13:00 Aintree Sat 10 November 2018

  • EBF Stallions 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle (Class 4)
  • 2m 4f, Good (Good to Soft in places)
  • 6 Runners
  • Winner£5,198.002nd£1,526.003rd£763.004th£382.005th£350.006th£350.007th£350.008th£350.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Weighed In

Winning time:4m 59.5sOff time:13:00:58
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1
610-12OR: WS
9/4

£115,000 buy following his lone point-to-point start (second) and began to pay that when making a winning debut in a Towcester bumper last season. Two pulled clear there but neither run since so form hard to rate but surely a useful prospect.

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2
610-12OR:
50/1

Beaten identical distance of 18½L in bumpers at Doncaster (eighth of 11) and Plumpton (seventh of nine). Bred for fences and a true stamina test so this will suit a little better but still likely find a couple sharper.

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3
510-12OR:
12/1

Won lone start, a Wincanton bumper with a bit in hand although only three ran. Runner-up done little to frank the form although the third has belatedly won low grade handicap hurdles. Could do no more than he did and commands respect here.

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4
510-12OR:
3/1

Won lone point-to-point (3m) impressively by 9L leading connections to pay €180,000 for him. Half-brother to four winners over hurdles so everything points to him making up into an above average hurdler and probably chaser.

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5
610-12OR:
11/4

Improved in each of his three point-to-points, winning the last of them. Bought for £80,000 in April and joined a yard who can ready them at the first time of asking so fully expectant of him being competitive here.

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6
510-12OR:
5/1

Beat all bar a previous winner and odds-on favourite on debut when going down by a nose in a bobbing finish. Third won since and fourth placed in next three so form looks solid and he is beautifully bred for staying contests so leading player here.

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Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
Hear No Evil510-125/2
T: D SkeltonJ: Harry Skelton

Betting

Forecast

Captain Drake (9/4), Redzor (11/4), Quoi De Neuf (3/1), Smackwater Jack (5/1), One For The Team (12/1), Invisible Clouds (50/1)

Verdict

A really trappy contest this with six hurdling debutants who have all shown ability in either bumpers or point-to-points. A chance is taken on SMACKWATER JACK who went down by the minimum margin to a useful bumper horse from Nicky Henderson's yard on debut in a race that is working out pretty well. Captain Drake rates the main danger having won his lone bumper at Towcester and also showed promise in his lone point-to-point while Quoi De Neuf is another of significant appeal on his debut under rules after a very impressive success in his lone point-to-point.
  1. Smackwater Jack
  2. Captain Drake
  3. Quoi De Neuf

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