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

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 9m 4.70s
  • Off time: 16:18:23
16:15 Aintree Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Don't Push It (IRE) 10/1
2nd Black Apalachi (IRE) 14/1
3rd State of Play 16/1
4th Big Fella Thanks 10/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 81-3244 Purple, Yellow triple diamond, Yellow sleeves, Red armlets, Red cap Madison Du Berlais (FR) 42
Course Winner
9 11-10 p D Pipe T Scudamore 157 50/151.00
2 1-P3463 Emerald Green, Purple armlets Mon Mome (FR) 22
Course WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
10 11-7 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 155 14/115.00
3 211501 BLACK, yellow diamond, yellow diamonds on sleeves, yellow diamond on cap Vic Venturi (IRE) 49
Course Winner
10 11-6 p D T Hughes R Loughran 162 25/126.00
4 151U-02 Emerald Green, Royal Blue chevrons on sleeves, Emerald Green cap, Royal Blue star Black Apalachi (IRE) 49
Course Winner
11 11-6 p D T Hughes D F O'Regan 159 14/115.00
5 5-50030 Yellow, Red Diamond, Red and Yellow quartered cap Joe Lively (IRE) 25
11 11-6 C L Tizzard J Tizzard 147 33/134.00
6 71-423P Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Don't Push It (IRE) 23
Course Winner
10 11-5 Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 153 10/111.00
7 P072-00 ROYAL BLUE, EMERALD GREEN sleeves, WHITE cap, EMERALD GREEN spots Comply Or Die (IRE) 25
Course and Distance Winner
11 11-5 b D Pipe Timmy Murphy 151 12/113.00
8 121-219 Pink, large Purple spots, hooped sleeves Tricky Trickster (IRE) 22
7 11-4 P F Nicholls R Johnson 152 16/117.00
9 1-83529 Orange and Royal Blue (quartered), hooped sleeves Niche Market (IRE) 25
9 11-4 R H Buckler Harry Skelton 152 16/117.00
10 2474P2 ORANGE, black star, diabolo on sleeves, white and black hooped cap Made In Taipan (IRE) 14
8 11-4 T Mullins N P Madden 152 100/1101.00
11 UPP/21P Grey, Maroon epaulets and armlets, hooped cap Dream Alliance 49
9 11-3 p P J Hobbs T J O'Brien 151 16/117.00
12 FU-3644 EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap Cloudy Lane 35
10 11-3 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 150 25/126.00
13 1P00-69 Red and white (quartered), checked sleeves and cap Nozic (FR) 103
9 11-3 t P F Nicholls L Treadwell 149 40/141.00
14 53-2757 BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap My Will (FR) 22
10 11-2 P F Nicholls Nick Scholfield 150 20/121.00
15 3606-4F PURPLE, YELLOW chevron, diabolo on sleeves Pablo Du Charmil (FR) 70
9 11-2 t D Pipe Danny Cook 150 100/1101.00
16 6-51117 White, Yellow stripe, quartered cap Ballyholland (IRE) 41
9 11-0 C A McBratney A J Mcnamara 148 25/126.00
17 123138 Light blue, orange epaulettes, light blue and grey check cap Backstage (FR) 14
8 11-0 G Elliott D J Condon 148 25/126.00
18 P-1P1PP Pink, Royal Blue diamond, diabolo on sleeves, Royal Blue cap, Pink diamond Beat The Boys (IRE) 25
9 11-0 N A Twiston-Davies B Hughes 144 25/126.00
19 0-780F0 Royal Blue, Yellow star, Royal Blue sleeves, Yellow stars, Royal Blue cap, Yellow star Preists Leap (IRE) 25
10 11-0 b T G O'Leary P T Enright 148 100/1101.00
20 183223 Yellow, Black braces, Yellow and White quartered cap Snowy Morning (IRE) 41
10 10-13 W P Mullins D J Casey 147 14/115.00
21 14F-016 Emerald Green, Yellow hoops, Emerald Green cap, White star Can't Buy Time (IRE) 35
8 10-13 Jonjo O'Neill R P McLernon 147 33/134.00
22 136-2U1 Purple, Grey hooped sleeves Big Fella Thanks 35
8 10-12 P F Nicholls B J Geraghty 151 10/111.00
23 60/144-P Royal Blue, Pink hoop State of Play 133
Course Winner
10 10-11 Evan Williams Paul Moloney 145 16/117.00
24 3391-00 PINK, PURPLE cross belts, hooped sleeves, PURPLE cap Character Building (IRE) 25
10 10-11 J J Quinn Ms N Carberry 142 16/117.00
25 0-12187 Dark Blue, Emerald Green hoop, Maroon sleeves, Emerald Green cap Ellerslie George (IRE) 35
10 10-10 p1 Nick Mitchell Christian Williams 141 66/167.00
26 2P5-011 PINK and YELLOW diamonds, YELLOW sleeves and cap Eric's Charm (FR) 35
12 10-9 O Sherwood Wayne Hutchinson 149 33/134.00
27 2/7-7980 EMERALD GREEN & yellow HOOPED, Red cap King Johns Castle (IRE) 27
11 10-9 A L T Moore Paul Carberry 143 28/129.00
28 43545U Orange and Light Blue diamonds, Orange sleeves, Orange cap, Light Blue diamonds Conna Castle (IRE) 43
11 10-9 J J Mangan S W Flanagan 143 100/1101.00
29 4P1540 MAROON and LIGHT BLUE diabolo, LIGHT BLUE sleeves, quartered cap Ballyfitz 23
10 10-9 N A Twiston-Davies David England 139 50/151.00
30 395467 LIGHT BLUE, MAROON stars and sleeves, LIGHT BLUE cap Ollie Magern 25
12 10-9 N A Twiston-Davies T Molloy 138 100/1101.00
31 30-37U2 Emerald Green & yellow hoops, Royal Blue cap Arbor Supreme (IRE) 41
8 10-8 W P Mullins P Townend 147 16/117.00
32 72P-253 ORANGE, BLACK star and star on cap Maljimar (IRE) 120
10 10-8 Nick Williams D A Jacob 142 33/134.00
33 3-92312 Royal Blue, Emerald Green sleeves, Red cap The Package 25
Beaten Favourite
7 10-7 D Pipe G Lee 147 14/115.00
34 0-33019 White, large Red spots and armlets, Red and White quartered cap Piraya (FR) 42
7 10-7 t D Pipe J W Farrelly 141 100/1101.00
35 U01-4U5 EMERALD GREEN, YELLOW stars, striped sleeves, ROYAL BLUE and YELLOW striped cap Irish Raptor (IRE) 126
Course Winner
11 10-7 N A Twiston-Davies P J Brennan 135 33/134.00
36 9PP/05-8 Emerald Green, White star, Emerald Green and Black striped sleeves, White cap, Black star Cerium (FR) 22
Course Winner
9 10-5 Paul Murphy D N Russell (ex1) 133 50/151.00
37 P6-1420 Royal Blue, Dark Green sleeves and cap Palypso De Creek (FR) 23
7 10-6 C E Longsdon T Siddall 139 66/167.00
38 735B87 White, Royal Blue spots, White and Royal Blue striped cap Hello Bud (IRE) 23
12 10-6 t N A Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 134 20/121.00
39 P63/52-P Dark Blue, Pink and Dark Blue hooped sleeves, Pink cap Flintoff (USA) 103
9 10-5 b Miss V Williams A Tinkler 139 50/151.00
40 56/33P5 Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap Royal Rosa (FR) 80
11 10-5 J Howard Johnson K Renwick 122 66/167.00


Irish Raptor, KING JOHNS CASTLE and Big Fella Thanks are just three of a hatful that can (literally) be picked out of the hat, and the vote of confidence goes to King Johns Castle. Arthur Moore's gelding has had a nice preparation over hurdles and should be spot on for this assignment. He seemed to relish the fences when second here two years ago and with less weight on his back he must go close if completing. Big Fella Thanks is one of several Paul Nicholls-trained runners who will be hoping to break his trainer's record of never winning the race. This 'fella' was sixth last year and must be a big player with that experience under his belt and an excellent campaign over fences so far this season. Stablemate Tricky Trickster blotted his copybook at Cheltenham in the Gold Cup but this has always been the plan and he is not to be ignored. Niche Market is a solid jumper and the former Irish National winner is considered, along with Comply Or Die who is the chosen mount of Timmy Murphy and it is easy to see why having finished first and second in the last two years. Mon Mome was a revelation last year and his third in the Gold Cup should have put him spot on, whilst last years' winning jockey Liam Treadwell gets the leg up on Nozic who isn't badly treated and should give his owners for the day a good run for their money. Dessie Hughes goes to war with two; Vic Venturi and Black Appalachi. The former beat his stablemate in the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse in February and has won over these fences before, whilst Black Appalachi was well-fancied for this last year but he came a cropper and this talented front-runner needs to avoid any serious errors. Madison Du Berlais is classy but often a bit guessy at his fences, My Will ran a cracker in third last year but tends to run his best races for Ruby Walsh, whilst Ballyholland will appreciate any drying of the ground in the lead up to the race. Backstage has had this as a target for ages and is interesting if staying, Snowy Morning is classy and despite stamina limitations wasn't disgraced here last year, whilst Can't Buy Time looks the pick of the Jonjo O'Neill runners and he cannot be ignored despite the (relatively) tender age of eight. State Of Play has been aimed at this race since finishing fourth twelve months ago, the omens are right for Character Building given his new owners and he might relish this trip, whilst Irish Raptor and The Package join Abbeybraney on the list of interesting lightly-weighted contenders. The latter especially looks the type to bounce back to form here. Arbor Supreme is another contender for JP McManus and whilst he comes here in good form, he looks short enough in the betting with the stable not firing in the winners. As expected the toughest betting race of the year, but also the most popular. Take the price on any horse with a Christian name in, including the selection King Johns Castle.