• 16:15 John Smith's Grand National Chase 4m 3f 110y

  • Winner £547,268 2nd £205,822 3rd £102,862 4th £51,382
  • Going: Good (Good to Soft in places; National: Good to Soft, Good in places)
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 9m 12.00s
  • Off time: 16:15:16
16:15 Aintree Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Auroras Encore (IRE) 66/1
2nd Cappa Bleu (IRE) 12/1
3rd Teaforthree (IRE) 10/1
4th Oscar Time (IRE) 66/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 51U1P/2 Black, White stars, striped sleeves, Black cap Imperial Commander (IRE) 70
12 11-10 t N A Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 158 11/112.00
2 P/33F7-8 White, Royal Blue epaulets, White sleeves, Red spots, Royal Blue cap What A Friend 42
Course Winner
10 11-9 b P F Nicholls S Thomas 157 33/134.00
3 3PF-4PP Black, grey disc, armlets and cap Weird Al (IRE) 56
10 11-8 D McCain Jnr Timmy Murphy 156 66/167.00
4 1113-04 Black, light blue sleeves, red cap Quel Esprit (FR) 56
9 11-7 W P Mullins P Townend 155 40/141.00
5 47/U312 Light Blue, Royal Blue star, White and Royal Blue check sleeves and cap Big Fella Thanks 35
11 11-6 t T R George D F O'Regan 154 33/134.00
6 1113-23 Maroon, white braces and sleeves Seabass (IRE) 42
10 11-6 T M Walsh Ms K Walsh 154 11/26.50
7 7-1U355 Emerald Green, Dark Green sleeves, Dark Green and Emerald Green quartered cap Roberto Goldback (IRE) 42
11 11-6 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 154 25/126.00
8 P912-5P Emerald Green, Yellow hoops, Emerald Green cap, White star Sunnyhillboy (IRE) 84
Course Winner
10 11-4 Jonjo O'Neill R P McLernon 152 20/121.00
9 1/46-P73 EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap BallaBriggs (IRE) 35
Course and Distance Winner
12 11-4 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 152 20/121.00
10 11-8620 Dark Blue and White stripes, halved sleeves Teaforthree (IRE) 49
9 11-3 Miss R Curtis Nick Scholfield 151 10/111.00
11 3-11271 Light blue, brown star, diabolo on sleeves and star on cap Across The Bay (IRE) 49
9 11-2 bt D McCain Jnr Henry Brooke 150 40/141.00
12 1P3-72P Royal blue, orange star, royal blue sleeves, orange stars and cap Join Together (IRE) 35
Beaten Favourite
8 11-2 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 150 25/126.00
13 13-5211 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Colbert Station (IRE) 62
9 11-1 t T M Walsh A P McCoy 149 12/113.00
14 2P1536 Red and White stripes, hooped sleeves, striped cap Forpadydeplasterer (IRE) 34
11 11-0 T Cooper Andrew J McNamara 148 66/167.00
15 P1/B1F-1 Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap On His Own (IRE) 46
9 11-0 W P Mullins R Walsh 148 8/19.00
16 7-35233 Red, white cross of lorraine and sleeves, red cap Joncol (IRE) 56
10 10-13 P Nolan R M Power 147 50/151.00
17 P0R1-12 Red, Royal Blue stars, hooped sleeves and star on cap Balthazar King (IRE) 141
Beaten Favourite
9 10-12 P J Hobbs R Johnson 146 16/117.00
18 1334-22 Royal Blue, Pink hoop Cappa Bleu (IRE) 49
11 10-11 t Evan Williams Paul Moloney 145 12/113.00
19 2/4-4U60 Brown, orange seams and sleeves, orange and brown quartered cap Oscar Time (IRE) 27
12 10-11 M M Lynch Mr S Waley-Cohen 145 66/167.00
20 4091-78 MAUVE and PURPLE diabolo, PURPLE sleeves, MAUVE armlets and diamond on PURPLE cap Always Waining (IRE) 28
Course Winner
12 10-10 p P Bowen T J O'Brien 144 33/134.00
21 15U-676 BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Tatenen (FR) 22
Course Winner
9 10-10 R Rowe A Thornton 144 100/1101.00
22 423F-71 Black, Yellow cap Treacle (IRE) 21
12 10-9 T J Taaffe N D Fehily 143 33/134.00
23 011611 Emerald green and yellow hoops, blue cap Lost Glory (NZ) 175
8 10-8 t Jonjo O'Neill M P Walsh 142 50/151.00
24 P-P1440 ROYAL BLUE, EMERALD GREEN sleeves, WHITE cap, EMERALD GREEN spots Swing Bill (FR) 23
12 10-8 D Pipe C O'Farrell 142 80/181.00
25 01-F430 Light green, yellow inverted triangle, yellow sleeves, red diamonds, yellow cap, red diamonds Saint Are (FR) 23
Course Winner
7 10-8 Tim Vaughan D C Costello 142 50/151.00
26 B-0U631 MAROON, yellow star, hooped sleeves, yellow cap Chicago Grey (IRE) 46
10 10-7 pt G Elliott Paul Carberry 141 11/112.00
27 10F-685 Emerald green and yellow hoops, red cap Quiscover Fontaine (FR) 37
9 10-7 W P Mullins D J Casey 141 40/141.00
28 3B8-643 Royal blue, red seams, royal blue sleeves and cap Rare Bob (IRE) 27
11 10-6 D T Hughes B J Cooper 140 16/117.00
29 4-311P4 EMERALD GREEN, RED hoop, halved sleeves, RED cap The Rainbow Hunter 49
9 10-6 K C Bailey Aidan Coleman 140 50/151.00
30 63PP45 WHITE, light blue sash, brown cap Becauseicouldntsee (IRE) 23
10 10-6 N F Glynn M J Ferris 140 66/167.00
31 12P-P90 Red, White stars on sleeves Harry The Viking 23
8 10-6 P F Nicholls R Mahon 140 40/141.00
32 360264 Cerise, White sash, Black cap Mr Moonshine (IRE) 17
9 10-5 Mrs S J Smith P Buchanan 139 66/167.00
33 1133FP PINK, PURPLE cross belts, hooped sleeves, PURPLE cap Mumbles Head (IRE) 105
12 10-4 P Bowen J E Moore 138 100/1101.00
34 3F6042 DARK BLUE, emerald green seams, white cap Ninetieth Minute (IRE) 21
10 10-3 T J Taaffe N P Madden 137 80/181.00
35 0P45F5 Royal Blue, Yellow diamond, checked sleeves, Royal Blue cap, Yellow diamond Auroras Encore (IRE) 35
Course Winner
11 10-3 Mrs S J Smith Ryan Mania 137 66/167.00
36 P11420 ROYAL BLUE and WHITE (quartered), BLACK and WHITE striped sleeves and cap Tarquinius (FR) 27
Beaten Favourite
10 10-2 bt G Elliott K Renwick 136 100/1101.00
37 614U49 Pink and Mauve (quartered), Mauve sleeves, White cap Any Currency (IRE) 23
10 10-0 ct M Keighley Ian Popham 134 100/1101.00
38 2P-265P Yellow, large Black spots and armlets, Black and Yellow quartered cap Major Malarkey (IRE) 21
10 10-0 N A Twiston-Davies T Scudamore 133 50/151.00
39 21B-891 Dark Blue, Royal Blue chevrons, Dark Blue cap, Royal Blue star Soll 28
8 10-0 J Hughes M D Grant 132 33/134.00
40 023P25 Red, Royal Blue chevrons, armlets and star on cap Viking Blond (FR) 49
8 10-0 b N A Twiston-Davies Adam Wedge 131 66/167.00


Julie Krone in the States, Hayley Turner on the Flat and Nina Carberry under National Hunt Rules have all shown that women are the equal of their male counterparts in the saddle when given the right ammunition and Katie Walsh is up there with the best. Hollywood once imagined Elizabeth Taylor riding the winner of the world's most famous race but Walsh can turn fantasy into reality by partnering SEABASS to victory in this year's renewal. Her father Ted has kept the 10-year-old wrapped in cotton wool since he finished third in 2012 and he arrives here fresh and still on a decent mark. He only gave best at the Elbow last year having travelled strongly throughout and is better off at the weights with Sunnyhillboy, an unlucky runner-up 12 months ago. It's no surprise that A P McCoy has chosen the Walsh's other runner Colbert Station ahead of the latter as he's a progressive and unexposed sort and he makes more appeal than probable favourite On His Own, whose jumping may be suspect. Big Fella Thanks is likely to give a bold sight and Always Waining has won the Topham Trophy three times over these fences but both may have stamina limitations. Teaforthree and Chicago Grey are both former winners of the 4m National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham, however, and will be staying on if avoiding traffic problems. The latter looks particularly well handicapped and was brought down last year. Seven-year-olds have a shocking record in the race but Saint Are won over the Mildmay fences here last season and the runner-up bolted up over hurdles here on Thursday, while these unique fences could inspire the potentially well-treated Harry The Viking to put his best foot forward. Ballabriggs may struggle to turn back the clock, however, and What A Friend and Weird Al may have too much weight. But Balthazar King could go close as he goes well fresh and proved his versatility and stamina by winning the cross-country chase at the Cheltenham Festival last year and following up over conventional obstacles at the same track in October. At big odds, Tatenen might give each-way backers a run for their money as well and the talented Bryan Cooper could get a tune out of Rare Bob so he looks the pick of the remainder.