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Ms Parfois could aim to bridge 68-year gap in Randox Health Grand National

Press Release 18th February 2019 Aintree

Ms Parfois could aim to bridge 68-year gap in Randox Health Grand National

 

Monday, February 18, 2019 – It has been 68 years since a mare won the Randox Health Grand National when Nickel Coin came home six lengths in front of Royal Tan. In more recent years, the latest mare to be placed was Dubacilla, fourth behind Royal Athlete in 1995.

A mare on the trail for the 2019 renewal of the world’s greatest and most valuable chase, which has a prize fund of £1 million and is staged at Aintree on Saturday, April 6, is Ms Parfois (Anthony Honeyball, 10st 2lb). She is a 33/1 chance with Betway, official betting partner of the Randox Health Grand National Festival.

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The eight-year-old enjoyed a fine spring in 2018, when she finished runner-up at both the Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals. At Cheltenham, she was the half-length runner-up to fellow Randox Health Grand National aspirant Rathvinden (Willie Mullins IRE, 10st 10lb, 28/1 with Betway) in the four-mile G2 National Hunt Novices' Chase while at Aintree she went down by just under four lengths to Terrefort in the G1 Betway Mildmay Novices' Chase over three miles and a furlong. On her one outing so far this season, Ms Parfois came home sixth in the valuable G3 Ladbrokes Trophy Handicap Chase at Newbury in December.

 

Honeyball, who is based in Dorset, revealed: “I have had a good look at the weights and Ms Parfois is on 146, which is her actual rating. If she got in the National, the top-weight ran and the ground was suitable, you would have to think she would run well.

 

“She ran very well at Aintree last year when second in the G1 novices’ chase. We have just had a bit of a topsy-turvy season really and the horses were not right earlier on. It is hard to know where we are at the moment although some of them have come out and won recently.

 

“If we can get Ms Parfois running like she was last season, there has to be a big race in her if the ground is soft to heavy, or soft, good to soft would be fine with some rain about.

 

“At the moment we are looking at taking her to the Leinster National in early March and we are also looking at the Midlands National, Aintree and the Irish National for her.

 

“It has been very difficult as we wanted to run Ms Parfois in a mares’ race at Exeter the other day and that was abandoned. We also looked at Wincanton over the weekend but the ground was not suitable. Either of those races would have been a good baby step for her but now she will have to go straight into the deep end in one of the big handicaps.

 

“The only race she would be entered in at the Cheltenham Festival is the Ultima Handicap Chase, but unfortunately that race takes place on about the only day that her owner won’t be able to go racing. Because of the season we have had, he doesn’t want to miss her when she runs.

 

“Ms Parfois wasn’t right when she ran in the Ladbrokes Trophy, which was a shame because that looked a golden opportunity for her. We are ready to have another go with her now and see where we are.”

 

Ms Parfois races in the colours of Dorset-based book distributor Martyn Chapman. He was born in 1951 – the year of Nickel Coin’s Grand National victory.

 

Honeyball could also be represented in the 2019 Randox Health Grand National by Regal Encore (10st 8lb, 66/1 with Betway). The J P McManus-owned 11-year-old finished eighth, beaten 28 lengths, in the 2017 Randox Health Grand National. He reappeared this season in the a Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle Qualifier at Aintree in October, when coming home sixth to another Randox Health Grand National contender, Abolitionist (Dr Richard Newland, 10st 1lb, 33/1) and was last seen at Ascot on Saturday, February 16, when an encouraging third in the Listed Swinley Handicap Chase.

 

Honeyball continued:  “Regal Encore ran very, very well in the 2017 Grand National and was definitely value for a lot closer than he actually finished – he hunted and popped round before making up a lot of ground. He got a bit tired before staying on again.

 

“He is pretty versatile as regards the ground. Anything from good through to good to soft or even soft is fine for him.”

 

Tiger Roll now clear favourite following stunning G2 hurdle success at Navan yesterday

 

Tiger Roll (Gordon Elliott IRE, 11st 1lb) shot to the head of the market for the Randox Health Grand National with Betway when recording a stunning four-length victory in the G2 Boyne Hurdle at Navan yesterday.

 

The 2018 Randox Health Grand National hero is now 12/1 clear favourite with Betway. If successful at Aintree on April 6, the nine-year-old would become the first horse to record back-to-back victories since the great Red Rum in 1973 and 1974. Trainer Gordon Elliott confirmed after yesterday’s success that Tiger Roll will now head to the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham on March 13 ahead of the Randox Health Grand National.

 

Weights for the 2018 Randox Health Grand National were revealed on February 12 at the iconic Cunard Building in the heart of Liverpool. Bristol De Mai (Nigel Twiston-Davies, 33/1) heads the weights on 11st 10lb. The eight-year-old is a four-time G1 winner, including the last two renewals of the G1 Betfair Chase at Haydock Park.

 

The 20/1 joint-second favourites with Betway are this season’s Welsh Grand National victor Elegant Escape (Colin Tizzard, 11st 4lb) and Mall Dini (Pat Kelly IRE, 10st 4lb), who shaped well when sixth in the valuable Thyestes Handicap Chase at Gowran Park on January 24.

 

With a prize fund of £1 million, the world's greatest chase is the most valuable Jump race globally and takes place over four miles, two furlongs and 74 yards and 30 fences at Aintree at 5.15pm on Saturday, April 6, day three of the Randox Health Grand National Festival. This year sees the 172nd running of the great Aintree chase.

 

Latest odds from Betway, official betting partner of the Randox Health Grand National Festival

 

12/1 Tiger Roll

 

20/1 Elegant Escape, Mall Dini

 

25/1 Anibale Fly, General Principle, Give Me A Copper, Pleasant Company, Rock The Kasbah, Step Back, Up For Review, Vintage Clouds, Walk In The Mill

 

28/1 Rathvinden

 

33/1 Abolitionist, Alpha des Obeaux, Blaklion, Bristol De Mai, Captain Redbeard, Dounikos, Lake View Lad,, Minella Rocco, Missed Approach, Ms Parfois, One For Arthur, Ramses de Teillee, Royal Vacation, Total Recall, Traffic Fluide, Ultragold, Valtor

 

40/1 BAR

 

Each-Way: 1/4 odds, 1-2-3-4

 

Randox Health Grand National

Grade 3 handicap chase, £1 million total prize fund. Aintree, 5.15pm Saturday, April 6, 2019. 4m 2f 74y over the Grand National fences. For seven-year-olds and upwards who, up to and including March 19 have started in a steeple chase during the current season and been placed first, second, third or fourth in a chase with an official distance description of' two miles seven and a half furlongs' or more at any time during the horse's career, Horses must also be allotted a rating of 125 or more by the BHA Head of Handicapping following a review of the horses entered and after taking account of races run up to and including February 10. Horses who are not qualified for a rating in Great Britain or Ireland at closing may also be entered. Such horses may be eligible for a weight providing the Handicapper is satisfied that the horse's racecourse performances up to and including February 10 would merit a minimum rating of 125. To qualify, horses must have run at least three times in chases run under the Rules of Racing of the same Recognised Racing Authority up to and including February 10. At the Handicapper's discretion, such horses may be allocated a rating. The decision of the BHA Head of Handicapping shall be final. Entries closes January 29, entries revealed January 30 (112 entries - 2 not qualified), weights revealed February 12, first scratchings deadline February 26, second scratchings deadline March 19, five-day confirmations April 1, final declarations 10am April 4. Maximum field of 40 plus four reserves.

 

Horse

Age

Wgt

Rating

Owner

Trainer

1)

BRISTOL DE MAI (FR)

8

11-10

168

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Nigel Twiston-Davies

2)

ANIBALE FLY (FR)

9

11-06

164

J P McManus

Tony Martin IRE

3)

ALPHA DES OBEAUX (FR)

9

11-04

162

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

4)

ELEGANT ESCAPE (IRE)

7

11-04

162

John Romans

Colin Tizzard

5)

THE STORYTELLER (IRE)

8

11-03

161

Pat Sloan

Gordon Elliott IRE

6)

VALTOR (FR)

10

11-02

160

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Nicky Henderson

7)

EDWULF

10

11-01

159

J P McManus

Joseph O'Brien IRE

8)

TIGER ROLL (IRE)

9

11-01

159

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

9)

OUTLANDER (IRE)

11

11-00

158

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

10)

DON POLI (IRE)

10

10-13

157

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11)

GO CONQUER (IRE)

10

10-13

157

Paul & Clare Rooney

Nigel Twiston-Davies

12)

SUB LIEUTENANT (IRE)

10

10-13

157

Gigginstown House Stud

Henry de Bromhead IRE

13)

BLAKLION

10

10-12

156

Simon Such & Gino Paletta

Nigel Twiston-Davies

14)

MALA BEACH (IRE)

11

10-12

156

Chris Jones

Gordon Elliott IRE

15)

YALA ENKI (FR)

9

10-12

156

Hills of Ledbury (Aga)

Venetia Williams

16)

BALLYOPTIC (IRE)

9

10-11

155

Mills & Mason Partnership

Nigel Twiston-Davies

17)

BLACK CORTON (FR)

8

10-11

155

The Brooks, Stewart Families & J Kyle

Paul Nicholls

18)

LAKE VIEW LAD (IRE)

9

10-11

155

Trevor Hemmings

Nick Alexander

19)

MINELLA ROCCO (IRE)

9

10-11

155

J P McManus

Jonjo O'Neill

20)

PLEASANT COMPANY (IRE)

11

10-11

155

Malcolm Denmark

Willie Mullins IRE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21)

AMERICAN (FR)

9

10-10

154

The Jago Family Partnership

Harry Fry

22)

DOUNIKOS (FR)

8

10-10

154

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

23)

ONE FOR ARTHUR (IRE)

10

10-10

154

Two Golf Widows

Lucinda Russell

24)

RATHVINDEN (IRE)

11

10-10

154

Ronnie Bartlett

Willie Mullins IRE

25)

SHATTERED LOVE (IRE)

8

10-10

154

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

26)

SIZING CODELCO (IRE)

10

10-10

154

Ann & Alan Potts Limited

Colin Tizzard

27)

TOTAL RECALL (IRE)

10

10-10

154

Slaneyville Syndicate

Willie Mullins IRE

28)

TRAFFIC FLUIDE (FR)

9

10-10

154

Galloping On The South Downs Partnership

Gary Moore

29)

ROCK THE KASBAH (IRE)

9

10-09

153

Diana Whateley

Philip Hobbs

30)

WARRIORS TALE

10

10-09

153

Trevor Hemmings

Paul Nicholls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31)

AUVERGNAT (FR)

9

10-08

152

J P McManus

Enda Bolger IRE

32)

REGAL ENCORE (IRE)

11

10-08

152

J P McManus

Anthony Honeyball

33)

ROYAL VACATION (IRE)

9

10-08

152

Jean Bishop

Colin Tizzard

34)

A TOI PHIL (FR)

9

10-07

151

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

35)

JURY DUTY (IRE)

8

10-07

151

Sideways Syndicate

Gordon Elliott IRE

36)

MAGIC OF LIGHT (IRE)

8

10-07

151

Ann & Alan Potts Limited

Jessica Harrington IRE

37)

MASTER DEE (IRE)

10

10-07

151

Paul & Clare Rooney

Fergal O'Brien

38)

MONBEG NOTORIOUS (IRE)

8

10-06

150

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

39)

NOBLE ENDEAVOR (IRE)

10

10-06

150

Chris Jones

Gordon Elliott IRE

40)

SANDYMOUNT DUKE (IRE)

10

10-06

150

Ronnie Wood

Jessica Harrington IRE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

41)

THE LAST SAMURI (IRE)

11

10-06

150

Paul & Clare Rooney

Harry Fry

42)

ACAPELLA BOURGEOIS (FR)

9

10-05

149

Slaneyville Syndicate

Willie Mullins IRE

43)

RAMSES DE TEILLEE (FR)

7

10-05

149

John White & Anne Underhill

David Pipe

44)

TEA FOR TWO

10

10-05

149

Jane Williams & Len Jakeman

Jane Williams

45)

DAKLONDIKE (IRE)

7

10-04

148

Prof Caroline Tisdall

David Pipe

46)

MALL DINI (IRE)

9

10-04

148

Philip Reynolds

Patrick Kelly IRE

47)

CALETT MAD (FR)

7

10-03

147

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Nigel Twiston-Davies

48)

STEP BACK (IRE)

9

10-03

147

Cracker and Smodge Partnership

Mark Bradstock

49)

THE DUTCHMAN (IRE)

9

10-03

147

SprayClad UK

Colin Tizzard

50)

ULTRAGOLD (FR)

11

10-03

147

Brocade Racing John Romans Terry Warner

Colin Tizzard

 

51)

BLOW BY BLOW (IRE)

8

10-02

146

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

52)

MS PARFOIS (IRE)

8

10-02

146

M R Chapman

Anthony Honeyball

53)

PAIROFBROWNEYES (IRE)

10

10-02

146

Fibbage Syndicate

Willie Mullins IRE

54)

SINGLEFARMPAYMENT

9

10-02

146

N T Griffith & H M Haddock

Tom George

55)

SOME NECK (FR)

8

10-02

146

Susannah Ricci

Willie Mullins IRE

56)

UP FOR REVIEW (IRE)

10

10-02

146

Andrea & Graham Wylie

Willie Mullins IRE

57)

VALSEUR LIDO (FR)

10

10-02

146

Gigginstown House Stud

Henry de Bromhead IRE

58)

VIEUX LION ROUGE (FR)

10

10-02

146

Prof Caroline Tisdall & John Gent

David Pipe

59)

ABOLITIONIST (IRE)

11

10-01

145

Mark Albon, John Provan & Chris Stedman

Dr Richard Newland

60)

GIVE ME A COPPER (IRE)

9

10-01

145

Done, Ferguson, Kyle, Mason & Wood

Paul Nicholls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

61)

MISSED APPROACH (IRE)

9

10-01

145

Alan & Andrew Turner

Warren Greatrex

62)

FOLSOM BLUE (IRE)

12

10-00

144

Core Partnership

Gordon Elliott IRE

63)

GENERAL PRINCIPLE (IRE)

10

10-00

144

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

64)

LIVELOVELAUGH (IRE)

9

10-00

144

Susannah Ricci

Willie Mullins IRE

65)

VINTAGE CLOUDS (IRE)

9

10-00

144

Trevor Hemmings

Sue Smith

66)

WALK IN THE MILL (FR)

9

10-00

144

Baroness Harding

Robert Walford

67)

WILLIE BOY (IRE)

8

10-00

144

Kate & Andrew Brooks

Charlie Longsdon

68)

BALLYHILL (FR)

8

9-13

143

Simon Such & Gino Paletta

Nigel Twiston-Davies

69)

BLESS THE WINGS (IRE)

14

9-13

143

Adrian Butler & Stephen O'Connor

Gordon Elliott IRE

70)

CAPTAIN REDBEARD (IRE)

10

9-13

143

Stuart Coltherd

Stuart Coltherd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

71)

POLIDAM (FR)

10

9-13

143

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Willie Mullins IRE

72)

BAIE DES ILES (FR)

8

9-12

142

Zorka Wentworth

Ross O'Sullivan IRE

73)

EXITAS (IRE)

11

9-12

142

P Middleton, M Lowther

Phil Middleton

74)

ISLEOFHOPENDREAMS

12

9-12

142

Kilbroney Racing

Willie Mullins IRE

75)

JOE FARRELL (IRE)

10

9-12

142

M Sherwood, N Morris & R Curtis

Rebecca Curtis

76)

JUST A PAR (IRE)

12

9-12

142

M Scott

James Moffatt

77)

RED INFANTRY (IRE)

9

9-12

142

Rob Little

Ian Williams

78)

SHANTOU VILLAGE (IRE)

9

9-12

142

Jane Gerard-Pearse

Neil Mulholland

79)

THE YOUNG MASTER

10

9-12

142

Mike Burbidge & The Old Masters

Neil Mulholland

80)

WESTERNER POINT (IRE)

10

9-11

141

Thade Quill Syndicate

Eoghan O'Grady IRE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

81)

BALLYARTHUR (IRE)

9

9-10

140

Graham and Alison Jelley

Nigel Twiston-Davies

82)

BALLYDINE (IRE)

9

9-10

140

Alan Halsall

Charlie Longsdon

83)

COGRY

10

9-10

140

Graham and Alison Jelley

Nigel Twiston-Davies

84)

FACT OF THE MATTER (IRE)

9

9-10

140

The Sandylini Racing Partnership

Jamie Snowden

85)

OUT SAM

10

9-10

140

D Charlesworth

Gordon Elliott IRE

86)

VIEUX MORVAN (FR)

10

9-10

140

M L Bloodstock Limited

Joseph O'Brien IRE

87)

IMPULSIVE STAR (IRE)

9

9-09

139

Robert Waley-Cohen & Men Holding

Neil Mulholland

88)

KINGSWELL THEATRE

10

9-09

139

John J Murray

Michael Scudamore

89)

MR DIABLO (IRE)

10

9-09

139

Aidan Glynn

Philip Dempsey IRE

90)

CAROLE'S DESTRIER

11

9-08

138

Mrs C Skipworth

Neil Mulholland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

91)

MILANSBAR (IRE)

12

9-08

138

Robert Bothway

Neil King

92)

BORICE (FR)

8

9-07

137

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Gordon Elliott IRE

93)

JAROB

12

9-07

137

Chris Jones

Gearoid O'Loughlin IRE

94)

MEASUREOFMYDREAMS (IRE)

11

9-07

137

T Howley Jnr/A J O'Ryan/D McDonnell

Gordon Elliott IRE

95)

ROGUE ANGEL (IRE)

11

9-07

137

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

96)

SPLASH OF GINGE

11

9-07

137

John Neild

Nigel Twiston-Davies

97)

ZIGA BOY (FR)

10

9-07

137

Axom LI

Alan King

98)

CALL IT MAGIC (IRE)

9

9-05

135

Zorka Wentworth

Ross O'Sullivan IRE

99)

HIGHLAND LODGE (IRE)

13

9-05

135

Cheveley Park Stud

James Moffatt

100)

KILCREA VALE (IRE)

9

9-05

135

Alan Spence

Nicky Henderson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

101)

WOODS WELL (IRE)

8

9-05

135

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

102)

LOOKING WELL (IRE)

10

9-03

133

David Wesley Yates

Nicky Richards

103)

BACK TO THE THATCH (IRE)

7

9-02

132

M R & Mrs C J Barnwell

Henry Daly

104)

POTTERS CORNER (IRE)

9

9-02

132

All Stars Sports Racing & J Davies

Christian Williams

105)

MORNEY WING (IRE)

10

8-13

129

The Steeple Chasers

Charlie Mann

106)

NED STARK (IRE)

11

8-12

128

Noel Moran/Mrs Valerie Moran

Gordon Elliott IRE

107)

RATHLIN ROSE (IRE)

11

8-12

128

Fergus Wilson

David Pipe

108)

SCOIR MEAR (IRE)

9

8-11

127

J P McManus

Thomas Mullins IRE

109)

VAN GOGH DU GRANIT (FR)

10

8-11

127

Fergus Wilson

David Pipe

 

109 entries remain - SKIPTHECUDDLES (IRE) & LIEUTENANT COLONEL not qualified, ALLYSSON MONTERG (FR) scratched

47 Irish-trained

 

About Aintree Racecourse / The Jockey Club

Aintree is home to The Randox Health Grand National, the most famous horse race in the world which is the climax to a three-day Festival meeting in April every year. The racecourse hosts five other fixtures and is a leading conference centre in the north west of England.

 

More information is available at aintree.thejockeyclub.co.uk

 

Aintree is part of The Jockey Club which stages thrilling sporting occasions including The Randox Health Grand National, The Cheltenham Festival and The Investec Derby. Millions of people every year enjoy the special experiences we offer through racing, music, food and entertainment. Governed by Royal Charter, every penny we make goes back into British Racing to help the sport thrive. We were founded in 1750 and today we are the largest commercial group in Britain's second-biggest spectator sport, operating 15 racecourses nationwide, The National Stud, Jockey Club Estates, Jockey Club Catering, Jockey Club Live and our charity, Racing Welfare.

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