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Last Updated: Friday, 8 April, 2005, 16:48 GMT 17:48 UK
Racewatch: Aintree day two
All the action as it happened from the second day of the Aintree Grand National meeting.

Ladies Day at Aintree saw two female winners on the track with the Irish duo Like-A-Butterfly and Asian Maze.

The day's feature race, the Melling Chase, was won by the favourite Moscow Flyer.


1730 John Smith's Extra Cold Handicap Hurdle (3m)
1. Holland Park (J Tizzard) 10-1
2. Celtic Son (T J Murphy) 2-1f
3. The Dark Lord (L Aspell) 16-1
4. Idaho d'Ox (T J Malone) 25-1
22 ran. Dist: 9,

1655 Betfair.com Handicap Steeplechase (3m 1f)
1. Sleeping Night (R Walsh) 3-1
2. Zeta's River (TJ Murphy) 5-2f
3. Hand Inn Hand (M Bradburne) 11-1
12 ran. Dist: 10, 4

1620 John Smith's Sefton Novices' Hurdle (3m)
1. Asian Maze (R Walsh) 7-1
2. Brewster (DR Dennis) 6-1
3. Football Crazy (W Marston) 33-1
17 ran. Dist: 2, 25

Asian Maze becomes the second female winner of the day with Ruby Walsh coming in for the winning ride.

The horse was due to be ridden by Paul Carberry but he chose not to take up his rides on Friday to rest an injury before Saturday's Grand National.

But Walsh came in and guided the six-year-old mare, trained by Tom Mullins, who took over from his father Paddy, to an impressive victory after taking the lead with a circuit to go.

Although Brewster had plenty of impressive early-season form, he was unable to bridge the gap on the day.

1545 John Smith's and Spar Topham Chase (2m 5f)
1. Cregg House (DN Russell) 50-1
2. Haut de Gamme (KJ Mercer) 25-1
3. Le Duc (R Walsh) 20-1
4. Longshanks (JP McNamara) 9-2f
30 ran. Dist: 1, 5

Davy Russell and Cregg House pull off a big surprise over the Grand National fences to win the Topham Chase.

The 50-1 chance, trained by Shane Donohoe, jumped solidly and ran on strongly to the line ahead of the challenge of Haut de Gamme, ridden by claiming jockey Keith Mercer.

Russell had kept well back early on but gradually gained ground on the leaders and moved strongly into contention with about two fences to go.

The favourite Longshanks, who just missed out on a place in Saturday's Grand National eventually finished fourth.

1510 John Smith's Melling Chase (2m 4f)
1. Moscow Flyer (BJ Geraghty) 4-9f
2. Le Roi Miguel (R Walsh) 9-2
3. Therealbandit (TJ Murphy) 9-1
6 ran. Dist: 16, 28

Red-hot favourite Moscow Flyer puts in an almost flawless display for a comfortable win in the Melling Chase.

Jessica Harrington's mount made a slight mistake at the second but looked superb after that with jockey Barry Geraghty keeping him nicely placed.

Geraghty took up the running well before the bend and although Le Roi Miguel tried to challenge, he was never able to mount a serious bid but did see out the trip for second.

The win is Moscow Flyer's 19 win out of 19 completed races over fences and gives him a second consecutive win in this race.

1435 John Smith's Top Novices' Hurdle (2m)
1. Mighty Man (R Johnson) 3-1
2. Dusky Warbler (AP McCoy) 15-8f
3. Napolitain (R Walsh) 25-1
7 ran. Dist: , 23

Mighty Man and Dusky Warbler fight out a tremendous finish to the Top Novices' Hurdle with Mighty Man narrowly emerging victorious.

The winner came through to challenge on the inside under Richard Johnson but McCoy was never far behind after the pair overhauled Napolitain at the third last

There wasn't much between the pair over the last two hurdles but Johnson got more out of his promising-looking horse to claim a fourth win in a row.

Napolitain finished well back in third a long distance behind the top two.

1400 John Smith's Mildmay Novices' Chase (3m 1f)
1. Like-A-Butterfly (AP McCoy) 6-1
2. See You Sometime (A Thornton)20-1
3. L'Ami (R Thornton) 7-2f
10 ran. Dist: 1, 1

The Christy Roche-trained mare Like-A-Butterfly, ridden by Tony McCoy gets Ladies Day off to a superb start with an impressive victory.

McCoy brought his mount to the front approaching the last fence after she had been in contention throughout the race.

See You Sometime, who had set the early pace, held on well for second.

L'Ami, who had also moved up to challenge with the JP McManus-owned winner in the closing stages, had to be content with third.





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