From The Horse’s Mouth: Neigh 4

Updated: April 11, 2014

The Horses Mouth

In this week’s edition I have my horse whispers digest, and I look back at some winning details from Aintree and elsewhere that caught my eye. The big race for this weekend will be the Scottish Grand National at Ayr, with several runners from the Aintree Grand National taking part. Although I haven’t seen a final race card list, I still like the look of Across the Bay, Mr Moonshine and the name Tour Des Champs.

Last To a Top Four Finish

On day one at Aintree three horses went from the rear of the field to secure a top finish. Guitar Pete won his race at 2pm, Dynaste took second place from the back in the 2.30 race, and Diakali went from the rear to third place in the 3.05.

Friday’s races seen Sgt Reckless secure second place (from the back) in the 2.00pm and Boston Bob moved from last to first in the Melling Chase at 3.05.

On the final day at Aintree Simply Ned rose from the rear into second spot in the 2.05, and Alvardo was in last place at fence four in the Grand National, but superbly negotiated the course to come in fourth.

4-3-2 to 1


Ryan Moore rode 4 winners at Windsor on Monday (April 7th) in the space of 3 hours. In the 14.10 he rode Magical Roundabout at 4/6, the 1510 seen Moore atop Tobacco Road 5/1, the 1610 ride was Cannock Chase at 5/4, and finally in the 1710 Civil War triumphed at 13/8.


A P McCoy had 3 winners for three different trainers over the three days of the Aintree Festival, one for each day. On Thursday he rode Uxizandre to victory for trainer A King, Friday’s win came aboard Jonjo O’Neill’s Holywell and Saturday’s victor was Lac Fontana for P Nicholls.

On day two at Aintree Barry Geraghty had 3 winners for trainer Nicky Henderson. A win on the final day for Whisper, made Nicky Henderson the most successful trainer at Aintree this year.

Trainer A King had 3 Aintree winners, one for each day, using 3 different jockeys: 1. Dr Harper ridden by A P McCoy, 2. Avispa ridden by Richard

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Thornton and 3. Balder Success ridden by W Hutchison.


Dr R Newland the trainer of Grand National winner Pineau De Re ridden by Leighton Aspell, enjoyed two more winners at Market Rasen on Sunday. A Miss A Stirling rode Dalmo to success and Ardkilly Witness was ridden to victory by Leighton Aspell. Dalmo then won again on Thursday at Towcester in the 1410 with G Sheehan aboard, so it’s been a good week for Dr Richard Newland.


At Aintree on day 1 and 3 all seven races on the card had different winning trainers.

The Grand National had a stewards’ enquiry adjourned and then boycotted by jockeys. The race itself had two false starts, and the assistant starter (at the front of the field) advised the riders that things were not race ready, when they lined up again. However, 39 jockeys proceeded toward the start regardless of the warning, and knocked over the assistant starter in the process. As a result all the jockey’s who ran the race (one horse didn’t start) were asked to the enquiry, which was adjourned until after the last Aintree race. The jockey’s all refused to attend the meeting and the issue has been reported to the British Horseracing Authority.

In a separate stewards’ enquiry concerning the Grand National, jockey Jack Doyle was given a 12 day ban (to be served at various dates until June). It was decided that Doyle continued to ride his mount Wayward Prince beyond the point where the horse was clearly exhausted.

Horse Whispers

Some of the chatter gleaned from the stable called Twitter

Scottish Grand National favourites are Green Flag and Mendip Express (ridden by Noel Fehily). Tidal Bay at 14-1 (Thur 10th)

Richard Hughes out injured at present hopes to be back for the 25th of this month.

Due to overrunning redevelopment work at Newbury a stable capacity of only 100 is in place at the moment, so 14 horses will be unable to run there on Saturday (114 declared).

Lincoln winner OCEAN TEMPEST will run at Newbury in the 3.30pm Magnum Spring Cup.

A heavy fall at Ludlow on Thursday resulted in Richie McLernon suffering two broken vertebrate, and the jockey will be out of action for about two months.

Western Warhorse (Cheltenham Arkle winner) ran at the Aintree Festival and suffered a tendon injury. The owner Roger Brookhouse reckons the horse faces a possible year long layoff.




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