• 14:50 John Smith's Liverpool 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 19.40s
  • Off time: 14:50:20
14:50 Aintree Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Solwhit (FR) 9/4
2nd Holywell (IRE) 9/1
3rd Smad Place (FR) 5/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 211112 Royal blue and grey diamonds, quartered cap African Gold (IRE) 22
5 11-7 t N A Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 145 15/28.50
2 2-17890 White, dark blue hoops and armlets, dark blue and white hooped cap American Spin 23
Distance Winner
9 11-7 t1 L A Dace J E Moore 137 66/167.00
3 7/14-720 Yellow, Royal Blue seams, Grey sleeves, Royal Blue seams, Royal Blue cap Any Given Day (IRE) 24
8 11-7 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 148 40/141.00
4 11-P333 Beige and Brown (quartered), Brown sleeves Attaglance 62
Course Winner
7 11-7 t J M Jefferson B Hughes 155 28/129.00
5 4U21-16 Royal blue, red and royal blue striped sleeves, black and red hooped cap Bear's Affair (IRE) 84
Course Winner
7 11-7 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 152 12/113.00
6 1129-42 BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Celestial Halo (IRE) 23
9 11-7 bt P F Nicholls R Walsh 161 9/110.00
7 114-P3P Purple, Yellow triple diamond, Yellow sleeves, Red armlets, Red cap Grands Crus (FR) 70
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
8 11-7 t D Pipe T Scudamore 161 8/19.00
8 1-22221 White, Mauve stars Holywell (IRE) 23
Distance Winner
6 11-7 b Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 152 9/110.00
9 6-22411 Emerald Green and White check, halved sleeves, Emerald Green cap Medinas (FR) 24
6 11-7 A King R Johnson 154 9/110.00
10 41-2106 White, dark blue seams, dark blue sleeves, grey seams, dark blue cap, orange diamond Oscara Dara (IRE) 23
8 11-7 N J Henderson D Bass 151 22/123.00
11 23F-323 GREY and MAROON diamonds, GREY sleeves Smad Place (FR) 23
6 11-7 A King Wayne Hutchinson 158 5/16.00
12 222/211 MAUVE, white disc, white cap, mauve spots Solwhit (FR) 23
Course WinnerDistance Winner
9 11-7 C Byrnes Paul Carberry 164 9/43.25
13 82705P RED, dark blue chevron, halved sleeves, quartered cap Won In The Dark (IRE) 16
9 11-7 Miss S J Harty B J Cooper 138 66/167.00


Celestial Halo made Solwhit fight all the way to the line when trying 3m for the first time in the World Hurdle at Cheltenham. He may last longer out in front on this easier track and should confirm that running with third Smad Place and sixth Oscara Dara, though whether he'll be good enough to reverse running with the winner is another matter. That may not have been the greatest renewal of the Grade 1, however, and it would be no surprise if something popped up to upset the apple cart here. There must be a reason why Barry Geraghty prefers the lightly-raced Bear's Affair to Oscara Dara while Grands Crus reverts to hurdles after an unhappy season over fences and could figure. Holywell and Medinas both won valuable handicaps at The Festival but we'll take a chance on the tough novice AFRICAN GOLD. He found At Fishers Cross too strong in his race at Cheltenham but that was no disgrace as the heavy going would not have been ideal. He'll appreciate the better ground today and could represent a bit of value with the novice hurdle form at The Festival looking very strong.