• 13:30 Pertemps Network Mersey Novices' Hurdle 2m 4f

  • Winner £42,202 2nd £15,900 3rd £7,958 4th £3,975
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 52.70s
  • Off time: 13:30:13
13:30 Aintree Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Lac Fontana (FR) 9/2
2nd Splash of Ginge 12/1
3rd Dell' Arca (IRE) 13/2


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 121U25 Dark green, red cross belts, dark green and beige striped sleeves, dark green cap, red star Dell' Arca (IRE) 24
Beaten Favourite
5 11-4 D Pipe T Scudamore 143 13/27.50
2 568111 Light Blue, Royal Blue chevrons, hooped sleeves, striped cap Kayf Moss 41
Distance Winner
6 11-4 b J L Flint T J O'Brien 143 16/117.00
3 2-2111 Tangerine, royal blue collar and cuffs, dark blue cap Kilcooley (IRE) 27
5 11-4 C E Longsdon N D Fehily 137 25/126.00
4 38-1411 Red, pink hoop and armlets Lac Fontana (FR) 22
5 11-4 P F Nicholls A P McCoy 148 9/25.50
5 2710-11 Beige, grey epaulets Monkey Kingdom 14
Distance Winner
6 11-4 t Miss R Curtis J E Moore 135 25/126.00
6 212 Purple, light green seams, quartered cap No No Romeo (IRE) 34
5 11-4 C E Longsdon Aidan Coleman 66/167.00
7 131-211 White, emerald green disc, black sleeves, emerald green and white hooped cap Oscar Hoof (IRE) 21
Distance Winner
6 11-4 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 138 11/26.50
8 111112 Black, black and maroon striped cap Sea Lord (IRE) 139
Beaten Favourite
7 11-4 J P Ferguson D F O'Regan 150 8/19.00
9 413310 Royal blue, red star, diabolo on sleeves and star on cap Splash of Ginge 25
Course Winner
6 11-4 N A Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 142 12/113.00
10 130-18 Light blue, maroon stripe, striped sleeves and cap Un Ace (FR) 25
6 11-4 K C Bailey Nick Scholfield 8/19.00
11 411121 Dark blue, emerald green hoop, quartered cap Volnay De Thaix (FR) 15
5 11-4 N J Henderson R Johnson 145 9/110.00
12 0-11FF5 Dark blue, white cross belts, red and white hooped sleeves and cap Wilde Blue Yonder (IRE) 25
5 11-4 A King R Thornton 145 11/26.50


Sea Lord has the highest official rating and his form figures are impressive but he was no match for The Liquidator at Cheltenham when last seen and the winner has done little for the form since. Lac Fontana won the County Hurdle at Cheltenham and stays this longer trip. He must have every chance of following up here but Dell'Arca and Splash Of Ginge are also tough handicappers, though Volnay De Thaix finished ahead of the latter at Ascot in December and re-opposes on better terms. Wilde Blue Yonder tries a new trip but ran very well behind Vautour in the Supreme Novices', though we prefer KAYF MOSS. He is still improving and his defeat of Meister Eckhart in the National Spirit at Fontwell was franked when the runner-up went close under a big weight here on Thursday.