• 14:30 Matalan Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle 2m 110y

  • Winner £56,520 2nd £21,310 3rd £10,650 4th £5,320
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 2.70s
  • Off time: 14:32:52
14:30 Aintree Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Zarkandar (IRE) 4/6
2nd Kumbeshwar 11/1
3rd Houblon Des Obeaux (FR) 28/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1-52113 Emerald Green, Dark Green sleeves, Dark Green and Emerald Green quartered cap Grandouet (FR) 20
Distance Winner
4 11-0 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 148 3/14.00
2 F22210 Red, dark blue disc, halved sleeves Houblon Des Obeaux (FR) 20
Distance Winner
4 11-0 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 147 28/129.00
3 1332 Royal Blue, White hoops, Maroon sleeves and cap Kumbeshwar 22
Distance Winner
4 11-0 A King R Thornton 141 11/112.00
4 831 Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap Launchpad 14
Distance Winner
4 11-0 D T Hughes D N Russell 28/129.00
5 11148 Light Green, Dark Green chevrons, Red sleeves, White and Red striped cap Local Hero (GER) 20
Distance Winner
4 11-0 S Gollings A P McCoy 143 14/115.00
6 168 WHITE, RED sash, WHITE sleeves, ROYAL BLUE armlets, ROYAL BLUE cap Maoi Chinn Tire (IRE) 40
Distance Winner
4 11-0 Jennie Candlish A O'keeffe 128 100/1101.00
7 Light blue, red braces, white sleeves, red armlets, light blue and red quartered cap Oriental Cat 166
Beaten Favourite
4 11-0 Miss V Williams S Thomas 50/151.00
8 10211 Brown, Yellow braces, Emerald Green and Yellow hooped sleeves, White cap Palawi (IRE) 24
Distance Winner
4 11-0 J J Quinn J M Maguire 127 25/126.00
10 11 Pink, large Purple spots, hooped sleeves Zarkandar (IRE) 20
Distance Winner
4 11-0 P F Nicholls R Walsh 154 4/61.67
Non runners
91227Third Intention (IRE)411-0C L TizzardJ Tizzard143


The burst of pace produced by ZARKANDAR in the Triumph Hurdle was one of the highlights of The Festival and he should be even better suited to this flatter track. Runner-up Unaccompanied could hardly have better advertised the form by landing the Alleged Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday and Paul Nicholls' youngster looks a future star. Grandouet looked to be travelling best of all at Cheltenham and though having no answer when Zarkandar shot past approaching the last he should also be suited by today's track and looks the main threat. Those behind in the big one look to have little chance of reversing the form. Kumbeshwar, second in the Fred Winter two days earlier, carried a big weight and the form looks strong but he had been earlier put in his place by Zarkandar at Kempton and was behind Houblon Des Obeaux and Third Intention at Haydock earlier though the ground was very heavy that day.