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Last Updated: Saturday, 8 April 2006, 16:51 GMT 17:51 UK
Racewatch: Aintree day three
All the action from the third and final day of the Grand National meeting at Aintree.

1615 John Smith's Grand National Chase (4m 4f)
1. Numbersixvalverde (N P Madden) 11-1
2. Hedgehunter (R Walsh) 5-1 Jt Fav
3. Clan Royal (A P McCoy) 5-1 Jt Fav
4. Nil Desperandum (T P Treacy) 33-1
40 ran. Dist: 6, 1

1630: Numbersixvalverde, ridden by Niall 'Slippers' Madden, pulls away from Hedgehunter and Ruby Walsh and outstays the rest of the field to win the 2006 Grand National. Only nine horses appear to finish the race.

1630: The leading three jump the final fence almost together.

1629: Numbersixvalverde moves up to challenge the leading two.

1628: Ballycassidy departs at Valentines leaving Hedgehunter and Clan Royal at the top of the field.

1627: Ballycassidy pulls away from Puntal at Bechers for the second time (fence 22)

1627: Clan Royal makes a mistake, allowing Hedgehunter move into third

1625: Puntal, ridden by Barry Geraghty moves up to join Ballycassidy and the pair clear The Chair (fence 15) together.

1623: Ballycassidy and Shotgun Willy set the pace over the 11th of 30 fences.

1622: Shotgun Willy leads over Bechers and the Foinavon fences.

1622: Innox and Juveigneur are among the first fence fallers.

1620: The horses get underway second time towards the opening fence.

1619: The tape is being fixed ahead of the second start and nerves are rising again.

1615: The starter gets the 2006 Grand National underway but it is a false start after Ross Comm gets caught in the tape and they must return to the start.

1611: With only minutes to go, the horses and jockeys are circling at the start.

1607: Horses and jockeys are making their way to the start of the four mile four furlong race.

1603: With the excitement rising, the horses are parading in front of the main grandstand at Aintree.

1600: Hedgehunter and Clan Royal cannot be separated at the top of the betting but there has been plenty of money for Jack High and Innox.

1554: The 40 jockeys pose for the traditional pre-race photo and are making their way out to the paddock to get to their horses.

1550: The horses are making their way around the parade ring.

1545: Trainers and stable staff are putting the final preparations to the 40 Grand National runners with the start of the race around 30 minutes away.


Saturday's other Aintree races

1730 John Smith's Champion Standard Open NH Flat (2m 1f)
1. Pangbourne (R Thornton) 28-1
2. Tidal Bay (Michal Kohl) 66-1
3. Kicks For Free (L Heard) 4-1
22 ran. Dist: nk, 1

1700 John Smith's Novices' Chase (amateur riders) (2m 4f)
1. Mon Mome (Mr W Biddick) 15-2
2. New Alco (Mr R O Harding) 7-2 Fav
3. Direct Flight (Mr T J O'Brien) 12-1
14 ran. Dist: 1, nk

1525 John Smith's Extra Cold Handicap Hurdle (2m 4f)
1. Refinement (AP McCoy) 11-4f
2. Material World (C Bolger) 14-1
3. Mughas (R Thornton) 16-1
4. Freetown (A Dobbin) 16-1
22 ran. Dist: 3, 6

Tony McCoy completes a double when the favourite Refinement emerges victorious.

Although McCoy kept his mount well down the field for much of the race but she travelled strongly and was brought her through well at the right time.

Refinement jumped into the lead at the second last, overhauling Material World, and despite a less than impressive jump at the last, she ran on strongly to the line.

1450 Scottish & Newcastle Aintree Hurdle (2m 4f)
1. Asian Maze (R Walsh) 4-1
2. Hardy Eustace (C O'Dwyer) 5-2f
3. Sky's The Limit (BJ Geraghty) 11-4
9 ran. Dist: 17, 7

Ruby Walsh led from start to finish on Asian Maze to take the Aintree Hurdle.

The talented mare, who had fallen in the Cheltenham Champion Hurdle last month, made amends with a superb front-running display.

The leading three horses - Asian Maze, Hardy Eustace and Sky's The Limit pulled well away from the rest of the field turning from home.

Although former Champion Hurdle winner Hardy Eustace challenged briefly, Asian Maze pulled away again and cantered to a comfortable victory.

1415 John Smith's Maghull Novices' Chase (2m)
1. Foreman (AP McCoy) 4-1
2. Voy Por Ustedes (R Thornton) 10-11f
3. Le Volfoni (J Tizzard) 40-1
7 ran. Dist: 1, 13

Tony McCoy gave his Grand National hopes a boost after a determined ride on Foreman to win the Maghull Novices' Chase.

It was sweet revenge for Foreman after Voy Por Ustedes had got the better of him at last month's Cheltenham Festival.

McCoy kept Foreman to the inside and moved to challenge Robert Thornton and Voy Por Ustedes with three fences to go.

Although Thornton's mount tried to fight back again, Foreman proved strongest to get to the line first.

1345 John Smith's Extra Smooth Handicap Hurdle (2m)
1. Wellbeing (P J Brennan) 7-1
2. Noble Request (R Johnson) 9-1
3. Double Vodka (P Kinsella) 66-1
4. Monte Cinto (R Walsh) 6-1
17 ran. Dist: 9, 6

Wellbeing stormed to victory in the opening race of Grand National day, coming home by nine lengths from Noble Request.

The 7-1 shot, with Paddy Brennan in the saddle, jumped the last well and finished strongly. Double Vodka in third provided good each way value at 66-1.






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