14:20 Aintree

Friday 13 April 2018

All13:4514:2014:5015:2516:0516:4017:15
  • Betway Top Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1)
  • Class 1  |   2m 103y  |   Soft  |   13 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 14:21  |   Winning time: 4m 15.5s
1st
6
611-4
14/1
T: K WoollacottJ: R Johnson
Held up in touch in mid-division, closed from 5th, challenged 3 out, soon led, pressed between last 2, found more and starting to pull away last, edged left and driven flat, stayed on well op 16/1
2nd
2 ½
13
11/4
T: C L TizzardJ: R M Power
Mid-division, pushed along and closed when unsighted and jumped right 3 out, stayed on flat, went 2nd towards finish, no impression on winner op 10/3 tchd 7/2
3rd
¾
1
511-4
33/1
T: I JardineJ: Ross Chapman
Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out where untidy, challenged 2 out, upsides winner between last 2, no impression flat but kept on, lost 2nd towards finish
4th
9
8
16/1
T: H De BromheadJ: D N Russell
Held up in touch in mid-division, headway to track leaders 3 out, not fluent 2 out, soon one pace and inclined to edge left, took modest 4th from last
5th
nk
2
40/1
T: F O'BrienJ: P J Brennan
In rear, pushed along in last after 4th, modest 10th 2 out, stayed on from between last 2, closing on 4th towards finish but well held by front trio op 50/1 tchd 66/1
6th
nk
4
5/2f
T: B PaulingJ: D A Jacob
Tracked leaders, not fluent 3rd, challenged 3 out, soon ridden, unable to go with front pair from 2 out, lost 4th when weakening last op 9/4 tchd 11/4
7th
hd
7
25/1
T: Mrs S J SmithJ: Danny Cook
Mid-division, shuffled back through field when not much room on bend before 3 out, plugged on from 2 out, no impression
8th
14
12
10/1
T: C L TizzardJ: H Cobden
Held up towards rear on outside, took keen hold, ridden and beaten before 3 out op 9/1 tchd 8/1
9th
6
10
11/1
T: A KingJ: Wayne Hutchinson
Took keen hold, held up in rear, shaken up before 3 out, soon beaten op 10/1 tchd 12/1
10th
9
9
711-4
33/1
T: H De BromheadJ: N D Fehily
Led after 1st, mistake 4th, headed narrowly after 4 out, still every chance 3 out, weakened next
11th
11
5
8/1
T: Mrs J HarringtonJ: M P Walsh
Led until after 1st, tracked leader, led narrowly after 4 out, headed after 3 out, soon weakened op 11/1 tchd 12/1

Also Ran

PU
3
40/1
T: G L MooreJ: Joshua Moore
Held up in mid-division, closed 4 out, ridden approaching 3 out, soon beaten, well behind when pulled up before last op 33/1 tchd 50/1 early in a place
PU
14
8/1
T: N J HendersonJ: Nico de Boinville
Tracked leaders, hit 5th, not fluent next, ridden and weakening when hampered on bend before 3 out, pulled up before 3 out op 9/1 tchd 10/1

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Non-Runners

11
Simply The Betts31
Weight: 11-4|  Age: 5
T: H Whittington  J: S Bowen
NR
15
Irish Roe62
Weight: 10-11|  Age: 7
T: P Atkinson  J: Henry Brooke
NR

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£16.70Pl:£4.20, £1.50, £6.10EX:£62.00Trifecta:£2,373.50Tricast:£1,295.55SF:£52.71Swingers:£6.10, £198.00, £23.90

Forecasts

Global Citizen (5/2), Vision Des Flos (11/4), Impact Factor (8/1), Style De Garde (8/1), Slate House (10/1), Scarlet Dragon (11/1), Irish Roe (12/1), Lalor (14/1), Mind's Eye (16/1), Midnight Shadow (25/1), Simply The Betts (25/1), Bedrock (33/1), Ornua (33/1), Coolanly (40/1), Distingo (40/1)

Verdict

In theory, a competitive Grade 1 contest for the novices, but fairly obvious as to why the thriving Global Citizen is clear at the top end of the market. He’s unbeaten in two starts for Ben Pauling and even allowing for debut progression, it’s impossible to see how Scarlet Dragon can reverse Kempton placings. It’s notable that Nicky Henderson relies solely upon the youngster Style De Garde from a strong hand at the entries stage, but despite some obvious concerns about this trip, it may be worth chancing VISION DES FLOS at a likely bigger price; he is rapidly on the upgrade since undergoing wind surgery early in 2018.
  1. Vision Des Flos
  2. Global Citizen
  3. Style De Garde

Previous Winners

2017
Pingshou
Weight: 11-4  |Age: 7
16/1

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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