• 15:05 John Smith's Aintree Hurdle 2m 4f

  • Winner £112,540 2nd £42,400 3rd £21,220 4th £10,600
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 3.70s
  • Off time: 15:05:31
15:05 Aintree Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Zarkandar (IRE) 11/2
2nd The New One (IRE) 11/4
3rd Thousand Stars (FR) 10/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 12-1423 Dark blue, white chevron, white and dark blue striped sleeves Countrywide Flame 23
Nag me
5 11-7 J J Quinn D F O'Regan 168 11/26.50
2 1F11-2F Emerald Green, Dark Green sleeves, Dark Green and Emerald Green quartered cap Grandouet (FR) 23
Nag me
6 11-7 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 166 4/15.00
3 51-112P Dark Blue and White diabolo, hooped sleeves and cap Oscar Whisky (IRE) 21
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-7 N J Henderson A P McCoy 167 5/16.00
4 53-2041 Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap Prospect Wells (FR) 39
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-7 t P F Nicholls D A Jacob 150 22/123.00
5 01-1225 Emerald Green, Dark Green Sleeves, Red Cap Raya Star (IRE) 47
Nag me
7 11-7 A King Wayne Hutchinson 159 25/126.00
6 P10330 Black, purple sleeves, white armlets, white cap Saphir River (FR) 22
Nag me
7 11-7 Miss Lucinda V Russell P Buchanan 129 150/1151.00
7 1-11121 Red, white star, red sleeves, black stars, white cap, red star The New One (IRE) 22
Nag meCourse Winner
5 11-7 N A Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 155 11/43.75
8 114326 RED, royal blue sleeves, red cap, royal blue star Thousand Stars (FR) 44
Nag meBeaten Favourite
9 11-7 W P Mullins P Townend 164 10/111.00
9 5F-1114 Pink, large Purple spots, hooped sleeves Zarkandar (IRE) 23
Nag meCourse Winner
6 11-7 b1 P F Nicholls R Walsh 167 11/26.50


Oscar Whisky is bidding for a hat-trick in this Grade 1 and connections have hopefully abandoned any further thoughts of running him over 3m after he was pulled up in the World Hurdle at Cheltenham. The eight-year-old shouldn't be far away while Countrywide Flame and Zarkandar, third and fourth in the Champion Hurdle, will have their supporters trying an extra half-mile. Grandouet still appeared to be travelling well when falling in the Champion Hurdle and could also play a part but Willie Mullins' Thousand Stars has been found wanting at this level this term and neither Fontwell winner Prospect Wells nor Saphir River appear to have the class to win a race like this. Nigel Twiston-Davies has never disguised the regard in which he holds THE NEW ONE and this race will indicate whether he not he is ready to take on the big names in the Champion Hurdle next year. The five-year-old won the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at The Festival last month without breaking sweat and his only defeat so far over hurdles came at the hands of another impressive Cheltenham winner. He can pass his biggest test so far with flying colours as the quicker ground will suit.