19:20 Aintree Fri 15 June 2018

  • Merseyrail Handicap Hurdle (Class 3)
  • 2m 103y, Good (Good to Firm in places, watering)
  • 8 Runners
  • Winner£7,798.002nd£2,290.003rd£1,145.004th£572.005th£450.006th£450.007th£450.008th£450.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:4m 4.3sOff time:19:23:49
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1
911-12OR: 127D
33/1

Useful 2m novice hurdler for previous trainer Nicky Henderson (hence the elevated handicap mark), but didn't take to chasing in the summer of 2016 and hasn't been seen competitively since. Stable debut.

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2
411-9OR: 127D
7/2

Filly with hurdles experience from her days in France with G.Macaire; a winner on her second start at Bordeaux Le Bouscat in May 2017 (2m+ soft); no chances taken by the assessor on UK/stable debut; ground versatility untested.

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3
611-6OR: 121D
1/1

Bolted up in a 2m Kempton novices hurdle (30/100f) last month on debut for Ian Williams following wind surgery. Possibility of more to offer now sent handicapping (unexposed) fitted with a first time hood.

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4
411-5OR: 123D
20/1

Won just once in eight starts over hurdles (2m Ludlow, good) but has kept decent company over timber more latterly; seemingly out of his depth. His current mark looks stiff enough.

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5
511-4OR: 119DWS
9/2

Group 3 German Flat winner (1m+) who made a winning start over hurdles for this trainer at Plumpton in November (2m good); not so strong since, but has undergone wind surgery and off for six months; market a guide on handicap bow.

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6
811-4OR: 119BFD
10/1

Back over hurdles after a long win-less spell over fences; the vast majority of his English starts (13 of 14) have come over the larger obstacles, so little to lose by giving hurdling another try (1 from 5).

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7
710-8OR: 109
28/1

Bought for £24,000 in May 2017 after winning a Ballinrobe maiden hurdle by 4L for Ellmarie Holden; no show in two hurdles starts for this trainer, the most recent of which (Kelso) came after wind surgery.

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8
910-6OR: 107D
12/1

Back to winning ways with an all-out victory over 2m1f at Newton Abbot last month; up 3lb in a similar Class 3 contest with conditions to suit.

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Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
Mad Jack Mytton711-127/2
T: Jonjo O'NeillJ: Aidan Coleman

Betting

Forecast

Cause Toujours (1/1), Melody Of Scotland (7/2), Parthenius (9/2), Mick Thonic (10/1), Global Thrill (12/1), Phoenix Dawn (20/1), Coolmeen Hill (28/1), One For The Guv'nr (33/1)

Verdict

Another race where it's much easier to pinpoint those who are unlikely to win than to nail the actual winner. Melody Of Scotland has potential and could turn out to be a useful filly for Alan King and JP McManus, but the handicapper has most definitely opted for a cautious approach with her opening mark. Parthenius needs to find extra improvement for his wind operation, but it's foolish to dismiss a Skelton-trained runner lightly, whilst Mick Thonic could feasibly relish a switch back to hurdling. However, with no major conviction, the hooded CAUSE TOUJOURS is the tentative selection for his new trainer Ian Williams.
  1. Cause Toujours
  2. Parthenius
  3. Melody Of Scotland

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