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15:40 Aintree

Liverpool Stayers' Hurdle (Grade 1) (Class 1)

  • 6 Runners
  • Distance: 3m 149y
  • Going: Soft (Good to Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf
  • £150,000 added
  • Winner: £84,405
  • 2nd: £31,800
  • 3rd: £15,915
  • 4th: £7,950
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 6m 33.50s
  • Off Time: 15:44:31
  • 6 Ran
1st
Silk -
1
Silk - Black, black and maroon striped cap

Aqalim

112 b
50/1
  • Form 512-346
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-7
  • Official Rating 150
  • Trainer J P Ferguson
  • Jockey Aidan Coleman

held up in last pair, not fluent 6th, ridden after next, not fluent 9th, lost touch 4 out

2
Silk - Grey, White epaulets
  • Form 1/1411-1
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-7
  • Official Rating 160
  • Trainer N J Henderson
  • Jockey Nico de Boinville

tracked winner, ridden after 4 out, lost 2nd next, well held last

3
Silk - Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap
  • Form 25-8111
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-7
  • Official Rating 155
  • Trainer G Elliott
  • Jockey B J Cooper

held up in last pair, jumped slowly 8th, effort 3 out, soon hung left, one pace from 2 out, went 3rd final 75 yards

4
Silk - Purple, Mauve epaulets and star on cap
66/1
  • Form 220-912
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-7
  • Official Rating 144
  • Trainer Miss Alexandra Rosa
  • Jockey L Philipperon

chased leaders, went 2nd 3 out until 2 out, one pace, lost 3rd final 75 yards

5
Silk - Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap
  • Form 1-31142
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-7
  • Official Rating 154
  • Trainer W P Mullins
  • Jockey P Townend

held up in touch in 4th, went 2nd 2 out, no chance with winner, stayed on same pace

6
Silk - Orange, Black triple diamond, chevrons on sleeves

Thistlecrack

23 CD
2/7
  • Form 1-21111
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-7
  • Official Rating 174
  • Trainer C L Tizzard
  • Jockey T Scudamore

made all, set slow gallop, quickened before 9th, asserting when not fluent 2 out, soon drew well clear, impressive

Previous results

In depth

Verdict

THISTLECRACK won't be much of a price in this but is impossible to oppose after his demolition job in the World Hurdle at Cheltenham. Of those routed at The Festival, only Aqalim renews hostilities with Colin Tizzard's brilliant stayer but it's hard to see him finishing any closer. Different Gravey will probably be going chasing next season and steps out of handicaps for this. He's improving but not quickly enough to bridge the gap. Shaneshill had some smart form over hurdles last year but has been chasing, though ran very well when second in the RSA Chase last month. Prince Of Scars has come on in leaps and bounds since finishing well behind Shaneshill at Fairyhouse a year ago and landed a Grade 1 at Leopardstown in December. He could be the danger to the selection if finding a bit more improvement as he'll enjoy the ground.

Formwatch

Aqalim 20-1 (11-7) Raced wide, tracked leaders, lost place 6th, reminders after 8th, soon behind, 6th of 8, 33 1/4l behind Thistlecrack (11-7) at Ascot 3m (1) gs in Dec.

Different Gravey (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Held up, headway to chase leaders after 4 out, led 2 out, soon driven clear, ran on strongly, won at Ascot 2m 3f hcp (2) sft in Feb beating Fingertips (10-2) by 16l, 9 ran.

Prince Of Scars (IRE) 10-1 (11-10) Settled in 4th, left 3rd at 4th, smooth progress to lead approaching last, ridden and kept on well run-in, won at Leopardstown 3m (1) hvy in Dec beating Alpha Des Obeaux (11-10) by 4l, 5 ran.

Serienschock (GER) (10-7) 2nd of 10, 1l behind Bosseur (10-7) at Auteuil 2m 2f Grp 3 sft in Mar.

Shaneshill (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Not always fluent, held up in rear, headway after 3 out, challenged 2 out, led when jumped left and not fluent last, headed flat, edged right and held towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Blaklion (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m (1) gd in Mar.

Thistlecrack Evensfav (11-10) Held up mid-division, took closer order 6th, went 2nd before 3 out, led next, clear before last, driven out, ran on well, impressive, won at Cheltenham 3m (1) gd in Mar beating Alpha Des Obeaux (11-10) by 7l, 12 ran.