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18:00 Aintree

Emlyn Hughes Memorial Mares' Only Handicap Hurdle

  • 10 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 4f
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
  • added
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 1m 57.10s
  • 10 Ran
1
Silk - White, Black cross belts, Yellow sleeves and cap

Hopbine

40 p D
5/1
  • Form 952801-
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-12
  • Official Rating 105

chased leader, prominent until weakened after 4 out

2
Silk - Light Blue and Maroon (halved), sleeves reversed, Light Blue and Maroon hooped cap
16/1
  • Form 4F246-7
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-9
  • Official Rating 100

held up in touch, in 3rd when slipped and fell after 2nd

3
Silk - Beige, Emerald Green Cross of Lorraine, striped sleeves and cap
10/1
  • Form P25126-
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-9
  • Official Rating 102

held up, pushed along 4 out, ridden and weakened approaching next, virtually pulled up after last

4
Silk - Black, White hoops and sleeves, hooped cap
  • Form 397174-
  • Age 4
  • Weight 11-8
  • Official Rating 106

held up behind, ridden 4 out, headway approaching 2 out, stayed on from last, no impression

5
Silk - Black, Red cross belts and armlets, quartered cap
25/1
  • Form 154770-
  • Age 4
  • Weight 11-7
  • Official Rating 105

chased leaders, ridden approaching 3 out, weakened 2 out

6
Silk - Red, Black hoop and sleeves, quartered cap
  • Form 20/2533-
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-2
  • Official Rating 95

held up, pushed along 7th, headway 3 out, stayed on approaching last

7
Silk - Red, black star and sleeves, yellow cap
  • Form 4F3169-
  • Age 10
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 93

led, soon clear, ridden and headed after 2 out, no extra flat

8
Silk - Dark Blue, Light Blue diamond and diamond on cap

Eau Pure (FR)

14 t BFD
10/1
  • Form 36712-0
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 93

held up,slightly hampered after 2nd, headway approaching 7th, one pace from 2 out

9
Silk - Black, Light Blue triple diamond
  • Form PP39F-2
  • Age 6
  • Weight 10-8
  • Official Rating 93

held up in touch, went 2nd after 8th, challenged 3 out, ridden to lead after 2 out, ran on well from last

10
Silk - Red, White Cross of Lorraine, striped sleeves, hooped cap
  • Form 0P77-
  • Age 6
  • Weight 10-0
  • Official Rating 74

always behind, pulled up after 5th

In depth

Verdict

A competitive contest gets proceedings under way and many would have chances on their best form but the principals look to be Topanberry, Hopbine and My Lady Link and the narrow vote is given to Topanberry. The selection was a fair third behind Aberdare last time out but with the drop in trip and this faster surface sure to suit he will be hard to beat. Hopbine rates the main danger on his latest victory over Cottam Grange but he was all out on that occasion and he will find it harder under his penalty. My Lady Link is another that could go well on her latest second behind Alessandro Severo but that was on heavy ground and she may be found out by this quicker ground. Tell The Trees has dropped to a handy mark and should be noted in the market while Eau Pure has conditions to suit and could go well at a price but for the winner we return to Topanberry.

Formwatch

Hopbine 12-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, ridden 2 out, stayed on well under pressure to lead final 100 yards, won at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (D) gd in Apr beating Cottam Grange (10-3) by 1 1/2l, 14 ran.

Bally's Bak 11-1 (11-2) Mid-division, headway 9th, weakened 2 out, 7th of 14, 21l behind Wayward Melody (10-9) at Worcester 3m mrs hcp hdl (E) gf.

Cashel Dancer 13-2 (10-6) Tracked leaders, ridden to remain in touch 3 out, weakened 2 out, 6th of 13, 18l behind The Persuader (11-7) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (D) gf in Apr.

Tell The Trees 10-1 (10-6) Mid-division, ridden 8th, kept on one pace, 4th of 11, 20l behind Doof (10-8) at N Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-125 (D) gd in Apr.

Topanberry (IRE) 9-4 (11-0) Tracked leader to 7th, remained in touch, ridden and outpaced 2 out, no impression on first 2 approaching last, 3rd of 6, 16l behind Aberdare (11-3) at Perth 3m mrs nov hdl (D) sft in Apr.

She's My Girl (IRE) 9-1 (10-10) Led and well clear, reducded advantage from 4th, headed after 3 out, soon weakened, 9th of 16, 22l behind Castle Isle (9-8) at Fairyhouse 2m 2f hcp hdl gs in Nov.

Eau Pure (FR) 5-1jt-fav (11-3) Prominent, ridden 8th, weakened 3 out, 10th of 16, well behind Esters Boy (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (F) gd in Apr.

My Lady Link (FR) 8-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, headway 4th, ridden after 3 out, every chance 2 out, kept on, 2nd of 14, 2 1/2l behind Alessandro Severo (11-4) at Exeter 2m 3f cnd nov hcp hdl (F) hvy.