Matalan Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 110y

  • (4yo, 2m 110y, Class 1, 9 runners)
  • Winner £56,520 2nd £21,310 3rd £10,650 4th £5,320 5th £2,670 6th £1,330 7th £670
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 2.70s
  • Off time: 14:32:52

Full Result

14:30 Aintree
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 10 Zarkandar (IRE) P F Nicholls 4 11-0 R Walsh 4/6f
SP 4/6f Held up in mid-division, headway to go 3rd 4th, pushed along approaching 3 out, challenging when left in narrow lead 2 out, still hard pressed last, driven and stayed on under pressure flat opened 4/5 £2000-£2750 £1600-£2200(x8) £800-£1100(x5) £3200-£4400
2nd 3 Kumbeshwar A King 4 11-0 R Thornton 11/1
SP 11/1 Tracked leader who soon went clear, closed 6th, ridden approaching 2 out, challenging when left disputing lead 2 out, stayed on under pressure flat, held by winner opened 10/1
3rd 29 2 Houblon Des Obeaux (FR) Miss V Williams 4 11-0 Aidan Coleman 28/1
SP 28/1 Mid-division, ridden after 6th, soon outpaced by leaders and no impression, left remote 3rd 2 out
4th 8 6 Maoi Chinn Tire (IRE) Jennie Candlish 4 11-0 A O'keeffe 100/1
SP 100/1 Held up in rear, mistake 5th, not fluent next, some headway and went 5th approaching 3 out, no chance with leaders, left remote 4th 2 out, went left last opened 80/1
5th 20 5 Local Hero (GER) S Gollings 4 11-0 A P McCoy 14/1
SP 14/1 Chased leaders, not fluent 3rd, ridden after 6th, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off opened 16/1
6th 3 4 Launchpad D T Hughes 4 11-0 D N Russell 28/1
SP 28/1 Chased leaders, lost place approaching 6th, well behind before 3 out, tailed off opened 25/1
PU 7 Oriental Cat Miss V Williams 4 11-0 S Thomas 50/1
SP 50/1 Took keen hold, held up on outside, jumped very slowly 1st and soon tailed off, very slow again next and 3rd, pulled up before 4th opened 33/1
F 8 Palawi (IRE) J J Quinn 4 11-0 J M Maguire 25/1
SP 25/1 Led, clear 1st, not fluent 3rd, hit 4th, reduced advantage 6th, ridden and narrow lead when fell 2 out opened 20/1
BD 1 Grandouet (FR) N J Henderson 4 11-0 B J Geraghty 3/1
SP 3/1 Held up towards rear, headway after 5th, went 4th next, close up behind leading trio and still going well when brought down 2 out
WD 9 Third Intention (IRE) C L Tizzard 4 11-0 J Tizzard

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £1.70 Tote Place £1.20 £1.90 £4.60 Straight Forecast £8.49 Exacta £9.80 Trifecta £104.30 Swingers 1&2 £3.00, 2&3 £14.90, 1&3 £5.60

Jackpot £10,217.40, Pool: £35976.84, 2.5 winning tickets
Placepot £107.40, Pool: £356860.38, 2423.48 winning tickets
Quadpot £75.80, Pool: £14836.96, 144.8 winning tickets

Analysis

A dramatic conclusion to a contest which ultimately saw ZARKANDAR run out a narrow victor from Kumbeshwar. However the story of the race was the second-last flight of hurdles, as the long-time leader Palawi took a crashing fall, bringing down Grandouet in the process. Ultimately this left the first two miles clear and they jumped the final flight as one. Zarkandar came away quicker from the hurdle, but had to be ridden strongly by Ruby Walsh to try and assert. However he couldn't shake the runner-up off, who having been switched in the final 100 yards, ran on strongly and was only just over a length down at the line. The winner looks a tad lazy at times, and he was one of the first realistic challengers to come off the bridle before the home turn. However he answered all of his jockey's calls, and having showed at Cheltenham that staying was his forte, he was never going to lose out late on when the chips were down. The runner-up is as brave as a lion, and he certainly takes his racing well. We may even see him again this year, perhaps at Punchestown, and in all likelihood he will run with great credit once again. It's impossible to try and second guess what would have happened with a clean race, but it should be said that Grandoeut was yet to really come off the bridle when departing. He wasn't as fluent at his hurdles as at Cheltenham, but, ridden more patiently than last time, he was creeping onto the heels of the leaders when brought down. He jumped the hurdle fine, but could do nothing about the stricken Palawi and crumpled to the floor accordingly. The aforementioned Palawi, a flashy chestnut, had taken the field along and still held every chance when smacking into the flight. He had not met all of his hurdles on a good stride, but he was far from done with when departing. Ultimately Houblon Des Obeaux was third, but he is a prospect for the future and was never likely to be a major threat here on ground too quick for him.