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Tony McCoy rides Albertas Run to Melling Chase victory

John Smith's Grand National, Aintree, Saturday, 1615 BST
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Albertas Run and Tony McCoy

Albertas Run races to Melling Chase win

By Frank Keogh

Cheltenham Festival winner Albertas Run doubled up with a fine victory in the Melling Chase on Ladies' Day at the Grand National meeting at Aintree.

Champion jockey Tony McCoy ensured the Jonjo O'Neill-trained Ryanair Chase winner, an 8-1 shot, held off Champion Chase runner-up Forpadydeplasterer.

Veteran grey Monet's Garden, the early leader, rallied late on to take third place in the two-and-a-half mile race.

The well-fancied Kalahari King, and Schindlers Hunt, were early fallers.

Schindlers Hunt fractured his near foreleg and was humanely put down. His jockey Paddy Flood suffered a suspected broken collarbone and will miss his ride on Vic Venturi in Saturday's big race, with Roger Loughran taking his place.

Albertas Run relished the drying ground and every step of the 2m 4f in front of a bumper crowd.

The result was a timely lift for 14-time champion McCoy, who seeks to end his National hoodoo aboard Don't Push It in the big race on Saturday.

Irish-trained Forpadydeplasterer ran another creditable race for his fifth consecutive second placing of the season.

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O'Neill said: "He had a hard race at Cheltenham. He came out of it very well at home but yesterday we saw a few Cheltenham winners getting beat.

"You can never be sure, but AP [McCoy] gave him a great ride, he jumped well and the ground came right. Everything came right at the right time.

"They weren't hanging around. I was a little bit worried when he made a mistake at the last down the back. It was a bad place to make a mistake but he just had enough time to get filled up and get back there.

"Then I saw Forpadydeplasterer and I thought we'd stay as long as he kept jumping. It worked out well. We are delighted, thrilled to bits with him."

Elsewhere on Friday's card, trainer Nicky Henderson enjoyed two early winners, with General Miller and Burton Port giving jockey Barry Geraghty a double.

And in the Topham Chase over the National fences, Always Waining (22-1) won by 12 lengths after the early pacesetter Frankie Figg fell at the 17th of the 18 fences. In all there were seven fallers, and four others unseated their riders.

Among the casualties, Prudent Honour and Plaisir D'Estruval suffered fatal falls at Valentine's Brook.

The winner of the Sefton Novices' Hurdle was Wayward Prince (9-1), whose trainer Ian Williams said afterwards the race was "small-fry" compared to what the six-year-old was capable of achieving in the future.



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