John Smith's Sefton Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1) 3m 110y

  • (4yo+, 3m 110y, Class 1, 19 runners)
  • Winner £56,520 2nd £21,310 3rd £10,650 4th £5,320 5th £2,670 6th £1,330 7th £670
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 9.50s
  • Off time: 16:15:48

Full Result

16:15 Aintree
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 16 Saint Are (FR) Tim Vaughan 5 11-4 R Johnson 33/1
SP 33/1 Mid-division, headway after 4th, led after 10th, not fluent 2 out, driven and stayed on well flat
2nd 4 4 Cantlow (IRE) P R Webber 6 11-4 D Elsworth 28/1
SP 28/1 Mid-division, headway when not fluent 3 out, soon went 3rd, not fluent 2 out, stayed on under pressure to take 2nd flat, not able to troubled winner opened 25/1
3rd 19 Sparky May P R Rodford 6 10-11 K Burke 4/1f
SP 4/1f Held up in rear, took keen hold, steady headway from 8th, pressed winner after 10th, pushed along to challenge 3 out, no impression when hung left and lost 2nd flat, no extra opened 5/1
4th 7 Fists Of Fury (IRE) C Byrnes 7 11-4 Andrew J McNamara 25/1
SP 25/1 Tracked leader, led approaching 10th, headed soon after, outpaced before 3 out, stayed on flat opened 33/1 touched 22/1
5th 13 Muldoon's Picnic (IRE) K C Bailey 5 11-4 J M Maguire 40/1
SP 40/1 Held up in rear, not fluent 4th, stayed on from 3 out, switched right flat, never nearer opened 33/1
6th 8 1 Aikman (IRE) J Ewart 7 11-4 R McGrath 28/1
SP 28/1 Led, headed approaching 10th, no impression and well held before 3 out opened 25/1
7th 6 10 Jetnova (IRE) A King 6 11-4 R Thornton 18/1
SP 18/1 Mid-division, headway after 7th, went 3rd briefly approaching 3 out, weakened last
8th 27 2 Back In Focus (IRE) J Howard Johnson 6 11-4 B Hughes 8/1
SP 8/1 Tracked leaders, not fluent 3rd, jumped slowly 6th, ridden after 4 out, weakened well before 3 out, tailed off
9th 14 5 Cloudy Too (IRE) Mrs S J Smith 5 11-4 S Byrne 100/1
SP 100/1 Mid-division, struggling when mistake 9th, soon well behind, tailed off
10th 37 8 For Non Stop (IRE) Nick Williams 6 11-4 D A Jacob 12/1
SP 12/1 Tracked leaders, ridden after 10th, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off opened 10/1
PU 3 Basford Bob (IRE) Jennie Candlish 6 11-4 A O'keeffe 33/1
SP 33/1 Prominent, jumped slowly 3rd, not fluent 8th, soon lost place, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out
PU 9 Handy Andy (IRE) C L Tizzard 5 11-4 J Tizzard 11/1
SP 11/1 Mid-division, headway after 7th, weakened after 4 out, pulled up before 3 out opened 12/1
PU 11 Listenlook (FR) N A Twiston-Davies 5 11-4 Sam Twiston-Davies 50/1
SP 50/1 Held up towards rear on inside, mistake 6th, behind 10th, pulled up before 3 out opened 40/1
PU 12 Mossley (IRE) N J Henderson 5 11-4 B J Geraghty 9/2
SP 9/2 In touch, ridden after 10th, weakened and pulled up before 3 out opened 4/1
PU 15 Russian Song (IRE) C L Tizzard 7 11-4 p Aidan Coleman 100/1
SP 100/1 Mid-division, reminder after 4th, lost place 6th, behind 8th, pulled up before 3 out
PU 17 Westmeath (IRE) P Nolan 6 11-4 t D N Russell 12/1
SP 12/1 Held up towards rear, not fluent 4th, headway after 4 out, weakening when mistake 3 out, pulled up before 2 out
PU 18 Yurok (IRE) Mrs S J Smith 7 11-4 P Buchanan 33/1
SP 33/1 Tracked leaders, hit 2nd, lost place 5th, behind 9th, pulled up before 3 out opened 25/1
F 6 Court In Motion (IRE) Miss E C Lavelle 6 11-4 Jack Doyle 7/1
SP 7/1 Held up towards rear, not fluent 8th, headway approaching 3 out, disputing 3rd and staying on when bumped and fell 2 out opened 15/2
F 20 Indian Daudaie (FR) P F Nicholls 4 10-10 R Walsh 12/1
SP 12/1 Held up in rear, headway 3 out, 8th and staying on when fell 2 out opened 16/1
NR 14 Our Island (IRE) Tim Vaughan 6 11-4 T Scudamore

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £48.20 Tote Place £12.60,£12.50,£2.00 Straight Forecast £734.67 Exacta £1840.00 Swingers 1&2:£142.90 2&3:£48.80 1&3:£37.90

Jackpot £24,218.66 carried forward to Aintree, 9th Apr
Placepot £250.10, Pool: £442544.0, 1291.43 winning tickets
Quadpot £36.50, Pool: £25851.0, 523.76 winning tickets


A turn-up for the books here, as there was between 2007 and 2009. SAINT ARE came out on top, having been in a fairly handy position throughout. Aikman, Fists Of Fury and Back In Focus had helped ensure a strong pace, but the winner was still going noticeably well in the front-rank when the race started to develop four hurdles from home. Along with the free-going Sparky May, the pair kicked on from the chasing pack on the final turn and they soon put distance between themselves and the rest. The winner is a big stamp of a horse, and although he was slightly clumsy at the final two flights, he was always seeing out his race with more gusto than the eventual third. He had a mark of 129 going into the race, which in itself suggests that this was a typical end of season novice race where the cream doesn't always rise to the top, but it was still a career best by some way. He will probably go chasing next season, and has the scope to do well when granted a good test of stamina. Eventually Cantlow stayed on for second; he is a big raw chasing type, and just seemed to be caught a bit flat-footed when the first pair kicked away. He's a very exciting horse for next year and was the real eye-catcher. Sparky May was backed into favouritism, but she basically ruined her chance by pulling like a train. Never settled towards the rear (despite the decent gallop), she then pulled herself through down the far side to go towards the head of affairs. Her jockey had no option but to let her bowl on from that point but it showed late on, as her hurdling got more and more sloppy, and she lost second as a result. The second-last flight was quite dramatic as Court In Motion fell when starting to creep into third. He jumped the flight fine but just seemed to lose his footing a few strides later and it was unfortunate as he was in the process of another fine run. He brought down Indian Daudaie at that point, whilst up ahead the front-runners Aikman and Fists Of Fury tried gallantly to rally. Jetnova had travelled quite well and held every chance four from home but could only run on at the one pace, whilst Muldoon's Picnic put up a career-best but this big chasing type just found things happening too quickly late on. Back In Focus was well-beaten; he was outpaced when the tempo quickened and needs much more testing ground, whilst For Non Stop was too keen early on and paid the price as a result. Westmeath was trying to latch onto the leaders turning in, having been given a patient ride. He looked at that point as if he was finding the ground a little on the quick side, but he was still in touch when smashing into the third-last flight; he was pulled up soon after by jockey Davy Russell.