• 14:50 Silver Cross Stayers' Hurdle 3m 110y

  • Winner £67,524 2nd £25,440 3rd £12,732 4th £6,360
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 6.40s
  • Off time: 14:50:36
14:50 Aintree Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Whisper (FR) 4/1
2nd At Fishers Cross (IRE) 11/8


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 11-4U23 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap At Fishers Cross (IRE) 23
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-7 p Miss R Curtis A P McCoy 162 11/82.38
2 1-15117 Dark Blue, Light Blue inverted triangle and armlets, check cap Melodic Rendezvous 25
8 11-7 J Scott Nick Scholfield 163 8/19.00
3 15-2229 Royal blue, red sleeves, white spots, red cap, white spots Salubrious (IRE) 23
7 11-7 h P F Nicholls Mr H Derham 153 16/117.00
4 P4P4P3 Red, Emerald Green spots, Red sleeves, White cap, Emerald Green spots The Knoxs (IRE) 17
Distance Winner
11 11-7 A M Thomson Ryan Mania 123 66/167.00
5 32-4952 RED, royal blue sleeves, red cap, royal blue star Thousand Stars (FR) 34
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
10 11-7 W P Mullins P Townend 158 11/112.00
6 1-33121 Dark Blue and White diabolo, hooped sleeves and cap Whisper (FR) 24
6 11-7 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 159 4/15.00
7 1-22224 Red, pink hoop and armlets Zarkandar (IRE) 23
Course Winner
7 11-7 b P F Nicholls N D Fehily 162 10/34.33


Melodic Rendezvous was out of his depth last time in the Champion Hurdle and tries a new trip here. But he did beat last year's Aintree Hurdle winner Zarkandar in the Kingwell Hurdle earlier and that one was only a couple of lengths behind AT FISHERS CROSS when fourth in the World Hurdle. Rebecca Curtis' charge has the best form on offer and can gain a deserved first victory of the season if his jumping holds up - he won a Grade 1 novice event over this course and distance at last year's meeting. Zarkandar's stablemate Salubrious is likely to come up short again while Thousand Stars looks held on the form book. Whisper defied a big weight to win the Coral Cup but may find this step up in class beyond him over 3m.