Aintree

  • 17:20 Betfred 'Racing's Biggest Supporter' Maiden Hurdle2m 110y

  • Winner £4,549 2nd £1,336 3rd £668 4th £334
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 5.80s
  • Off time: 17:21:08
17:20 Aintree Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Garde La Victoire (FR) 7/1
2nd Regal Encore (IRE) 8/15
3rd Pulpitarian (USA) 33/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 64- Light Blue and Black (quartered), Yellow sleeves, Black cap Blackmore 385
Distance Winner
6 11-0 N W Alexander Lucy Alexander 33/134.00
2 Light Blue, Orange chevron, Orange cap, Light Blue star Brasingaman Espee 29
4 11-0 G M Moore F Keniry 66/167.00
3 7/36 Grey, emerald green and white quartered cap Call Of Duty (IRE) 22
8 11-0 Mrs Dianne Sayer J Reveley 113 20/121.00
4 1- Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap Garde La Victoire (FR) 368
4 11-0 P J Hobbs R Johnson 7/18.00
5 Pink, Mauve stars, Pink sleeves Getabuzz 34
5 11-0 T D Easterby Harry Haynes 16/117.00
6 Yellow, black epaulets, yellow sleeves, black stars Pulpitarian (USA) 133
5 11-0 Miss Lucinda V Russell P Buchanan 33/134.00
7 1/12- Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Regal Encore (IRE) 227
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
5 11-0 A J Honeyball A P McCoy 8/151.53
8 221- Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves, White cap Salto Chisco (IRE) 210
Distance Winner
5 11-0 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 9/25.50
9 Purple, white disc, yellow sleeves, purple diamonds, purple and yellow quartered cap Silsol (GER) 339
4 11-0 P F Nicholls Nick Scholfield 13/27.50
Non runners
1025/44-Madame Blavatsky (FR)510-7S G WestJoe Colliver

Verdict

REGAL ENCORE started joint favourite for the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham in March and only found Briars Hill too strong. That is top-class form and it's difficult to see Anthony Honeyball's five-year-old falling short here on his hurdling debut with the champ in the saddle. Salto Chisco won a bumper at Haydock in March and can chase home the selection ahead of last year's Exeter winner Garde La Victoire and Paul Nicholls' newcomer Silsol, who won on the Flat in France. Getabuzz was a decent stayer on the level and has the size to do well under NH Rules but is probably best watched today.