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

  • (Grade 1) £100,000 added 4yo+ 19 ran
  • 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

Full result

16:15 Aintree Result 13th April 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Lovcen (GER) 11-4 R Thornton A King 7 8/1
Held up in rear, headway on inside 7th, ridden to go 2nd approaching 2 out, led flat, stayed on well opened 10/1 touched 10/1 £4500-£500
2nd Fingal Bay (IRE) 11-4 R Johnson P J Hobbs 6 13/8f
Mid-division on inside, headway when hampered 4th, mistake 8th, led 10th, ridden and pressed from 2 out, headed flat, held towards finish opened 6/4 touched 7/4 £1500-£800(x3) £14000-£8000 £2800-£1600 £1750-£1000(x6) £700-£400(x8) £1200-£800(x2)
3rd 11 Cotton Mill 11-4 D F O'Regan J P Ferguson 5 6/1
Tracked leaders, every chance approaching 3 out, soon ridden, weakened flat opened 13/2 touched 13/2
4th Ipsos Du Berlais (FR) 11-4 D N Russell N Meade 6 33/1
Mid-division, headway 8th, ridden after 10th, mistake 3 out, soon hung left, weakening when hit last opened 33/1 touched 33/1
5th 13 Hawkes Point 11-4 R Walsh P F Nicholls 7 28/1
Held up towards rear, pushed briefly after 5th, passed beaten horses latter stages, never in contention opened 25/1 touched 28/1
6th Tap Night (USA) 11-4 P Buchanan Miss Lucinda V Russell 5 20/1
Held up towards rear, headway 9th, ridden after 3 out, weakened from next opened 20/1 touched 20/1
7th Harry Topper 11-4 Sean Quinlan K C Bailey 5 10/1
Held up towards rear, not much room on bend after 1st, mistakes 2nd and 3rd, headway after 10th, weakened approaching 3 out opened 14/1 touched 14/1
8th 12 Forgotten Gold (IRE) 11-4 P J Brennan T R George 6 40/1
In touch, not fluent 3rd, lost place after 7th, headway approaching 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off opened 33/1 touched 40/1
9th 3 Nagpur (FR) 11-4 Aidan Coleman Miss V Williams 6 66/1
Mid-division, ridden and struggling after 7th, well held after 10th, tailed off opened 100/1 touched 100/1
10th 17 Gullinbursti (IRE) 11-4 N D Fehily Miss E C Lavelle 6 8/1
Prominent, hampered 4th, led next, headed 10th, ridden approaching 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off opened 12/1 touched 12/1
PU Aikideau (FR) 11-4 L P Aspell R Rowe 5 66/1
Held up in rear, mistake 7th, well behind after 10th, pulled up before 3 out opened 66/1 touched 66/1
PU Ballyrock (IRE) 11-4 A P McCoy Tim Vaughan 6 12/1
Tracked leaders on inside, hampered 4th, mistake 6th, lost place 9th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out opened 14/1 touched 14/1
PU Ely Brown (IRE) 11-4 A Thornton Mrs M Hobbs 7 150/1
Held up in rear on outside, not always fluent, behind when mistake 8th, pulled up before 3 out opened 100/1 touched 150/1
PU Knock A Hand (IRE) 11-4 T Scudamore R Lee 7 10/1
Mid-division on outside, pulled up after 4th opened 14/1 touched 14/1
PU Netminder (IRE) 11-4 J Reveley A M Thomson 6 100/1
Prominent, weakening when mistake 10th, soon well behind, pulled up before 3 out opened 100/1 touched 100/1
PU Catcherinscratcher (IRE) 10-11 A E Lynch H de Bromhead 7 100/1
Led until after 1st, pressed leader until left in lead 4th, headed next, ridden 9th, weakening when mistake next, pulled up before 3 out opened 100/1 touched 100/1
F Golden Call (IRE) 11-4 J M Maguire D McCain Jnr 8 16/1
Led after 1st, fell 4th opened 16/1 touched 16/1
F Poole Master 11-4 C Honour D Pipe 7 50/1
In touch, not fluent 1st, closed 6th, not fluent next, weakened after 10th, fell 3 out opened 40/1 touched 50/1
BD Makethe Mostofnow (IRE) 11-4 Paul Moloney Evan Williams 7 40/1
Held up, brought down 4th opened 40/1 touched 40/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££3.20,£1.60,£2.10
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£6.90 2&3:£5.10 1&3:£11.40

Jackpot: £76,491.55 carried forward to Aintree, 14th Apr
Placepot: £33.30, Pool: £454402.7, 9946.44 winning tickets
Quadpot: £22.10, Pool: £18309.83, 610.59 winning tickets


Robert Thornton's perseverance paid off handsomely here with a win on the robust LOVCEN who really ground out a victory against a horse with plenty of class. Alan King has had several good quality grinding staying novices and he fits the bill, as he was one of the first off the bridle but responded well to nearly a mile of driving from his jockey to assert after the final flight. He's not a star, but he's getting better with every run and it would be no surprise to see him do well in staying novice chases next year if he takes on the bigger obstacles. Otherwise it's the unenviable task of going up against Big Buck's and he's pretty much impossible to grind down. Runner-up Fingal Bay emerges with plenty of credit, as the first two were well clear and it may turn out that the fall of Golden Call, at an early stage, affected him more than just having to swerve to avoid a collision. Philip Hobbs' ace had to miss Cheltenham due to a setback but travelled with purpose here, and for such a big horse, he really does hurdle well. He was committed for home quite early turning in but perhaps a lack of match fitness started to tell in the final 200 yards; he certainly seemed to stay the longer trip ok, but was perhaps in front for long enough. He'll still be a force to be reckoned with wherever he goes next, with his trainer doing well at Punchestown in the past, but it might not be a bad idea to put him away for the year and give him a bit more time. Third home, and beaten over 10 lengths, was Cotton Mill who showed no signs of the waywardness which had caused him to run out at Cheltenham last month. He was settled behind the leaders, but after the fall of Donald McCain's runner, had to help cut out the running. That wasn't ideal, but he still held every chance turning for home and it was apparent that he would be one to chase the favourite. Whilst Gullinbursti faded, he moved alongside the now leading Fingal Bay but when let down he didn't find the same finish as the first two home. Ipsos Du Berlais doesn't look the easiest of rides but he responded well to some rather serious urging from his rider and was still trying his best close home. In fifth was Hawkes Point who seemed to be outpaced at a crucial stage before plugging on again under a considerate ride, and he finished his race better than Tap Night who was clinging onto the leaders coat-tails turning for home but ran out of puff late on. He ran a cracker though and helps give the form a solid look. Ballyrock disappointed, as one of several pulled up, but he seemed to get a kick from the faller, whilst Poole Master tried to mix it with the big boys down the far side but was a beaten horse as a result when taking a late tumble. Forgotten Gold gets a mention as he looks a nice horse for novice chases next year.