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  • 14:15 E-Lites Top Novices' Hurdle 2m 110y

  • (Grade 2) £60,000 added 4yo+ 11 ran
  • Winner £33,762 2nd £12,720 3rd £6,366 4th £3,180
  • Going: Good to Soft (Good in places)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 59.20s
  • Off time: 14:16:00

Full result

14:15 Aintree Result 10th April 2015
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Cyrus Darius 11-4 B S Hughes J M Jefferson 6 8/1
Held up in 5th, not fluent 1st, closed 4th, went 2nd going well from 3 out, led before last, ridden clear flat, stayed on strongly opened 9/1 touched 9/1
2nd 10 Vago Collonges (FR) 11-4 Sam Twiston-Davies P F Nicholls 6 7/1
Tracked leader, challenged 6th, soon led, not fluent 2 out, driven and headed before last, no impression on winner flat, stayed on same pace opened 7/1 touched 7/1
3rd Qewy (IRE) 11-4 A P McCoy J P Ferguson 5 5/1
Held up in mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, ridden before next, no impression on winner flat, stayed on same pace opened 5/1 touched 11/2
4th 10 Glingerburn (IRE) 11-4 B P Harding N G Richards 7 7/4f
Mid-division, 6th and outpaced before 3 out, never able to get on terms, went 4th flat opened 15/8 touched 2/1
5th Cardinal Walter (IRE) 11-4 A Tinkler N J Henderson 6 8/1
Tracked leaders, took keen hold, pushed along to press for close 2nd 3 out, one pace from next, 4th and fading when jumped right and mistake last, lost 4th flat opened 15/2 touched 8/1
6th 30 Jolly's Cracked It (FR) 11-4 N D Fehily H Fry 6 8/1
Chased leaders, not fluent 4th, gradually lost place, well beaten before 3 out, tailed off opened 9/1 touched 9/1
7th 10 Montdragon (FR) 11-4 R P McLernon Jonjo O'Neill 5 50/1
Held up towards rear, ridden after 6th, well behind before 3 out, tailed off opened 33/1 touched 50/1
8th 17 Trader Jack 11-4 Stephen Craine D Flood 6 100/1
Held up in rear, took keen hold, not fluent 3rd, ridden after 6th, well behind before 3 out, tailed off opened 100/1 touched 100/1
9th 91 Dabadiyan (IRE) 11-4 Joshua Moore G L Moore 5 66/1
Towards rear, not fluent 2nd, last after 6th, soon tailed off opened 50/1 touched 66/1
F Endless Credit (IRE) 11-4 Joe Colliver Micky Hammond 5 25/1
Led, mistakes, headed after 6th, 5th and fading when fell 2 out opened 20/1 touched 25/1
UR Commissioned (IRE) 11-4 R Johnson J P Ferguson 5 10/1
Held up in rear, headway and in touch when blundered badly and unseated rider 3 out opened 10/1 touched 10/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££2.20,£2.30,£1.90
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2 £8.40,1&3 £7.00,2&3 £5.40

Jackpot: £57,738.43 carried forward to Aintree, 11th Apr
Placepot: £359.10, Pool: £500919.03, 1018.02 winning tickets
Quadpot: £75.90, Pool: £28936.7, 281.78 winning tickets

Verdict

Malcolm Jefferson: "It's always hard to chuck them in at the deep end but yesterday morning when I looked at what was going to run, I thought that there's always a chance that the favourite might not run to his form and then the rest of them were much of a muchness on ratings. I rang Brian and he was thinking we should go to Perth but I thought 'Bugger it', as this was going to be his last run of the season anyhow. He's going to grass now so I thought we'd take our chance. I dream about all sorts of things but often they end up as nightmares! So we'll just leave him at grass and see what next season brings - he'll go novice chasing next season. He's just a lovely big horse who travels really well. I'd love to have a good two-mile chaser and he could be the one. He's very nimble for a big horse and we've schooled him over fences."

Brian Hughes: "He's won two races in the North in a hack canter, and while we were umming and ahhing about coming here Malcolm made a good shout and it's paid off. He's a big, strapping horse and will make a better chaser we hope. He jumped and travelled well today, and while it took me a bit of time to settle him it's a big atmosphere for young horses and he was just a bit keen. Once he settled and got into a rhythm I was confident he would run well and from turning in I realised they were going to struggle to get by me. He's not a horse that gets worked up, but he's raw and it's a warm day. On the whole, considering it was only his third run over hurdles, he coped with it well and there's a lot of improvement in him. We've already schooled him over fences and he coped fine. I should think we will give him another pop [over fences] before he goes out for summer grass."

Nicky Richards: "He's fine. He just couldn't get in that rhythm today. I had to miss last season with him and this season I got him in early and he's had a nice, long, steady preparation. I'm not making excuses about anything, I may not have won, but I'd say he was over the top there. He's still a good horse though - as is the winner."

John Ferguson: "We're delighted with the way he ran. We'll give him a good holiday now - he's been on the go for a long time."