• 14:00 Tangle Teezer Top Novices' Hurdle 2m 110y

  • Winner £28,475 2nd £10,685 3rd £5,350 4th £2,665
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 4.50s
  • Off time: 14:00:59
14:00 Aintree Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Darlan 7/4
2nd Captain Conan (FR) 9/1
3rd Prospect Wells (FR) 4/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1127P Emerald Green, Yellow chevron and sleeves, Red cap Absolutlyfantastic 20
Distance Winner
5 11-4 H de Bromhead A E Lynch 124 28/129.00
2 110 Pink, Purple armlets, Purple cap Agent Archie (USA) 31
Distance Winner
5 11-4 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 136 12/113.00
3 341162 Pink, Royal Blue cap Captain Conan (FR) 41
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
5 11-4 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 142 9/110.00
4 1-111F2 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Darlan 31
Distance Winner
5 11-4 N J Henderson A P McCoy 148 7/42.75
5 642 Light blue, maroon spots and sleeves, light blue cap North Cape (USA) 20
6 11-4 A J Lidderdale W T Kennedy 122 100/1101.00
6 12-1 White, dark blue seams, dark blue sleeves, grey seams, dark blue cap, orange diamond Oscara Dara (IRE) 35
Distance Winner
7 11-4 N J Henderson D Bass 10/111.00
7 121445 Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap Prospect Wells (FR) 31
Distance Winner
7 11-4 t P F Nicholls R Walsh 146 4/15.00
8 1 Royal blue and white check, royal blue sleeves Right Step 27
Distance Winner
5 11-4 A P Jarvis T J O'Brien 16/117.00
9 26 Purple, gold cross sashes, emerald green cap Seventh Sky (GER) 55
5 11-4 C J Mann N D Fehily 100/1101.00
10 41-261 ROYAL BLUE, PINK star on body and cap, ROYAL BLUE sleeves, PINK stars Theatre Guide (IRE) 55
Distance Winner
5 11-4 C L Tizzard J Tizzard 12/113.00
11 Red, beige hoops and sleeves, striped cap Toughness Danon 54
6 11-4 B G Powell Sam Twiston-Davies 100/1101.00
12 2120 Yellow, royal blue stars, yellow cap Vulcanite (IRE) 31
Distance Winner
5 11-4 t1 C E Longsdon P J Brennan 134 13/27.50


DARLAN may have been a bit of unlucky loser when second in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham. He's fancied to gain compensation here though Prospect Wells was noted staying on strongly in fifth in the same race and Vulcanite was well in contention approaching the last and could get closer if settling better here. Agent Archie, however, looks held. The selection's stable companion Captain Conan had Prospect Wells back in fourth when winning the Tolworth Hurdle in January and has every chance on that form. But he disappointed when sent to Ireland for a Grade 1 the following month and couldn't justify favouritism at Kelso on his latest start. Nicky Henderson also saddles impressive Sandown scorer Oscara Dara but, like other recent winners Right Step and Theatre Guide, he needs to improve significantly if he's to get involved here while Absolutlyfantastic appears to have gone off the boil.