• 17:35 John Smith's Champion Standard Open NH Flat Race 2m 1f

  • Winner £17,103 2nd £6,417 3rd £3,213 4th £1,602
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 59.50s
  • Off time: 17:35:18
17:35 Aintree Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Steps To Freedom (IRE) 12/1
2nd Montbazon (FR) 5/2
3rd Allure Of Illusion (IRE) 9/2


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
1 1 Pink, Light Green spots, Pink sleeves and cap Allure Of Illusion (IRE) 233
Distance Winner
5 11-4 t1 W P Mullins Mr P W Mullins 9/25.50
2 32-6421 Light Blue, Dark Blue seams, Light Blue sleeves, Light Blue cap, Purple star Broadbackbob (IRE) 86
6 11-4 S R B Crawford Mr S Crawford (5) 66/167.00
3 F-1317 Yellow, Black chevron and sleeves, Black and Yellow hooped cap Distime (IRE) 36
Distance Winner
5 11-4 J J Quinn B J Cooper (5) 100/1101.00
4 1- Light green, yellow inverted triangle, yellow sleeves, red diamonds and cap Gallox Bridge 426
6 11-4 t1 M F Harris W Marston 100/1101.00
5 46-12 Orange, Black cross belts and armlets, Black cap, Orange star Laveroque (FR) 146
5 11-4 C E Longsdon Felix de Giles 20/121.00
6 1-3 White, Red seams, Red sleeves, White armlets, Red cap Nuts N Bolts 36
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
5 11-4 G A Swinbank F Keniry 10/111.00
7 13 PURPLE and YELLOW stripes, BLACK sleeves and cap Peckhamecho (IRE) 50
5 11-4 Miss R Curtis A P McCoy 25/126.00
8 F-13 DARK BLUE, YELLOW sleeves, WHITE armlets, WHITE and YELLOW quartered cap Persian Snow (IRE) 49
Beaten Favourite
5 11-4 t P J Hobbs R Johnson 7/18.00
9 8-3 Green and white hoops, white cap, green bobble Real Tempo (FR) 57
6 11-4 J M Plasschaert Tayron Devolder (7) 40/141.00
10 21 Royal Blue, Orange Cross of Lorraine and armlets, White cap Richie Rob 47
Distance Winner
5 11-4 N Bycroft B J Toomey (5) 40/141.00
11 5-12110 REd, white star, emerald green sleeves, red cap, white stars Saint Luke (IRE) 24
Distance Winner
6 11-4 P Bowen Aidan Coleman 33/134.00
12 1F Emerald green, black sash and sleeves Steps To Freedom (IRE) 279
Beaten Favourite
5 11-4 t G Elliott Paul Carberry 12/113.00
13 1125 Black, emerald green chevrons on sleeves Cinders And Ashes 24
4 10-12 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 8/19.00
14 13 Yellow, Royal Blue seams, Grey sleeves, Royal Blue seams, Royal Blue cap Ebanour (IRE) 17
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
4 10-12 t1 D McCain Jnr Timmy Murphy (5) 66/167.00
15 1 Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap Grandioso (IRE) 52
4 10-12 J Howard Johnson Paul Gallagher (5) 50/151.00
16 1 Black, Yellow sleeves, Black armlets, Black cap, Yellow stars Jonny Delta 28
4 10-12 J S Goldie J Reveley 28/129.00
17 132 Red, White hoop, chevrons on sleeves Matthew Riley (IRE) 25
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
4 10-12 Mrs K Walton R McGrath 40/141.00
18 21 Yellow, Red spots Montbazon (FR) 35
Distance Winner
4 10-12 A King R Thornton 5/23.50
19 19 White, Emerald Green chevron, Royal Blue sleeves and cap Oscar Magic (IRE) 24
4 10-12 N A Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 12/113.00
20 12 White, black cap Tour D'Argent (FR) 42
Beaten Favourite
4 10-12 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 14/115.00


Alan King has made no secret of his liking for MONTBAZON and the youngster was an impressive winner at Doncaster last month from another promising type in Close Friend. He still looked in need of the experience on Town Moor but was always travelling well and is a very nice prospect. It's a surprise to find the Irish haven't won this for nine years but that shouldn't prevent big runs from Allure Of Illusion and Steps To Freedom. The former overcame inexperience to score at Killarney in August and will know more this time while Gordon Elliott's charge was an odds-on chance when brought down at Bellewstown in July after an easy debut success at Tipperary. Laveroque couldn't get to Rock On Ruby at Cheltenham but there was certainly no disgrace in that while Oscar Magic is better than he showed in the Festival Bumper and had Tour D'Argent behind on his debut at Kempton. Cinders And Ashes led for a long way at Cheltenham and didn't fade until late in the race so today's tighter track will be greatly in his favour and he could hang on for a place at least. An outsider with a chance is Nuts N Bolts, who took an age to warm up at Doncaster last month but was noted going on strongly behind Fourth Estate and will have come on for the run, his first for a year.