14:25 Aintree

Saturday 8 April 2017

All13:4514:2515:0015:4016:2017:1518:15

    Betway Mersey Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1)

  • 4YO plus  |   Class 1  |   2m 4f  |   Good  |   13 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 14:25  |   Winning time: 4m 51.3s
1st
Horse silk
8
3/1f
T: C L TizzardJ: R M Power
Chased leaders, settled into mid-division before 2nd, closed from 7th, pushed along briefly after 4 out, 2nd 2 out, led before last, ridden clear inside final 200 yards, in no danger after, stayed on well
2nd
Horse silk
3
5
14/1
T: D SkeltonJ: Harry Skelton
Held up in rear, blundered 6th, headway travelling well before 3 out, switched right before next, 3rd last, stayed on, went 2nd inside final 150 yards, unable to trouble winner op 12/1
3rd
Horse silk
3 ¼
11
7/2
T: A KingJ: D A Jacob
Tracked leaders on inside, led after 4 out, headed before last, no impression on winner and stayed on same pace flat, lost 2nd inside final 150 yards op 11/2
4th
Horse silk
2
2
511-4
33/1
T: G L MooreJ: J E Moore
Held up towards rear, not always fluent, not much room on inside bend after 5th, closed before 3 out, soon outpaced, 7th last, stayed on flat, went 4th close home
5th
Horse silk
½
4
5/1
T: P F NichollsJ: S Bowen
Chased leaders, ridden after 2 out, 4th and beaten when reached at last, one pace flat op 9/2
6th
Horse silk
1 ¾
13
14/1
T: W GreatrexJ: G Sheehan
Held up in rear, blundered 7th and 4 out, ridden approaching 3 out, 8th last, switched right flat, stayed on, never threatened op 16/1
7th
Horse silk
2 ½
6
33/1
T: Miss E C LavelleJ: Aidan Coleman
Mid-division on inside, headway before 3 out, soon chasing leaders, one pace and beaten before last, weakened flat
8th
Horse silk
1 ½
7
14/1
T: N J HendersonJ: B J Geraghty
Mid-division, headway 5th, chasing leaders 3 out, one pace and beaten before last, weakened flat op 16/1

Also Ran

PU
Horse silk
1
25/1
T: N MeadeJ: B J Cooper
Led until 2nd, stayed prominent, led again before 7th, headed after 4 out, weakened before next, pulled up before last op 33/1
PU
Horse silk
3
20/1
T: B EllisonJ: Henry Brooke
Held up towards rear on outside, ridden and struggling after 4 out, behind when pulled up before 3 out
PU
Horse silk
9
11/1
T: B PaulingJ: David Bass
Prominent, weakened quickly after 4 out, pulled up before next op 9/1
PU
Horse silk
10
8/1
T: N J HendersonJ: Nico de Boinville
Prominent, led 2nd, not fluent 6th, headed before 7th, lost 2nd from 3 out, 9th and weakening when mistake 2 out, pulled up before last tchd 7/1
PU
Horse silk
12
40/1
T: N G RichardsJ: B P Harding
Chased leaders, lost place 5th, ridden and struggling after 4 out, well beaten 3 out, pulled up before last tchd 33/1

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Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£3.30Pl:£1.70, £4.10, £1.70EX:£48.90Trifecta:£135.90Tricast:£157.48SF:£42.94Swingers:£10.10, £3.60, £11.30

Forecasts

Finian's Oscar (3/1), Messire Des Obeaux (7/2), Brio Conti (5/1), Lough Derg Spirit (8/1), Le Breuil (11/1), Captain Forez (14/1), La Bague Au Roi (14/1), Cultivator (14/1), Bordeaux Bill (20/1), Bel Ami De Sivola (25/1), Benatar (33/1), Chelsea Flyer (33/1), Reivers Lad (40/1)

Verdict

Finian’s Oscar comes here after missing Cheltenham and the fact he's fresh could count for plenty. Messire Des Obeaux ran a terrific race at Cheltenham but he may have had a hard race there. Lough Derg Spirit and Le Breuil both need to improve on what they have shown so far but are likely to do so but the vote goes to BRIO CONTI stepping up out of handicap company but full of potential.
  1. Brio Conti
  2. Finian's Oscar
  3. Messire Des Obeaux

Prize Money

1st: £56,130.002nd: £21,110.003rd: £10,550.004th: £5,270.005th: £2,650.006th: £1,320.007th: £680.008th: £360.009th: £200.0010th: £100.00

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