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Dominican Republic Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 3m 110y

  • (4yo+, 3m 110y, Class 1, 22 runners)
  • Winner £28,475 2nd £10,685 3rd £5,350 4th £2,665 5th £1,340 6th £670
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 21.85s
  • Off time: 17:25:15
  • Last Updated: April 3 2014, 19:08 BST

Doctor Harper won the closing Dominican Republic Handicap Hurdle on day one of Aintree's Grand National meeting on Thursday.

Doctor Harper wins Thursday's finale for David Pipe and Tom Scudamore
Doctor Harper wins Thursday's finale for David Pipe and Tom Scudamore

David Pipe's charge was sent off an 8/1 chance by punters and Tom Scudamore ensured backers went home happy with a finely-timed ride in Liverpool.

Utopie Des Bordes had led for a long way but the winner took over jumping the last and stayed on well for a one and three quarter length verdict.

Kaylif Aramis (12/1) did his best work late on and stayed on for second, while Meister Eckhart (20/1) was third for Alan King.

Jetson (14/1) was always in a prominent position and did best of those that helped cut out the early running, finishing fourth.

Pipe said: "He's always been a good horse and ran a decent race in the EBF Final. We thought the step to three miles and better ground would suit.

"He's not the most fluent over his hurdles, and I thought he was in trouble but Tom has given him a good ride. He'll be a lovely three-mile chaser."

Scudamore added: "It was a truly-run race and the step up in trip to three miles suited him. He is a horse we have always thought a lot of and running in these better races has made a man of him."