This year's grand national revolved around Shutthefrontdoor & Tony McCoy in his last spin around the national fences. The champion jockey went off as short as 7/1 to navigate the field successfully & put in a valiant effort, but wasn't to be finishing up 5th. Last year's winning jockey, Leighton Aspell delivered Many Clouds to victory in the famous steeplechase. The first horse to win the Hennessey & the grand national in the same year. Many Clouds ran no sort of race in the gold cup last month, but came off the back of that run without major repercussions, having not sweated up post race like his usual self. Well fancied Balthazar King took a nasty fall at the 8th fence & is now receiving treatment for suspected broken ribs in Liverpool. Trainer Philip Hobbs reported "They think he's probably broken some ribs. Hopefully he'll be okay."
Notable successors from the Aintree meeting came in the form of Paul Nichols, with his gold cup hope, Silviniaco Conti getting back to winning ways on the flatter track. All Yours managed to spoil favourite backers party as well fancied Hargam failed to materialise. Sam Twiston-Davies took his chance on the 16/1 shot for Nichols, Hargam failing to make the frame. Gordon Elliot had a notably good time in Liverpool with the likes of Don Cossack & Clarcam picking up grade one's, as well as Taglietelle getting the job done in the last on Thursday.
Don Cossack took no prisoners in the Melling Chase destroying the field with a 26 length victory. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Cue Card looking like he was getting back to his old self. Fair enough, he had nothing on the winner & was paddling two from home, but had some smart horses behind him in the likes of Champagne Fever & Al Ferof & put in a brave round with some slick jumping.