18:40 Aintree Fri 17 May 2019

  • Follow RacingTV On Twitter Handicap Hurdle (Class 2)
  • 2m 4f, Good
  • 7 Runners
  • Winner£12,512.002nd£3,696.003rd£1,848.004th£924.005th£462.006th£232.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:4m 52.2sOff time:18:40:51
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1
611-12OR: 142
6/1

Dual hurdles winner at Southwell and Ascot last year; showed his best form and the latter track under more patient tactics. Not quite in the same form since although did show a little more up to this trip last time; 7lb above last winning mark.

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2
611-5OR: 135D
10/1

Has on occasions looked a hard ride but that didn't stop him gaining a four-timer over hurdles before his good form was ended with a Kempton defeat off this mark in November. Not seen since the break may well have freshened him up; could bounce back.

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3
811-4OR: 134
6/1

Not scored since her purple patch of four wins in 2017 producing some rather in-and-out form last year. A wind op didn't look to have made much difference first-time although there was some credit in her Ayr fourth last time; mark looks competitive.

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4
611-3OR: 133
10/1

Improved steadily off the back of wind surgery to win two handicaps the second the Lanzarote at Kempton (2m5f) in January. Given a break after that the handicapper has looked in control now off marks in the 130's; more needed.

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6
510-9OR: 125D
5/2

Had been looking to go the wrong way before returning from a freshening break to land a gamble at Wetherby in April (blinkers also appeared to help). Easily landed a follow-up effort at Hexham; up 7lb and still has some notable quirks.

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7
910-6OR: 122D
16/1

Shown most of his best form at Exeter (0-7 left-handed) winning at his favourite track in March off a 3lb lower mark. Had the run of the race when running respectably at Sandown last time; not hard to have reservations away from Exeter.

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8
410-1OR: 115
2/1

Dual Flat winner with Michael Bell who has shown his best form over timber since going handicapping winning at Ludlow and Kempton. Won with a little bit in hand last time and a 7lb penalty shouldn't stop him completing a hat-trick.

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Non-Runners

5
Wicked Willy22
811-2OR: 132
T: N A Twiston-DaviesJ: J Nailor

Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
Cool Sky910-933/1
T: Ian WilliamsJ: Edward Austin

Betting

Forecast

Neverbeen To Paris (2/1), Solo Saxophone (5/2), Irish Roe (6/1), Fidux (6/1), Haul Away (10/1), Big Time Dancer (10/1), Wicked Willy (10/1), Trans Express (16/1)

Verdict

The form of NEVERBEEN TO PARIS has really taken off since he was switched to handicaps and it may well take more than a 7lb penalty to halt his rise up the handicap and stop his hat-trick bid. Solo Saxophone arrives in good form but he’s still one to have reservations about on his past performances and Fidux coming here off a solid third at Cheltenham looks a bigger danger especially as his attitude is far better than the Skelton charge. A break was probably what Haul Away needed and he’s still unexposed in this sphere while Irish Roe will appreciate this grade off a reduced mark having finished a good fourth in the Scottish Champion Hurdle last time.
  1. Neverbeen To Paris
  2. Fidux
  3. Irish Roe

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