John Smith's Maghull Novices' Chase (Grade 1) 2m

  • (5yo+, 2m, Class 1, 7 runners)
  • Winner £56,520 2nd £21,310 3rd £10,650 4th £5,320 5th £2,670 6th £1,330 7th £670
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 3m 53.80s
  • Off time: 14:15:39

Full Result

14:15 Aintree
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 3 Finian's Rainbow (IRE) N J Henderson 8 11-4 B J Geraghty 10/11f
SP 10/11f Made all, not fluent 6th, hit next, joined 3 out, left clear when rival made bad mistake 2 out, soon driven, all out opened 4/5 touched 1/1 £3000-£3000 £1000-£1000(x3) £500-£500(x3) £833-£1000 £16000-£20000 £800-£1000
2nd 2 4 Ghizao (GER) P F Nicholls 7 11-4 R Walsh 3/1
SP 3/1 Tracked winner, challenged 3 out, bad mistake and left rival clear 2 out, closed under pressure when not fluent last, stayed on, held flat £1800-£600
3rd 22 2 Dan Breen (IRE) D Pipe 6 11-4 J M Maguire 8/1
SP 8/1 Chased leading pair, ridden approaching 3 out, soon held and no impression opened 10/1
4th 18 7 Starluck (IRE) A Fleming 6 11-4 A P McCoy 9/2
SP 9/2 Slightly hampered 1st, chased leaders, hit 5th, not fluent next, no impression 3 out, weakening when jumped left 2 out opened 11/2 £5000-£900 £3300-£600
5th 5 Gilbarry (IRE) J M Jefferson 6 11-4 G Lee 22/1
SP 22/1 Hampered 1st, held up in 5th off the pace after and not fluent, reminders after 7th, weakened well before 3 out opened 28/1 touched 20/1
6th 70 6 Romanesco (FR) Mrs A M Thorpe 6 11-4 Sam Twiston-Davies 50/1
SP 50/1 Bad mistake, almost fell and rider lost irons briefly 1st, tailed off after opened 66/1 touched 33/1
F 1 Classic Fly (FR) A J Whiting 8 11-4 t Peter Toole 100/1
SP 100/1 Fell heavily 1st opened 150/1

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £1.90 Tote Place £1.10,£2.20 Straight Forecast £4.16 Exacta £2.90 Swingers 1&2:£1.50 2&3:£3.10 1&3:£2.40

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


Effectively a match-up between two horses who had run in the Arkle at Cheltenham, and it was a similar story as FINIAN'S RAINBOW once again finished in-front of Ghizao. Nicky Henderson's gelding was sent into the early lead and he jumped beautifully for the first mile. However he made a fairly serious error at the seventh fence, and was then sticky at the next. As a result Ghizao was able to close up on him and the pair were almost neck and neck turning for home. The key point of the race was the second-last. Ruby Walsh was just kidding Ghizao into a (potentially race-winning) move approaching the fence but he fluffed his lines, taking off far too early. As a result he landed almost on the fence, careered almost into the back of his rival, and lost several lengths in the process. His momentum was lost as well, and it's a measure of the horse that he managed to rally and still held a slight chance approaching the last. Unfortunately for him, the winner absolutely winged it, whilst he himself wasn't quite as good. That was it; the race was over, and Finian's Rainbow gained the win. And it was a deserved win. He was fantastic at most of his obstacles, and his jockey was yet to really get after him when his rival made his error. Nicky Henderson's charge is bred to want three miles, but he shows such speed that two miles, at this stage of his career at least, is his trip. With eyes to next season, the Queen Mother Champion Chase looks the ideal race. The runner-up is a real trier, but just lacks the class over this trip. He'll go up in distance next year, and if he brushes up his jumping then he can add a Grade One win to his name. Third home was Dan Breen, who was given a more patient ride by substitute jockey Jason Maguire. That probably helped the winner, who could set his own fractions, and the run of Dan Breen was that of a horse who just lacks the class to cut it at this level. Fourth home was the disappointing Starluck. He went chasing very late on in the 2010 calendar year and he doesn't look a natural over the obstacles. He is small as well, so has to get every fence right - he didn't; a return to hurdles awaits. Gilbarry came next and ran well considering he wasn't particularly fluent, a comment that certainly applies to Classic Fly who took a very heavy fall at the first.