• 13:45 John Smith's Mersey Novices' Hurdle 2m 4f

  • Winner £34,170 2nd £12,822 3rd £6,420 4th £3,198
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 2.10s
  • Off time: 13:45:33
13:45 Aintree Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Ubak (FR) 22/1
2nd Utopie Des Bordes (FR) 9/2
3rd Seefood (IRE) 7/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 46-1139 Red, emerald green Cross Of Lorraine and sleeves Dodging Bullets 25
5 11-4 P F Nicholls R Walsh 156 4/15.00
2 1-21312 Red, Yellow stars, Yellow sleeves, Red armlets, Red cap Eduard (IRE) 35
Beaten Favourite
5 11-4 N G Richards B P Harding 141 4/15.00
3 2-41133 Royal Blue, Emerald Green and Royal Blue hooped sleeves, Emerald Green cap Morning Royalty (IRE) 51
6 11-4 James Moffatt B Hughes 126 40/141.00
4 112U6P EMERALD GREEN, red sleeves, check cap Seefood (IRE) 37
Distance Winner
6 11-4 D T Hughes B J Cooper 136 7/18.00
5 P4-2347 Yellow and dark green diabolo, dark green and yellow striped sleeves, quartered cap Ubak (FR) 24
5 11-4 G L Moore J E Moore 130 22/123.00
6 F1-1F11 Yellow, Royal Blue seams, Grey sleeves, Royal Blue seams, Royal Blue cap Up And Go (FR) 49
Distance Winner
5 11-4 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 142 15/82.88
7 141115 Emerald Green, Dark Green sleeves, Dark Green and Emerald Green quartered cap Utopie Des Bordes (FR) 22
Distance Winner
5 10-11 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 140 9/25.50
8 421216 Orange, Dark Blue armlets Vasco D'ycy (FR) 91
4 10-11 Mrs S J Humphrey Aidan Coleman 133 66/167.00


Utopie Des Bordes may have found 3m just too far at Cheltenham but had won a Listed race over this trip at Sandown earlier and handled good ground well enough when successful at Doncaster. The mare should be thereabouts in this but Dodging Bullets has questions to answer over the trip and after a modest effort over 2m at The Festival. We're going to concentrate on a couple that by-passed Cheltenham with Eduard likely to be suited by a step up in distance. His third to Melodic Rendezvous at Cheltenham in December has worked out well, though he was a little disappointing when beaten at Kelso last time. UP AND GO fell in a Grade 2 at Sandown in December but is otherwise unbeaten under Rules and his latest victories at Wetherby and Ascot have been franked - he can make all in this.