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Friday, 5 April, 2002, 17:55 GMT 18:55 UK
Aintree: Day Two
BBC Sport Online brings you all the action from the second day of the Grand National meeting at Aintree.
Tony McCoy is expected to be fit to participate in the Grand National despite suffering a heavy fall at Aintree.
The record-breaking jockey will have to face the course doctor for clearance to ride the fancied Martin Pipe-trained Blowing Wind after the gelding's stablemate Iznogoud sent him crashing to the ground in the 1650 BST Martell Mildmay Novices' Chase.
McCoy was examined in the first-aid room after the fall, but he is not believed to have suffered serious injury.
1725 BST Martell Noblige Handicap Hurdle
1 Ravenswood (T Scudamore) 7-4 Fav
1650 BST Martell Mildmay Novices' Chase
Barton put up a sparkling performance to give Tony Dobbin his 100th success in a season for the first time.
The Tim Easterby-trained gelding jumped and travelled well throughout and easing into the lead at the second last he drew effortlessly away to score by 10 lengths from Southern Star who had half a length to spare over Japhet.
Iznogoud had given Tony McCoy his second heavy fall of the afternoon at the fourth fence.
1620 BST Martell Sefton Novices' Hurdle
Robert Thornton won his 54th winner of the season as he brought home 8-1 shot Stromness five lengths clear.
Tony McCoy, riding Tarxien, made a valiant attempt to catch the Alan King-trained leader in the home straight but the gelding stayed true in the final stages.
Pre-race favourite Joss Naylor, could not provide Jonjo O'Neill with his second winner of the day and could not survive the pace.
1545 BST Martell Topham Steeple Chase for Sport Relief
1 Its Time For A Win (R Walsh) 10-1
Willie Mullins-trained Its Time for a Win gave jockey Ruby Walsh a timely boost ahead of Saturday's Grand National with a clear win.
Walsh will be looking for the second Grand National win of his career when he mounts Kingsmark in Saturday's race.
For Mullins, it was another big win after Florida Pearl took the Martell Cup Chase Showcase on Thursday.
Its Time for a Win was one of three horses from Ireland to finish in the top four, with Monty's Pass making it an Irish one-two.
Falcon du Coteau, ridden by Paul Carberry, made the early running but fell six hurdles from the finish, leaving Tony McCoy on Northern Starlight to take the lead.
But as McCoy looked set for yet another winner, he fell two hurdles later with the jockey limping away.
Pre-race favourite Moor Lane, who was eliminated from the Grand National earlier in the day after being named as one of the four reserves, seemed to justify the handicappers' decision as it finished well down the field.
1510 BST Martell Melling Steeple Chase
Joint favourite Native Upmanship, trained by Arthur Moore and ridden by Conor O'Dwyer, finished ahead of a close field in a thrilling race.
Native Upmanship was last as the horses approached the 10th hurdle but with only three lengths between it and the leader, O'Dwyer timed his charge to perfection.
Fadalko, who took up the lead in the early stages, still looked to be going well as the runners turned for home with Wahiba Sands looming up behind.
But as those two battled away on the rails, O'Dwyer brought the winner down the outside to win going away by a length with Wahiba Sands just getting the day in the battle for second by a neck.
1435 BST Martell Top Novices Hurdle
Richard Johnson, riding Philip Hobbs-trained In Contrast, finished eight lengths ahead of favourite Westender, ridden by Tony McCoy.
In Contrast finished behind Westender when they were second and third respectively in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham.
In-form Johnson, who rides What's Up Boys in the Grand National on Saturday, and In Contrast kept pace with Westender throughout the race before pulling clear as they jumped the penultimate hurdle.
A stewards inquiry was held after an incident while the two horses were racing side by side, with McCoy's tactics under scrutiny, but the result remained unchanged.
Outsider April Louise finished well back in third.
1400 BST Martell V.S. Handicap Chase
Trainer Jonjo O'Neill celebrated his third winner in two days as favourite Carbury Cross, ridden by Liam Cooper, came home 18 lengths clear in the first race of the day.
O'Neill also took the opening race on Thursday and Carbury Cross always looked set to repeat the win when both 6-1 shots, Eau de Cologne and Lord of the River, fell on the first circuit.
Lord of the River took a particularly heavy fall but jockey Mick Fitzgerald, who rides Marlborough in the Grand National on Saturday, walked away.
Enrique and Macgeorge completed the top three.
A minute's silence in honour of the Queen Mother is held prior to the first race of the day at Aintree.
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