John Smith’s Melling Chase at Aintree 2012

The centre piece for Day 2 of the Aintree Grand National Meeting is the John Smith’s Melling Chase worth £175,000.00 and run over 2 miles 4 furlongs. A very select field of 8 runners go to post including Finians Rainbow who was a fortunate winner of the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. Wishful Thinking (pictured) took a spectacular fall in the Champion Chase but if he was back to his best form of last season he could run a big race here. He is a course and distance winner. Poquelin was withdrawn at the start of the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham so comes here a fresh horse. He looks the eachway value. Albertas Run was runner-up to Riverside Theatre at Cheltenham but had a hard race there.

1silksFP12-12Albertas Run (IRE) 291111-10Jonjo O’NeillA P McCoy
2silks121-121Finian’s Rainbow (IRE) 30911-10N J HendersonB J Geraghty
3silksP-23346Forpadydeplasterer (IRE) 291011-10    pT CooperBryan J cooper
4silks42P-5P9Kalahari King (FR) 291111-10Ferdy MurphyN Fehily
5silks73-127FKauto Stone (FR) 30611-10P F NichollsP Carberry
6silks141-5U2Poquelin (FR) 76911-10P F NichollsR Walsh
7silks342P86Pure Faith (IRE) 15811-10P BowenT J O’Brien
8silks16526FWishfull Thinking 30911-10    tP J HobbsR Johnson

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