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AINTREE 17:15

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17:15 Saturday 14 April 2018

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

Distance : 4m 2f 74y (Nat)
Prize : £500,000 Age : 7yo+ Race Type : Chase Going : Soft
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 Davy Russell silk 13. TIGER ROLL (IRE) 13. TIGER ROLL (IRE) -8 <
157+
> +1 136 Davy Russell 8 10-13 10/111 10/111
Davy Russell silk bg AUTHORIZED (IRE) - SWISS ROLL (IRE) ENTREPRENEUR J: Davy Russell
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-13 Eq: (s+t) OR: 150
Gordon Elliott, Ireland (s+t) (150)
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is prone to the odd stinker but it's increasingly hard to crab a horse with so many big-race wins on his CV, producing another gutsy display here to land the biggest prize of them all, posting a career-best effort in terms of form too; in touch, jumped accurately (mistake nineteenth his only scare), travelled smoothly, every chance from second Canal Turn, produced to lead 2 out, quickened clear soon after last, looked in control 1f out but reduced advantage close home, just held on; still only 8, it wouldn't be a surprise if he's kept to these fences and/or cross-country events from now on, which could also help with his consistency issues.
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2 2 D. J. Mullins silk hd 21. PLEASANT COMPANY (IRE) 21. PLEASANT COMPANY (IRE) <
155?
> H (89) 134 D. J. Mullins 10 10-11 25/126 25/126
D. J. Mullins silk bg PRESENTING - KATIE FLAME (IRE) ALDERBROOK J: D. J. Mullins
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
Age: 10 Wgt: 10-11 OR: 148
W. P. Mullins, Ireland (148)
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had been the Willie Mullins first string when just ninth in 2017 and, returning from 11 weeks off, belatedly showed why as he bounced right back to his best after 2 underwhelming comeback runs; handy, jumped superbly in main, took keen hold, went on nineteenth, headed when not fluent 2 out, looked held when left behind by winner early on run-in, rallied well final 1f, just failed; will warrant respect in any race over these fences.
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3 3 J. W. Kennedy silk 11 36. BLESS THE WINGS (IRE) 36. BLESS THE WINGS (IRE) <
142
> -17 121 J. W. Kennedy 13 10-6 40/141 40/141
J. W. Kennedy silk bg WINGED LOVE (IRE) - SILVA VENTURE (IRE) MANDALUS J: J. W. Kennedy
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
Age: 13 Wgt: 10-6 Eq: (s) OR: 143
Gordon Elliott, Ireland (s) (143)
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has been a marvellous servant to connections and ran a terrific race just 12 days on from getting bogged down in barely raceable ground at Fairyhouse, this performance on a par with his form when runner-up in 2 previous runnings of the Irish National; in touch, jumped soundly, travelled smoothly, in contention from second Canal Turn until one paced after 2 out, gamely held on for third late on.
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4 4 Barry Geraghty silk nk 3. ANIBALE FLY (FR) 3. ANIBALE FLY (FR) +4 <
158+
> -33 137 Barry Geraghty 8 11-8 10/111 10/111
Barry Geraghty silk bg ASSESSOR (IRE) - NOUBA FLY (FR) CHAMBERLIN (FR) J: Barry Geraghty
T: A. J. Martin, Ireland
Age: 8 Wgt: 11-8 Eq: (t) OR: 159
A. J. Martin, Ireland (t) (159)
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did well to finish as close as he did, his jockey's decision to take him so wide in the back straight both times surely backfiring given how much ground he conceded to the other principals; mid-division, hampered first, jumped soundly in main, travelled well, mistake 5 out, still plenty to do next, headway between 3 out and 2 out, kept on latter stages; well worth another try in the race.
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5 5 Bryony Frost silk 21 37. MILANSBAR (IRE) 37. MILANSBAR (IRE) +7 <
128+
> -1 107 Bryony Frost 11 10-6 25/126 25/126
Bryony Frost silk bg MILAN - ARDENBAR ARDROSS J: Bryony Frost
T: Neil King
Age: 11 Wgt: 10-6 Eq: (b) OR: 143
Neil King (b) (143)
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was beaten quite a long way in the end but probably remains in form; prominent, pecked first (largely fluent otherwise), went with plenty of zest again, lost place 5 out, plugged on again latter stages (reportedly finished lame).
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6 6 Sean Flanagan silk 12 40. ROAD TO RICHES (IRE) 40. ROAD TO RICHES (IRE) <
119?
> +4 98 Sean Flanagan 11 10-5 33/134 33/134
Sean Flanagan silk bg GAMUT (IRE) - BELLORA (IRE) OVER THE RIVER (FR) J: Sean Flanagan
T: Noel Meade, Ireland
Age: 11 Wgt: 10-5 Eq: (t) OR: 142
Noel Meade, Ireland (t) (142)
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fared better than might have been expected given his recent slump, though he's far from certain to build on this back over conventional fences; waited with, hampered The Chair, baulked again Foinavon second time around, plugged on latter stages, never dangerous.
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7 7 Robert Dunne silk 7 19. GAS LINE BOY (IRE) 19. GAS LINE BOY (IRE) +25 <
120+
> 99 Robert Dunne 12 10-11 25/126 25/126
Robert Dunne silk bg BLUEPRINT (IRE) - JERVIA AFFIRMED (USA) J: Robert Dunne
T: Ian Williams
Age: 12 Wgt: 10-11 Eq: (v) OR: 148
Ian Williams (v) (148)
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failed to last out under even more testing conditions than when fifth last year; mid-division, jumped soundly in main (hit fourth), hampered Foinavon second time around, no extra from early in straight (mistake last), finished tired.
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8 8 Keith Donoghue silk 4 5. VALSEUR LIDO (FR) 5. VALSEUR LIDO (FR) +5 <
127+
> 106 Keith Donoghue 9 11-7 66/167 66/167
Keith Donoghue silk bg ANZILLERO (GER) - LIBIDO ROCK (FR) VIDEO ROCK (FR) J: Keith Donoghue
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
Age: 9 Wgt: 11-7 OR: 158
Henry de Bromhead, Ireland (158)
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hinted at a revival, his capitulation in the latter stages here far easier to excuse given that, even in his pomp, this sort of extreme test never seemed likely to suit; never far away, travelled smoothly, untidy thirteenth (fluent otherwise), in contention back straight until weakened from 2 out; remains to be seen if able to back this up, though.
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9 9 Tom Scudamore silk ¾ 15. VIEUX LION ROUGE (FR) 15. VIEUX LION ROUGE (FR) +18 <
119+
> +26 98 Tom Scudamore 9 10-13 25/126 25/126
Tom Scudamore silk chg SABIANGO (GER) - INDECISE (FR) CYBORG (FR) J: Tom Scudamore
T: David Pipe
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-13 Eq: (s) OR: 150
David Pipe (s) (150)
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failed to stay in 2016 (seventh) and 2017 (sixth) but didn't make much of an impact this time after early interference; waited with, lost place when badly hampered eighth, never landed a blow.
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10 10 Robbie Power silk ¾ 25. RAZ DE MAREE (FR) 25. RAZ DE MAREE (FR) +25 <
114?
> -17 93 Robbie Power 13 10-9 20/121 20/121
Robbie Power silk chg SHAANMER (IRE) - DIYALA III (FR) QUART DE VIN (FR) J: Robbie Power
T: Gavin Patrick Cromwell, Ireland
Age: 13 Wgt: 10-9 OR: 146
Gavin Patrick Cromwell, Ireland (146)
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hadn't taken to the course when a well-held eighth back in 2014 (unlucky early casualty last year) and never figured after 3 months off; waited with, not always fluent, never landed a blow (reportedly suffered post-race heat stress).
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11 11 Brian Hughes silk 29 18. SEEYOUATMIDNIGHT 18. SEEYOUATMIDNIGHT +35 <
98+
77 Brian Hughes 10 10-12 11/112 11/112
Brian Hughes silk bg MIDNIGHT LEGEND - MORSKY BALOO MORPETH J: Brian Hughes
T: Sandy Thomson
Age: 10 Wgt: 10-12 OR: 149
Sandy Thomson (149)
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shaped much better than the distance beaten suggests; handy, travelled smoothly, hit twenty-first (fluent otherwise), upsides briefly 4 out, dropped away between 3 out and 2 out, finished lame.
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12 12 Ms K. Walsh silk 28. BAIE DES ILES (FR) 28. BAIE DES ILES (FR) +50 <
92
> +52 71 Ms K. Walsh 7 10-8 16/117 16/117
Ms K. Walsh silk grm BARASTRAIGHT - MALOWNIA (FR) SMADOUN (FR) J: Ms K. Walsh
T: Ross O'Sullivan, Ireland
Age: 7 Wgt: 10-8 Eq: (s) OR: 145
Ross O'Sullivan, Ireland (s) (145)
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didn't have quite the chance the market suggested, though she'd surely have been better off adopting her usual prominent tactics; waited with, jumped safely until mistake second Canal Turn, still towards rear when hampered by loose horse next (Valentine's), not fluent again 5 out, never a danger.
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F F Rachael Blackmore silk 7. ALPHA DES OBEAUX (FR) 7. ALPHA DES OBEAUX (FR) <
+
> Rachael Blackmore 8 11-4 33/134 33/134
Rachael Blackmore silk bg SADDLER MAKER (IRE) - OMEGA DES OBEAUX (FR) SAINT PREUIL (FR) J: Rachael Blackmore
T: M. F. Morris, Ireland
Age: 8 Wgt: 11-4 Eq: (s) OR: 155
M. F. Morris, Ireland (s) (155)
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after 9 weeks off, shaped as if back in form until crashing out at halfway, by no means his first error on this debut over the National fences; in touch, tanked along, blundered third, mistake again seventh, close up going strongly when fell heavily The Chair.
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bd bd Sam Twiston-Davies silk 2. BLAKLION 2. BLAKLION <
> Sam Twiston-Davies 9 11-10 14/115 14/115
Sam Twiston-Davies silk bg KAYF TARA - FRANCISCAINE (FR) LEGEND OF FRANCE (USA) J: Sam Twiston-Davies
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
Age: 9 Wgt: 11-10 OR: 161
Nigel Twiston-Davies (161)
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had proved a natural on both previous tries over this course, which makes his luckless first-fence exit all the more galling, simply left with nowhere to go when Perfect Candidate fell in front of him.
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ur ur Adam Wedge silk 31. BUYWISE (IRE) 31. BUYWISE (IRE) H (112) <
+
> Adam Wedge 11 10-8 50/151 50/151
Adam Wedge silk bg TIKKANEN (USA) - GREENOGUE PRINCESS (IRE) RAINBOWS FOR LIFE (CAN) J: Adam Wedge
T: Evan Williams
Age: 11 Wgt: 10-8 OR: 145
Evan Williams (145)
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hasn't always been the safest conveyance down the years but he completed the course in 2016 (twelfth) and wasn't to blame for this non-completion; mid-division, badly hampered and unseated eighth (Canal Turn).
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ur ur Sam Coltherd silk 34. CAPTAIN REDBEARD (IRE) 34. CAPTAIN REDBEARD (IRE) H (141) <
?
> H (137) Sam Coltherd 9 10-7 20/121 20/121
Sam Coltherd silk chg BACH (IRE) - DIESEL DANCER (IRE) TOULON J: Sam Coltherd
T: Stuart Coltherd
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-7 OR: 144
Stuart Coltherd (144)
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hadn't convinced with his jumping in the Grand Sefton earlier in the season and didn't last long returned here; handy, hit fifth, mid-division when unseated rider seventh.
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pu pu M. P. Walsh silk 11. CARLINGFORD LOUGH (IRE) 11. CARLINGFORD LOUGH (IRE) <
> M. P. Walsh 12 11-1 33/134 33/134
M. P. Walsh silk bg KING'S THEATRE (IRE) - BADEN (IRE) FURRY GLEN J: M. P. Walsh
T: John E. Kiely, Ireland
Age: 12 Wgt: 11-1 OR: 152
John E. Kiely, Ireland (152)
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probably isn't the force of old and made no impact after 4 months off (not tongue tied); held up, badly hampered first, badly hampered again eighth (Canal Turn), blundered nineteenth, tailed off when pulled up run-in (reportedly suffered from post-race heat stress).
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pu pu Paddy Brennan silk 16. CHASE THE SPUD 16. CHASE THE SPUD <
> Paddy Brennan 10 10-12 25/126 25/126
Paddy Brennan silk bg ALFLORA (IRE) - TRIAL TRIP LE MOSS J: Paddy Brennan
T: Fergal O'Brien
Age: 10 Wgt: 10-12 OR: 149
Fergal O'Brien (149)
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seems to have completely lost his form, soon detached and pulled up before The Chair, reportedly bled; plenty to prove at present.
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pu pu Jonathan Burke silk 32. CHILDRENS LIST (IRE) 32. CHILDRENS LIST (IRE) <
+
> Jonathan Burke 8 10-8 66/167 66/167
Jonathan Burke silk bg PRESENTING - SNIPE HUNT (IRE) STALKER J: Jonathan Burke
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-8 OR: 145
W. P. Mullins, Ireland (145)
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predictably failed to stay after 8 weeks off, though shaped encouragingly for a long way and would be one to consider for other contests over these fences; mid-division, jumped fluently, travelled strongly, in contention from early final circuit until dropped away between 3 out and 2 out, pulled up run-in; still lightly raced in this sphere and remains open to improvement.
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pu pu Henry Brooke silk 12. DELUSIONOFGRANDEUR (IRE) 12. DELUSIONOFGRANDEUR (IRE) <
?
> Henry Brooke 8 10-5 50/151 50/151
Henry Brooke silk bg MAHLER - OLIVIA ROSE (IRE) MUJADIL (USA) J: Henry Brooke
T: Sue Smith
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-5 OR: 142
Sue Smith (142)
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possibly wasn't over his hard race at Haydock 14 days earlier, producing an uncharacteristically laboured display on this debut over these fences; held up, clouted fifth, badly hampered eighth, never going well after, blundered again thirteenth, tailed off when pulled up early final circuit.
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pu pu Tom Bellamy silk 39. DOUBLE ROSS (IRE) 39. DOUBLE ROSS (IRE) <
+
> Tom Bellamy 12 10-6 66/167 66/167
Tom Bellamy silk chg DOUBLE ECLIPSE (IRE) - KINROSS NEARLY A HAND J: Tom Bellamy
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
Age: 12 Wgt: 10-6 OR: 143
Nigel Twiston-Davies (143)
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doesn't stay this far, but shaped as if still in decent heart for much of the way; prominent, typically jumped soundly, lost touch gradually from Foinavon second time around, behind when pulled up between last 2.
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F F Gavin Sheehan silk 38. FINAL NUDGE (IRE) 38. FINAL NUDGE (IRE) <
> Gavin Sheehan 9 10-6 33/134 33/134
Gavin Sheehan silk bg KAYF TARA - ANOTHER SHOT (IRE) MASTER WILLIE J: Gavin Sheehan
T: David Dennis
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-6 Eq: (s) OR: 143
David Dennis (s) (143)
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back in headgear, failed to complete on his first try over these fences; mid-division, short of room when fell eighth (Canal Turn).
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F F Charlie Deutsch silk 35. HOUBLON DES OBEAUX (FR) 35. HOUBLON DES OBEAUX (FR) <
> Charlie Deutsch 11 10-7 25/126 25/126
Charlie Deutsch silk bg PANORAMIC - HARKOSA (FR) NIKOS J: Charlie Deutsch
T: Venetia Williams
Age: 11 Wgt: 10-7 Eq: (b) OR: 144
Venetia Williams (b) (144)
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was backed at long odds due to the testing ground and his stable's recent revival but was let down by jumping this time around (tenth in 2017); held up, behind when fell sixth (Becher's).
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F F Danny Cook silk 26. I JUST KNOW (IRE) 26. I JUST KNOW (IRE) H (112) <
> H (109) Danny Cook 8 10-8 14/115 14/115
Danny Cook silk bg ROBIN DES PRES (FR) - DESPERADO QUEEN (IRE) UN DESPERADO (FR) J: Danny Cook
T: Sue Smith
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-8 OR: 145
Sue Smith (145)
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is a notably fluent jumper of conventional fences but failed to complete on his first stab at the National course; made running, fell sixth (Becher's).
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ur ur A. E. Lynch silk 33. LORD WINDERMERE (IRE) 33. LORD WINDERMERE (IRE) <
?
> A. E. Lynch 12 10-7 50/151 50/151
A. E. Lynch silk bg OSCAR (IRE) - SATELLITE DANCER (IRE) SATCO (FR) J: A. E. Lynch
T: J. Culloty, Ireland
Age: 12 Wgt: 10-7 OR: 144
J. Culloty, Ireland (144)
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has now failed to complete on 3 of his 4 tries over these fences; mid-field, hampered third, short of room when unseated rider eighth (Canal Turn).
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pu pu Brendan Powell silk 29. MAGGIO (FR) 29. MAGGIO (FR) <
> Brendan Powell 13 10-8 66/167 66/167
Brendan Powell silk bg TREMPOLINO (USA) - LA MUSARDIERE (FR) CADOUDAL (FR) J: Brendan Powell
T: Patrick Griffin, Ireland
Age: 13 Wgt: 10-8 Eq: (t) OR: 145
Patrick Griffin, Ireland (t) (145)
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simply isn't the force of old; raced wide, dropped out, mistake seventh, downed tools starting second circuit, tailed off when pulled up after seventeenth (needlessly asked to jump fence).
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pu pu Aidan Coleman silk 30. PENDRA (IRE) 30. PENDRA (IRE) <
+
> Aidan Coleman 10 10-8 80/181 80/181
Aidan Coleman silk chg OLD VIC - MARIAH ROLLINS (IRE) OVER THE RIVER (FR) J: Aidan Coleman
T: Charlie Longsdon
Age: 10 Wgt: 10-8 Eq: (b+t) OR: 145
Charlie Longsdon (b+t) (145)
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failed to stay in 2016 and it was a similar story tried tongue tied here; waited with, badly hampered eighth (Canal Turn), brief headway halfway but pulled up before last having dropped away from 5 out.
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F F Alain Cawley silk 8. PERFECT CANDIDATE (IRE) 8. PERFECT CANDIDATE (IRE) <
> Alain Cawley 11 11-3 50/151 50/151
Alain Cawley silk bg WINGED LOVE (IRE) - DANSANA (IRE) INSAN (USA) J: Alain Cawley
T: Fergal O'Brien
Age: 11 Wgt: 11-3 OR: 154
Fergal O'Brien (154)
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had lasted until 5 out in 2017 (pulled up) but got no further than the first this time around, crashing out when in the front rank.
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bd bd Ciaran Gethings silk 23. SAINT ARE (FR) 23. SAINT ARE (FR) <
Ciaran Gethings 12 10-10 50/151 50/151
Ciaran Gethings silk b or brg NETWORK (GER) - FORTANEA (FR) VIDEO ROCK (FR) J: Ciaran Gethings
T: Tom George
Age: 12 Wgt: 10-10 Eq: (b+t) OR: 147
Tom George (b+t) (147)
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possibly isn't the force of old and, although blameless for his eventual exit from the race, it was clear from quite early on that he wouldn't be adding to his fine Aintree record; handy, pecked first, bad mistake fourth, lost place when blundered again eighth (Canal Turn), mistake fourteenth, struggling in rear when brought down The Chair.
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pu pu James Bowen silk 9. SHANTOU FLYER (IRE) 9. SHANTOU FLYER (IRE) <
> James Bowen 8 11-2 20/121 20/121
James Bowen silk bg SHANTOU (USA) - CARRIGMORNA FLYER (IRE) BOB BACK (USA) J: James Bowen
T: Richard Hobson
Age: 8 Wgt: 11-2 Eq: (v+t) OR: 153
Richard Hobson (v+t) (153)
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was pulled up 5 out for the second year running and, as in 2017, reportedly had a breathing problem; mid-division, mistake second, hampered eighth (Canal Turn), slow water jump, lost touch gradually final circuit, not fluent second Valentine's, behind when pulled up next.
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pu pu Tom O'Brien silk 10. TENOR NIVERNAIS (FR) 10. TENOR NIVERNAIS (FR) <
?
> Tom O'Brien 11 11-1 66/167 66/167
Tom O'Brien silk bg SHAANMER (IRE) - HOSANNA II (FR) MARASALI J: Tom O'Brien
T: Venetia Williams
Age: 11 Wgt: 11-1 OR: 152
Venetia Williams (152)
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is a doubtful stayer but, as in 2017 (seventeenth), essentially made little impact; mid-division, blundered third, bad mistake twelfth, struggling when mistake 5 out, pulled up next; difficult to assess at present.
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ur ur Harry Cobden silk 20. THE DUTCHMAN (IRE) 20. THE DUTCHMAN (IRE) <
+
Harry Cobden 8 10-11 20/121 20/121
Harry Cobden silk bg KING'S THEATRE (IRE) - SHIVERMETIMBER (IRE) ARCTIC LORD J: Harry Cobden
T: Colin Tizzard
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-11 Eq: (t) OR: 148
Colin Tizzard (t) (148)
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shaped as if back in form after 8 weeks off; handy, went with zest, hit twenty-first, still in touch when unseated rider next.
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pu pu David Bass silk 4. THE LAST SAMURI (IRE) 4. THE LAST SAMURI (IRE) <
> David Bass 10 11-8 16/117 16/117
David Bass silk chg FLEMENSFIRTH (USA) - HOWABOUTTHIS (IRE) OSCAR (IRE) J: David Bass
T: Kim Bailey
Age: 10 Wgt: 11-8 Eq: (t) OR: 159
Kim Bailey (t) (159)
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boiled over in the paddock and never figured under a change of tactics (also tongue tied first time); dropped out (ridden handily on all 3 previous tries over these fences), badly hampered sixth (Becher's), hampered again The Chair, never on terms, pulled up 5 out.
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pu pu J. J. Slevin silk 1. THUNDER AND ROSES (IRE) 1. THUNDER AND ROSES (IRE) <
?
> J. J. Slevin 10 10-5 33/134 33/134
J. J. Slevin silk b or brg PRESENTING - GLEN EMPRESS (IRE) LANCASTRIAN J: J. J. Slevin
T: M. F. Morris, Ireland
Age: 10 Wgt: 10-5 Eq: (s+t) OR: 142
M. F. Morris, Ireland (s+t) (142)
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had gone with zest until wiped out by a loose horse at the ninth in 2017 but didn't take to the course this time around, his 2 recent falls on Irish soil having possibly left a mark; prominent, jumped slowly, lost place early as a result, reminders twelfth, tailed off when pulled up after second Valentine's.
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pu pu P. Townend silk 6. TOTAL RECALL (IRE) 6. TOTAL RECALL (IRE) <
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> P. Townend 9 11-5 7/18f 7/18f
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T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
Age: 9 Wgt: 11-5 OR: 156
W. P. Mullins, Ireland (156)
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was badly let down by his jumping tackling these fences for the first time; handy, typically took strong hold, lost place when all but came down third, dropped back again when blundered ninth (Valentine's), generally not fluent after, brief headway second Canal Turn, not persevered with after mistake 4 out, pulled up before 2 out; the anti-climactic end to his campaign shouldn't disguise the tremendous strides he's made since joining Willie Mullins and there are probably more good races to be won with him.
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T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
Age: 10 Wgt: 10-10 Eq: (t) OR: 147
Gordon Elliott, Ireland (t) (147)
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after 11 weeks off, cut a fine sight over these fences at the head of affairs for much of the way but, for the second year running, was ultimately let down by his jumping on the second circuit; prominent, travelled smoothly, left in front sixth (Becher's), headed nineteenth, remained prominent, going well when bad mistake second Canal Turn, still close up when unseated rider 4 out though probably beginning to feel the pinch; he's clearly on a competitive mark judging by this.
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T: Dan Skelton
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-8 Eq: (t) OR: 145
Dan Skelton (t) (145)
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was a very doubtful stayer but, after 4 months off, didn't last long in any case; dropped out, hampered first, still in rear when fell sixth (Becher's).
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Sean Bowen silk bg MIDNIGHT LEGEND - SAMANDARA (FR) KRIS J: Sean Bowen
T: Paul Nicholls
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-12 Eq: (t) OR: 149
Paul Nicholls (t) (149)
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coped okay with the different fences but failed to stay after 11 weeks off; mid-division, jumped fine, hampered Foinavon second time around, lost touch from next, pulled up after 3 out.
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Non Runners: REGAL ENCORE (IRE), WALK IN THE MILL (FR). Fences: 29. Race Distance Adjustment: +18 yds

Winning Owner: Gigginstown House Stud

Time: 9m 40.2s Closing Sectional: (6.28f): 98.00s (108.3%)

Happily, all the horses to have contested the Grand National in the 6 years since the fences were modified have returned home safely, yet any concerns among traditionalists that the race has become too sanitised will surely have been allayed by this renewal - there were plenty of thrills and spills, whilst Aintree's infamous long run-in conjured up a late twist with the rarity of a photo-finish, as a Gordon Elliott horse just edged out one trained by his great rival Willie Mullins in a finish dominated by Irish yards; the pace was a decent one given the conditions, with both jumping and stamina fully tested, so it's perhaps a surprise that 5 of the first 6 home were tackling this unique course for the first time; as usual, nothing got into from the back.

TIGER ROLL (IRE) is prone to the odd stinker but it's increasingly hard to crab a horse with so many big-race wins on his CV, producing another gutsy display here to land the biggest prize of them all, posting a career-best effort in terms of form too; in touch, jumped accurately (mistake nineteenth his only scare), travelled smoothly, every chance from second Canal Turn, produced to lead 2 out, quickened clear soon after last, looked in control 1f out but reduced advantage close home, just held on; still only 8, it wouldn't be a surprise if he's kept to these fences and/or cross-country events from now on, which could also help with his consistency issues.

PLEASANT COMPANY (IRE) had been the Willie Mullins first string when just ninth in 2017 and, returning from 11 weeks off, belatedly showed why as he bounced right back to his best after 2 underwhelming comeback runs; handy, jumped superbly in main, took keen hold, went on nineteenth, headed when not fluent 2 out, looked held when left behind by winner early on run-in, rallied well final 1f, just failed; will warrant respect in any race over these fences.

BLESS THE WINGS (IRE) has been a marvellous servant to connections and ran a terrific race just 12 days on from getting bogged down in barely raceable ground at Fairyhouse, this performance on a par with his form when runner-up in 2 previous runnings of the Irish National; in touch, jumped soundly, travelled smoothly, in contention from second Canal Turn until one paced after 2 out, gamely held on for third late on.

ANIBALE FLY (FR) did well to finish as close as he did, his jockey's decision to take him so wide in the back straight both times surely backfiring given how much ground he conceded to the other principals; mid-division, hampered first, jumped soundly in main, travelled well, mistake 5 out, still plenty to do next, headway between 3 out and 2 out, kept on latter stages; well worth another try in the race.

MILANSBAR (IRE) was beaten quite a long way in the end but probably remains in form; prominent, pecked first (largely fluent otherwise), went with plenty of zest again, lost place 5 out, plugged on again latter stages (reportedly finished lame).

ROAD TO RICHES (IRE) fared better than might have been expected given his recent slump, though he's far from certain to build on this back over conventional fences; waited with, hampered The Chair, baulked again Foinavon second time around, plugged on latter stages, never dangerous.

GAS LINE BOY (IRE) failed to last out under even more testing conditions than when fifth last year; mid-division, jumped soundly in main (hit fourth), hampered Foinavon second time around, no extra from early in straight (mistake last), finished tired.

VALSEUR LIDO (FR) hinted at a revival, his capitulation in the latter stages here far easier to excuse given that, even in his pomp, this sort of extreme test never seemed likely to suit; never far away, travelled smoothly, untidy thirteenth (fluent otherwise), in contention back straight until weakened from 2 out; remains to be seen if able to back this up, though.

VIEUX LION ROUGE (FR) failed to stay in 2016 (seventh) and 2017 (sixth) but didn't make much of an impact this time after early interference; waited with, lost place when badly hampered eighth, never landed a blow.

RAZ DE MAREE (FR) hadn't taken to the course when a well-held eighth back in 2014 (unlucky early casualty last year) and never figured after 3 months off; waited with, not always fluent, never landed a blow (reportedly suffered post-race heat stress).

SEEYOUATMIDNIGHT shaped much better than the distance beaten suggests; handy, travelled smoothly, hit twenty-first (fluent otherwise), upsides briefly 4 out, dropped away between 3 out and 2 out, finished lame.

BAIE DES ILES (FR) didn't have quite the chance the market suggested, though she'd surely have been better off adopting her usual prominent tactics; waited with, jumped safely until mistake second Canal Turn, still towards rear when hampered by loose horse next (Valentine's), not fluent again 5 out, never a danger.

ALPHA DES OBEAUX (FR) after 9 weeks off, shaped as if back in form until crashing out at halfway, by no means his first error on this debut over the National fences; in touch, tanked along, blundered third, mistake again seventh, close up going strongly when fell heavily The Chair.

BLAKLION had proved a natural on both previous tries over this course, which makes his luckless first-fence exit all the more galling, simply left with nowhere to go when Perfect Candidate fell in front of him.

BUYWISE (IRE) hasn't always been the safest conveyance down the years but he completed the course in 2016 (twelfth) and wasn't to blame for this non-completion; mid-division, badly hampered and unseated eighth (Canal Turn).

CAPTAIN REDBEARD (IRE) hadn't convinced with his jumping in the Grand Sefton earlier in the season and didn't last long returned here; handy, hit fifth, mid-division when unseated rider seventh.

CARLINGFORD LOUGH (IRE) probably isn't the force of old and made no impact after 4 months off (not tongue tied); held up, badly hampered first, badly hampered again eighth (Canal Turn), blundered nineteenth, tailed off when pulled up run-in (reportedly suffered from post-race heat stress).

CHASE THE SPUD seems to have completely lost his form, soon detached and pulled up before The Chair, reportedly bled; plenty to prove at present.

CHILDRENS LIST (IRE) predictably failed to stay after 8 weeks off, though shaped encouragingly for a long way and would be one to consider for other contests over these fences; mid-division, jumped fluently, travelled strongly, in contention from early final circuit until dropped away between 3 out and 2 out, pulled up run-in; still lightly raced in this sphere and remains open to improvement.

DELUSIONOFGRANDEUR (IRE) possibly wasn't over his hard race at Haydock 14 days earlier, producing an uncharacteristically laboured display on this debut over these fences; held up, clouted fifth, badly hampered eighth, never going well after, blundered again thirteenth, tailed off when pulled up early final circuit.

DOUBLE ROSS (IRE) doesn't stay this far, but shaped as if still in decent heart for much of the way; prominent, typically jumped soundly, lost touch gradually from Foinavon second time around, behind when pulled up between last 2.

FINAL NUDGE (IRE) back in headgear, failed to complete on his first try over these fences; mid-division, short of room when fell eighth (Canal Turn).

HOUBLON DES OBEAUX (FR) was backed at long odds due to the testing ground and his stable's recent revival but was let down by jumping this time around (tenth in 2017); held up, behind when fell sixth (Becher's).

I JUST KNOW (IRE) is a notably fluent jumper of conventional fences but failed to complete on his first stab at the National course; made running, fell sixth (Becher's).

LORD WINDERMERE (IRE) has now failed to complete on 3 of his 4 tries over these fences; mid-field, hampered third, short of room when unseated rider eighth (Canal Turn).

MAGGIO (FR) simply isn't the force of old; raced wide, dropped out, mistake seventh, downed tools starting second circuit, tailed off when pulled up after seventeenth (needlessly asked to jump fence).

PENDRA (IRE) failed to stay in 2016 and it was a similar story tried tongue tied here; waited with, badly hampered eighth (Canal Turn), brief headway halfway but pulled up before last having dropped away from 5 out.

PERFECT CANDIDATE (IRE) had lasted until 5 out in 2017 (pulled up) but got no further than the first this time around, crashing out when in the front rank.

SAINT ARE (FR) possibly isn't the force of old and, although blameless for his eventual exit from the race, it was clear from quite early on that he wouldn't be adding to his fine Aintree record; handy, pecked first, bad mistake fourth, lost place when blundered again eighth (Canal Turn), mistake fourteenth, struggling in rear when brought down The Chair.

SHANTOU FLYER (IRE) was pulled up 5 out for the second year running and, as in 2017, reportedly had a breathing problem; mid-division, mistake second, hampered eighth (Canal Turn), slow water jump, lost touch gradually final circuit, not fluent second Valentine's, behind when pulled up next.

TENOR NIVERNAIS (FR) is a doubtful stayer but, as in 2017 (seventeenth), essentially made little impact; mid-division, blundered third, bad mistake twelfth, struggling when mistake 5 out, pulled up next; difficult to assess at present.

THE DUTCHMAN (IRE) shaped as if back in form after 8 weeks off; handy, went with zest, hit twenty-first, still in touch when unseated rider next.

THE LAST SAMURI (IRE) boiled over in the paddock and never figured under a change of tactics (also tongue tied first time); dropped out (ridden handily on all 3 previous tries over these fences), badly hampered sixth (Becher's), hampered again The Chair, never on terms, pulled up 5 out.

THUNDER AND ROSES (IRE) had gone with zest until wiped out by a loose horse at the ninth in 2017 but didn't take to the course this time around, his 2 recent falls on Irish soil having possibly left a mark; prominent, jumped slowly, lost place early as a result, reminders twelfth, tailed off when pulled up after second Valentine's.

TOTAL RECALL (IRE) was badly let down by his jumping tackling these fences for the first time; handy, typically took strong hold, lost place when all but came down third, dropped back again when blundered ninth (Valentine's), generally not fluent after, brief headway second Canal Turn, not persevered with after mistake 4 out, pulled up before 2 out; the anti-climactic end to his campaign shouldn't disguise the tremendous strides he's made since joining Willie Mullins and there are probably more good races to be won with him.

UCELLO CONTI (FR) after 11 weeks off, cut a fine sight over these fences at the head of affairs for much of the way but, for the second year running, was ultimately let down by his jumping on the second circuit; prominent, travelled smoothly, left in front sixth (Becher's), headed nineteenth, remained prominent, going well when bad mistake second Canal Turn, still close up when unseated rider 4 out though probably beginning to feel the pinch; he's clearly on a competitive mark judging by this.

VIRGILIO (FR) was a very doubtful stayer but, after 4 months off, didn't last long in any case; dropped out, hampered first, still in rear when fell sixth (Becher's).

WARRIORS TALE coped okay with the different fences but failed to stay after 11 weeks off; mid-division, jumped fine, hampered Foinavon second time around, lost touch from next, pulled up after 3 out.