Pertemps Network Mersey Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 4f

  • (4yo+, 2m 4f, Class 1, 12 runners)
  • Winner £42,202 2nd £15,900 3rd £7,958 4th £3,975 5th £1,995 6th £998 7th £495 8th £255
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 52.70s
  • Off time: 13:30:13
Full result
Result 13:30 Aintree
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 4 Lac Fontana 9/2f
2nd 9 Splash of Ginge 12/1
3rd 1 Dell' Arca ½ 13/2

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 121U25
Dark green, red cross belts, dark green and beige striped sleeves, dark green cap, red star Dell' Arca (IRE) 24
  • T:D Pipe
  • J:T Scudamore
  • Form: 121U25
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR: 143
  • Naps:
5 158 11-4 D Pipe T Scudamore 143 13/2
2 568111
Light Blue, Royal Blue chevrons, hooped sleeves, striped cap Kayf Moss 41
  • T:J L Flint
  • J:T J O'Brien
  • Form: 568111
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-4b
  • OR: 143
  • Naps:
6 158 11-4 b J L Flint T J O'Brien 143 16/1
3 2-2111
Tangerine, royal blue collar and cuffs, dark blue cap Kilcooley (IRE) 27
  • T:C E Longsdon
  • J:N Fehily
  • Form: 2-2111
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR: 137
  • Naps:
5 158 11-4 C E Longsdon N Fehily 137 25/1
4 38-1411
Red, pink hoop and armlets Lac Fontana (FR) 22
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:A P McCoy
  • Form: 38-1411
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR: 148
  • Naps:
5 158 11-4 P F Nicholls A P McCoy 148 9/2f
5 2710-11
Beige, grey epaulets Monkey Kingdom 14
  • T:Miss R Curtis
  • J:J E Moore
  • Form: 2710-11
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-4t
  • OR: 135
  • Naps:
6 158 11-4 t Miss R Curtis J E Moore 135 25/1
6 212
Purple, light green seams, quartered cap No No Romeo (IRE) 34
  • T:C E Longsdon
  • J:Aidan Coleman
  • Form: 212
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 158 11-4 C E Longsdon Aidan Coleman 66/1
7 131-211
White, emerald green disc, black sleeves, emerald green and white hooped cap Oscar Hoof (IRE) 21
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:B J Geraghty
  • Form: 131-211
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR: 138
  • Naps:
6 158 11-4 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 138 11/2
8 111112
Black, black and maroon striped cap Sea Lord (IRE) 139
  • T:J P Ferguson
  • J:D F O'Regan
  • Form: 111112
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR: 150
  • Naps:
7 158 11-4 J P Ferguson D F O'Regan 150 8/1
9 413310
Royal blue, red star, diabolo on sleeves and star on cap Splash of Ginge 25
  • T:N A Twiston-Davies
  • J:S Twiston-Davies
  • Form: 413310
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR: 142
  • Naps:
6 158 11-4 N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 142 12/1
10 130-18
Light blue, maroon stripe, striped sleeves and cap Un Ace (FR) 25
  • T:K C Bailey
  • J:Nick Scholfield
  • Form: 130-18
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR:
  • Naps:
6 158 11-4 K C Bailey Nick Scholfield 8/1
11 411121
Dark blue, emerald green hoop, quartered cap Volnay De Thaix (FR) 15
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:R Johnson
  • Form: 411121
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR: 145
  • Naps:
5 158 11-4 N J Henderson R Johnson 145 9/1
12 0-11FF5
Dark blue, white cross belts, red and white hooped sleeves and cap Wilde Blue Yonder (IRE) 25
  • T:A King
  • J:R Thornton
  • Form: 0-11FF5
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR: 145
  • Naps:
5 158 11-4 A King R Thornton 145 11/2

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2013   Ubak (FR)
  • T:G L Moore
  • J:J E Moore
5 11-4 G L Moore J E Moore 22/1
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In depth

Verdict

Sea Lord has the highest official rating and his form figures are impressive but he was no match for The Liquidator at Cheltenham when last seen and the winner has done little for the form since. Lac Fontana won the County Hurdle at Cheltenham and stays this longer trip. He must have every chance of following up here but Dell'Arca and Splash Of Ginge are also tough handicappers, though Volnay De Thaix finished ahead of the latter at Ascot in December and re-opposes on better terms. Wilde Blue Yonder tries a new trip but ran very well behind Vautour in the Supreme Novices', though we prefer KAYF MOSS. He is still improving and his defeat of Meister Eckhart in the National Spirit at Fontwell was franked when the runner-up went close under a big weight here on Thursday.

Formwatch

Lac Fontana (FR) 11-1 (10-11) In touch, driven 2 out, headway between last 2, in touch last, soon ridden, stayed on well to lead towards finish, won at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl G3 (1) gd in Mar beating Arctic Fire (10-13) by 1/2l, 28 ran.

Splash of Ginge 20-1 (11-7) Led to 2nd, tracked leaders, driven before 3 out, lost place next, weakened before last, 15th of 18, 20l behind Vautour (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gs in Mar.

Dell' Arca (IRE) 8-1fav (10-13) Tracked leaders, headway 2 out, ridden and every chance on outside between last 2, kept on same pace under presure in 5th flat, 5th of 28, 4l behind Whisper (11-6) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gd in Mar.

Wilde Blue Yonder (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Mid-division, headway before 3 out, chased leaders next, ridden before last, kept on under pressure flat, no impression, 5th of 18, 9l behind Vautour (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gs in Mar.

Volnay De Thaix (FR) 5-4fav (11-12) Made all, ridden and stayed on well flat, won at Newbury 2m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd in Mar beating Kings Lad (10-13) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.

Sea Lord (IRE) Evensfav (11-7) Tracked leader until before 3rd, pushed along and struggling 4th, last after next, went modest 3rd when mistake 2 out, stayed on from after last, went 2nd close home, no chance with winner, 2nd of 4, 15l behind The Liquidator (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m nov hdl G2 (1) gd in Nov.

No No Romeo (IRE) 5-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders, led over 3f out, headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 8, 6l behind Ordo Ab Chao (11-4) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) sft in Mar.

Kayf Moss 16-1 (11-3) Led, set strong pace and soon clear, reduced lead 5th, pushed along before 7th, driven and stayed on from last, strongly pressed near finish, held on gamely, all out, won at Fontwell 2m 4f hdl G2 (1) hvy in Feb beating Meister Eckhart (11-3) by hd, 6 ran.

Monkey Kingdom 4-1 (11-2) Prominent, led 2nd, clear after 3 out, stayed on strongly, won at Bangor 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar beating Big Hands Harry (11-7) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.

Kilcooley (IRE) 1-2fav (11-8) Tracked leader, left in lead before 4th, pressed from 2 out, ridden run-in, kept on gamely, won at Market Rasen 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gs in Mar beating Such A Legend (11-1) by 2l, 8 ran.

Un Ace (FR) 40-1 (11-7) Behind, driven and headway after 2 out, kept on under pressure flat, never nearer, 8th of 18, 11l behind Vautour (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gs in Mar.

Oscar Hoof (IRE) 5-4fav (11-7) Chased leaders, led 3 out, ridden clear approaching last, ran on well, won at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar beating Fair Loch (11-1) by 3 1/2l, 17 ran.