• 15:40 John Smith's Topham Chase 2m 5f 110y

  • Winner £56,270 2nd £21,200 3rd £10,610 4th £5,300
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 26.10s
  • Off time: 15:40:17
15:40 Aintree Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Always Waining (IRE) 11/1
2nd Chance Du Roy (FR) 16/1
3rd Fistral Beach (IRE) 22/1
4th Aimigayle 12/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 4-58605 Red and Grey (quartered), hooped sleeves Tartak (FR) 29
Course WinnerDistance Winner
9 11-12 t Tim Vaughan Aidan Coleman 153 22/123.00
2 FU1113 ROYAL BLUE, emerald green star, white cap, emerald green star Apt Approach (IRE) 55
Distance Winner
9 11-9 t W P Mullins P Townend 150 12/113.00
3 165-210 LIGHT BLUE, DARK BLUE Cross of Lorraine, hooped sleeves, striped cap Giorgio Quercus (FR) 29
Distance Winner
7 11-9 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 150 25/126.00
4 P-12541 Mauve, White sash, Red cap Chance Du Roy (FR) 23
8 11-7 P J Hobbs R Johnson 148 16/117.00
5 1P0-1P3 RED, WHITE cross belts, hooped sleeves and star on cap Fistral Beach (IRE) 85
Distance Winner
9 11-4 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 145 22/123.00
6 155-6P0 Royal blue, white seams, royal blue cap, white star Little Josh (IRE) 29
10 11-4 N A Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 145 6/17.00
7 1U53/U3- Black, Pink chevron, Pink cap Herecomesthetruth (IRE) 485
Distance Winner
10 11-1 C Gordon Tom Cannon (3) 142 40/141.00
8 61-U030 YELLOW, ROYAL BLUE sleeves, YELLOW cap, ROYAL BLUE star Matuhi 29
Distance Winner
9 11-1 t D Pipe T Scudamore 142 25/126.00
9 9-01721 Grey and Dark Blue (quartered), Grey sleeves, Dark Blue cap Triangular (USA) 21
7 10-13 pt T R George P J Brennan 140 7/18.00
10 1-84409 MAUVE and PURPLE diabolo, PURPLE sleeves, MAUVE armlets and diamond on PURPLE cap Always Waining (IRE) 20
Course WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
11 10-11 p P Bowen T J O'Brien 138 11/112.00
11 U6-766U Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap Frankie Figg (IRE) 55
Course WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
10 10-3 t P F Nicholls R Walsh 130 15/28.50
12 2P4-P40 WHITE, light blue sash, brown cap Gonebeyondrecall (IRE) 212
Course Winner
9 10-3 v N F Glynn D J Condon 130 11/112.00
13 P69018 WHITE, royal blue disc, white sleeves, emerald green spots, maroon cap Arklow Ger (IRE) 76
10 10-2 P Nolan Paul Carberry 129 25/126.00
14 141364 Red and Emerald Green diamonds Paradis de Thaix (FR) 40
9 10-2 p Mrs J Harrington Paul Moloney 129 25/126.00
15 117U32 Light Blue, Brown chevrons on sleeves, Black cap Sunday City (JPN) 23
Course Winner
11 10-2 P Bowen J E Moore 129 66/167.00
16 2/P28-P3 Black, red and black halved sleeves Aimigayle 21
Distance Winner
9 10-2 Miss S Smith C Bolger 129 12/113.00
17 61/4512 Yellow, Royal Blue seams, Grey sleeves, Royal Blue seams, Royal Blue cap Fabalu (IRE) 12
Distance Winner
10 10-0 b D McCain Jnr B P Harding 127 16/117.00
18 163456 Yellow, Emerald Green chevron, Emerald Green and Yellow halved sleeves, Emerald Green cap Moon Over Miami (GER) 48
11 10-0 t C J Mann W T Kennedy 127 50/151.00
19 421528 Maroon, Yellow sleeves, White armlets, White cap Rio Gael (IRE) 15
6 10-0 p P Bowen B Hughes 126 50/151.00
20 8714P1 DARK BLUE, large PINK spots, PINK cap Douglas Julian 34
10 10-0 Mrs S J Smith Ryan Mania 126 20/121.00
21 16-U655 Light Blue, Dark Blue stars, Dark Blue sleeves, Light Blue armlets, Dark Blue cap Bai Zhu (IRE) 21
Distance Winner
8 10-0 N J Henderson Felix de Giles 124 16/117.00
22 236P31 ROYAL BLUE and WHITE (quartered), BLACK and WHITE striped sleeves and cap Montoya's Son (IRE) 15
7 10-0 C Grant K Renwick 123 33/134.00
23 1P5034 Red, Black diamond, Red sleeves, Yellow diamonds, Black cap, Red diamonds Nikola (FR) 12
Course Winner
11 10-0 N A Twiston-Davies D C Costello 123 33/134.00
24 7P1446 White, Emerald Green stripe, White sleeves, Dark Blue armlets Wake Board (FR) 20
Beaten Favourite
7 10-0 t Dr R D P Newland C I Gillies 123 80/181.00
25 3-5U277 LIGHT BLUE, ORANGE epaulets Minella Theatre (IRE) 33
Distance Winner
9 10-0 t Mrs L Hill D Bass 116 40/141.00
26 245313 Yellow, red chevron, red and yellow striped sleeves, red cap Massini Sunset (IRE) 15
12 10-0 b N R Mitchell C O'Farrell (3) 115 100/1101.00


Always Waining bids for a hat-trick in this tough handicap over the National fences and, though 5lb higher than last year and below par lately, has to be respected as these unique obstacles clearly bring out the best in him. Willie Mullins usually has one laid out for the race and Apt Approach has already won twice at Thurles and once at Tramore this season. Chance Du Roy won't mind the ground and comes here on the back of a gutsy win at Haydock while there's been plenty of ante-post support for former Paddy Power Gold Cup winner Little Josh, who has been highly tried this season and is starting to drop down the weights. The opposite is true of Triangular, however, who was raised a massive 13lb after winning at Newbury last month. Paul Nicholls sent out Gwanako to win this in 2008 and the trainer's Mon Perrain was second when favourite last year - the handicapper has given his FRANKIE FIGG every chance of landing this. Already a winner over C&D off this mark, the 10-year-old was sixth in this race 12 months ago off a 6lb higher rating and should take some catching off his low weight if, as expected, he goes off in front again. Fabalu hasn't had much racing considering his age and didn't do a lot wrong when second at Ascot 12 days ago after winning at Bangor. He should also be in the firing-line while Arklow Ger has come back to his best lately and could run into a place.