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Dancer given Aintree top weight

Tony McCoy
Tony McCoy rode Exotic Dancer to Lexus Chase success in December

Exotic Dancer heads the weights for the 2009 Grand National, having been allotted 11st 10lb for the Aintree handicap chase.

Denman, who had been expected to race under the maximum, was withdrawn on Monday by trainer Paul Nicholls.

Madison Du Berlais produced an emphatic 23-length victory over Denman at Kempton on Saturday and is second on the list.

The Hennessy Gold Cup Chase winner will carry 11st 8lb in the race on 4 April.

Welsh National winner Notre Pere and last year's beaten favourite Cloudy Lane are amongst 13 horses with handicaps of 11st or more.

606: DEBATE
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Last year's victor Comply or Die, trained by David Pipe, will have 10st 12lb on board, 3lb more than when he won last spring.

Hear the Echo, who won the Irish National this term and has topped the odds in some ante-post books after Denman was pulled out, has been given 10st 11lb.

But trainer Mouse Morris believes that race handicapper Phil Smith has badly damaged his charge's chances of victory with his decision.

"Hear The Echo seems very badly handicapped to me. I thought he would have around 10st 4lb or 10st 7lb so 10st 11lb seems very harsh," he said.

"All the Irish seem to have plenty of weight. He doesn't seem to have given us a fair crack of the whip to me."

Only one racehorse carrying over 11st has won the Grand National in the past 25 years, with Red Rum the last to win with the top weight in 1974.


Aintree Grand National entries

Form Horse Age Trainer Handicap

2423-32 ABBEYBRANEY (Ire) 8 Howard Johnson 10-3

1/1//2110- AFISTFULLOFDOLLARS (Ire) 11 Noel Meade IRE 11-1

511-225 AIR FORCE ONE (Ger) 7 Charlie Mann 11-2

21/-2426 ALEXANDERTHEGREAT (Ire) 11 Venetia Williams 9-0

P641PP ALWAYS WAINING (Ire) 8 Peter Bowen 10-1

3/00010- ARTEEA (Ire) 10 David Pipe 9-11

101PP6- BAGAN (Fra) 10 Martin Todhunter 9-8

152-112 BALLYFITZ 9 Nigel Twiston-Davies 10-10

43444-P BALLYTRIM (Ire) 8 Willie Mullins IRE 8-11

332-245 BATTLECRY 8 Nigel Twiston-Davies 10-2

11P1-3P BEAT THE BOYS (Ire) 8 Nigel Twiston-Davies 9-8

140-306 BIBLE LORD (Ire) 8 Andrew Turnell 9-8

2-322U1 BIG FELLA THANKS 7 Paul Nicholls 10-7

20F2-P1 BLACK APALACHI (Ire) 10 Dessie Hughes IRE 10-11

412402 BROOKLYN BROWNIE (Ire) 10 Malcolm Jefferson 9-12

03F-000 BUTLER'S CABIN (Fra) 9 Jonjo O'Neill 10-5

63-1113 CAN'T BUY TIME (Ire) 7 Jonjo O'Neill 10-1

115P/-03 CANE BRAKE (Ire) 10 Tom Taaffe IRE 10-13

0P/50PP- CERIUM (Fra) 8 Paul Murphy 9-11

P/3-1433 CHARACTER BUILDING (Ire) 9 John Quinn 9-12

61U1F2 CHELSEA HARBOUR (Ire) 9 Tom Mullins IRE 11-0

16-0431 CLOUDY LANE 9 Donald McCain Jnr 11-2

211-111 COMPANERO (Ire) 9 Howard Johnson 9-9

P211-P0 COMPLY OR DIE (Ire) 10 David Pipe 10-12

P-2P600 CONNA CASTLE (Ire) 10 Jimmy Mangan IRE 9-12

P00-F12 CORNISH SETT (Ire) 10 Paul Nicholls 10-2

14F0-F4 D'ARGENT (Ire) 12 Alan King 9-8

113P//-3P DARKNESS 10 Charles Egerton 10-1

64P3-01 DIX VILLEZ (Fra) 10 Paul Nolan IRE 9-8

62P-30P DUN DOIRE (Ire) 10 Tony Martin IRE 9-2

F611-04 EMMA JANE (Ire) 9 Willie Mullins IRE 9-0

2134-13 ENDLESS POWER (Ire) 9 Jim Goldie 10-3

411P/1P/- EUROTREK (Ire) 13 Paul Nicholls 10-9

353-231 EXOTIC DANCER (Fra) 9 Jonjo O'Neill 11-10

042-P61 FLEET STREET 10 Nicky Henderson 10-2

P2P63-5 FLINTOFF (US) 8 Venetia Williams 9-8

00146P FUNDAMENTALIST (Ire) 11 Nigel Twiston-Davies 10-3

25/1300/- GALLANT APPROACH (Ire) 10 Charles Egerton 9-6

111-421 GARDE CHAMPETRE (Fra) 10 Enda Bolger IRE 10-0

1/P133/3- GOLDEN FLIGHT (Fra) 10 Nicky Henderson 10-3

5321-U1 GWANAKO (Fra) 6 Paul Nicholls 10-12

501-556 HEAR THE ECHO (Ire) 8 Mouse Morris IRE 10-11

1-P504P HIMALAYAN TRAIL 10 Jimmy Mangan IRE 9-12

1111F-0 HOBBS HILL 10 Charles Egerton 10-5

0P6PP-0 HOMER WELLS (Ire) 11 Willie Mullins IRE 9-7

P2113P HOOPY (Ire) 7 Gordon Elliott IRE 9-6

PPP611/- HOT WELD 10 Ferdy Murphy 9-13

PP541P ICE TEA (Ire) 9 Donald McCain Jnr 9-10

050-240 IDLE TALK (Ire) 10 Donald McCain Jnr 9-11

3/114-16 IMPERIAL COMMANDER (Ire) 8 Nigel Twiston-Davies 11-0

3/2F01P- IN THE LOOP (Ire) 11 Roy Wilson IRE 9-7

F32311 IRISH INVADER (Ire) 8 Willie Mullins IRE 10-1

0333P0 IRON MAN (Fra) 8 Peter Bowen 9-9

0F2U6-P KELAMI (Fra) 11 Lisa Williamson 9-11

20P-111 KILBEGGAN BLADE 10 Tom George 9-13

P121-P5 KING HARALD (Ire) 11 Mark Bradstock 9-7

P/22212- KING JOHNS CASTLE (Ire) 10 Arthur Moore IRE 10-10

12366/-4 KINGS ADVOCATE (Ire) 9 Tom Taaffe IRE 9-3

16UP-10 KNOWHERE (Ire) 11 Nigel Twiston-Davies 10-13

03F0-42 L'AMI (Fra) 10 Enda Bolger IRE 10-3

11640-5 L'ANTARTIQUE (Fra) 9 Ferdy Murphy 10-9

02P-P4F LE TOSCAN (Fra) 9 David Pipe 9-2

5/6P0-42 LORD KILLESHANRA (Ire) 10 Colin Tizzard 8-10

313145- LOTHIAN FALCON 10 Peter Maddison 9-7

U-2130U LYSANDER (Ger) 10 Ian Williams 8-10

425F-61 MADISON DU BERLAIS (Fra) 8 David Pipe 11-8

2U41U-0 MALJIMAR (Ire) 9 Nick Williams 9-10

421314 MALKO DE BEAUMONT (Fra) 9 Alan Brown 8-10

P2P-P0P MATTOCK RANGER (Ire) 9 Noel Meade IRE 9-9

12P-0UU MIKO DE BEAUCHENE (Fra) 9 Robert & Sally Alner 10-10

5/5400-P MILAN DEUX MILLE (Fra) 7 David Pipe 9-0

00-2102 MON MOME (Fra) 9 Venetia Williams 10-6

3P1-502 MONKERHOSTIN (Fra) 12 Philip Hobbs 10-12

1110PP MONT MISERE (Fra) 13 Paul Murphy 8-7

122210 MUSICA BELLA (Fra) 9 Francois Cottin FR 10-2

32023/-5 MY WILL (Fra) 9 Paul Nicholls 10-10

P00-P30 NADOVER (Fra) 8 Charlie Mann 9-7

U44P-31 NICHE MARKET (Ire) 8 Bob Buckler 9-9

22/-22P4 NINE DE SIVOLA (Fra) 8 Ferdy Murphy 9-6

63P-411 NOTRE PERE (Fra) 8 Jim Dreaper IRE 11-4

112/-U1P NOZIC (Fra) 8 Paul Nicholls 11-3

1/010-05 OEDIPE (Fra) 7 Nicky Henderson 10-0

1111/U2- OFFSHORE ACCOUNT (Ire) 9 Charlie Swan IRE 10-5

40-2555 OLLIE MAGERN 11 Nigel Twiston-Davies 10-12

6P-0241 ONE COOL COOKIE (Ire) 8 Charlie Swan IRE 10-11

0-32123 OODACHEE 10 Charlie Swan IRE 9-4

0/1PP-63 OPERA MUNDI (Fra) 7 Paul Nicholls 10-6

012036 OULART 10 Dessie Hughes IRE 9-7

U1-5254 OUT THE BLACK (Ire) 11 Philip Hobbs 9-2

2/223F0- PAK JACK (Fra) 9 Richard Phillips 9-7

23/54-1P PARSONS LEGACY (Ire) 11 Philip Hobbs 10-4

P06-350 PASS ME BY 10 Suzy Smith 8-8

4B0-400 PATSY HALL (Ire) 9 Tony Martin IRE 9-8

33-4F0F PIRAYA (Fra) 6 David Pipe 9-12

0U0134 POMME TIEPY (Fra) 6 Willie Mullins IRE 9-9

140-0F1 PREISTS LEAP (Ire) 9 Gerard O'Leary IRE 10-11

0P0/03-0 PUNTAL (Fra) 13 David Pipe 9-2

46-5651 RAMBLING MINSTER 11 Keith Reveley 10-1

F0612/-P REVEILLEZ 10 Jonjo O'Neill 10-4

225-13P ROLL ALONG (Ire) 9 Carl Llewellyn 10-13

53PP56- ROYAL ROSA (Fra) 10 Howard Johnson 8-11

41/F400- SANDHURST (Ire) 9 Edgar Byrne IRE 8-11

63-3540 SEA DIVA (Ire) 9 Dessie Hughes IRE 9-2

421101 SEYMOUR WELD 9 Charles Pogson 9-7

F/02421/- SILVER BIRCH (Ire) 12 Gordon Elliott IRE 10-6

2314-64 SILVERBURN (Ire) 8 Paul Nicholls 10-1

2U4U-40 SIMON 10 John Spearing 10-3

31320P SNOOPY LOOPY (Ire) 11 Peter Bowen 11-5

332-56F SNOWY MORNING (Ire) 9 Willie Mullins IRE 11-0

5F/-06U3 SOUTHERN VIC (Ire) 10 Ted Walsh IRE 10-1

4-2P51P STAN (NZ) 10 Venetia Williams 10-12

11/3-024 STAR DE MOHAISON (Fra) 8 Paul Nicholls 11-5

2560-14 STATE OF PLAY 9 Evan Williams 10-8

210123- TOM SAYERS (Ire) 11 Philip Hobbs 9-6

1221/1//-P TRABOLGAN (Ire) 11 Nicky Henderson 10-1

26U-344 TUMBLING DICE (Ire) 10 Tom Taaffe IRE 9-12

23/-1132 WAR OF ATTRITION (Ire) 10 Mouse Morris IRE 11-1

P4220-0 WITHOUT A DOUBT 10 Carl Llewellyn 9-2

1P1F//PP- YOU'RE SPECIAL (US) 12 Ferdy Murphy 9-1

0/232P5/- ZABENZ (NZ) 12 Philip Hobbs 9-11


Withdrawn:

11/1111- DENMAN (Ire) 9 Paul Nicholls

42-3161 JOE LIVELY (Ire) 10 Colin Tizzard,

1/212-33 LEADING ATTRACTION (Ire) 8 Paul Nicholls



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see also
Denman is out of Grand National
09 Feb 09 |  Horse Racing
Denman outpaced in comeback race
07 Feb 09 |  Horse Racing
Denman leads Grand National field
28 Jan 09 |  Horse Racing
Exotic Dancer lands Lexus success
28 Dec 08 |  Horse Racing
Black Apalachi claims Aintree win
23 Nov 08 |  Horse Racing
Comply Or Die wins Grand National
05 Apr 08 |  Horse Racing
BBC racing coverage
09 Apr 11 |  Horse Racing
Quiz the racing team
17 Jun 08 |  Horse Racing


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