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Aintree

Fri, 13th Apr 2012
15:05
John Smith's Melling Chase (Grade 1), 2m 4f
8 Runners (5YO plus) (Class 1) Total Prize Fund - £175000

No/Draw/Horse (days since last run)
Age colour sex, Sire - Dam (Damsire)
Form/Owner(s)
Wearing Details

Weight/Penalty
Offical Rating

Forecast Price*
Jockey/
Trainer

1 Albertas Run (IRE) (29J)
11 b g Accordion - Holly Grove Lass (Le Moss)
FP12-12 Mr Trevor Hemmings

11-10  
168

3/1
A P McCoy
Jonjo O'Neill

Has won four hurdle races, two NH flat races and nine chases from 2m to 3m on ground varying from good to soft. Beaten 1/2l by Riverside Theatre when second of 12 at 10-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 chase in the Group 1 Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham over 2m 5f (good) last month.

2 Finian's Rainbow (IRE) (30J)
9 b g Tiraaz (USA) - Trinity Gale (IRE) (Strong Gale)
121-121 Mr Michael Buckley

11-10  
173

1/1
B J Geraghty
N J Henderson

Has won two hurdle races, a NH flat race and six chases from 2m to 2m 3f on ground varying from good to soft. A winner at 4-1 in a Grade 1 chase in the Group 1 sportingbet.com Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham over 2m (good) on his latest outing last month, beating Sizing Europe by 1 1/4l. Has also won at Kempton this season.

3 Forpadydeplasterer (IRE) (29J)
10 b g Moscow Society (USA) - Run Artiste (Deep Run)
P-23346 Goat Racing Syndicate
Cheek pieces

11-10  
159

16/1
Bryan J Cooper
T Cooper

Winner of two hurdle races, a NH flat race and two chases from 2m to 2m 2f on ground varying from good to soft to heavy, but last win was over three years ago. Finished 16l behind Riverside Theatre when sixth of 12 at 40-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 chase in the Group 1 Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham over 2m 5f (good) last month.

4 Kalahari King (FR) (1875F, 29J)
11 b g Kahyasi - Queen Of Warsaw (FR) (Assert (IRE))
42P-5P9 Mrs J Morgan

11-10  
163

20/1
N Fehily
Ferdy Murphy

Winner of two hurdle races and five chases from 2m to 2m 4f on good and good to soft ground, but last win was over two years ago. Well beaten at 40-1 when 9th of 12 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 chase in the Group 1 Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham over 2m 5f (good) last month.

5 Kauto Stone (FR) (1123F, 30J)
6 ch g With The Flow (USA) - Kauto Relka (FR) (Port Etienne (FR))
73-127F Mr R J H Geffen

11-10  
162

10/1
P Carberry
P F Nicholls

Winner of three hurdle races and four chases from 2m 1f to 2m 6f on soft ground. Fell when 14-1 in the Group 1 sportingbet.com Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham over 2m (good) in a Grade 1 chase won by Finian's Rainbow last month on his latest outing.

6 Poquelin (FR) (2165F, 76J)
9 bl g Lahint (USA) - Babolna (FR) (Tropular)
141-5U2 The Stewart Family

11-10  
168

8/1
R Walsh
P F Nicholls

Has won three hurdle races and six chases from 2m to 2m 5f on ground varying from good to firm to soft. Beaten 17l by The Giant Bolster when second of 10 at 8-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 3 chase in the Group 3 Murphy Group Chase at Cheltenham over 2m 5f (good to soft) in January.

7 Pure Faith (IRE) (15J)
8 b g Anshan - Bolaney Girl (IRE) (Amazing Bust)
342P86 P Bowling,s Scott,r Harvey & K Bowen

11-10  
140

50/1
T J O'Brien
P Bowen

Has won five hurdle races, two NH flat races and two chases from 2m to 2m 4f on ground varying from good to firm to good to soft. Well beaten at 25-1 when sixth of 11 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Ffos Las over 2m 4f (good) last month. Has won at Perth and Aintree this season.

8 Wishfull Thinking (GB) (30J)
9 ch g Alflora (IRE) - Poussetiere Deux (FR) (Garde Royale)
16526F Mrs Diana L Whateley
Tongue strap

11-10  
159

10/1
R Johnson
P J Hobbs

Winner of three hurdle races and four chases from 2m 3f to 2m 5f on ground varying from good to soft. Fell at the 4th when 16-1 in the Group 1 sportingbet.com Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham over 2m (good) in a Grade 1 chase won by Finian's Rainbow last month on his latest outing.

Race Verdict

The hugely consistent FINIAN'S RAINBOW sets the standard on official figures and can supplement his Queen Mother Champion Chase gains, with the step up to 2m4f expected to suit. The 2010 victor Albertas Run, a dual winner of the Ryanair Chase, had to settle for second behind Master Minded in this event last term but he defied a layoff to push Riverside Theatre close at last month's Cheltenham Festival and he is sure to lay down another strong challenge. Wishfull Thinking crashed out in dramatic fashion in the Champion Chase but he got to within a length of the selection at Kempton in December and it's worth noting that arguably his best career performance came when routing Medermit over C&D at this meeting last year. Poquelin holds solid place claims.

Selection: Finian's Rainbow        Danger: Albertas Run        Alternative: Wishfull Thinking
* These are prices forecast by PA Sport Ltd. and are to be used only as a guide to the betting market.
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