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Fahey targeting spoils as entries unveiled for Aintree’s Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase

Press Release 20th March 2019 Aintree

Fahey targeting spoils as entries unveiled for Aintree’s Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 – Entries are revealed today for the two other races over the Grand National fences during the Randox Health Grand National Festival - the £45,000 Randox Health Foxhunters’ Chase (4.05pm, Grand National Thursday, April 4) and the £140,000 G3 Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase (4.05pm Ladies Day, Friday, April 5).

Both chases are staged over two miles, five furlongs and 19 yards, and the maximum field size is 30.

 

Ultragold (Colin Tizzard) has won the Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase for the last two years, including at 50/1 in 2017, and the 11-year-old is among 76 entries for this year’s edition.

Ultragold has the opportunity to emulate Always Waining (2010, 2011, 2012), the only triple winner of the Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase, though connections have indicated that he is more likely to contest the £1-million Randox Health Grand National on Saturday, April 6.

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Champion Jump trainer Nicky Henderson has five Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase triumphs to his name and recently won three successive renewals with Triolo D’Alene (2013), Ma Filleule (2014) and Rajdhani Express (2015).


The Lambourn handler has 10 entries in total, the most of any trainer, including G3 Ultima Handicap Chase victor Beware The Bear and likely top-weight Janika, who took second in the G3 Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate at Cheltenham on March 14.

 

Willie Mullins accounts for three of the 11 Irish-trained entries this year, with his team including dual G3 scorer Cadmium and Leinster National third Bellow Mome. No Irish-trained horse has captured the Randox Health Topham Chase since Cregg House in 2005.

 

Gordon Elliott has Irish Grand National hero General Principle among three entries, while Henry De Bromhead is double-handed with Sub Lieutenant and Valseur Lido. All three horses are owned by Gigginstown House Stud.

 

Co Kildare handler Peter Fahey is targeting the Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase with classy performer Peregrine Run.

 

A G2 winner over hurdles at Cheltenham in November, 2016, Peregrine Run has since won five of his 11 chase starts. The nine-year-old enjoyed a fruitful campaign in the early part of this season, winning a competitive handicap chase at Killarney in August and the Listed M.W. Hickey Memorial Chase at Wexford in October. He has not raced since finishing fourth behind Snow Falcon in a G2 contest for second-season chasers at Down Royal on November 3.

 

Fahey revealed: “Peregrine Run is in good form. He will have a run over hurdles at Thurles this weekend and that will hopefully leave him spot on for Aintree.

 

“We had a good time of it with him in the earlier in the season. We wanted to give him a winter break but, with the way things worked out with the ground over here, we probably ended up giving him a break at the wrong time.

 

“The last time he ran in handicap, I thought he was very impressive at Killarney. I am looking forward to getting him back in a handicap – he is a quick, accurate jumper and I think the Topham will suit provided the ground is in his favour.”

 

Other high-profile entries for the Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase include Double Shuffle (Tom George) and recent G3 Greatwood Gold Cup scorer San Benedeto, one of six entries for Paul Nicholls.

 

44 entries for Randox Health Foxhunters’ Chase

 

There are 44 entries for the £45,000 Randox Health Foxhunters' Chase, up from 38 in 2018.

 

They include Road To Rome (Joseph O’Shea) who ran a gallant race from the front when fourth in the St. James’s Place Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham on March 15. Ucello Conti (Gordon Elliott IRE), who has contested the Randox Health Grand National for the last three years, was a place further back in fifth.

 

Balnaslow (Graham McKeever IRE) and Bear’s Affair (Philip Rowley) fought out the finish to the 2018 Randox Health Foxhunters’ Chase and could lock horns again.

 

Owner David Maxwell has six entries to choose from, as he continues his quest to be crowned champion amateur jockey. They include Cheltenham third Shantou Flyer (Richard Hobson) and other familiar names such as Road To Riches (David Christie IRE), a G1 winner in his pomp for Noel Meade, and Unioniste (Paul Nicholls).

 

Leading Irish-trained runner Burning Ambition (Pierce Power) is also engaged.

 

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

 

The Randox Health Topham Chase

Grade 3 handicap chase, £140,000 Total Prize Fund. Friday, April 5, 2019, 2m 5f 19yds over the Grand National fences. For five-year-olds and upwards. Penalties: after March 24, a winner of a chase 4lb; no penalty to increase a horse’s weight above 11st 12lb. Entries closed March 19, entries revealed March 20 (76 entries), six-day confirmations March 30, final declarations 10am April 4. Maximum field 30 runners.

Horse

Age

Owner

Trainer

ACDC (IRE)

9

D&D Armstrong Ltd

Chris Grant 

ACTIVIAL (FR)

9

R S Brookhouse

Tom George 

ADRIEN DU PONT (FR)

7

Mrs Johnny de la Hey

Paul Nicholls 

ASCOT DE BRUYERE (FR)

9

The Steel Bonnets

James Ewart 

BALLYHILL (FR)

8

Simon Such & Gino Paletta

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

BEAU BAY (FR)

8

Peter Green & Dr RDP Newland

Dr Richard Newland 

BEGGAR'S WISHES (IRE)

8

Roddy Owen & Paul Fullagar

Peter Bowen 

BELLOW MOME (FR)

8

Mrs Audrey Turley

Willie Mullins IRE

BEWARE THE BEAR (IRE)

9

G B Barlow

Nicky Henderson 

BIGMARTRE (FR)

8

P J Dixon

Harry Whittington 

BLACK SCORPION (IRE)

8

Don't Go There Syndicate

Eric McNamara IRE

BORN SURVIVOR (IRE)

8

Mrs G Widdowson & Lizzie Kelvin-Hughes

Dan Skelton 

CADMIUM (FR)

7

Supreme Horse Racing Club/K Sharp

Willie Mullins IRE

CALL IT MAGIC (IRE)

9

Mrs Z Wentworth

Ross O'Sullivan IRE

CAPTAIN REDBEARD (IRE)

10

S Coltherd

Stuart Coltherd 

CASABLANCA MIX (FR)

7

E R Hanbury

Nicky Henderson 

CHIC NAME (FR)

7

The Boom Syndicate

Richard Hobson 

CLAN LEGEND

9

Clan Gathering

Nick Alexander

CLONDAW WESTIE (IRE)

8

Mrs Frank Caudwell

Lawney Hill 

COMMIS D'OFFICE (FR)

7

Julian Blackwell & Mrs Angus Maclay

Venetia Williams 

CRIEVEHILL (IRE)

7

Highclere T'Bred Racing- Crievehill

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

DIMPLE (FR)

8

D&D Armstrong Ltd

Sandy Thomson 

DIVINE SPEAR (IRE)

8

Middleham Park Racing LXII

Nicky Henderson 

DOITFORTHEVILLAGE (IRE)

10

The Rockbourne Partnership

Paul Henderson 

DOUBLE SHUFFLE (IRE)

9

Crossed Fingers Partnership

Tom George 

DUKE DES CHAMPS (IRE)

9

Diana Whateley & Tim Syder

Philip Hobbs 

ECHIQUIER (FR)

5

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

ENJOY RESPONSIBLY (IRE)

10

John Beswick

Oliver Sherwood 

EQUUS SECRETUS (IRE)

7

The Bourtoneers

Ben Pauling 

EXITAS (IRE)

11

P Middleton, M Lowther

Phil Middleton 

FACT OF THE MATTER (IRE)

9

The Sandylini Racing Partnership

Jamie Snowden 

FEDERICI

10

M Four Properties Ltd

Donald McCain 

FLYING ANGEL (IRE)

8

R J Rexton

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

FOREST DES AIGLES (FR)

8

Raymond & Anita Anderson Green

Lucinda Russell 

GENERAL PRINCIPLE (IRE)

10

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

GLEN ROCCO

8

Jeremy Kyle, Ged Mason, David Stevens

Nick Gifford 

GOLD OPERA (IRE)

10

Straightline Bloodstock

Keith Dalgleish 

GOLD PRESENT (IRE)

9

John & Barbara Cotton

Nicky Henderson 

HENRYVILLE

11

Roddy Owen & Paul Fullagar

Peter Bowen 

HIGHLAND LODGE (IRE)

13

Cheveley Park Stud

James Moffatt 

HOGAN'S HEIGHT (IRE)

8

Foxtrot Racing: Hogan's Height

Jamie Snowden 

HOLLY BUSH HENRY (IRE)

8

P Middleton, M Lowther

Phil Middleton 

INDIAN TEMPLE (IRE)

10

Ken Huddleston

Tim Reed 

JANIKA (FR)

6

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Nicky Henderson 

JAVERT (IRE)

10

Axom LII

Emma Lavelle 

JUNCTION FOURTEEN (IRE)

10

Martin St Quinton & Tim Syder

Emma Lavelle 

KILCREA VALE (IRE)

9

Alan Spence

Nicky Henderson 

MERCIAN PRINCE (IRE)

8

Paul Murphy

Amy Murphy 

MORE BUCK'S (IRE)

9

P Duffy, D Semmens, V Williams & M Bowen

Peter Bowen 

O O SEVEN (IRE)

9

Christopher Hanbury

Nicky Henderson 

OUT SAM

10

D Charlesworth

Gordon Elliott IRE

PEREGRINE RUN (IRE)

9

V Byrne

Peter Fahey IRE

POLIDAM (FR)

10

Simon Munir/Isaac Souede

Willie Mullins IRE

RATHER BE (IRE)

8

Matt & Lauren Morgan

Nicky Henderson 

RATHLIN ROSE (IRE)

11

Fergus Wilson

David Pipe 

ROMAIN DE SENAM (FR)

7

Chris Giles & Dan Macdonald

Paul Nicholls 

SAN BENEDETO (FR)

8

P J Vogt

Paul Nicholls 

SHANAHAN'S TURN (IRE)

11

Ann & Alan Potts Limited

Colin Tizzard 

SHANTOU VILLAGE (IRE)

9

Jane Gerard-Pearse

Neil Mulholland 

SOME BUCKLE (IRE)

10

Knowle Racing Stables Limited

Richard Bandey 

SPLASH OF GINGE

11

John Neild

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

SUB LIEUTENANT (IRE)

10

Gigginstown House Stud

Henry de Bromhead IRE

THEATRE TERRITORY (IRE)

9

Robert Waley-Cohen

Warren Greatrex 

THEINVAL (FR)

9

Mr & Mrs Sandy Orr

Nicky Henderson 

TIQUER (FR)

11

Burnham P & D Ltd

Alan Jones 

TOMMY SILVER (FR)

7

Done, Ferguson, Mason & Wood

Paul Nicholls 

TOUCH KICK (IRE)

8

Trevor Hemmings

Paul Nicholls 

ULTRAGOLD (FR)

11

Brocade Racing J P Romans Terry Warner

Colin Tizzard 

VALSEUR LIDO (FR)

10

Gigginstown House Stud

Henry de Bromhead IRE

VALTOR (FR)

10

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Nicky Henderson 

VAN GOGH DU GRANIT (FR)

10

Fergus Wilson

David Pipe 

VANITEUX (FR)

10

C R Leech

Sophie Leech 

VOIX D'EAU (FR)

9

J Fyffe & Gerry McGladery

Lucinda Russell 

WARRIORS TALE

10

Trevor Hemmings

Paul Nicholls 

WOODS WELL (IRE)

8

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

ZALVADOS (FR)

6

D C Mercer

Oliver Greenall 

76 entries

11 Irish-trained

 

The Randox Health Foxhunters’ Chase

Class 2, £45,000 Total Prize Fund. Thursday, April 4, 2019, 2m 5f 19yds over the Grand National fences. For six-year-olds and upwards, who, after October, 2016, and before March 18, 2019, have finished first, second or third in a Hunters' steeple chase on two occasions OR have finished first, second or third in a Hunters' chase on one occasion and have won either another chase (Hunters' chases included) or, during the current Point-to-Point season, an Open Point-to-Point chase. Weights: 12st, mares allowed 7lb. To be ridden by amateur riders holding Category B permits to ride, or amateur riders riding under the provisions of Rule (D) 27. Entries closed March 19, entries revealed March 20 (44 entries), six-day confirmations March 29, final declarations 10am April 3. Maximum field 30 runners.

Horse

Age

Owner

Trainer

ABRICOT DE L'OASIS (FR)

9

James Henderson

James Henderson 

ASANGY (ITY)

7

Howard Taylor

Richard Edwards 

ASOCKASTAR (IRE)

11

Daniel John Bourne

Daniel John Bourne 

BALLOTIN (FR)

8

David Maxwell Racing Limited

Philip Hobbs 

BALNASLOW (IRE)

12

Margaret A Simpson

Graham John McKeever 

BEAR'S AFFAIR (IRE)

13

G B Barlow

Philip Rowley 

BRAVE JAQ (FR)

8

Frederick Joseph Butler

Ryan Potter 

BURNING AMBITION (IRE)

8

Tynan/MacLennan/Carthy/Shanahan/Magnier

Pierce Power IRE

CAID DU BERLAIS (FR)

10

Donlon, Doyle, MacDonald & C Barber

Rose Loxton 

CHAMPAGNE WEST (IRE)

11

S W Dunn

Thomas Frost 

COASTAL TIEP (FR)

7

Jetmac Syndicate

Stuart Crawford IRE

CRAZY JACK (IRE)

11

Mrs Denise Butler

Anne Hewitt 

DINEUR (FR)

13

Gwilym J Morris

Mickey Bowen 

FINANCIAL CLIMATE (IRE)

12

The Ordnance Hill Syndicate

Major Harry Wallace 

GALLERY EXHIBITION (IRE)

12

Somerset Racing

Peter Mason 

GRAND VISION (IRE)

13

J K Farms

Colin Tizzard 

GREENSALT (IRE)

11

Sarah Easterby

William Easterby 

JUST CAUSE (IRE)

9

Tim Gredley

James Owen 

KRUZHLININ (GER)

12

Paul & Clare Rooney

Gordon Elliott IRE

LAURIUM

9

Alan Hill

Alan Hill 

MARINERO (IRE)

10

David Maxwell

David Christie IRE

MONSIEUR GIBRALTAR (FR)

8

David Maxwell Racing Limited

Rose Loxton 

MR MERCURIAL (IRE)

11

Will Ramsay

Will Ramsay 

MR MIX (FR)

8

S C Robinson & Mrs C Gilsenan

Stuart Robinson 

NEVER COMPLAIN (IRE)

11

Glebe House Racing Club

Charlotte Marshall 

NEWSWORTHY (IRE)

9

James Henderson

James Henderson 

NUMBERCRUNCHER (IRE)

13

David O'Brien

David O'Brien 

PASS THE HAT

12

Ms S K Baharuddin

Miss Sarah Rippon 

POPELYS GULL (IRE)

7

L Humphrey

Luke Humphrey 

PREMIER PORTRAIT (IRE)

12

Charles Levinson & Alexia Robinson

Dr Charles Levinson 

ROAD TO RICHES (IRE)

12

David Maxwell

David Christie IRE

ROAD TO ROME (IRE)

9

Graham William Briscoe

Joseph O'Shea

SEEFOOD (IRE)

12

I P Crane

Justin Landy 

SHANTOU FLYER (IRE)

9

David Maxwell Racing Limited

Richard Hobson 

SHANTOU MAGIC (IRE)

12

Will Ramsay

Will Ramsay 

SHIMLA DAWN (IRE)

11

Paul Drury

Christine Drury 

SIR JACK YEATS (IRE)

8

GOWING'S ELEVEN

Richard Spencer 

STARKIE

12

Anthony Ward-Thomas

Anthony Ward-Thomas 

STELLAR NOTION (IRE)

11

S W Dunn

Thomas Frost 

STREETS OF MILAN (IRE)

8

All For The Craic Partnership

Chris Pimlott 

TOP WOOD (FR)

12

J R Weatherby

Kelly Morgan 

UCELLO CONTI (FR)

11

Simon Munir/Isaac Souede

Gordon Elliott IRE

UNIONISTE (FR)

11

David Maxwell Racing Limited

Paul Nicholls 

WONDERFUL CHARM (FR)

11

Robin Geffen, Sir John Ritblat, Robert Waley-Cohen

Paul Nicholls 

 

44 entries

6 Irish-trained

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