Aintree

  • 16:20 Betfred Handicap Chase 3m 210y

  • Winner £33,762 2nd £12,720 3rd £6,366 4th £3,180
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 39.77s
  • Off time: 16:21:30
16:20 Aintree Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Maggio (FR) 50/1
2nd Virak (FR) 12/1
3rd Al Co (FR) 14/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Sky Bet
1 1-72220 YELLOW, ROYAL BLUE spots Virak (FR) 42
7 11-12 p1 P F Nicholls H Cobden (5) 157 1001
2 P83135 Light Blue and Maroon (halved), sleeves reversed, Light Blue and Maroon hooped cap Cloudy Too (IRE) 27
Distance Winner
10 11-1 Mrs S J Smith D R Fox 146 1001
3 1-214F4 Dark Green, Maroon stars, Maroon cap Knock House (IRE) 23
Distance Winner
7 10-12 p M R Channon Ms N Carberry 143 1001
4 P-13222 White, royal blue star, halved sleeves and star on cap Coologue (IRE) 36
Beaten Favourite
7 10-10 t C E Longsdon R Johnson 141 1001
5 30-1356 Royal Blue, Yellow diamond, checked sleeves, Royal Blue cap, Yellow diamond Maggio (FR) 27
11 10-9 t P Griffin J Reveley 140 1001
6 4100PF Dark Green, White seams, Dark Green sleeves, White cap, Red star Little Jon 23
8 10-9 p N A Twiston-Davies Ryan Hatch (3) 140 1001
7 6/751P0 Beige, grey epaulets Racing Pulse (IRE) 25
7 10-8 pt Miss R Curtis J J Burke 139 1001
8 6-121U7 Red, royal blue cross belts, white sleeves, royal blue stars, white cap, royal blue star Thomas Brown 25
7 10-8 b H Fry N D Fehily 139 1001
10 4-71P13 White, maroon cross belts, hooped sleeves, maroon cap Roc D'Apsis (FR) 42
7 10-5 p T R George P J Brennan 136 1001
11 18-6600 BLACK and WHITE check, YELLOW sleeves, BLACK and WHITE quartered cap No Secrets (IRE) 55
Distance Winner
12 10-5 t A J Martin D F O'Regan 136 1001
12 4-42122 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Cernunnos (FR) 21
6 10-4 pt T R George M P Walsh 135 1001
13 37-1511 Red, Black diamond, Red sleeves, Yellow diamonds, Black cap, Red diamonds Mystifiable 36
8 10-3 t F O'Brien Sam Twiston-Davies 134 1001
14 3U7-P77 Emerald Green, Yellow hoop, White sleeves, Black cap Al Co (FR) 58
Distance Winner
11 10-1 p1 P Bowen S Bowen 132 1001
15 4-07538 White, Emerald Green stripe, White sleeves, Dark Blue armlets Band Of Blood (IRE) 25
8 10-0 bt Dr R D P Newland Joshua Moore 129 1001
Non runners
932/4121-Warden Hill (IRE)810-6M R ChannonA Thornton137

Verdict

Mick Channon's string have been flying on the Flat and Warden Hill is capable of running well fresh and is no forlorn hope in this, though a market check is advised. Nina Carberry's mount KNOCK HOUSE may be the stable's best hope of success, however, as he arrives off the back of a good run in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir at Cheltenham under today's rider, who also rode him to success at Cheltenham back in November. Mystifiable is the dark horse in the contest having impressed at Newbury last time. Fellow novice Cernunnos also has claims but is another stepping up in trip. Coologue is only a couple of pounds higher than when second in the Listed Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster in January and Cloudy Too has the form to figure – he beat the luckless Virak by 15 lengths in a Grade 2 at Haydock earlier this year. But Al Co, No Secrets and Band Of Blood have become disappointing and Thomas Brown's jumping remains a concern.