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Aintree

  • 15:40 John Smith's Topham Chase 2m 5f 110y

  • (Grade 3 Handicap) (National Course) £120,000 added 5yo+ 29 ran
  • Winner £67,524 2nd £25,440 3rd £12,732 4th £6,360
  • Going: Good (Good to Soft in places; National: Good to Soft, Good in places)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 30.10s
  • Off time: 15:43:35

Tim Vaughan is hopeful of his pair in the John Smith's Topham Chase at Aintree

Last Updated: 04/04/13 4:06pm

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Tim Vaughan: Double handed in Topham Chase

Tim Vaughan: Double handed in Topham Chase

Tim Vaughan reports Tartak and Montoya's Son to be up for the challenge. of the John Smith's Topham Chase at Aintree on Friday.

"I was delighted with Tartak at Cheltenham and hopefully he'll be in the same sort of form," said the Vale of Glamorgan trainer.

"He seems to have come out of it in great form and he will love the track and the ground.

"Montoya's Son is having his first run for me. He'll love the quickening ground and has been in good form at home.

"He's a little bit out at the weights which makes it difficult for us but he's been round the track before so hopefully he will turn up in good spirits."

Liam Cusack has some unfinished business when he saddles Last Time D'Albain.

The nine-year-old will be his first runner at the Merseyside track since he took up training in County Laois but Cusack has fond memories of his days as a jockey.

His best moment came in the 1994 Grand National when he partnered Ebony Jane into fourth place behind Miinnehoma.

He is now hoping Last Time D'Albain can take him into the revered winner's enclosure.

Cusack revealed he has aimed this horse at the Topham since finishing third to leading National fancy Colbert Station in the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas.

"Everything's fine. He travelled over well and has settled in well," said Cusack.

"We freshened him up with this race in mind and we just hope that he takes to the fences and the track.

"He ran very well in a competitive handicap (the Paddy Power Chase) and we'd be hoping for the same tomorrow, but he's got to jump round the National course which takes a bit of doing.

"He's my first runner at Aintree, but I rode here a few times as a rider. I had a very good ride in the National on Ebony Jane when fourth to Miinnehoma in 1994.

"I had just two rides in the National. My other was on Seeandem but he fell at Becher's on the first circuit (in 1989). I never had a ride in the Topham.

Alan King is hoping Walkon will adapt to the famous fences when he tackles them for the first time after finishing fifth to Carrickboy in the Byrne Group Plate at Cheltenham.

"We have enjoyed success over the National feces before, notably with West End Rocker, and I am hoping that Walkon will acquit himself well in the Topham Trophy," the Barbury Castle trainer told www.alankingracing.co.uk.

"However it is folly to say with any certainty that he will take to these unique obstacles, as you can't tell until they have raced over them.

"He is in very good order following his Cheltenham fifth, but the one negative is that the ground is likely to be a little livelier than he prefers.

"He ran on goodish ground at Prestbury Park last time and they got him in top gear very early, whereas the slower ground allows him to go at his pace.

"He is a lovely horse and given the way he has jumped around Cheltenham on several occasions this season in top races, I would be hopeful of him enjoying himself at Aintree."

Carrickboy's trainer Venetia Williams is two-handed with Bennys Mist and Renard.

"Bennys Mist is only a novice. It will be a huge new challenge for him," she said.

"Renard is obviously more experienced, but both are there to take their chance."

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