At 1.10pm on Saturday 14th April, Bob Champion (wearing Aldaniti colours – kindly supplied by Nick Embiricos) and Jonjo O’Neill (wearing Don’t Push It colours – kindly supplied by JP McManus) will lead out the runners and riders for the second running of the John Smith’s Aintree Legends Charity Race.

These ‘legends’ have ridden over 14,200 winners between them and the race will be broadcast on the BBC:

  • 1st Race – 1.10pm
  • One mile five furlongs to be started by flag
  • For horses of four-years-old and upwards who have run at least three times under the recognised Rules of Racing
  • All horses to be rated 0–135 for hurdlers / steeplechasers, 0–90 for flat horses.


Bob Champion leads the team of Ambassadors for the race which include Jonjo O’Neill, Richard Dunwoody MBE, Mick Fitzgerald and Peter Scudamore MBE.

Bob Champion said: “Last year’s race was a memorable day and we were thrilled that 30 years on from my unbelievable win on Aldaniti (pictured), we managed to raise so much money for The Bob Champion Cancer Trust. This year we have another stellar line-up and I hope people enjoy the spectacle again and continue to support us to help reduce the odds against cancer.”

Adrian Maguire said: “I very much enjoyed watching Tony Dobbin winning the race last year and so am now very much looking forward to getting my chance back at Aintree, a track which has been very lucky for me in the past.”

Mick Kinane added: “I’m really looking forward to riding at Aintree for the first time, as long as they don’t put a fence in front of me!”

“It’s not often that you get a Cheltenham Festival winner running in a charity race but favourite American Trilogy took the County Hurdle back in 2009 and the combination of Paul Nicholls and Mick Kinane is one that is likely to prove irresistible to punters,” said George Primarolo from Betfred, Aintree’s official betting partner.

Totepool will be running a pool on this race on Saturday and all commission made on it will be donated to The Bob Champion Cancer Trust.

Runners and Riders

Horse: Cape Express (IRE) / Jockey: Marcus Armytage (Mr Frisk, 1990)
Trainer: Nicky Henderson / Owner: AD Spence

Horse: Pillar of Hercules (IRE) / Jockey: Jim Culloty (Bindaree, 2002)
Trainer: Ferdy Murphy / Owner: J and A Millar

Horse: Satou (FR) / Jockey: Hywel Davies (Last Suspect, 1985)
Trainer: Philip Hobbs / Owner: Philip Hobbs

Horse: Fidelis (IRE) / Jockey: Ben De Haan (Corbiere 1983)
Trainer: Ben de Haan / Owner: Mr and Mrs Nicholas Tatman

Horse: Waldvogel (IRE) / Jockey: Tony Dobbin (Lord Gyllene, 1997)
Trainer: Nicky Richards / Owner: Craig Bennett

Horse: Trip The Light / Jockey: Pat Eddery (11 time Champion Jockey)
Trainer: Phil Middleton / Owner: P W Middleton

Horse: Sky Calling / Jockey: Jimmy Frost (Little Polveir, 1989)
Trainer: Martin Keighley / Owner: Nicholson Racing Syndicates

Horse: American Trilogy (IRE) / Jockey: Mick Kinane (13 time Irish Champion Jockey)
Trainer: Paul Nicholls / Owner: Fulton, Donlon, Kilduff & Scott-MacDonald

Horse: Just Lille (IRE) / Jockey: Carl Llewellyn (Party Politics 1992, Earth Summit 1998)
Trainer: Ann Duffield / Owner: Middleham Park Racing XLVI

Horse: Arabian Heights / Jockey: Adrian Maguire (Winner of over 1024 races in the UK)
Trainer: Alan King / Owner: McNeill Family

Horse: Millers Reef (IRE) / Jockey: Richard Pitman (Rider of 470 winners, BBC Broadcaster)
Trainer: Jamie Snowden / Owner: Jamie Snowden Racing Club

Horse: May Contain Nuts / Jockey: Brendan Powell (Rhyme ‘N’ Reason, 1988)
Trainer: Brendan Powell / Owner: I S Smith

Karen Crowley, Senior Brand Manager at John Smith’s said: “We are extremely excited about the second running of the John Smith’s Aintree Legends Race, it is sure to be a great opener to the John Smith’s Grand National day card. We have an exceptional line-up of jockeys this year and I look forward to following their progress over the next few months.”

On the fund-raising front, it is possible to support and sponsor the individual jockeys at,, via Facebook and Just Giving pages, by telephone 0207 924 3553, or donate by texting BCCT30 to 70070. All donations are gratefully received.

Each jockey has linked up with one of the many John Smith’s-supplied Clubs across the country.



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