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Grand National LIVE

  • RACECARD

    Aintree, 9 April 2016
    Going: Soft (Good to Soft in places)

    13:45: Gaskells Waste Management Handicap Hurdle
    1 Ubak (Joshua Moore) 16-1 
    2 If In Doubt (B J Geraghty) 9-2 Fav
    3 Silsol (Jack Sherwood) 20-1
    4 Murrayana (P J Brennan) 20-1

    14:25: EZ Trader Mersey Novices' Hurdle
    1 Yorkhill (P Townend) 3-10 Fav
    2 Le Prezien (Sam Twiston-Davies) 8-1
    3 Flying Angel (Ryan Hatch) 17-2

    15:00: Doom Bar Maghull Novices' Chase
    1 Douvan (P Townend) 2-13 Fav
    2 The Game Changer (B J Cooper) 8-1
    3 Fox Norton (N D Fehily) 14-1

    15:40: Liverpool Stayers' Hurdle
    1 Thistlecrack (T Scudamore) 2-7 Fav 
    2 Shaneshill (P Townend) 8-1 
    3 Prince Of Scars (B J Cooper) 10-1 

    16:20: Betfred Handicap Chase
    1 Maggio (J Reveley) 50-1 
    2 Virak (Harry Cobden) 12-1 
    3 Al Co (Sean Bowen) 14-1 
    Thomas Brown 7-1

    17:15: Crabbie's Grand National Chase
    1 Rule The World (33-1)
    2. The Last Samuri (8-1JF)
    3 Vics Canvas (100-1)
    4 Gilgamboa (28-1)
    5 Goonyella (12-1) 

    4/9/2016 11:00:00 AM
  • Hello and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of the biggest day in racing, the 2016 Grand National. 

    Placed your bets yet?

    You still have more than enough time, on account of this year's late start. We'll have updates from the main race of the day at Aintree from
    5.00pm, with proceedings set to get under way at
    5.15pm.

    We'll also be updating you with results from the rest of the meeting's races, as well as all the tips and previews you need before you put your money down.
    4/9/2016 9:25:17 AM
  • 4/9/2016 11:45:00 AM
  • 4/9/2016 12:30:00 PM
  • 13:45: Gaskells Waste Management Handicap Hurdle

    Our first race of the day sees a large field with a number of evenly-matched runners.

    4-1 If In Doubt
    9-1 Arpege D’Alene, Kings Palace, Squouateur
    10-1 Mydor
    12-1 Rock The Kasbah
    16-1 Ballycross
    20-1 Ubak
    25-1 At Fishers Cross, Minella Daddy, Murryana, Silsol, Urban Hymn, Tiger Roll, Join The Clan
    33-1 Childrens List, Saddlers Encore
    66-1 Pinnacle Panda, Ruacana

    4/9/2016 12:45:00 PM
  • 4/9/2016 1:00:00 PM
  • 13:45: Gaskells Waste Management Handicap Hurdle - results

    1 Ubak (Joshua Moore) 16-1 
    2 If In Doubt (B J Geraghty) 9-2 Fav
    3 Silsol (Jack Sherwood) 20-1
    4 Murrayana (P J Brennan) 20-1

    19 ran, non-runners: 9, 19, 20.

    4/9/2016 1:02:40 PM
  • 14:25: EZ Trader Mersey Novices' Hurdle - betting

    Yorkhill is the only real option here. Well-fancied to build on a victorious Neptune at Cheltenham last month, but he's without jockey Ruby Walsh. Paul Townend rides the favourite.

    1-3 Yorkhill
    7-1 Le Prezien
    8-1 Bello Conti
    10-1 Flying Angel
    25-1 The Dutchman
    28-1 Prince Of Steal


    4/9/2016 1:20:21 PM
  • 4/9/2016 1:30:00 PM
  • 14:25: EZ Trader Mersey Novices' Hurdle - results

    Yorkhill (P Townend) 3-10 Fav
    Le Prezien (Sam Twiston-Davies) 8-1
    Flying Angel (Ryan Hatch) 17-2

    4/9/2016 1:44:35 PM
  • 15:00: Doom Bar Maghull Novices' Chase - betting

    1-6 Douvan
    9-1 Alisier D’irlande
    25-1 Fox Norton, The Game Changer
    66-1 Ballybolley

    4/9/2016 1:55:28 PM
  • 15:00: Doom Bar Maghull Novices' Chase - results

    1 Douvan (P Townend) 2-13 Fav
    2 The Game Changer (B J Cooper) 8-1
    3 Fox Norton (N D Fehily) 14-1

    5 ran
    4/9/2016 2:17:19 PM
  • 4/9/2016 2:33:23 PM
  • The beautiful Douvan on his way to victory with Paul Townend in the 15:00 at Aintree


    4/9/2016 2:40:19 PM
  • 15:40: Liverpool Stayers' Hurdle - betting
    Yorkhill (P Townend) 3-10 Fav 
    Le Prezien (S Twiston-Davies) 8-1 
    Flying Angel (R Hatch) 17-2 
    4/9/2016 2:43:23 PM
  • 15:40: Liverpool Stayers' Hurdle - result

    1 Thistlecrack (T Scudamore) 2-7 Fav 
    2 Shaneshill (P Townend) 8-1 
    3 Prince Of Scars (B J Cooper) 10-1 
    6 ran 
    4/9/2016 2:57:59 PM
  • Like Douvan, Thistlecrack completed a Cheltenham and Aintree double with victory in the 15:40


    4/9/2016 3:14:35 PM
  • 16:20: Betfred Handicap Chase

    1 Maggio (J Reveley) 50-1 
    2 Virak (Harry Cobden) 12-1 
    3 Al Co (Sean Bowen) 14-1 
    Thomas Brown 7-1
    14 ran 
    4/9/2016 3:31:07 PM
  • There could well be a few punters going delirious after 50-1 shot Maggio takes the Betfred Handicap Chase, with the 13-2 favourite Mystifiable failing to place. However, their celebrations will go on hold for now, as the Grand National is up next!
    4/9/2016 3:36:26 PM
  • Crabbies Grand National Chase

    So 39 horses will go off in the National, with O'Faolains Boy the only non-runner at present. Many Clouds remains the bookmakers' favourite to emulate Red Rum and win back-to-back Nationals, but Shutthefrontdoor is near by - though both have drifted from 8/1 to 10.1 and 12/1 respectively.

    One horse on the move in the market is The Last Samuri, who joins Many Clouds on 10/1.
    4/9/2016 3:40:19 PM
  • Brian Hughes will miss the ride aboard The Romford Pele in the Crabbie's Grand National after being stood down for the rest of the day following a fall in the opening race at Aintree.

    Hughes, who was set to partner the Rebecca Curtis-trained The Romford Pele in the world's great steeplechase, parted company at the first from the long-absent Urban Hymn in the Gaskells Waste Management Handicap Hurdle.

    Hughes had initially been due to ride O'Faolains Boy for Curtis in the National before the nine-year-old was declared a non-runner this morning when found to be lame.

    He switched to The Romford Pele, replacing Trevor Whelan.

    It was subsequently confirmed that Whelan, a rising star of the weighing room, would return to get his chance on The Romford Pele.

    4/9/2016 3:46:24 PM
  • Crabbies Grand National Chase

    The 39-horse field are currently being paraded before they head out on track in front of the packed stands and shown off one last time before heading to post, with the jockeys yet to emerge from the dressing room.
    4/9/2016 3:52:18 PM
  • Crabbies Grand National Chase

    Some last-minute preparations for Silviniaco Conti as Paul Nicholls sees to his saddle himself, as he has done for his other 5 horses in the race. The Last Samuri has hit the front in the betting market at 9-1, with Many Clouds continuing to drift to 11-1, though that hardly rules him out of the running when it comes to the National.
    4/9/2016 3:57:22 PM
  • Who are you backing?
    4/9/2016 4:01:31 PM
  • Crabbies Grand National Chase

    Shutthefrontdoor looks a little agitated as he walks through the parade, although he's still well under control and looks more eager to get underway than anything else. In fact, all 39 horses look rather calm right now.

    Meanwhile, it's confirmed that after today's heavy rain, the going will be soft, heavy in places.
    4/9/2016 4:04:14 PM
  • Crabbies Grand National Chase

    Less than 10 minutes to go until we go under starters orders and the 2016 Grand National gets underway. A lot of attention, as always, will be on the start given that the race can't be won there, but it surely can be lost.
    4/9/2016 4:07:09 PM
  • Crabbies Grand National Chase

    Normally seen at Twickenham, soprano Laura Wright makes an Aintree appearance to sing the national anthem, God Save The Queen, before the jockeys are given the signal to mount their chargers and make their way down to post. the tension is building rapidly here.
    4/9/2016 4:09:16 PM
  • Crabbies Grand National Chase

    Off they go down to post, with the field getting their first chance to stretch their legs before the race begins and 30 jumps separate one lucky horse-and-jockey combination from Grand National glory.
    4/9/2016 4:14:27 PM
  • Crabbies Grand National Chase

    Many Clouds is back in to 8-1 to join The Last Samuri as co-favourite, though the biggest mover in the market is the former outsider Katenko, who has gone from 100-1 to 40-1 in a matter of minutes. What do the bookies know that we don't?
    4/9/2016 4:15:56 PM
  • Crabbies Grand National Chase

    Goonyella is also a late mover, with punters lumping on him due to the wet conditions and given his previous impressive running in soft-to-heavy going. His odds have gone from 22-1 to 11-1.
    4/9/2016 4:17:25 PM
  • Crabbies Grand National Chase

    Here we go...
    4/9/2016 4:17:37 PM
  • Crabbies Grand National Chase

    THE GRAND NATIONAL IS UNDERWAY!
    4/9/2016 4:17:49 PM
  • Crabbies Grand National Chase

    It's a clean start at the first time of asking, and Hadrian's Approach goes at the first.
    4/9/2016 4:18:20 PM
  • Crabbies Grand National Chase

    Holywell goes down at the second!
    4/9/2016 4:18:33 PM
  • Crabbies Grand National Chase

    Aachen leads the field heading to Becher's Brook and they get over first time around. The Last Samuri is running around third place on the inside behind Aachen and Silviniaco Conti.
    4/9/2016 4:19:46 PM
  • Crabbies Grand National Chase

    The Romford Pele is falls at the canal turn, and Silviniaco Conti is joined by Many Clouds with both looking comfortable at the moment. Saint Aire has also come to the front, but it's still Aachen out in the lead.
    4/9/2016 4:20:55 PM
  • Crabbies Grand National Chase

    Hadrian's Approach, who fell at the first, has continued and is causing trouble for the leaders. Silviniaco Conti is pulled up at the 15th!
    4/9/2016 4:22:13 PM
  • Crabbies Grand National Chase

    On His Own falls at the chair in what looked to be an awkward fall. Saint Are takes the lead as Aachen begins to fade at the start of the second circuit. The Last Samuri and Many Clouds are currently competing for second.
    4/9/2016 4:23:24 PM
  • Crabbies Grand National Chase

    Many Clouds hits the front at the ditch, as Ballycasey unseats his jockey. The Druid's Nephew is pulled up at the 21st fence.
    4/9/2016 4:24:13 PM
  • Crabbies Grand National Chase

    The Last Samuri is challenging Many Clouds for the lead as they clear the canal turn, which they all get over. 
    4/9/2016 4:24:57 PM
  • Crabbies Grand National Chase

    Many Clouds makes a big mistake four from home and allows The Last Samuri to take the lead outright, 
    4/9/2016 4:25:40 PM
  • Crabbies Grand National Chase

    The biggest challenge is coming from Gilgamboa and Morning Assembly with two to jump, but any horse of six could still win this!
    4/9/2016 4:26:21 PM
  • Crabbies Grand National Chase

    The Last Samuri surges on but leaps the final fence with Vics Cancas!
    4/9/2016 4:26:58 PM
  • Crabbies Grand National Chase

    Here comes Rule The World!
    4/9/2016 4:27:09 PM
  • Crabbies Grand National Chase

    RULE THE WORLD WINS THE GRAND NATIONAL!
    4/9/2016 4:27:59 PM
  • Crabbies Grand National Chase

    Results:
    1 Rule The World (33-1)
    2. The Last Samuri (8-1JF)
    3 Vic's Canvas (100-1)
    4 Gilgamboa (28-1)
    5 Goonyella (12-1) 

    4/9/2016 4:30:24 PM
  • Crabbies Grand National Chase

    Confirmed: All horses are safe and well after the Grand National and have returned to the paddock.
    4/9/2016 4:35:52 PM
  • David Mullins celebrates winning the Grand National on Rule The World


    4/9/2016 4:37:32 PM
  • 4/9/2016 4:44:07 PM
  • That's all from us for today's Grand National. Thanks for joining us, and we'll see you again soon.
    4/9/2016 6:04:24 PM
  • 4/9/2016 6:05:13 PM
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