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Aintree: Day three
All the action from the final day of the Grand National meeting at Aintree.

Martell Cognac Grand National Handicap Chase
4m 4f

1 Amberleign House (Ginger McCain) Graham Lee 16-1
2. Clan Royal 10-1jf
3. Lord Atterbury 40-1
4. Monty's Pass 20-1

1606: Amberleigh House wins the Grand National after a thrilling finish, outpacing Clan Royal and Lord Attebury after Hedgehunter fell at the last.

1604: With four fences to jump, Hedgehunter continues to lead from Clan Royal.

1602: Hedgehunter leads after the field jumps The Chair for the first time.

1600: Highly-fancied horses Bindaree and Jurancon II are among the early fallers.

1557: The 2004 Martell Cognac Grand National Handicap gets underway.

1553: The runners and riders begin making their way down towards the tapes.

1552: After a short delay, the jockeys are being asked to remount.

1540: The horses are being paraded in single file as the anticipation grows ahead of the big race.


1710 Martell Cognac Champion Standard NH Flat Race

1. Diamond Sal (F King) 33-1
2. Young Scotton Mr N P Madden 12-1
3. Rebel Rhythm G Carenza 13-8 Fav


1635 Martell Cognac Novices' Handicap Chase

1. Keltic Bard (D Dunsdon) 12-1
2. The Bandit (R Widger) 16-1
3. Polar Red (T J Malone) 7-1


1455 Martell Cognac Aintree Hurdle
2m 4f

1 Rhinestone Cowboy (Mr JP Magnier) 5-2jf
2 Rooster Booster (R Johnson) 5-2jf
3
Westender (A McCoy) 25-111 ran. , .

One of the most exciting races of the meeting sees amateur jockey JP Magnier coolly collecting victory on Rhinestone Cowboy.

After a slowly-run race, Rooster Booster makes his characteristic late surge to hit the front at the last.

But Magnier, son of Manchester United shareholder and Coolmore supremo John, waits even longer and lands a famous victory by three-quarters of a length.


1420 Martell Cognac Maghull Novices' Chase
2m

1 Well Chief (A McCoy) 15-8f
2 Thisthatandtother (J Tizzard) 2-1
3 Mister McGoldrick (D Elsworth) 12-1
10 ran. Dist: 2, 5.

A supremely confident ride from champion jockey Tony McCoy ends with Arkle winner Well Chief scoring a comfortable victory.

McCoy is 10 lengths off the pace four fences out but brings his mount through to challenge ahead of the final fence.

The Irish jockey, who rides one of the favourites Jurancon II in the big race, waves his whip in pleasure as he passes the post.


1345 Martell Cognac Bleu Handicap Hurdle
2m f

1 Puck Out (M Walsh) 10-1
2 Fundamental (L Cooper) 4-1f
3 Jack Dawson (J Culloty) 25-1
4 Greenhope (M Fitzgerald) 11-1
19 ran. Dist: 4, 4.

Famous owner JP McManus, who has four runners in the Grand National, begins the day well when his Puck Out, trained by Christy Roche in Ireland, wins the opener.

Conditional jockey Mark Walsh was on board and took over at the front from long-time leader Fundamental between the last two fences.

Demi Beau looked as if he might challenge but he tired and fell at the last.

Several runners came down at a hurdle on the back straight but horses and jockeys all got up safely although Paul Carberry needed stitches in a cut lip.




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