Racecards

14:20 Aintree

Betway Top Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1) (Class 1)

  • 7 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 103y
  • Going: Soft (Good to Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf
  • £100,000 added
  • Winner: £56,130
  • 2nd: £21,110
  • 3rd: £10,550
  • 4th: £5,270
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 4m 2.20s
  • Off Time: 14:20:52
  • 7 Ran
2nd
Silk -
1
Silk - Royal blue, light blue star, white sleeves, royal blue stars, white cap, royal blue star
3/1
  • Form 213126
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-4
  • Official Rating 152

chased clear leading pair, went left 2 out, soon ridden, went 5 lengths 2nd last, stayed on flat, unable to catch winner

2
Silk - Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap
7/2
  • Form 175215
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-4
  • Official Rating 146

made all, clear after 3rd until came up early and dragged hind legs through 4th, went clear again after next, still 5 lengths up last, edged right before drifting left to rail, reduced lead but never looked liked being caught

3
Silk - Light blue, red braces, white sleeves, red armlets, light blue and red quartered cap
7/2
  • Form 2-11123
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-4
  • Official Rating 150

not fluent in rear, niggled along after 4th, ridden after 4 out, mistake 2 out, hanging left and switched right before last, stayed on flat, went 4th towards finish, almost took 3rd close home

4
Silk - Light Blue, Royal Blue hoop, armlets and cap
  • Form 120-11
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-4
  • Official Rating 144

held up towards rear, took keen hold early stages, effort 3 out, awkward and beaten 2 out, weakened before last

5
Silk - LIGHT BLUE, RED braces, WHITE sleeves, RED armlets, EMERALD GREEN cap
9/1
  • Form 521211
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-4
  • Official Rating 142

chased winner, mistake 5th, ridden after mistake 3 out, 5 lengths down when mistake and lost 2nd last, one pace flat, just held on to 3rd

7
Silk - Pink, purple stars, diabolo on sleeves and star on cap
9/1
  • Form 111321
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-4
  • Official Rating 148

chased clear front pair, ridden and lost place before 3 out, well beaten when mistake 2 out

8
Silk - Royal Blue, Yellow stripe, diamonds on sleeves, Yellow cap
12/1
  • Form 3111
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-4
  • Official Rating 142

held up in 5th on inside, effort 3 out, not much room and switched right just after 2 out, shaken up and not able to go with leaders, stayed on one pace flat, lost 4th towards finish

6
NR
12/1
  • Form 131
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-4
  • Official Rating 140

NonRunner

Previous results

In depth

Verdict

Precious Cargo and Sofia's Rock are both upped in class have shown progressive form at a lower level and can’t be dismissed out of hand. Little separated Felix Desjy and Aramon in the Supreme Novices’ but both have something to find with third Itchy Feet. Southfield Stone won the Grade 2 Dovecote at Kempton in February but that form wouldn’t be good enough in this. Winston C did well to win a competitive handicap at Kelso last month and has taken well to hurdles but this is easily his toughest task to date. ROUGE VIF might be a bit of value as he jumped much better last time at Kelso. An earlier second to Mister Fisher at Kempton, when conceding 5lb, was a very good effort and he’s been racing under the radar since.

Formwatch

Aramon (GER) 8-1 (11-7) Towards rear, headway to chase leaders 3 out, 3rd turning in, one pace before last, soon lost place, well held flat, 6th of 16, 11 1/4l behind Klassical Dream (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m (1) sft in Mar.

Felix Desjy (FR) 11-1 (11-7) Behind, headway into mid-division on outside after 2nd, went 2nd approaching 2 out, ridden between last 2, one pace and no impression when mistake last, soon lost place, well held flat, lost 4th final stride, 5th of 16, 11l behind Klassical Dream (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m (1) sft in Mar.

Itchy Feet (FR) 25-1 (11-7) Mid-division, outpaced 2 out, rallied between last 2, went left and hit last, soon ridden, stayed on to press for 2nd flat, no impression with winner, 3rd of 16, 5l behind Klassical Dream (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m (1) sft in Mar.

Precious Cargo (IRE) 1-2fav (11-7) Took keen hold, held up in 7th, closer after 3rd, tracked leaders before 3 out, 2nd going well before 2 out, led between last 2, clear before last, stayed on strongly, won at Sandown 2m (4) sft in Mar beating Rose Sea Has (10-13) by 8l, 10 ran.

Rouge Vif (FR) 7-2 (11-1) Made all, clear approaching last, easily, won at Kelso 2m 2f (1) gs in Mar beating Windsor Avenue (11-1) by 4l, 6 ran.

Southfield Stone 6-1 (11-2) Led until 2nd, led again 3 out, 2 lengths ahead 2 out, ridden before blundered last, hung left run-in, stayed on, won at Kempton 2m (1) gd in Feb beating Angels Breath (11-7) by 3/4l, 7 ran.

Winston C (IRE) 9-2fav (11-12) Held up in rear, blundered 2nd, pushed along in last after 3 out, soon back on bridle, not fluent 2 out, headway when not clear run approaching last, bumped but soon got through, switched right flat, ran on, led post, won at Kelso 2m hcp (2) gd in Mar beating Champagne City (11-11) by ns, 12 ran.

Sofia's Rock (FR) 15-8 (11-6) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, led before 5th, clear when went right 3 out and 2 out, landed a bit awkwardly last, eased towards finish, won at Ludlow 2m (4) gs in Mar beating Good Man Jim (11-6) by 13l, 10 ran.