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13:30 Aintree

Pertemps Network Mersey Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1) (Class 1)

  • 12 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 4f
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
  • £75,000 added
  • Winner: £42,202
  • 2nd: £15,900
  • 3rd: £7,958
  • 4th: £3,975
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 4m 52.70s
  • Off Time: 13:30:13
  • 12 Ran
1
Silk - Dark green, red cross belts, dark green and beige striped sleeves, dark green cap, red star
13/2
  • Form 121U25
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-4
  • Official Rating 143

held up in touch in 4th, ridden after last, kept on to take 3rd place towards finish

2
Silk - Light Blue, Royal Blue chevrons, hooped sleeves, striped cap

Kayf Moss

41 b D
16/1
  • Form 568111
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-4
  • Official Rating 143

with leaders, pushed along and lost place before 5 out, tailed off after 4 out

3
Silk - Tangerine, royal blue collar and cuffs, dark blue cap
25/1
  • Form 2-2111
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-4
  • Official Rating 137

held up towards rear, pushed along after 4 out, soon weakened

4
Silk - Red, pink hoop and armlets
  • Form 38-1411
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-4
  • Official Rating 148

held up in touch in 6th, headway after 4 out, went 2nd 3 out, ridden before last, kept on to lead last 100 yards

5
Silk - Beige, grey epaulets
25/1
  • Form 2710-11
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-4
  • Official Rating 135

led, mistake 5th, headed before 3 out, soon weakened

6
Silk - Purple, light green seams, quartered cap
  • Form 212
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-4

held up towards rear, in rear 6 out, pushed along 4 out, outpaced before 3 out

7
Silk - White, emerald green disc, black sleeves, emerald green and white hooped cap
11/2
  • Form 131-211
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-4
  • Official Rating 138

held up mid-division, headway before 3 out, in 5th and chasing leaders when fell 3 out

8
Silk - Black, black and maroon striped cap
8/1
  • Form 111112
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-4
  • Official Rating 150

in rear, pushed along and headway before 3 out, weakened before last

9
Silk - Royal blue, red star, diabolo on sleeves and star on cap
12/1
  • Form 413310
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-4
  • Official Rating 142

chased leader, led before 3 out, ridden run-in, kept on and headed last 100 yards

10
Silk - Light blue, maroon stripe, striped sleeves and cap
8/1
  • Form 130-18
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-4

held up towards rear, ridden after 4 out, soon weakened, pulled up before last

11
Silk - Dark blue, emerald green hoop, quartered cap
  • Form 411121
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-4
  • Official Rating 145

held up mid-division, ridden before 3 out, one pace from 2 out

12
Silk - Dark blue, white cross belts, red and white hooped sleeves and cap
  • Form 0-11FF5
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-4
  • Official Rating 145

held up mid-division, headway before 3 out, ridden before 2 out, went 3rd before last until no extra towards finish

Previous results

In depth

Verdict

Sea Lord has the highest official rating and his form figures are impressive but he was no match for The Liquidator at Cheltenham when last seen and the winner has done little for the form since. Lac Fontana won the County Hurdle at Cheltenham and stays this longer trip. He must have every chance of following up here but Dell'Arca and Splash Of Ginge are also tough handicappers, though Volnay De Thaix finished ahead of the latter at Ascot in December and re-opposes on better terms. Wilde Blue Yonder tries a new trip but ran very well behind Vautour in the Supreme Novices', though we prefer KAYF MOSS. He is still improving and his defeat of Meister Eckhart in the National Spirit at Fontwell was franked when the runner-up went close under a big weight here on Thursday.

Formwatch

Dell' Arca (IRE) 8-1fav (10-13) Tracked leaders, headway 2 out, ridden and every chance on outside between last 2, kept on same pace under presure in 5th flat, 5th of 28, 4l behind Whisper (11-6) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gd in Mar.

Kayf Moss 16-1 (11-3) Led, set strong pace and soon clear, reduced lead 5th, pushed along before 7th, driven and stayed on from last, strongly pressed near finish, held on gamely, all out, won at Fontwell 2m 4f hdl G2 (1) hvy in Feb beating Meister Eckhart (11-3) by hd, 6 ran.

Kilcooley (IRE) 1-2fav (11-8) Tracked leader, left in lead before 4th, pressed from 2 out, ridden run-in, kept on gamely, won at Market Rasen 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gs in Mar beating Such A Legend (11-1) by 2l, 8 ran.

Lac Fontana (FR) 11-1 (10-11) In touch, driven 2 out, headway between last 2, in touch last, soon ridden, stayed on well to lead towards finish, won at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl G3 (1) gd in Mar beating Arctic Fire (10-13) by 1/2l, 28 ran.

Monkey Kingdom 4-1 (11-2) Prominent, led 2nd, clear after 3 out, stayed on strongly, won at Bangor 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar beating Big Hands Harry (11-7) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.

No No Romeo (IRE) 5-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders, led over 3f out, headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 8, 6l behind Ordo Ab Chao (11-4) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) sft in Mar.

Oscar Hoof (IRE) 5-4fav (11-7) Chased leaders, led 3 out, ridden clear approaching last, ran on well, won at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar beating Fair Loch (11-1) by 3 1/2l, 17 ran.

Sea Lord (IRE) Evensfav (11-7) Tracked leader until before 3rd, pushed along and struggling 4th, last after next, went modest 3rd when mistake 2 out, stayed on from after last, went 2nd close home, no chance with winner, 2nd of 4, 15l behind The Liquidator (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m nov hdl G2 (1) gd in Nov.

Splash of Ginge 20-1 (11-7) Led to 2nd, tracked leaders, driven before 3 out, lost place next, weakened before last, 15th of 18, 20l behind Vautour (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gs in Mar.

Un Ace (FR) 40-1 (11-7) Behind, driven and headway after 2 out, kept on under pressure flat, never nearer, 8th of 18, 11l behind Vautour (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gs in Mar.

Volnay De Thaix (FR) 5-4fav (11-12) Made all, ridden and stayed on well flat, won at Newbury 2m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd in Mar beating Kings Lad (10-13) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.

Wilde Blue Yonder (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Mid-division, headway before 3 out, chased leaders next, ridden before last, kept on under pressure flat, no impression, 5th of 18, 9l behind Vautour (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gs in Mar.