14:20 Aintree

Friday 5 April 2019

All13:4514:2014:5015:2516:0516:4017:15

    Betway Top Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1)

  • 4YO plus  |   Class 1  |   2m 103y  |   Soft (Good to Soft in places)  |   7 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 14:20  |   Winning time: 4m 2.2s
1st
Horse silk
2
7/2
T: G ElliottJ: J W Kennedy
Made all, clear after 3rd until came up early and dragged hind legs through 4th, went clear again after next, still 5 lengths up last, edged right before drifting left to rail, reduced lead but never looked liked being caught op 9/2
2nd
Horse silk
1 ½
1
611-4
3/1f
T: W P MullinsJ: Ruby Walsh
Chased clear leading pair, went left 2 out, soon ridden, went 5 lengths 2nd last, stayed on flat, unable to catch winner op 7/2
3rd
Horse silk
7
5
9/1
T: H WhittingtonJ: D A Jacob
Chased winner, mistake 5th, ridden after mistake 3 out, 5 lengths down when mistake and lost 2nd last, one pace flat, just held on to 3rd op 8/1 tchd 7/1
4th
Horse silk
hd
3
7/2
T: O MurphyJ: G Sheehan
Not fluent in rear, niggled along after 4th, ridden after 4 out, mistake 2 out, hanging left and switched right before last, stayed on flat, went 4th towards finish, almost took 3rd close home op 4/1
5th
Horse silk
1
8
12/1
T: H FryJ: S Bowen
Held up in 5th on inside, effort 3 out, not much room and switched right just after 2 out, shaken up and not able to go with leaders, stayed on one pace flat, lost 4th towards finish op 10/1
6th
Horse silk
4 ½
4
4/1
T: N J HendersonJ: N de Boinville
Held up towards rear, took keen hold early stages, effort 3 out, awkward and beaten 2 out, weakened before last tchd 7/2
7th
Horse silk
6
7
9/1
T: P F NichollsJ: H Cobden
Chased clear front pair, ridden and lost place before 3 out, well beaten when mistake 2 out tchd 10/1

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Non-Runners

6
Horse silk
Sofia's Rock15
Weight: 11-4|  Age: 5
T: D Skelton  J: Non Runner
NR

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£4.90Pl:£2.50, £2.20EX:£13.90Trifecta:£90.30Tricast:£87.03SF:£15.38Swingers:£2.40, £5.80, £5.90

Forecasts

Aramon (3/1), Felix Desjy (7/2), Itchy Feet (7/2), Precious Cargo (4/1), Rouge Vif (9/1), Southfield Stone (9/1), Winston C (12/1), Sofia's Rock (12/1)

Verdict

Many in the line-up have the potential to better themselves in future, arguably none more so than the Nicky Henderson-trained Precious Cargo who would be suited by further rainfall. However, the Supreme Novices' at Cheltenham provides rock-solid recent Grade 1 form, and therefore the most relevant clues. Itchy Feet broke blood vessels in finishing a career best third to the likeable winner Klassical Dream, coming out on top of both FELIX DESJY (fifth) and Aramon (sixth). Nevertheless, it's probably worth chancing the Gordon Elliott-trained runner at this much less demanding track in the hope and expectation that he can find a nice early rhythm towards the fore.
  1. Felix Desjy
  2. Southfield Stone
  3. Itchy Feet

Previous Winners

2018
Lalor
Weight: 11-4  |Age: 6
14/1

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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