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Stewards' reports and horse and jockey updates

Charlie Deutsch, rider of Houblon Des Obeaux, who fell at Becher's first time round (6th) in the Randox Health Grand National, is fine having been checked over. 

The Tom George-trained Saint Are, who was brought-down at the 15th fence, the Chair, was assessed in the stables and is reported to be in a stable condition. 

STEWARDS' REPORTS

Race 1 - 1:45pm - G3 GASKELLS HANDICAP HURDLE G3

The performance of GOLAN FORTUNE (IRE), which finished unplaced, was considered. Phil Middleton explained that the gelding weakened quickly from the third last hurdle. The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of GOLAN FORTUNE (IRE) during routine testing failed to reveal any abnormalities. Following the race, Harry Cobden reported that CONNETABLE (FR), unplaced, was never travelling and the Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of the gelding failed to reveal any abnormalities. The Veterinary Officer reported that SYKES (IRE), unplaced, lost its right hind shoe and FIXE LE KAP (FR), placed eighth, lost its left fore shoe.

Race 2 - 2:25pm - G1 BETWAY MERSEY NOVICES' HURDLE

Following the race, Nico de Boinville reported that ON THE BLIND SIDE (IRE), placed sixth, weakened quickly from the second last hurdle and the Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of the gelding failed to reveal any abnormalities. The Veterinary Officer also reported that BETTER GETALONG (IRE), which was pulled up, lost its left hind shoe. 

Race 3 - 3:00pm - G1 DOOM BAR MAGHULL NOVICES' CHASE

PETIT MOUCHOIR (FR) and SHANTOU ROCK (IRE) wore earplugs which were removed at the start. It was noted that PETIT MOUCHOIR (FR), ridden by Davy Russell, went the wrong way to the start. Being satisfied that it was due to circumstances beyond the rider's control, no further action was taken. LADY BUTTONS, ridden by Adam Nicol, was not dismounted in the appointed place. Being satisfied that the mare was receiving veterinary treatment, no further action was taken. Following the race, the Veterinary Officer reported that DELEGATE, placed sixth, was lame on its left fore. 

Race 4 - 3:40pm - G3 BETWAY HANDICAP CHASE

Having reviewed recordings of the false start, the Starters were satisfied that no riders should be reported for contravening the starting procedures. Following the race, Brian Hughes reported that HAMMERSLY LAKE (FR), which was pulled up, was hampered by the faller on the first circuit. The Veterinary Officer reported that WAKANDA (IRE), unplaced, was lame on its right fore. 

Race 5 - 4:20pm - G1 RYANAIR STAYERS HURDLE

Following the race, Nico de Boinville reported that THOMAS CAMPBELL, which was pulled up, stopped quickly. Trevor Whelan reported that LIL ROCKERFELLER (USA), which was pulled up, was never travelling and the Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of the gelding failed to reveal any abnormalities. Harry Cobden reported that OLD GUARD, placed seventh, was never travelling and the Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of the gelding during routine testing failed to reveal any abnormalities. The Veterinary Officer also reported that SHELFORD (IRE), placed sixth, was suffering from post-race heat stress. 

Race 6 - 5:15pm - G3 RANDOX HEALTH GRAND NATIONAL HANDICAP CHASE

ALPHA DES OBEAUX (FR) wore earplugs which were removed at the start and PLEASANT COMPANY (IRE) and TOTAL RECALL (IRE) wore earplugs throughout the race. ANIBALE FLY (FR), placed fourth, did not enter the winner's enclosure on veterinary advice. An enquiry was held to ascertain why Danny Cook, the rider of I JUST KNOW (IRE), which had fallen on the first circuit, proceeded to wave the riders around Becher's Brook on the second circuit. After being interviewed and shown recordings of the incident, his explanation that he was attempting to help the racecourse staff by guiding the runners and loose horses around the bypassed fence was noted. He was reminded of his responsibilities to not become involved in these procedures. MILANSBAR (IRE), ridden by Bryony Frost, left the Parade early. After being interviewed and shown recordings of the incident, Frost's explanation that she had misheard the Clerk of the Course's instructions due to the noise of the crowd was noted. Following the race, Richard Hobson reported that SHANTOU FLYER (IRE), which was pulled up, had a breathing problem. The Veterinary Officer reported that SEEYOUATMIDNIGHT, unplaced, was lame on its left fore and MILANSBAR (IRE), placed fifth, was lame on its left hind. The Veterinary Officer also reported that ANIBALE FLY (FR), placed fourth, CARLINGFORD LOUGH (IRE), which was pulled up, and RAZ DE MAREE (FR), unplaced, all suffered from post-race heat stress. The Veterinary Officer further reported that CHASE THE SPUD, which was pulled up, bled from the nose. 

Race 7 - 6:20pm - PINSENT MASONS HANDICAP HURDLE

Permission was given for DEAR SIRE (FR) to be mounted in the chute and go early to post.

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