• 13:45 John Smith's Mersey Novices' Hurdle 2m 4f

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


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 51.60s
  • Off time: 13:45:32
13:45 Aintree Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Spirit Son (FR) 3/1
2nd Cue Card 5/2
3rd Rock On Ruby (IRE) 9/2


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 12-41 Royal Blue, White sash and sleeves, quartered cap Bold Sir Brian (IRE) 35
5 11-4 Miss Lucinda V Russell P Buchanan 135 12/113.00
2 11-1124 ROYAL BLUE, PINK star on body and cap, ROYAL BLUE sleeves, PINK stars Cue Card 25
Beaten FavouriteCourse and Distance Winner
5 11-4 C L Tizzard J Tizzard 154 5/23.50
3 128B30 Yellow, Royal Blue seams, Grey sleeves, Royal Blue seams, Royal Blue cap Drill Sergeant 28
6 11-4 bt D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 128 40/141.00
4 1P1 Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap Drive Time (USA) 35
Distance Winner
6 11-4 J Howard Johnson B Hughes 125 28/129.00
5 22-031 Purple, gold cross sashes, emerald green cap Maringo Bay (IRE) 51
Distance Winner
6 11-4 C J Mann Peter Toole 138 28/129.00
8 11-1122 Dark Green, White cross belts, Light Green sleeves, Dark Green and White hooped cap Rock On Ruby (IRE) 24
6 11-4 t P F Nicholls D A Jacob 148 9/25.50
9 1112 White, black cap Spirit Son (FR) 25
5 11-4 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 149 3/14.00
10 1/31-117 Mauve, White stars, White sleeves, Mauve stars Storm Brig 35
Beaten Favourite
6 11-4 A C Whillans E Whillans 132 25/126.00
11 2-21144 White, dark blue cross belts, red and white check sleeves, red cap Sam Winner (FR) 22
Beaten Favourite
4 10-11 P F Nicholls R Walsh 148 7/24.50
Non runners
6317-011Rebel Rebellion (IRE)611-4P F NichollsNick Scholfield133
7121115Recession Proof (FR)511-4J J QuinnR Thornton143


Bouggler is the only four-year-old to have won this in recent years but proved it can be done and Sam Winner looked as though a longer trip would suit when staying on in the Triumph Hurdle. Ruby Walsh prefers him over Neptune Investment runner-up Rock On Ruby and the progressive Rebel Rebellion which is a bit of a surprise as Rock On Ruby's Cheltenham effort was very impressive. Spirit Son produced a superb run when beaten a couple of lengths by Al Ferof in what looked a very strong line-up for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle. He had CUE CARD over four lengths away in fourth and Recession Proof just behind in fifth but this longer trip may play to the strengths of Cue Card, who earns the vote as he couldn't quite match the pace of the front three when push came to shove. Bold Sir Brian had the short-priced Storm Brig a long way behind in a Grade 2 at Kelso but the latter was obviously not on his game. That looked a good race, however, and it would be no surprise to see a big show from either.