• 14:35 Matalan Novices' Chase2m 4f

  • Winner £6,330 2nd £1,870 3rd £935 4th £468
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 55.30s
  • Off time: 14:35:11
14:35 Aintree Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Champion Court (IRE) 2/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
2 18660-1 EMERALD GREEN, WHITE stars, EMERALD GREEN cap, WHITE star Astracad (FR) 31
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
5 11-8 N A Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 138 10/34.33
3 111- Royal blue, red and royal blue striped sleeves, black and red hooped cap Bear's Affair (IRE) 211
5 11-3 N J Henderson A P McCoy 9/43.25
5 12194-U Black, purple sleeves, red spots Champion Court (IRE) 31
Beaten Favourite
6 11-3 M Keighley P J Brennan 2/13.00
6 72F31-0 Light green, yellow inverted triangle, yellow sleeves, red diamonds and cap Saint Are (FR) 172
Course Winner
5 11-3 Tim Vaughan R Johnson 10/34.33
Non runners
121F342Pure Faith (IRE)711-11P BowenJ E Moore136
442510-5Brunswick Gold (IRE)611-3S GollingsK Mercer121
7Dazakhee410-0D FloodNon Runner


Pure Faith and Brunswick Gold both had alternative engagements here yesterday but this may still prove an informative contest. Astracad stayed on well to score on his chasing bow at Perth but Champion Court was travelling strongly on his heels when coming to grief at the third-last. With a clear round, Martin Keighley's charge may be able to have his revenge on 5lb better terms but could find BEAR'S AFFAIR a tough nut to crack. Still unbeaten under Rules, Nicky Henderson's five-year-old beat Champion Court in a bumper at Uttoxeter a year ago and went on to win twice over timber. A full brother to winning chaser Free Gift, he should thrive over the larger obstacles and connections probably haven't got to the bottom of him yet. Saint Are is another who could benefit for the switch to fences.