Aintree

  • 17:15 Betfred The Bonus King Handicap Chase2m 4f

  • Winner £6,963 2nd £2,057 3rd £1,028 4th £515
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 0.20s
  • Off time: 17:21:15
17:15 Aintree Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Hector's Choice (FR) 13/2
2nd Fine Parchment (IRE) 6/1
3rd Gansey (IRE) 5/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 F810UP- EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap Gansey (IRE) 189
Distance Winner
9 11-12 Mrs S J Smith R Walsh 135 5/16.00
2 21821U- Dark Blue, Lilac sleeves, Lilac and White quartered cap Fine Parchment (IRE) 197
Distance Winner
8 11-12 C J Mann N D Fehily 135 6/17.00
4 5B0260- Dark Green, White stars, White and Red striped sleeves, White cap, Red star Ackertac (IRE) 197
Distance Winner
6 11-10 N A Twiston-Davies P J Brennan 133 3/14.00
5 11213P/ Dark Blue, Dark Blue and White check sleeves, White cap Red Admiral (USA) 602
Distance Winner
9 11-9 t C J Mann Sam Twiston-Davies 132 20/121.00
6 24/031P- WHITE, RED braces, EMERALD GREEN and WHITE check sleeves, WHITE cap, RED star Hector's Choice (FR) 213
Distance Winner
7 11-9 R Lee J E Moore 132 13/27.50
7 332125- Red, White Cross of Lorraine, Red sleeves, White spots Categorical 8
Distance Winner
8 11-7 K G Reveley J Reveley 130 5/16.00
8 3/55218- Orange, Light Green and White hooped sleeves, White cap, Orange star Cool Operator 189
Distance Winner
8 11-6 P A Kirby G Lee 129 20/121.00
9 43R421 Maroon, Yellow sleeves, White armlets, White cap Rio Gael (IRE) 22
5 11-5 P Bowen T J O'Brien 128 15/28.50
10 764P1-9 GREEN, GOLD sash, hooped sleeves, quartered cap Carrietau 15
8 10-8 t F P Murtagh Henry Brooke (5) 117 28/129.00
Non runners
333F/10-FShoreacres (IRE)811-10B G PowellA P McCoy133

Verdict

Rio Gael is the obvious one here following last month's win at Fontwell. The leaders went off too fast that day, however, and Peter Bowen's five-year-old still had to work hard to get on top and is 5lb higher now. Categorical will be all the better for a run on the Flat at Redcar and has already been placed twice around here, though couldn't beat Gansey on better terms at Newcastle in February. Shoreacres and Ackertac still have some scope but the vote goes to FINE PARCHMENT. Taken out of race at Cheltenham last week on account of the fast ground, he looked a decent prospect when scoring in a Grade 3 at Newbury in March and has been given plenty of time to recover from his tumble in the Topham here the following month.