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Last Updated: Thursday, 7 April, 2005, 16:53 GMT 17:53 UK
Racewatch: Aintree day one
All the action as it happened from the opening day of the Aintree Grand National meeting.

The weather was set to be unsettled but spectators were treated to a glorious day with sun shining on the course.

The day's feature race, the Betfair Bowl Chase, was won impressively by Graham Lee on Grey Abbey.

But it was jockey Tony Dobbin and trainer Nicky Richards who were celebrating with a treble after wins for Monet's Garden, Faasel and Turpin Green.

1730 John Smith's Mares Only Open NH Flat race (2m 1f)
1. Senorita Rumbalita (R Thornton) 9-2
2. Accordello (T J Murphy) 25-1
3. Heltornic (T Scudamore) 12-1
17 ran.

1655 John Smith's Mersey Novices' Hurdle (2m 4f)
1. Turpin Green (A Dobbin) 14-1
2. My Way de Solzen (R Thornton) 12-1
3. Mephisto (G Lee) 5-6f
9 ran. Dist: 6,2

Turpin Green continued a day to remember for trainer Nicky Richards and jockey Tony Dobbin with a win in the John Smith's Mersey Novices' Hurdle.

Ebor winner Mephisto went off the 5-6 favourite and was sent to the front turning from home.

But Turpin Green challenged and ran on strongly to win by six lengths with My Way de Solzen getting the better of the favourite for second.

1620 John Smith's Red Rum Handicap Chase (2m)
1. Fota Island (AP McCoy) 100-30f
2. Kadount (R Thornton) 5-1
3. Bambi De L'Orme (BJ Geraghty) 10-1
15 ran. Dist: 1, nk

Tony McCoy finally gets his first win of the day after three second places when the Mouse Morris-trained Fota Island, owned by JP McManus, is victorious.

The pair jumped the second last in front and looked set for an easy win but Fota Island struggled on the run-in before McCoy's guidance allowed him to hold on.

Kadount and Bambi De L'Orme fought out a tremendous battle to the line as they tried to chase down the winner.

Kadount, ridden by Robert Thornton just managed to win the battle for second, just ahead of Barry Geraghty's mount.

1545 John Smith's Fox Hunters' Steeplechase (2m 5f)
1. Katarino (Mr S Waley-Cohen) 100-30f
2. Caught at Dawn (Mr T Weston) 25-1
3. Montifault (Mr CJ Sweeney) 7-1
30 ran. Dist: 1, 15

The well-backed favourite Katarino gives amateur jockey Sam Waley-Cohen success over the Grand National fences for his father Robert who owns and trains the horse.

The 100-30 chance, a former winner of the Triumph Hurdle, was in contention throughout the race despite almost falling off at the Canal Turn and he looked strong entering the final stages.

Although Tom Weston finished strongly on Caught At Dawn, Waley-Cohen kept his mount running to the line to win by a length and a half.

Montifault, who had challenged with Katarino for much of the race, eventually held on bravely for third for Colman Sweeney.

1510 John Smith's Anniversary 4-y-o Novices Hurdle (2m)
1. Faasel (A Dobbin) 11-4f
2. Phar Bleu (AP McCoy)11-1
3. Strangely Brown (P Carberry) 7-1
12 ran. Dist: 7, 9

Faasel makes up for his disappointing second place in the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham with victory to give jockey Tony Dobbin and trainer Nicky Richards a second win of the day.

Faasel fought out a good battle with Tony McCoy on Phar Bleu once they took over from early leader Noble Request with three to go.

The pair jumped the last together but Faasel always looked the stronger and he pulled clear on the run-in for another sweet triumph for Richards.

McCoy claimed yet another second place, finishing well clear of third-placed Strangely Brown.

1435 The Betfair Bowl Chase (3m 1f)
1. Grey Abbey (G Lee) 7-2
2. First Gold (AP McCoy) 3-1f
3. Crystal d'Ainay (R Thornton) 7-1
8 ran. Dist: 12, 17

Grey Abbey, under the guidance of jockey Graham Lee, leads from start to finish to win the Betfair Bowl Chase.

Despite being top weight, Lee's mount jumped superbly and although former winner First Gold kept in touch for most of the race, Grey Abbey always looked a class above.

The 11-year-old pulled clear of First Gold and Tony McCoy with a couple to go and he was much stronger on the run-in to win by a comfortable margin.

First Gold held on for second to give McCoy his second with Crystal d'Ainay edging out Jim for third in his first run over fences in Britain.

1400 John Smith's Liverpool Long Distance Hurdle (3m)
1. Monet's Garden (A Dobbin) 11-2
2. Mr Ed (AP McCoy) 14-1
3. Tumbling Dice (BJ Geraghty) 14-1
9 ran. Dist: 1, 10

Monet's Garden and Tony Dobbin land the spoils in a dramatic opening race of the Grand National meeting.

The race sprung to life at the second flight when leader Westender refused to jump the hurdle and also knocked the favourite Rule Supreme out of contention.

The remaining horses fought out a thrilling contest with Monet's Garden taking the lead from Tumbling Dice with two to go and jumping the last solidly.

Although he struggled a little on the run-in with Mr Ed, ridden by Tony McCoy putting in a strong challenge, the 11-2 chance, trained by Nicky Richards, held on to win.

Highlights: The Betfair Bowl Chase at Aintree

Highlights: Fox Hunters' Steeplechase

Aintree day one photos
07 Apr 05 |  Photo Galleries
Aintree diary: day one
07 Apr 05 |  Horse Racing

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