Silver Cross Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 3m 110y

  • (4yo+, 3m 110y, Class 1, 21 runners)
  • Winner £28,475 2nd £10,685 3rd £5,350 4th £2,665 5th £1,340 6th £670
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 18.70s
  • Off time: 17:25:15
Full result
Result 17:25 Aintree
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 22 Battle Group 8/1c
2nd 5 Jetson 10 8/1c
3rd 3 First Fandango 33/1
4th 20 Connectivity 7 14/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 1110-31
Purple, Gold braid, Scarlet sleeves, Black velvet cap, Gold fringe Open Hearted 19
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:Mr N De Boinville
  • Form: 1110-31
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR: 145
  • Naps:
6 166 11-12 N J Henderson Mr N De Boinville (7) 145 16/1
3 322139
ROYAL BLUE and WHITE (quartered), RED sleeves and cap First Fandango 21
  • T:Tim Vaughan
  • J:Mr B Gibbs
  • Form: 322139
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-9t
  • OR: 142
  • Naps:
6 163 11-9 t Tim Vaughan Mr B Gibbs (7) 142 33/1
4 210/423
Pink, Dark Blue stars and armlets Barafundle (IRE) 54
  • T:Jennie Candlish
  • J:S Quinlan
  • Form: 210/423
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-7p1
  • OR: 140
  • Naps:
9 161 11-7 p1 Jennie Candlish S Quinlan 140 11/1
5 321463
Orange, Black star, Black and Orange hooped sleeves, Orange cap, Black star Jetson (IRE) 21
  • T:Mrs J Harrington
  • J:A P McCoy
  • Form: 321463
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 140
  • Naps:
8 161 11-7 Mrs J Harrington A P McCoy 140 8/1c
6 1P89/U-P
Yellow and black (quartered), white sleeves, black armlets, white cap Sentry Duty (FR) 173
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:Jeremiah McGrath
  • Form: 1P89/U-P
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 140
  • Naps:
11 161 11-7 N J Henderson Jeremiah McGrath (3) 140 66/1
7 3-21121
ROYAL BLUE and ORANGE check, ROYAL BLUE sleeves, ROYAL BLUE cap, ORANGE star Easter Day 42
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:R Walsh
  • Form: 3-21121
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 140
  • Naps:
5 161 11-7 P F Nicholls R Walsh 140 9/1
8 F14453
Red, White disc, diabolo on sleeves Double Ross (IRE) 20
  • T:N A Twiston-Davies
  • J:S Twiston-Davies
  • Form: F14453
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-6
  • OR: 139
  • Naps:
7 160 11-6 N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 139 16/1
9 0-21212
EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap Many Clouds (IRE) 26
  • T:O Sherwood
  • J:L Aspell
  • Form: 0-21212
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-5
  • OR: 138
  • Naps:
6 159 11-5 O Sherwood L Aspell 138 10/1
10 1-131
YELLOW, BLACK chevron, check cap Wilton Milan (IRE) 31
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:D A Jacob
  • Form: 1-131
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-5
  • OR: 138
  • Naps:
5 159 11-5 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 138 25/1
11 1-12230
Dark Blue, White star, Red sleeves, White stars, Red cap, White star Ballybough Pat (IRE) 21
  • T:A J Honeyball
  • J:Timmy Murphy
  • Form: 1-12230
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR: 137
  • Naps:
6 158 11-4 A J Honeyball Timmy Murphy 137 33/1
12 3P-1316
Orange, beige spots and sleeves, orange cap Ely Brown (IRE) 21
  • T:C E Longsdon
  • J:Kielan Woods
  • Form: 3P-1316
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-4p
  • OR: 137
  • Naps:
8 158 11-4 p C E Longsdon Kielan Woods (3) 137 25/1
13 7-24700
Black, grey disc, armlets and cap Hollow Tree 22
  • T:D McCain Jnr
  • J:J M Maguire
  • Form: 7-24700
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR: 135
  • Naps:
5 156 11-2 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 135 33/1
14 151541
Light Blue and White diabolo, White sleeves, Light Blue cap, White diamonds Sixty Something (FR) 25
  • T:P R Webber
  • J:D F O'Regan
  • Form: 151541
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-2h
  • OR: 135
  • Naps:
7 156 11-2 h P R Webber D F O'Regan 135 12/1
15 0-17115
Maroon, Yellow cap, Maroon spots Ericht (IRE) 22
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:B J Geraghty
  • Form: 0-17115
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR: 135
  • Naps:
7 156 11-2 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 135 14/1
16 3-30327
White and Orange (quartered), White sleeves, Orange stars, Orange cap Silver Gypsy (IRE) 54
  • T:D McCain Jnr
  • J:Henry Brooke
  • Form: 3-30327
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-1pt
  • OR: 134
  • Naps:
8 155 11-1 pt D McCain Jnr Henry Brooke 134 66/1
17 9-45712
Black, white sash and sleeves, gold cap Baby Shine (IRE) 19
  • T:Mrs L Wadham
  • J:R Johnson
  • Form: 9-45712
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-1
  • OR: 134
  • Naps:
7 155 11-1 Mrs L Wadham R Johnson 134 16/1
18 151
Black, black and maroon striped cap Buthelezi (USA) 37
  • T:J P Ferguson
  • J:Jack Quinlan
  • Form: 151
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR: 133
  • Naps:
5 154 11-0 J P Ferguson Jack Quinlan (3) 133 16/1
19 703160
DARK GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), striped sleeves Hada Men (USA) 21
  • T:Miss V Williams
  • J:Aidan Coleman
  • Form: 703160
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-13
  • OR: 132
  • Naps:
8 153 10-13 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 132 28/1
20 60211/3
Royal blue, light green star, light green sleeves, royal blue stars and cap Connectivity (IRE) 19
  • T:Dr R D P Newland
  • J:T J O'Brien
  • Form: 60211/3
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 10-13
  • OR: 132
  • Naps:
9 153 10-13 Dr R D P Newland T J O'Brien 132 14/1
21 U1-1321
Royal Blue, Pink hoop Lienosus (IRE) 29
  • T:Evan Williams
  • J:Paul Moloney
  • Form: U1-1321
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 10-12
  • OR: 131
  • Naps:
7 152 10-12 Evan Williams Paul Moloney 131 8/1c
22 265F03
Yellow, dark green and royal blue halved sleeves, pink cap Battle Group 68
  • T:K Bishop
  • J:Brendan Powell
  • Form: 265F03
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-12p1
  • OR: 131
  • Naps:
8 152 10-12 p1 K Bishop Brendan Powell (3) 131 8/1c

Non Runners

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps Odds
2 314-210
Close House 21
  • Nag Me
  • T:D Pipe
  • J:T Scudamore
  • Form: 314-210
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 143
  • Naps:
6 1110 D Pipe T Scudamore 143 NR

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2012   Cape Tribulation
  • T:J M Jefferson
  • J:D F O'Regan
8 11-12 J M Jefferson D F O'Regan 14/1
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In depth

Verdict

An impossible-looking staying handicap rounds off proceedings and features several unexposed types. Wilton Milan certainly falls into that category but the stable selection looks to be Easter Day, whose only defeat over hurdles so far came in a Grade 1 at Newbury in December. Useful Flat performer Buthelezi won here on his hurdling debut and was successful over 2m3f at Catterick in February. He is potentially well treated if last home while Nico De Boinville takes 7lb off Open Hearted, though he's closely matched with Baby Shine on Kempton running. Considering it was heavy ground, MANY CLOUDS ran a cracker under a welter burden in a Grade 3 at Sandown last month. Oliver Sherwood's novice will almost certainly be suited by the step up to 3m and could be the one in this though Barafundle is rarely far away and Sixty Something returned to winning ways at Market Rasen last time. Lienosus could also be worth a second look off a low weight while Jetson finished ahead of a number of these in the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham, though is high enough in the weights now.

Formwatch

Close House 12-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, mistake 4th, outpaced 3 out, blundered next, weakened and eased before last, 19th of 24, well behind Holywell (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m lstd hcp hdl (1) gs in Mar.

Battle Group 20-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, outpaced in 4th 3 out, plugged on to take moderate 3rd after last, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 13, 26l behind Vino Griego (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov chs (2) hvy in Jan.

Jetson (IRE) 10-1 (11-1) Mid-division, outpaced 2 out, rallied under pressure approaching last, stayed on to chase leading pair flat, just held for 2nd, 3rd of 24, 2l behind Holywell (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m lstd hcp hdl (1) gs in Mar.

First Fandango 100-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, hit 6th, effort 2 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace under pressure, no impression, 9th of 24, 10l behind Holywell (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m lstd hcp hdl (1) gs in Mar.

Connectivity (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Mid-division, headway halfway, chased leaders 5 out, every chance 3 out, weakened before last, 3rd of 10, 13l behind Kaylif Aramis (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Mar.

Baby Shine (IRE) 7-2 (11-6) Raced wide, sharing 4th place, went 3rd 3 out, chased winner 2 out, challenged last, hung left under pressure and readily held flat, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Open Hearted (11-12) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) sft in Mar.

Sixty Something (FR) 13-2 (11-12) Held up, hit 7th, headway to join leaders soon after, led 8th, driven out, won at Market Rasen 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Mar beating Crowning Jewel (11-7) by 1l, 9 ran.

Easter Day 4-9fav (11-11) Made all, not fluent 5th, mistake 2 out, clear last, driven out, won at Huntingdon 2m 4f Listed nov hdl (1) sft in Feb beating Nataani (11-3) by 4l, 5 ran.

Hollow Tree 33-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, outpaced 2 out, weakened last, 11th of 28, 19l behind Medinas (11-10) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gs in Mar.

Ericht (IRE) 14-1 (10-0) In touch, headway 4 out, ridden to chase leading pair on inside before last, one pace flat, 5th of 28, 6l behind Medinas (11-10) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gs in Mar.

Barafundle (IRE) 11-1 (11-7) Close 5th, headway to 2nd 3 out, ridden to lead 2 out, headed before last, stayed on same pace run-in, no impression on winner, outpaced to 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 18, 5l behind Master Of The Sea (10-11) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) sft in Feb.

Hada Men (USA) 28-1 (10-13) Mid-division, lost place 7th, no danger after, 12th of 24, 22l behind Holywell (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m lstd hcp hdl (1) gs in Mar.

Silver Gypsy (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) In rear, pushed along 4 out, tailed off from 3 out, 7th of 8, 25l behind Ma Filleule (11-0) at Warwick 2m 3f hdl G2 (1) hvy in Feb.

Ely Brown (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) In touch, chased leading pair 3 out to before last, soon weakened, 6th of 24, 9l behind Holywell (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m lstd hcp hdl (1) gs in Mar.

Open Hearted 10-3 (11-12) Tracked leader, led 4 out, ridden before pressed briefly last, driven to assert flat, stayed on well, eased close home, won at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) sft in Mar beating Baby Shine (11-6) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran.

Wilton Milan (IRE) 5-4fav (11-6) Tracked leaders, took closer order 3 out, led 2 out ridden before last, kept on well, won at Southwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar beating Houndscourt (11-2) by 4l, 12 ran.

Ballybough Pat (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Raced keenly, in touch on outside, lost place 2 out, soon weakened, 20th of 24, well behind Holywell (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m lstd hcp hdl (1) gs in Mar.

Buthelezi (USA) 10-11fav (11-7) Made all, shaken up before 2 out, ran on strongly, easily, won at Catterick 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb beating Roman Flight (11-10) by 13l, 15 ran.

Sentry Duty (FR) 14-1 (11-4) Mid-division, mistake 3rd, ridden after 5th, weakened before next, tailed off 8th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Native Gallery (11-1) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) gd in May, 17 ran.

Double Ross (IRE) 14-1 (11-6) Led, hit 4th, headed 3 out, led again next, ridden and headed before last, no impression on winner final 100 yards, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 23, 8l behind Salubrious (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Conditional Handicap Hurdle (0-145) (4yo+) (2) sft in Mar.

Many Clouds (IRE) 13-2 (11-12) Keen, chased leaders, led before 2 out until 2 out, chased winner, ridden and well held between last two, kept on for 2nd, 2nd of 16, 12l behind Close Touch (11-6) at Sandown 2m 4f NH Novice Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (4-7yo) (1) hvy in Mar.

Lienosus (IRE) 1-2fav (11-2) In touch, travelling well in 4th after 3 out, led before blundered 2 out, soon in command, easily, won at Fontwell 2m 2f mdn hdl (5) gd in Mar beating Tuscan Gold (10-13) by 6l, 12 ran.