BetVictor Aintree Grand National NRFB Handicap 1m 4f
- (4yo+, 1m 4f, Class 6, 13 runners)
- Winner £1,941 2nd £578 3rd £289 4th £144
- Going: Standard
- Surface: Polytrack
- Winning time: 2m 33.62s
- Off time: 19:02:26
|1st||3 Evergreen Forest||4/1|
|2nd||6 Irene Kennet||½||11/2|
|3rd||7 Asia Minor||s.h||5/2f|
Rodrigo De Freitas (IRE) 43
|6||133 9-7 v||R Ingram||A Kirby||60||10/1|
The Blue Dog (IRE) 22
|6||133 9-7||M Wigham||Robert Tart (7)||60||33/1|
Evergreen Forest (IRE) 17
|5||133 9-7 b||T Keddy||G Baker||60||4/1|
Lady Of Burgundy 17
|7||132 9-6||M D I Usher||Mr L Newnes (5)||59||20/1|
Shirataki (IRE) 17
|5||131 9-5||P W Hiatt||C Catlin||58||12/1|
Irene Kennet 17
|6||129 9-3 h||P Burgoyne||Hayley Turner||56||11/2|
Asia Minor (IRE) 17
|4||128 9-2||Dr J D Scargill||L Morris||58||5/2f|
Youm Jamil (USA) 17
|6||128 9-2||A W Carroll||Ryan Tate (7)||55||20/1|
If You Whisper (IRE) 17
|5||127 9-1||M Murphy||E Ahern||54||14/1|
Highly Likely (IRE) 35
|4||127 9-1||S Woodman||William Carson||57||33/1|
Leitrim King (IRE) 14
|4||125 8-13 p1||G L Moore||F Sweeney||55||12/1|
Midnight Bahia (IRE) 14
|4||121 8-9||D K Ivory||F Norton||51||14/1|
Ice Apple 35
|5||119 8-7||J E Long||Natalia Gemelova (3)||45||66/1|
||4||810 pt||M R Bosley||Non Runner||52||NR|
||5||8-8||W J Musson||J Mackay||8/1|
Irene Kennet recorded a double over course and distance last month and beat five of today's opposition on her latest start. Youm Jamil and Shirataki finished closest to her on that occasion but she's fancied to confirm running and make another bold bid. Midnight Bahia dead-heated for first place at Wolverhampton a fortnight ago with Leitrim King behind and could figure again but ASIA MINOR makes more appeal. She proved well suited to the longer distance when beating Evergreen Forest with plenty to spare over track and trip last time and gets the nod with further progress likely.
Roman Senate (IRE) 5-1fav (8-10) Led 1f, chased leaders, hard ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 14, 17l behind Irene Kennet (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Evergreen Forest (IRE) 2-1fav (9-3) Tracked clear leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 14, 2 3/4l behind Asia Minor (8-9) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Irene Kennet 11-2 (9-0) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, ridden clear inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan beating Youm Jamil (8-8) by 1l, 14 ran.
Asia Minor (IRE) 8-1 (8-9) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan beating Evergreen Forest (9-3) by 2 3/4l, 14 ran.
Shirataki (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) In touch, effort over 1f out, soon chasing winner, no extra close home, 3rd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Irene Kennet (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Midnight Bahia (IRE) 11-2 (8-10) Took keen hold, led 2f, chased leader, led again 3f out, clear 2f out, joined on post, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jan deadheating with Sir Dylan (9-3), 12 ran.
The Blue Dog (IRE) 33-1 (9-8) Held up mid-division, headway over 4f out, every chance over 1f out, soon weakened, 11th of 14, 21l behind Mcbirney (9-3) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Lady Of Burgundy 7-1 (9-2) Held up well in rear, headway over 2f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 5th of 14, 4l behind Irene Kennet (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
If You Whisper (IRE) 6-1 (9-2) Led after 1f, headed over 4f out, rallied and every chance over 1f out, faded final furlong, 4th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Irene Kennet (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Youm Jamil (USA) 12-1 (8-8) Held up in rear, headway over 3f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 14, 1l behind Irene Kennet (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Rodrigo De Freitas (IRE) 7-1 (9-10) Raced wide towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 12, 13l behind Irene Kennet (8-10) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Ice Apple 100-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden and lost place over 5f out, rallied 1f out, ran on, went 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 12, 10l behind Pahente (9-9) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-68 (6) pol in Jan.
Leitrim King (IRE) 11-4fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, not much room and lost place over 2f out, rallied 1f out, went 3rd and edged left inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 12, 2 1/4l behind Midnight Bahia (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jan.
Highly Likely (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) Hampered start, recovered to lead after 1f, soon headed, tracked leaders, led 4f out, headed over 1f out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 12, 7l behind Pahente (9-9) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-68 (6) pol in Jan.