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Final field for the 2019 Randox Health Grand National, latest going news & other news before racing on Ladies Day

Press Release 5th April 2019 Aintree

By Racenews

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 (69 confirmations, 1 subsequently scratched - Sandymount Duke), final declarations 10am April 4.g Maximum field of 40 plus four reserves.Weight Raised 4lb on Monday, April 1First rating given is at the weights' launch on February 12, followed by the current rating with the difference in brackets. Horses run off of the weights they were allotted on February 12, with no penalties.
 
 
Horse
Age
Wgt
Rtg
Owner
Trainer/Jockey
1)
ANIBALE FLY (FR) TS
9
11-10
164 172(+8)
J P McManus
Tony Martin IRE/Barry Geraghty
2)
VALTOR (FR)
10
11-06
160 160(=)
Simon Munir & Isaac Souede
Nicky Henderson/Daryl Jacob
3)
TIGER ROLL (IRE) BL, TS
9
11-05
159 167(+8)
Gigginstown House Stud
Gordon Elliott IRE/Davy Russell
4)
OUTLANDER (IRE)
11
11-04
158 157(-1)
Gowing's Eleven
Richard Spencer/James Bowen
5)
DON POLI (IRE) P
10
11-03
157 150(-7)
Darren & Annaley Yates
Philip Kirby/Mr Patrick Mullins
6)
GO CONQUER (IRE) TS
10
11-03
157 157(=)
Paul & Clare Rooney
Nigel Twiston-Davies/Sam
Twiston-Davies
7)
MALA BEACH (IRE)
11
11-02
156 155(-1)
Chris Jones
Gordon Elliott IRE/Mr Jamie Codd
8)
MINELLA ROCCO (IRE)
9
11-01
155 152(-3)
J P McManus
Jonjo O'Neill/Richie McLernon
9)
LAKE VIEW LAD (IRE)
9
11-01
155 158(+3)
Trevor Hemmings
Nick Alexander/Henry Brooke
10)
PLEASANT COMPANY (IRE)
11
11-01
155 155(=)
Malcolm Denmark
Willie Mullins IRE/Paul Townend
11)
BALLYOPTIC (IRE)
9
11-01
155 152(-3)
Mills & Mason Partnership
Nigel Twiston-Davies/Tom Bellamy
12)
DOUNIKOS (FR)
8
11-00
154 154(=)
Gigginstown House Stud
Gordon Elliott IRE/Jack Kennedy
13)
RATHVINDEN (IRE)
11
11-00
154 162(+8)
Ronnie Bartlett
Willie Mullins IRE/Ruby Walsh
14)
ONE FOR ARTHUR (IRE) TS
10
11-00
154 154(=)
Two Golf Widows
Lucinda Russell/Derek Fox
15)
ROCK THE KASBAH (IRE) P
9
10-13
153 153 (=)
Diana Whateley
Philip Hobbs/Richard Johnson
16)
WARRIORS TALE TS
10
10-13
153 151(-2)
Trevor Hemmings
Paul Nicholls/Harry Cobden
17)
REGAL ENCORE (IRE)
11
10-12
152 151(-1)
J P McManus
Anthony Honeyball/Mark Walsh
18)
MAGIC OF LIGHT (IRE) P
8
10-11
151 149(-2)
Ann & Alan Potts Limited
Jessica Harrington IRE/Paddy Kennedy
19)
A TOI PHIL (FR) TS
9
10-11
151 151(=)
Gigginstown House Stud
Gordon Elliott IRE/Denis O'Regan
20)
JURY DUTY (IRE) TS
8
10-11
151 157(+6)
Sideways Syndicate
Gordon Elliott IRE/Robbie Power
21)
NOBLE ENDEAVOR (IRE) P
10
10-10
150 148(-2)
Chris Jones
Gordon Elliott IRE/Mark Enright
22)
MONBEG NOTORIOUS (IRE) V
8
10-10
150 150(=)
Gigginstown House Stud
Gordon Elliott IRE/Sean Bowen
23)
RAMSES DE TEILLEE (FR) TS
7
10-09
149 154(+5)
John White & Anne Underhill
David Pipe/David Noonan
24)
TEA FOR TWO
10
10-09
149 149(=)
Jane Williams & Len Jakeman
Jane Williams/Lizzie Kelly
26)
STEP BACK (IRE) P
9
10-07
147 147(=)
Cracker and Smodge Partnership
Mark Bradstock/Nico de Boinville
27)
ULTRAGOLD (FR) TS
11
10-07
147 146(-1)
Brocade Racing John Romans Terry Warner
Colin Tizzard/Tom O'Brien
28)
BLOW BY BLOW (IRE) BL, TS
8
10-06
146 143(-3)
Gigginstown House Stud
Gordon Elliott IRE/Andrew Ring
29)
UP FOR REVIEW (IRE)
10
10-06
146 146(=)
Andrea & Graham Wylie
Willie Mullins IRE/Danny Mullins
30)
SINGLEFARMPAYMENT H
9
10-06
146 145(-1)
Neal Griffith & Heather Haddock
Tom George/Paddy Brennan
31)
VIEUX LION ROUGE (FR) TS, P
10
10-06
146 142(-4)
Prof Caroline Tisdall & John Gent
David Pipe/Tom Scudamore
32)
VALSEUR LIDO (FR)
10
10-06
146 140(-6)
Gigginstown House Stud
Henry de Bromhead IRE/Rachael Blackmore
33)
VINTAGE CLOUDS (IRE)
9
10-04
144 149(+5)
Trevor Hemmings
Sue Smith/Danny Cook
34)
GENERAL PRINCIPLE (IRE) TS
10
10-04
144 144(=)
Gigginstown House Stud
Gordon Elliott IRE/J J Slevin
35)
LIVELOVELAUGH (IRE)
9
10-04
144 143(-1)
Susannah Ricci
Willie Mullins IRE/David Mullins
36)
WALK IN THE MILL (FR)
9
10-04
144 142(=)
Baroness Harding
Robert Walford/James Best
37)
FOLSOM BLUE (IRE) TS, P
12
10-04
144 142(=)
Core Partnership
Gordon Elliott IRE/Luke Dempsey
38)
CAPTAIN REDBEARD (IRE)
10
10-03
143 144(+1)
Stuart Coltherd
Stuart Coltherd/Sam Coltherd
39)
BLESS THE WINGS (IRE) P
14
10-03
143 143(=)
Adrian Butler & Stephen O'Connor
Gordon Elliott IRE/Robert Dunne
40)
JOE FARRELL (IRE)
10
10-02
142 145(+3)
Mark Sherwood, Nigel Morris & Rebecca Curtis
Rebecca Curtis/Adam Wedge
25)
JUST A PAR (IRE) BL
12
10-02
142 142(=)
Mark Scott
James Moffatt/Aidan Coleman
 
40 runners
19 Irish-trained
 
Non-Runner 25 Mall Dini (IRE) (Self Certificate, Lame)
 
Replaced by first reserve JUST A PAR (IRE) who takes Mall Dini's saddlecloth number (25) but is placed at the bottom of the runners in the racecard in the correct weight order
 
As the 1.00pm deadline today has now passed, no more reserves (The Young Master, Isleofhopendreams, Exitas) can gain a place in the 2019 Randox Health Grand National
 
 
Will there be another big Tote trifecta divided following the 2019 Randox Health Grand National?
 
Weeks after Tote on-course records were broken with the single biggest on-course Placepot payout when one £2-staking punter collected over £182,000 at Cheltenham, another Tote landmark could be achieved at Aintree on Saturday if the 1-2-3 of the Randox Health Grand National proves hard to predict.
 
The biggest-ever Tote trifecta dividend was returned on the Grand National in 2012 when Neptune Collonges (33/1) got the better of Sunnyhillboy (16/1) by a short-head with Seabass (8/1 joint-favourite) third.
 
Despite the bookmakers' tricast returning just £4,607 the trifecta dividend to the same £1 stake was £69,306.30 - a payout that hasn't been matched since, although the return in last year's Grand National went very close.
 
Tiger Roll's (10/1) defeat of Pleasant Company (25/1) and Bless The Wings (40/1) produced a payout of £68,670 to a £1 stake, the biggest trifecta dividend anywhere in the UK in 2018.
 
The trifecta pool is shared between all customers who correctly select the first, second and third in the correct order and is available on every race with three or more runners. The minimum total racecourse spend is just £2.
 
The Tote offers great value to punters on the big race every year, with the fixed take-out making the dividends to win punters comparatively attractive against starting price. Last year, the Tote win dividends returned for 35 of the 38 runners in the Grand National were higher than the starting price odds.
 
For the first time, the Tote betting operations at Aintree on Grand National are being managed this year by britbet, the partnership of 55 British racecourses that sees all operating profits returned directly to racing.
 
Recent Grand National trifecta payouts:
 
2012 - £69,306.30
 
2013 - £9,792.90
 
2014 - £16,792.40
 
2015 - £48,436.10
 
2016 - £57,778.10
 
2017 - £5,802.20
 
2018 - £68,670.00
 
PAPA IS THE DADDY AT AINTREE SALE
 
A four-year-old horse who had run just once in a point-to-point was sold for a cool £440,000 at Goffs UK's Aintree Sale yesterday evening to trainer Jonjo O'Neill.
 
Papa Tango Charly was a hugely impressive winner of his sole start, suggesting he could have a big future as a hurdler or chaser. Countless stars have begun their careers in the point-to-point field, from such G1 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup heroes as Best Mate and Denman, to more recent progressive youngsters who scored at the Cheltenham Festival last month. Envoi Allen, who won last month's G1 Weatherbys Champion Bumper, and Topofthegame, who landed the G1 RSA Chase and runs in today's G1 Betway Mildmay Novices' Chase, are but two examples.
 
County Wexford-based Colin Bowe, who trained Envoi Allen as a youngster, prepared Papa Tango Charly to win at Liscarrol recently, when his performance alerted County Tipperary-based Aiden Kennedy. Knowing O'Neill was looking for a top prospect he phoned the Gloucestershire trainer and O'Neill flew to Ireland to see the horse in his stable. Last night his £440,000 offer secured him on behalf of racehorse owner Martin Tedham, who owns a horse called Tedham, a runner in today's opening race at Aintree, the G3 Merseyrail Handicap Hurdle.
 
Papa Tango Charly's win was impressive, but the horses who filled the places behind him, Big Bresil and Meyer Lansky, were also highly valued when they came up for auction. Big made £170,000 to a bid from racehorse owner Roger Brookhouse, while Meyer Lansky made £110,000 when selling to agent Matt Coleman, who said Jonjo O'Neill would be the gelding's new trainer.
 
O'Neill's bid for Papa Tango Charly, a record for Goffs UK's Aintree Sale, helped propel turnover at the event to £3,198,000. Of the 28 horses offered, mostly young Irish pointers, 25 found a buyer at an average price of £127,920.
 
The sale had been given a compelling opening when two Randox Health Grand National runners - both trained by Gordon Elliott and owned by Gigginstown House Stud - were offered for sale. Don Poli was sold for £170,000 to Yorkshire trainer Philip Kirby, while bloodstock agent J D Moore gave £165,000 for Outlander. Kirby was acting for racehorse owner Darren Yates, whose hopes of running Blaklion in the big race were scuppered last week when the horse picked up an injury - now he has a high-class replacement - while Moore represented Rebel Racing, a syndicate headed by Phil Cunningham, who will stable his new buy with Newmarket trainer Richard Spencer.
Young Herefordshire-based bloodstock agent Ed Bailey made his biggest purchase to date when bidding £280,000 for Adrimel, a winner at Ballyarthur last month for trainer Josh Ryan, who paid just €11,000 for the gelding at a sale of unbroken 'store' horses in August. Bailey could not name his client, but said: "He's a lovely-moving horse and comes from a very shrewd stable."
 
Anthony Bromley bought The Glancing Queen from the Irish point-to-point circuit, and after watching her land yesterday afternoon's Goffs UK Nickel Coin Mares' Bumper at Aintree he stayed at the racecourse to buy It Sure Is, who made a winning start in a point-to-point at Ballynoe as recently as Sunday. Bromley of Highflyer Bloodstock, paid £150,000 for the gelding, then said: "I've bought him for Nicky Henderson, who described him as the nicest-looking horse in the sale. Colin Bowe [who trained It Sure Is] recommended the horse, and we've had good luck with Colin before. I bought Glancing Queen from him, and she won this afternoon's mares' bumper."
 
At the sale's conclusion, Goffs UK managing director Tony Williams said: "The Aintree Sale has firmly established itself as an elite outlet for high-class pointers and form horses. We are indebted to the Aintree executive for their enthusiastic partnership in this sale and to our vendors who sent us outstanding horses once again, creating an electric atmosphere in the ring."
 
KIRBY GETS TO KNOW THE DON
                   
Yorkshire trainer Phil Kirby rode out at Aintree this morning on his newly-purchased Randox Health Grand National runner Don Poli.
 
Kirby attended yesterday evening's Goffs UK Aintree Sale, held in the winner's enclosure after racing, and it was his bid of £170,000 which secured 10-year-old Don Poli, one of two runners in the big race who were offered for sale by Gigginstown House Stud. The other, Outlander, was sold to Rebel Racing and will be trained in Newmarket by Richard Spencer.
 
After bringing down the hammer Kirby revealed he was acting for racehorse owner Darren Yates, who hoped to see his colours carried by Blaklion, a horse he purchased privately out of Nigel Twiston-Davies' stable earlier this year. A subsequent injury to Blaklion thwarted the plan, but Don Poli, a high-class chaser with a third place in the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup on his CV, is a fine alternative.
 
Kirby has the challenge of taking on a horse from the brilliant trainer Gordon Elliott, but after riding Don Poli in a simple leg stretching exercise, Kirby quipped: "I've just got him fit!
 
"Seriously, he's a lovely big, strong horse - we just had a hack around for a couple of circuits. He's a proper horse, and tomorrow will be the first time he will have raced on soft ground for quite a while.
"He's come from a great yard, but taking him back to Yorkshire for a change of scene can do him no harm. If it sparks him back up we should have some fun.
 
"We have decided to stick with the original jockey booking of Patrick Mullins. The new owner and I had a chat and we agreed there was no point changing things at this stage, and that Patrick knows the horse and was the best man for the job.
 
"This will be my first runner in the [Randox Health] Grand National and I cannot wait."
 
GOING CHANGE
 
Andrew Tulloch, Aintree's Clerk of the Course, changed the going description at 11.45am on Ladies Day (April 5).
 
Tulloch said: "I have just walked the course with the stewards and the course inspectors, and it is looking in great nick. It took yesterday's rain really well, so we are changing the official going description to Soft, Good to Soft in places [from Soft] on all three courses (Grand National, Mildmay and Hurdle).
 
"The forecast says we are set for a fine day today - breezy and dry - and that looks set to continue tomorrow for Randox Health Grand National day, hopefully. It will again be breezy and cool tomorrow, but dry.
 
"With this drying wind, I think the ground will dry out a little by tomorrow, because of the sandy soil here and the fact that we have had a relatively dry winter, so it has taken the recent rain well. It wouldn't surprise me if it continues to dry back a bit."
 
Grand National Course: Soft, Good to Soft in places (from Soft)
Mildmay & Hurdle Courses: Soft, Good to Soft in places (from Soft)

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