14:20 Aintree

Friday 8 April 2022

All13:4514:2014:5515:3016:0516:4017:15

    Betway Top Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

  • 4YO plus  |   Class 1  |   2m 103y  |   Good to Soft  |   9 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 14:21  |   Winning time: 3m 58.39s
1st
Horse silk
6
611-4
1/1f
T: N J HendersonJ: Aidan Coleman
Sweating, tracked leader until 1st, stayed in close 3rd after, left 2nd 3 out, led going well 2 out, joined last, driven flat, stayed on well, just holding 2nd close home op 10/11
2nd
Horse silk
nk
3
4/1
T: W P MullinsJ: P Townend
Soon held up in touch in mid-division, not fluent 5th, headway when hampered 3 out, went 2nd after 2 out, disputing lead when mistake last, strong challenge flat, held close home tchd 9/2
3rd
Horse silk
19
9
14/1
T: G ElliottJ: D N Russell
Held up towards rear, headway when hampered 3 out, went 3rd before last where mistake, no impression on front pair, weakened flat op 16/1
4th
Horse silk
3 ¼
2
14/1
T: C GordonJ: Tom Cannon
Chased leader, challenging when left in lead 3 out, headed 2 out, soon lost 2nd, weakened last
5th
Horse silk
nk
5
9/2
T: N J HendersonJ: N de Boinville
Mid-division, not fluent 5th or 6th, soon pushed along, slightly hampered 3 out, hanging left from next, pressing for modest 4th last, no impression op 5/1
6th
Horse silk
9 ½
8
12/1
T: Peter FaheyJ: K C Sexton
Never jumped with fluency, towards rear, mistake 4th, tried to close before 3 out, no impression, well beaten 2 out op 14/1
7th
Horse silk
2 ¾
1
33/1
T: D McCain JnrJ: B S Hughes
Mid-division on inside, not fluent 1st, pushed left 3 out, not fluent 2 out, soon weakened op 40/1

Also Ran

PU
Horse silk
4
511-4
250/1
T: P R WebberJ: T Scudamore
Always in rear, well behind from 4th, pulled up before 3 out op 200/1
UR
Horse silk
7
80/1
T: J FogartyJ: M P Fogarty
Led, joined when mistake and unseated rider 3 out tchd 66/1

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Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£2.00Pl:£1.10, £1.60, £3.10EX:£5.70Trifecta:£39.50Tricast:£32.35SF:£5.19Swingers:£1.80, £3.70, £6.60

Forecasts

Jonbon (1/1), El Fabiolo (4/1), First Street (9/2), Suprise Package (12/1), Vina Ardanza (14/1), Aucunrisque (14/1), A Different Kind (33/1), Salamanca Bay (80/1), Eyed (250/1)

Verdict

Despite losing his unbeaten record last time, JONBON lost little caste in defeat when playing second fiddle to his outstanding stablemate Constitution Hill in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle last month. Facing nothing of that calibre here, he gets the verdict to register a first success at the highest level. El Fabiolo falls into the 'could be anything' category after his demolition job at Tramore on New Year's Day so he's put forward as the main danger, with First Street next on the list.

  1. JONBON (FR)
  2. EL FABIOLO (FR)
  3. FIRST STREET

Previous Winners

2021
Belfast Banter
Weight: 11-4  |Age: 6
9/1

Prize Money

1st: £56,270.002nd: £21,200.003rd: £10,610.004th: £5,300.005th: £2,660.006th: £1,330.007th: £660.008th: £340.00

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