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

  • (6yo+, 4m 4f, Class 1, 40 runners)
  • Winner £535,135 2nd £201,590 3rd £100,890 4th £50,445 5th £25,270 6th £12,635 7th £6,270 8th £3,230
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 9m 1.20s
  • Off time: 16:18:05

Full Result

16:15 Aintree
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 10 BallaBriggs (IRE) D McCain Jnr 10 11-0 J M Maguire 14/1
SP 14/1 In touch, led 3rd to next, remained prominent, led again 15th (chair), blundered and headed 23rd (valentines), led again 3 out, ridden and pressed elbow, stayed on well flat, clear when edged right towards finish opened 16/1 £30000-£1800
2nd 18 Oscar Time (IRE) M M Lynch 10 10-9 Mr S Waley-Cohen 14/1
SP 14/1 Tracked leaders, left 3rd 4 out, effort 2 out, went 2nd approaching last, ridden and every chance passsing elbow, kept on under pressure, no extra final 110 yards opened 12/1
3rd 12 1 Don't Push It (IRE) Jonjo O'Neill 11 11-10 A P McCoy 9/1
SP 9/1 Mid-division in touch, headway 23rd (valentines), 5th 3 out, ridden and effort next, stayed on under pressure to chase leading pair elbow, no impression opened 11/1 £10000-£800 £5000-£400(x3) £20000-£1800 £5000-£450(x11) £5000-£500(x8) £4000-£400 £3000-£300(x2) £10000-£900(x4) £5000-£550(x2)
4th 2 24 State of Play Evan Williams 11 10-6 Paul Moloney 28/1
SP 28/1 Chased leaders, lost place 17th, 11th and outpaced 3 out, ridden and stayed on under pressure from last, went 4th towards finish, no impression
5th 7 12 Niche Market (IRE) P F Nicholls 10 10-13 Harry Skelton 16/1
SP 16/1 Tracked leaders, went 2nd 21st (foinavon), led 23rd (valentines), headed 3 out, ridden and lost place approaching last, weakened flat opened 20/1
6th 4 11 The Midnight Club (IRE) W P Mullins 10 10-13 R Walsh 15/2f
SP 15/2f In touch, mistake 3rd, outpaced 5 out, hampered next, soon ridden, 7th 3 out, kept on same pace from next, never on terms opened 9/1 touched 7/1 £10000-£1200
7th 13 8 Big Fella Thanks Ferdy Murphy 9 11-1 G Lee 12/1
SP 12/1 Mid-division on inside, hampered by loose horse after 16th (water), headway to track leaders 23rd (valentines), effort in 3rd and every chance 2 out, soon ridden, lost place and weakened flat opened 16/1 £10000-£600(x3)
8th hd 32 Surface To Air C C Bealby 10 10-4 T Messenger 100/1
SP 100/1 Slowly away, in rear, headway and in touch 7th, outpaced 3 out, no impression approaching next
9th 19 39 Skippers Brig (IRE) N G Richards 10 10-2 D Elsworth 33/1
SP 33/1 Mid-division, outpaced in 10th 3 out, never near leaders
10th 8 14 Backstage (FR) G Elliott 9 10-12 t P Carberry 16/1
SP 16/1 Mid-division, outpaced 19th, never dangerous
11th ½ 25 King Fontaine (IRE) J M Jefferson 8 10-6 D F O'Regan 80/1
SP 80/1 Held up behind, mistake 6th (bechers brook), never dangerous
12th 25 13 Silver By Nature Miss Lucinda V Russell 9 10-12 P Buchanan 9/1
SP 9/1 Mid-division, outpaced 21st (foinavon), never near leaders opened 11/1 £10000-£800(x4) £5000-£400(x2) £5000-£450(x2)
13th 5 26 In Compliance (IRE) D T Hughes 11 10-5 p L P Aspell 66/1
SP 66/1 Behind, hampered 2nd and 6th (bechers brook), blundered 15th (chair), headway into mid-division 17th, weakened from 4 out
14th 8 30 Bluesea Cracker (IRE) J Motherway 9 10-4 Andrew J McNamara 25/1
SP 25/1 Mid-division in touch, outpaced 5 out, weakened from 3 out opened 20/1
15th 16 35 Character Building (IRE) J J Quinn 11 10-4 Ms N Carberry 25/1
SP 25/1 Behind, hampered 6th (bechers brook), never dangerous
16th 12 40 Golden Kite (IRE) A Maguire 9 10-2 S J Hassett 66/1
SP 66/1 Mid-division, blundered 12th, mistake 15th (chair), behind from 5 out
17th 30 15 Chief Dan George (IRE) James Moffatt 11 10-12 p P Aspell 40/1
SP 40/1 Mid-division, lost place 13th, no danger after, tailed off
18th 20 38 Royal Rosa (FR) J Howard Johnson 12 10-3 p Paul Gallagher 100/1
SP 100/1 Mid-division, struggling 20th, weakened 5 out, tailed off
19th 46 33 Piraya (FR) D Pipe 8 10-4 pt J W Farrelly 100/1
SP 100/1 Always behind, tailed off
PU 21 Comply Or Die (IRE) D Pipe 12 10-8 b Timmy Murphy 25/1
SP 25/1 Mid-division, outpaced 21st (foinavon), soon struggling, behind when pulled up before 2 out opened 33/1 £8000-£200 £20000-£600 £10000-£300(x5) £5600-£200
PU 27 Hello Bud (IRE) N A Twiston-Davies 13 10-5 t Sam Twiston-Davies 20/1
SP 20/1 Led to 3rd, led again next to 5th, chased leaders, lost place 22nd (canal turn), soon behind, pulled up before 2 out opened 33/1 £30000-£900 £10000-£300
PU 19 Quinz (FR) P J Hobbs 7 10-8 R Johnson 14/1
SP 14/1 In touch, lost place 12th, behind when pulled up before 15th (chair)
PU 29 Santa's Son (IRE) J Howard Johnson 11 10-5 t J E Moore 100/1
SP 100/1 With leader, led 5th to 9th, led again 13th, headed 15th (chair), blundered 19th, lost place 5 out, pulled up before next
PU 3 What A Friend P F Nicholls 8 11-6 b D A Jacob 12/1
SP 12/1 Towards rear, hampered 6th (bechers brook), headway into mid-division 12th, outpaced 23rd (valentines), weakened and pulled up before 4 out opened 14/1 £20000-£1400 £10000-£700(x6) £5000-£350(x8) £20000-£1600
F 37 Arbor Supreme (IRE) W P Mullins 9 10-3 D J Casey 20/1
SP 20/1 Towards rear, struggling 21st (foinavon), no chance when fell 3 out
F 20 Becauseicouldntsee (IRE) N F Glynn 8 10-8 D N Russell 16/1
SP 16/1 Tracked leaders, fell 2nd opened 20/1
F 16 Calgary Bay (IRE) Miss H C Knight 8 10-10 Hadden Frost 33/1
SP 33/1 In touch, fell 4th
F 34 Can't Buy Time (IRE) Jonjo O'Neill 9 10-4 R P McLernon 33/1
SP 33/1 Towards rear, mistake 8th (canal turn), fell 18th opened 66/1 £20000-£200 £16000-£200 £8000-£100(x3) £10000-£150(x4) £20000-£400 £10000-£200(x2) £15000-£300 £10000-£250
F 7 Dooneys Gate (IRE) W P Mullins 10 11-4 Mr P W Mullins 50/1
SP 50/1 Mid-division, fell 6th (bechers brook) opened 66/1
F 23 Grand Slam Hero (IRE) N A Twiston-Davies 10 10-7 t Aidan Coleman 66/1
SP 66/1 Chased leaders, fell 13th opened 80/1
F 17 Killyglen (IRE) S R B Crawford 9 10-10 R M Power 66/1
SP 66/1 With leaders on inside, hit 5 out, close up in 3rd and every chance when fell next opened 50/1
F 6 Or Noir De Somoza (FR) D Pipe 9 11-5 pt B J Geraghty 50/1
SP 50/1 In touch when fell 6th (bechers brook)
F 36 Ornais (FR) P F Nicholls 9 10-4 t Nick Scholfield 100/1
SP 100/1 Held up behind on outside when fell 4th
F 31 That's Rhythm (FR) M Todhunter 11 10-4 J Reveley 50/1
SP 50/1 Slowly away, behind when fell 1st opened 100/1
F 9 The Tother One (IRE) P F Nicholls 10 11-0 R Mahon 50/1
SP 50/1 Mid-division, fell 6th (bechers brook)
UR 5 Majestic Concorde (IRE) D K Weld 8 11-5 R P McNamara 20/1
SP 20/1 In touch, led 9th (valentines), headed 13th, chased leaders, 10th and under pressure when mistake and unseated rider 22nd (canal turn) opened 33/1 £25000-£1000 £20000-£600
UR 22 Quolibet (FR) Jonjo O'Neill 7 10-8 b1 M P Walsh 100/1
SP 100/1 Towards rear when mistake and unseated rider 11th
UR 2 Tidal Bay (IRE) J Howard Johnson 10 11-9 B Hughes 28/1
SP 28/1 Mid-division on outside, blundered and unseated rider 10th opened 33/1
BD 4 Vic Venturi (IRE) D T Hughes 11 11-6 p A E Lynch 50/1
SP 50/1 In touch when brought down 2nd
BD 28 West End Rocker (IRE) A King 9 10-5 R Thornton 33/1
SP 33/1 Mid-division when brought down 6th (bechers brook) £10000-£300

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £14.50 Tote Place £3.80,£3.50,£3.90,£7.30 Straight Forecast £181.25 Exacta £225.30 Trifecta £4686.20 Swingers 1&2:£48.40 2&3:£27.20 1&3:£34.70

Jackpot £51,249.30 carried forward to Wincanton, 8th Apr
Placepot £574.00, Pool: £451565.6, 574.29 winning tickets
Quadpot £258.10, Pool: £18700.68, 53.6 winning tickets


A fairytale story for owner Trevor Hemmings, trainer Donald McCain and rider Jason Maguire as BALLABRIGGS won the 2011 John Smith's Grand National. And boy did the horse enjoy it. Although he finished totally dehydrated, the way that he rallied after the last, and then round the elbow, was a joy to see. A real trier, he seemed to relish jumping these fences, and was always in a prominent position. He only really made one mistake, at Valentine's, but was soon back in the front rank, and he was the horse who pushed on as others were crying enough. Nothing in behind him was still on the bridle at the back of the far side for the final time. A quintet of runners moved on, with Oscar Time, Niche Market, Big Fella Thanks and Don't Push It trying to latch onto the leader. However only Oscar Time emerged as a real danger, and he was certainly close enough to pick up the winner. However he made a fairly serious mistake two from home which stopped his momentum, and although he jumped the last well, it certainly played its part. Sam Waley-Cohen tried to slipstream the winner round the elbow but once he really asked his horse to try and go past it was clear that he was on a very tired horse and his finishing effort was a wobbling, weary one. Don't Push It ran a cracker in third. He was held up in the early stages and given plenty of time by AP McCoy to warm to his task; he certainly did, and for one brief second turning in, it looked like he might stay on best of all. However his challenge petered out, and he was fairly well-held in the end. There were some very tired horses on the run-in, not least Big Fella Thanks who eventually weakened into seventh. He made a serious error around halfway, but he worked his way into the race on the inside under Graham Lee. He once again travelled well, but the stamina fears that abounded for him prior to the race seemed to be underlined once again. State Of Play came from a mile back under Paul Moloney. Having jumped off in the front rank, he drifted back through the field. However he found a second wind late on, and stayed on well past beaten horses; this was some training performance. Fifth home was Niche Market who tried to push the pace on a bit past halfway. He ran a cracker and was another to fare extremely well from such a prominent position. The Midnight Club made a bad mistake at the third, and was then hampered by a faller on the final circuit, but stayed on for sixth; the early setback made his cause a very hard one. Surface To Air came after Big Fella Thanks and belied his large odds, whilst Skippers Brig came next having been unable to advance a midfield position throughout. Backstage was given a patient ride but seemed to jump ponderously at a key time when the leaders got away, whilst Silver By Nature didn't seem to relish the fences or the quick pace that they went on unsuitably fast ground. Honourable mentions go to Santa's Son who wasn't great at the 19th but jumped well in the main before pulling up before the 27th (as did What A Friend), whilst Killyglen was in the process of running a big race when taking a heavy fall at the 27th, having made an error at the 26th. Majestic Concorde seemd to enjoy the day; although he ad dropped back from his prominent early position, he was still in with a chance when he got rid of his jockey at the Canal Turn. Arbor Supreme unseated his rider at the 28th. That's Rhythm went at the first, the only faller, whilst Vic Venturi and Becauseicouldntsee were other early casualties who went at the second.