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AINTREE 0415

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CHEPSTOW

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LINGFIELD PARK

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AINTREE

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4:15 Saturday 11 April 2015

CRABBIE'S GRAND NATIONAL CHASE (HANDICAP) (Grade 3) (1)

Distance : 4m 3f 110y (Nat)
Prize : £1,000,000 Age : 7yo+ Race Type : Chase Going : Good
Race Type : Chase
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Pos Pos Btn Horse Name Horse Name TFR Tfig Jockey Age Wgt ISP ISP BSP Hi/Lo
Pedigree Jockey & Trainer Trainer (Equip) (OR) (Place) BSP
1 1 Leighton Aspell silk 2. MANY CLOUDS (IRE) 2. MANY CLOUDS (IRE) -22 <
166+
> -18 Leighton Aspell 8 11-9 25/126 25/126 BSP
Leighton Aspell silk brg CLOUDINGS (IRE) - BOBBING BACK (IRE) BOB BACK (USA) J: Leighton Aspell
T: Oliver Sherwood
Age: 8 Wgt: 11-9 OR: 160
Oliver Sherwood (160)
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had been progressing really well prior to the Cheltenham Gold Cup and, looking far more at home here than in that fiercely-run affair, got back on track with a career-best effort, producing a performance (both in terms of style and form) which suggests he'll prove a very tough nut to crack in next year's renewal, particularly given how the BHA handicapper frames the National weights for the higher-rated horses nowadays; in touch, jumped superbly, travelled smoothly, went prominent twenty-second (Becher's), left in front 5 out, pressed on home turn, asserted soon after last, closed down late on, always holding on (clearly stays really well); has had a terrific campaign and is a credit to connections.
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2 2 Paddy Brennan silk 24. SAINT ARE (FR) 24. SAINT ARE (FR) -16 <
148?
> -32 Paddy Brennan 9 10-6 25/126 25/126 BSP
Paddy Brennan silk b or brg NETWORK (GER) - FORTANEA (FR) VIDEO ROCK (FR) J: Paddy Brennan
T: Tom George
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-6 Eq: (s+t) OR: 143
Tom George (s+t) (143)
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has long had a liking for the Merseyside air (has good record on both Mildmay and National courses) and proved better than ever with this game display despite a more clumsy round than the other principals; handy, travelled well, hit first, blundered fourteenth, untidy eighteenth, mistake twenty-second (Becher's), every chance from 5 out, challenged 2 out, rallied well final 1f; has done well since joining this yard and will presumably have his 2015/16 campaign geared around another tilt at this race.
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3 3 Liam Treadwell silk 6 21. MONBEG DUDE (IRE) 21. MONBEG DUDE (IRE) -16 <
144+
Liam Treadwell 10 10-7 40/141 40/141 BSP
Liam Treadwell silk b g WITNESS BOX (USA) - TEN DOLLAR BILL (IRE) ACCORDION J: Liam Treadwell
T: Michael Scudamore
Age: 10 Wgt: 10-7 OR: 144
Michael Scudamore (144)
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without a tongue strap this time, has been a model of consistency in good handicap company bar that Cheltenham blip and got back on track with a fine display, finishing 4 places higher than in 2014 despite a mark just 2 lb lower; dropped out, jumped well for change, hampered sixth, still plenty to do 5 out, headway home turn, stayed on strongly run-in, one paced close home; likeable type.
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4 4 Paul Moloney silk 37. ALVARADO (IRE) 37. ALVARADO (IRE) -12 <
138+
> -50 Paul Moloney 10 10-3 20/121 20/121 BSP
Paul Moloney silk chg GOLDMARK (USA) - MRS JONES (IRE) ROSELIER (FR) J: Paul Moloney
T: Fergal O'Brien
Age: 10 Wgt: 10-3 OR: 140
Fergal O'Brien (140)
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fitter for comeback, ran well to repeat his fourth place of 12 months earlier, in the process providing jockey Paul Moloney with his seventh successive National finish in the frame - in many ways it was a typical Moloney performance, biding his time for a late burst without ever putting Alvarado in with a chance of troubling the principals; mid-division, blundered twentieth, still plenty to do 2 out (only ninth at that stage), rallied well run-in, nearest at the finish.
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5 5 A. P. McCoy silk 7. SHUTTHEFRONTDOOR (IRE) 7. SHUTTHEFRONTDOOR (IRE) -6 <
150+
> H (136) A. P. McCoy 8 11-2 6/17f 6/17f BSP
A. P. McCoy silk b or brg ACCORDION - HURRICANE GIRL (IRE) STRONG GALE J: A. P. McCoy
T: Jonjo O'Neill
Age: 8 Wgt: 11-2 Eq: (s+t) OR: 153
Jonjo O'Neill (s+t) (153)
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was a shade too short in the betting due to the fanfare of him being Tony McCoy's final National ride, but he was clearly one of the most interesting runners beforehand and shaped better than the bare result suggests, running really well for most of the way until his stamina got stretched late on, the combination of a keen hold and his 5-month absence possibly taking its toll; handy, jumped well in main, travelled powerfully, slow eighteenth, every chance from twenty-third, blundered 3 out, challenged next, no extra run-in, finished tired; remains open to improvement and alreadys looks one for the 2016 National shortlist, whilst he could be worth trying in graded company before then.
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6 6 Brendan Powell silk 40. ROYALE KNIGHT 40. ROYALE KNIGHT H (115) <
134
> Brendan Powell 9 10-2 25/126 25/126 BSP
Brendan Powell silk bg KING'S THEATRE (IRE) - GARDANA (FR) GARDE ROYALE J: Brendan Powell
T: Dr Richard Newland
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-2 OR: 139
Dr Richard Newland (139)
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ran creditably back over fences, coping well on his first try over this course; mid-division, slow second (largely fluent otherwise), good progress after 3 out, challenged briefly early in straight, no extra final from the Elbow; current BHA handicap mark probably sums him up.
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7 7 Gavin Sheehan silk 10 26. TRANQUIL SEA (IRE) 26. TRANQUIL SEA (IRE) -6 <
130?
Gavin Sheehan 13 10-5 33/134 33/134 BSP
Gavin Sheehan silk b g SEA RAVEN (IRE) - SILVER VALLEY (IRE) HENBIT (USA) J: Gavin Sheehan
T: Warren Greatrex
Age: 13 Wgt: 10-5 Eq: (t) OR: 142
Warren Greatrex (t) (142)
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back in tongue strap, isn't the force of old and never figured at any stage, though this was at least his third completion from as many starts over these fences; dropped out, hampered third, mistake eleventh (jumped fine in the main), plenty to do early final circuit, late headway, merely passed beaten horses; has reportedly been retired.
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8 8 Paul Carberry silk 18. CAUSE OF CAUSES (USA) 18. CAUSE OF CAUSES (USA) +14 <
132+
> -14 Paul Carberry 7 10-9 14/115 14/115 BSP
Paul Carberry silk bg DYNAFORMER (USA) - ANGEL IN MY HEART (FR) RAINBOW QUEST (USA) J: Paul Carberry
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
Age: 7 Wgt: 10-9 Eq: (s+t) OR: 146
Gordon Elliott, Ireland (s+t) (146)
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failed to repeat last effort, though he wasn't seen to best effect under a similarly patient ride, those tactics counting against him in this more truly-run affair; waited with, hampered sixth, still plenty to do twenty-third, rapid headway before 2 out (briefly alongside the eventual third and fourth), no extra run-in, stamina possibly stretched in the end; left with a lot to do given how things unfolded here and, given his consistency, well worth another chance in valuable staying handicap company.
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9 9 Tom Scudamore silk 14 38. SOLL 38. SOLL +27 <
114+
> -8 Tom Scudamore 10 10-2 9/110 9/110 BSP
Tom Scudamore silk chg PRESENTING - MONTELFOLENE (IRE) MONTELIMAR (USA) J: Tom Scudamore
T: David Pipe
Age: 10 Wgt: 10-2 Eq: (b+t) OR: 139
David Pipe (b+t) (139)
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was well handicapped unpenalised for his Newbury win and shaped better than the distance beaten suggests, paying the price for an overly-aggressive ride and said to have bled; prominent, jumped well in main, mistake ninth (Valentine's), went on twenty-second (Becher's), headed next, in contention 3 out, weakened from home turn, finished tired, did too much too soon.
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10 10 Tom O'Brien silk 10 32. CHANCE DU ROY (FR) 32. CHANCE DU ROY (FR) +24 <
109?
> -45 Tom O'Brien 11 10-4 40/141 40/141 BSP
Tom O'Brien silk chg MORESPEED - LA CHANCE AU ROY (FR) REX MAGNA (FR) J: Tom O'Brien
T: Philip Hobbs
Age: 11 Wgt: 10-4 Eq: (s) OR: 141
Philip Hobbs (s) (141)
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goes well at this track and completed for the sixth time in 7 starts over the National fences but, in truth, ran one of lesser races, essentially shaping as if having an off day for all that waiting tactics arguably counted against him on the day; waited with, jumped accurately, still plenty to do back straight, one paced from 3 out, never involved, left with too much to do.
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11 11 Sean Bowen silk 5 13. MON PARRAIN (FR) 13. MON PARRAIN (FR) +17 <
112?
> +17 Sean Bowen 9 10-11 33/134 33/134 BSP
Sean Bowen silk bg TREMPOLINO (USA) - KADAINA (FR) KADALKO (FR) J: Sean Bowen
T: Paul Nicholls
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-11 Eq: (b+t) OR: 148
Paul Nicholls (b+t) (148)
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completed for the third time from as many starts over these fences but was well held, shaping like a non-stayer over this longer trip; mid-division, jumped fine, already ridden when blundered 5 out, tied up from home turn, never landed a blow.
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12 12 Daryl Jacob silk 8. PINEAU DE RE (FR) 8. PINEAU DE RE (FR) H (124) <
114?
> +13 Daryl Jacob 12 11-0 25/126 25/126 BSP
Daryl Jacob silk b g MARESCA SORRENTO (FR) - ELFE DU PERCHE (FR) ABDONSKI (FR) J: Daryl Jacob
T: Dr Richard Newland
Age: 12 Wgt: 11-0 OR: 151
Dr Richard Newland (151)
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was having his first run over fences since winning last year's National (8 lb higher mark) and never really looked like repeating that feat, the drier ground possibly against him, though there must be a chance he's simply not quite the force of old given his advanced years; held up, some headway early final circuit, pecked Valentine's, just about in touch 3 out; dropped away from home turn.
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13 13 Robbie Power silk 6 34. OWEGA STAR (IRE) 34. OWEGA STAR (IRE) +14 <
99?
> Robbie Power 8 10-3 50/151 50/151 BSP
Robbie Power silk brg BASANTA (IRE) - LOS MONTEROS (IRE) COLLEGE CHAPEL J: Robbie Power
T: Peter Fahey, Ireland
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-3 Eq: (t) OR: 140
Peter Fahey, Ireland (t) (140)
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is on a stiff mark and was well held, though he possibly failed to stay this much longer trip; waited with, travelled better than most, brief headway early final circuit, lost touch from twenty-third, finished tired.
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14 14 Nick Scholfield silk 25 10. SPRING HEELED (IRE) 10. SPRING HEELED (IRE) +39 <
89?
> +11 Nick Scholfield 8 10-12 25/126 25/126 BSP
Nick Scholfield silk b g OLD VIC - CENTRAL ARCH DILUM (USA) J: Nick Scholfield
T: J. Culloty, Ireland
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-12 Eq: (s) OR: 149
J. Culloty, Ireland (s) (149)
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after 7 weeks off, failed to build on promise of last run and proved very disappointing - it's possible a far more positive ride than he received would have suited but, in truth, it's hard to get away from the fact his stable's dismal form was probably the main factor here (Lord Windermere also performed lamentably); mid-division, mistake fifth, lost place before halfway, shaken up early final circuit, beaten some way out.
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15 15 Mr Sam Waley-Cohen silk 27. OSCAR TIME (IRE) 27. OSCAR TIME (IRE) +52 <
80+
Mr Sam Waley-Cohen 14 10-5 20/121 20/121 BSP
Mr Sam Waley-Cohen silk b g OSCAR (IRE) - BAYWATCH STAR (IRE) SUPREME LEADER J: Mr Sam Waley-Cohen
T: Robert Waley-Cohen
Age: 14 Wgt: 10-5 OR: 142
Robert Waley-Cohen (142)
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might have finished out of the frame for the first time in 4 tries over these fences, but shaped much better than distance beaten suggests, his stamina simply running dry in this well-run affair having been well placed most of the way; in touch, jumped impeccably, still in contention home turn, weakened from 2 out, heavily eased off; has reportedly been retired.
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16 16 Miss N. Carberry silk 5. FIRST LIEUTENANT (IRE) 5. FIRST LIEUTENANT (IRE) H (114) <
90?
> +18 Miss N. Carberry 10 11-3 14/115 14/115 BSP
Miss N. Carberry silk chg PRESENTING - FOURSTARGALE (IRE) FOURSTARS ALLSTAR (USA) J: Miss N. Carberry
T: M. F. Morris, Ireland
Age: 10 Wgt: 11-3 Eq: (s+t) OR: 154
M. F. Morris, Ireland (s+t) (154)
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continues out of sorts, never able to land a blow back in headgear here after an early error had put him on the back foot; waited with, pecked first, lost place when bad mistake second, hampered eighth, beaten some way out.
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17 17 Sam Twiston-Davies silk 5 4. ROCKY CREEK (IRE) 4. ROCKY CREEK (IRE) +74 <
86?
> Sam Twiston-Davies 9 11-3 8/19 8/19 BSP
Sam Twiston-Davies silk bg DR MASSINI (IRE) - KISSANTELL (IRE) BROKEN HEARTED J: Sam Twiston-Davies
T: Paul Nicholls
Age: 9 Wgt: 11-3 OR: 154
Paul Nicholls (154)
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appealed as one of the best-handicapped runners beforehand (off same mark as for Kempton win) but disappointed badly after 7 weeks off, finishing 12 places worse off compared to last year; in touch, ridden when mistake twentieth, lost place soon after, outpaced some way out, folded from home turn, eased run-in; reportedly lost a shoe, which may go some way to explaining this below-par display, though it's also probably worth noting that he's run very badly on 2 of his last 3 starts.
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18 18 James Reveley silk 15. NIGHT IN MILAN (IRE) 15. NIGHT IN MILAN (IRE) +64 <
76+
> H (75) James Reveley 9 10-9 20/121 20/121 BSP
James Reveley silk b g MILAN - CHIONE (IRE) MANDALUS J: James Reveley
T: Keith Reveley
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-9 Eq: (b) OR: 146
Keith Reveley (b) (146)
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failed to stay this longer trip and shaped much better than the bare result, though that shouldn't disguise the fact he's probably in the handicapper's grip at present; held up, jumped well, headway from early final circuit, in touch 4 out, hampered home turn, folded from 2 out, heavily eased off.
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19 19 Dougie Costello silk 12. DOLATULO (FR) 12. DOLATULO (FR) H (102) <
76
> +65 Dougie Costello 8 10-11 66/167 66/167 BSP
Dougie Costello silk chg LE FOU (IRE) - LA PERSPECTIVE (FR) BEYSSAC (FR) J: Dougie Costello
T: Warren Greatrex
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-11 Eq: (s+t) OR: 148
Warren Greatrex (s+t) (148)
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looks too high in the weights at present over fences and made little impact, albeit ultimately shaping like a non-stayer over this longer trip; waited with, not always fluent (as had been the case in the Grand Sefton back in December), mistake third, struggling some way out, blundered 5 out, finished tired.
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F F David Cottin silk 35. RIVER CHOICE (FR) 35. RIVER CHOICE (FR) H (119) <
David Cottin 12 10-3 100/1101 100/1101 BSP
David Cottin silk chg RIVER MIST (USA) - NORACA (FR) AKARAD (FR) J: David Cottin
T: Richard Chotard, France
Age: 12 Wgt: 10-3 Eq: (b+t) OR: 140
Richard Chotard, France (b+t) (140)
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has had a mixed record of late in France (claimed from Christophe Aubert after winning at Enghein in autumn) and failed to complete on British debut, for which he looked up against it at the weights anyway; mid-division, fell sixth (Becher's).
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F F Richard Johnson silk 6. BALTHAZAR KING (IRE) 6. BALTHAZAR KING (IRE) <
> Richard Johnson 11 11-2 17/29.5 17/29.5 BSP
Richard Johnson silk b g KING'S THEATRE (IRE) - AFDALA (IRE) HERNANDO (FR) J: Richard Johnson
T: Philip Hobbs
Age: 11 Wgt: 11-2 OR: 153
Philip Hobbs (153)
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after 5 months off, didn't have the chance the market suggested from a handicapping viewpoint (3 lb higher than when runner-up in 2014), but it was his usual sure-footed jumping which surprisingly let him down; mid-division, fell heavily eighth (Canal Turn), after which he lay winded for some time afterwards (transported to Liverpool Equine Hospital with broken ribs).
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pu pu Henry Brooke silk 25. ACROSS THE BAY (IRE) 25. ACROSS THE BAY (IRE) <
> Henry Brooke 11 10-6 33/134 33/134 BSP
Henry Brooke silk b g BOB'S RETURN (IRE) - THE SOUTHERN (IRE) GLACIAL STORM (USA) J: Henry Brooke
T: Donald McCain
Age: 11 Wgt: 10-6 Eq: (b+t) OR: 143
Donald McCain (b+t) (143)
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is struggling for form at present and fared no better than on his previous 4 tries over these fences (well held each time); close up, blundered fourth, lost place when mistakes early final circuit, beaten soon after, behind when pulled up before Valentine's; not one to be interested.
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ur ur Denis O'Regan silk 20. AL CO (FR) 20. AL CO (FR) H (118) <
> Denis O'Regan 10 10-8 18/119 18/119 BSP
Denis O'Regan silk chg DOM ALCO (FR) - CARAMA (FR) TIP MOSS (FR) J: Denis O'Regan
T: Peter Bowen
Age: 10 Wgt: 10-8 OR: 145
Peter Bowen (145)
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hadn't impressed with his jumping in the Becher back here in December but certainly wasn't to blame for this luckless early exit on his second try over these fences; waited with, hampered and unseated first in a rather soft incident; his 2 recent placed efforts over hurdles suggest he's returning to the sort of form that saw him land last season's Scottish National, which will presumably be his next target.
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ur ur A. E. Lynch silk 16. RUBI LIGHT (FR) 16. RUBI LIGHT (FR) <
> A. E. Lynch 10 10-9 50/151 50/151 BSP
A. E. Lynch silk b g NETWORK (GER) - GENNY LIGHTS (FR) LIGHTS OUT (FR) J: A. E. Lynch
T: Robert Hennessy, Ireland
Age: 10 Wgt: 10-9 Eq: (t) OR: 146
Robert Hennessy, Ireland (t) (146)
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didn't last long on this first try over the National fences; prominent, unseated rider third; he was a very doubtful stayer over this much longer trip, anyway.
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pu pu Richie McLernon silk 36. COURT BY SURPRISE (IRE) 36. COURT BY SURPRISE (IRE) <
?
> Richie McLernon 10 10-3 33/134 33/134 BSP
Richie McLernon silk bg BENEFICIAL - GARRYDUFF PRINCESS (IRE HUSYAN (USA) J: Richie McLernon
T: Emma Lavelle
Age: 10 Wgt: 10-3 OR: 140
Emma Lavelle (140)
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whose stable is struggling, disappointed after 5 months off tackling these fences for the first time; prominent, blundered seventh, mistake seventeenth, folded tamely soon after, pulled up after next (bled).
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F F David Bass silk 23. THE RAINBOW HUNTER 23. THE RAINBOW HUNTER <
David Bass 11 10-7 33/134 33/134 BSP
David Bass silk b g RAINBOW HIGH - SOBRANIE HIGH TOP J: David Bass
T: Kim Bailey
Age: 11 Wgt: 10-7 OR: 144
Kim Bailey (144)
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failed to complete for the third successive year in the National, though at least had a fair crack of the whip this time (effectively brought down in both 2013 and 2014) and shaped as if in good heart, simply too high in the weights at present; mid-division, mistake first, headway before halfway, went on seventeenth, headed twenty-second, lost place before Valentine's, mistake there, struggling when fell 5 out.
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pu pu Ryan Mahon silk 11. REBEL REBELLION (IRE) 11. REBEL REBELLION (IRE) <
+
> Ryan Mahon 10 10-12 33/134 33/134 BSP
Ryan Mahon silk bg LORD AMERICO - TOURMALINE GIRL (IRE) TOULON J: Ryan Mahon
T: Paul Nicholls
Age: 10 Wgt: 10-12 Eq: (b+t) OR: 149
Paul Nicholls (b+t) (149)
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was always going to be a doubtful stayer over this much longer trip, so it was surprising he was given such an aggressive ride on the first circuit, which he predictably paid for soon after halfway; jumped well in main, took keen hold, went on third, joined seventeenth, mistake next, dropped away before Becher's Brook, well held when pulled up before 5 out; he handles these fences well, but clearly needs returning to shorter-distance races such as the Grand Sefton and Topham.
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pu pu Tom Cannon silk 30. WYCK HILL (IRE) 30. WYCK HILL (IRE) <
?
> Tom Cannon 11 10-4 66/167 66/167 BSP
Tom Cannon silk b g PIERRE - WILLOW ROSE (IRE) ROSELIER (FR) J: Tom Cannon
T: David Bridgwater
Age: 11 Wgt: 10-4 Eq: (t) OR: 141
David Bridgwater (t) (141)
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had failed to make much of an impact under less prominent tactics than usual on his only previous try over these fences (ninth in 2013 Becher Chase) and it was a similar scenario here, though it's debatable what sort of form he's in at present anyway; mid-division, never going well from early final circuit, tailed off 3 out, pulled up before next.
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F F Davy Condon silk 33. PORTRAIT KING (IRE) 33. PORTRAIT KING (IRE) H (116) <
+
> Davy Condon 10 10-3 50/151 50/151 BSP
Davy Condon silk grg PORTRAIT GALLERY (IRE) - STORM QUEEN (IRE) LE BAVARD (FR) J: Davy Condon
T: Maurice Phelan, Ireland
Age: 10 Wgt: 10-3 Eq: (s) OR: 140
Maurice Phelan, Ireland (s) (140)
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back over fences, is on stiff-looking mark but shaped as if still in good form, taking better to this test than might have been expected for all he eventually fell; close up, slow fourteenth, mistake seventeenth, still in touch when fell 3 out, though probably making no further impression at time and unlikely to have troubled the principals (for all he stays well).
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pu pu William Kennedy silk 29. SUPER DUTY (IRE) 29. SUPER DUTY (IRE) <
> William Kennedy 9 10-4 66/167 66/167 BSP
William Kennedy silk b g SHANTOU (USA) - SARAH'S COTTAGE (IRE) TOPANOORA J: William Kennedy
T: Ian Williams
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-4 OR: 141
Ian Williams (141)
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fared even worse than at Doncaster, hating every second of this unique test, and seems to have lost his way for the time being; mid-division, jumped none too fluently after being hampered first, never going well after, lost place early, tailed off before halfway, pulled up before second Valentine's; temperament very much under suspicion now and, despite a potentially lenient handicap mark, plenty to prove at present.
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T: Charlie Longsdon
Age: 10 Wgt: 10-2 Eq: (s) OR: 139
Charlie Longsdon (s) (139)
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back over fences after a further 10 weeks off, was sorely lacking in experience for this sort of jumping test (just 4 previous chase starts) and didn't last long; raced wide, mid-division, fell first.
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T: Paul Nicholls
Age: 7 Wgt: 11-6 Eq: (s) OR: 157
Paul Nicholls (s) (157)
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after 9 weeks off, was let down by his jumping on this first try over the National fences; mid-division, fell heavily fifth.
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T: J. Culloty, Ireland
Age: 9 Wgt: 11-10 Eq: (v) OR: 161
J. Culloty, Ireland (v) (161)
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looks too high in the weights if judged on the balance of his form but, even so, still didn't run much of a race in a first-time visor (stable struggling badly for form at present); held up, hampered third, hampered fifth, mistake thirteenth, never going well after, behind when pulled up before Valentine's; something to prove after last 2 displays.
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T: Alan King
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-8 OR: 145
Alan King (145)
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has long appealed as an Aintree type but, for whatever reason, is operating well below his best this season and struggled as a result; mid-division, jumped soundly in main, untidy seventeenth, mistake twenty-third, folded tamely after 3 out, pulled up before next; difficult to assess at present.
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T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-13 OR: 150
W. P. Mullins, Ireland (150)
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was a very doubtful stayer given his recent uninspiring displays, but he didn't get the chance to show what he could do anyway; waited with, hampered by the prone Balthazar King and unseated at the eighth (Canal Turn).
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T: Neil Mulholland
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-9 Eq: (s) OR: 146
Neil Mulholland (s) (146)
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looked the best-handicapped runner beforehand (off same mark as for his clear-cut Cheltenham win) and underlined that view in the race itself before an agonising exit 5 out, if anything shaping as if his progress may not be over yet; mid-division, tanked along, mistake fifth (largely jumped okay), went prominent early final circuit, led twenty-third, still going very strongly when fell after slithering on landing 5 out - still long way to go at time, but looked sure to play big hand in finish (probably would have finished second at worst); remains one to be interested in even off his revised mark, whilst it wouldn't be the biggest surprise to see him develop into a graded performer in 2014/15 given the strides he's made so far for this yard.
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T: Donald McCain
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-7 OR: 144
Donald McCain (144)
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after 12 weeks off, was let down by his jumping on this first try over these fences; mid-division, very bad mistake third and pulled up sharply (possibly amiss).
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T: Philip Hobbs
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-4 OR: 141
Philip Hobbs (141)
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is often a bold jumper of conventional fences but didn't last long on his Aintree debut; close up, fell first.
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T: Rebecca Curtis
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-4 Eq: (h) OR: 141
Rebecca Curtis (h) (141)
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looks too high in the weights but, in truth, hasn't set the pulse racing now in 2 tries over these fences; led early, clouted first, lost place around halfway, struggling badly some way out, behind when blundered 4 out, pulled up after next; probably needs the mud to show his best in this sort of company.
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Non Runners: CARLITO BRIGANTE (IRE). Fences: 29.

Winning Owner: Mr Trevor Hemmings

Time: 8m 56.4s Closing Sectional: (6.30f): 97.40s (97.7%)

A good-quality renewal of the Grand National, with a healthy share of highly-rated horses and well-handicapped runners who'd done well since the weights were announced, so it was fitting that the winner posted the highest Timeform rating since the era of triple winner Red Rum in the 1970s - indeed, Many Clouds looks better placed than most during the past 41 years to emulate that Aintree legend as a back-to-back winner, particularly as he was 5 lb well-in here and is likely to receive similar leniency from the BHA handicapper next year due to his dubious policy of compressing the top of the National weights nowadays; it was a well-run affair, with the field quite well strung out before halfway, and the majority of jumping casualties occurred on the first circuit, though the most significant fall came 5 out, where The Druids Nephew departed when seemingly going best at the head of affairs.

MANY CLOUDS (IRE) had been progressing really well prior to the Cheltenham Gold Cup and, looking far more at home here than in that fiercely-run affair, got back on track with a career-best effort, producing a performance (both in terms of style and form) which suggests he'll prove a very tough nut to crack in next year's renewal, particularly given how the BHA handicapper frames the National weights for the higher-rated horses nowadays; in touch, jumped superbly, travelled smoothly, went prominent twenty-second (Becher's), left in front 5 out, pressed on home turn, asserted soon after last, closed down late on, always holding on (clearly stays really well); has had a terrific campaign and is a credit to connections.

SAINT ARE (FR) has long had a liking for the Merseyside air (has good record on both Mildmay and National courses) and proved better than ever with this game display despite a more clumsy round than the other principals; handy, travelled well, hit first, blundered fourteenth, untidy eighteenth, mistake twenty-second (Becher's), every chance from 5 out, challenged 2 out, rallied well final 1f; has done well since joining this yard and will presumably have his 2015/16 campaign geared around another tilt at this race.

MONBEG DUDE (IRE) without a tongue strap this time, has been a model of consistency in good handicap company bar that Cheltenham blip and got back on track with a fine display, finishing 4 places higher than in 2014 despite a mark just 2 lb lower; dropped out, jumped well for change, hampered sixth, still plenty to do 5 out, headway home turn, stayed on strongly run-in, one paced close home; likeable type.

ALVARADO (IRE) fitter for comeback, ran well to repeat his fourth place of 12 months earlier, in the process providing jockey Paul Moloney with his seventh successive National finish in the frame - in many ways it was a typical Moloney performance, biding his time for a late burst without ever putting Alvarado in with a chance of troubling the principals; mid-division, blundered twentieth, still plenty to do 2 out (only ninth at that stage), rallied well run-in, nearest at the finish.

SHUTTHEFRONTDOOR (IRE) was a shade too short in the betting due to the fanfare of him being Tony McCoy's final National ride, but he was clearly one of the most interesting runners beforehand and shaped better than the bare result suggests, running really well for most of the way until his stamina got stretched late on, the combination of a keen hold and his 5-month absence possibly taking its toll; handy, jumped well in main, travelled powerfully, slow eighteenth, every chance from twenty-third, blundered 3 out, challenged next, no extra run-in, finished tired; remains open to improvement and alreadys looks one for the 2016 National shortlist, whilst he could be worth trying in graded company before then.

ROYALE KNIGHT ran creditably back over fences, coping well on his first try over this course; mid-division, slow second (largely fluent otherwise), good progress after 3 out, challenged briefly early in straight, no extra final from the Elbow; current BHA handicap mark probably sums him up.

TRANQUIL SEA (IRE) back in tongue strap, isn't the force of old and never figured at any stage, though this was at least his third completion from as many starts over these fences; dropped out, hampered third, mistake eleventh (jumped fine in the main), plenty to do early final circuit, late headway, merely passed beaten horses; has reportedly been retired.

CAUSE OF CAUSES (USA) failed to repeat last effort, though he wasn't seen to best effect under a similarly patient ride, those tactics counting against him in this more truly-run affair; waited with, hampered sixth, still plenty to do twenty-third, rapid headway before 2 out (briefly alongside the eventual third and fourth), no extra run-in, stamina possibly stretched in the end; left with a lot to do given how things unfolded here and, given his consistency, well worth another chance in valuable staying handicap company.

SOLL was well handicapped unpenalised for his Newbury win and shaped better than the distance beaten suggests, paying the price for an overly-aggressive ride and said to have bled; prominent, jumped well in main, mistake ninth (Valentine's), went on twenty-second (Becher's), headed next, in contention 3 out, weakened from home turn, finished tired, did too much too soon.

CHANCE DU ROY (FR) goes well at this track and completed for the sixth time in 7 starts over the National fences but, in truth, ran one of lesser races, essentially shaping as if having an off day for all that waiting tactics arguably counted against him on the day; waited with, jumped accurately, still plenty to do back straight, one paced from 3 out, never involved, left with too much to do.

MON PARRAIN (FR) completed for the third time from as many starts over these fences but was well held, shaping like a non-stayer over this longer trip; mid-division, jumped fine, already ridden when blundered 5 out, tied up from home turn, never landed a blow.

PINEAU DE RE (FR) was having his first run over fences since winning last year's National (8 lb higher mark) and never really looked like repeating that feat, the drier ground possibly against him, though there must be a chance he's simply not quite the force of old given his advanced years; held up, some headway early final circuit, pecked Valentine's, just about in touch 3 out; dropped away from home turn.

OWEGA STAR (IRE) is on a stiff mark and was well held, though he possibly failed to stay this much longer trip; waited with, travelled better than most, brief headway early final circuit, lost touch from twenty-third, finished tired.

SPRING HEELED (IRE) after 7 weeks off, failed to build on promise of last run and proved very disappointing - it's possible a far more positive ride than he received would have suited but, in truth, it's hard to get away from the fact his stable's dismal form was probably the main factor here (Lord Windermere also performed lamentably); mid-division, mistake fifth, lost place before halfway, shaken up early final circuit, beaten some way out.

OSCAR TIME (IRE) might have finished out of the frame for the first time in 4 tries over these fences, but shaped much better than distance beaten suggests, his stamina simply running dry in this well-run affair having been well placed most of the way; in touch, jumped impeccably, still in contention home turn, weakened from 2 out, heavily eased off; has reportedly been retired.

FIRST LIEUTENANT (IRE) continues out of sorts, never able to land a blow back in headgear here after an early error had put him on the back foot; waited with, pecked first, lost place when bad mistake second, hampered eighth, beaten some way out.

ROCKY CREEK (IRE) appealed as one of the best-handicapped runners beforehand (off same mark as for Kempton win) but disappointed badly after 7 weeks off, finishing 12 places worse off compared to last year; in touch, ridden when mistake twentieth, lost place soon after, outpaced some way out, folded from home turn, eased run-in; reportedly lost a shoe, which may go some way to explaining this below-par display, though it's also probably worth noting that he's run very badly on 2 of his last 3 starts.

NIGHT IN MILAN (IRE) failed to stay this longer trip and shaped much better than the bare result, though that shouldn't disguise the fact he's probably in the handicapper's grip at present; held up, jumped well, headway from early final circuit, in touch 4 out, hampered home turn, folded from 2 out, heavily eased off.

DOLATULO (FR) looks too high in the weights at present over fences and made little impact, albeit ultimately shaping like a non-stayer over this longer trip; waited with, not always fluent (as had been the case in the Grand Sefton back in December), mistake third, struggling some way out, blundered 5 out, finished tired.

RIVER CHOICE (FR) has had a mixed record of late in France (claimed from Christophe Aubert after winning at Enghein in autumn) and failed to complete on British debut, for which he looked up against it at the weights anyway; mid-division, fell sixth (Becher's).

BALTHAZAR KING (IRE) after 5 months off, didn't have the chance the market suggested from a handicapping viewpoint (3 lb higher than when runner-up in 2014), but it was his usual sure-footed jumping which surprisingly let him down; mid-division, fell heavily eighth (Canal Turn), after which he lay winded for some time afterwards (transported to Liverpool Equine Hospital with broken ribs).

ACROSS THE BAY (IRE) is struggling for form at present and fared no better than on his previous 4 tries over these fences (well held each time); close up, blundered fourth, lost place when mistakes early final circuit, beaten soon after, behind when pulled up before Valentine's; not one to be interested.

AL CO (FR) hadn't impressed with his jumping in the Becher back here in December but certainly wasn't to blame for this luckless early exit on his second try over these fences; waited with, hampered and unseated first in a rather soft incident; his 2 recent placed efforts over hurdles suggest he's returning to the sort of form that saw him land last season's Scottish National, which will presumably be his next target.

RUBI LIGHT (FR) didn't last long on this first try over the National fences; prominent, unseated rider third; he was a very doubtful stayer over this much longer trip, anyway.

COURT BY SURPRISE (IRE) whose stable is struggling, disappointed after 5 months off tackling these fences for the first time; prominent, blundered seventh, mistake seventeenth, folded tamely soon after, pulled up after next (bled).

THE RAINBOW HUNTER failed to complete for the third successive year in the National, though at least had a fair crack of the whip this time (effectively brought down in both 2013 and 2014) and shaped as if in good heart, simply too high in the weights at present; mid-division, mistake first, headway before halfway, went on seventeenth, headed twenty-second, lost place before Valentine's, mistake there, struggling when fell 5 out.

REBEL REBELLION (IRE) was always going to be a doubtful stayer over this much longer trip, so it was surprising he was given such an aggressive ride on the first circuit, which he predictably paid for soon after halfway; jumped well in main, took keen hold, went on third, joined seventeenth, mistake next, dropped away before Becher's Brook, well held when pulled up before 5 out; he handles these fences well, but clearly needs returning to shorter-distance races such as the Grand Sefton and Topham.

WYCK HILL (IRE) had failed to make much of an impact under less prominent tactics than usual on his only previous try over these fences (ninth in 2013 Becher Chase) and it was a similar scenario here, though it's debatable what sort of form he's in at present anyway; mid-division, never going well from early final circuit, tailed off 3 out, pulled up before next.

PORTRAIT KING (IRE) back over fences, is on stiff-looking mark but shaped as if still in good form, taking better to this test than might have been expected for all he eventually fell; close up, slow fourteenth, mistake seventeenth, still in touch when fell 3 out, though probably making no further impression at time and unlikely to have troubled the principals (for all he stays well).

SUPER DUTY (IRE) fared even worse than at Doncaster, hating every second of this unique test, and seems to have lost his way for the time being; mid-division, jumped none too fluently after being hampered first, never going well after, lost place early, tailed off before halfway, pulled up before second Valentine's; temperament very much under suspicion now and, despite a potentially lenient handicap mark, plenty to prove at present.

ELY BROWN (IRE) back over fences after a further 10 weeks off, was sorely lacking in experience for this sort of jumping test (just 4 previous chase starts) and didn't last long; raced wide, mid-division, fell first.

UNIONISTE (FR) after 9 weeks off, was let down by his jumping on this first try over the National fences; mid-division, fell heavily fifth.

LORD WINDERMERE (IRE) looks too high in the weights if judged on the balance of his form but, even so, still didn't run much of a race in a first-time visor (stable struggling badly for form at present); held up, hampered third, hampered fifth, mistake thirteenth, never going well after, behind when pulled up before Valentine's; something to prove after last 2 displays.

GODSMEJUDGE (IRE) has long appealed as an Aintree type but, for whatever reason, is operating well below his best this season and struggled as a result; mid-division, jumped soundly in main, untidy seventeenth, mistake twenty-third, folded tamely after 3 out, pulled up before next; difficult to assess at present.

BALLYCASEY (IRE) was a very doubtful stayer given his recent uninspiring displays, but he didn't get the chance to show what he could do anyway; waited with, hampered by the prone Balthazar King and unseated at the eighth (Canal Turn).

THE DRUIDS NEPHEW (IRE) looked the best-handicapped runner beforehand (off same mark as for his clear-cut Cheltenham win) and underlined that view in the race itself before an agonising exit 5 out, if anything shaping as if his progress may not be over yet; mid-division, tanked along, mistake fifth (largely jumped okay), went prominent early final circuit, led twenty-third, still going very strongly when fell after slithering on landing 5 out - still long way to go at time, but looked sure to play big hand in finish (probably would have finished second at worst); remains one to be interested in even off his revised mark, whilst it wouldn't be the biggest surprise to see him develop into a graded performer in 2014/15 given the strides he's made so far for this yard.

CORRIN WOOD (IRE) after 12 weeks off, was let down by his jumping on this first try over these fences; mid-division, very bad mistake third and pulled up sharply (possibly amiss).

GAS LINE BOY (IRE) is often a bold jumper of conventional fences but didn't last long on his Aintree debut; close up, fell first.

BOB FORD (IRE) looks too high in the weights but, in truth, hasn't set the pulse racing now in 2 tries over these fences; led early, clouted first, lost place around halfway, struggling badly some way out, behind when blundered 4 out, pulled up after next; probably needs the mud to show his best in this sort of company.