AINTREE FESTIVAL 2014 DIARY: DAY 2

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Updated: April 4, 2014

The Aintree course going was Good to Soft and here is a full list of results from the Ladies Day Race Schedule.

2.00 Top Novices Hurdle (Grade 2): Distance 2m 110yrds: Fences 9: Runners 10

From the start until after the first circuit was completed Amore Alato was at the front with a lead group including Irish Cavalier, King Of The Picts, and Gentleman Jon on the outside. Bringing up the rear was Sgt Reckless and Baltimore Rock, although both were not far off the pace. With three fences left Sgt Reckless began to make a move, and made up enough ground to be alongside Josses Hill at the final flight. Josses Hill having gained a front berth from the middle of the field landed first and powered to the post for a six lengths victory as 6-4 f. Sgt Reckless took second place at 9/2 and 3 ¼ lengths behind King Of The Picts took third at 25-1. Poor Amore Alato paid

the price for being the early pace maker and came in last.

Barry Geraghty rides Josses Hill to victory. Image credit @Channel4Racing

Barry Geraghty rides Josses Hill to victory. Image credit @Channel4Racing

2.30 Betfred Mobile Mildmay Novices’ Chase (Grade 1): Distance 3m 1f: Fences 19: Runners 6

In the first half of the race with 10 jumps completed the field was drawn out over the small margin of four lengths. Holywell, Just A Par and Many Clouds narrowly ran ahead of Don Cossack, O’Faolains Boy and Wonderful Charm at the rear. By the last hill on the back straight Just A Par began to feel the pressure and Holywell and Don Cossack were in front. O Faolains Boy joined the front two with three to go but began to fade by the next hurdle. Holywell, with a three length lead going into the second last jump accelerated so much toward the final flight, the lead become eight lengths. The winner was in no doubt and Holywell at 7/2 2f odds passed the post ten lengths ahead on Don Cossack at 4/1. Third placed 4-1 Wonderful Charm rode in seven lengths behind Don Cossack.

Holywell In Full Flight. Image credit @Channel4Racing

Holywell In Full Flight. Image credit @Channel4Racing

3.05 Betfred Melling Chase (Grade 1): Distance 2m 4f: Fences 16: Runners 10

Ballynagour was last to land at the first obstacle but by fence five Boston Bob trailed the field. Whilst Boston Bob held the rear, Rathlin took a four to five length advantage over Rolling Aces, and these two horses continued to take the race initiative. Pepite Rose joined this duo with half the hurdles still to be negotiated. With four to go Days Hotel was riding in fifth place and a strongly running Ballynagour had risen to fourth spot. At three out the lead contenders were Rathlin, Pepite Rose, Rolling Aces, with Ballynagour challenging. Boston Bob in a little bit of trouble four from home, between the final two flights put on a tremendous surge. At the last Boston Bob seemed to wobble ever so slightly in his jump, but it was not enough to disrupt his acceleration. Boston Bob won by 3 ¼ lengths at 5/1 over Rolling Aces at 16/1. Just 1 ¼ lengths behind Ballynagour came in third at 5/1 odds and Rathlin was 4th.

Victorious Paul Townend & Boston Bob. Image credit @Channel4Racing

Victorious Paul Townend & Boston Bob. Image credit @Channel4Racing

3.40 Crabbies Supporting Everton In The Community Topham Chase (Handicap) (Grade 3): Distance 2m 5f 110yrds: Fences 18: Runners 30

The first three leaders stretched across the field were DoesLessThanMe, Double Ross and Poole Master. Several horses didn’t finish with unseated riders, fallers and pull ups accounting for only 17 of the 30 starters ending the race. DoesLessThanMe went at fence 13 and Poole Master faded. Double Ross however continued at the front and with three hurdles to go had been joined by Ma Filleule and Eastlake with BigFellaThanks and YouMustKnowMe in contention as well. At two out Ma Filleule kicked away from the others and pushed ahead to secure victory by eight lengths at 9-1. Bennys Mist came in second at 33-1 odds and one length behind Eastlake took third at 25/1, Tatenen was fourth and a tired Double Ross ended up 5th. Four riders with mounts in the Grand National race tomorrow were injured, and anxious pundits await news of their condition.

Ma Filleule a real Ladies winner. Image credit @tdthurgood

Ma Filleule a real Ladies winner. Image credit @tdthurgood

4.15 Doombar Sefton Novices Hurdle (Grade 1): Distance 3m 110yrds: Fences 13: Runners 18

GiantOfAMan and SeeYouAtMidnight took the race initiative, and by the corner turn with nine to go Cole Harden, Mondo Cane and Killala Quay had joined them. The field was closely grouped together with six to jump and Capote and Cogry had made some ground. At the final turn Cole Harden along with SeeYouAtMidnight and a battling Beat That headed for the final flights. At the post Beat That secured victory by four lengths at 6-1 odds over Cole Harden at 16-1. A visibly tiring SeeYouAtMidnight clung on for third place as a 7-2f coming in 25 lengths behind Cole Harden. Capote was 4th and Killala Quay 5th.

4.50 Alder Hay Children’s Charity Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3): Distance 2m 4f: Runners 22

Winner: Clondaw Kaempfer 10/1 by a neck; 2nd Caid Du Berlais 8/1 J2F by ¾ lengths; 3rd Cash And Go 12/1 by 1 ¼ lengths; 4th Cheltenian 8/1 J2F

5.25: Concerto Group Mares’ Standard Open Flat Race: Runners 20

Winner: Avispa 25/1 by a head; 2nd Lady Buttons 8/1 by 1 ¼ lengths; 3rd Tara Mist 13/2; 4th The Govaness 13/2

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