Aintree

  • 17:25 Silver Cross Handicap Hurdle 3m 110y

  • Winner £28,475 2nd £10,685 3rd £5,350 4th £2,665
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 18.70s
  • Off time: 17:25:15
17:25 Aintree Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Battle Group 8/1
2nd Jetson (IRE) 8/1
3rd First Fandango 33/1
4th Connectivity (IRE) 14/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1110-31 Purple, Gold braid, Scarlet sleeves, Black velvet cap, Gold fringe Open Hearted 19
6 11-12 N J Henderson Nico de Boinville (7) 145 16/117.00
3 322139 ROYAL BLUE and WHITE (quartered), RED sleeves and cap First Fandango 21
Distance Winner
6 11-9 t Tim Vaughan Mr B Gibbs (7) 142 33/134.00
4 210/423 Pink, Dark Blue stars and armlets Barafundle (IRE) 54
Distance Winner
9 11-7 p1 Jennie Candlish Sean Quinlan 140 11/112.00
5 321463 Orange, Black star, Black and Orange hooped sleeves, Orange cap, Black star Jetson (IRE) 21
Distance Winner
8 11-7 Mrs J Harrington A P McCoy 140 8/19.00
6 1P89/U-P Yellow and black (quartered), white sleeves, black armlets, white cap Sentry Duty (FR) 173
11 11-7 N J Henderson J McGrath (3) 140 66/167.00
7 3-21121 ROYAL BLUE and ORANGE check, ROYAL BLUE sleeves, ROYAL BLUE cap, ORANGE star Easter Day (FR) 42
5 11-7 P F Nicholls R Walsh 140 9/110.00
8 F14453 Red, White disc, diabolo on sleeves Double Ross (IRE) 20
7 11-6 N A Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 139 16/117.00
9 0-21212 EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap Many Clouds (IRE) 26
6 11-5 O Sherwood L P Aspell 138 10/111.00
10 1-131 YELLOW, BLACK chevron, check cap Wilton Milan (IRE) 31
Distance Winner
5 11-5 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 138 25/126.00
11 1-12230 Dark Blue, White star, Red sleeves, White stars, Red cap, White star Ballybough Pat (IRE) 21
Distance Winner
6 11-4 A J Honeyball Timmy Murphy 137 33/134.00
12 3P-1316 Orange, beige spots and sleeves, orange cap Ely Brown (IRE) 21
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-4 p C E Longsdon Kielan Woods (3) 137 25/126.00
13 7-24700 Black, grey disc, armlets and cap Hollow Tree 22
5 11-2 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 135 33/134.00
14 151541 Light Blue and White diabolo, White sleeves, Light Blue cap, White diamonds Sixty Something (FR) 25
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-2 h P R Webber D F O'Regan 135 12/113.00
15 0-17115 Maroon, Yellow cap, Maroon spots Ericht (IRE) 22
7 11-2 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 135 14/115.00
16 3-30327 White and Orange (quartered), White sleeves, Orange stars, Orange cap Silver Gypsy (IRE) 54
8 11-1 pt D McCain Jnr Henry Brooke 134 66/167.00
17 9-45712 Black, white sash and sleeves, gold cap Baby Shine (IRE) 19
Distance Winner
7 11-1 Mrs L Wadham R Johnson 134 16/117.00
18 151 Black, black and maroon striped cap Buthelezi (USA) 37
Course Winner
5 11-0 J P Ferguson Jack Quinlan (3) 133 16/117.00
19 703160 DARK GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), striped sleeves Hada Men (USA) 21
Distance Winner
8 10-13 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 132 28/129.00
20 60211/3 Royal blue, light green star, light green sleeves, royal blue stars and cap Connectivity (IRE) 19
Distance Winner
9 10-13 Dr R D P Newland T J O'Brien 132 14/115.00
21 U1-1321 Royal Blue, Pink hoop Lienosus (IRE) 29
Distance Winner
7 10-12 Evan Williams Paul Moloney 131 8/19.00
22 265F03 Yellow, dark green and royal blue halved sleeves, pink cap Battle Group 68
Course and Distance Winner
8 10-12 p1 K Bishop Brendan Powell (3) 131 8/19.00
Non runners
2314-210Close House611-10D PipeT Scudamore143

Verdict

An impossible-looking staying handicap rounds off proceedings and features several unexposed types. Wilton Milan certainly falls into that category but the stable selection looks to be Easter Day, whose only defeat over hurdles so far came in a Grade 1 at Newbury in December. Useful Flat performer Buthelezi won here on his hurdling debut and was successful over 2m3f at Catterick in February. He is potentially well treated if last home while Nico De Boinville takes 7lb off Open Hearted, though he's closely matched with Baby Shine on Kempton running. Considering it was heavy ground, MANY CLOUDS ran a cracker under a welter burden in a Grade 3 at Sandown last month. Oliver Sherwood's novice will almost certainly be suited by the step up to 3m and could be the one in this though Barafundle is rarely far away and Sixty Something returned to winning ways at Market Rasen last time. Lienosus could also be worth a second look off a low weight while Jetson finished ahead of a number of these in the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham, though is high enough in the weights now.