Aintree

  • 15:50 E.B.F. Stallions Matalan 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle 2m 4f

  • Winner £5,198 2nd £1,526 3rd £763 4th £382
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 51.50s
  • Off time: 15:55:13
15:50 Aintree Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Royal Regatta (IRE) 11/4
2nd Spirit Of Shankly 9/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 633-1 Primrose, Rose hoops, Rose cap Revocation 23
5 11-4 Miss Lucinda V Russell P Buchanan 11/112.00
2 1/1332-1 Royal Blue, Dark Green sleeves and cap Spirit Of Shankly 29
5 11-4 C E Longsdon N D Fehily 125 9/43.25
3 0-12 Light blue and yellow (halved), sleeves reversed, light blue and yellow striped cap Wakanda (IRE) 26
4 11-4 Mrs S J Smith Ryan Mania 122 16/117.00
4 06-3 EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap Dundee 177
5 10-12 A King R Thornton 16/117.00
5 211102- Light Blue, Pink sleeves, Mauve stars, Pink cap, Mauve star Hellorboston (IRE) 191
5 10-12 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 7/24.50
6 222-115 White, Red chevron, Emerald Green and Red striped sleeves, Red cap Rolling Maul (IRE) 15
5 10-12 P Bowen J E Moore 7/18.00
7 P/1- White, Purple diamond, White sleeves, Purple spots and cap Royal Regatta (IRE) 221
5 10-12 P J Hobbs R Johnson 11/43.75

Verdict

Some smart performers have won this in the past, including Cue Card in 2010. Donald McCain trained last year's winner and has useful winning pointer and bumper Hellorboston in the line-up this time. Spirit Of Shankly finally got off the mark at Market Rasen last month while Revocation won at Hexham and Wakanda followed up success at Sligo by finishing second at Hexham on his first start for Sue Smith. Big things are expected of ROYAL REGATTA this season after he galloped his rivals into submission in a Haydock bumper in March and he gets the vote to make a winning hurdles debut.