14:25 Aintree

Saturday 14 April 2018

All13:4514:2515:0015:4016:2017:1518:20

    Betway Mersey Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1)

  • 4YO plus  |   Class 1  |   2m 4f  |   Soft  |   12 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 14:25  |   Winning time: 5m 3.7s
1st
Horse silk
4
3/1
T: T R GeorgeJ: N D Fehily
Tracked leaders, went 2nd 6th, led before not fluent 3 out, hard pressed 2 out, hit last and headed, soon led again, headed 120 yards out, stayed on well to regain lead towards finish op 11/4
2nd
Horse silk
½
10
12/1
T: C L TizzardJ: R M Power
Held up towards rear, steady headway from 7th, ridden after 3 out, hit last and led, soon headed, edged right and led again 120 yards out, stayed on, headed towards finish
3rd
Horse silk
3
14
610-11
10/1
T: D SkeltonJ: Harry Skelton
Held up in touch on outside, closed before 6th, edged left after 3 out, strong challenged 2 out until last, edged left and stayed on same pace flat op 11/1 tchd 12/1
4th
Horse silk
1
1
25/1
T: F O'BrienJ: P J Brennan
Held up in rear, headway on outside after 4 out, edged left after 2 out, still 7th last, went 4th and stayed on flat, unable to challenge op 28/1 tchd 20/1
5th
Horse silk
1 ¾
13
13/2
T: W GreatrexJ: R Johnson
Held up in touch, travelling strongly when blundered and lost momentum briefly 4 out, every chance 3 out, hung left and beaten going to last, stayed on same pace flat
6th
Horse silk
2 ¾
11
11/8f
T: N J HendersonJ: Nico de Boinville
Tracked leader until 6th, pushed along before 3 out, one pace in 4th when not much room and switched right before mistake 2 out, weakened flat op 7/4
7th
Horse silk
2 ½
8
28/1
T: O SherwoodJ: Aidan Coleman
Held up in rear, steady headway before 3 out, ridden before next, one pace and beaten when mistake last, weakened flat op 25/1
8th
Horse silk
22
6
20/1
T: A KingJ: Wayne Hutchinson
Held up towards rear, not fluent 1st, mistake 3rd, modest 9th and ridden before 3 out, soon left well behind op 25/1
9th
Horse silk
22
9
25/1
T: B PaulingJ: D A Jacob
Mid-division, hit 4th, ridden and struggling after 4 out, remote 10th before 3 out, soon well behind op 16/1

Also Ran

PU
Horse silk
3
40/1
T: N G RichardsJ: D N Russell
Held up towards rear, mistake 2nd, not fluent 6th, well beaten after 4 out, pulled up before 3 out op 33/1
PU
Horse silk
5
33/1
T: W GreatrexJ: G Sheehan
Led, headed before mistake 3 out, soon weakened, pulled up before last
PU
Horse silk
12
50/1
T: K DalgleishJ: B S Hughes
Tracked leaders on inside, ridden after 4 out, soon weakened, pulled up before 2 out op 33/1

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Non-Runners

2
Horse silk
Bedrock1
Weight: 11-4|  Age: 5
T: I Jardine  J: Henry Brooke
NR
7
Horse silk
Count Meribel1
Weight: 11-4|  Age: 6
T: N A Twiston-Davies  J: M D Grant
NR

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£3.60Pl:£1.40, £3.30, £2.40EX:£34.60Trifecta:£251.20Tricast:£329.85SF:£34.62Swingers:£6.40, £4.40, £19.40

Forecasts

On The Blind Side (11/8), Black Op (3/1), Western Ryder (13/2), Momella (10/1), Lostintranslation (12/1), Chosen Path (20/1), Aye Aye Charlie (25/1), Kildisart (25/1), Euxton Lane (28/1), Brianstorm (33/1), Better Getalong (40/1), Silver Concorde (50/1), Bedrock (50/1), Count Meribel (66/1)

Verdict

Something of a duel on the betting and BLACK OP is fancied to come out on top. He got closest to the mighty Samcro at Cheltenham and had plenty daylight to the remainder. Tom George thinks a lot of him and tends to do well at this meeting, ensuring he earns the call. On The Blind Side is respected, being unbeaten for Seven Barrows and was impressive when last spotted in December. The mare Momella could have place claims while Chosen Path is a potential improver lurking in the pack for each-way players.
  1. Black Op
  2. On The Blind Side
  3. Chosen Path

Previous Winners

2017
Finian's Oscar
Weight: 11-4  |Age: 5
3/1

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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