Silver Cross Stayers' Hurdle (Registered As The Liverpool Hurdle) (Grade 1) 3m 110y

  • (4yo+, 3m 110y, Class 1, 7 runners)
  • Winner £67,524 2nd £25,440 3rd £12,732 4th £6,360 5th £3,192 6th £1,596 7th £792 8th £408
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 6.40s
  • Off time: 14:50:36
Full result
Result 14:50 Aintree
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 6 Whisper 4/1
2nd 1 At Fishers Cross 1 11/8f

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 11-4U23
Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap At Fishers Cross (IRE) 23
  • T:Miss R Curtis
  • J:A P McCoy
  • Form: 11-4U23
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-7p
  • OR: 162
  • Naps:
7 161 11-7 p Miss R Curtis A P McCoy 162 11/8f
2 1-15117
Dark Blue, Light Blue inverted triangle and armlets, check cap Melodic Rendezvous 25
  • T:J Scott
  • J:Nick Scholfield
  • Form: 1-15117
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 163
  • Naps:
8 161 11-7 J Scott Nick Scholfield 163 8/1
3 15-2229
Royal blue, red sleeves, white spots, red cap, white spots Salubrious (IRE) 23
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:Harry Derham
  • Form: 15-2229
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-7h
  • OR: 153
  • Naps:
7 161 11-7 h P F Nicholls Harry Derham 153 16/1
4 P4P4P3
Red, Emerald Green spots, Red sleeves, White cap, Emerald Green spots The Knoxs (IRE) 17
  • T:A M Thomson
  • J:Ryan Mania
  • Form: P4P4P3
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 123
  • Naps:
11 161 11-7 A M Thomson Ryan Mania 123 66/1
5 32-4952
RED, royal blue sleeves, red cap, royal blue star Thousand Stars (FR) 34
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:P Townend
  • Form: 32-4952
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 158
  • Naps:
10 161 11-7 W P Mullins P Townend 158 11/1
6 1-33121
Dark Blue and White diabolo, hooped sleeves and cap Whisper (FR) 24
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:B J Geraghty
  • Form: 1-33121
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 159
  • Naps:
6 161 11-7 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 159 4/1
7 1-22224
Red, pink hoop and armlets Zarkandar (IRE) 23
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:N Fehily
  • Form: 1-22224
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-7b
  • OR: 162
  • Naps:
7 161 11-7 b P F Nicholls N Fehily 162 10/3

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2013   Solwhit (FR)
  • T:C Byrnes
  • J:P Carberry
9 11-7 C Byrnes P Carberry 9/4
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In depth

Verdict

Melodic Rendezvous was out of his depth last time in the Champion Hurdle and tries a new trip here. But he did beat last year's Aintree Hurdle winner Zarkandar in the Kingwell Hurdle earlier and that one was only a couple of lengths behind AT FISHERS CROSS when fourth in the World Hurdle. Rebecca Curtis' charge has the best form on offer and can gain a deserved first victory of the season if his jumping holds up - he won a Grade 1 novice event over this course and distance at last year's meeting. Zarkandar's stablemate Salubrious is likely to come up short again while Thousand Stars looks held on the form book. Whisper defied a big weight to win the Coral Cup but may find this step up in class beyond him over 3m.

Formwatch

Whisper (FR) 14-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, headway 2 out, led between last 2, soon ridden, strongly pressed flat, stayed on gamely, just held on, won at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gd in Mar beating Get Me Out Of Here (11-6) by shd, 28 ran.

At Fishers Cross (IRE) 9-1 (11-10) Held up mid-division in touch, headway on outside 3 out, effort next, led narrowly and came towards stands side between last 2, headed when switched left before last, soon ridden and one pace, no impression with front pair flat, 3rd of 10, 7l behind More Of That (11-10) at Cheltenham 3m hdl G1 (1) gd in Mar.

Thousand Stars (FR) 10-11fav (11-10) Led, ridden after 2 out, strongly pressed entering straight, headed at last, rallied and stayed on well close home, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Sailors Warn (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m 2f hdl sft in Mar.

Zarkandar (IRE) 14-1 (11-10) Held up in last pair, driven before 2 out, stayed on into 4th before last, kept on, never troubled leaders, 4th of 10, 9l behind More Of That (11-10) at Cheltenham 3m hdl G1 (1) gd in Mar.

Salubrious (IRE) 25-1 (11-10) Raced keenly, held up in last pair, outpaced 2 out, never on terms, weakened last, 9th of 10, 29l behind More Of That (11-10) at Cheltenham 3m hdl G1 (1) gd in Mar.

The Knoxs (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Held up in rear, outpaced before 3 out, badly hampered 3 out, ridden and headway before last, stayed on well to take 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Hidden Justice (10-13) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Mar.

Melodic Rendezvous 20-1 (11-10) In rear, soon pushed along, not fluent 2nd, never going pace to get on terms and well beaten from 3 out, 7th of 9, 19l behind Jezki (11-10) at Cheltenham 2m hdl G1 (1) gs in Mar.