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Aintree

  • 16:05 Crabbie's Topham Chase 2m 5f 110y

  • (Grade 3 Handicap) (National Course) £120,000 added 5yo+ 30 ran
  • Winner £67,356 2nd £25,332 3rd £12,660 4th £6,324
  • Going: Good (Good to Soft in places, National: Good to Soft, Good in places)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 23.90s
  • Off time: 16:05:08

Full result

16:05 Aintree Result 10th April 2015
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Rajdhani Express 11-11 Mr S Waley-Cohen (3) N J Henderson 8 10/1
Towards rear, headway into mid-division 5th, tracked leaders when left 2nd 14th, poised to challenge 2 out, led after last, driven clear before elbow, ridden out, kept on opened 9/1 touched 10/1
2nd 10 Fairy Rath (IRE) 10-4 Tom Cannon N J Gifford 9 25/1
With leader, led 3rd (chair), driven and hard pressed 2 out, headed after last, soon ridden, kept on, no impression after elbow opened 25/1 touched 25/1
3rd 11 Rathlin 11-6 B T O'Connell M F Morris 10 20/1
Mid-division, tracked leaders 5th, went 3rd after 3 out, one pace next, soon ridden, no impression with front pair before last opened 16/1 touched 20/1
4th Hunt Ball (IRE) 11-12 A Tinkler N J Henderson 10 25/1
Mid-division, tracked leaders 6th, outpaced in 4th after 3 out, kept on but no impression from next opened 25/1 touched 25/1
5th 1 Ruben Cotter (IRE) 11-1 Sam Twiston-Davies P F Nicholls 9 8/1c
In touch, outpaced in 5th after 3 out, ridden and stayed on same pace from next, never on terms opened 9/1 touched 9/1
6th s.h Art Of Logistics (IRE) 11-3 Paul Carberry M S Sandra Hughes 7 33/1
Chased leaders, outpaced when hampered by loose horse 3 out, plugged on from next, never on terms opened 33/1 touched 33/1
7th 12 Bobcatbilly (IRE) 10-10 W T Kennedy Ian Williams 9 50/1
Behind, headway into mid-division 10th (bechers), outpaced 3 out, plugged on from next, never troubled leaders opened 50/1 touched 50/1
8th Sew On Target (IRE) 11-1 Brendan Powell C L Tizzard 10 50/1
Led narrowly to 3rd, in touch, outpaced in 5th after 3 out, ridden and weakened after last opened 50/1 touched 50/1
9th 5 Bless The Wings (IRE) 10-7 D J Condon G Elliott 10 16/1
Chased leaders to 4th, behind when mistake 10th (bechers), no danger after opened 16/1 touched 16/1
10th ½ Maggio (FR) 10-12 B S Hughes P Griffin 10 33/1
Always towards rear opened 33/1 touched 33/1
PU Splash of Ginge 11-10 Ryan Hatch (5) N A Twiston-Davies 7 12/1
Prominent to 5th, soon behind, hampered and almost unseated rider 12th (canal turn), pulled up before 15th opened 16/1 touched 16/1
PU Eastlake (IRE) 11-7 A P McCoy Jonjo O'Neill 9 8/1c
Mid-division, blundered 3rd (chair), hampered 11th (foinavon), soon behind, pulled up before 13th opened 9/1 touched 9/1
PU Poole Master 11-6 Paul Moloney D Pipe 10 28/1
Prominent to 6th, soon behind, tailed off 10th (bechers), pulled up after 3 out opened 28/1 touched 28/1
PU Montoya's Son (IRE) 10-6 B P Harding K Dalgleish 10 20/1
Mid-division on inside, lost place 11th (foinavon), hampered and almost unseated rider next (canal turn), pulled up before 13th opened 20/1 touched 20/1
PU Up To Something (FR) 10-5 D F O'Regan C E Longsdon 7 40/1
Mid-division on outside, lost place and behind from 11th (foinavon), tailed off when pulled up before 15th opened 40/1 touched 40/1
F Turban (FR) 11-10 Ruby Walsh W P Mullins 8 33/1
Towards rear, headway into mid-division 5th, hampered 11th (foinavon), chased leaders 14th, 5th when fell 3 out opened 33/1 touched 33/1
F Annacotty (IRE) 11-8 G Sheehan M Keighley 7 28/1
Mistake 1st, in rear, headway into mid-division 11th (foinavon), fell next (canal turn) opened 28/1 touched 28/1
F Some Tikket (IRE) 10-9 J J Burke (3) M S Sandra Hughes 8 33/1
Chased leaders, blundered 8th, fell 11th (foinavon) opened 33/1 touched 33/1
F Wings Of Smoke (IRE) 10-7 R Johnson Tim Vaughan 10 40/1
Mid-division, fell 14th opened 40/1 touched 40/1
F Festive Affair (IRE) 10-0 R P McLernon Jonjo O'Neill 7 25/1
Tracked leaders on inside, left 2nd 13th (valantines), fell next opened 25/1 touched 25/1
F Standing Ovation (IRE) 10-0 C O'Farrell D Pipe 8 11/1
Tracked leaders, fell 5th opened 11/1 touched 11/1
UR Bennys Mist (IRE) 11-2 Aidan Coleman Miss V Williams 9 14/1
Mid-division, outpaced when hampered by loose horse and unseated rider approaching 3 out opened 16/1 touched 16/1
UR Monetaire (FR) 11-2 T Scudamore D Pipe 9 8/1c
Towards rear, mid-division 5th, hampered 11th (foinavon), lost place when hampered and unseated rider next (canal turn) opened 9/1 touched 9/1
UR Theatre Guide (IRE) 11-1 D A Jacob C L Tizzard 8 12/1
Mid-division, hampered 12th (canal turn), outpaced when hampered by loose horse and unseated rider approaching 3 out opened 14/1 touched 14/1
UR Ballygarvey (FR) 10-10 T J O'Brien P J Hobbs 9 50/1
Behind when hampered and unseated rider 5th opened 50/1 touched 50/1
UR Witness In Court (IRE) 10-8 P Townend D McCain Jnr 8 50/1
Always prominent on outside, disputed 2nd when mistake and unseated rider 13th (valentines) opened 50/1 touched 50/1
UR Granville Island (IRE) 10-7 Peter Carberry Jennie Candlish 8 50/1
Prominent, mistake and lost place 6th, hampered 11th (foinavon), mid-division when hampered and unseated rider after next (canal turn) opened 50/1 touched 50/1
UR Deciding Moment (IRE) 10-4 Jack Doyle B De Haan 9 66/1
Towards rear when mistake and unseated rider 7th opened 66/1 touched 66/1
BD Darna 11-6 David Bass K C Bailey 9 20/1
Mid-division, tracked leaders 5th, lost place 10th (bechers), hampered and brought down 12th (canal turn) opened 20/1 touched 20/1
BD Kings Grey (IRE) 10-3 Henry Brooke J Wade 11 100/1
Mid-division, behind from 7th, behind when brought down 12th (canal turn) opened 100/1 touched 100/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££3.20,£9.20,£6.90,£8.30
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2 £108.80,1&3 £51.20,2&3 £301.50

Jackpot: £57,738.43 carried forward to Aintree, 11th Apr
Placepot: £359.10, Pool: £500919.03, 1018.02 winning tickets
Quadpot: £75.90, Pool: £28936.7, 281.78 winning tickets

Verdict

Sam Waley-Cohen: "It's such a special course and it's amazing to hear that [he is the winning most jockey]. I'm lucky because I get to ride in the Fox Hunter's so I get a few extra chances but so much depends on the horse and if you can get on the right one you can have a magical time over those fences and he was brilliant today. He was so clever and full of courage. I wasn't sure coming round the last bend if we'd done too much but I just tried to fill him up and he was so brave. I was all a bit 'pony club' jumping the last and had to sit deep in the saddle but it was just magic. Lady Luck was with us. There's such a premium on jumping - if your horse can look after himself and look after you then you can have a great time. You just sometimes need a damn bit of luck and we got it today. That's the thing - yesterday I felt like the worst jockey in the world and today I'm told I'm the winning-most jockey over these fences. It's all a bit arbitrary really."

Robert Waley-Cohen: "What a wonderful day, but how do you explain that he fell on an odds-on favourite in a point-to-point on Monday, fell at the first yesterday and wins this? [After the National] He will have ridden in each of the five races over the National fences this season and he's won two and been second once - how could you pick any other jockey to ride over them? He wanted space in today's race - there was no real plan, just get space and jump the fences. You take your time over the first four then creep around the first corner, which is what he did and got into a wonderful position. Who knows how he avoids the trouble that others find? I rode here three times and managed to fall once and finish fourth - that was in 1977, and the winner was Happy Warrior, ridden by Nicky Henderson. I fell at Becher's, so I'm in quite distinguished company."

Nicky Henderson: "It is extraordinary - he does have an affinity with these fences that you cannot put into words. The first fence got in the way for him yesterday, but he has an amazing record. Now we just need to find a clue to a Grand National horse because that's our third consecutive Topham and yet it's hard to find the Saturday one. This horse schooled very well the other day and looked the right type for this race. I'll be cheering on Sam in tomorrow's race - the Hendersons and Waley-Cohens have been friends for a very long time. We go back to before Wont Be Gone Long, who was favourite for the National that never was. It's wonderful to still be involved together all these years later."

Nick Gifford: "We popped earplugs in him in the pre-parade ring and that settled him. He was beaten by a class horse, so no complaints there, but that will have given Tom some spin round there. We're chuffed."

Carla Kyle: "I feel like I've won! I am so pleased he came second. He was up against a lot of good horses and Nick has done an amazing job with him. I'm just so happy."

Eddie O'Leary: "He's run very well. He couldn't quite go the early pace and made a couple of mistakes but he's stayed on well though. We're proud of our horse. I tell you what though, that Sam Waley-Cohen is unbelievable. He'd give the pros seven pounds."