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11:55 Aintree

Free Spins At 188Bet Casino Novices' Hurdle (Class 3)

  • 3 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 209y
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
  • £12,000 added
  • Winner: £7,507
  • 2nd: £2,218
  • 3rd: £1,109
  • 4th: £554
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 4m 32.60s
  • Off Time: 11:56:48
  • 3 Ran
1
Silk - Emerald green, beige braces, yellow sleeves, orange cap
13/8
  • Form 127-12
  • Age 4
  • Weight 11-4
  • Trainer Mrs S J Smith
  • Jockey Danny Cook

tracked leaders, went 2nd after 3 out, led after 2 out, driven and headed when jumped right last, held final 120 yards

2
Silk - Royal Blue, Pink hoop
  • Form 819-1
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-4
  • Trainer Evan Williams
  • Jockey B S Hughes

tracked winner until after 3 out, shaken up when not much room 2 out, soon switched right, ridden and beaten before last, weakened flat

3
Silk - Royal blue, pink hoops, armlets and cap
  • Form 2-1F
  • Age 4
  • Weight 10-12
  • Trainer P F Nicholls
  • Jockey S Bowen

jumped slightly left at times, led until after 2 out, driven to lead again last, stayed on, in command final 120 yards

Previous results

In depth

Verdict

Midnight Shadow was only beaten a head in a Listed race on a similar surface at Haydock two weeks ago but he does have to give 6lb to MONT DES AVALOIRS, who would have been a wide-margin winner on his hurdling debut at Wincanton had he not tipped up at the last. The latter looks a nice prospect so gets the nod as though The Last Day won easily at Chepstow, that form has yet to be franked.

Formwatch

Midnight Shadow 4-1 (11-0) Tracked leading pair, mistake 4 out, effort on inside when hit 2 out, soon ridden, upsides last, led narrowly flat, kept on, headed towards finish, 2nd of 7, nk behind Delire D'estruval (11-0) at Haydock 2m lst (1) hvy in Nov.

The Last Day (IRE) 15-8fav (11-5) Tracked leader, led 4 out, clear before last, easily, won at Chepstow 2m mdn (4) sft in Nov beating Mahlermade (11-5) by 5l, 14 ran.

Mont Des Avaloirs (FR) 10-11fav (10-12) Prominent, not fluent 1st, led before next, fell last, at Wincanton 1m 7f (3) sft in Nov.