15:25 Aintree

Thursday 8 April 2021

All13:4514:2014:5015:2516:0516:4017:15
  • Betway Aintree Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)
  • Class 1  |   2m 4f  |   Good to Soft  |   11 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 15:25  |   Winning time: 4m 58.15s
1
Abacadabrast23
Age: 7|  Weight: 11-7| J: J W Kennedy| T: Mrs D Foster| OR:  158
5/1
Smart hurdler who was back on song when second to Honeysuckle in Irish Champion in February. Fell at the third in the Champion Hurdle won by that rival at Cheltenham last time. First try beyond 2m.
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2
Ballyandy75
Age: 10|  Weight: 11-7| J: Sam Twiston-Davies| T: N A Twiston-Davies| OR:  154| D
50/1
Smart hurdler who returned at the top of his game in finishing placed in Welsh Champion, Greatwood and International Hurdle. Proved a let-down at Haydock last time, though, and others preferred.
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3
Brewin'upastormt39
Age: 8|  Weight: 11-7| J: Aidan Coleman| T: O Murphy| OR:  158
15/2
Very smart hurdler who has resumed his progress back in this sphere, easily defying top weight in a Taunton handicap and following up in National Spirit at Fontwell. Lots to like and big chance.
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4
Buveur D'Air75
Age: 10|  Weight: 11-7| J: Nico de Boinville| T: N J Henderson| OR:  158| BF| CD
6/1
Fell when bidding for Champion Hurdle hat-trick in 2019. Missed most of last season due to injury and understandably shaped as if needing the run in Champion Hurdle Trial at Haydock last time.
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5
Buzz46
Age: 7|  Weight: 11-7| J: James Bowen| T: N J Henderson| OR:  153
22/1
Useful on the level and even better over hurdles, again shaping well when fifth of 23 in Betfair Hurdle at Newbury (16.3f) last time, left plenty to do after blundering 4 out. Remains with potential.
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6
Jason The Militantt40
Age: 7|  Weight: 11-7| J: Rachael Blackmore| T: H De Bromhead| OR:  158
3/1
Proved better than ever when beating Petit Mouchoir by 7½ lengths to land 2m Fairyhouse Grade 3 40 days ago. Has raced only at 2m but shapes as if he'll stay and shouldn't be underestimated.
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7
Mcfabulous39
Age: 7|  Weight: 11-7| J: H Cobden| T: P F Nicholls| OR:  158| BF| C
9/2
Ran out an authoritative winner of Relkeel Hurdle at Kempton. Lacklustre effort when second to Brewin'upastorm in National Spirit since but very much the type to bounce back.
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8
Millers Bank33
Age: 7|  Weight: 11-7| J: Kielan Woods| T: A M Hales| OR:  147
80/1
Progressive sort who has won 4 of his 7 hurdle starts, producing his best effort yet when storming clear to land Newbury handicap last month. Clearly likeable, but this is his stiffest task to date.
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9
Not So Sleepy23
Age: 9|  Weight: 11-7| J: J J Burke| T: H Morrison| OR:  155
20/1
Front-runner who has won back-to-back renewals of the Betfair Exchange Trophy (Handicap) at Ascot. Far from disgraced in the Champion Hurdle but likely to prove vulnerable for win purposes again.
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10
Silver Streak23
Age: 8|  Weight: 11-7| J: T J O'Brien| T: Evan Williams| OR:  163
14/1
Smart hurdler who proved suited by a change of tactics when making all in Christmas Hurdle at Kempton. Perhaps made his effort earlier than ideal in the Champion Hurdle and should bounce back here.
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11
Song For Someone47
Age: 6|  Weight: 11-7| J: David Bass| T: T Symonds| OR:  158| BF
15/2
Better than ever when landing Grade 2s at Ascot and Cheltenham on first 2 starts this term. Wasn't in the same form when remote second to Goshen in Kingwell but shouldn't be written off.
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Forecasts

Jason The Militant (3/1), Mcfabulous (9/2), Abacadabras (5/1), Buveur D'Air (6/1), Brewin'upastorm (15/2), Song For Someone (15/2), Silver Streak (14/1), Not So Sleepy (20/1), Buzz (22/1), Ballyandy (50/1), Millers Bank (80/1)

Verdict

A fascinating race. Olly Murphy's BREWIN'UPASTORM has looked better than ever since reverting to hurdles and it's not out of the question that there could still be more to come from him, so he receives the vote to make the breakthrough at Grade 1 level. McFabulous meets the selection on more favourable terms this time and is a big threat, along with Jason The Militant.

  1. BREWIN'UPASTORM (IRE)
  2. MCFABULOUS (IRE)
  3. JASON THE MILITANT (IRE)

Prize Money

1st: £104,963.002nd: £39,476.003rd: £19,728.004th: £9,855.005th: £4,956.006th: £2,468.007th: £1,272.008th: £673.009th: £374.0010th: £187.00
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