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Last Updated:  Friday, 4 April, 2003, 13:09 GMT 14:09 UK
Racewatch: Aintree day two
Conor O'Dwyer and Native Upmanship are victorious for the second year in a row in the Melling Chase at Aintree on Friday.

Tony Dobbin claims a 35-1 double in the opening two races when Master Tern and Limerick Boy both record victories.

Irish owner JP McManus also had a good day as he enjoyed a treble courtesy of Master Tern, Clan Royal and Patriot Games.


Handicap Hurdle 2m 4f

1. Patriot Games (C Swan) 16-1
2. Gralmano (G Lee) 10-1
3. Canada (R Greene) 16-1

Patriot Games showed he had the stamina to win a thrilling Handicap Hurdle to cap an exciting day at Aintree.

Charlie Swan, who doubles up as trainer and jockey, jumped into the lead at the final hurdle to push improving Gralmano into second with Canada in third.

Patriot Games' win also topped off a treble for Irish owner JP McManus.

The 3-1 favourite Emotional Moment finished in fourth after being unsettled by a failed attempt to fit a new shoe which had delayed the start of the race.


1655 Mildmay Novices' Chase 3m 1f

1. Irish Hussar (M Fitzgerald) 3-1
2. It Takes Time (AP McCoy) 15-8 f
3. Joly Bey (R Walsh) 6-1

Irish Hussar fought back at the final fence to reclaim the lead from It Take Times to steal the Mildmay Novices Chase.

Tony McCoy was pushed into second place on It Takes Times with Joly Bey some way off the pace in third.

Mick Fitzgerald made all the early running on Irish Hussar but McCoy swooped across the pack to take the lead four fences out.

But Fitzgerald was determined not to surrender top spot reviving the seven-year-old to pull clear at the last and win by five lengths.

Irish Hussar's win ends trainer Nicky Henderson's losing streak at Aintree, which had stretched back to 1996.


1620 Martell Cognac Sefton Novices' Hurdle 3m

1. Iris's Gift (B Geraghty) 10-11
2. Royal Emperor (D Elsworth) 12-1
3. Supreme Prince (P Flynn) 12-1

Iris's Gift stamped his authority all over the Sefton Novices' Hurdle to win well-clear by eight lengths.

Barry Geraghty pushed the grey in front with one lap to go and despite some untidy jumping it was an effortless win which sealed a treble for trainer Jonjo O'Neill.

Royal Emperor was some way back in second with Supreme Prince a further 12 lengths away in third.

Third favourite Pizarro took an early fall but jockey Norman Williamson was unhurt after receiving some minor treatment on the turf.


1545 Martell Cognac Topham Chase 2m 5f

1. Clan Royal (L Cooper) 12-1
2. Mac's Gildoran (R Walsh) 5-1f
3. Exit Swinger (AP McCoy) 12-1
4. Mr Bossman (H Oliver) 12-1

The Jonjo O'Neill-trained Clan Royal jumped strongly to take the Topham Chase over the Grand National fences.

Liam Cooper's mount was in contention throughout and held off the challenge of the favourite Mac's Gildoran by two and a half lengths on the run-in.

Tony McCoy put in another solid ride on Exit Swinger to finish third.

It was the second winner of the day for owner JP McManus and trainer Jonjo O'Neill after Master Tern's success in the opener.


1510 Martell Cognac Melling Chase 2m 4f

1. Native Upmanship (C O'Dwyer) 5-4f
2. Seebald (AP McCoy) 4-1
3. Kadarann (J Tizzard) 12-1

Conor O'Dwyer and the favourite Native Upmanship completed back-to-back victories in the Melling Chase with a confident run.

O'Dwyer and champion jockey Tony McCoy on Seebald pulled clear of the rest of the field with one fence still to jump.

But O'Dwyer went well over the last and looked in control in the home straight just doing enough to hold off McCoy's challenge.


1430 Top Novices' Hurdle 2m f

1. Limerick Boy (A Dobbin) 5-1
2. Man O'Mystery (T Doyle) 11-2
3. Lirfox (R Greene) 12-1

Tony Dobbin completed a double when Limerick Boy finished strongly to take the Top Novices Hurdle.

The Venetia Williams-trained horse made his way well through the field and waited patiently before outpacing Man O'Mystery by four lengths in the home straight.

The early leader Lirfox, trained by Martin Pipe finished strongly to take third but the favourite Don Fernando, also trained by Pipe, was well down the field.


1400 Martell Handicap Chase 3m 1f

1. Master Tern (A Dobbin) 5-1
2. Shardam (C Llewellyn) 11-1
3. Ross Moff (M A FitzGerald) 9-2f

Tony Dobbin put in a superb ride on the well-backed Master Tern to take Friday's opener.

In a keenly contested race, Master Tern and Shardam jumped the last almost together and pulled clear to win by just over a length.


SEE ALSO
Gold shines at Aintree
03 Apr 03  |  Grand National 2003
Aintree day one action
03 Apr 03  |  Photo Galleries

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