• 16:50 Betfred Manifesto Novices' Chase 2m 4f

  • Winner £42,712 2nd £16,028 3rd £8,025 4th £3,998
  • Going: Good (Good to Soft in places; National: Good to Soft, Good in places)
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 7.20s
  • Off time: 16:50:30
16:50 Aintree Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Captain Conan (FR) 6/5
2nd Tap Night (USA) 8/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 22-1115 Pink, Royal Blue cap Captain Conan (FR) 21
Distance Winner
6 11-4 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 152 6/52.20
2 32144P Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap Carlito Brigante (IRE) 23
Distance Winner
7 11-4 bt G Elliott J M Maguire 137 7/18.00
3 221143 Orange, white seams, grey sleeves, white stars, orange cap, white stars Changing Times (IRE) 21
Distance Winner
7 11-4 t N A Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 152 9/25.50
5 1521F2 Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap Fago (FR) 41
Beaten Favourite
5 11-4 P F Nicholls R Walsh 154 11/26.50
6 23023F Black and White diamonds, Emerald Green sleeves and cap His Excellency (IRE) 20
5 11-4 b D Pipe T Scudamore 150 14/115.00
7 9-61326 White, Black chevron, Black sleeves, White diamonds, quartered cap Sunny Ledgend 21
Distance Winner
8 11-4 Andrew Martin Mr J Martin 129 40/141.00
8 6-11415 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Tap Night (USA) 23
Distance Winner
6 11-4 Miss Lucinda V Russell A P McCoy 145 8/19.00
Non runners
4311124Drumshambo (USA)711-4Miss V WilliamsAidan Coleman141


CAPTAIN CONAN easily beat Changing Times in a Grade 1 at Sandown in February but the placings were reversed behind Benefficient in the Jewson at Cheltenham. Nicky Henderson's six-year-old will have to jump better here but is capable of doing so and is probably the one to beat on his best form as the going may be too quick for Fago, surprisingly beaten at Sandown after falling when favourite at Warwick. His Excellency finished second in that Warwick race and was then a staying-on third in the Arkle but fell when turned out again quickly in the Grand Annual, where Drumshambo eventually finished fourth, and lacks a bit of scope now. Carlito Brigante ran in another handicap at The Festival but was pulled up and is likely to find at least a couple of these too good off level weights while it's even harder to make a case for Sunny Ledgend and Tap Night.