• 16:15 John Smith's Sefton Novices' Hurdle 3m 110y

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


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 16.40s
  • Off time: 16:15:12
16:15 Aintree Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Lovcen (GER) 8/1
2nd Fingal Bay (IRE) 13/8
3rd Cotton Mill 6/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 0-27113 BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Aikideau (FR) 34
5 11-4 R Rowe L P Aspell 128 66/167.00
2 2/216-12 Maroon, Light Blue and Brown hooped sleeves, quartered cap Ballyrock (IRE) 104
Distance Winner
6 11-4 t1 Tim Vaughan A P McCoy 140 12/113.00
3 111U Black, black and maroon striped cap Cotton Mill 30
5 11-4 J P Ferguson D F O'Regan 147 6/17.00
4 U1U203 Orange, beige spots and sleeves, orange cap Ely Brown (IRE) 33
Distance Winner
7 11-4 p Mrs M Hobbs A Thornton 124 150/1151.00
5 1-1111 LIGHT BLUE and ROYAL BLUE diabolo, LIGHT BLUE sleeves and cap Fingal Bay (IRE) 104
6 11-4 P J Hobbs R Johnson 153 13/82.62
6 6-22135 Dark green, yellow seams, yellow sleeves, dark green armlets, yellow cap Forgotten Gold (IRE) 76
Distance Winner
6 11-4 T R George P J Brennan 137 40/141.00
7 214411 White, red star, stars on sleeves and star on cap Golden Call (IRE) 20
Distance Winner
8 11-4 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 139 16/117.00
8 21-1122 Black, Black and Pink check cap Gullinbursti (IRE) 56
Beaten Favourite
6 11-4 Miss E C Lavelle N D Fehily 139 8/19.00
9 1-5112 MAROON, yellow chevrons on sleeves, yellow cap Harry Topper 55
5 11-4 K C Bailey Sean Quinlan 135 10/111.00
10 135-12 RED, WHITE cross belts, hooped sleeves and star on cap Hawkes Point 35
Distance Winner
7 11-4 P F Nicholls R Walsh 139 28/129.00
11 11231P Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap Ipsos Du Berlais (FR) 28
Distance Winner
6 11-4 b1 N Meade D N Russell 139 33/134.00
12 221111 Royal Blue, Dark Green sleeves and cap Knock A Hand (IRE) 56
Distance Winner
7 11-4 R Lee T Scudamore 142 10/111.00
13 1-41F14 PINK and PURPLE check, PINK sleeves, BLACK cap Lovcen (GER) 28
Distance Winner
7 11-4 A King R Thornton 142 8/19.00
14 1-41611 Dark Green, Dark Green and White diabolo on sleeves Makethe Mostofnow (IRE) 27
Distance Winner
7 11-4 Evan Williams Paul Moloney 140 40/141.00
15 FP1126 Black, Red braces and sleeves, Red and Black quartered cap Nagpur (FR) 30
6 11-4 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 139 66/167.00
16 1-24213 Black, yellow sash, white cap Netminder (IRE) 48
Distance Winner
6 11-4 A M Thomson J Reveley 124 100/1101.00
17 14-1110 Red, Royal Blue sleeves, White armlets Poole Master 30
7 11-4 D Pipe C Honour 142 50/151.00
18 223111 Light Blue, Brown hoop Tap Night (USA) 41
5 11-4 Miss Lucinda V Russell P Buchanan 141 20/121.00
19 211446 Emerald Green, Yellow chevron and sleeves, Red cap Catcherinscratcher (IRE) 26
Distance Winner
7 10-11 H de Bromhead A E Lynch 132 100/1101.00


A terrific turnout for this Grade 1 contest and all eyes will be on Cotton Mill, who was still travelling well and alongside winner Simonsig at Cheltenham last month when ducking out at the second-last. There's clearly a question mark over his temperament but an earlier victory in a Grade 2 at Warwick has worked out well and he won't be far away if in the mood and lasting home over this longer trip. Fingal Bay was forced to miss Cheltenham through injury but is assumed to have made a full recovery and will make a bold bid to extend his unbeaten record if that's the case as he was too strong for Simonsig in a Grade 2 over 2m5f at Sandown in December and stayed on strongly to hold off Ballyrock in the Challow Hurdle at Newbury later the same month. Tap Night didn't look anything special last summer but has made giant strides since landing a novices' handicap at Carlisle in November, going on to complete the hat-trick at Newcastle and Kelso, while Lovcen was fourth in the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham when Ipsos Du Berlais didn't run his race and was pulled up. The latter is blinkered for the first time here but we'll take a chance on the unexposed HARRY TOPPER, who is closely matched with Lovcen on a line through the impressive Brindisi Breeze and will be staying on here when others have cried enough.