Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Rule the World Streaks Home to Win the 2016 Aintree Grand National

Grand National 2016
History repeated itself before the 2016 Crabbie Grand National, as O'Faolains Boy was declared lame on the morning of the race, reducing the field to 39. Another absentee of note was Pineau de Re, the 2014 winner, who didn’t qualify fast enough for the final 40.

Last year’s winner, Many Clouds was installed as 8-1 joint favourite with The Last Samurai, meaning Leighton Aspell was in with a shout of making it 3 Grand National Winners in succession, a feat that had never been achieved by anyone in the 167 previous runnings of the race.

Another wonderfully bright and sunny day graced Aintree at the start of the big 4.15 race. The field got underway with no problems and the first few fences would see Hadrian’s Approach, Holywell and First Lieutenant fall. The running was quite uneventful, with the expected amount of vying for position and 50-1 outsider Aachen as the surprise front runner, with Many Clouds and The Last Samurai well placed.

Decimated

Though the fall count had been mercifully low up until the approach to the 21st fence, this was about to markedly change as the next two fences (including Becher’s Brook) saw more than a fifth of the field have their races cut short. Amongst them were Denis O’Regan on The Druid’s Nephew, Soll and Sam Waley-Cohen’s mount Black Thunder.

Second Circuit

The two favourites were well in contention over Canal Turn, with last year’s runner up Saint Are in front and looking strong. The going was heavy and several riders who had been in contention were beginning to feel the pace, as the three riders headed for home. The Last Samurai looked to steal a march, but was being tracked by the Mouse Morris trained Rule The World that had joined the front and as Many Clouds made a big mistake and falling four from home, it became a three horse race.

There was nothing in it over the last and going through the elbow, Rule The World edged in front to finish 6 lengths clear.

Having never won over fences before, Rule The World had triumphed in the biggest steeplechase in the sport, truly living up to his name. David Mullins and Mouse Morris were cockahoop as it had turned out to be an unexpectedly momentous day for them and for the Gigginstown House Stud.

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Leighton Aspell Returns to Aintree to Win Back to Back Grand Nationals (2015)

Grand National 2015
There was a clear punter’s favourite going into the 2015 Crabbie Grand National, as AP McCoy was bidding for a first win in the race since 2010, with his horse Shutthefrontdoor backed into 6-1. There were just 39 runners for the first time in 11 years after number 14, Carlito Brigante was declared as a non-runner shortly before the race and a glorious Aintree, bathed in sunshine, roared as the starter raised his flag.

They sped towards the first fence, which was cleared by all but three horses, as outsiders Ely Brown and Gas Line Boy came a cropper, along with Denis O’Regan on Al Co. Bob Ford was the lead horse heading towards the second, but it was too early to tell how the race would pan out.

Becher’s

A clearer picture was forming over Becher’s for the first time, as Rebel Rebellion took the initiative to pull 2 lengths ahead of the nearest challenger. By the Canal Turn, the casualty count had risen to nine, with Richard John and Balthazar King falling, also taking Ruby Walsh on Ballycasey out of the race as he did so.

Ryan Mahon was still travelling well at the front on Rebel Rebellion heading towards the half way point of the race and the chasing pack included favourite Shutthefrontdoor in around 6th place. A great cheer rose into the sky as the horses passed in front of the grandstand with the field beginning to stretch out and 33-1 shot Rainbow Hunter joined the lead with Aidan Coleman on The Druid’s Nephew.

Obstruction

The same three shared the lead going over Becher’s for the second time as an announcement came out over the tannoy that obstructions at Canal Turn would meant it would be omitted from the rest of the race. Rebel Rebellion started to tire shortly after and dropped well away, leaving The Druid’s Nephew, Soll and Many Clouds contending for the lead, with Shutthefrontdoor on their shoulder.

The 4th from last saw the end of the action for The Druid’s Nephew as AP looked to be moving ominously towards the front, but it was Many Clouds ridden by last year’s winning jockey Leighton Aspell that was setting the pace.

Irish Joy

This is how it stayed for the rest of the race and it was Leighton Aspell who provided Trevor Hemmings with his first National winner since Ballabriggs in 2011. It was the first time a jockey had won back to back Nationals since the mid 70s when the feat was achieved by Brian Fletcher on the legend that was Red Rum.

It had been another great occasion at Aintree and none thought more so than everyone connected to Many Clouds.

Monday, 24 June 2019

Royal Ascot 2019: Day Five Results


14:30 CHESHAM STAKES (Listed)
1st  James Doyle silk  12. PINATUBO (IRE) 3/1
2nd  Ryan Moore silk  9. LOPE Y FERNANDEZ (IRE) 5/4 f
3rd  Raul Da Silva silk  7. HIGHLAND CHIEF (IRE) 14/1
14 ran. NRs: MOHICAN HEIGHTS (IRE) DARK KRIS (IRE) JOKER ON JACK (USA).
Jockey: James Doyle 
Trainer: Charlie Appleby

15:05 JERSEY STAKES (Group 3)
1st  Daniel Tudhope silk  14. SPACE TRAVELLER 25/1
2nd  James Doyle silk  13. SPACE BLUES (IRE) 5/2 f
3rd  Robert Havlin silk  17. ANGEL'S HIDEAWAY (IRE) 14/1
All 18 ran.
Jockey: Daniel Tudhope 
Trainer: Richard Fahey
 
15:40 HARDWICKE STAKES (Group 2)
1st  Andrea Atzeni silk  2. DEFOE (IRE) 11/4 f
2nd  Christophe Soumillon silk  6. NAGANO GOLD 25/1
3rd  Pat Dobbs silk  4. MIRAGE DANCER 6/1
8 ran. NRs: LAH TI DAR.
Jockey: Andrea Atzeni 
Trainer: Roger Varian

16:20 DIAMOND JUBILEE STAKES (Group 1)
1st  James Doyle silk  1. BLUE POINT (IRE) 6/4 f
2nd  Daniel Tudhope silk  5. DREAM OF DREAMS (IRE) 12/1
3rd  Richard Kingscote silk  9. KACHY 33/1
17 ran. NRs: DONJUAN TRIUMPHANT (IRE).
Jockey: James Doyle 
Trainer: Charlie Appleby
 
17:00 WOKINGHAM STAKES (HERITAGE HANDICAP)
1st  Andrea Atzeni silk  3. CAPE BYRON 7/2 f
2nd  Adam Kirby silk  17. TIS MARVELLOUS 14/1
3rd  Frankie Dettori silk  16. DANZENO 7/1
4th  Cieren Fallon silk  24. RAUCOUS 50/1
26 ran. NRs: MERHOOB (IRE) ALBA POWER (IRE) RECON MISSION (IRE).
Jockey: Andrea Atzeni 
Trainer: Roger Varian
 
17:35 QUEEN ALEXANDRA STAKES (CONDITIONS)
1st  Silvestre De Sousa silk  5. CLEONTE (IRE) 7/2
2nd  Oisin Murphy silk  1. PALLASATOR 10/1
3rd  Ryan Moore silk  9. MAX DYNAMITE (FR) 10/3 f
11 ran. NRs: CAYIRLI (FR) LE MAITRE CHAT (USA).
Jockey: Silvestre De Sousa 
Trainer: Andrew Balding    

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Royal Ascot 2019: Day Four Results


14:30 ALBANY STAKES (Group 3)
1st  David Egan silk  6. DAAHYEH 4/1 f
2nd  William James Lee silk  4. CELTIC BEAUTY (IRE) 25/1
3rd  Harry Bentley silk  2. AROHA (IRE) 100/1
25 ran. NRs: PAPER STAR.
Jockey: David Egan 
Trainer: Roger Varian 

15:05 KING EDWARD VII STAKES (Group 2)
1st  Ryan Moore silk  5. JAPAN 6/4 f
2nd  Silvestre De Sousa silk  1. BANGKOK (IRE) 10/1
3rd  Daniel Tudhope silk  2. EAGLES BY DAY (IRE) 25/1
All 8 ran.
Jockey: Ryan Moore 
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien, Ireland 

15:40 COMMONWEALTH CUP (Group 1)
1st  Frankie Dettori silk  1. ADVERTISE 8/1
2nd  Oisin Murphy silk  8. FOREVER IN DREAMS (IRE) 20/1
3rd  Kevin Stott silk  2. HELLO YOUMZAIN (FR) 6/1
All 9 ran.
Jockey: Frankie Dettori 
Trainer: Martyn Meade 

16:20 CORONATION STAKES (Group 1)
1st  Pierre-Charles Boudot silk  10. WATCH ME (FR) 20/1
2nd  Ryan Moore silk  3. HERMOSA (IRE) 1/1 f
3rd  James McDonald silk  4. JUBILOSO 9/2
9 ran. NRs: MOT JUSTE (USA).
Jockey: Pierre-Charles Boudot 
Trainer: Francis-Henri Graffard, France 

17:00 SANDRINGHAM STAKES (HANDICAP)
1st  Hayley Turner silk  28. THANKS BE 33/1
2nd  James Doyle silk  1. MAGNETIC CHARM 7/1
3rd  Jamie Spencer silk  15. HOTSY TOTSY (IRE) 7/1
4th  Ryan Moore silk  2. CORAL BEACH (IRE) 10/1
27 ran. NRs: GALLIC.
Jockey: Hayley Turner 
Trainer: Charlie Fellowes 

17:35 DUKE OF EDINBURGH STAKES (HANDICAP)
1st  Ryan Moore silk  3. BAGHDAD (FR) 7/2 f
2nd  Frankie Dettori silk  2. BEN VRACKIE 7/1
3rd  Andrea Atzeni silk  17. FUJAIRA PRINCE (IRE) 4/1
4th  Jim Crowley silk  16. CORGI 7/1
19 ran. NRs: SEA THE LION (IRE).
Jockey: Ryan Moore 
Trainer: Mark Johnston 

Friday, 21 June 2019

Royal Ascot 2019: Day Three Results



14:30 NORFOLK STAKES (Group 2)
1st  Frankie Dettori silk  1. A'ALI (IRE) 5/1
2nd  Paul Hanagan silk  14. VENTURA REBEL 16/1
3rd  Jamie Spencer silk  4. DUBAI STATION 14/1
14 ran. NRs: MAVEN (USA).
J: Frankie Dettori 
T: Simon Crisford 

15:05 HAMPTON COURT STAKES (Group 3)
1st  Frankie Dettori silk  15. SANGARIUS 13/2
2nd  Silvestre De Sousa silk  6. FOX CHAIRMAN (IRE) 7/2 f
3rd  James Doyle silk  12. KING OTTOKAR (FR) 5/1
13 ran. NRs: HEADMAN BUCKHURST (IRE).
J: Frankie Dettori 
T: Sir Michael Stoute 

15:40 RIBBLESDALE STAKES (Group 2)
1st  Frankie Dettori silk  11. STAR CATCHER 4/1
2nd  Ryan Moore silk  3. FLEETING (IRE) 7/4 f
3rd  Oisin Murphy silk  10. SPARKLE ROLL (FR) 11/1
All 11 ran.
Jockey: Frankie Dettori 
Trainer: John Gosden 

16:20 GOLD CUP (Group 1)
1st  Frankie Dettori silk  4. STRADIVARIUS (IRE) 1/1 f
2nd  Silvestre De Sousa silk  8. DEE EX BEE 7/2
3rd  W. M. Lordan silk  10. MASTER OF REALITY (IRE) 66/1
All 11 ran.
Jockey: Frankie Dettori 
Trainer: John Gosden 

17:00 BRITANNIA STAKES (HERITAGE HANDICAP)
1st  Harry Bentley silk  23. BIOMETRIC 28/1
2nd  Frankie Dettori silk  3. TURGENEV 7/2 f
3rd  Dane O'Neill silk  12. FANAAR (IRE) 50/1
4th  Kerrin McEvoy silk  20. AWE 14/1
28 ran. NRs: MASARU AWEEDRAM (IRE) ATHMAD (IRE) BEAT LE BON (FR).
Jockey: Harry Bentley 
Trainer: Ralph Beckett 

17:35 KING GEORGE V STAKES (HANDICAP)
1st  Seamie Heffernan silk  14. SOUTH PACIFIC 22/1
2nd  Ryan Moore silk  1. CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) 11/2
3rd  W. M. Lordan silk  18. EMINENCE (IRE) 25/1
4th  Franny Norton silk  3. PERSIAN MOON (IRE) 33/1
16 ran. NRs: KALOOR GREAT EXAMPLE LEROY LEROY.
Jockey: Seamie Heffernan 
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien, Ireland