17:35 Aintree Fri 17 May 2019

  • Join Racing TV Now Mares' Handicap Hurdle (Class 4)
  • 2m 4f, Good
  • 12 Runners
  • Winner£5,198.002nd£1,526.003rd£763.004th£450.005th£450.006th£450.007th£450.008th£450.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:4m 55.5sOff time:17:38:42
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Silk Runb1,t25
611-12OR: 120D
9/1

Second run on her return from wind surgery having resumed winning ways on the back of that operation at Chepstow (2m4f, good/firm) last time. Showed a better attitude than the runner-up (now blinkered; first-time) off a career-high mark.

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2
711-10OR: 118D
9/2

Hard to fault her consistency with four handicap wins coming her way since November (one blip came on very heavy ground). 8lb higher here than her last win she probably hasn't peaked as yet; travels strongly and well up to winning again.

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3
811-9OR: 117D
5/1

Suited by the test of speed offered when taking a Kempton (2m5f) handicap last time (also showed a positive attitude; not always the case). Still looks on a competitive mark back in a lower grade (0-135 last time); contender if in same form.

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4
511-9OR: 117
11/1

Catterick novice hurdle winner over 2m getting off the mark over timber at the third attempt. Failed to fire on her handicap debut over 2m here but looked happier last time in calmer novice waters again; gives the impression this trip should suit.

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5
611-8OR: 116BF
5/2

Consistent sort but hasn't gone forward the way that many do when joining this yard failing to justify support on a couple of starts. Didn't do too badly last time at Stratford (conceded first run) but is unproven beyond 2m; mark gradually falling.

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6
711-8OR: 116
25/1

Yet to catch fire for this yard having won a mares' maiden when trained in Ireland. Last two starts (in slightly higher grade) haven't offered much and the hood she's worn for her last three starts is now removed; needs one or two to run below-par.

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7
811-7OR: 115D
9/1

The ground is likely to be a little too lively here given that her last win came on testing ground and she would appreciate a longer trip. Fared better of late last time at Haydock but can be an inept jumper at time; others favoured at this trip.

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8
711-6OR: 114BF
18/1

Go back to last summer and this one was in decent form winning at Bangor off a 9lb lower mark and running a good second under a penalty for that win when last seen. Nothing to stop her going well if ready roll although no great record when fresh.

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10
611-3OR: 111
11/1

Twice successful over hurdles in novice company she's yet to win a handicap although may well have done but for falling at Ludlow in December. Appeared to struggle over 3m at Ayr last time; eased 3lb and back over a trip she stays.

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11
711-3OR: 111WS
25/1

2-5 in bumpers she showed some useful form in that sphere but has yet to match that level over hurdles. Didn't run badly off this mark when last seen (suited by a decent surface); returns from a wind op off the same mark.

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12
711-0OR: 108
25/1

Dual novice hurdles winner last spring who failed to complete in a much better grade than this last time. Generally likes to make the running; form in handicaps has generally been unappealing though and others make more appeal.

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13
810-9OR: 103
28/1

Fell last time (race won by Stop Talking) when looking as though she was going to build on her return to action having been off the course for 12 months. Dual hurdles winner so has shown her ability in this sphere; more needed here though.

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Non-Runners

9
Runasimi River594
611-4OR: 112
T: N P MulhollandJ: Lorcan Williams

Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
Kupatana511-99/2
T: N J HendersonJ: J McGrath

Betting

Forecast

Ratoute Yutty (5/2), Stop Talking (9/2), Peggies Venture (5/1), Silk Run (9/1), Miss Mash (9/1), Floral Bouquet (11/1), Pink Legend (11/1), Runasimi River (12/1), Included (18/1), Bang Bang Rosie (25/1), Birch Vale (25/1), Secret Escape (25/1), Kalaniti (28/1)

Verdict

A competitive affair to start the seven-race card and it could well represent another good chance for STOP TALKING to enhance her winning spree despite a rise in the weights, the suspicion being that she has more to offer. Silk Run appears to be one of the main dangers despite a mark that continues to climb a recent wind op having been successful the addition of first-time blinkers looking to bring about some more progress. Peggies Venture was suited by the race scenario last time and will have to improve on that level to get involved here. Both Pink Legend and Ratoute Yutty step up in trip which may well be a bonus more for the former than the latter.
  1. Stop Talking
  2. Silk Run
  3. Pink Legend

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