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Neptune Collonges Lands National Thriller
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Neptune Collonges gave champion trainer Paul Nicholls his first John Smith's Grand National success when getting up on the line to beat Sunnyhillboy in a thrilling race at Aintree. [full result]
Synchronised Heads 40 for Grand National
A maximum 40 runners have been declared to run in Saturday’s John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree. There were no non-runners by the cut-off time of 9am Friday for the utilisation of reserves.
This year’s race is due off at 4.15pm on Saturday, April 14, and boasts record prize money of £975,000, making it Britain’s richest jump contest by far.
Heading the weights on 11st 10lb is last month’s Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Synchronised. If successful on Saturday, the Jonjo O’Neill-trained nine-year-old would become only the second horse to complete the Gold Cup/Grand National double in the same year after Golden Miller in the 1934.
The last horse to attempt the double was Master Oats in 1995, who followed his Cheltenham victory by finishing seventh at Aintree. Four years earlier in 1991, Garrison Savannah almost pulled off the double when finding only Seagram too good at Aintree.
Synchronised is the 9/1 favourite with Betfred, official betting partner of the John Smith’s Grand National, and one of four remaining entries for his owner J P McManus, successful two years ago with Don’t Push It. McManus also has Sunnyhillboy, successful at Cheltenham last month in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase, Arbor Supreme and Quiscover Fontaine.
Last year’s John Smith’s Grand National was won by Ballabriggs, trained by Donald McCain. The 11-year-old will be attempting to become the first horse to win back-to-back renewals since Red Rum in 1973 and 1974, who was famously trained by Donald’s late father Ginger and went on to claim a record-breaking third victory in 1977. The McCain stable is also set to run Weird Al, winner of the Grade Two Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby earlier this season but a disappointment last time out when pulling up behind Synchronised at Cheltenham.
The other previous winner due to run on Saturday is Mon Mome, who is trained by Venetia Williams and famously landed a 100/1 upset in 2009.
The Irish-trained contenders also include Chicago Grey and Tharawaat from the stable of Gordon Elliott, victorious with Silver Birch in 2007, as well as leading contenders Becauseicouldntsee, who ran a fine race when runner-up to Sunnyhillboy at Cheltenham for his owner/trainer Noel Glynn, the Northern Ireland-trained Killyglen, who was still travelling well when falling four from home last year, and Treacle, who is trained by Tom Taaffe for leading Flat owner Bjorn Nielsen and was a fine third in the Grade One Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown in February.
Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson are locked in battle for the trainers’ championship and the two handlers each have one entry remaining in the John Smith’s Grand National. Nicholls is set to run the three-time Grade One winner Neptune Collonges, who ran a fine race when second to Giles Cross in the Betfred Grand National Trial at Haydock Park on February 18. Henderson’s representative is Shakalakaboomboom, a Grade Three winner at Cheltenham in December and runner-up to Calgary Bay in the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster in January.
According To Pete has been in great form this season for North Yorkshire-based Malcolm Jefferson with victories in the Grade Three Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase at Wetherby and the Grade Two Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock Park. Another interesting contender for the north is last year’s Scottish Grand National third Always Right, who has disappointed on his latest two outings for Sedgefield-based John Wade but subsequently had a soft palate operation.
THE 2012 JOHN SMITH'S GRAND NATIONAL
Class 1, Grade 3, £975,000 total prize fund. 4.15pm, Aintree, Saturday, April 14, 2012, four miles and four furlongs. For seven-year-olds and upwards who, up to and including March 20, 2012, have been placed first, second, third or fourth in a chase of three miles or more and which are allotted a rating of 120 or more by the BHA Head of Handicapping following a review of the horses entered and after taking account of races run up to and including February 12, 2012. Horses who are not qualified for a rating in Great Britain or Ireland at closing may also be entered. Such horses may be eligible for a weight providing the handicapper is satisfied that the horse's racecourse performances up to and including February 12 would merit a minimum rating of 120. To qualify, horses must have run at least three times in chases run under the Rules of Racing of the same Recognised Racing Authority up to and including February 12, 2012. At the handicapper's discretion, such horses may be allocated a rating. The decision of the BHA Head of Handicapping shall be final. The British Horseracing Authority has modified Rule (F)42.2.1 for the purposes of this race, such that racecourse performances up to and including Sunday, February 12, may be taken into account. A novice horse shall only be qualified to run in this race if it has run a minimum of three times in chases in Great Britain, Ireland or France in accordance with Rule (F)42.5. Highest weight 11st 10lb - no penalties after publication of the weights. Entries closed January 31, entries revealed February 1 (82 entries), weights revealed February 14, first scratchings deadline February 28 (77 remained), second scratchings deadline March 20 (59 remained). Five-day confirmation stage April 9 (48 remain), Tuesday, April 10 (47 go forward) final declaration stage 10.00am, April 12. Maximum field size of 40, plus four reserves. Reserves have to be utilised by 9am on Friday, April 13. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Wednesday, April 11.
1) 13-P0311 SYNCHRONISED (IRE) 9-11-10 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill/A P McCoy
2) 11/1121-4 BALLABRIGGS (IRE) 11-11-09 Trevor Hemmings Donald McCain/Jason Maguire
3) 1/10P-13P WEIRD AL (IRE) 9-11-08 Brannon, Dennis, Dick, Holden Donald McCain/Timmy Murphy
4) 106-P422 NEPTUNE COLLONGES (FR) 11-11-06 John Hales Paul Nicholls/Daryl Jacob
5) 2F-0511 CALGARY BAY (IRE) 9-11-06 Camilla Radford Henrietta Knight/Dominic Elsworth
6) F-6041UP ALFA BEAT (IRE) 8-11-05 Irvin Naylor John Hanlon IRE/Davy Russell
7) F01/35-23 PLANET OF SOUND 10-11-05 Charles Lloyd-Baker Philip Hobbs/ Richard Johnson
8) 51U/022/2 BLACK APALACHI (IRE) 13-11-03 Teresa Burke Dessie Hughes IRE/Denis O'Regan
9) 6/3U34-1F DEEP PURPLE 11-11-03 Paul Green Evan Williams/Jamie Moore
10) 131/321-02 JUNIOR 9-11-02 Middleham Park Racing LI David Pipe/Tom Scudamore
11) 10-U3032 CHICAGO GREY (IRE) 9-10-13 John Earls Gordon Elliott IRE/Paul Carberry
12) 3100-015 TATENEN (FR) 8-10-13 The Stewart Family Richard Rowe/Andy Thornton
13) F11/-1111 SEABASS (IRE) 9-10-12 Gunners Syndicate Ted Walsh IRE/Ms Katie Walsh
14) 000-1122 SHAKALAKABOOMBOOM (IRE) 8-10-12 Liam Breslin Nicky Henderson/Barry Geraghty
15) 11PB-P1 WEST END ROCKER (IRE) 10-10-12 Barry Winfield & Tim Leadbeater Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson
16) 22-30112 ACCORDING TO PETE 11-10-12 Peter Nelson Malcolm Jefferson/Harry Haynes
17) 14P1-B1 ON HIS OWN (IRE) 8-10-11 Andrea & Graham Wylie Willie Mullins IRE/Ruby Walsh
18) 2113-1PP ALWAYS RIGHT (IRE) 10-10-10 John Wade John Wade/James Reveley
19) 3F2P/-133 CAPPA BLEU (IRE) 10-10-10 William & Angela Rucker Evan Williams/Paul Moloney
20) PU-345053 RARE BOB (IRE) 10-10-09 D A Syndicate Dessie Hughes IRE/Bryan Cooper
21) 12-133F5 ORGANISEDCONFUSION (IRE) 7-10-08 Grace Dunlop Arthur Moore IRE/Miss Nina Carberry
22) P/P-51423 TREACLE (IRE) 11-10-08 Bjorn Nielsen Tom Taaffe IRE/Andrew Lynch
23) 3/216-B430 THE MIDNIGHT CLUB (IRE) 11-10-08 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins IRE/Paul Townend
24) 63F/-52PP0 MON MOME (FR) 12-10-08 Vida Bingham Venetia Williams/Aidan Coleman
25) 0P2F-60 ARBOR SUPREME (IRE) 10-10-07 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill/MP Walsh
26) 03F-30P01 SUNNYHILLBOY (IRE) 9-10-05 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill/Richie McLernon
27) F-030341 KILLYGLEN (IRE) 10-10-04 David McCammon Stuart Crawford IRE/Robert Power
28) 2F-4010 QUISCOVER FONTAINE (FR) 8-10-04 J P McManus Willie Mullins IRE/David Casey
29) 4-P13000 THARAWAAT (IRE) 7-10-04 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE/B O'Connell
30) 42F-63F22 BECAUSEICOULDNTSEE (IRE) 9-10-03 Noel Glynn Noel Glynn IRE/Davy Condon
31) 144/P3/4- STATE OF PLAY 12-10-03 William & Angela Rucker Evan Williams/Noel Fehily
32) 2313P20 SWING BILL (FR) 11-10-03 David Johnson David Pipe/Conor O'Farrell
33) FP-26611 POSTMASTER 10-10-02 The Bill & Ben Partnership Tim Vaughan
34) 3/P22-121 GILES CROSS (IRE) 10-10-01 KCMS Partnership Victor Dartnall/Paddy Brennan
35) 21/10P-16 MIDNIGHT HAZE 10-10-00 Kim Bailey Racing Partnership Kim Bailey/Sean Quinlan
36) 0044B-20 VIC VENTURI (IRE) 12-10-00 Seamus Dunne Dessie Hughes IRE/Harry Skelton
37) 431U0-P3 IN COMPLIANCE (IRE) 12-10-00 Dessie Hughes Dessie Hughes IRE/Niall Madden
38) 00-143P5 VIKING BLOND (FR) 7-10-00 Caroline Mould Nigel Twiston-Davies/Brian Hughes
39) PP-5U654 HELLO BUD (IRE) 14-10-00 Seamus Murphy Nigel Twiston-Davies/Sam Twiston-Davies
40) 0-315045 NEPTUNE EQUESTER 9-9-09 Koo's Racing Club Brian Ellison/Felix De Giles
40 declared runners 16 Irish-trained
There were no non-runners by the cut-off time of 9am Friday for the utilisation of reserves. Therefore, none of the four reserves - Any Currency, Our Island, Abbeybraney and Smoking Aces - will go forward.
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