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

  • (Grade 3 Handicap) £950,000 added 6yo+ 40 ran
  • Winner £535,135 2nd £201,590 3rd £100,890 4th £50,445
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 9m 1.20s
  • Off time: 16:18:05

Full result

16:15 Aintree Result 9th April 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st BallaBriggs (IRE) 11-0 J M Maguire D McCain Jnr 10 14/1
In touch, led 3rd to next, remained prominent, led again 15th (chair), blundered and headed 23rd (valentines), led again 3 out, ridden and pressed elbow, stayed on well flat, clear when edged right towards finish opened 16/1 touched 16/1 £30000-£1800
2nd Oscar Time (IRE) 10-9 Mr S Waley-Cohen M M Lynch 10 14/1
Tracked leaders, left 3rd 4 out, effort 2 out, went 2nd approaching last, ridden and every chance passsing elbow, kept on under pressure, no extra final 110 yards opened 12/1 touched 14/1
3rd 12 Don't Push It (IRE) 11-10 A P McCoy Jonjo O'Neill 11 9/1
Mid-division in touch, headway 23rd (valentines), 5th 3 out, ridden and effort next, stayed on under pressure to chase leading pair elbow, no impression opened 11/1 touched 11/1 £10000-£800 £5000-£400(x3) £20000-£1800 £5000-£450(x11) £5000-£500(x8) £4000-£400 £3000-£300(x2) £10000-£900(x4) £5000-£550(x2)
4th 2 State of Play 10-6 Paul Moloney Evan Williams 11 28/1
Chased leaders, lost place 17th, 11th and outpaced 3 out, ridden and stayed on under pressure from last, went 4th towards finish, no impression opened 28/1 touched 28/1
5th 7 Niche Market (IRE) 10-13 Harry Skelton P F Nicholls 10 16/1
Tracked leaders, went 2nd 21st (foinavon), led 23rd (valentines), headed 3 out, ridden and lost place approaching last, weakened flat opened 20/1 touched 20/1
6th 4 The Midnight Club (IRE) 10-13 Ruby Walsh W P Mullins 10 15/2f
In touch, mistake 3rd, outpaced 5 out, hampered next, soon ridden, 7th 3 out, kept on same pace from next, never on terms opened 9/1 touched 9/1 £10000-£1200
7th 13 Big Fella Thanks 11-1 G Lee Ferdy Murphy 9 12/1
Mid-division on inside, hampered by loose horse after 16th (water), headway to track leaders 23rd (valentines), effort in 3rd and every chance 2 out, soon ridden, lost place and weakened flat opened 16/1 touched 16/1 £10000-£600(x3)
8th hd Surface To Air 10-4 T Messenger C C Bealby 10 100/1
Slowly away, in rear, headway and in touch 7th, outpaced 3 out, no impression approaching next opened 100/1 touched 100/1
9th 19 Skippers Brig (IRE) 10-2 D Elsworth N G Richards 10 33/1
Mid-division, outpaced in 10th 3 out, never near leaders opened 33/1 touched 33/1
10th 8 Backstage (FR) 10-12 Paul Carberry G Elliott 9 16/1
Mid-division, outpaced 19th, never dangerous opened 16/1 touched 18/1
11th ½ King Fontaine (IRE) 10-6 D F O'Regan J M Jefferson 8 80/1
Held up behind, mistake 6th (bechers brook), never dangerous opened 80/1 touched 80/1
12th 25 Silver By Nature 10-12 P Buchanan Miss Lucinda V Russell 9 9/1
Mid-division, outpaced 21st (foinavon), never near leaders opened 11/1 touched 12/1 £10000-£800(x4) £5000-£400(x2) £5000-£450(x2)
13th 5 In Compliance (IRE) 10-5 L P Aspell D T Hughes 11 66/1
Behind, hampered 2nd and 6th (bechers brook), blundered 15th (chair), headway into mid-division 17th, weakened from 4 out opened 66/1 touched 66/1
14th 8 Bluesea Cracker (IRE) 10-4 Andrew J McNamara J Motherway 9 25/1
Mid-division in touch, outpaced 5 out, weakened from 3 out opened 20/1 touched 25/1
15th 16 Character Building (IRE) 10-4 Ms N Carberry J J Quinn 11 25/1
Behind, hampered 6th (bechers brook), never dangerous opened 25/1 touched 25/1
16th 12 Golden Kite (IRE) 10-2 S J Hassett A Maguire 9 66/1
Mid-division, blundered 12th, mistake 15th (chair), behind from 5 out opened 66/1 touched 66/1
17th 30 Chief Dan George (IRE) 10-12 P Aspell James Moffatt 11 40/1
Mid-division, lost place 13th, no danger after, tailed off opened 40/1 touched 40/1
18th 20 Royal Rosa (FR) 10-3 Paul Gallagher J Howard Johnson 12 100/1
Mid-division, struggling 20th, weakened 5 out, tailed off opened 100/1 touched 100/1
19th 46 Piraya (FR) 10-4 J W Farrelly D Pipe 8 100/1
Always behind, tailed off opened 100/1 touched 100/1
PU What A Friend 11-6 D A Jacob P F Nicholls 8 12/1
Towards rear, hampered 6th (bechers brook), headway into mid-division 12th, outpaced 23rd (valentines), weakened and pulled up before 4 out opened 14/1 touched 14/1 £20000-£1400 £10000-£700(x6) £5000-£350(x8) £20000-£1600
PU Quinz (FR) 10-8 R Johnson P J Hobbs 7 14/1
In touch, lost place 12th, behind when pulled up before 15th (chair) opened 14/1 touched 14/1
PU Comply Or Die (IRE) 10-8 Timmy Murphy D Pipe 12 25/1
Mid-division, outpaced 21st (foinavon), soon struggling, behind when pulled up before 2 out opened 33/1 touched 33/1 £8000-£200 £20000-£600 £10000-£300(x5) £5600-£200
PU Hello Bud (IRE) 10-5 Sam Twiston-Davies N A Twiston-Davies 13 20/1
Led to 3rd, led again next to 5th, chased leaders, lost place 22nd (canal turn), soon behind, pulled up before 2 out opened 33/1 touched 33/1 £30000-£900 £10000-£300
PU Santa's Son (IRE) 10-5 J E Moore J Howard Johnson 11 100/1
With leader, led 5th to 9th, led again 13th, headed 15th (chair), blundered 19th, lost place 5 out, pulled up before next opened 100/1 touched 100/1
F Or Noir De Somoza (FR) 11-5 B J Geraghty D Pipe 9 50/1
In touch when fell 6th (bechers brook) opened 50/1 touched 50/1
F Dooneys Gate (IRE) 11-4 Mr P W Mullins W P Mullins 10 50/1
Mid-division, fell 6th (bechers brook) opened 66/1 touched 66/1
F The Tother One (IRE) 11-0 R Mahon P F Nicholls 10 50/1
Mid-division, fell 6th (bechers brook) opened 50/1 touched 50/1
F Calgary Bay (IRE) 10-10 Hadden Frost Miss H C Knight 8 33/1
In touch, fell 4th opened 33/1 touched 33/1
F Killyglen (IRE) 10-10 R M Power S R B Crawford 9 66/1
With leaders on inside, hit 5 out, close up in 3rd and every chance when fell next opened 50/1 touched 66/1
F Becauseicouldntsee (IRE) 10-8 D N Russell N F Glynn 8 16/1
Tracked leaders, fell 2nd opened 20/1 touched 20/1
F Grand Slam Hero (IRE) 10-7 Aidan Coleman N A Twiston-Davies 10 66/1
Chased leaders, fell 13th opened 80/1 touched 80/1
F That's Rhythm (FR) 10-4 J Reveley M Todhunter 11 50/1
Slowly away, behind when fell 1st opened 100/1 touched 100/1
F Can't Buy Time (IRE) 10-4 R P McLernon Jonjo O'Neill 9 33/1
Towards rear, mistake 8th (canal turn), fell 18th opened 66/1 touched 66/1 £20000-£200 £16000-£200 £8000-£100(x3) £10000-£150(x4) £20000-£400 £10000-£200(x2) £15000-£300 £10000-£250
F Ornais (FR) 10-4 Nick Scholfield P F Nicholls 9 100/1
Held up behind on outside when fell 4th opened 100/1 touched 100/1
F Arbor Supreme (IRE) 10-3 D J Casey W P Mullins 9 20/1
Towards rear, struggling 21st (foinavon), no chance when fell 3 out opened 20/1 touched 20/1
UR Tidal Bay (IRE) 11-9 B S Hughes J Howard Johnson 10 28/1
Mid-division on outside, blundered and unseated rider 10th opened 33/1 touched 33/1
UR Majestic Concorde (IRE) 11-5 R P McNamara D K Weld 8 20/1
In touch, led 9th (valentines), headed 13th, chased leaders, 10th and under pressure when mistake and unseated rider 22nd (canal turn) opened 33/1 touched 33/1 £25000-£1000 £20000-£600
UR Quolibet (FR) 10-8 M P Walsh Jonjo O'Neill 7 100/1
Towards rear when mistake and unseated rider 11th opened 100/1 touched 100/1
BD Vic Venturi (IRE) 11-6 A E Lynch D T Hughes 11 50/1
In touch when brought down 2nd opened 50/1 touched 50/1
BD West End Rocker (IRE) 10-5 R Thornton A King 9 33/1
Mid-division when brought down 6th (bechers brook) opened 33/1 touched 33/1 £10000-£300

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££3.80,£3.50,£3.90,£7.30
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£48.40 2&3:£27.20 1&3:£34.70

Jackpot: £51,249.30 carried forward to Wincanton, 8th Apr
Placepot: £574.00, Pool: £451565.6, 574.29 winning tickets
Quadpot: £258.10, Pool: £18700.68, 53.6 winning tickets


A fairytale story for owner Trevor Hemmings, trainer Donald McCain and rider Jason Maguire as BALLABRIGGS won the 2011 John Smith's Grand National. And boy did the horse enjoy it. Although he finished totally dehydrated, the way that he rallied after the last, and then round the elbow, was a joy to see. A real trier, he seemed to relish jumping these fences, and was always in a prominent position. He only really made one mistake, at Valentine's, but was soon back in the front rank, and he was the horse who pushed on as others were crying enough. Nothing in behind him was still on the bridle at the back of the far side for the final time. A quintet of runners moved on, with Oscar Time, Niche Market, Big Fella Thanks and Don't Push It trying to latch onto the leader. However only Oscar Time emerged as a real danger, and he was certainly close enough to pick up the winner. However he made a fairly serious mistake two from home which stopped his momentum, and although he jumped the last well, it certainly played its part. Sam Waley-Cohen tried to slipstream the winner round the elbow but once he really asked his horse to try and go past it was clear that he was on a very tired horse and his finishing effort was a wobbling, weary one. Don't Push It ran a cracker in third. He was held up in the early stages and given plenty of time by AP McCoy to warm to his task; he certainly did, and for one brief second turning in, it looked like he might stay on best of all. However his challenge petered out, and he was fairly well-held in the end. There were some very tired horses on the run-in, not least Big Fella Thanks who eventually weakened into seventh. He made a serious error around halfway, but he worked his way into the race on the inside under Graham Lee. He once again travelled well, but the stamina fears that abounded for him prior to the race seemed to be underlined once again. State Of Play came from a mile back under Paul Moloney. Having jumped off in the front rank, he drifted back through the field. However he found a second wind late on, and stayed on well past beaten horses; this was some training performance. Fifth home was Niche Market who tried to push the pace on a bit past halfway. He ran a cracker and was another to fare extremely well from such a prominent position. The Midnight Club made a bad mistake at the third, and was then hampered by a faller on the final circuit, but stayed on for sixth; the early setback made his cause a very hard one. Surface To Air came after Big Fella Thanks and belied his large odds, whilst Skippers Brig came next having been unable to advance a midfield position throughout. Backstage was given a patient ride but seemed to jump ponderously at a key time when the leaders got away, whilst Silver By Nature didn't seem to relish the fences or the quick pace that they went on unsuitably fast ground. Honourable mentions go to Santa's Son who wasn't great at the 19th but jumped well in the main before pulling up before the 27th (as did What A Friend), whilst Killyglen was in the process of running a big race when taking a heavy fall at the 27th, having made an error at the 26th. Majestic Concorde seemd to enjoy the day; although he ad dropped back from his prominent early position, he was still in with a chance when he got rid of his jockey at the Canal Turn. Arbor Supreme unseated his rider at the 28th. That's Rhythm went at the first, the only faller, whilst Vic Venturi and Becauseicouldntsee were other early casualties who went at the second.