Aintree

  • 17:45 John Smith's Champion Standard Open NH Flat Race 2m 1f

  • Winner £17,085 2nd £6,411 3rd £3,210 4th £1,599
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 9.30s
  • Off time: 17:46:25
17:45 Aintree Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Killyglass (IRE) 20/1
2nd Vago Collonges (FR) 10/1
3rd Caledonia 28/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 4-11 Purple and White check, Purple sleeves Alphabetical Order 92
5 11-4 Tim Vaughan R Johnson 121 33/134.00
2 1230 Purple, Purple and Pink check sleeves Caledonia 24
Distance Winner
6 11-4 J S Goldie Lucy Alexander 119 28/129.00
3 3-411 Dark Blue, White stars Dance Of Time 47
Distance Winner
6 11-4 K G Reveley J Reveley 122 25/126.00
4 431 ROYAL BLUE and ORANGE check, ROYAL BLUE sleeves, ROYAL BLUE cap, ORANGE star Fair Loch 39
5 11-4 Mrs K Burke Mr A Voy (3) 118 25/126.00
5 15 Red and White check, White cap Killyglass (IRE) 56
6 11-4 Miss E C Lavelle N D Fehily 123 20/121.00
6 2-2 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Master Malt 57
Beaten Favourite
5 11-4 Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 121 12/113.00
7 1523 Red, White stripe, Royal Blue sleeves, White armlets, Royal Blue cap, Red star Mister Pagan 133
Distance Winner
5 11-4 J S Goldie Henry Brooke 118 100/1101.00
8 1271 Beige, grey epaulets Monkey Kingdom 21
5 11-4 Miss R Curtis Nick Scholfield 122 16/117.00
9 613 RED, BLACK armlets Orchard Boy (IRE) 42
Distance Winner
5 11-4 P R Webber Paul Moloney 117 66/167.00
11 2231 ROYAL BLUE, white cap, red spots Quickpick Vic (IRE) 27
6 11-4 h A J Martin B J Cooper 127 9/110.00
12 110 Dark Green, Maroon stars, Maroon cap Sgt Reckless 24
6 11-4 M R Channon W T Kennedy 120 16/117.00
13 316 Orange, black stars and sleeves, hooped cap Spitz (FR) 52
Beaten Favourite
5 11-4 Mrs R Dobbin J M Maguire 117 50/151.00
14 5111- Dark blue, emerald green hoop, quartered cap Tistory (FR) 401
6 11-4 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 123 2/13.00
15 13 EMERALD GREEN, ROYAL BLUE seams and sleeves, quartered cap Un Ace (FR) 45
5 11-4 B I Case D A Jacob 118 50/151.00
16 21 Royal Blue, Light Green stars on sleeves, Royal Blue cap, Light Green star Avidity 35
Distance Winner
4 10-12 P A Kirby R McGrath 120 50/151.00
17 11 Dark Blue, Pink spots, sleeves and cap Dakar Run 24
Distance Winner
4 10-12 R A Fahey B Hughes 119 11/112.00
18 15 Black, black and maroon striped cap Purple Bay (IRE) 24
Distance Winner
4 10-12 J P Ferguson D F O'Regan 130 5/16.00
19 112 Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap Vago Collonges (FR) 56
4 10-12 P F Nicholls R Walsh 121 10/111.00
20 2 Dark blue, white cross belts, red and white hooped sleeves and cap Wilde Blue Yonder (IRE) 45
4 10-12 A King Wayne Hutchinson 120 16/117.00
Non runners
10146Pure Science (IRE)511-4N A Twiston-DaviesSam Twiston-Davies129

Verdict

PURPLE BAY finished just ahead of Pure Science when fifth in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham and had Caledonia and Sgt Reckless further behind. As that was only his second run, John Ferguson's Flat-bred four-year-old may well be capable of better and can get back to winning ways on this quicker surface as he arrives with a similar profile to that of last year's winner The New One. Killyglass didn't settle at Newbury in February and should do better in time but he finished behind Vago Collonges and his yard has been in the doldrums. More interesting is impressive Naas winner Quickpick Vic while Dakar Run is also worth a second look after defying a penalty at Huntingdon. The maidens Master Malt and Wilde Blue Yonder may be the pick of the remainder ahead of Ffos Las scorer Monkey Kingdom and hat-trick-seekers Alphabetical Order and Dance Of Time, though it's interesting that the Henderson stable are running Tistory without the benefit of a recent outing.