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Declaration arrangements for the 2019 Randox Health Grand National – details of elimination sequence, reserves & raising of weights

Press Release 28th March 2019 Aintree

 Declaration arrangements for the 2019 Randox Health Grand National – details of elimination sequence, reserves & raising of weights

 

Thursday, March 28, 2019 – The 172nd staging of the world’s greatest and most valuable chase, the £1-million Randox Health Grand National at Aintree, is now just nine days’ away with the much-anticipated race due off at 5.15pm on Saturday, April 6.

 

The maximum field for the Randox Health Grand National is 40 runners.

 

In order to have 40 runners or near enough, a system of reserves was brought in ahead of the 2000 running.

 

Below can be found the details of eliminations, reserves and raising of the weights for the 2019 Randox Health Grand National.

 

The next stage for the 2019 Randox Health Grand National is the five-day confirmation stage at noon on Monday, April 1.

 

Eliminations

 

If elimination is necessary at the final 48-hour declaration stage on Thursday, April 4 (i.e. there are more than 40 horses declared to run) the balloting of horses set to carry the same weight at the bottom of the handicap will be decided upon by using the horses’ current handicap mark at the time of elimination.

 

The latest order of elimination, based on current BHA ratings, can be found below.

 

In the event of two or more horses on the same weight having an identical current handicap rating, their elimination sequence will be determined by random ballot.

 

Reserves

 

The Randox Health Grand National is restricted to 40 runners plus four reserves. The four reserves are nominated as R1, R2, R3 and R4.

 

Reserves can be utilised if any horse from the 40 runners is declared a non-runner by 1.00pm on Friday April 5.

 

The trainers of horses in the list of five-day acceptors who are not among the 40 highest-weighted horses at the 48-hour declaration stage must indicate at that time whether they are prepared to be a reserve.

 

In the event that the number of declared runners exceeds 40, up to four reserves will be selected.

 

These horses will be the four horses with the highest handicap rating among those who are subject to elimination from the race after the 48-hour declaration stage and who indicate that they are prepared to stand as reserves. If the trainer does not make any indication and cannot be contacted, the horse will not stand as a reserve.

 

When the list of declarations is released, the reserves will not be allocated a saddlecloth number, but will be listed as R1, R2, R3 and R4. They will take sequentially the number of any horse who becomes a non-runner, with reserves who gain a run placed at the bottom of the racecard in the correct weight order.

 

Non-runners declared by 1.00pm on Friday, April 5, 2019, will be replaced by reserves. This means that 1.00pm on Friday April 5, 2019 will be the latest time when reserves can be added to the runners’ list and secure a place in the field for the 2019 Randox Health Grand National.

 

Raising of weights at the 24-hour stage

 

Weights may be raised at 1.00pm on Friday April 5, 2019 in the same manner as at the 48-hour declaration stage if there are any relevant non-runners (i.e the top-weighted horse or horses).

 

Weights will not be raised if all final declared runners are already in the weights at the 1.00pm deadline on Friday, April 5.

 

If this is not the case and the weights are raised at this time, revised declaration of riders will be accepted for all declared runners up to 1.30 p.m. on the same day.

 

The weights as listed below are currently set to rise by 4lb, with original top-weight Bristol De Mai having been scratched on March 27.

 

Best-Shod Horse

 

The Worshipful Company of Farriers will present a memento to the owner and farrier of the best shod horse in each of the three races staged over the Grand National fences during the Randox Health Grand National Festival –the Randox Health Foxhunters’ Chase, the Randox Health Topham Chase and the Randox Health Topham Chase.

 

The judging will take place during the pre-race veterinary inspection.

 

Successful farriers and owners both get a memento.

 

The winning owner of the best shod in the Randox Health Grand National also receives the Le Reve Trophy.

 

 

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, prior to 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 (100 remained), second scratchings deadline March 19 (84 remained – 3 not-qualified, 2 subsequently scratched), five-day confirmations April 1, final declarations 10am April 4. Maximum field of 40 plus four reserves.

 

Weights to be raised by at least 4lb on Monday, April 1, 2019

 

 

Horse

Age

Wgt

Rtg

Owner

Trainer

1)

ANIBALE FLY (FR)

9

11-06

164

J P McManus

Tony Martin IRE

2)

ALPHA DES OBEAUX (FR)

9

11-04

162

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

3)

THE STORYTELLER (IRE)

8

11-03

161

Pat Sloan

Gordon Elliott IRE

4)

VALTOR (FR)

10

11-02

160

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Nicky Henderson

5)

TIGER ROLL (IRE)

9

11-01

159

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

6)

OUTLANDER (IRE)

11

11-00

158

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

7)

DON POLI (IRE)

10

10-13

157

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

8)

SUB LIEUTENANT (IRE)

10

10-13

157

Gigginstown House Stud

Henry de Bromhead IRE

9)

GO CONQUER (IRE)

10

10-13

157

Paul & Clare Rooney

Nigel Twiston-Davies

10)

MALA BEACH (IRE)

11

10-12

156

Chris Jones

Gordon Elliott IRE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11)

YALA ENKI (FR)

9

10-12

156

Hills of Ledbury (Aga)

Venetia Williams

12)

BLAKLION

10

10-12

156

Darren & Annaley Yates

Philip Kirby

13)

MINELLA ROCCO (IRE)

9

10-11

155

J P McManus

Jonjo O'Neill

14)

LAKE VIEW LAD (IRE)

9

10-11

155

Trevor Hemmings

Nick Alexander

15)

PLEASANT COMPANY (IRE)

11

10-11

155

Malcolm Denmark

Willie Mullins IRE

16)

BALLYOPTIC (IRE)

9

10-11

155

Mills & Mason Partnership

Nigel Twiston-Davies

17)

DOUNIKOS (FR)

8

10-10

154

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

18)

RATHVINDEN (IRE)

11

10-10

154

Ronnie Bartlett

Willie Mullins IRE

19)

ONE FOR ARTHUR (IRE)

10

10-10

154

Two Golf Widows

Lucinda Russell

20)

SHATTERED LOVE (IRE)

8

10-10

154

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21)

ROCK THE KASBAH (IRE)

9

10-09

153

Diana Whateley

Philip Hobbs

22)

WARRIORS TALE

10

10-09

153

Trevor Hemmings

Paul Nicholls

23)

REGAL ENCORE (IRE)

11

10-08

152

J P McManus

Anthony Honeyball

24)

MAGIC OF LIGHT (IRE)

8

10-07

151

Ann & Alan Potts Limited

Jessica Harrington IRE

25)

A TOI PHIL (FR)

9

10-07

151

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

26)

JURY DUTY (IRE)

8

10-07

151

Sideways Syndicate

Gordon Elliott IRE

27)

NOBLE ENDEAVOR (IRE)

10

10-06

150

Chris Jones

Gordon Elliott IRE

28)

SANDYMOUNT DUKE (IRE)

10

10-06

150

Ronnie Wood

Jessica Harrington IRE

29)

MONBEG NOTORIOUS (IRE)

8

10-06

150

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

30)

RAMSES DE TEILLEE (FR)

7

10-05

149

John White & Anne Underhill

David Pipe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31)

TEA FOR TWO

10

10-05

149

Jane Williams & Len Jakeman

Jane Williams

32)

MALL DINI (IRE)

9

10-04

148

Philip Reynolds

Patrick Kelly IRE

33)

STEP BACK (IRE)

9

10-03

147

Cracker and Smodge Partnership

Mark Bradstock

34)

ULTRAGOLD (FR)

11

10-03

147

Brocade Racing John Romans Terry Warner

Colin Tizzard

35)

MS PARFOIS (IRE)

8

10-02

146

Martyn Chapman

Anthony Honeyball

36)

PAIROFBROWNEYES (IRE)

10

10-02

146

Fibbage Syndicate

Willie Mullins IRE

37)

BLOW BY BLOW (IRE)

8

10-02

146

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

38)

UP FOR REVIEW (IRE)

10

10-02

146

Andrea & Graham Wylie

Willie Mullins IRE

39)

SINGLEFARMPAYMENT

9

10-02

146

Neal Griffith & Heather Haddock

Tom George

40)

VIEUX LION ROUGE (FR)

10

10-02

146

Prof Caroline Tisdall & John Gent

David Pipe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

41)

VALSEUR LIDO (FR)

10

10-02

146

Gigginstown House Stud

Henry de Bromhead IRE

42)

ABOLITIONIST (IRE)

11

10-01

145

Mark Albon, John Provan & Chris Stedman

Dr Richard Newland

43)

VINTAGE CLOUDS (IRE)

9

10-00

144

Trevor Hemmings

Sue Smith

44)

GENERAL PRINCIPLE (IRE)

10

10-00

144

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

45)

LIVELOVELAUGH (IRE)

9

10-00

144

Susannah Ricci

Willie Mullins IRE

46)

WALK IN THE MILL (FR)

9

10-00

144

Baroness Harding

Robert Walford

47)

FOLSOM BLUE (IRE)

12

10-00

144

Core Partnership

Gordon Elliott IRE

48)

BLESS THE WINGS (IRE)

14

9-13

143

Adrian Butler & Stephen O'Connor

Gordon Elliott IRE

49)

CAPTAIN REDBEARD (IRE)

10

9-13

143

Stuart Coltherd

Stuart Coltherd

50)

POLIDAM (FR)

10

9-13

143

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Willie Mullins IRE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

51)

JOE FARRELL (IRE)

10

9-12

142

Mark Sherwood, Nigel Morris & Rebecca Curtis

Rebecca Curtis

52)

JUST A PAR (IRE)

12

9-12

142

Mark Scott

James Moffatt

53)

THE YOUNG MASTER

10

9-12

142

Mike Burbidge & The Old Masters

Neil Mulholland

54)

BAIE DES ILES (FR)

8

9-12

142

Zorka Wentworth

Ross O'Sullivan IRE

55)

ISLEOFHOPENDREAMS

12

9-12

142

Kilbroney Racing

Willie Mullins IRE

56)

EXITAS (IRE)

11

9-12

142

Phil Middleton, Mark Lowther

Phil Middleton

57)

RED INFANTRY (IRE)

9

9-12

142

Rob Little

Ian Williams

58)

SHANTOU VILLAGE (IRE)

9

9-12

142

Jane Gerard-Pearse

Neil Mulholland

59)

COGRY

10

9-10

140

Graham and Alison Jelley

Nigel Twiston-Davies

60)

OUT SAM

10

9-10

140

Danny Charlesworth

Gordon Elliott IRE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

61)

FACT OF THE MATTER (IRE)

9

9-10

140

The Sandylini Racing Partnership

Jamie Snowden

62)

VIEUX MORVAN (FR)

10

9-10

140

M L Bloodstock Limited

Joseph O'Brien IRE

63)

MR DIABLO (IRE)

10

9-09

139

Aidan Glynn

Philip Dempsey IRE

64)

IMPULSIVE STAR (IRE)

9

9-09

139

Robert Waley-Cohen & Men Holding

Neil Mulholland

65)

KINGSWELL THEATRE

10

9-09

139

John J Murray

Michael Scudamore

66)

CAROLE'S DESTRIER

11

9-08

138

Carole Skipworth

Neil Mulholland

67)

MILANSBAR (IRE)

12

9-08

138

Robert Bothway

Neil King

68)

BORICE (FR)

8

9-07

137

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Gordon Elliott IRE

69)

MEASUREOFMYDREAMS (IRE)

11

9-07

137

Tom Howley Jnr/Mouse O'Ryan/Dave McDonnell

Gordon Elliott IRE

70)

SPLASH OF GINGE

11

9-07

137

John Neild

Nigel Twiston-Davies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

71)

ZIGA BOY (FR)

10

9-07

137

Axom LI

Alan King

72)

HIGHLAND LODGE (IRE)

13

9-05

135

Cheveley Park Stud

James Moffatt

73)

CALL IT MAGIC (IRE)

9

9-05

135

Zorka Wentworth

Ross O'Sullivan IRE

74)

KILCREA VALE (IRE)

9

9-05

135

Alan Spence

Nicky Henderson

75)

LOOKING WELL (IRE)

10

9-03

133

David Wesley Yates

Nicky Richards

76)

POTTERS CORNER (IRE)

9

9-02

132

All Stars Sports Racing & Jonathan Davies

Christian Williams

77)

MORNEY WING (IRE)

10

8-13

129

The Steeple Chasers

Charlie Mann

78)

RATHLIN ROSE (IRE)

11

8-12

128

Fergus Wilson

David Pipe

79)

SCOIR MEAR (IRE)

9

8-11

127

J P McManus

Thomas Mullins IRE

 

84 entries remained after the March 19 scratchings’ deadline – 3 not qualified, 2 subsequently scratched

37 Irish-trained

 

THE FOLLOWING HORSES HAVE BEEN SCRATCHED: BRISTOL DE MAI (FR), DAKLONDIKE (IRE)

 

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.

 

For more information visit www.thejockeyclub.co.uk

 

For further information please contact:

 

Grant Rowley, Regional Communications Manager, The Jockey Club (North West) on 07884 655990 or email:  Grant.Rowley@thejockeyclub.co.uk

 

Jessica Dalgliesh, Senior Communications Executive, The Jockey Club (North West) on 07464 491507 or email:  Jessica.Dalgliesh@thejockeyclub.co.uk

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