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

  • Winner £56,270 2nd £21,200 3rd £10,610 4th £5,300
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 3.70s
  • Off time: 14:33:55
14:30 Aintree Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Grumeti 11/4
2nd Countrywide Flame 4/1
3rd Sadler's Risk (IRE) 9/2


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1742 Black, White chevrons on sleeves, White cap Bradbury (IRE) 31
Course and Distance Winner
4 11-0 p J D Bethell F Davis 121 100/1101.00
2 121231 Dark blue, white chevron, white and dark blue striped sleeves Countrywide Flame 27
Distance Winner
4 11-0 J J Quinn D C Costello 152 4/15.00
3 24 Red, emerald green Cross Of Lorraine and sleeves Dodging Bullets 27
4 11-0 t1 P F Nicholls R Walsh 148 4/15.00
4 2221 Terracotta, Emerald Green cap and tassel Eagle Rock (IRE) 50
Distance Winner
4 11-0 T P Tate J Reveley 120 33/134.00
5 3P13 Red, black triple diamond, striped sleeves, hooped cap Gottany O's 18
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
4 11-0 t1 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 129 16/117.00
6 1F113 Royal Blue, White hoops, Maroon sleeves and cap Grumeti 27
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
4 11-0 A King R Thornton 148 11/43.75
7 1123 Red, pink hoop and armlets Hinterland (FR) 75
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
4 11-0 P F Nicholls N D Fehily 141 7/18.00
9 121 EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap Lyvius 22
Distance Winner
4 11-0 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 127 20/121.00
11 126 Light Blue, Pink chevrons, Light Blue sleeves, Light Blue cap, Pink star Sadler's Risk (IRE) 27
Distance Winner
4 11-0 P J Hobbs R Johnson 143 9/25.50
12 3 Dark Green, Dark Green and White diabolo on sleeves Zarzal (IRE) 47
4 11-0 Evan Williams Paul Moloney 66/167.00
13 61 Pink, Purple cross belts, quartered cap Beyeh (IRE) 31
Distance Winner
4 10-7 M Appleby J M Davies 100/1101.00
Non runners
8255410Kapga De Cerisy (FR)411-0Miss V WilliamsAidan Coleman130
101DFPearl Swan (FR)411-0P F NichollsR Walsh146


Countrywide Flame had GRUMETI, Dodging Bullets and Sadler's Risk behind when springing a surprise in the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham. Pearl Swan was in touch when falling and also re-opposes and John Quinn's gelding, who has already had a busy season, may struggle to confirm the placings though did beat subsequent Doncaster scorer Eagle Rock on soft ground at Sedgefield in the autumn. Alan King's charge, third in the Triumph, gets the vote to turn the tables as he may well have won at Cheltenham had he not made a couple of errors at crucial times and his trainer sent out Walkon to win this race in 2009 after he'd been beaten at The Festival. Hinterland and Lyvius both by-passed the Triumph and the latter probably still has some scope, though he has a lot to find to overturn Newbury running with Gottany O'S who has since being beaten in modest company at Hexham.