Aintree

  • 17:10 John Smith's Handicap Hurdle 2m 110y

  • Winner £25,024 2nd £7,392 3rd £3,696 4th £1,848
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 3.80s
  • Off time: 17:11:43
17:10 Aintree Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Cockney Sparrow 5/1
2nd Meganisi (IRE) 14/1
3rd Zarzal (IRE) 25/1
4th Changing The Guard 16/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 302-114 Light Green, Dark Green chevrons, Red sleeves, White and Red striped cap Local Hero (GER) 147
Distance Winner
6 11-12 p S Gollings Henry Brooke 148 20/121.00
2 12-8111 Emerald green and light blue stripes, diabolo on sleeves, emerald green cap, light blue diamond Shotavodka (IRE) 15
Distance Winner
7 11-5 D Pipe Kieron Edgar (7) 141 6/17.00
3 114262 White, black epaulets, maroon and white diabolo on sleeves, black and maroon quartered cap Changing The Guard 15
Distance Winner
7 10-13 pt Dr R D P Newland Chris Ward (7) 135 16/117.00
4 P6-7031 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Prince Of Fire (GER) 22
Distance Winner
8 10-13 C F Swan Mr A J Berry (3) 135 20/121.00
5 F11-020 Light blue, dark blue armlets, dark blue cap Ranjaan (FR) 22
Distance Winner
5 10-13 t P F Nicholls Mr H Derham (5) 135 5/16.00
6 38-5225 White, Maroon star, Dark Blue sleeves, Dark Blue and White quartered cap Distant Memories (IRE) 169
Distance Winner
7 10-11 Tim Vaughan Michael Byrne (3) 133 33/134.00
7 291451 Maroon and White diabolo, White sleeves, quartered cap Meganisi (IRE) 35
Distance Winner
6 10-11 Miss R Curtis P E Corbett (7) 133 14/115.00
8 90203P Dark Blue and Light Blue stripes, Black and Red striped cap First In The Queue (IRE) 56
Distance Winner
6 10-8 N J Henderson Mr E D Linehan (7) 130 25/126.00
9 211210 White, Red chevron, Emerald Green and Red striped sleeves, Red cap Kian's Delight 22
Distance Winner
5 10-8 P Bowen Donal Devereux (3) 130 14/115.00
10 17-100P EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap Lyvius 28
Distance Winner
5 10-8 N J Henderson J McGrath (3) 130 25/126.00
11 141417 Black, light blue and black halved sleeves, light blue cap Le Bacardy (FR) 28
Distance Winner
7 10-8 p A W Carroll Mr J Hamer (5) 130 40/141.00
12 10-9507 Royal Blue, Dark Green sleeves and cap Paintball (IRE) 128
Distance Winner
6 10-7 C E Longsdon Kielan Woods (3) 129 20/121.00
13 35-621 Dark Green, Dark Green and White diabolo on sleeves Zarzal (IRE) 131
Distance Winner
5 10-5 Evan Williams Adam Wedge (3) 127 25/126.00
14 330-00U RED, WHITE sleeves, BLUE and WHITE striped cap All The Aces (IRE) 35
Distance Winner
8 10-5 N J Henderson Peter Carberry (5) 127 33/134.00
15 B262-32 Black, black and maroon striped cap Cry of Freedom (USA) 35
Distance Winner
7 10-5 J P Ferguson Jack Quinlan (3) 127 10/111.00
16 22P453 Dark Blue, Red star, checked sleeves, Red cap Kudu Country (IRE) 17
Distance Winner
7 10-5 T P Tate B J Toomey (3) 127 50/151.00
17 355511 Gold, Black hoops, Scarlet cap Jumps Road 30
Distance Winner
6 10-5 C L Tizzard Brendan Powell (3) 127 14/115.00
18 28511-2 Black and white stripes, chevrons on sleeves Makbullet 314
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
6 10-4 M Smith R Mahon (3) 126 33/134.00
19 221310 Dark Blue, Light Blue braces, halved sleeves, Dark Blue and Light Blue quartered cap Smalib Monterg (FR) 19
Distance Winner
7 10-4 t Dr R D P Newland Ian Popham (3) 126 28/129.00
20 13-1145 Black and White stripes, checked sleeves, White cap Special Catch (IRE) 28
Distance Winner
6 10-4 K G Reveley Mikey Ennis (7) 126 12/113.00
21 01U021 Dark Blue, White star, White sleeves, Red stars, White cap, Dark Blue star Canadian Diamond (IRE) 9
Distance Winner
6 10-2 B G Powell Tom Cannon (3) 124 25/126.00
22 2121 Purple and pink diamonds, pink sleeves, purple diamonds, purple cap Cockney Sparrow 36
Distance Winner
4 10-2 J J Quinn Dean Pratt (7) 130 5/16.00

Verdict

Almost a third of this field bring winning form into the race and several others appear well handicapped on past efforts. The pick of the first group may well be Charlie Swan's Prince Of Fire, who had a run on the Polytrack last month to blow away a few cobwebs. He beat Distant Memories at Down Royal last summer. Shotavodka is chasing a four-timer after beating Changing The Guard at Newbury but the runner-up is 5lb better off and Richard Newland also has a chance with the lightly-weighted SMALIB MONTERG. This will be the latter's first run over hurdles since finishing behind Local Hero in a Listed handicap at Market Rasen last September but he ran a race full of promise in a Wolverhampton all-weather maiden last month and looks to have been laid out for this. Paintball is thrown in on his best form but has been woefully out of sorts this term and, like Local Hero, Zarzal, Distant Memories and Makbullet, is returning from a break. The four-year-old Cockney Sparrow gets all the allowances but is inexperienced while the handicapper may have got to Kian's Delight and Jumps Road and Cry Of Freedom will probably find at least one too good again.