Aintree

  • 14:00 John Smith's Top Novices' Hurdle 2m 110y

  • Winner £31,356 2nd £11,764 3rd £5,890 4th £2,937
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 59.60s
  • Off time: 14:00:45
14:00 Aintree Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Topolski (IRE) 11/2
2nd Oilily (IRE) 14/1
3rd Sire De Grugy (FR) 9/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 132210 Red, Black braces Alarazi (IRE) 21
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
7 11-4 Mrs L Wadham D Elsworth 137 7/18.00
2 24113 Light Green, Dark Green chevrons, Red sleeves, White and Red striped cap Andhaar 70
Distance Winner
5 11-4 S Gollings R Flint 131 50/151.00
3 5212 Royal blue, white cross belts, white sleeves, orange armlets, orange cap, white star Desert Cry (IRE) 34
Distance Winner
5 11-4 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 135 7/18.00
4 69-115 Dark Blue, White star, Red sleeves, White stars, Red cap, White star Iolith (GER) 45
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
6 11-4 A King R Thornton 130 33/134.00
6 223522 Black, Grey seams, armlets and cap Maggio (FR) 40
6 11-4 p P Griffin A Tinkler 120 80/181.00
7 P2F-134 LIGHT TAN, red hoop, black sleeves, red hoop, red cap Perfect Smile (IRE) 100
Distance Winner
6 11-4 N Meade P Carberry 132 8/19.00
8 224111 Red, royal blue stripe, red sleeves, white stars, red cap, white star Sire De Grugy (FR) 41
Distance Winner
5 11-4 G L Moore J E Moore 138 9/25.50
9 11 Royal blue, light blue epaulets, chevrons on sleeves, light blue cap Topolski (IRE) 19
Distance Winner
5 11-4 D W P Arbuthnot D A Jacob 145 11/26.50
10 319 Red, Orange diamond, Orange sleeves, Red stars, Red cap, Orange diamonds Brampour (IRE) 21
Distance Winner
4 10-12 P F Nicholls R Walsh 142 7/18.00
12 B1 Dark Blue and Light Blue stripes, Black and Red striped cap First In The Queue (IRE) 33
Distance Winner
4 10-12 N J Henderson A P McCoy 18/119.00
13 22 Royal blue, pink hoops, armlets and cap Polisky (FR) 48
4 10-12 P F Nicholls Nick Scholfield 135 40/141.00
14 22-2112 LIGHT GREEN, dark blue diamond, light green cap Oilily (IRE) 154
Distance Winner
8 10-11 S Byrne A D Leigh 125 14/115.00
15 72F1P Grey, White epaulets A Media Luz (FR) 21
Distance Winner
4 10-5 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 137 8/19.00
Non runners
5121Little Hercules (IRE)511-4J Howard JohnsonB Hughes
11312Empire Levant (USA)410-12P F NichollsHarry Skelton128

Verdict

Topolski has looked potentially high-class in landing novice contests at Sandown and Newton Abbot and though this is a huge step-up in grade he could make the transition. Sire De Grugy's only defeat over timber came on his debut when runner-up to Cheltenham winner Bobs Worth. He easily landed a Grade 2 at Kempton last time and though all of his victories have come on soft ground there's no reason why he shouldn't handle today's conditions. Imperial Cup winner Alarazi couldn't complete the lucrative Sandown/ Cheltenham double despite starting favourite for the County Hurdle but is better than he showed that day while Perfect Smile has competed creditably at Grade 1 level in Ireland and can go well. Nicky Henderson has entered the four-year-old filly A MEDIA LUZ, who gets all the allowances and pulled too hard for her own good in the Triumph Hurdle. She had looked a very useful prospect when runner-up to Grandouet at Newbury in December and gets the nod to prove her Cheltenham run all wrong.