E.B.F. Stallions Matalan 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle (Qualifier) 2m 4f

  • (4-6yo, 2m 4f, Class 4, 7 runners)
  • Winner £5,198 2nd £1,526 3rd £763 4th £382
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 51.50s
  • Off time: 15:55:13
Full result
Result 15:50 Aintree
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 7 Royal Regatta 11/4
2nd 2 Spirit Of Shankly 9/4f

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 633-1
Primrose, Rose hoops, Rose cap Revocation 23
  • T:Miss Lucinda V Russell
  • J:P Buchanan
  • Form: 633-1
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 158 11-4 Miss Lucinda V Russell P Buchanan 11/1
2 1/1332-1
Royal Blue, Dark Green sleeves and cap Spirit Of Shankly 29
  • T:C E Longsdon
  • J:N Fehily
  • Form: 1/1332-1
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR: 125
  • Naps:
5 158 11-4 C E Longsdon N Fehily 125 9/4f
3 0-12
Light blue and yellow (halved), sleeves reversed, light blue and yellow striped cap Wakanda (IRE) 26
  • T:Mrs S J Smith
  • J:Ryan Mania
  • Form: 0-12
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR: 122
  • Naps:
4 158 11-4 Mrs S J Smith Ryan Mania 122 16/1
4 06-3
EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap Dundee 177
  • T:A King
  • J:R Thornton
  • Form: 06-3
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 10-12
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 152 10-12 A King R Thornton 16/1
5 211102-
Light Blue, Pink sleeves, Mauve stars, Pink cap, Mauve star Hellorboston (IRE) 191
  • T:D McCain Jnr
  • J:J M Maguire
  • Form: 211102-
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 10-12
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 152 10-12 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 7/2
6 222-115
White, Red chevron, Emerald Green and Red striped sleeves, Red cap Rolling Maul (IRE) 15
  • T:P Bowen
  • J:J E Moore
  • Form: 222-115
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 10-12
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 152 10-12 P Bowen J E Moore 7/1
7 P/1-
White, Purple diamond, White sleeves, Purple spots and cap Royal Regatta (IRE) 221
  • T:P J Hobbs
  • J:R Johnson
  • Form: P/1-
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 10-12
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 152 10-12 P J Hobbs R Johnson 11/4

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2012   Clondaw Kaempfer (IRE)
  • T:D McCain Jnr
  • J:J M Maguire
4 10-12 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 4/5
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In depth

Verdict

Some smart performers have won this in the past, including Cue Card in 2010. Donald McCain trained last year's winner and has useful winning pointer and bumper Hellorboston in the line-up this time. Spirit Of Shankly finally got off the mark at Market Rasen last month while Revocation won at Hexham and Wakanda followed up success at Sligo by finishing second at Hexham on his first start for Sue Smith. Big things are expected of ROYAL REGATTA this season after he galloped his rivals into submission in a Haydock bumper in March and he gets the vote to make a winning hurdles debut.

Formwatch

Royal Regatta (IRE) 3-1 (11-2) Made all, ridden clear from over 1f out, ran on well, won at Haydock 2m nhf (5) gs in Mar beating Operatic Heights (10-9) by 12l, 7 ran.

Spirit Of Shankly 5-6fav (10-12) Mid-division, headway when hit 3 out, went 2nd next, ridden to challenge when hit last, led flat, ran on well final 75 yards, won at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep beating Oyster Shell (11-2) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.

Revocation 7-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway 2 out, led before last, stayed on strongly, won at Hexham 2m mdn hdl (5) gs beating Spin Cast (10-7) by 7l, 11 ran.

Rolling Maul (IRE) 2-1 (10-12) Jumped poorly, chased leaders, slow jump 2nd, blundered next, slow again 4th, weakened soon after 4 out, 5th of 9, 22l behind Killala Quay (11-5) at Chepstow 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd.

Dundee 12-1 (10-12) In touch, lost place 5 out, outpaced 3 out, rallied next, stayed on well after last, never able to challenge, 3rd of 10, 6l behind Tick Tocker (10-12) at Bangor 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in May.

Hellorboston (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, ridden 8f out, edged left over 2f out, went 2nd 1f out, stayed on, no impression on winner, 2nd of 9, 7l behind Regal Diamond (11-2) at Ayr 2m NH flat (4) gs in Apr.

Wakanda (IRE) 9-4 (11-5) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3 out, went 2nd and effort next, soon switched right, one pace and no impression approaching last, 2nd of 9, 4l behind Saint Thomas (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gf.