John Smith's Grand National Chase (Grade 3 Handicap) 4m 3f 110y

  • (7yo+, 4m 3f 110y, Class 1, 40 runners)
  • Winner £547,268 2nd £205,822 3rd £102,862 4th £51,382 5th £25,838 6th £12,870 7th £6,630 8th £3,510 9th £1,950 10th £975
  • Going: Good (Good to Soft in places; National: Good to Soft, Good in places)
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 9m 12.00s
  • Off time: 16:15:16
Full result
Result 16:15 Aintree
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 35 Auroras Encore 66/1
2nd 18 Cappa Bleu 9 12/1
3rd 10 Teaforthree nk 10/1
4th 19 Oscar Time 11 66/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 51U1P/2
Black, White stars, striped sleeves, Black cap Imperial Commander (IRE) 70
  • T:N A Twiston-Davies
  • J:S Twiston-Davies
  • Form: 51U1P/2
  • Age: 12
  • Weight: 11-10t
  • OR: 158
  • Naps:
12 164 11-10 t N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 158 11/1
2 P/33F7-8
White, Royal Blue epaulets, White sleeves, Red spots, Royal Blue cap What A Friend 42
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:S Thomas
  • Form: P/33F7-8
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-9b
  • OR: 157
  • Naps:
10 163 11-9 b P F Nicholls S Thomas 157 33/1
3 3PF-4PP
Black, grey disc, armlets and cap Weird Al (IRE) 56
  • T:D McCain Jnr
  • J:Timmy Murphy
  • Form: 3PF-4PP
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-8
  • OR: 156
  • Naps:
10 162 11-8 D McCain Jnr Timmy Murphy 156 66/1
4 1113-04
Black, light blue sleeves, red cap Quel Esprit (FR) 56
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:P Townend
  • Form: 1113-04
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 155
  • Naps:
9 161 11-7 W P Mullins P Townend 155 40/1
5 47/U312
Light Blue, Royal Blue star, White and Royal Blue check sleeves and cap Big Fella Thanks 35
  • T:T R George
  • J:D F O'Regan
  • Form: 47/U312
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 11-6t
  • OR: 154
  • Naps:
11 160 11-6 t T R George D F O'Regan 154 33/1
6 1113-23
Maroon, white braces and sleeves Seabass (IRE) 42
  • T:T M Walsh
  • J:Ms K Walsh
  • Form: 1113-23
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-6
  • OR: 154
  • Naps:
10 160 11-6 T M Walsh Ms K Walsh 154 11/2f
7 7-1U355
Emerald Green, Dark Green sleeves, Dark Green and Emerald Green quartered cap Roberto Goldback (IRE) 42
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:B J Geraghty
  • Form: 7-1U355
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 11-6
  • OR: 154
  • Naps:
11 160 11-6 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 154 25/1
8 P912-5P
Emerald Green, Yellow hoops, Emerald Green cap, White star Sunnyhillboy (IRE) 84
  • T:Jonjo O'Neill
  • J:R P Mclernon
  • Form: P912-5P
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR: 152
  • Naps:
10 158 11-4 Jonjo O'Neill R P Mclernon 152 20/1
9 1/46-P73
EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap BallaBriggs (IRE) 35
  • T:D McCain Jnr
  • J:J M Maguire
  • Form: 1/46-P73
  • Age: 12
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR: 152
  • Naps:
12 158 11-4 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 152 20/1
10 11-8620
Dark Blue and White stripes, halved sleeves Teaforthree (IRE) 49
  • T:Miss R Curtis
  • J:Nick Scholfield
  • Form: 11-8620
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-3
  • OR: 151
  • Naps:
9 157 11-3 Miss R Curtis Nick Scholfield 151 10/1
11 3-11271
Light blue, brown star, diabolo on sleeves and star on cap Across The Bay (IRE) 49
  • T:D McCain Jnr
  • J:Henry Brooke
  • Form: 3-11271
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-2bt
  • OR: 150
  • Naps:
9 156 11-2 bt D McCain Jnr Henry Brooke 150 40/1
12 1P3-72P
Royal blue, orange star, royal blue sleeves, orange stars and cap Join Together (IRE) 35
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:D A Jacob
  • Form: 1P3-72P
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR: 150
  • Naps:
8 156 11-2 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 150 25/1
13 13-5211
Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Colbert Station (IRE) 62
  • T:T M Walsh
  • J:A P McCoy
  • Form: 13-5211
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-1t
  • OR: 149
  • Naps:
9 155 11-1 t T M Walsh A P McCoy 149 12/1
14 2P1536
Red and White stripes, hooped sleeves, striped cap Forpadydeplasterer (IRE) 34
  • T:T Cooper
  • J:Andrew J McNamara
  • Form: 2P1536
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR: 148
  • Naps:
11 154 11-0 T Cooper Andrew J McNamara 148 66/1
15 P1/B1F-1
Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap On His Own (IRE) 46
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:R Walsh
  • Form: P1/B1F-1
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR: 148
  • Naps:
9 154 11-0 W P Mullins R Walsh 148 8/1
16 7-35233
Red, white cross of lorraine and sleeves, red cap Joncol (IRE) 56
  • T:P Nolan
  • J:R M Power
  • Form: 7-35233
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 10-13
  • OR: 147
  • Naps:
10 153 10-13 P Nolan R M Power 147 50/1
17 P0R1-12
Red, Royal Blue stars, hooped sleeves and star on cap Balthazar King (IRE) 141
  • T:P J Hobbs
  • J:R Johnson
  • Form: P0R1-12
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 10-12
  • OR: 146
  • Naps:
9 152 10-12 P J Hobbs R Johnson 146 16/1
18 1334-22
Royal Blue, Pink hoop Cappa Bleu (IRE) 49
  • T:Evan Williams
  • J:Paul Moloney
  • Form: 1334-22
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 10-11t
  • OR: 145
  • Naps:
11 151 10-11 t Evan Williams Paul Moloney 145 12/1
19 2/4-4U60
Brown, orange seams and sleeves, orange and brown quartered cap Oscar Time (IRE) 27
  • T:M M Lynch
  • J:Mr S Waley-Cohen
  • Form: 2/4-4U60
  • Age: 12
  • Weight: 10-11
  • OR: 145
  • Naps:
12 151 10-11 M M Lynch Mr S Waley-Cohen 145 66/1
20 4091-78
MAUVE and PURPLE diabolo, PURPLE sleeves, MAUVE armlets and diamond on PURPLE cap Always Waining (IRE) 28
  • T:P Bowen
  • J:T J O'Brien
  • Form: 4091-78
  • Age: 12
  • Weight: 10-10p
  • OR: 144
  • Naps:
12 150 10-10 p P Bowen T J O'Brien 144 33/1
21 15U-676
BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Tatenen (FR) 22
  • T:R Rowe
  • J:A Thornton
  • Form: 15U-676
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 10-10
  • OR: 144
  • Naps:
9 150 10-10 R Rowe A Thornton 144 100/1
22 423F-71
Black, Yellow cap Treacle (IRE) 21
  • T:T J Taaffe
  • J:N Fehily
  • Form: 423F-71
  • Age: 12
  • Weight: 10-9
  • OR: 143
  • Naps:
12 149 10-9 T J Taaffe N Fehily 143 33/1
23 011611
Emerald green and yellow hoops, blue cap Lost Glory (NZ) 175
  • T:Jonjo O'Neill
  • J:M P Walsh
  • Form: 011611
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-8t
  • OR: 142
  • Naps:
8 148 10-8 t Jonjo O'Neill M P Walsh 142 50/1
24 P-P1440
ROYAL BLUE, EMERALD GREEN sleeves, WHITE cap, EMERALD GREEN spots Swing Bill (FR) 23
  • T:D Pipe
  • J:C O'Farrell
  • Form: P-P1440
  • Age: 12
  • Weight: 10-8
  • OR: 142
  • Naps:
12 148 10-8 D Pipe C O'Farrell 142 80/1
25 01-F430
Light green, yellow inverted triangle, yellow sleeves, red diamonds, yellow cap, red diamonds Saint Are (FR) 23
  • T:Tim Vaughan
  • J:D C Costello
  • Form: 01-F430
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 10-8
  • OR: 142
  • Naps:
7 148 10-8 Tim Vaughan D C Costello 142 50/1
26 B-0U631
MAROON, yellow star, hooped sleeves, yellow cap Chicago Grey (IRE) 46
  • T:G Elliott
  • J:P Carberry
  • Form: B-0U631
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 10-7pt
  • OR: 141
  • Naps:
10 147 10-7 pt G Elliott P Carberry 141 11/1
27 10F-685
Emerald green and yellow hoops, red cap Quiscover Fontaine (FR) 37
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:D J Casey
  • Form: 10F-685
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 10-7
  • OR: 141
  • Naps:
9 147 10-7 W P Mullins D J Casey 141 40/1
28 3B8-643
Royal blue, red seams, royal blue sleeves and cap Rare Bob (IRE) 27
  • T:D T Hughes
  • J:B J Cooper
  • Form: 3B8-643
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 10-6
  • OR: 140
  • Naps:
11 146 10-6 D T Hughes B J Cooper 140 16/1
29 4-311P4
EMERALD GREEN, RED hoop, halved sleeves, RED cap The Rainbow Hunter 49
  • T:K C Bailey
  • J:Aidan Coleman
  • Form: 4-311P4
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 10-6
  • OR: 140
  • Naps:
9 146 10-6 K C Bailey Aidan Coleman 140 50/1
30 63PP45
WHITE, light blue sash, brown cap Becauseicouldntsee (IRE) 23
  • T:N F Glynn
  • J:M J Ferris
  • Form: 63PP45
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 10-6
  • OR: 140
  • Naps:
10 146 10-6 N F Glynn M J Ferris 140 66/1
31 12P-P90
Red, White stars on sleeves Harry The Viking 23
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:Ryan Mahon
  • Form: 12P-P90
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-6
  • OR: 140
  • Naps:
8 146 10-6 P F Nicholls Ryan Mahon 140 40/1
32 360264
Cerise, White sash, Black cap Mr Moonshine (IRE) 17
  • T:Mrs S J Smith
  • J:P Buchanan
  • Form: 360264
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 10-5
  • OR: 139
  • Naps:
9 145 10-5 Mrs S J Smith P Buchanan 139 66/1
33 1133FP
PINK, PURPLE cross belts, hooped sleeves, PURPLE cap Mumbles Head (IRE) 105
  • T:P Bowen
  • J:J E Moore
  • Form: 1133FP
  • Age: 12
  • Weight: 10-4
  • OR: 138
  • Naps:
12 144 10-4 P Bowen J E Moore 138 100/1
34 3F6042
DARK BLUE, emerald green seams, white cap Ninetieth Minute (IRE) 21
  • T:T J Taaffe
  • J:N P Madden
  • Form: 3F6042
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 10-3
  • OR: 137
  • Naps:
10 143 10-3 T J Taaffe N P Madden 137 80/1
35 0P45F5
Royal Blue, Yellow diamond, checked sleeves, Royal Blue cap, Yellow diamond Auroras Encore (IRE) 35
  • T:Mrs S J Smith
  • J:Ryan Mania
  • Form: 0P45F5
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 10-3
  • OR: 137
  • Naps:
11 143 10-3 Mrs S J Smith Ryan Mania 137 66/1
36 P11420
ROYAL BLUE and WHITE (quartered), BLACK and WHITE striped sleeves and cap Tarquinius (FR) 27
  • T:G Elliott
  • J:K Renwick
  • Form: P11420
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 10-2bt
  • OR: 136
  • Naps:
10 142 10-2 bt G Elliott K Renwick 136 100/1
37 614U49
Pink and Mauve (quartered), Mauve sleeves, White cap Any Currency (IRE) 23
  • T:M Keighley
  • J:Ian Popham
  • Form: 614U49
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 10-0ct
  • OR: 134
  • Naps:
10 140 10-0 ct M Keighley Ian Popham 134 100/1
38 2P-265P
Yellow, large Black spots and armlets, Black and Yellow quartered cap Major Malarkey (IRE) 21
  • T:N A Twiston-Davies
  • J:T Scudamore
  • Form: 2P-265P
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 10-0
  • OR: 133
  • Naps:
10 140 10-0 N A Twiston-Davies T Scudamore 133 50/1
39 21B-891
Dark Blue, Royal Blue chevrons, Dark Blue cap, Royal Blue star Soll 28
  • T:J Hughes
  • J:M D Grant
  • Form: 21B-891
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-0
  • OR: 132
  • Naps:
8 140 10-0 J Hughes M D Grant 132 33/1
40 023P25
Red, Royal Blue chevrons, armlets and star on cap Viking Blond (FR) 49
  • T:N A Twiston-Davies
  • J:Adam Wedge
  • Form: 023P25
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-0b
  • OR: 131
  • Naps:
8 140 10-0 b N A Twiston-Davies Adam Wedge 131 66/1

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2012   Neptune Collonges (FR)
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:D A Jacob
11 11-6 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 33/1
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In depth

Verdict

Julie Krone in the States, Hayley Turner on the Flat and Nina Carberry under National Hunt Rules have all shown that women are the equal of their male counterparts in the saddle when given the right ammunition and Katie Walsh is up there with the best. Hollywood once imagined Elizabeth Taylor riding the winner of the world's most famous race but Walsh can turn fantasy into reality by partnering SEABASS to victory in this year's renewal. Her father Ted has kept the 10-year-old wrapped in cotton wool since he finished third in 2012 and he arrives here fresh and still on a decent mark. He only gave best at the Elbow last year having travelled strongly throughout and is better off at the weights with Sunnyhillboy, an unlucky runner-up 12 months ago. It's no surprise that A P McCoy has chosen the Walsh's other runner Colbert Station ahead of the latter as he's a progressive and unexposed sort and he makes more appeal than probable favourite On His Own, whose jumping may be suspect. Big Fella Thanks is likely to give a bold sight and Always Waining has won the Topham Trophy three times over these fences but both may have stamina limitations. Teaforthree and Chicago Grey are both former winners of the 4m National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham, however, and will be staying on if avoiding traffic problems. The latter looks particularly well handicapped and was brought down last year. Seven-year-olds have a shocking record in the race but Saint Are won over the Mildmay fences here last season and the runner-up bolted up over hurdles here on Thursday, while these unique fences could inspire the potentially well-treated Harry The Viking to put his best foot forward. Ballabriggs may struggle to turn back the clock, however, and What A Friend and Weird Al may have too much weight. But Balthazar King could go close as he goes well fresh and proved his versatility and stamina by winning the cross-country chase at the Cheltenham Festival last year and following up over conventional obstacles at the same track in October. At big odds, Tatenen might give each-way backers a run for their money as well and the talented Bryan Cooper could get a tune out of Rare Bob so he looks the pick of the remainder.

Formwatch

Auroras Encore (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, lost place 13th, weakened 3 out, tailed off, 5th of 8, well behind Always Right (11-2) at Kelso 2m 7f lst chs (1) sft in Mar.

Cappa Bleu (IRE) 5-1 (11-10) In touch, not fluent 12th, headway 5 out, ridden to challenge 3 out, chased winner approaching last, stayed on well, 2nd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Vino Griego (11-3) at Ascot 3m lstd hcp chs (1) sft in Feb.

Teaforthree (IRE) 5-1 (11-11) Led, headed 11th, went 2nd 5 out, weakened before 2 out, 10th of 14, 44l behind Well Refreshed (10-0) at Haydock 3m 4f hcp chs G3 (1) hvy in Feb.

Oscar Time (IRE) 20-1 (11-6) Always in rear, pushed along from early, trailing from 4 out, last of 17, well behind Rich Revival (10-9) at Naas 3m hcp chs sft in Mar.

Rare Bob (IRE) 12-1 (11-10) Towards rear, headway from 4 out, 4th next, soon ridden, kept on same pace from 2 out, 3rd of 17, 2 1/4l behind Rich Revival (10-9) at Naas 3m hcp chs sft in Mar.

Swing Bill (FR) 28-1 (11-5) Mid-division, headway and in touch on outside 10th, lost place 15th, soon behind, 16th of 24, well behind Same Difference (11-0) at Cheltenham 3m 1f Amateur Handicap Chase (0-145) (5yo+) (2) gs in Mar.

Soll 7-2 (11-10) Chased leader, led 2nd, clear when hit 2 out, stayed on strongly from last, won at Sandown 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Mar beating There's No Panic (11-12) by 5l, 6 ran.

Tarquinius (FR) 6-1fav (10-9) Mid-division, mistake 1st, weakened from 4 out, 14th of 17, well behind Rich Revival (10-9) at Naas 3m hcp chs sft in Mar.

Saint Are (FR) 25-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, dropped to mid-division 8th, reminder 14th, soon behind, 12th of 24, 37l behind Same Difference (11-0) at Cheltenham 3m 1f Amateur Handicap Chase (0-145) (5yo+) (2) gs in Mar.

Always Waining (IRE) 40-1 (10-13) Prominent, outpaced after 7th, soon weakened, tailed off, 8th of 13, well behind Fourovakind (11-9) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Mar.

Major Malarkey (IRE) 13-2 (10-6) Mid-division when mistake 1st and soon pulled up, in a race won by Big Occasion (9-7) at Uttoxeter 4m 1f lstd hcp chs (1) hvy in Mar, 11 ran.

Join Together (IRE) 9-2fav (11-9) Held up in rear of mid-division when badly hampered and dropped to rear 3rd, never able to recover, tailed off and pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Quentin Collonges (10-0) at Doncaster 3m 2f hcp chs (2) gd in Mar, 12 ran.

Seabass (IRE) 11-4 (11-8) Waited with behind leaders, keen hold, 3rd before last, every chance and kept on without matching 1st 2 run-in, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Roi Du Mee (11-8) at Fairyhouse 3m 1f chs Grd 2 (1) sft in Feb.

Across The Bay (IRE) 9-1 (11-4) Made all, not fluent 2nd, mistake and jumped left 4 out, ridden before 2 out, kept on, won at Haydock 3m hdl G2 (1) hvy in Feb beating Trustan Times (11-8) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.

Balthazar King (IRE) 11-4fav (11-8) Led to after 1st, remained in touch, led again 16th to 18th, regained lead 21st, blundered 5 out, mistake and headed 2 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, no chance with winner from last, 2nd of 16, 11l behind Uncle Junior (11-8) at Cheltenham 3m 7f crs cntry chs (5yo+) (2) gs in Nov.

Quiscover Fontaine (FR) 16-1 (11-3) Waited with, 5th 3 out, no impression and kept on same pace from next, 5th of 8, 20l behind Mount Benbulben (11-0) at Thurles 2m 2f chs 0-145 sft in Feb.

Any Currency (IRE) 9-1 (9-13) Chased leaders, pushed along 23rd, lost place 24th, mistake 27th, well held after, 9th of 16, 27l behind Big Shu (10-5) at Cheltenham 3m 7f hcp chs (2) gs in Mar.

Imperial Commander (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Always prominent on outside, led 11th, pressed 2 out, driven 3 lengths clear between last 2, ridden flat, stayed on gamely until headed and no extra towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Cape Tribulation (11-6) at Cheltenham 3m 1f chs Grd 2 (1) hvy in Jan.

What A Friend 25-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, plugged on from 3 out, never on terms, 8th of 13, 34l behind Opening Batsman (10-5) at Kempton 3m hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Feb.

Weird Al (IRE) 16-1 (11-10) Always towards rear, driven and struggling after 10th, tailed off 13th, pulled up soon after, in a race won by Silviniaco Conti (11-10) at Newbury 3m chs Grd 2 (1) sft in Feb, 8 ran.

Quel Esprit (FR) 10-1 (11-10) Led, strongly pressed and headed 3 out, ridden in 3rd entering straight and no extra approaching last, last of 4, 26l behind Sir Des Champs (11-10) at Leopardstown 3m Grade 1 chs (1) in Feb.

BallaBriggs (IRE) 17-2 (10-12) Held up in touch on inside, slightly hampered 9th, headway 12th, tracked leading pair next, outpaced when switched outside after 3 out, went 2nd and every chance next, soon ridden, weakened flat, 3rd of 8, 10l behind Always Right (11-2) at Kelso 2m 7f lst chs (1) sft in Mar.

Forpadydeplasterer (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Chased leaders in 4th, pushed along in 5th 3 out, no impression next and kept on one pace in straight without troubling easy winner, 6th of 14, 18l behind Fosters Cross (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m 2f hdl gs in Mar.

Joncol (IRE) 33-1 (11-10) Settled in 3rd, 4th before halfway, mistake 6 out and no impression from next, kept on one pace and moderate 3rd from last, 3rd of 4, 25l behind Sir Des Champs (11-10) at Leopardstown 3m Grade 1 chs (1) in Feb.

Lost Glory (NZ) 12-1 (11-5) In touch on ouside, headway to chase leaders 13th, went 2nd 4 out, ridden to lead before last, driven out, won at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-150 (2) sft in Oct beating Mostly Bob (10-9) by 1 3/4l, 12 ran.

Chicago Grey (IRE) 25-1 (11-3) Settled behind leaders, closed up into 2nd going well 3 out, in front approaching last, stayed on well run-in, won at Navan 2m 4f chs G2 (1) hvy in Feb beating Foildubh (11-3) by 2 1/2l, 4 ran.

Becauseicouldntsee (IRE) 20-1 (11-10) With leader, led narrowly 11th (water), headed narrowly 14th, every chance until ridden and lost place after last (usual 2 out), weakened flat, 5th of 24, 20l behind Same Difference (11-0) at Cheltenham 3m 1f Amateur Handicap Chase (0-145) (5yo+) (2) gs in Mar.

Harry The Viking 20-1 (11-10) Chased leaders, ridden and outpaced 2 out (usual 3 out), soon weakened, 10th of 24, 33l behind Same Difference (11-0) at Cheltenham 3m 1f Amateur Handicap Chase (0-145) (5yo+) (2) gs in Mar.

Mr Moonshine (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Led, ridden and headed 3 out, chased winner until between last two, no impression, weakened to 4th flat, 4th of 7, 17l behind Mcmurrough (11-0) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gs in Mar.

Ninetieth Minute (IRE) 11-4 (11-0) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, smooth headway to challenge approaching 2 out, soon ridden and found little under pressure, no extra run-in, 2nd of 5, 4l behind Treacle (11-0) at Down Royal 3m 2f chs hvy in Mar.

Viking Blond (FR) 16-1 (10-3) Mid-division, chased leaders and not fluent 6th, soon lost place, chased leaders 10th, weakened from 2 out, 5th of 14, 23l behind Well Refreshed (10-0) at Haydock 3m 4f hcp chs G3 (1) hvy in Feb.

On His Own (IRE) 10-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders and tended to race wide, led approaching straight, pressed and joined before 2 out, in front again before last, stayed on well run-in, won at Navan 2m 5f hdl G2 (1) hvy in Feb beating Si C'etait Vrai (11-3) by 2 1/4l, 6 ran.

Tatenen (FR) 50-1 (10-10) Mid-division, hampered 4th, outpaced 2 out (usual 3 out), ridden and kept on from next, no impression, 6th of 23, 22l behind Alderwood (10-11) at Cheltenham 2m hcp chs G3 (1) sft in Mar.

Big Fella Thanks 9-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, bad mistake and lost place 4th, headway on inside when not much room on bend before 4 out, chased winner next, no impression last, stayed on, held on well for 2nd, 2nd of 11, 5l behind Pacha Du Polder (11-0) at Newbury 2m 4f hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Mar.

Roberto Goldback (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Hampered 1st, held up towards rear, steady headway approaching 12th, pushed along to behind leaders 14th, ridden in 7th 4 out, staying on same pace when switched left approaching 2 out, no further impression, 5th of 13, 14l behind Opening Batsman (10-5) at Kempton 3m hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Feb.

Sunnyhillboy (IRE) 28-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, some headway on outside 4th, lost place when mistake next, well behind before 8th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Ely Brown (11-0) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp hdl (2) sft in Jan, 18 ran.

Colbert Station (IRE) 11-10fav (10-5) Rear of mid-division, headway in 10th after 4 out, 7th 3 out, 4th entering straight, ridden in 3rd before last, stayed on to lead run-in, won at Punchestown 3m hcp hdl hvy in Feb beating Clashnabrook (9-5) by 2l, 22 ran.

Treacle (IRE) 5-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders mainly 3rd, ridden after 3 out and led narrowly next, kept on well under pressure and drew clear run-in, won at Down Royal 3m 2f chs hvy in Mar beating Ninetieth Minute (11-0) by 4l, 5 ran.

The Rainbow Hunter 7-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, soon chasing leaders, never on terms, 4th of 9, 10l behind Vino Griego (11-3) at Ascot 3m lstd hcp chs (1) sft in Feb.

Mumbles Head (IRE) 20-1 (11-10) Mid-division, lost place 3rd, reminders before next, struggling 10th, soon weakened, behind when pulled up 4 out, in a race won by Cannington Brook (11-12) at Haydock 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) hvy in Dec, 10 ran.