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

  • (Grade 1) £175,000 added 5yo+ 8 ran
  • Winner £98,472 2nd £37,100 3rd £18,568 4th £9,275
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 3.70s
  • Off time: 15:07:08

Full result

15:05 Aintree Result 13th April 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Finian's Rainbow (IRE) 11-10 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 9 13/8f
Tracked leaders in 3rd, hit 10th, went 2nd after 4 out, challenged 3 out, led after 2 out, pushed out to go clear run-in opened 7/4 touched 7/4 £7000-£4000(x3) £3500-£2000 £1750-£1000(x12) £1400-£800(x3) £32500-£20000
2nd 7 Wishfull Thinking 11-10 R Johnson P J Hobbs 9 15/2
In rear, mistake 10th, went 3rd and headway after 4 out, led before 2 out, headed soon after, ridden before last, kept on and always well held by winner opened 9/1 touched 9/1
3rd 13 Albertas Run (IRE) 11-10 A P McCoy Jonjo O'Neill 11 11/4
With leader, hit 8th, hit 10th, led 4 out, headed before 2 out, weakened before last opened 9/4 touched 11/4 £1100-£400(x2)
4th Forpadydeplasterer (IRE) 11-10 B J Cooper T Cooper 10 12/1
Held up towards rear, mistake 5th, headway before 4 out, hit 3 out, one pace and no impression opened 12/1 touched 14/1
5th 6 Pure Faith (IRE) 11-10 T J O'Brien P Bowen 8 80/1
Held up mid-division and keen, ridden and weakened before 3 out opened 100/1 touched 100/1
6th 13 Poquelin (FR) 11-10 R Walsh P F Nicholls 9 5/1
Led, mistake and headed 4 out, soon weakened opened 6/1 touched 13/2
7th ½ Kauto Stone (FR) 11-10 Paul Carberry P F Nicholls 6 12/1
Held up mid-division, weakened before 4 out opened 12/1 touched 12/1
PU Kalahari King (FR) 11-10 N D Fehily Ferdy Murphy 11 33/1
Behind, weakened from 5 out, soon tailed off, pulled up before 3 out opened 28/1 touched 33/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££1.10,£2.20,£1.50
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£3.80 2&3:£3.80 1&3:£1.80

Jackpot: £76,491.55 carried forward to Aintree, 14th Apr
Placepot: £33.30, Pool: £454402.7, 9946.44 winning tickets
Quadpot: £22.10, Pool: £18309.83, 610.59 winning tickets


A hugely impressive display from the reigning Champion Chaser FINIAN'S RAINBOW, who took the step up in trip to two and half miles comfortably in his stride. He had a slight scare on the way to the start as he crashed through some plastic rails under Barry Geraghty but that was more a show of his current well-being as the race itself went much more smoothly. He sat in third place behind Poquelin and Albertas Run with that duo setting some decent fractions at the head of affairs. The winner moved closer approaching the cross-fence and as the pacesetters began to tread water it was Wishfull Thinking who became the biggest threat. However, the winner had his measure by the last and he drew powerfully clear to score in ready fashion. Connections now have all the options open and could even consider three miles in the King George for him at Kempton over Christmas. Those decisions are for a later date as his trainer Nicky Henderson said he now retires to summer quarters "with all the medals". Philip Hobbs' horses have bounced back this week so perhaps it was no surprise to see Wishfull Thinking run such a good race. He took a horrible fall at Cheltenham and it highlights the skill of his handler to have him back in such good form so soon. He swept into contention from the rear on the run to three out but could not sustain his run against such a classy rival. That said, this was an excellent effort as the rest were well beaten off and headed by Albertas Run. The tactics were clear from AP McCoy as his plan was to try and test Finian's Rainbow stamina to the full. He had no more to give after three out but kept on gamely enough to hold on from Forpadytheplasterer for third spot. He did not jump with his usual fluency and perhaps the rain-softened ground this week and the sharp shower just before the off did not aid his cause. Poquelin was backed beforehand but paid the price for setting such a stiff gallop as the remainder never seriously got involved.