• 15:05 John Smith's Melling Chase 2m 4f

  • Winner £98,910 2nd £37,292 3rd £18,638 4th £9,310
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 57.50s
  • Off time: 15:06:29
15:05 Aintree Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Master Minded (FR) 11/2
2nd Albertas Run (IRE) 11/4
3rd Somersby (IRE) 5/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 11-4FP1 EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap Albertas Run (IRE) 22
Course WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
10 11-10 Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 168 11/43.75
2 2P74RR LIGHT BLUE, ORANGE epaulets Chaninbar (FR) 1
Course Winner
8 11-10 bt M F Harris Sean Quinlan 151 100/1101.00
3 121-916 Dark blue, emerald green hoop, quartered cap French Opera 23
Course WinnerDistance Winner
8 11-10 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 164 11/112.00
4 4-37542 RED and WHITE (quartered), RED sleeves Kalahari King (FR) 22
Course WinnerDistance Winner
10 11-10 Ferdy Murphy G Lee 166 9/25.50
5 695226 ORANGE, black star, diabolo on sleeves, white and black hooped cap Made In Taipan (IRE) 13
Distance Winner
9 11-10 T Mullins R M Power 147 40/141.00
6 41-4630 Purple and Yellow diabolo, Yellow sleeves and cap Mad Max (IRE) 23
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-10 N J Henderson P Carberry 153 11/112.00
7 14-1118 Emerald Green, Yellow spots, Yellow and Emerald Green halved sleeves, Purple cap Master Minded (FR) 23
Beaten Favourite
8 11-10 P F Nicholls R Walsh 172 11/26.50
8 22-3325 Dark Green, Maroon stars, Maroon cap Somersby (IRE) 23
7 11-10 Miss H C Knight R Thornton 170 5/16.00
9 4-31157 Red and Grey (quartered), hooped sleeves Tartak (FR) 22
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-10 t T R George P J Brennan 156 14/115.00
10 2196-11 DARK BLUE, emerald green seams, white cap Tranquil Sea (IRE) 114
Distance Winner
9 11-10 E J O'Grady Andrew J McNamara 157 8/19.00


Albertas Run is the obvious starting point having won this a year ago and also the last two renewals of Cheltenham's Ryanair Chase. He had KALAHARI KING a length behind at The Festival last month where Tartak was well beaten but the runner-up gets the vote here as he didn't jump with his usual fluency, reserves his best for the big occasion, and landed the Grade 1 Maghull here as a Novice when Made In Taipan was beaten eight lengths. Master Minded was such a huge disappointment in the Champion Chase after seemingly restored to his very best by Paul Nicholls. He was well beaten by Voy Por Ustedes when runner-up in this three years ago but can never be dismissed with his superb strike-rate. Both Somersby and French Opera were in front of him at Cheltenham but Mad Max, who had beaten Somersby easily over the C&D in the Manifesto last season, was a long way behind. In the unlikely event of testing conditions, Tranquil Sea would come into the reckoning as he is ideally suited by the trip as he showed when beating J'y Vole in the John Durkan at Fairyhouse in December.