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Cobden recommends Grand National Jockey Course Walks at Aintree

The Jockey Course Walk initiative, introduced at Aintree in 2017, will be rolled out again at this year’s Randox Health Grand National Festival (Thursday, April 12 to Saturday, April 14 inclusive).

The Jockey Course Walks proved highly popular last year, particularly among jockeys with little or no experience over the Grand National fences.

 

Thursday’s walk on April 12 will be conducted by former top jockey Brian Harding, with the Friday (April 13) and Saturday (April 14) walks led by dual Grand National winning jockey Carl Llewellyn.

 

Llewellyn won his first Grand National on Party Politics (1992) and followed up with Earth Summit (1998).

 

The walks will leave the weighing room at 10.30am each day.

 

Aintree Racecourse, the Professional Jockeys Association and the Amateur Jockeys Association urge every first and second-time rider over the Grand National fences, plus any others, to join one of the walks. All riders are equally welcome.

 

Aintree’s Clerk of the Course, Andrew Tulloch, explained: “This is a practice we want to encourage year on year and we are writing to individual jockeys to urge them to join one of the walks.

 

“This applies also to amateur riders competing in the Randox Health Foxhunters’ Chase on Grand National Thursday.

 

“We are delighted to have two such experienced riders as Brian and Carl to lead the walks.”

 

Harry Cobden, victorious in last year’s Randox Health Topham Chase on Ultragold on his first ride over the Grand National fences, remarked: “Aintree trialled the course walks with a jockey coach at the Randox Health Grand National Festival last year and I thought it was a great idea, so I walked the course with Carl Llewellyn on the Friday ahead of the Topham Chase that afternoon.

 

“I won the Topham on Ultragold and Carl’s advice and insight proved invaluable, so much so I walked the course with him again the next day before the Randox Health Grand National!

 

“Whilst luck wasn’t repeated, I did complete the course on Just A Par and I couldn’t recommend this initiative enough.”

 

Harry Cobden on way to victory in 2017 Randox Health Topham Chase on Ultragold

 

THE RANDOX HEALTH GRAND NATIONAL FESTIVAL

 

Grand National Thursday – Thursday, April 12, 2018

 

Time  Race Distance Prize Money

1.45pm Big Buck’s Celebration Manifesto Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) 2m 4f  £100,000

2.20pm Doom Bar Anniversary 4YO Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1)  2m 1f  £100,000

2.50pm Betway Bowl Chase (Grade 1)      3m 1f  £190,000

3.25pm Betway Aintree Hurdle (Grade 1)    2m 4f  £250,000

4.05pm Randox Health Foxhunters’ Chase (GNC)   2m 5f  £45,000

4.40pm Red Rum Handicap Chase (Grade 3)    2m  £90,000

5.15pm Goffs Nickel Coin Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (Grade 2) 2m 1f £45,000

 

TOTAL £820,000

 

Ladies Day – Friday, April 13, 2018

 

Time  Race Distance Prize Money

1.45pm Alder Hey Children’s Charity Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)    2m 4f  £75,000

2.20pm Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)    2m ½f  £100,000

2.50pm Betway Mildmay Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)    3m 1f  £100,000

3.25pm JLT Melling Chase (Grade 1)      2m 4f  £250,000

4.05pm Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase (Grade 3) GNC   2m 5f  £140,000

4.40pm Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)    3m ½f  £100,000

5.15pm Weatherbys Private Bank Standard Open NH Flat Race (Grade 2) 2m 1f £45,000

 

TOTAL £810,000

 

Grand National Day – Saturday, April 14, 2018

 

Time              Race                              Distance       Prize Money

1.45pm Gaskells Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)    3m ½f  £75,000

2.25pm Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)    2m 4f  £100,000

3.00pm Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)    2m  £100,000

3.40pm Betway Handicap Chase (Grade 3)    3m 1f  £75,000

4.20pm Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1)    3m ½f  £180,000

5.15pm Randox Health Grand National (Grade 3) GNC   4m 2½f £1,000,000

6.20pm Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle (Conditional & Amateur Jockeys) 2m ½f £50,000