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Auroras Encore Wins Grand National
06/04/13

1 Auroras Encore 66/1
2 Cappa Bleu 12/1
3 Teaforthree 10/1
4 Oscar Time 66/1
5 Rare Bob 16/1
40 ran Distances: 9l, nk, 11l
TIME 9m 12.00s (slow by 8.00s)

Auroras Encore provided a 66/1 shock result to the 2013 John Smith’s Grand National when scoring for West Yorkshire handler Sue Smith and her husband Harvey, the former top international showjumper.

Auroras Encore
© Grossick Racing Photography

Auroras Encore

Jockey Ryan Mania had a look of stunned disbelief in the press conference following his victory in the John Smith’s Grand National having won the world’s most famous steeplechase on his very first ride.

Mania was riding for his boss Sue Smith, who also saddled Mr Moonshine, who was pulled up on the second circuit before the 27th fence.

The 23-year-old jockey said: “I was always veering towards riding Auroras Encore. If the ground had gone soft I might have gone for Mr Moonshine as Auroras Encore really doesn’t like it soft.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better ride and the old horse was loving it as well. I couldn’t believe, even at the Melling Road, that I was still there. I was happy to be placed at that point and then the front two stopped and I took off in front of them – it was unbelievable.”

Mania, a former point-to-point rider from Galashiels in the Scottish Borders became the first Scottish-born winning rider of the Grand National since 1896, when Mr David Campbell (later General Sir David Campbell) won on The Soarer. Mania’s victory marked a dramatic turnaround in his riding career, which was temporarily halted when he spent six months out of racing and working in hunt service after his former boss Howard Johnson lost his training licence.

He explained: “I didn’t know what to do. I took six months out but after two months I thought ‘what am I doing?’. Sue and Harvey have been unbelievable – I couldn’t have come back without them. The opportunities for jockeys up north are very limited and I am lucky to have such a good yard behind me.”

Asked how he’d celebrate, Mania replied: “I’m off to ride at Hexham tomorrow!”

Paying tribute to the young jockey, former international show jumper Harvey Smith, husband of winning trainer Sue, said: “He’s very keen and he wants to do it. When they’re keen – horses or jockeys – they just get on with it.”

 

 

John Smith's Grand National Chase (Grade 3 Handicap)
£975,000 added, 7yo plus, 4m 3f 110y, Class 1
40 ran
Going: Good to Soft, Good in places

Position
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
Starting Price
Beaten Distance
1
Auroras Encore
Mrs S J Smith
Ryan Mania
10st 3lbs
66 - 1
Winner
2
Cappa Bleu
Evan Williams
Paul Moloney
10st 11lbs
12 - 1
9 lengths
3
Teaforthree
Miss R Curtis
Nick Scholfield
11st 3lbs
10 - 1
Neck
4
Oscar Time
M M Lynch
Mr S Waley-Cohen
10st 11lbs
66 - 1
11 lengths
5
Rare Bob
D T Hughes
B J Cooper
10st 6lbs
16 - 1
8 lengths
6
Swing Bill
D Pipe
C O'Farrell
10st 8lbs
80 - 1
6 lengths
7
Soll
J Hughes
M D Grant
10st 0lbs
33 - 1
10 lengths
8
Tarquinius
G Elliott
K Renwick
10st 2lbs
100 - 1
3 lengths
9
Saint Are
Tim Vaughan
D C Costello
10st 8lbs
50 - 1
1 1/2 length
10
Always Waining
P Bowen
T J O'Brien
10st 10lbs
33 - 1
12 lengths
11
Major Malarkey
N A Twiston-Davies
T Scudamore
10st 0lbs
50 - 1
1 1/2 length
12
Join Together
P F Nicholls
D A Jacob
11st 2lbs
25 - 1
1 1/2 length
13
Seabass
T M Walsh
Ms K Walsh
11st 6lbs
11 - 2
22 lengths
14
Across The Bay
D McCain Jnr
Henry Brooke
11st 2lbs
40 - 1
1 1/4 length
15
Balthazar King
P J Hobbs
R Johnson
10st 12lbs
16 - 1
3 1/2 lengths
16
Quiscover Fontaine
W P Mullins
D J Casey
10st 7lbs
40 - 1
1 length
17
Any Currency
M Keighley
Ian Popham
10st 0lbs
100 - 1
44 lengths
PulledUp
Imperial Commander
N A Twiston-Davies
S Twiston-Davies
11st 10lbs
11 - 1
PulledUp
What A Friend
P F Nicholls
S Thomas
11st 9lbs
33 - 1
PulledUp
Weird Al
D McCain Jnr
T J Murphy
11st 8lbs
66 - 1
PulledUp
Quel Esprit
W P Mullins
P Townend
11st 7lbs
40 - 1
Unseated Rider
Big Fella Thanks
T R George
D F O'Regan
11st 6lbs
33 - 1
Unseated Rider
Roberto Goldback
N J Henderson
B J Geraghty
11st 6lbs
25 - 1
Unseated Rider
Sunnyhillboy
Jonjo O'Neill
R P McLernon
11st 4lbs
20 - 1
PulledUp
Ballabriggs
D McCain Jnr
J M Maguire
11st 4lbs
20 - 1
Unseated Rider
Colbert Station
T M Walsh
A P McCoy
11st 1lbs
12 - 1
PulledUp
Forpadydeplasterer
T Cooper
Andrew J McNamara
11st 0lbs
66 - 1
Fell
On His Own
W P Mullins
R Walsh
11st 0lbs
8 - 1
PulledUp
Joncol
P Nolan
R M Power
10st 13lbs
50 - 1
Fell
Tatenen
R Rowe
A Thornton
10st 10lbs
100 - 1
Unseated Rider
Treacle
T J Taaffe
N Fehily
10st 9lbs
33 - 1
PulledUp
Lost Glory
Jonjo O'Neill
M P Walsh
10st 8lbs
50 - 1
PulledUp
Chicago Grey
G Elliott
P Carberry
10st 7lbs
11 - 1
Unseated Rider
The Rainbow Hunter
K C Bailey
Aidan Coleman
10st 6lbs
50 - 1
PulledUp
Becauseicouldntsee
N F Glynn
M J Ferris
10st 6lbs
66 - 1
PulledUp
Harry The Viking
P F Nicholls
Ryan Mahon
10st 6lbs
40 - 1
PulledUp
Mr Moonshine
Mrs S J Smith
P Buchanan
10st 5lbs
66 - 1
Refused
Mumbles Head
P Bowen
J E Moore
10st 4lbs
100 - 1
PulledUp
Ninetieth Minute
T J Taaffe
N P Madden
10st 3lbs
80 - 1
PulledUp
Viking Blond
N A Twiston-Davies
Adam Wedge
10st 0lbs
66 - 1
       

 

Cappa Bleu
© Grossick Racing Photography

Cappa Bleu
BLEU BACK FOR MORE

Cappa Bleu went two places better than 12 months ago for trainer Evan Williams and jockey Paul Moloney when beaten nine lengths in to second.

Williams said: “We are getting closer! I was glad when the field kicked on as I knew we would stay but the winner has sprinted away.

“I am pleased for Sue and Harvey Smith as they are proper, proper National Hunt people and to see old Harvey shedding a tear means everything.

“It is great for the north and if we had to finish second, I could not have asked to finish second to better people.

“We travelled and jumped beautifully through the race and everything has gone to plan but we have found one too good. I have no complaints and will do it one day.”

Moloney added: “The race went well and I got a lovely position. On the second circuit I was that confident that I made a move to the outside as I had so much horse beneath me and did not want to get brought down.

“When I got to Valentines I really thought I could win but crossing the Melling Road I couldn’t go with them and I got caught flatfooted. To be fair he has galloped to the line but was one paced.

“We could have done with a stronger pace from the start to make it more of a test but at the end of the day it is the National and they can’t go much faster.

“My lad has a bit of class and it is a great training achievement to do that.”

 

Teaforthree
© Racehorse Photos

Teaforthree
TEA FOR THIRD WHILE OSCAR AGAIN SHOWS HIS LOVE FOR AINTREE

Both third Teaforthree and fourth Oscar Time were up with the leading pack through the majority of the 2013 John Smith’s Grand National and ended up rewarding their each-way backers with super clear rounds to take third and fourth place. Teaforthree was facing the Aintree fences for the first time while Oscar Time had finished second to Ballabriggs in 2011.

Nick Scholfield, rider of Teaforthree, said: “What a ride he’s given me – we both enjoyed it. Off 11st 3lb that was an awesome performance. He’d done nothing wrong and just really tried his heart out.”

Teaforthree’s trainer Rebecca Curtis added: “He jumped amazingly well and had an absolutely brilliant round. It was probably just the weight that got him in the end – he had 11st 3lb and the winner was on a light weight but we’re delighted with him, it was just brilliant.”

Oscar Time
© Caroline Norris

Oscar Time
Sam Waley-Cohen, who again partnered Oscar Time, said: “He’s a fantastic horse. He loves it here and he’s just magnificent around those fences. I enjoyed every second of it – it’s great to be part of it.”

Sam’s father Robert Waley-Cohen, co-owner of Oscar Time, said: “That was amazing, so exciting. Sam had him in a great position and gave him every chance. We’ve now had second, fourth and fifth in this race [also Liberthine, fifth in 2007].”

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