European Breeders' Fund Bestway 'national Hunt' Novices' Hurdle (qualifier) 2m 4f

  • (4-6yo, 2m 4f, Class 3, 8 runners)
  • Winner £4,554 2nd £1,337 3rd £668 4th £334
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 10.50s
  • Off time: 16:30:40

Full Result

16:30 Aintree
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 7 Cue Card C L Tizzard 4 10-12 J Tizzard 1/2f
SP 1/2f Took keen hold, held up in 6th, smooth headway 4 out, led on bit next, clear when went left last, unextended, impressive opened 8/13 £800-£1100(x2) £800-£1200 £600-£900 £600-£1050
2nd 13 8 Dear Sam (GER) S Gollings 5 10-12 T Scudamore 10/1
SP 10/1 In touch, joined leaders on outside 7th, mistake 4 out, driven and hung left under pressure from next, stayed on to go 2nd approaching last, no chance with winner opened 16/1
3rd 2 Mr Moonshine (IRE) Mrs S J Smith 6 11-4 S Byrne (5) 16/1
SP 16/1 Raced keenly, with leader, led 7th, headed 3 out, soon one pace and no chance with winner, lost 2nd approaching last
4th 3 Nicene Creed P J Hobbs 5 11-4 T J O'Brien 7/2
SP 7/2 Tracked leaders, outpaced 3 out, driven and kept on same pace approaching next, 4th and no impression when stumbled last opened 10/3 £2000-£500
5th 1 6 Castlerock Jonjo O'Neill 6 10-12 A P McCoy 14/1
SP 14/1 Raced keenly, held up behind in touch, outpaced 3 out, soon no impression, beaten when not fluent last opened 9/1
6th 10 10 Iona Days (IRE) Miss H C Knight 5 10-12 Hadden Frost 25/1
SP 25/1 Raced keenly, tracked leaders, challenged 4 out, effort next, kept on same pace, lost place 2 out, weakened when not fluent last
7th dist 9 Eliades Run (IRE) Ferdy Murphy 4 10-12 G Lee 66/1
SP 66/1 In rear, not fluent 1st, outpaced 4 out, soon tailed off
8th 27 11 Mind Shower (IRE) R D Wylie 4 10-12 P Aspell 66/1
SP 66/1 Set steady pace, made most to 7th, lost place 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off opened 100/1
NR 1 Captain Chris (IRE) P J Hobbs 6 11-8 R Johnson
NR 4 Bens Moor (IRE) Tim Vaughan 5 10-12 D C Costello
NR 5 Bottman (IRE) Tim Vaughan 5 10-12 S Thomas

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £1.60 Tote Place £1.10 £2.10 £3.00 Straight Forecast £7.24 Exacta £6.00 Trifecta £33.20 Swingers 1&2 £1.70, 2&3 £5.50, 1&3 £3.10

Placepot £332.20, Pool: £77461.49, 170.2 winning tickets
Quadpot £104.30, Pool: £5935.25, 42.1 winning tickets

Analysis

An emphatic first win over hurdles for CUE CARD, albeit in a race weakened by the absence of Captain Chris and Bens Moor. There wasn't a break-neck pace here which meant that he was a little keen for over a mile however his jockey wasn't overly perturbed and was content to try and bury him away in midfield. He only made one semblance of a mistake and he was able to take up the running still on the bridle. He soon shot clear and was eased down by Joe Tizzard near the line for a bloodless success. The form is hard to weigh up with main market rival Nicene Creed below par; he was niggled along from an early stage which was a surprise given they were still dawdling and he doesn't appear, at first glance anyway, to have run up to the level of his Uttoxeter run. Another who should have featured more prominently was Castlerock. This half-brother to Bakbenscher should have relished the trip but having drifted in the betting before the off, he never featured from off the pace. Perhaps a more strongly-run race will see him in a better light. In the end there was a good battle for the distant runner's-up spot between Dear Sam and Mr Moonshine. The former was backed in from 20/1 before the off to start at half that price and this solid bumper horse ran a cracker on his hurdling debut to take second place. Mr Moonshine bounced back from his Hexham flop but may struggle under his penalty before he goes chasing. Iona Days was bang there turning for home and he shaped with plenty of promise before tiring late on; he jumped fairly well considering his fall at Fontwell three weeks previously. Colin Tizzard, trainer of the winner, suggested afterwards that he'll head to Cheltenham for the Open Meeting given that this was no more than a hack canter and given the way he travelled a drop to two miles wouldn't be a concern. Having said that, he looks the sort of horse who will be equally as effective over three miles; the world is his oyster.