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AINTREE 0515

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CHEPSTOW

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LINGFIELD PARK

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AINTREE

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5:15 Saturday 08 April 2017

RANDOX HEALTH GRAND NATIONAL HANDICAP CHASE (Grade 3) (1)

Distance : 4m 2f 74y (Nat)
Prize : £561,300 Age : 7yo+ Race Type : Chase Going : Gd/Sft
Race Type : Chase
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Running Notes
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 Derek Fox silk 22. ONE FOR ARTHUR (IRE) 22. ONE FOR ARTHUR (IRE) -11 <
153+
144 Derek Fox 8 10-11 14/115 14/115 BSP
Derek Fox silk bg MILAN - NONNETIA (FR) TREMPOLINO (USA) J: Derek Fox
T: Lucinda Russell
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-11 Eq: (t) OR: 148
Lucinda Russell (t) (148)
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has made tremendous strides this season and, after 12 weeks off, relished this extreme test, arguably deserving extra credit having received another patient ride in a race which didn't favour such tactics; waited with, jumped soundly in main (hit nineteenth), still plenty to do twenty-fourth (Canal Turn), rapid headway from 3 out (still only in a share of eleventh there), bumped 2 out, produced to lead last, stayed on strongly, well on top finish; remains open to improvement granted a similar test of stamina.
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2 2 Mr J. J. Codd silk 14. CAUSE OF CAUSES (USA) 14. CAUSE OF CAUSES (USA) -1 <
152
> -42 143 Mr J. J. Codd 9 10-13 16/117 16/117 BSP
Mr J. J. Codd silk bg DYNAFORMER (USA) - ANGEL IN MY HEART (FR) RAINBOW QUEST (USA) J: Mr J. J. Codd
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-13 Eq: (s+t) OR: 150
Gordon Elliott, Ireland (s+t) (150)
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is clearly better than ever and ran another mighty race, needing no excuses having been ridden a bit closer to the pace than usual (left with too much to do when eighth in 2015 National); mid-division, in touch early final circuit, hit twenty-first (generally fluent otherwise), every chance from home turn, bumped 2 out, challenged last, stayed on strongly.
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3 3 Davy Russell silk 28. SAINT ARE (FR) 28. SAINT ARE (FR) -1 <
146?
> H 137 Davy Russell 11 10-10 25/126 25/126 BSP
Davy Russell silk b or brg NETWORK (GER) - FORTANEA (FR) VIDEO ROCK (FR) J: Davy Russell
T: Tom George
Age: 11 Wgt: 10-10 Eq: (b+t) OR: 147
Tom George (b+t) (147)
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has posted several notable efforts at this meeting down the years (including 2 valuable wins on the Mildmay course) and returned to his very best in a change of headgear, finishing placed in the race for a second time (runner-up off 4 lb lower mark in 2015); never far away, pecked sixth, outpaced briefly early in straight, rallied well run-in; not certain to reproduce this form away from here next time, though.
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4 4 Noel Fehily silk ½ 10. BLAKLION 10. BLAKLION +4 <
151+
> +8 142 Noel Fehily 8 11-1 8/19f 8/19f BSP
Noel Fehily silk bg KAYF TARA - FRANCISCAINE (FR) LEGEND OF FRANCE (USA) J: Noel Fehily
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
Age: 8 Wgt: 11-1 OR: 152
Nigel Twiston-Davies (152)
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has run consistently well in good company all season (albeit without winning), leaving the impression he might have finished even closer here had he not kicked for home so far out; mid-division, jumped well, travelled smoothly, took closer order early final circuit, went on 4 out, briefly drew clear after next, bumped 2 out, headed before last, one paced run-in, possibly did too much too soon, though it's worth remembering he'll be higher in the weights from now on.
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5 5 Robert Dunne silk 8 37. GAS LINE BOY (IRE) 37. GAS LINE BOY (IRE) -7 <
137+
> +11 128 Robert Dunne 11 10-7 50/151 50/151 BSP
Robert Dunne silk bg BLUEPRINT (IRE) - JERVIA AFFIRMED (USA) J: Robert Dunne
T: Ian Williams
Age: 11 Wgt: 10-7 Eq: (v) OR: 144
Ian Williams (v) (144)
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ran well at a big price, adding to his jockey's excellent record in long-distance chases; mid-division (more patient tactics than of late), hit twenty-third, pecked next (Canal Turn), smooth headway back straight, challenging when bumped 2 out, not fluent last, one paced run-in.
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6 6 Tom Scudamore silk 10 16. VIEUX LION ROUGE (FR) 16. VIEUX LION ROUGE (FR) +16 <
136+
> -14 127 Tom Scudamore 8 10-12 12/113 12/113 BSP
Tom Scudamore silk chg SABIANGO (GER) - INDECISE (FR) CYBORG (FR) J: Tom Scudamore
T: David Pipe
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-12 Eq: (s) OR: 149
David Pipe (s) (149)
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failed to stay in this race for the second year running, though shaped as if still in good heart for much of the way; mid-division, close up from early final circuit, hit twentieth (fluent otherwise), bumped twenty-fourth (Canal Turn), in contention home turn, faded from 2 out.
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7 7 Leighton Aspell silk 1 27. LORD WINDERMERE (IRE) 27. LORD WINDERMERE (IRE) -41 <
133
> 124 Leighton Aspell 11 10-10 33/134 33/134 BSP
Leighton Aspell silk bg OSCAR (IRE) - SATELLITE DANCER (IRE) SATCO (FR) J: Leighton Aspell
T: J. Culloty, Ireland
Age: 11 Wgt: 10-10 Eq: (t) OR: 147
J. Culloty, Ireland (t) (147)
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in first-time tongue strap, took the course better than when pulled up in the 2015 National and, along with the winner, was the only other one held up who managed to land any sort of blow; played up beforehand, dropped out, steady headway from early final circuit, hampered eighteenth, in contention back straight, one paced from 2 out; not certain to build on this, however.
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8 8 Robbie Power silk nk 15. REGAL ENCORE (IRE) 15. REGAL ENCORE (IRE) <
136+
> -25 127 Robbie Power 9 10-13 33/134 33/134 BSP
Robbie Power silk bg KING'S THEATRE (IRE) - GO ON EILEEN (IRE) BOB BACK (USA) J: Robbie Power
T: Anthony Honeyball
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-13 Eq: (t) OR: 150
Anthony Honeyball (t) (150)
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wasn't disgraced after 10 weeks off, though there was an element of him merely passing beaten horses late on; held up, hampered first, still plenty to do back straight, late headway, nearest at the finish.
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9 9 R. Walsh silk hd 21. PLEASANT COMPANY (IRE) 21. PLEASANT COMPANY (IRE) +12 <
135+
> -9 126 R. Walsh 9 10-12 11/112 11/112 BSP
R. Walsh silk bg PRESENTING - KATIE FLAME (IRE) ALDERBROOK J: R. Walsh
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-12 Eq: (h) OR: 149
W. P. Mullins, Ireland (h) (149)
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shaped better than the bare result suggests, a blunder just as the race was taking shape not helping his suspect stamina over this marathon trip; in touch, typically travelled strongly, every chance when bad mistake twenty-fifth (Valentine's), no extra from 2 out; his jumping was good otherwise and he remains one to be interested in.
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10 10 Charlie Deutsch silk 14 20. HOUBLON DES OBEAUX (FR) 20. HOUBLON DES OBEAUX (FR) +16 <
125?
> +16 116 Charlie Deutsch 10 10-12 50/151 50/151 BSP
Charlie Deutsch silk bg PANORAMIC - HARKOSA (FR) NIKOS J: Charlie Deutsch
T: Venetia Williams
Age: 10 Wgt: 10-12 Eq: (s) OR: 149
Venetia Williams (s) (149)
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made little impact back under less testing conditions, though faced a stiff task at the weights anyway (5 lb higher than last time); held up, still plenty to do back straight, some late headway past beaten horses.
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11 11 David Noonan silk 23. BALLYNAGOUR (IRE) 23. BALLYNAGOUR (IRE) <
122?
> 113 David Noonan 11 10-11 66/167 66/167 BSP
David Noonan silk bg SHANTOU (USA) - SIMPLY DEEP (IRE) SIMPLY GREAT (FR) J: David Noonan
T: David Pipe
Age: 11 Wgt: 10-11 Eq: (h+t) OR: 148
David Pipe (h+t) (148)
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doesn't stay this far and, although he ended a string of pulled-up efforts here, it's difficult to gauge what sort of form (if any) he's in at present; dropped out, jumped fine, never involved, finished tired.
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12 12 Sean Bowen silk 12. LE MERCUREY (FR) 12. LE MERCUREY (FR) -1 <
124?
115 Sean Bowen 7 11-0 50/151 50/151 BSP
Sean Bowen silk bg NICKNAME (FR) - FEROE (FR) BULINGTON (FR) J: Sean Bowen
T: Paul Nicholls
Age: 7 Wgt: 11-0 Eq: (b+t) OR: 151
Paul Nicholls (b+t) (151)
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hasn't fully shown his form in 3 tries now in large-field handicap chases, making no impact faced with this very different test; waited with, never dangerous.
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13 13 Jake Greenall silk 38. GOODTOKNOW 38. GOODTOKNOW <
115+
> 106 Jake Greenall 9 10-7 66/167 66/167 BSP
Jake Greenall silk bg PRESENTING - ATLANTIC JANE TAMURE (IRE) J: Jake Greenall
T: Kerry Lee
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-7 Eq: (b) OR: 144
Kerry Lee (b) (144)
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was well held, though shaped better than the distance beaten suggests; handy, went with much more zest than last time, still close up when bumped twenty-fourth (Canal Turn), dropped away from 4 out.
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14 14 Harry Cobden silk 30. JUST A PAR (IRE) 30. JUST A PAR (IRE) +30 <
114?
> +1 105 Harry Cobden 10 10-9 33/134 33/134 BSP
Harry Cobden silk bg ISLAND HOUSE (IRE) - THEBROWNHEN (IRE) HENBIT (USA) J: Harry Cobden
T: Paul Nicholls
Age: 10 Wgt: 10-9 Eq: (b) OR: 146
Paul Nicholls (b) (146)
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found this too competitive and has made little impact on all 3 tries over these fences, shaping similarly here to when well held in the 2016 National; dropped out, slow third, still plenty to do twenty-fourth (Canal Turn), never dangerous.
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15 15 Richie McLernon silk 6 39. LA VATICANE (FR) 39. LA VATICANE (FR) <
107+
> 98 Richie McLernon 8 10-6 80/181 80/181 BSP
Richie McLernon silk grm TURGEON (USA) - TAKING OFF (FR) KAHYASI J: Richie McLernon
T: David Pipe
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-6 Eq: (b+t) OR: 143
David Pipe (b+t) (143)
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barely stays 3m and predictably didn't last home over this marathon trip; jumped fine, never better than mid-division, weakened latter stages.
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16 16 David Bass silk 7 1. THE LAST SAMURI (IRE) 1. THE LAST SAMURI (IRE) +38 <
120
> H (151) 111 David Bass 9 11-10 16/117 16/117 BSP
David Bass silk chg FLEMENSFIRTH (USA) - HOWABOUTTHIS (IRE) OSCAR (IRE) J: David Bass
T: Kim Bailey
Age: 9 Wgt: 11-10 OR: 161
Kim Bailey (161)
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is plenty high enough in the weights now but was still rather disappointing given how well he'd taken to the course on both previous tries; close up early, lost touch from before halfway, struggling some way out, finished tired.
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17 17 Aidan Coleman silk 6 9. TENOR NIVERNAIS (FR) 9. TENOR NIVERNAIS (FR) +25 <
107?
> 98 Aidan Coleman 10 11-1 40/141 40/141 BSP
Aidan Coleman silk bg SHAANMER (IRE) - HOSANNA II (FR) MARASALI J: Aidan Coleman
T: Venetia Williams
Age: 10 Wgt: 11-1 OR: 152
Venetia Williams (152)
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was beaten by more than lack of stamina over 9f longer trip, again failing miserably to back up the form of his standout win at Ascot; mid-division, blundered twenty-first, struggling after.
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18 18 J. W. Kennedy silk 7 6. ROI DES FRANCS (FR) 6. ROI DES FRANCS (FR) +34 <
104+
> 95 J. W. Kennedy 8 11-3 50/151 50/151 BSP
J. W. Kennedy silk bg POLIGLOTE - GRANDE SOUVERAINE (FR) SILLERY (USA) J: J. W. Kennedy
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
Age: 8 Wgt: 11-3 Eq: (b) OR: 154
Gordon Elliott, Ireland (b) (154)
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shaped as if still in decent heart, ultimately failing to last home under a dashing ride; helped force pace, lost place when badly hampered by loose horse circuit out, went prominent again soon after, ridden after 5 out, weakened from home turn, finished tired.
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19 19 Ms K. Walsh silk 11 8. WONDERFUL CHARM (FR) 8. WONDERFUL CHARM (FR) +35 <
96
> +27 87 Ms K. Walsh 9 11-2 28/129 28/129 BSP
Ms K. Walsh silk bg POLIGLOTE - VICTORIA ROYALE (FR) GARDE ROYALE J: Ms K. Walsh
T: Paul Nicholls
Age: 9 Wgt: 11-2 Eq: (s+t) OR: 153
Paul Nicholls (s+t) (153)
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made no impact in this race for the second year running (doubtful stayer); not fluent fourteenth, always behind.
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ur ur G. N. Fox silk 32. RAZ DE MAREE (FR) 32. RAZ DE MAREE (FR) H (115) <
+
> G. N. Fox 12 10-9 33/134 33/134 BSP
G. N. Fox silk chg SHAANMER (IRE) - DIYALA III (FR) QUART DE VIN (FR) J: G. N. Fox
T: Gavin Patrick Cromwell, Ireland
Age: 12 Wgt: 10-9 OR: 146
Gavin Patrick Cromwell, Ireland (146)
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got a bit worked up beforehand but suffered a luckless exit on his second try over these fences (well held in 2014 National); mid-division, hampered and unseated sixth (Becher's).
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ur ur Daryl Jacob silk 18. UCELLO CONTI (FR) 18. UCELLO CONTI (FR) <
+
> Daryl Jacob 9 10-12 20/121 20/121 BSP
Daryl Jacob silk bg MARTALINE - GAZELLE LULU (FR) ALTAYAN J: Daryl Jacob
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-12 Eq: (t) OR: 149
Gordon Elliott, Ireland (t) (149)
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failed to complete, though shaped as if still in good form; mid-division, travelled smoothly, in touch when hampered and unseated twenty-second (Becher's Brook), too far out to suggest outcome.
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pu pu Henry Brooke silk 25. HIGHLAND LODGE (IRE) 25. HIGHLAND LODGE (IRE) <
> Henry Brooke 11 10-11 25/126 25/126 BSP
Henry Brooke silk bg FLEMENSFIRTH (USA) - SUPREME VON PRES (IRE) PRESENTING J: Henry Brooke
T: James Moffatt
Age: 11 Wgt: 10-11 Eq: (s) OR: 148
James Moffatt (s) (148)
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was simply too high in the weights (8 lb above current BHA mark) and never able to dominate like he had in the last 2 renewals of the Becher Chase; prominent, hit seventh (fluent otherwise), lost touch from twenty-second, beaten some way out (eventually pulled up before last).
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F F Mr Sam Waley-Cohen silk 13. THE YOUNG MASTER 13. THE YOUNG MASTER <
> Mr Sam Waley-Cohen 8 10-13 20/121 20/121 BSP
Mr Sam Waley-Cohen silk bg ECHO OF LIGHT - FINE FRENZY (IRE) GREAT COMMOTION (USA) J: Mr Sam Waley-Cohen
T: Neil Mulholland
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-13 Eq: (s) OR: 150
Neil Mulholland (s) (150)
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has now failed to complete on both tries over these fences; took keen hold, close up when fell heavily sixth (Becher's Brook); provided none the worse for this, he could be an interesting runner should he attempt to defend his crown in the Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown later this month.
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pu pu B. J. Cooper silk 34. ROGUE ANGEL (IRE) 34. ROGUE ANGEL (IRE) <
+
> B. J. Cooper 9 10-8 20/121 20/121 BSP
B. J. Cooper silk bg PRESENTING - CARRIGEEN KOHLERIA (IRE) LUSO J: B. J. Cooper
T: M. F. Morris, Ireland
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-8 Eq: (b+t) OR: 145
M. F. Morris, Ireland (b+t) (145)
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after 10 weeks off, shaped better than the bare result having helped make much of the running, though the manner in which he capitulated late on was still slightly disconcerting; in touch, jumped well, went handy sixth, helped force pace until 4 out, folded tamely from early in straight, pulled up run-in, possibly amiss; not sure to build on this.
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ur ur Mark Enright silk 36. THUNDER AND ROSES (IRE) 36. THUNDER AND ROSES (IRE) <
+
> Mark Enright 9 10-7 25/126 25/126 BSP
Mark Enright silk b or brg PRESENTING - GLEN EMPRESS (IRE) LANCASTRIAN J: Mark Enright
T: M. F. Morris, Ireland
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-7 Eq: (s+t) OR: 144
M. F. Morris, Ireland (s+t) (144)
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can have this run ignored; chased leaders, hit first, going well when badly hampered by a loose horse and unseated ninth (Valentine's).
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pu pu Barry Geraghty silk 2. MORE OF THAT (IRE) 2. MORE OF THAT (IRE) <
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> Barry Geraghty 9 11-6 16/117 16/117 BSP
Barry Geraghty silk bg BENEFICIAL - GUIGONE (FR) ESPRIT DU NORD (USA) J: Barry Geraghty
T: Jonjo O'Neill
Age: 9 Wgt: 11-6 Eq: (s) OR: 157
Jonjo O'Neill (s) (157)
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possibly failed to stay this longer trip, but he's a fragile sort and has been pulled up now on both starts in large-field valuable handicaps; mid-division, hampered sixth, in touch when hit twenty-third, left behind gradually back straight (not persevered with once held), pulled up before last.
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F F Sam Twiston-Davies silk 5. SAPHIR DU RHEU (FR) 5. SAPHIR DU RHEU (FR) <
> Sam Twiston-Davies 8 11-5 16/117 16/117 BSP
Sam Twiston-Davies silk grg AL NAMIX (FR) - DONA DU RHEU (FR) DOM PASQUINI (FR) J: Sam Twiston-Davies
T: Paul Nicholls
Age: 8 Wgt: 11-5 OR: 156
Paul Nicholls (156)
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had failed to complete on 3 of his previous 13 starts over fences, so it arguably wasn't the greatest surprise that his jumping let him down here; raced wide, mid-division, hampered slightly first, fell eleventh.
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pu pu P. Townend silk 24. O'FAOLAINS BOY (IRE) 24. O'FAOLAINS BOY (IRE) <
+
> P. Townend 10 10-11 50/151 50/151 BSP
P. Townend silk bg OSCAR (IRE) - LISA'S STORM (IRE) GLACIAL STORM (USA) J: P. Townend
T: Rebecca Curtis
Age: 10 Wgt: 10-11 OR: 148
Rebecca Curtis (148)
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had reportedly had a breathing operation since last time but again failed to see his race out; mid-division, jumped soundly in main, hampered twenty-third, still in touch 3 out, faded soon after, pulled up run-in.
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pu pu Paddy Brennan silk 4. PERFECT CANDIDATE (IRE) 4. PERFECT CANDIDATE (IRE) <
?
> Paddy Brennan 10 11-5 33/134 33/134 BSP
Paddy Brennan silk bg WINGED LOVE (IRE) - DANSANA (IRE) INSAN (USA) J: Paddy Brennan
T: Fergal O'Brien
Age: 10 Wgt: 11-5 Eq: (s) OR: 156
Fergal O'Brien (s) (156)
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looks too high in the weights now; taken wide, handy, had been feeling the pinch for a while before stumbled 5 out, pulled up quickly (possibly amiss).
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pu pu Conor O'Farrell silk 40. DOCTOR HARPER (IRE) 40. DOCTOR HARPER (IRE) <
Conor O'Farrell 9 10-6 50/151 50/151 BSP
Conor O'Farrell silk bg PRESENTING - SUPREME DREAMER (IRE) SUPREME LEADER J: Conor O'Farrell
T: David Pipe
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-6 Eq: (b+t) OR: 143
David Pipe (b+t) (143)
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in a change of headgear, didn't take to the course; held up, hit seventh, bad mistake fourteenth, not fluent The Chair, never going well after, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out (reportedly bled).
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F F Nico de Boinville silk 35. COCKTAILS AT DAWN 35. COCKTAILS AT DAWN <
> Nico de Boinville 9 10-8 33/134 33/134 BSP
Nico de Boinville silk bg FAIR MIX (IRE) - FOND FAREWELL (IRE) PHARDANTE (FR) J: Nico de Boinville
T: Nicky Henderson
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-8 OR: 145
Nicky Henderson (145)
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had been let down by his jumping on his only previous try over these fences and, having been bounced out with the leaders, got no further than the first.
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pu pu Tom O'Brien silk 11. DROP OUT JOE 11. DROP OUT JOE <
Tom O'Brien 9 11-1 33/134 33/134 BSP
Tom O'Brien silk chg GENEROUS (IRE) - LA FEUILLARDE (FR) NIKOS J: Tom O'Brien
T: Charlie Longsdon
Age: 9 Wgt: 11-1 Eq: (s) OR: 152
Charlie Longsdon (s) (152)
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after 10 months off, found this too competitive and needs respite from the handicapper; waited with, never landed a blow, behind when pulled up before last.
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ur ur Donagh Meyler silk 31. MEASUREOFMYDREAMS (IRE) 31. MEASUREOFMYDREAMS (IRE) <
> Donagh Meyler 9 10-9 40/141 40/141 BSP
Donagh Meyler silk bg SHANTOU (USA) - LE BAVELLEN LE BAVARD (FR) J: Donagh Meyler
T: Noel Meade, Ireland
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-9 Eq: (s) OR: 146
Noel Meade, Ireland (s) (146)
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has yet to make much of an impact in large-field valuable handicaps and, in first-time cheekpieces, failed to complete on his first try over the National fences; mid-division, towards rear when unseated rider The Chair (not his first mistake).
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T: Paul Nicholls
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-10 Eq: (h) OR: 147
Paul Nicholls (h) (147)
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is potentially well handicapped now but has had a lacklustre campaign and, having set off in mid-division, fell at the first on his debut over the National course (has had jumping issues with conventional fences).
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T: Noel Meade, Ireland
Age: 8 Wgt: 11-2 OR: 153
Noel Meade, Ireland (153)
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has been operating below his best for a while now and, tried without headgear, didn't revive for a try over these fences; waited with, not always fluent, never involved, tailed off when pulled up before last.
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T: Brian Ellison
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-12 OR: 149
Brian Ellison (149)
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looked the pick of the weights but was out of the race early through no fault of his own; handy, badly hampered sixth (Becher's Brook), rider lost irons and saddle slipped as a result, pulled up after eighth.
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T: Kerry Lee
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-10 OR: 147
Kerry Lee (147)
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was a first-fence casualty in last year's Topham and didn't run much of a race after 11 weeks off; dropped out, not jump well, never involved, tailed off when pulled up before last.
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T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-9 OR: 146
Henry de Bromhead, Ireland (146)
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was a very doubtful stayer upped markedly in trip, but shaped as if amiss (not for the first time) long before stamina issues came into play; prominent, pecked first, lost place from sixth, tailed off when pulled up before thirteenth.
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T: Rebecca Curtis
Age: 7 Wgt: 11-5 Eq: (t) OR: 156
Rebecca Curtis (t) (156)
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can probably have this run ignored; mid-division, mistake thirteenth (largely fluent otherwise), lost place when badly hampered by loose horse eighteenth, not recover, behind when pulled up after 5 out (reportedly made a noise).
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T: Tom George
Age: 7 Wgt: 10-12 Eq: (h) OR: 149
Tom George (h) (149)
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failed to stay this much longer trip, but shaped as if still in good form; prominent, jumped well in main, travelled smoothly, dropped away gradually back straight, not given a hard time once held, pulled up before 2 out.
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All 40 ran. Fences: 30.

Winning Owner: Two Golf Widows

Time: 9m 2s Closing Sectional: (6.28f): 92.80s (106.8%)

As ever, the Grand National threw up a few hard-luck stories - notably that of second favourite Definitly Red - but this still appeals as solid form, with victory going to the least exposed horse in the line-up and the frame completed by 3 well-handicapped runners; the pace wasn't an end-to-end one, with the field bunching around halfway after a brief dip in tempo, and it reflects very well on One For Arthur that he could come from so far back - still not in first 20 jumping the second Canal Turn - when one considers that every other runner who raced in the final third of the field never landed a blow; meanwhile, the modified fences again caused relatively few problems, with the average number of finishers in 4 renewals since their introduction now standing at 18, though it's worth noting that the first 3 home all had previous experience over the National course.

ONE FOR ARTHUR (IRE) has made tremendous strides this season and, after 12 weeks off, relished this extreme test, arguably deserving extra credit having received another patient ride in a race which didn't favour such tactics; waited with, jumped soundly in main (hit nineteenth), still plenty to do twenty-fourth (Canal Turn), rapid headway from 3 out (still only in a share of eleventh there), bumped 2 out, produced to lead last, stayed on strongly, well on top finish; remains open to improvement granted a similar test of stamina.

CAUSE OF CAUSES (USA) is clearly better than ever and ran another mighty race, needing no excuses having been ridden a bit closer to the pace than usual (left with too much to do when eighth in 2015 National); mid-division, in touch early final circuit, hit twenty-first (generally fluent otherwise), every chance from home turn, bumped 2 out, challenged last, stayed on strongly.

SAINT ARE (FR) has posted several notable efforts at this meeting down the years (including 2 valuable wins on the Mildmay course) and returned to his very best in a change of headgear, finishing placed in the race for a second time (runner-up off 4 lb lower mark in 2015); never far away, pecked sixth, outpaced briefly early in straight, rallied well run-in; not certain to reproduce this form away from here next time, though.

BLAKLION has run consistently well in good company all season (albeit without winning), leaving the impression he might have finished even closer here had he not kicked for home so far out; mid-division, jumped well, travelled smoothly, took closer order early final circuit, went on 4 out, briefly drew clear after next, bumped 2 out, headed before last, one paced run-in, possibly did too much too soon, though it's worth remembering he'll be higher in the weights from now on.

GAS LINE BOY (IRE) ran well at a big price, adding to his jockey's excellent record in long-distance chases; mid-division (more patient tactics than of late), hit twenty-third, pecked next (Canal Turn), smooth headway back straight, challenging when bumped 2 out, not fluent last, one paced run-in.

VIEUX LION ROUGE (FR) failed to stay in this race for the second year running, though shaped as if still in good heart for much of the way; mid-division, close up from early final circuit, hit twentieth (fluent otherwise), bumped twenty-fourth (Canal Turn), in contention home turn, faded from 2 out.

LORD WINDERMERE (IRE) in first-time tongue strap, took the course better than when pulled up in the 2015 National and, along with the winner, was the only other one held up who managed to land any sort of blow; played up beforehand, dropped out, steady headway from early final circuit, hampered eighteenth, in contention back straight, one paced from 2 out; not certain to build on this, however.

REGAL ENCORE (IRE) wasn't disgraced after 10 weeks off, though there was an element of him merely passing beaten horses late on; held up, hampered first, still plenty to do back straight, late headway, nearest at the finish.

PLEASANT COMPANY (IRE) shaped better than the bare result suggests, a blunder just as the race was taking shape not helping his suspect stamina over this marathon trip; in touch, typically travelled strongly, every chance when bad mistake twenty-fifth (Valentine's), no extra from 2 out; his jumping was good otherwise and he remains one to be interested in.

HOUBLON DES OBEAUX (FR) made little impact back under less testing conditions, though faced a stiff task at the weights anyway (5 lb higher than last time); held up, still plenty to do back straight, some late headway past beaten horses.

BALLYNAGOUR (IRE) doesn't stay this far and, although he ended a string of pulled-up efforts here, it's difficult to gauge what sort of form (if any) he's in at present; dropped out, jumped fine, never involved, finished tired.

LE MERCUREY (FR) hasn't fully shown his form in 3 tries now in large-field handicap chases, making no impact faced with this very different test; waited with, never dangerous.

GOODTOKNOW was well held, though shaped better than the distance beaten suggests; handy, went with much more zest than last time, still close up when bumped twenty-fourth (Canal Turn), dropped away from 4 out.

JUST A PAR (IRE) found this too competitive and has made little impact on all 3 tries over these fences, shaping similarly here to when well held in the 2016 National; dropped out, slow third, still plenty to do twenty-fourth (Canal Turn), never dangerous.

LA VATICANE (FR) barely stays 3m and predictably didn't last home over this marathon trip; jumped fine, never better than mid-division, weakened latter stages.

THE LAST SAMURI (IRE) is plenty high enough in the weights now but was still rather disappointing given how well he'd taken to the course on both previous tries; close up early, lost touch from before halfway, struggling some way out, finished tired.

TENOR NIVERNAIS (FR) was beaten by more than lack of stamina over 9f longer trip, again failing miserably to back up the form of his standout win at Ascot; mid-division, blundered twenty-first, struggling after.

ROI DES FRANCS (FR) shaped as if still in decent heart, ultimately failing to last home under a dashing ride; helped force pace, lost place when badly hampered by loose horse circuit out, went prominent again soon after, ridden after 5 out, weakened from home turn, finished tired.

WONDERFUL CHARM (FR) made no impact in this race for the second year running (doubtful stayer); not fluent fourteenth, always behind.

RAZ DE MAREE (FR) got a bit worked up beforehand but suffered a luckless exit on his second try over these fences (well held in 2014 National); mid-division, hampered and unseated sixth (Becher's).

UCELLO CONTI (FR) failed to complete, though shaped as if still in good form; mid-division, travelled smoothly, in touch when hampered and unseated twenty-second (Becher's Brook), too far out to suggest outcome.

HIGHLAND LODGE (IRE) was simply too high in the weights (8 lb above current BHA mark) and never able to dominate like he had in the last 2 renewals of the Becher Chase; prominent, hit seventh (fluent otherwise), lost touch from twenty-second, beaten some way out (eventually pulled up before last).

THE YOUNG MASTER has now failed to complete on both tries over these fences; took keen hold, close up when fell heavily sixth (Becher's Brook); provided none the worse for this, he could be an interesting runner should he attempt to defend his crown in the Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown later this month.

ROGUE ANGEL (IRE) after 10 weeks off, shaped better than the bare result having helped make much of the running, though the manner in which he capitulated late on was still slightly disconcerting; in touch, jumped well, went handy sixth, helped force pace until 4 out, folded tamely from early in straight, pulled up run-in, possibly amiss; not sure to build on this.

THUNDER AND ROSES (IRE) can have this run ignored; chased leaders, hit first, going well when badly hampered by a loose horse and unseated ninth (Valentine's).

MORE OF THAT (IRE) possibly failed to stay this longer trip, but he's a fragile sort and has been pulled up now on both starts in large-field valuable handicaps; mid-division, hampered sixth, in touch when hit twenty-third, left behind gradually back straight (not persevered with once held), pulled up before last.

SAPHIR DU RHEU (FR) had failed to complete on 3 of his previous 13 starts over fences, so it arguably wasn't the greatest surprise that his jumping let him down here; raced wide, mid-division, hampered slightly first, fell eleventh.

O'FAOLAINS BOY (IRE) had reportedly had a breathing operation since last time but again failed to see his race out; mid-division, jumped soundly in main, hampered twenty-third, still in touch 3 out, faded soon after, pulled up run-in.

PERFECT CANDIDATE (IRE) looks too high in the weights now; taken wide, handy, had been feeling the pinch for a while before stumbled 5 out, pulled up quickly (possibly amiss).

DOCTOR HARPER (IRE) in a change of headgear, didn't take to the course; held up, hit seventh, bad mistake fourteenth, not fluent The Chair, never going well after, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out (reportedly bled).

COCKTAILS AT DAWN had been let down by his jumping on his only previous try over these fences and, having been bounced out with the leaders, got no further than the first.

DROP OUT JOE after 10 months off, found this too competitive and needs respite from the handicapper; waited with, never landed a blow, behind when pulled up before last.

MEASUREOFMYDREAMS (IRE) has yet to make much of an impact in large-field valuable handicaps and, in first-time cheekpieces, failed to complete on his first try over the National fences; mid-division, towards rear when unseated rider The Chair (not his first mistake).

VICENTE (FR) is potentially well handicapped now but has had a lacklustre campaign and, having set off in mid-division, fell at the first on his debut over the National course (has had jumping issues with conventional fences).

WOUNDED WARRIOR (IRE) has been operating below his best for a while now and, tried without headgear, didn't revive for a try over these fences; waited with, not always fluent, never involved, tailed off when pulled up before last.

DEFINITLY RED (IRE) looked the pick of the weights but was out of the race early through no fault of his own; handy, badly hampered sixth (Becher's Brook), rider lost irons and saddle slipped as a result, pulled up after eighth.

BISHOPS ROAD (IRE) was a first-fence casualty in last year's Topham and didn't run much of a race after 11 weeks off; dropped out, not jump well, never involved, tailed off when pulled up before last.

STELLAR NOTION (IRE) was a very doubtful stayer upped markedly in trip, but shaped as if amiss (not for the first time) long before stamina issues came into play; prominent, pecked first, lost place from sixth, tailed off when pulled up before thirteenth.

SHANTOU FLYER (IRE) can probably have this run ignored; mid-division, mistake thirteenth (largely fluent otherwise), lost place when badly hampered by loose horse eighteenth, not recover, behind when pulled up after 5 out (reportedly made a noise).

DOUBLE SHUFFLE (IRE) failed to stay this much longer trip, but shaped as if still in good form; prominent, jumped well in main, travelled smoothly, dropped away gradually back straight, not given a hard time once held, pulled up before 2 out.