• 14:50 John Smith's Aintree Hurdle 2m 4f

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 0.30s
  • Off time: 14:53:22
14:50 Aintree Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Solwhit (FR) 6/1
2nd Fiveforthree (IRE) 7/1
3rd United (GER) 28/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1/32131- Dark Blue, Emerald Green hoops, quartered cap Al Eile (IRE) 36
Course WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-7 J Queally Timmy Murphy 4/15.00
2 2-13330 LIGHT BLUE and GREY stripes, LIGHT BLUE sleeves, hooped cap Blue Bajan (IRE) 25
7 11-7 Andrew Turnell G Lee 158 40/141.00
3 65-1111 EMERALD GREEN, orange hoop, hooped sleeves, orange cap Catch Me (GER) 47
Distance Winner
7 11-7 E J O'Grady A J Mcnamara 162 13/27.50
4 212-212 BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Celestial Halo (IRE) 25
5 11-7 t P F Nicholls R Walsh 168 9/25.50
5 5/511-P3 Emerald Green, White star, Emerald Green and Black striped sleeves, White cap, Black star Cybergenic (FR) 14
Distance Winner
11 11-7 Paul Murphy K Mercer 133 200/1201.00
6 3/1132-1 Red and White hoops, Red sleeves, Black cap Fiveforthree (IRE) 18
Distance Winner
7 11-7 W P Mullins P Townend 147 7/18.00
7 34-5330 EMERALD GREEN, ORANGE HOOPS, Emerald Green cap, white star Franchoek (IRE) 24
5 11-7 A King B J Geraghty 155 40/141.00
8 0-13859 Light Blue, Yellow hoop, White sleeves, Light Blue and White striped cap Hardy Eustace (IRE) 25
Distance Winner
12 11-7 vt D T Hughes P W Flood 159 40/141.00
9 623216 Yellow, large Dark Green spots, Dark Green cap Hills Of Aran 2
Distance Winner
7 11-7 W K Goldsworthy J E Moore 155 66/167.00
10 111-138 Emerald green, orange hoops, white cap Jered (IRE) 25
7 11-7 N Meade A P McCoy 158 8/19.00
11 11-2346 Pink, Emerald Green cross belts, Pink and Emerald Green striped sleeves, Pink cap, Emerald Green star Katchit (IRE) 25
Course Winner
6 11-7 A King R Thornton 163 10/111.00
12 424-15F Red and Grey (quartered), hooped sleeves Othermix (FR) 25
5 11-7 T R George P J Brennan 151 100/1101.00
14 151-121 MAUVE, white disc, white cap, mauve spots Solwhit (FR) 49
5 11-7 C Byrnes D N Russell 140 6/17.00
15 63P319 Royal Blue, Dark Green sleeves and cap Songe (FR) 49
5 11-7 C E Longsdon T Siddall 153 150/1151.00
16 143/112 Pink, light blue epaulets and sleeves United (GER) 25
Distance Winner
8 11-0 Mrs L Wadham D Elsworth 150 28/129.00
17 2112-20 Black and White stripes, Yellow sleeves, Black and Yellow striped cap Whiteoak (IRE) 25
Distance Winner
6 11-0 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 150 16/117.00
Non runners
1323-1237Snap Tie (IRE)711-7P J HobbsR Johnson158


A tremendous race in prospect here and AL EILE can take this for the fourth time in five seasons, while Celestial Halo is likely to be his strongest challenger. John Queally has done a tremendous job with Al Eile, who was off the track from winning last year's renewal until scoring over 1m 4f at Dundalk in February. Preparations have been exactly the same as last year, he is a top class horse and he seems to be at least half a stone better around here, so we will not oppose. Ruby Walsh was self critical after Celestial Halo was run out of it by Punjabi in the Champion Hurdle, saying that he should have backed the gelding's stamina and kicked on at the top of the hill. He is another genuine top class runner here and there is every chance he will stay on this flat track, so he has to be very much respected. Edward O'Grady has placed the talented Catch Me to win four off the reel on soft and heavy ground this season. He has a stone or so to find on the book, but he will appreciate the strong pace here and if he acts on the ground then we will truly find out how good he is. Last year's Ballymore Properties Hurdle winner Fiveforthree is another who would prefer cut, but he acts on good and he has been trained with this in mind since making the frame in two tough races at Punchestown last year. A facile Wexford success should have him spot on and he is not ruled out. Last year's champion Katchit ran with plenty of credit despite not being able to successfully defend his crown. He has course form to his name but does have stamina to prove. Hills Of Aran would be respected if taking his chance after a run here on Thursday, and Snap Tie cannot be ruled out of the money with his yard flying. Al Eile can win it again.