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Last Updated: Saturday, 9 April, 2005, 16:54 GMT 17:54 UK
Racewatch: Aintree day three
All the action as it happened on the final day of the 2005 Grand National meeting.

1610 John Smith's Grand National Chase (4m 4f)
1. Hedgehunter (R Walsh) 7-1f
2. Royal Auclair (C Williams) 40-1
3. Simply Gifted (B Harding) 66-1
4. It Takes Time (TJ Murphy)18-1
40 ran. Dist: 14, hd

1621 Hedgehunter, trained by Willie Mullins, wins the Grand National to give jockey Ruby Walsh his second win in the race.

Christian Williams is second on Royal Auclair 14 lengths back and Brian Harding on Simply Gifted is a head back in third with Timmy Murphy fourth on It Takes Time.

Carrie Ford finishes a creditable fifth on Forest Gunner.

1620: Hedgehunter jumps the last in front and cannot be caught on the run-in.

1620: Hedgehunter is still the one to catch and jumps the second last ahead.

1619: Favourite Hedgehunter takes over the lead.

1618: Clan Royal is knocked out by loose horses just before Becher's.

1617: Clan Royal and Tony McCoy take over the lead by the 17th fence and are ahead by five lengths.

1615: Glenelly Gale leads Clan Royal and Double Honour at the 13th fence.

1613: Glenelly Gale, ridden by amateur Tom Greenall, leads at Becher's for the first time.

1612: Lord Atterbury and Frenchman's Creek fall at the first.

1612: The horses get away and charge to the first fence.

1609: Hedgehunter is likely to go off as favourite but there is plenty of money for Carrie Ford's mount Forest Gunner.

1607: The horses are on their way to post to look at the first fence.

1602: The horses come together for the main parade in front of the stand ahead of the big race.

1555: The jockeys are on board and getting ready to go to the start.

1545: With just under half an hour to go before the start of the Grand National, the horses are beginning to make their way around the parade ring.


1730 John Smith's Champion Standard Open NH Flat (2m 1f)
1. The Cool Guy (S Crawford) 50-1
2. Some Touch (G Lee) 33-1
3. Mendo (T Doyle) 16-1
22 ran

1655 John Smith's Novices Handicap Chase (2m 4f)
1. Joes Edge (Mr T J Dreaper) 9-2
2. Schuh Shine (Mr R McCarthy) 4-1
3. Copsale Lad (Mr B King) 8-1
10 ran


1520 Scottish and Newcastle Aintree Hurdle (2m 4f)
1. Al Eile (TJ Murphy) 11-1
2. Inglis Drever (G Lee) 9-4
3. Exotic Dancer (P Carberry) 50-1
9 ran

Al Eile comes up in the final stages of the race to edge out Cheltenham winner Inglis Drever.

In a slow-paced race, Inglis Drever and Graham Lee were forded to make most of the running early on.

Brave Inca moved up to challenge but unseated jockey Barry Cash three fences from home to leave Inglis Drever chased by outsider Exotic Dancer.

But Al Eile, one of four Irish challengers in the race, came through on the outside after the last and got to the line just ahead of the long-time leader.

1450 John Smith's No Nonsense Handicap Hurdle (2m 4f)
1. Genghis (AP McCoy) 10-1
2. Tamarinbleu (Mr A Glassonbury) 50-1
3. Mirpour (G Lee) 8-1
4. Billyvoddan (R Johnson) 15-2
20 ran. Dist: 6, 3

Genghis puts in a strong run to give Tony McCoy and trainer Peter Bowen a superb victory.

The horse who had looked lively early on eventually setted down and started to look dangerous when he challenged for the lead with Billyvoddan and Sharp Rigging.

He took the lead approaching the last and never looked in any danger on the run-in.

1415 John Smith's Maghull Novices' Chase (2m)
1. Ashley Brook (PJ Brennan) 3-1
2. War Of Attrition (C O'Dwyer) 11-4f
3. Dempsey (A Tinkler) 20-1
10 ran. Dist: 16, 9

Ashley Brook is rewarded for a strong display of front running by winning the Maghull Novices Chase.

The horse, ridden by Paddy Brennan, had finished second to Contraband in the Arkle at Cheltenham and was barely challenged throughout the race

Dempsey did move to challenge at one stage midway through but the winner kept well ahead moving into the home straight.

War Of Attrition, who had been heavily backed, also tried to rally with around three to go but he was well short of the winner.

1345 John Smith's Extra Smooth Handicap Hurdle (2m)
1. Definate Spectacle (P Carberry) 11-1
2. Say What You See (A Dobbin) 50-1
3. Crossbow Creek (J Crowley) 16-1
4. Copeland (T Malone) 100-1
18 ran. Dist: 8,

Paul Carberry gets his Grand National day off to a good start when 11-1 chance Definate Spectacle wins the opener.

The horse was travelling well throughout and found himself just behind the leading duo Say What You See and Copeland coming to the second last.

He took the lead just before the last and powered on to the line for a comfortable victory.

Say What You See held on for second under Tony Dobbin while fast-finishing Crossbow Creek claimed third.





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