE RACE (CLASS 1) (REGISTERED AS THE LIVERPOOL HURDLE RACE) (Grade 1) (GBB RACE)

for four yrs old and upwards x Total race value £150000

Owners Prize Money. 1st £64440, 2nd £26520, 3rd £13260, 4th £6630, 5th £3315, 6th £1650, 7th £840, 8th £405, 9th £210, 10th £105. (Penalty Value £84195)

FORM ANALYSIS - A CLOSER LOOK

| FACTS | FANCIES | FORM | STATS | Leading course trainer (16-21): N Henderson (18 wins from 100 runners, 18%) runs CALL ME LORD & ON THE BLIND SIDE Trainer-in-form (last 14 days): D Skelton (12 wins from 46 runners, 26%) runs ROKSANA Longest Travellers: DECOR IRLANDAIS trained by N Kelly & DIOL KER trained by N Meade - both Ireland.

J Jockey

T Trainer O Owner B Breeder S Sponsor Br Breeding

colours no

1

horse

CALL ME LORD (FR) (41) 0-42044

Br B or Br g Slickly (FR) - Sosa (GER) O Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede B Mr Roger Marot

age

st-lb

8

11-7

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

TIMEFORM VIEW International Hurdle scorer at Cheltenham (2m) last term but winless since and he arrives in just fair form, beaten 10 lengths into fourth in National Spirit at Fontwell latest. Up in trip. TFRHHIII BHA150

2

DECOR IRLANDAIS (FR) (48) 120-415

Br Ch g Hello Sunday (FR) - Orlandaise (FR) O Mr John Devine B Madame Marie-Laure Besnouin

8

11-7

Jody McGarvey J Noel C. Kelly, Northern Ireland T

TIMEFORM VIEW Smart hurdler. Probably needed his first run since the summer when fifth of 6 in Navan Grade 2 in February but essentially he isn’t quite up to this level of competition. TFRHIIII BHA149

3

DIOL KER (FR) (72) 1-F3412

7

Br B g Martaline - Stiren Bleue (FR) O Gigginstown House Stud B Suc. Denis Milin

11-7

Sean Flanagan J Noel Meade, Ireland T

TIMEFORM VIEW Took his form up a notch stepped up to 3m for the first time with cheekpieces added (retained) when second in Gowran Grade 2 in January. More needed here but he is unexposed as a stayer. TFRHHHII BHA152

4 EMITOM (IRE) (49) 614-236 BF Br B g Gold Well - Avenging Angel (IRE) O The Spero Partnership Ltd B Arctic Tack Stud

7

11-7

Gavin Sheehan J Warren Greatrex, Upper Lambourn T 1Account Ltd S

TIMEFORM VIEW Smart hurdler who was good fourth to Lisnagar Oscar in 2020 Stayers’ at Cheltenham. Placed over fences first 2 runs this term but made a disappointing return to hurdles in Rendlesham. Cheekpieces on. TFRHHIII BHA153

5

IF THE CAP FITS (IRE) (23) 5-12320 CD

Br B g Milan - Derravaragh Sayra (IRE) O Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede B Liam Gilsenan

9

11-7

Sean Bowen J Harry Fry, Seaborough T Ptarmigan Media Limited S

TIMEFORM VIEW Edged out Roksana when winning this in 2019. Smart form over fences this term without ever really convincing as a chaser. 25/1, well back hurdling in Stayers’ at Cheltenham latest. Others preferred. TFRHHIII BHA155

6

LISNAGAR OSCAR (IRE) (23) 31-402F

Br B g Oscar (IRE) - Asta Belle (FR) O Racing for Fun B Denis Fitzgerald

8

11-7

Rachael Blackmore J Rebecca Curtis, Newport T William Hill S

TIMEFORM VIEW 2020 Stayers’ winner at Cheltenham. Back to form when second to Third Wind (conceded him 6lb) and he looked to be in a good rhythm when falling in Stayers’ back at Cheltenham latest. TFRHHHII BHA159

7

ON THE BLIND SIDE (IRE) (49) 1-12213 C BF 9

Br B g Stowaway - Such A Set Up (IRE) O Mr A. D. Spence B Ms J. Corrigan

11-7

Nico de Boinville J Nicky Henderson, Lambourn T Spreadex Ltd S

TIMEFORM VIEW Has done well back hurdling this term, winning handicaps at Cheltenham and Market Rasen. Also good third to Third Wind and Lisnagar Oscar in Rendlesham but underlines his limitations at this level. TFRHHHII BHA153

8

PAISLEY PARK (IRE) (23) 110-213 C BF

Br B g Oscar (IRE) - Presenting Shares (IRE) O Mr Andrew Gemmell B M. Conaghan

9

11-7

Aidan Coleman J Emma Lavelle, Marlborough T Hatherden Horse Transport S

TIMEFORM VIEW Beat Thyme Hill and Roksana when landing Long Walk at Ascot in December. Creditable third in Stayers’ at Cheltenham last month. Leading form chance but this track not certain to play to strengths. TFRHHHHI BHA163 34


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THIRD WIND (GB) (49) 14-5251

Br B or Br g Shirocco (GER) - Act Three O Mouse Hamilton-Fairley B Mrs Mouse Hamilton-Fairley

7

11-7

Tom Cannon J Hughie Morrison, East Ilsley T Bridgend Hotel S

TIMEFORM VIEW Progressive over staying trips, defeating Lisnagar Oscar (albeit in receipt of 6lb) to win Rendlesham at Haydock latest. However, he was behind a few of these in Long Walk so improvement needed. TFRHHHII BHA153

10 THOMAS DARBY (IRE) (24) 313-330 Br B g Beneficial - Silaoce (FR) O Mrs Diana L. Whateley B Byerley Stud Ltd

8

11-7

Jack Kennedy J Olly Murphy, Wilmcote T Cedar Invest Limited S

TIMEFORM VIEW Smart hurdler but he’s likely to come up a little short here unless improving for the step up to 3m. TFRHHIII BHA153

11 THYME HILL (GB) (112) 1114-12 BF Br B g Kayf Tara - Rosita Bay O The Englands and Heywoods B Overbury Stallions Ltd

7

11-7

Tom O’Brien J Philip Hobbs, Minehead T Philip Hobbs Racing S

TIMEFORM VIEW Took the scalp of Paisley Park on Newbury reappearance. Narrowly denied by that same rival in Long Walk at Ascot but it was another cracking effort. Missed Cheltenham due to a setback. Big chance. TFRHHHHH BHA162

12 VINNDICATION (IRE) (23) 5/14-2U6 Br B g Vinnie Roe (IRE) - Pawnee Trail (IRE) O Moremoneythan B Thomas Mulhern

8

11-7

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

TIMEFORM VIEW Has developed into a high-class staying chaser despite never being the best of jumpers. Made a good return to hurdles when sixth in Stayers at Cheltenham and each-way shout in first-time blinkers. TFRHHHHI BHA155

13 WILLIAM HENRY (IRE) (151) 14/301-1 D

11

11-7

Br B g King’s Theatre (IRE) - Cincuenta (IRE) O Walters Plant Hire Ltd B Michael Carroll

Sam Twiston-Davies J Sam Thomas, Cardiff T

14 INDEFATIGABLE (IRE) (25) 311-364

8

TIMEFORM VIEW Very smart hurdler for Nicky Henderson who signed off for last term with Grade 2 win at Fontwell. Won Hereford maiden chase on reappearance in November. Off since. Yard in form but others preferred. TFRHHIII BHA155

11-0

TIMEFORM VIEW Smart hurdler who ended last season with victory in Martin Pipe at Cheltenham. Back to best after wind surgery when fourth in Mares’ back at Cheltenham latest but Roksana was ahead of her in third. TFRHHHII BHA148

15 ROKSANA (IRE) (25) 24-1313

9

11-0

Harry Skelton J Br B m Dubai Destination (USA) - Talktothetail (IRE) Dan Skelton, Alcester T O Mrs Sarah Faulks Ladbrokes, The Air Ambulance Service (Warwickshire & Northamptonshire) S B John O’Leary

TIMEFORM VIEW Smart and likeable mare who has a very good record around 3m, including second in this in 2019. Creditable third in Mares’ at Cheltenham (2 1/2m) last month. Looks sure to go well. TFRHHHHI BHA153 DECLARED RUNNERS 15 Blinkers worn first time by No. 12. Sheepskin Cheek Pieces worn first time by No. 4. Tongue Strap worn by No. 5, 12. Sheepskin Cheek Pieces worn by No. 3, 5, 7, 13. Stewards Note: EMITOM: Following its run on 20/2/2021 it was reported that the trainer could not explain the poor run. Probable S.P’s: 3-1 Thyme Hill (GB), 7-2 Paisley Park (IRE), 6-1 Roksana (IRE), 14-1 Lisnagar Oscar (IRE), 20-1 Vinndication (IRE), William Henry (IRE), 22-1 Third Wind (GB), Indefatigable (IRE), 28-1 Diol Ker (FR), If The Cap Fits (IRE), On The Blind Side (IRE), 33-1 Emitom (IRE), Thomas Darby (IRE), 80-1 Call Me Lord (FR), 150-1 Decor Irlandais (FR)

PLAY SMARTER

It’s one apiece between THYME HILL and Paisley Park this season, but the latter isn’t sure to be seen to best effect over this sharp 3m so it’s Philip Hobbs’ charge who missed Cheltenham and is taken to come out on top in the decider. Roksana is closely matched with that pair on Long Walk form and should give another good account. Vinndication is an each-way player in blinkers.

TIMEFORM PREDICTION: 1.THYME HILL 2.ROKSANA (IRE) 3.VINNDICATION (IRE)

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THE RANDOX GRAND NATIONAL – A RACE LIKE NO OTHER…. This year will be the 173rd running of the world’s greatest steeplechase – the Randox Grand National. Unusually, we have had to wait two years since the 172nd renewal, which saw Tiger Roll win for the second year in succession, as the COVD-19 pandemic saw the cancellation of the race in 2020. This was the first time that there had been no Grand National since 1945, when World War II was entering its final stages. The Randox Grand National, however, is not just any other horse race and has overcome countless challenges to come back stronger than ever. As well as surviving two World Wars, the 1970s and early 1980s saw the future of Aintree Racecourse very much in doubt with several renewals rumoured to be “the last Grand National”. Ever since the future of Aintree Racecourse was secured by The Jockey Club in 1984, the Randox Grand National Festival has developed into three days of fabulous Jump racing unlike any other fixture in the world. Aintree Racecourse is extremely thankful for the unfailing support offered by Randox, which has renewed its sponsorship of the event for at least another five years. On the subject of overcoming challenges, 2021 marks the 40th anniversary of perhaps the greatest Grand National fairytale of them of all. In 1981 Bob Champion, having defeated cancer, partnered Aldaniti to record a memorable victory. This year is also the 20th anniversary of Red Marauder’s 2001 victory, memorable in that he led home four finishers in challenging conditions under a masterful ride from Richard Guest. Every Grand National seems to have an uncanny ability to produce a fascinating back story and is often accurately referred to as the “People’s Race”. For many racing fans watching the race with family at home has been the beginning of a love affair with the sport, while for others it remains an annual ritual and perhaps their one ‘flutter’ of the year. It was no surprise that a survey of Britons undertaken by equine welfare charity The Brooke in 2006 saw the greatest Grand National hero of all, three-time winner Red Rum, named as the best-known horse of any kind. This recognition came despite his passing 11 years earlier at the age of 30, in 1995, and 29 years after his third victory in 1977. He was a comfortable 12 per cent clear of the second best-known horse – Black Beauty! With every Grand National brings unrivalled possibilities and expectancy. Could it be a record fourth victory for the race’s great supporter, owner Trevor Hemmings, or could there be a groundbreaking first success for a female jockey? Aintree takes its name from the Anglo Saxon “One Tree” and what was once a small village now forms part of the city of Liverpool – a great metropolis like no other and no venue more appropriate for such a unique contest. William Lynn, proprietor of Liverpool’s Waterloo Hotel, was the man who founded Aintree Racecourse and first thought of staging the Grand National. Sadly he endured ill health up to his death in 1870 but he can be truly proud of his creation – a unique and iconic British sporting institution.



FACTS & STATS THE BETWAY HANDICAP STEEPLE CHASE (GRADE 3) RACE DESCRIPTION

The race that precedes the Grand National is arguably just as competitive. Another stamina-packed race that was handed Grade 3 status in 2018, novices tend to come to the fore with 2019 winner Kildisart continuing that trend. The nature of the race usually favours those who have already won over at least 3 miles, as despite the nature of the track favouring those who may not entirely stay the trip, the pace means there’s no hiding place for any in this race.

2019

GRADE 3 HANDICAP

WINNER

RUN OVER THREE MILES, 210 YARDS

KILDISART

Kildisart was going over three miles for the first time in his career and he did not disappoint on his first try over the trip. There were those who questioned his satmina, but horse and jockey put those doubts to bed and he powered away jumping the last. Daryl Jacob gave the winner a brilliant ride that left Mister Malarky, Oldgrangewood and Gold Opera battling out the minor places, but there were no questions over the winner.

19 FENCES 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 2114 28141 8P240 1356 F58U8 60264 5F031 524U0 U535

WINNER AGE WEIGHT SP MEETING ABANDONED Kildisart 7 11-12 8/1 Thomas Patrick 6 10-10 3/1F Sizing Codelco 8 11-3 10/1 Maggio 11 10-9 50/1 Duke of Lucca 10 10-4 9/2 Duke of Lucca 9 10-7 12/1 Battle Group 8 10-9 7/2F Saint Are 6 10-13 11/1 Prince de Beauchene 8 10-5 10/1

TRAINER

RUNNERS

B Pauling T Lacey C Tizzard P Griffin P Hobbs P Hobbs K Bishop T Vaughan H Johnson

18 16 16 14 10 17 18 14 15

LAST RACE (NO.DAYS) 4th Gr.1 JLT Nov. Chase (23) 1st Newbury Handicap Chase (21) 15th Gr.3 Festival Plate (23) 6th Listed Kelso Chase (27) 8th Cheltenham Cross Country Chase (31) 4th Cheltenham Cross Country Chase (24) 1st Gr.3 Aintree Handicap Hurdle (2) 14th Listed Cheltenham Handicap Chase (32) 5th Gr.3 Newbury Handicap Chase (35)

KEY TRENDS 11 of the past 18 winners ran at the Cheltenham Festival

Five of the past eight winners were novices

Nine of the past 10 winners were rated between 131 and 140

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

TRAINER

JOCKEY

Tom Lacey

Robbie Power

1 winner

1 winner

Today Tom saddles Johnbb

Today Robbie rides Ofalltheginjoints


3m 210y

FIFTH RACE 4.15 THE BETWAY HANDICAP STEEPLE CHASE (CLASS 1) (Grade 3) (GBB RACE) for five 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.

FORM ANALYSIS - A CLOSER LOOK

| FACTS | FANCIES | FORM | STATS | Leading course trainer (16-21): D Skelton (18 wins from 120 runners, 15%) runs SPIRITOFTHEGAMES Trainer-in-form (last 14 days): D Skelton (12 wins from 46 runners, 26%) runs SPIRITOFTHEGAMES Longest Traveller: LALOR trained by K Woollacott, Crewkerne, 241 miles.

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T Trainer O Owner B Breeder S Sponsor Br Breeding

colours no

1

horse

age

st-lb

TOP NOTCH (FR) (23) P/113-63 C

10

11-12

Br B g Poliglote - Topira (FR) O Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede B Haras Des Sablonnets & Dr Vet B. Gabeur

Luca Morgan (7) J Nicky Henderson, Lambourn T Ptarmigan Media Limited S

TIMEFORM VIEW Not as good as he was but still showed very smart form when third in the Paddy Power Plate at Cheltenham under this rider, beaten only by a very well-treated Irish pair. Back up in trip. TFRHHHHI BHA154

2

SAM BROWN (GB) (160) 41//11P-3

9

11-10

Harry Cobden J Br B g Black Sam Bellamy (IRE) - Cream Cracker Anthony Honeyball, Beaminster T O Mr T. C. Frost Geegeez.co.uk S B T. C. Frost

TIMEFORM VIEW Low-mileage chaser who impressively won first 2 starts, including a Grade 2 at Haydock. Back on track when third in Listed event at Carlisle on return and opening mark looks a fair one. Tongue tied. TFRHHHHI BHA152

3

LALOR (GER) (441) 3P6/433- C

Br B g It’s Gino (GER) - Laviola (GER) O Mr D. G. Staddon B Stall 5-Stars

9

11-9

Aidan Coleman J Kayley Woollacott, Crewkerne T NAF S

TIMEFORM VIEW Mostly disappointed since making a winning chase bow in Grade 2 at Cheltenham but responded very well to headgear when going close in a couple of Cheltenham Grade 3 handicaps last winter. Off since. TFRHHHII BHA151

4 RAMSES DE TEILLEE (FR) (21) 510040 Br Gr g Martaline - Princesse d’Orton (FR) O John White & Anne Underhill B S.A.S. Brosseau et Fils & C. Brosseau

9

11-8

David Noonan J David Pipe, Wellington T W & S Recycling S

TIMEFORM VIEW Better than ever when scoring at Cheltenham (3m3f) in November and not disgraced in marathon events last 2 starts but this trip is shorter than ideal. Has first-time cheekpieces added to tongue tie. TFRHHHII BHA150

5

HAPPYGOLUCKY (IRE) (25) 34-1212 D BF

Br Br g Jeremy (USA) - Mydadsabishop (IRE) O Lady Dulverton B Mrs Maura Canavan

7

11-7

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

TIMEFORM VIEW Made up into a useful novice hurdler last season and has continued progress over fences this term, winning 2 of 4 starts and beaten only by a rejuvenated one in the Ultima at Cheltenham. Big player. TFRHHHHH BHA149

6

SPIRITOFTHEGAMES (IRE) (23) 6-24020

9

11-2

Harry Skelton J Br B g Darsi (FR) - Lucy Walters (IRE) Dan Skelton, Alcester T O Mr N. W. Lake Ladbrokes, The Air Ambulance Service (Warwickshire & Northamptonshire) S B Paddy Kinsella

TIMEFORM VIEW Regular in competitive handicaps and returned with a good second at Cheltenham. Creditable efforts over hurdles last 2 starts, eighth of 22 in Pertemps Final at Cheltenham. Respected back chasing. TFRHHHII BHA144

7

FAGAN (GB) (80) P//00-631

11

11-0

Br Gr g Fair Mix (IRE) - Northwood May O Mr S Brackenbury B J. R. Weston

Harry Bannister J Alex Hales, Edgecote T

8

8

TIMEFORM VIEW Clearly retains all his ability and resumed winning ways in emphatic fashion at Newbury in January. Better ground here won’t be a problem and should remain competitive despite 10lb rise. TFRHHHHI BHA142

MR WHIPPED (IRE) (736) 12P/314/-

Br Br g Beneficial - Dyrick Daybreak (IRE) O Mrs J. A. Martin B Sgeal Shee Syndicate

11-0

Henry Brooke J Brian Ellison, Malton T Brian Ellison Racing Limited S

TIMEFORM VIEW Multiple hurdles winner, including a Grade 2. Off mark second attempt over fences at Haydock before good fourth in Grade 1 novice over C&D. Off 24 months and sold from Nicky Henderson for £26,000. TFRHHIII BHA142 40


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CLOUDY GLEN (IRE) (23) 6-150U2

Br B g Cloudings (IRE) - Ribble (IRE) O Mr Trevor Hemmings B Gleadhill House Stud Ltd

8

11-0

Charlie Deutsch J Venetia Williams, Hereford T Trust Inns Limited S

TIMEFORM VIEW Improved when landing Southern National at Fontwell on reappearance. Form has been typically mixed since, though arrives on the back of a career-best second in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham. TFRHHHHI BHA142

10 OFALLTHEGINJOINTS (IRE) (25) 44-314P Br B g Stowaway - Dinos Luso (IRE) O The Reserve Tankers B Ben McCabe

7

10-13

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

TIMEFORM VIEW Looked excellent chasing prospect when stylish winner of 3m Exeter handicap only to disappoint when last of 4 in Grade 2 at Doncaster. Outclassed at the Cheltenham Festival since. Back in a handicap. TFRHHHII BHA141

11 HOLD THE NOTE (IRE) (23) 443524 Br B g Jeremy (USA) - Keys Hope (IRE) O Mr T. P. Radford B Michael Martin

7

10-12

Tom Scudamore J Mick Channon, West Ilsley T Timico S

TIMEFORM VIEW Still winless in this sphere and mixed bag this term, though far from disgraced when fourth of 21 in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham 3 weeks ago. TFRHHHII BHA140

12 SNOW LEOPARDESS (GB) (25) 2-32124 Br Gr m Martaline - Queen Soraya O Andrew Fox-Pitt B O. and Mrs Fox-Pitt

9

10-10

Brian Hughes J Charlie Longsdon, Chipping Norton T Merribelle Stable Llc S

TIMEFORM VIEW Has come to chasing late but taken to it very well, landing 3m1f handicap at Haydock before good efforts in defeat in Rowland Meyrick at Wetherby and Grade 2 at Cheltenham Festival. Considered. TFRHHHHI BHA138

13 JOHNBB (IRE) (105) 3/316-1F BF Br B g Stowaway - Flemins Evening (IRE) O Mr C. Boultbee-Brooks B Brendan Murphy

7

10-9

Jonathan Burke J Tom Lacey, Woolhope T Boultbee Brooks Real Estate Limited S

TIMEFORM VIEW Quickly bettered hurdles form sent chasing last season, winning 2m Sandown handicap. Resumed progress when making a winning return at Wetherby before falling there on Boxing Day. Remains unexposed. TFRHHHHI BHA137

14 KILFILUM CROSS (IRE) (23) 2-4P0P0 D Br Gr g Beneficial - Singh Street (IRE) O Andy Bell & Fergus Lyons B Mr James Carolan

10

10-4

James Davies J Henry Oliver, Abberley T Hatt Kitchens S

TIMEFORM VIEW Useful sort but signs of decline this term, well held in Kim Muir at Cheltenham last time having finished second in the previous 2 renewals. Change of headgear. Others preferred despite falling mark. TFRHIIII BHA132

15 CALIPSO COLLONGES (FR) (37) 62-4P33

9

10-0

TIMEFORM VIEW Just one win over fences. Set a couple of stiff tasks this winter and offered more eased slightly in class when third at Sandown/Ludlow. Likely to find this too competitive, though. Headgear on. TFRHHIII BHA128 DECLARED RUNNERS 15 Blinkers worn first time by No. 14. Tongue Strap worn first time by No. 2. Sheepskin Cheek Pieces worn first time by No. 4, 15. Visor worn by No. 11. Tongue Strap worn by No. 4, 10, 15. Sheepskin Cheek Pieces worn by No. 1, 3, 6, 8. Probable S.P’s: 9-2 Happygolucky (IRE), 9-1 Cloudy Glen (IRE), 10-1 Top Notch (FR), 12-1 Fagan (GB), 14-1 Sam Brown (GB), Spiritofthegames (IRE), Snow Leopardess (GB), 16-1 Ramses de Teillee (FR), Hold The Note (IRE), Johnbb (IRE), 18-1 Lalor (GER), 20-1 Ofalltheginjoints (IRE), 28-1 Mr Whipped (IRE), 33-1 Kilfilum Cross (IRE), Calipso Collonges (FR)

PLAY SMARTER

Progressive novice HAPPYGOLUCKY was beaten only by a rejuvenated/well-handicapped sort in the Ultima at Cheltenham last month and looks a worthy favourite as he bids to go one place better off only 2lb higher. Top Notch and Cloudy Glen also ran crackers at the Festival and head the dangers, while the unexposed Sam Brown is an interesting runner on his handicap debut.

TIMEFORM PREDICTION: 1.HAPPYGOLUCKY (IRE) 2.TOP NOTCH (FR) 3.CLOUDY GLEN (IRE)

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THE GRAND NATIONAL ROLL OF HONOUR Year Winner

Owner

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Mr J. Elmore G. Dockeray Mr Villebois G. Dockeray W. Vevers Lord Craven Mr J. Elmore G. Dockeray Lord Chesterfield T. Taylor Mr Quartermaine J. Dennis Mr W. S. Crawford W. G. Loft Mr Adams Mr Courtney J. Murphy Capt. J. Little T. Eskrett T. F. Mason T. Cunningham Mr J. Osborne J. Osborne Mr J. Osborne J. Osborne T. F. Mason G. Dockeray Capt. J. Little T. Olliver Mr W. Moseley H. Wadlow T. Dennis Mr Sargent Mr W. Barnett W. Holman Mr G. Hodgman G. Hodgman Mr C. Capel W. Holman Mr Willoughby C. Green Mr C. Capel W. Holman Mr J. Bennett C. Balchin Vicomte de Namur H. Lamplugh Lord Coventry E. Weever Lord Coventry E. Weever Mr B. J. Angell C. Cornell Mr E. Studd J. Walters Duke of Hamilton H. Lamplugh Lord Poulett Ben Land Mr J. Weyman R. Roberts Mr M. Evans R. Roberts Lord Poulett C. Green Mr E. Brayley A. Cowley Capt. J. Machell J. Richardson Capt. J. Machell J. Richardson Mr H. Bird W. Reeves Capt. J. Machell J. Cannon Mr F. Hobson R. I’Anson Mr J. Nightingall J. Nightingall Mr G. Moore Moore Mr P. Ducrot H. Linde Capt. Kirkwood H. Linde Lord Manners Capt. J. Machell Count C. Kinsky W. H. P. Jenkins Mr H. F. Boyd T. Wilson Mr A. Cooper A. Yates Mr A. J. Douglas G. Mulcaster Mr. E. Jay J. Jordon Mr E. W. Baird T. Cannon Mr M. A. Maher A. Maher Mr G. Masterman J. Nightingall Mr W. C. Jameson H. Beasley Mr G. C. Wilson G. C. Wilson Mr C. G. Duff A. Yates Capt.C.H.Fenwick W. Moore Mr J. Widger J. Gatland Mr W. H. Walker J. Collins Mr H. M. Dyas M. McAuliffe Mr C. G. M. Adam C. G. M. Adam Mr J. G. Bulteel J. Collins H.R.H. The Prince of Wales A. Anthony Mr B. Bletsoe B. Bletsoe Mr A. Gorham J. Hackett Mr J. S. MorrisonSir C. Nugent Mr S. Gollan O. Hickey Mr F. Bibby E. Thomas Prince Hatzfeldt A. Hastings Mr S. Howard T. Coulthwaite MajorF.Douglas-Pennant F. Withington

LOTTERY JERRY CHARITY GAY LAD VANGUARD DISCOUNT CURE-ALL PIONEER MATTHEW CHANDLER PETER SIMPLE ABD-EL-KADER ABD-EL-KADER MISS MOWBRAY PETER SIMPLE BOURTON WANDERER FREETRADER EMIGRANT LITTLE CHARLEY HALF CASTE ANATIS JEALOUSY HUNTSMAN EMBLEM EMBLEMATIC ALCIBIADE SALAMANDER CORTOLVIN THE LAMB THE COLONEL THE COLONEL THE LAMB CASSE TETTE DISTURBANCE REUGNY PATHFINDER REGAL AUSTERLITZ SHIFNAL THE LIBERATOR EMPRESS WOODBROOK SEAMAN ZOEDONE VOLUPTUARY ROQUEFORT OLD JOE GAMECOCK PLAYFAIR FRIGATE ILEX COME AWAY FATHER O’FLYNN CLOISTER WHY NOT WILD MAN FROM BORNEO THE SOARER MANIFESTO DROGHEDA MANIFESTO AMBUSH II GRUDON SHANNON LASS DRUMCREE MOIFAA KIRKLAND ASCETIC’S SILVER EREMON RUBIO

Trainer

Jockey

Wts. Time Age st lbs min sec

J. Mason B. Bretherton Capt. H. B. Powell T. Olliver T. Olliver J. H. Crickmere W. G. Loft W. Taylor D. Wynne Capt. J. Little T. Cunningham C. Green T. Abbot Mr A. Goodman T. Olliver J. Tasker J. Hanlon G. Stevens C. Boyce W. Archer C. Green Mr Thomas J. Kendall H. Lamplugh G. Stevens G. Stevens Capt. Coventry Mr A. Goodman J. Page Mr Edwards G. Stevens G. Stevens Mr Thomas J. Page Mr J. M. Richardson Mr J. M. Richardson Mr Thomas J. Cannon Mr F. Hobson J. Jones Mr G. Moore Mr T. Beasley Mr T. Beasley Lord Manners Count C. Kinsky Mr E. P. Wilson Mr E. P. Wilson T. Skelton W. Daniels G. Mawson Mr T. Beasley J. Gourley Mr H. Beasley Capt. E. R. Owen W. Dollery A. Nightingall Mr J. Widger Mr D. G. M. Campbell T. Kavanagh S. Gourley G. Williamson A. Anthony A. Nightingall D. Read P. Woodland A. Birch F. Mason Mr A. Hastings A. Newey H. B. Bletsoe

9 10 11 8 8 6 8 6 9 12 11 8 9 8 15 11 10 7 11 10 6 10 7 9 7 6 5 7 8 6 6 7 9 7 6 6 8 5 5 9 14 5 7 6 6 6 6 7 8 7 11 6 7 7 9 13 7 7 9 6 11 6 11 7 9 8 9 9 7 10

12 0 12 0 12 0 12 0 11 10 10 12 11 5 11 12 10 6 11 12 11 0 9 12 10 4 10 4 10 10 11 12 98 96 9 10 10 7 97 9 10 9 12 11 0 10 10 10 6 11 4 10 7 11 13 10 7 10 7 11 12 11 5 10 0 11 11 10 12 10 11 11 3 10 8 10 12 11 4 10 7 11 3 11 6 11 0 10 5 11 0 10 9 11 0 10 7 11 4 10 5 11 12 10 5 12 7 11 13 10 11 9 13 11 3 10 12 12 7 11 3 10 0 10 1 11 3 10 7 11 5 10 9 10 1 10 5

14 53 12 30 13 25 13 30 Not taken 13 50 10 47 10 47 10 39 11 21 10 56 9 57 9 59 9 58 10 37 9 59 10 25 10 92 10 61 11 56 10 29 9 53 10 14 9 30 11 20 11 50 11 16 11 5 10 42 10 30 10 59 10 95 9 36 10 14 Nottaken 10 4 10 22 11 14 10 10 10 23 10 12 10 20 11 50 10 42 11 39 10 55 10 10 10 14 10 10 10 12 10 1 1 10 41 9 58 9 48 9 32 9 45 10 32 10 11 9 49 9 43 9 49 10 12 9 47 10 32 10 96 9 59 9 48 9 34 9 47 10 32

S.P. 5-1 12-1 14-1 7-1 12-1 5-1 N/Q N/Q 10-1 12-1 20-1 N/Q 7-1 N/Q 9-1 4-1 25-1 25-1 10-1 100-6 7-1 7-2 5-1 3-1 4-1 10-1 100-7 40-1 100-6 9-1 100-7 7-2 11-2 20-1 20-1 5-1 100-6 25-1 15-1 7-1 5-1 8-1 11-2 10-1 100-7 10-1 100-30 25-1 20-1 40-1 8-1 4-1 4-1 20-1 9-2 5-1 10-1 40-1 6-1 25-1 5-1 4-1 9-1 20-1 13-2 25-1 6-1 20-1 8-1 66-1


Trainer

Jockey

Wts. Time Age st lbs min sec

Year Winner

Owner

1909 LUTTEUR III 1910 JENKINSTOWN 1911 GLENSIDE 1912 JERRY M. 1913 COVERTCOAT 1914 SUNLOCH 1915 ALLY SLOPER 1916 - 1918 1919 POETHLYN 1920 TROYTOWN 1921 SHAUN SPADAH 1922 MUSIC HALL 1923 SERGEANT MURPHY 1924 MASTER ROBERT 1925 DOUBLE CHANCE 1926 JACK HORNER 1927 SPRIG 1928 TIPPERARY TIM 1929 GREGALACH 1930 SHAUN GOILIN 1931 GRAKLE 1932 FORBRA 1933 KELLSBORO’ JACK 1934 GOLDEN MILLER 1935 REYNOLDSTOWN 1936 REYNOLDSTOWN 1937 ROYAL MAIL 1938 BATTLESHIP 1939 WORKMAN 1940 BOGSKAR 1941 - 1945 1946 LOVELY COTTAGE 1947 CAUGHOO 1948 SHEILA’S COTTAGE 1949 RUSSIAN HERO 1950 FREEBOOTER 1951 NICKEL COIN 1952 TEAL 1953 EARLY MIST 1954 ROYAL TAN 1955 QUARE TIMES 1956 E.S.B. 1957 SUNDEW 1958 MR WHAT 1959 OXO 1960 MERRYMAN II 1961 NICOLAUS SILVER 1962 KILMORE 1963 AYALA 1964 TEAM SPIRIT 1965 JAY TRUMP 1966 ANGLO 1967 FOINAVON 1968 RED ALLIGATOR 1969 HIGHLAND WEDDING 1970 GAY TRIP 1971 SPECIFY 1972 WELL TO DO 1973 RED RUM 1974 RED RUM 1975 L’ESCARGOT 1976 RAG TRADE 1977 RED RUM 1978 LUCIUS 1979 RUBSTIC 1980 BEN NEVIS 1981 ALDANITI 1982 GRITTAR 1983 CORBIERE 1984 HALLO DANDY

Mr J. Hennessy H. Escott G. Parfrement 5 Mr S. Howard T. Coulthwaite R. Chadwick 9 Mr F. Bibby Capt. Collis Mr J. R. Anthony 9 Sir C. Assheton-Smith R. Gore E. Piggott 9 Sir C. Assheton-Smith R. Gore P. Woodland 7 Mr T. Tyler T. Tyler W. J. Smith 8 Lady Nelson A. Hastings Mr J. R. Anthony 6 NO RACE AT AINTREE OWING TO THE WAR Mrs H. Peel H. Escott E. Piggott 9 Major T. G. C. Gerrard A. Anthony Mr J. R. Anthony 7 Mr T. M. McAlpine G. Poole F. Rees 10 L. B. Rees 9 Mr Hugh Kershaw O. Anthony Mr S. Sanford G. Blackwell Capt. G. H. Bennet 13 Lord Airlie A. Hastings R. Trudgill 11 Mr D. Goold F. Archer Major J. P. Wilson 9 Mr A. C. Schwartz H. Leader W. Watkinson 9 Mrs M. Partridge T. R. Leader T. E. Leader 10 Mr H. S. Kenyon J. Dodd Mr W. P. Dutton 10 MrsM.A.Gemmell T. R. Leader R. Everett 7 MrW.H.Midwood F. Hartigan T. Cullinan 10 Mr C. R. Taylor T. Coulthwaite R. V. Lyall 9 Mr W. Parsonage T. R. Rimell J. Hamey 7 Mrs F. A. Clark I. Anthony D. Williams 7 MissDorothyPaget A. B. Briscoe G. Wilson 7 Major N. Furlong Major N. Furlong Mr F. Furlong 8 9 Major N. Furlong Major N. Furlong Mr F. Walwyn Mr H. Lloyd Thomas I. Anthony E. Williams 8 Mrs Marion Scott R. Hobbs B. Hobbs 11 T. Hyde Sir A. Maguire J. Ruttle 9 Lord Stalbridge Lord Stalbridge M. A. Jones 7 NO RACE OWING TO THE WAR Mr J. Morant T. Rayson Capt. R. Petre 9 Mr J. J. McDowell H. McDowell E. Dempsey 8 Mr J. Procter N. Crump A. P. Thompson 9 Mr W. F. Williamson G. Owen L. McMorrow 9 Mrs L. Brotherton R. Renton J. Power 9 Mr J. Royle J. O’Donoghue J. A. Bullock 9 Mr H. Lane N. Crump A. P. Thompson 10 Mr J. H. Griffin M. V. O’Brien B. Marshall 8 Mr J. H. Griffin M. V. O’Brien B. Marshall 10 Mrs W. H. Welman M. V. O’Brien P. Taaffe 9 Mrs L. Carver T. F. Rimell D. V. Dick 10 Mrs G. Kohn F. Hudson F. T. Winter 11 Mr D. J. Coughlan T. Taaffe A. Freeman 8 Mr J. E. Bigg W. Stephenson M. Scudamore 8 MissW.H.Wallace N. Crump G. Scott 9 Mr C. J. Vaughan T. F. Rimell H. R. Beasley 9 Mr N. Cohen H. R. Price F. T. Winter 12 Mr P. B. Raymond K. Piggott P. Buckley 9 Mr J. K. Goodman F. Walwyn G. W. Robinson 12 MrsM.Stephenson F. T. Winter Mr C. Smith 8 Mr S. Levy F. T. Winter T. Norman 8 Mr C. P. T. Watkins J. Kempton J. Buckingham 9 Mr J. Manners D. Smith B. Fletcher 9 Mr T. H. McCoy Jnr. G. Balding E. P. Harty 12 Mr A. J. Chambers T. F. Rimell P. Taaffe 8 Mr F. Pontin J. Sutcliffe J. Cook 9 Capt. T. A. Forster Capt. T. A. Forster G. Thorner 9 Mr N. H. Le Mare D. McCain B. Fletcher 8 Mr N. H. Le Mare D. McCain B. Fletcher 9 Mr R. Guest D. Moore T. Carberry 12 MrP.B.Raymond T. F. Rimell J. Burke 10 Mr N. H. Le Mare D. McCain T. Stack 12 Mrs D. Whitaker G. W. Richards B. R. Davies 9 10 Mr J. Douglas S. J. Leadbetter M. Barnes Mr R. C. Stewart Jnr. Capt. T. A. Forster Mr C. Fenwick 12 Mr S. N. J. Embiricos J. T. Gifford R. Champion 11 Mr F. Gilman F. Gilman Mr D. Saunders 9 Mr B. Burrough Mrs J. Pitman B. de Haan 8 Mr R. Shaw G. W. Richards N. Doughty 10

S.P.

10 11 10 5 10 3 12 7 11 6 97 10 6

9 53 4-5 10 4 4-5 10 35 10 13 2-5 10 19 9 58 4-5 9 47 4-5

100-9 100-8 20-1 4-1 100-9 100-6 100-8

12 7 11 9 11 7 11 8 11 3 10 5 10 9 10 5 12 4 10 0 11 4 11 7 11 7 10 7 11 9 12 2 11 4 12 2 11 13 11 6 10 6 10 4

10 8 2-5 11-4 10 20 1-5 6-1 10 26 100-9 9 55 4-5 100-9 9 36 100-6 9 40 25-1 9 42 3-5 100-9 9 36 25-1 10 20 1-5 8-1 10 23 2-5100-1 9 47 2-5 100-1 9 40 3-5 100-8 9 32 1-5 100-6 9 44 3-5 50-1 9 28 25-1 9 20 2-5 8-1 9 21 22-1 9 37 10-1 9 59 3-5 100-6 9 29 4-5 40-1 9 42 1-5 100-8 9 20 3-5 25-1

10 8 10 0 10 7 10 8 11 11 10 1 10 12 11 2 11 7 11 0 11 3 11 7 10 6 10 13 10 12 10 1 10 4 10 0 10 3 11 5 10 0 10 0 10 0 10 4 11 5 10 13 10 1 10 5 12 0 11 3 10 12 11 8 10 9 10 0 10 12 10 13 11 5 11 4 10 2

9 38 1-5 25-1 10 3 1-5 100-1 9 25 2-5 50-1 9 23 4-5 66-1 9 23 3-5 10-1 9 47 4-5 40-1 9 20 3-5 100-7 9 22 4-5 20-1 9 32 4-5 8-1 10 20 3-5 100-9 9 21 2-5 100-7 9 42 3-5 20-1 9 59 4-5 18-1 9 37 1-5 8-1 9 27 13-2 9 22 2-3 28-1 9 50 28-1 9 35 4-5 66-1 9 47 18-1 9 30 3-5 100-6 9 52 4-5 50-1 9 49 3-5 100-1 9 28 4-5 100-7 9 30 4-5 100-9 9 38 15-1 9 34 1-5 28-1 10 8 4-5 14-1 9 1 9-10 9-1 9 20 3-10 11-1 9 31 1-10 13-2 9 20 9-1014-1 9 30 3-10 9-1 9 33 9-10 14-1 9 52 9-10 25-1 10 17 4-10 40-1 9 47 2-1010-1 9 12 6-10 7-1 9 47 4-10 13-1 9 21 4-10 13-1


THE GRAND NATIONAL ROLL OF HONOUR Year Winner

Owner

1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013

Anne Duchess of Westminster

Capt T. A. Forster Mr Peter Luff M. Oliver Mr H. J. Joel A. Turnell Miss Juliet Reed D. Elsworth Mr Edward Harvey G. B. Balding MrsHarryJ.Duffey K. C. Bailey Sir Eric Parker D. H. Barons Mrs David Thompson N. A. Gaselee RACE VOID MIINNEHOMA Mr Freddie Starr M. Pipe Mssrs. G. & L. Johnson Mrs J. Pitman ROYAL ATHLETE ROUGH QUEST Mr A. T. A. Wates T. Casey LORD GYLLENE Mr Stanley W. Clarke S. A. Brookshaw EARTH SUMMIT TheSummitPartnership N. A. Twiston-Davies BOBBYJO Mr Robert Burke T. Carberry PAPILLON Mrs J. Maxwell Moran T. M. Walsh RED MARAUDER Mr N. B. Mason N. B. Mason Mr H. R. Mould N. A. Twiston-Davies BINDAREE MONTY’S PASS Dee Racing Syndicate J. J. Mangan AMBERLEIGH HOUSE Halewood International D. McCain HEDGEHUNTER Mr Trevor Hemmings W. P. Mullins NUMBERSIXVALVERDE Mr O. B. P. Carroll M. Brassil SILVER BIRCH Mr Brian Walsh G. Elliott COMPLY OR DIE Mr D. A. Johnson D. E. Pipe MON MOME Mrs Vida Bingham Miss V. Williams Mr John P. McManus J. O’Neill DON’T PUSH IT BALLABRIGGS Mr Trevor Hemmings D. McCain NEPTUNE COLLONGES Mr J. Hales & Miss. L Hales P. Nicholls AURORAS ENCORE D. Pryde, J. Beaumont Mrs S. Smith

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020

PINEAU DE RE MANY CLOUDS RULE THE WORLD ONE FOR ARTHUR TIGER ROLL TIGER ROLL

LAST SUSPECT WEST TIP MAORI VENTURE RHYME ‘N’ REASON LITTLE POLVEIR MR FRISK SEAGRAM PARTY POLITICS

& D. P. van der Hoevan

Trainer

Jockey

Wts. Time Age st lbs min sec

S.P.

H. Davies R. Dunwoody S. Knight B. Powell J. Frost Mr M. Armytage N. Hawke C.Llewellyn

11 9 11 9 12 11 11 8

10 5 10 11 10 13 11 0 10 3 10 6 10 6 10 7

9 42 7-1050-1 9 33 15-2 93 28-1 9 53 5-1010-1 10 6 8-10 28-1 8 47 8-1016-1 9 29 9-10 12-1 9 6-3 14-1

R. Dunwoody J. F. Titley M. A. Fitzgerald A. Dobbin C. Llewellyn P. Carberry R. Walsh R. Guest J. Culloty B. J. Geraghty G. Lee R. Walsh N. P. Madden R. M. Power T. J. Murphy L. Treadwell A. P. McCoy J. Maguire D. Jacob R. Mania

11 12 10 9 10 9 9 11 8 10 12 9 10 10 9 9 10 10 11 11

10 8 10 6 10 7 10 0 10 5 10 0 10 12 10 11 10 4 10 7 10 10 11 1 10 8 10 6 10 9 11 0 11 5 11 0 11 6 10 3

10 18-8 16-1 9 4-0 40-1 9 0 8-10 7-1 9 58 14-1 10 51 4-10 7-1 9 14 10-1 9 9 7-10 10-1 11 1-10 33-1 99 20-1 9 21 7-10 16-1 9 20 3-10 16-1 9 20 8-10 7-1 9 41 11-1 9 13 6-10 33-1 9 16 6-10 7-1 9 32 9-10100-1 9 4 5-10 10-1 91 14-1 9 5 1-10 33-1 9 12 66-1

11 8 9 8 8 9

10 6 11 9 10 7 10 11 10 13 11 5

9 9 9-10 25-1 8 56 8-1025-1 9 29 33-1 9 3 5-10 14-1 9 40 10-1 9 01 4-1

Mr J. A. Proven Dr R. Newland L. Aspell Mr Trevor Hemmings O. Sherwood L. Aspell Gigginstown House Stud M. F. Morris D. Mullins Two Golf Widows L. Russell D. Fox Gigginstown House Stud G. Elliott D. Russell Gigginstown House Stud G. Elliott D. Russell NO RACE OWING TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC


FACTS & STATS THE RANDOX GRAND NATIONAL HANDICAP STEEPLE CHASE (GRADE 3) RACE DESCRIPTION The feature race of the meeting and for many the feature race of the entire National Hunt season. The longest race in the calendar, the Grand National is steeped in history, with racing history made year after year over the marathon trip of four and a quarter miles. While still a handicap, the class of horse in this race means it attracts the very best staying stars and is a unique test of stamina, jumping and jockeyship in which the winner will claim their own piece of history. 2019

GRADE 3 HANDICAP

WINNER

RUN OVER FOUR MILES, TWO FURLONGS & 74 YARDS

TIGER ROLL Tiger Roll made it back to back wins in some style back in 2019, putting in a superb round of jumping. Rathvinden and Magic Of Light were prominent throughout the race and coming to the last three fences had pulled a little way clear with Tiger Roll stalking them in behind. Magic Of Light almost unshipped her rider at the last and Tiger Roll pounced to take up the running approaching the Elbow. Try as they might, not one of his rivals could make up the ground and he left them fighting for the places.

GRAND NATIONAL FENCES TO BE JUMPED

TOTAL PRIZE FUND OF

£750,000

£375,000 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 411 Tiger Roll 9 11-5 4/1F 2P51 Tiger Roll 8 10-13 10/1 151 One For Arthur 8 10-11 14/1 32254 Rule The World 9 10-7 33/1 1116 Many Clouds 8 11-9 25/1 F2713 Pineau de Re 11 10-6 25/1 P45F5 Auroras Encore 11 10-3 66/1 P422 Neptune Collonges 11 11-6 33/1 112 Ballabriggs 10 11-0 14/1

TRAINER

RUNNERS

G Elliott G Elliott L Russell M Morris O Sherwood Dr R Newland S Smith P Nicholls D McCain

40 38 40 39 39 40 40 40 40

LAST RACE (NO.DAYS) 1st Glenfarclas Chase (24) 1st Glenfarclas Chase (31) 1st Gr.3 Warwick Chase (84) 4th Gr.3 Naas Directors Plate (34) 6th Gr.1 Gold Cup (23) 3rd Listed Pertemps Final (23) 5th Listed Kelso Premier Chase (35) 2nd Gr.3 Grand National Trial (56) 2nd Listed Kelso Premier Chase (35)

KEY TRENDS 10 of the past 12 winners were having their first attempt at the race

19 of the past 24 winners were aged between eight and 10

16 of the past 21 winners were Irish-bred

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

TRAINER

JOCKEY

Paul Nicholls

Daryl Jacob

1 winner

1 winner

Today Paul saddles Yala Enki & Give Me A Copper

Today Daryl rides Bristol de Mai


4m 2f 74y

SIXTH RACE 5.15 THE RANDOX GRAND NATIONAL HANDICAP STEEPLE CHASE (CLASS 1) (Grade 3) (GBB RACE)

for seven yrs old and upwards x Total race value £750000

Owners Prize Money. 1st £287025, 2nd £125625, 3rd £62850, 4th £40875, 5th £25050, 6th £18750, 7th £12375, 8th £8475, 9th £5250, 10th £2625. (Penalty Value £375000) 21 Eliminated Under Rules (I)9 and (I)10.

FORM ANALYSIS - A CLOSER LOOK

| FACTS | FANCIES | FORM | STATS | Leading course trainer (16-21): D Skelton (18 wins from 120 runners, 15%) runs BLAKLION Trainer-in-form (last 14 days): W P Mullins (13 wins from 47 runners, 28%) runs ACAPELLA BOURGEOIS, BURROWS SAINT, CABARET QUEEN & CLASS CONTI

J Jockey

T Trainer O Owner B Breeder S Sponsor Br Breeding

colours no

1

horse

age

st-lb

BRISTOL DE MAI (FR) (63) 4/220-12 BF

10 11-10

Daryl Jacob J Br Gr g Saddler Maker (IRE) - La Bole Night (FR) Nigel Twiston-Davies, Cheltenham T O Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede Ptarmigan Media Limited S B Mr Jean-Yves Touzaint

TIMEFORM VIEW Popular grey who won the Betfair Chase for a third time in 4 years in November and ran well behind Native River at Sandown 9 weeks ago. Jumping is a lot better now and this scenario could be perfect. TFRHHHII BHA167 (+2)

2

CHRIS’S DREAM (IRE) (23) 110-25P

Br B g Mahler - Janebailey O Robcour B Mrs Mary O’Connor

9

11-7

Darragh O’Keeffe J Henry de Bromhead, Ireland T

TIMEFORM VIEW Big improver last season and returned with a fine second at Down Royal. Poor twice since though, shaping with little encouragement at Cheltenham. Doubtful stayer and plenty of others preferred. TFRHHIII BHA164 (-2)

3

YALA ENKI (FR) (63) 3-2F314

11

Br B or Br g Nickname (FR) - Cadiane (FR) O Hills of Ledbury Ltd B Esteve Rouchvarger et al

11-3

Bryony Frost J Paul Nicholls, Ditcheat T Morson Group S

TIMEFORM VIEW Tremendous stayer placed in the last 3 Welsh Nationals and won again at Taunton in January under Bryony Frost. Fell first only start over these fences in December but should last out with more luck. TFRHHHII BHA160 (-1)

4 BALLYOPTIC (IRE) (49) 01-P060 C Br B g Old Vic - Lambourne Lace (IRE) O Mills & Mason Partnership B Roger Ryan

11

11-1

Sam Twiston-Davies J Nigel Twiston-Davies, Cheltenham T Agetur (UK) Ltd S

TIMEFORM VIEW Not recaptured his very smart best this term, well held back hurdling 7 weeks ago, and while he’ll stay (second in the 2018 Scottish National), he’s struggled over these fences previously. TFRHHIII BHA158 (-1)

5

DEFINITLY RED (IRE) (35) 421-0F4 C

Br Ch g Definite Article - The Red Wench (IRE) O Phil & Julie Martin B James Keegan

12

11-1

Henry Brooke J Brian Ellison, Malton T Brian Ellison Racing Limited S

TIMEFORM VIEW Saddle slipped early when fancied for this in 2017 and 9lb higher having enjoyed lots of success since. Now 12 and suspect his best chance has gone for all he may have needed last month’s return. TFRHHHII BHA158 (-2)

6

LAKE VIEW LAD (IRE) (35) 533-155 C

Br Gr g Oscar (IRE) - Missy O’Brien (IRE) O Mr Trevor Hemmings B Peter Magnier

11

11-0

Brian Hughes J N. W. Alexander, Kinneston T Trust Inns Limited S

TIMEFORM VIEW Scotland’s grey challenger who won messy Grade 2 here in December. 2 heavy defeats since (behind Cloth Cap at Kelso) but unfinished business in this after luckless 2019 run. Cheekpieces on/wind op. TFRHHHII BHA157 (-2)

7

BURROWS SAINT (FR) (42) 531-262

Br B g Saint des Saints (FR) - La Bombonera (FR) O Mrs S. Ricci B Mme Julie Morgan

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10-13

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

TIMEFORM VIEW Won the 2019 Irish National as a novice and emerged as a huge contender for this with good run behind Acapella Bourgeois at Fairyhouse 6 weeks ago on first go over fences for 14 months. Lots to like. TFRHHHHI BHA156

8

MAGIC OF LIGHT (IRE) (22) 10-4120

Br B m Flemensfirth (USA) - Quest of Passion (FR) O Ann & Alan Potts Limited B Baronrath & Colbinstown Studs

10 10-13

Robbie Power J Mrs J. Harrington, Ireland T Green Mining (Sizing) S

TIMEFORM VIEW Smashing mare, second in this in 2019 off 5lb lower and converted a penalty kick at Newbury in December. Outpaced over 20f at Cheltenham last month and a lot better expected now. Dangerous. TFRHHHII BHA156 48


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10-12

Br Ch g Network (GER) - Jasmine (FR) O Slaneyville Syndicate B Jean-Paul Bannier & Mme Michele Bannier

Daniel Mullins J W. P. Mullins, Ireland T

10 TALKISCHEAP (IRE) (42) 51/3P-30

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TIMEFORM VIEW Third to Burrows Saint in the 2019 Irish National and has won a good prep for this at Fairyhouse the last 2 years, giving weight and seeing off his less-exposed stablemate 6 weeks ago. Likeable. TFRHHHII BHA155 (+4)

Br B g Getaway (GER) - Carrigmoorna Oak (IRE) O Mr Charles Dingwall B Mr Michael Veale

10-12

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

TIMEFORM VIEW Lightly raced since his bet365 Gold Cup romp on good ground at Sandown 2 years ago, but that remains his only try at a marathon trip and he could be set for a big run if the fire still lingers. TFRHHHII BHA155 (-5)

11 TOUT EST PERMIS (FR) (24) 350P4F

8

Br Gr g Linda’s Lad - Kadalbleue (FR) O Gigginstown House Stud B Mme Isabelle Peltier & Mr Pascal Pean

10-12

Sean Flanagan J Noel Meade, Ireland T

TIMEFORM VIEW A while since the grey’s last win and he’s looked a fading force of late, falling at Down Royal 3 weeks ago. Not sure to stay (wilted in 2019 Irish National) and tricky to fancy. TFRHHIII BHA155 (-2)

12 ANIBALE FLY (FR) (42) 5/0003-5

11

Br B g Assessor (IRE) - Nouba Fly (FR) O Mr John P. McManus B EARL Baty, Mr V. Baty, Mr F. Lemercier

10-12

Denis O’Regan J A. J. Martin, Ireland T

TIMEFORM VIEW Fourth and fifth in the last 2 Nationals. Looked rusty after a year off behind Acapella Bourgeois and Burrows Saint at Fairyhouse and been given a big chance in the weights if finding his spark again. TFRHHHII BHA155

13 MISTER MALARKY (GB) (42) P-6U103

8

Br Ch g Malinas (GER) - Priscilla O Wendy & Malcolm Hezel B H. T. Cole

10-12

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

TIMEFORM VIEW Very good on his day, successful in well-run 3m Ascot handicap in December, and ran well after a wind op at Kempton 6 weeks ago. Type to relish this test and may sneak under the radar. Tongue tie on. TFRHHHII BHA155

14 KIMBERLITE CANDY (IRE) (126) 35P/21-2 Br B g Flemensfirth (USA) - Mandys Native (IRE) O Mr John P. McManus B Martin & Leonard O’Hanlon

9

10-10

Richie McLernon J Tom Lacey, Woolhope T

TIMEFORM VIEW Second in last 2 runnings of the Becher with a wide-margin victory in the Classic Chase at Warwick in-between. Long been in the notebook for this, crying out for another crack over 4m+. Player. TFRHHHII BHA153

15 ANY SECOND NOW (IRE) (28) 31-00P1 Br B g Oscar (IRE) - Pretty Neat (IRE) O Mr John P. McManus B Mrs Noreen McManus

9

10-9

Mark Walsh J T. M. Walsh, Ireland T

TIMEFORM VIEW Won the Kim Muir in 2019 and has long looked an ideal type for this, warming up with victory in 2m Navan Grade 2 last month. Should stay this much longer trip and lots to like for 2000s-winning yard. TFRHHHII BHA152 (+3)

16 BALKO DES FLOS (FR) (24) 4-4064U

10

10-9

Aidan Coleman J Henry de Bromhead, Ireland T

TIMEFORM VIEW High-class at his best, but it’s essentially been a struggle since his 2018 Ryanair win and he was sold by Gigginstown since a disappointing unseat in the Cross Country at Cheltenham last month. TFRHHIII BHA152

17 ALPHA DES OBEAUX (FR) (24) 505PP4

11

10-9

Jody McGarvey J Br B g Saddler Maker (IRE) - Omega des Obeaux (FR) Mrs Denise Foster, Ireland T O Gigginstown House Stud B Marie Devilder & Stephanie Fasquelle

TIMEFORM VIEW Formerly very smart, on a long losing run, but did show a bit more spark in the Cross Country won by stablemate Tiger Roll last month and fared well on second go over these fences in the 2019 Becher. TFRHHIII BHA152 (-2)

18 OK CORRAL (IRE) (25) 1P/001-P Br B g Mahler - Acoola (IRE) O Mr John P. McManus B Declan Dorgan

11

10-8

Mr Derek O’Connor J Nicky Henderson, Lambourn T

TIMEFORM VIEW Low-mileage 11-y-o with all-or-nothing profile over fences, successful in 2020 Sky Bet at Doncaster under this rider but showing little and finishing lame on first run since at Cheltenham 25 days ago. TFRHHHII BHA151

19 TAKINGRISKS (IRE) (70) 165-P41

12

10-7

Sean Quinlan J Br B g Golden Tornado (IRE) - Downtown Rosie (IRE) Nicky Richards, Greystoke T O Mr Frank Bird Equine Products UK Ltd S B James Murray

TIMEFORM VIEW Boasts a remarkable haul of big handicap successes for a 12-y-o and beat Cloth Cap in the 2019 Scottish National. Triumphed again in the Sky Bet at Doncaster in January. Worse risks to take. TFRHHHII BHA150 49

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20 SHATTERED LOVE (IRE) (22) 6-31023

10

Br B m Yeats (IRE) - Tracker O Gigginstown House Stud B Limetree Stud

10-7

Kevin Sexton J Mrs Denise Foster, Ireland T

TIMEFORM VIEW Cheltenham Festival winner in 2018 and successful again at Clonmel (20f, heavy) in November. Fair run in the Mares’ Chase back at Cheltenham last month but stamina is a big concern for her here. TFRHHIII BHA150

21 JETT (IRE) (21) P00P06

10

Br B g Flemensfirth (USA) - La Noire (IRE) O Mr Robert Waley-Cohen B Gerard M. McGrath

10-7

Mr Sam Waley-Cohen J Mrs J. Harrington, Ireland T Upton Viva Stud S

TIMEFORM VIEW Another very good chaser at his best in Ireland but out of sorts. Took reasonably well to the course, albeit finished well beaten in the Becher in December, and leap of faith needed over this trip. TFRHHIII BHA150 (-3)

22 LORD DU MESNIL (FR) (49) 22-4001

8

10-6

Nick Scholfield J Br B g Saint des Saints (FR) - Ladies Choice (FR) Richard Hobson, Little Rissington T O Mr Paul Porter & Mike & Mandy Smith B Mme Henri Devin

TIMEFORM VIEW All stamina, second in the NH Chase at Cheltenham last year and resuming winning ways at Haydock in the mud 7 weeks ago. Jumping was mixed in the Grand Sefton here in December but wouldn’t dismiss. TFRHHHII BHA149 (+5)

23 POTTERS CORNER (IRE) (55) 011-30P D

11

10-6

Jack Tudor J Br B g Indian Danehill (IRE) - Woodford Beauty (IRE) Christian Williams, Bridgend T O All Stars Sports, Davies & RacehorseClub NAF S B Mrs P. J. O’Connor

TIMEFORM VIEW Thorough stayer flying the flag for Wales. Won the 2019 Midlands National and Welsh National in the mud. Inadequate tests this term and not badly handicapped in new headgear. Could go well. TFRHHHII BHA149

24 CLASS CONTI (FR) (27) F2-P034

9

Br B g Poliglote - Gazelle Lulu (FR) O Mr Simon Munir/Mr Isaac Souede B Mr Patrick Joubert

10-6

Brian Hayes J W. P. Mullins, Ireland T

TIMEFORM VIEW Patchy profile since starting out for Mullins with Tramore win 2 years ago. Good efforts in the mud in top handicaps the last twice though, and not surprising were he to be plugging on at the finish. TFRHHHII BHA149

25 MILAN NATIVE (IRE) (25) 1-12P00

8

Br Br g Milan - That’s The Goose (IRE) O Gigginstown House Stud B Eugene Condon

10-6

Mr J. J. Codd J Mrs Denise Foster, Ireland T

TIMEFORM VIEW Won last year’s Kim Muir at Cheltenham and successful again on return at Galway. Not been plain-sailing since though, well held back at the Festival after wind op. Needs a revival from somewhere. TFRHHHII BHA149 (-1)

26 DISCORAMA (FR) (146) 2033-25 BF

8

Br B g Saddler Maker (IRE) - Quentala (FR) O Thomas Friel/Andrew Gemmell B Roland Buchot

10-6

B. J. Cooper J Paul Nolan, Ireland T

TIMEFORM VIEW Placed at 3 Cheltenham Festivals, his second in the 2019 NH Chase suggesting he’ll relish this extreme test. Too free when fancied for handicap there in November and better expected after wind op now. TFRHHHII BHA149

27 VIEUX LION ROUGE (FR) (91) 000-510 C Br Ch g Sabiango (GER) - Indecise (FR) O Prof Caroline Tisdall & Mr John Gent B F. M. Cottin

12

10-5

Conor O’Farrell J David Pipe, Wellington T W & S Recycling S

TIMEFORM VIEW Great completion rate over these fences, winning the Becher for a second time when beating Kimberlite Candy in December. Struggled at Chepstow next time though, and 4lb higher now. Fifth go in this. TFRHHHII BHA148

28 CLOTH CAP (IRE) (35) 320-311 Br B g Beneficial - Cloth Fair (IRE) O Mr Trevor Hemmings B Mr S. Spillane

9

10-5

Tom Scudamore J Jonjo O’Neill, Cheltenham T Trust Inns Limited S

TIMEFORM VIEW Big improver this season with cheekpieces fitted, making all in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury and Listed race at Kelso the last twice. Proven stayer who ticks every box and a very worthy favourite. TFRHHHHH BHA148 (+14)

29 CABARET QUEEN (GB) (22) 31230P

Br B m King’s Theatre (IRE) - La Dame Brune (FR) O Syndicates.Racing B R. D. & J. S. Chugg & Millhouse Stud

9

10-5

Sean O’Keeffe J W. P. Mullins, Ireland T

TIMEFORM VIEW Smart staying mare, successful in the 2019 Munster National and 2020 Kerry National. Not so good more recently though, shaping as if amiss at Cheltenham, and yard has far stronger contenders. TFRHHIII BHA148 (-1)

30 MINELLACELEBRATION (IRE) (91) 2-11UU0 C Br B g King’s Theatre (IRE) - Knocktartan (IRE) O Mr Nick Elliott B M. Doran

11

10-5

Ben Poste J Katy Price, Llanigon T Tote S

TIMEFORM VIEW Fine record on the other course here, winning again in 25f veterans’ handicap chase in October. No luck twice since but shaped okay behind Double Shuffle at Kempton in January. Has had a wind op. TFRHHIII BHA148 50


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31 CANELO (IRE) (35) 012143 C BF

8

Br Ch g Mahler - Nobody’s Darling (IRE) O Mr John P. McManus B Mr Brett Merry

10-4

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

TIMEFORM VIEW Done well in handicap chases this season, winning at Aintree and Wetherby (3m) before good runs at Doncaster (fourth to Takingrisks in Sky Bet first occasion). Career-best needed even if he stays. TFRHHHII BHA147

32 THE LONG MILE (GB) (42) 11-F103

7

Br B g Kayf Tara - Follow My Leader (IRE) O Mr John P. McManus B S. M. Eaton

10-4

Luke Dempsey J J.P.Dempsey, Ireland T

TIMEFORM VIEW Good strike rate over fences initially, winning at Limerick in December. Chased home Acapella Bourgeois and Burrows Saint at Fairyhouse latest, proving stamina beyond 3m, but easy to prefer that pair. TFRHHIII BHA147

33 GIVE ME A COPPER (IRE) (70) F4/10-2P Br Ch g Presenting - Copper Supreme (IRE) O Done, Ferguson, Mason, Nicholls & Wood B Donal Coffey

11

10-4

Harry Cobden J Paul Nicholls, Ditcheat T Morson Group S

TIMEFORM VIEW Lightly-raced but smart staying chaser, another fine run first time up when second at Doncaster (3m) in December. Not so good in the Sky Bet back there following month though and hard to fancy now. TFRHHIII BHA147

34 FARCLAS (FR) (23) 11-5342

7

Br Gr g Jukebox Jury (IRE) - Floriana (GER) O Gigginstown House Stud B Remy Giger, Hans-Veli Fruh & Edy Enz

10-3

Jack Kennedy J Mrs Denise Foster, Ireland T

TIMEFORM VIEW Classy grey (Triumph Hurdle winner like his connections’ Tiger Roll) holding his own in top handicap chases at up to 3m this season and very much ran into one at Cheltenham. Big contender if he stays. TFRHHHHI BHA146 (+6)

35 MINELLA TIMES (IRE) (62) 120-122

8

Br B g Oscar (IRE) - Triptoshan (IRE) O Mr John P. McManus B Cathal Ennis

10-3

Rachael Blackmore J Henry de Bromhead, Ireland T

TIMEFORM VIEW Has progressed into a smart handicap chaser this season and has a cracking record under Rachael Blackmore, runner-up in top Leopardstown contests last twice. Positive profile and player if he stays. TFRHHHII BHA146 (+4)

36 SUB LIEUTENANT (IRE) (49) 04-0244 Br B g Brian Boru - Satellite Dancer (IRE) O Ms G. Howell B Edmond Coleman

12

10-3

Tabitha Worsley J Georgie Howell, Tenbury Wells T

TIMEFORM VIEW Fair efforts for new yard under Tabitha Worsley at Ascot last twice and took to the course well when a staying-on second in the 2019 Topham off 9lb higher. 4m+ an unknown but far worse 100/1 shots. TFRHHHII BHA146 (-4)

37 HOGAN’S HEIGHT (IRE) (24) 1/015-P6 C Br B g Indian River (FR) - Electre du Berlais (FR) O Foxtrot Racing: Hogan’s Height B Bluegate Stud

10

10-3

Gavin Sheehan J Jamie Snowden, Lambourn T Foxtrot Racing Syndicates S

TIMEFORM VIEW Looked a natural over these fences when bolting up in the 2019 Grand Sefton and seen just 3 times since, tailed off in the Cross Country at Cheltenham last month. Stamina doubts and career-high mark. TFRHHIII BHA146 (-4)

38 DOUBLE SHUFFLE (IRE) (42) 50-0316

11

10-2

Jonathan Burke J Tom George, Slad T HBA Media S

TIMEFORM VIEW Won for the first time in ages when taking 3m Kempton handicap in January and not disgraced off this mark back there since. Not taken to this course previously however, and stamina doubts to boot. TFRHHIII BHA145

39 AMI DESBOIS (FR) (45) 062P-22

11

10-2

Kielan Woods J Br B g Dream Well (FR) - Baroya (FR) O The Reserved Judgment Partnership Graeme McPherson, Stow-On-The-Wold T Longcroft Building Services Ltd S B E.A.R.L. Guittet Desbois

TIMEFORM VIEW Over 3 years since his last victories over fences in novices but has resumed with a couple of good efforts in 3m handicaps and genuine sort who could reward each-way backers at huge odds. TFRHHHII BHA145

40 BLAKLION (GB) (32) 005/-004 C

12

10-2

Harry Skelton J Br B g Kayf Tara - Franciscaine (FR) Dan Skelton, Alcester T O Darren & Annaley Yates Ladbrokes, The Air Ambulance Service (Warwickshire & Northamptonshire) S B Mrs M. D. W. Morrison

TIMEFORM VIEW Favourite when fourth in 2017 and dotted up in the Becher 8 months later. All downhill since though (big-money buy in February 2019), albeit showing a bit more at Newcastle last month. TFRHHIII BHA145 (-7)

R1 SOME NECK (FR) (24) F-63103

Br Gr g Yeats (IRE) - Maternelle (FR) ER O Some Neck Partnership NN U R B S.C.A. de La Perrigne et al N-

O

10

10-1

J John McConnell, Ireland T

Ngoing well on Cheltenham’s Cross Country course, winning in December and third TIMEFORM VIEW Back on track for new yard, to Tiger Roll last month. Won’t lack for stamina and interesting off a low-weight. RESERVE. TFRHHHII BHA144 (+1) 51

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R2 SECRET REPRIEVE (IRE) (91) 522-F11 7 10-1 (IRE) Br B g Flemensfirth (USA) - Oscar’s Reprieve J R E Evan Williams, Llancarfan T NN O Mr & Mrs William Rucker U R Tote S B R. McCarthy NNOsoil this term, looking all stamina when winning the Welsh National at Chepstow TIMEFORM VIEW Form has taken off on home in January. Connections have a good record in this with similar types. Interesting. RESERVE.

TFRHHHII BHA144 (-2)

R3 KAUTO RIKO (FR) (147) 0/2520-4 10 10-0 Br B g Ballingarry (IRE) - Kauto Relstar (FR)R J E Tom Gretton, Inkberrow T O Mr and Mrs J.Dale and Partners UNN -R Aubert Treehouse Sporting Colours S B Jean-Philippe Aubert & DenisN NisOvery useful on his day and returned after a wind op with good fourth at TIMEFORM VIEW Winless since 2018 but Cheltenham in November, that his only run this season. Engaged 4.05 here Friday. RESERVE.

R4 FAGAN (GB) (80) P//00-631

Br Gr g Fair Mix (IRE) - Northwood May ER NN O Mr S Brackenbury -RU B J. R. Weston ON

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TFRHHIII BHA142

10-0

J Alex Hales, Edgecote T

TIMEFORM VIEW Clearly retains all of hisN ability and resumed winning ways in emphatic fashion at Newbury 5 weeks ago. Bombed out when fancied in the Scottish National in 2018. RESERVE. TFRHHIII BHA142

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41 ALDER HEY CHILDREN’S CHARITY 11111 Br East Prescot Road, Liverpool O Alder Hey Children’s Charity

107 19-14

Lydia Barker J Alder Hey Youth Forum T www.alderheycharity.org S

TIMEFORM VIEW Alder Hey Children’s Charity raises money for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital to support the 275,000 children treated there every year. Sure to make an impact, so will be well supported. TFRHHHHH BHA175 DECLARED RUNNERS 44 Blinkers worn first time by No. 23. Tongue Strap worn first time by No. 13. Sheepskin Cheek Pieces worn first time by No. 6. Hood worn by No. 9. Blinkers, Tongue Strap worn by No. 17. Blinkers worn by No. 15. Tongue Strap worn by No. 4, 7, 12, 20, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 39. Sheepskin Cheek Pieces worn by No. 5, 8, 11, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 27, 28, 31, 36. Running for the first time since Wind Surgery No. 6, 26, 30. Stewards Note: KIMBERLITE CANDY: Following its run on 5/12/2020 it was reported that the horse lost a shoe. OK CORRAL: Following its run on 16/3/2021 it was reported that the horse finished lame. MILAN NATIVE: Following its run on 16/3/2021 it was reported that the horse lost a shoe. DISCORAMA: Following its run on 15/11/2020 it was reported that the horse ran too freely. CABARET QUEEN: Following its run on 19/3/2021 it was reported that the horse was never travelling. HOGAN’S HEIGHT: Following its run on 17/3/2021 it was reported that the horse lost both of its left shoes. Probable S.P’s: 9-2 Cloth Cap (IRE), 11-1 Burrows Saint (FR), 14-1 Any Second Now (IRE), 16-1 Kimberlite Candy (IRE), Minella Times (IRE), 25-1 Farclas (FR), 28-1 Acapella Bourgeois (FR), Lord du Mesnil (FR), 33-1 Bristol de Mai (FR), Magic of Light (IRE), Potters Corner (IRE), Discorama (FR), Canelo (IRE), 40-1 Mister Malarky (GB), Takingrisks (IRE), Milan Native (IRE), The Long Mile (GB), 50-1 Chris’s Dream (IRE), Yala Enki (FR), Lake View Lad (IRE), Anibale Fly (FR), Shattered Love (IRE), Class Conti (FR), 66-1 Give Me A Copper (IRE), Double Shuffle (IRE), 80-1 Definitly Red (IRE), Balko des Flos (FR), Ok Corral (IRE), Vieux Lion Rouge (FR), Ami Desbois (FR), 100-1 Minellacelebration (IRE), Sub Lieutenant (IRE), 150-1 Ballyoptic (IRE), Talkischeap (IRE), Tout Est Permis (FR), Alpha des Obeaux (FR), Jett (IRE), Cabaret Queen (GB), Hogan’s Height (IRE), 200-1 Blaklion (GB)

PLAY SMARTER

Often it pays to keep things simple and in CLOTH CAP we have a solid favourite who is progressive, stays, is a stone well-in, and represents an owner with a fantastic record in the race. He’s hard to get away from and with luck should win. The last 2 Nationals have seen an Irish 1-2-3 and another formidable challenge is headed up by Burrows Saint, Farclas and Any Second Now.

TIMEFORM PREDICTION: 1.CLOTH CAP (IRE) 2.BURROWS SAINT (FR) 3.FARCLAS (FR)

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FACTS & STATS THE WEATHERBYS nhstallions.co.uk STANDARD OPEN NATIONAL HUNT FLAT RACE (GRADE 2) RACE DESCRIPTION

A bumper to round up the festival, with this race ran as the finale for the first time. The best up-and-coming National Hunt horses come here to try and take Aintree glory and it promises to be another competitive race. A great target for bumper horses to round off their season in, the trip requires a horse with speed, so will naturally favour those bred to have a turn of foot as opposed to those who will want a bit further in the long run.

2019

GRADE 2

WINNER

RUN OVER TWO MILES, 209 YARDS

MCFABULOUS Paul Nicholls’ inmate was sent off favourite in a strong race last year. There were a number of Irish raiders, Santa Rossa and Dewcup the most notable, but it was an all English finish between McFabulous and Thebannerkingrebel. Both came to the front travelling strongly and Mcfabulous was the first to commit, starting a head to head battle and as they approached the winning post. McFabulous was delivered on the stand side rail and just clinched victory by a length under Harry Cobden.

NATIONAL HUNT FLAT RACE

TOTAL PRIZE FUND OF

£34,000

£19,131 TO THE WINNER

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

FORM 171 12P2 23213 13 111 1112 15 116 1F

WINNER AGE WEIGHT SP MEETING ABANDONED McFabulous 5 11-4 2/1F Portrush Ted 6 11-4 25/1 Lalor 5 11-4 33/1 Bacardys 5 11-4 15/2 Barters Hill 5 11-4 11/2 Ballybolley 5 11-4 14/1 Killyglass 6 11-4 20/1 The New One 4 10-12 8/1 Steps To Freedom 5 11-4 9/1

TRAINER

RUNNERS

P Nicholls W Greatrex R Woollacott W Mullins B Pauling N Twiston-Davies E Lavelle N Twiston-Davies G Elliott

12 20 19 17 19 19 19 19 20

LAST RACE (NO.DAYS) 1st Newbury NH Flat Race (34) 2nd Hereford NH Flat Race (87) 1st Wincanton Maiden NH Flat Race (29) 3rd Gr.1 Cheltenham Champion Bumper (23) 1st Listed Newbury NH Flat Race (62) 1st Towcester NH Flat Race (12) 5th Listed Newbury NH Flat Race (56) 6th Gr.1 Cheltenham Champion Bumper (31) F. Bellewstown NH Flat Race (279)

KEY TRENDS British trainers have won eight of the last 10 renewals

Only one winning fouryear-old in the last 10 years

Only one winning favourite in the last 10 years

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

TRAINER

JOCKEY

Nigel Twiston-Davies

Sam Twiston-Davies

2 winners

2 winners

Today Nigel saddles Super Six

Today Sam rides Super Six


2m 209y

SEVENTH RACE 6.20 THE WEATHERBYS nhstallions.co.uk STANDARD OPEN NATIONAL HUNT FLAT RACE (CLASS 1)(Grade 2) (GBB RACE)

for four, five and six yrs old x Total race value £34000

Owners Prize Money. 1st £14634, 2nd £6032, 3rd £3016, 4th £1510, 5th £755, 6th £377, 7th £187, 8th £95. (Penalty Value £19131.80) 6 Balloted Out Under Rules (I)9 and (I)10.

FORM ANALYSIS - A CLOSER LOOK

| FACTS | FANCIES | FORM | STATS | Leading course trainer (16-21): N Henderson (18 wins from 100 runners, 18%) runs BALCO COASTAL and MOT A MOT Trainer-in-form (last 14 days): P Nicholls (11 wins from 32 runners, 34%) runs KNAPPERS HILL and STAGE STAR Fancy That: N Twiston-Davies won this race in 2012 and 2014. The stable runs SUPER SIX today. Longest Traveller: THE GOSSIPER trained by E Mullins, Ireland.

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BALCO COASTAL (FR) (60) 21

Br B g Coastal Path - Fliugika (FR) O Mr Mark Blandford B Mr Thierry Mangote

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11-4

Nico de Boinville J Nicky Henderson, Lambourn T Unibet S

TIMEFORM VIEW Runner-up sole start in point and looked something out of the ordinary when powering away to justify short odds in Kempton bumper a couple of months ago. Clearly the one to beat. TFRHHHHH BHA128

2

BRAVE KINGDOM (FR) (41) 3-1

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11-4

Gavin Sheehan J Br B g Brave Mansonnien (FR) - New Foundation (IRE) Harry Whittington, Sparsholt T O Graeme Moore, Kate & Andrew Brooks CHD Property S B Dr V. Michel Guiot

TIMEFORM VIEW Third between the flags prior to scoring readily on debut in bumper at Fontwell 41 days ago. Likely to improve on that, so not a forlorn hope. TFRHHHII BHA112

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CHARLIE’S GLANCE (GB) (35) 1

Br B g Passing Glance - Call Me A Legend O Mr Andrew J. Martin B Pitchall Stud

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Mr James Martin J Andrew Martin, Chipping Norton T Andy Martin Racing S

TIMEFORM VIEW Brother to 4 winners and made the ideal start when landing a 14-runner contest at Newbury 35 days ago. No reason why he won’t improve from that, so one to consider. TFRHHHII BHA115

4 CONCEROE (IRE) (45) 152

Br Br g Yeats (IRE) - Made In Kk (IRE) O Lady Jane Grosvenor B J. and J. Lawler

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Bryan Carver J Ben Case, Banbury T David Andrews Construction Limited S

TIMEFORM VIEW Overcame inexperience when 33/1 scorer on debut at Warwick and surpassed that form on both subsequent outings. Looks out of his depth in this, though. TFRHHIII BHA118

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FINE CASTING (IRE) (80) 521

Br B g Shantou (USA) - Fine Fortune (IRE) O Mrs S. P. Davis B Hugh Hazzard

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Daryl Jacob J Ben Pauling, Bourton-on-the-Water T Jeremy Houghton - Houghtonart S

TIMEFORM VIEW Made all in good style to land gamble at Newbury 80 days ago. Plenty more needed again to follow up in this far more competitive contest. TFRHHIII BHA113

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FRUIT N NUT (IRE) (31) 211

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11-4

Brian Hughes J Br B g Carlotamix (FR) - Perilously (USA) Donald McCain, Cholmondeley T O Mr Les Buckley Special Piping Materials Ltd, Proactive Personnel Limited S B Mrs E. Leahy

TIMEFORM VIEW Runner-up in points who is unbeaten in two outings in bumpers, well on top at the finish at Catterick on latest. This is a whole different proposition, though. TFRHHIII BHA114

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GLENCASSLEY (IRE) (389) 551-

Br B g Yeats (IRE) - Reseda (GER) O Mr Grant Leon B S. J. Murphy

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Robbie Power J Charlie Longsdon, Chipping Norton T Merribelle Stable Llc S

TIMEFORM VIEW Off the mark at the third attempt in 7-runner event at Wetherby but hasn’t been seen for 12 months subsequently and has plenty to find. TFRHIIII BHA113

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GO DANTE (GB) (30) 1

Br B g Kayf Tara - Whoops A Daisy ER O Mrs Barbara Hester NN Aston B N. J. Henderson and Mrs S. A.N -RU

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J Olly Murphy, Wilmcote T McCoy Contractors S

TIMEFORM VIEW Cost plenty as a store and NOgave a good indication as to why with a facile debut success at Wincanton last month. Well worth a go in this better grade. TFRHHHHI BHA113 58


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JACK’S A LEGEND (GB) (24) 3-040

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Rachael Blackmore J Br B g Midnight Legend - Dancing Emily (IRE) Alan Jones, Timberscombe T O Burnham P & D Ltd Burnham Plastering & Drylining Ltd S B Burnham P & D Ltd

TIMEFORM VIEW Has reached a useful level in bumpers without success, going close in steadily-run contest at Cheltenham in November. Well-held in Champion Bumper there last time, though. TFRHIIII BHA115

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Br B g Valirann (FR) - Brogella (IRE) O Mr P K Barber and Mr P J Vogt B Ronnie O’Neill

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Megan Nicholls J Paul Nicholls, Ditcheat T Morson Group S

TIMEFORM VIEW Expensive, well-bred sort who looks an exciting prospect having maintained his unbeaten record in cosy fashion at Ascot in December, beating Stage Star. Primed for a big run again. TFRHHHHI BHA124

11 LUTTRELL LAD (IRE) (37) 211 D

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Br B g Beat Hollow - Fairly Definite (IRE) O Owners for Owners Luttrell Lad B Louis G. Vambeck

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Tom O’Brien J Philip Hobbs, Minehead T Philip Hobbs Racing S

TIMEFORM VIEW Confirmed debut promise when landing a bumper at Market Rasen in November and comfortably followed up at Taunton last month. Respected. TFRHHHII BHA121

12 MOT A MOT (FR) (44) 41

5

Br Gr g Martaline - Gaily Zest (USA) O Walters Plant Hire & Potter Group B Madame Aliette Forien

11-4

James Bowen J Nicky Henderson, Lambourn T Potter Group S

TIMEFORM VIEW Has an appealing pedigree and left debut form behind when landing a bumper in convincing fashion despite tack problems at Chepstow 44 days ago. More to come. TFRHHHII BHA114

13 PARRAMOUNT (GB) (26) 221 Br B g Mount Nelson - Queen Soraya O Andrew Fox-Pitt B O. and Mrs Fox-Pitt

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11-4

Mr J. J. Codd J Charlie Longsdon, Chipping Norton T Merribelle Stable Llc S

TIMEFORM VIEW Half-brother to Snow Leopardess and built on two encouraging efforts when landing a bumper at Stratford 26 days ago. Likely to be outclassed up in grade, though. TFRHHIII BHA113

14 PEKING ROSE (GB) (113) 14 D Br Br g Passing Glance - Miniature Rose O Coln Valley Partnership B Coln Valley Stud

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11-4

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

TIMEFORM VIEW Made the ideal start when landing a 9-runner event at Carlisle. Improved when fourth in Listed company at Ascot since but bigger step up needed with tongue tie applied after 113 days off. TFRHHHII BHA118

15 PRESSURE SENSITIVE (IRE) (52) 11 D Br B g Shirocco (GER) - Bellavic (IRE) O Mr D. W. N. Walker B Mr P. P. Greaney

5

11-4

Jonjo O’Neill Jr. J Jonjo O’Neill, Cheltenham T Wasdell Group S

TIMEFORM VIEW Shirrocco gelding who took his record to 2-2 at Wetherby 52 days ago, comfortably quickening clear. This level of competition is probably beyond him, though. TFRHHIII BHA111

16 STAGE STAR (IRE) (113) 12 BF Br B g Fame And Glory - Sparky May O Owners Group 044 B Ruxley Holdings Ltd

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11-4

Harry Cobden J Paul Nicholls, Ditcheat T Owners Group S

TIMEFORM VIEW Fame And Glory gelding who forged away from a next-time-out winner when landing Chepstow event first time out. Runner-up to Knappers Hill since and will do well to reverse placings. TFRHHHII BHA122

17 SURE TOUCH (GB) (79) 1

5

11-4

Mr Sam Waley-Cohen J Olly Murphy, Wilmcote T Upton Viva Stud S

TIMEFORM VIEW Bred to do well in bumpers and made no mistake when scoring at Wincanton first time out. This is obviously much tougher, but there could be significant improvement in him. TFRHHHII BHA113

18 THE GOSSIPER (IRE) (31) FF-1

Br B g Dylan Thomas (IRE) - Princess Nina (IRE) O Mrs A. F. Mee B Aidan Aherne

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11-4

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

TIMEFORM VIEW Promise in points and off the mark at the first attempt under Rules, quickening clear in good style at Wexford a month ago. Warrants respect. TFRHHHII BHA113

19 WORLD OF DREAMS (IRE) (41) 11 Br B g Kayf Tara - Rose of The World (IRE) O Atlantic Racing & R. W. Huggins B Mr K. D. Cotter

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11-4

Rex Dingle J Anthony Honeyball, Beaminster T Geegeez.co.uk S

TIMEFORM VIEW Kayf Tara gelding who has landed both starts to date, again having a bit to spare at Hereford 41 days ago. May do better still, so can’t be completely dismissed. TFRHHHII BHA116 59

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20 SUPER SIX (GB) (24) 115

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Sam Twiston-Davies J Br B or Gr g Montmartre (FR) - Hiho Silver Lining Nigel Twiston-Davies, Cheltenham T O Teme Valley Agetur (UK) Ltd S B T. G. Lane

TIMEFORM VIEW Landed his first two starts then upped his game to finish an excellent fifth in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham, doing some good late work. Slightly longer trip is in his favour. TFRHHHHI BHA125 DECLARED RUNNERS 20 Hood worn first time by No. 11. Tongue Strap worn first time by No. 14. Tongue Strap worn by No. 3, 19. Probable S.P’s: 3-1 Balco Coastal (FR), 8-1 Knappers Hill (IRE), 11-1 Super Six (GB), 12-1 Stage Star (IRE), 20-1 Sure Touch (GB), 22-1 Luttrell Lad (IRE), The Gossiper (IRE), 25-1 Charlie’s Glance (GB), 28-1 Fine Casting (IRE), Mot A Mot (FR), Pressure Sensitive (IRE), 33-1 Brave Kingdom (FR), Parramount (GB), Peking Rose (GB), World of Dreams (IRE), 40-1 Conceroe (IRE), 50-1 Fruit N Nut (IRE), Glencassley (IRE), 66-1 Jack’s A Legend (GB)

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BALCO COASTAL was most impressive at Kempton and the form has a strong look to it, so he’s taken to follow up in this higher grade. Knappers Hill appeals as the chief threat bidding to defend his unbeaten record, while Super Six can’t be discounted following his admirable fifth at Cheltenham.

TIMEFORM PREDICTION: 1.BALCO COASTAL (FR) 2.KNAPPERS HILL (IRE) 3.SUPER SIX

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TODAY’S RACE CONDITIONS First Race 1.45 - THE EFT SYSTEMS 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 8th. Penalties, after April 3rd, 2021, for each hurdle race won 4lb (No penalty to increase a horse’s weight above 11st 12lb). EFT SYSTEMS have generously sponsored this race and a memento will be presented to the winning owner, trainer and jockey. 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 £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 39 entries, 1 at £56 and 38 at £280. - Closed April 5th, 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 6lb and paragraph 34 of the Weights and Handicapping Code complied with where applicable. 12 Eliminated Under Rules (I)9 and (I)10. SEE PAGE 12 FOR THIS RACE. Second Race 2.25 - THE BETWAY MERSEY 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 5th and pay £375 stake, Declare by 10.00 a.m. April 8th. Weights: 4-y-o 10st 11lb; 5-y-o and up 11st 4lb Fillies and 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 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. 22 entries at £375. - Closed April 5th, 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 20 FOR THIS RACE. Third Race 3.00 - THE DOOM BAR MAGHULL 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 and the fifth £1995. 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 5th and pay £375 stake, Declare by 10.00 a.m. April 8th. Weights: 11st 4lb each 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 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. 9 entries at £375. - Closed April 5th, 2021. Owners Prize Money. Winner £32280; Second £13305; Third £6653; Fourth £3330; Fifth £1665. (Penalty Value £42202.50) A SEE PAGE 28 FOR THIS RACE. Fourth Race 3.35 - THE RYANAIR STAYERS HURDLE RACE (CLASS 1) (REGISTERED AS THE LIVERPOOL HURDLE RACE) (Grade 1) (GBB RACE) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £84195 to the winning horse The second to receive £31665, the third £15825, the fourth £7905, the fifth £3975, the sixth £1980, the seventh £1020, the eighth £540, the ninth £300 and the tenth £150. for four 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 5th and pay £750 stake, Supplementary Entry by noon, April 7th and pay £7500 stake, Declare by 10.00 a.m. April 8th. Weights: 4-y-o 10st 13lb; 5-y-o and up 11st 7lb Fillies and mares allowed 7lb. Ryanair has generously sponsored this race and will present a memento to the winning owner, trainer and jockey. A cash prize will also be awarded to the stable employee in charge of the best turned out horse in this race. The winning owner will be presented with the Liverpool Trophy, which is to be returned to the racecourse by March 1st, 2022. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of RYANAIR. 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 £750. - Closed April 5th, 2021. Owners Prize Money. Winner £64440; Second £26520; Third £13260; Fourth £6630; Fifth £3315; Sixth £1650; Seventh £840; Eighth £405; Ninth £210; Tenth £105. (Penalty Value £84195) A SEE PAGE 34 FOR THIS RACE. Fifth Race 4.15 - THE BETWAY HANDICAP STEEPLE CHASE (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 five 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 8th. Penalties, after April 3rd, 2021, a winner of a steeple chase 4lb (No penalty to increase a horse’s weight above 11st 12lb). Betway has generously 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 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. PLEASE NOTE: A novice horse shall only be qualified to run in this


TODAY’S RACE CONDITIONS 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 24 entries, 4 at £56 and 20 at £280. - Closed April 5th, 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 3lb and paragraph 34 of the Weights and Handicapping Code complied with where applicable. SEE PAGE 40 FOR THIS RACE. Sixth Race 5.15 - THE RANDOX GRAND NATIONAL HANDICAP STEEPLE CHASE (CLASS 1) (Grade 3) (GBB RACE) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £375000 to the winning horse The second to receive £150000, the third £75000, the fourth £48750, the fifth £30000, the sixth £22500, the seventh £15000, the eighth £11250, the ninth £7500 and the tenth £3750. for seven yrs old and upwards, which, prior to March 23rd, have Started in a steeple chase during the current season, and have been placed first, second, third or fourth in a steeple chase with an official distance description of ‘two miles seven and a half furlongs’ or more, at any time during the horse’s career. Horses must be also allotted a rating of 125 or more by the BHA Handicapper following a review of the horses entered and after taking account of races run up to and including February 14th. Horses which are not qualified for a rating in Great Britain or Ireland at closing may also be entered. Such horses may be eligible for a weight providing the Handicapper is satisfied that the horse’s racecourse performances up to and including February 14th would merit a minimum rating of 125. To qualify, horses must have run at least three times in Steeple Chases run under the Rules of Racing of the same Recognised Racing Authority up to and including February 14th. At the Handicapper’s discretion, such horses may be allotted a rating.. Enter by noon, February 2nd and pay £825 stake, Scratch by noon, March 2nd or pay £825, Scratch by noon, March 23rd or pay £825, Confirm by noon, April 5th and pay £1275, Declare by 10.00 a.m. April 8th. Lowest weight 10st; Highest weight 11st 10lb (No penalties after publication of the weights). To be ridden by Jockeys or Amateur Riders 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 the Irish National Hunt Steeple Chase Committee and ridden not less than 10 of these winners in steeple chases. Randox has generously sponsored this race and will present a memento to the winning owner, trainer, jockey and groom. The stable employee in charge of the best turned out horse in this race will receive a cash prize and a memento. A memento will also be presented to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th placed owner. Randox will also give a memento to the breeder of the winning horse and a memento, in conjunction with The Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association, to the breeder of the first British-bred horse to finish in this race (‘British-bred’ being a horse that has been foaled in Great Britain and was sired by a horse standing in Great Britain at the time of covering). 48 HOUR DECLARATIONS APPLY TO THIS RACE. The British Horseracing Authority may exercise its powers under Rules 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 whose entry is confirmed 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. 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. This race will be restricted to 40 runners plus four reserves. The four reserves will be nominated as R1, R2, R3 and R4. Please refer to the Special Notice concerning declaration arrangements and reserves for this race published in The Racing Calendar, and on the BHA’s Racing Administration Internet site, www2.racingadmin.co.uk. ELIMINATION: If elimination is necessary, the balloting of horses set to carry the same weight will be decided upon by using the horses’ current handicap mark at the time of elimination. In the event of two or more horses on the same weight having an identical current handicap rating, their elimination sequence will be determined by random ballot. 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, February 14th, may be taken into account. The British Horseracing Authority has modified the Declaration of Jockey section of the Race Entries Code and the Division of Races section of the Race Administration Code of the Rules of Racing for the purposes of this race. A mandatory briefing which must be attended by all riders taking part in this race will take place in the Stewards Room at 12 noon. HORSES WILL BE LED IN FRONT OF THE STANDS FOR THIS RACE before cantering to the start. 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 84 entries, 15 at £825, 13 at £1650, 9 at £2475, 47 at £3750. - Closed February 2nd, 2021. Owners Prize Money. Winner £287025; Second £125625; Third £62850; Fourth £40875; Fifth £25050; Sixth £18750; Seventh £12375; Eighth £8475; Ninth £5250; Tenth £2625. (Penalty Value £375000) 21 Eliminated Under Rules (I)9 and (I)10. A SEE PAGE 48 FOR THIS RACE. Seventh Race 6.20 - THE WEATHERBYS nhstallions.co.uk STANDARD OPEN NATIONAL HUNT FLAT RACE (CLASS 1)(Grade 2) (GBB RACE) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £19131 to the winning horse The second to receive £7208, the third £3607, the fourth £1802, the fifth £904, the sixth £452, the seventh £224 and the eighth £115. for four, five and six yrs old only, which have not run under any recognised Rules of Racing, except National Hunt Flat races, Irish National Hunt Flat races or French AQPS Flat races. Horses are not to have run in more than four races, or five races if the fifth run was in the Grade 1 Champion Bumper at this season’s Cheltenham Festival. Enter by noon, April 5th and pay £170 stake, Declare by 10.00 a.m. April 8th. Weights: 4-y-o 10st 12lb; 5-y-o and 6-y-o 11st 4lb Fillies and mares allowed 7lb Penalties, a winner of a Grade 1 or Grade 2 race 4lb. WEATHERBYS has generously sponsored this race and will present a memento to the winning owner, trainer and jockey. They will also award 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 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. ELIMINATION PROCEDURE - SEE the Elimination and Balloting Procedures (contained in the Race Administration Code). The British Horseracing Authority has modified Rule (F)21.3 for the purposes of this race. 22 entries at £170. - Closed April 5th, 2021. Owners Prize Money. Winner £14634; Second £6032; Third £3016; Fourth £1510; Fifth £755; Sixth £377; Seventh £187; Eighth £95. (Penalty Value £19131.80) 6 Balloted Out Under Rules (I)9 and (I)10. A SEE PAGE 58 FOR THIS RACE.



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