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Aintree

Thu, 12th Apr 2012
15:40
John Smith's Fox Hunters' Chase (National Course), 2m 5f 110y
26 Runners (6YO plus) (Class 2) Total Prize Fund - £35000

No/Draw/Horse (days since last run)
Age colour sex, Sire - Dam (Damsire)
Form/Owner(s)
Wearing Details

Weight/Penalty
Offical Rating

Forecast Price*
Jockey/
Trainer

1 Blackstaff (IRE) (27J)
7 b g Needle Gun (IRE) - Sister Swing (Arctic Lord)
111-52P Mrs Jane Williams

12-0  
126

20/1
Miss E Kelly
Mrs J Williams

A winner of a chase at 3m on good ground. Pulled up 3 out when 100-1 at Cheltenham over 3m 2f (good) in a chase won by Salsify last month on his latest outing.

2 Bow School (IRE) (37J)
11 b g New Frontier (IRE) - Sallaghan (IRE) (Hays)
2-U1612 Mr J P G Hamilton

12-0  
120

25/1
Mr W Kinsey
Mrs A C Hamilton

Winner of a hurdle race and four chases from 2m 2f to 2m 4f on ground varying from good to firm to good to soft. Beaten 1/2l by Dancing Art when second of 6 at 9-1 on his latest outing in a chase at Newcastle over 2m 4f (good to soft) last month. Has won at Kelso and Wetherby this season.

3 Boxer Georg (IRE) (27J)
10 b g Taipan (IRE) - Country Course (IRE) (Crash Course)
472-610 William Murray/keith Murray

12-0  
102

15/2
Mr P W Mullins
W P Mullins

A winner of a chase at 2m 4f on heavy ground. Well beaten at 16-1 behind Salsify when 10th of 22 on his latest outing in a chase at Cheltenham over 3m 2f (good) last month.

4 Cloudy Lane (GB) (27J)
12 b g Cloudings (IRE) - Celtic Cygnet (Celtic Cone)
448/216 Mr Trevor Hemmings

12-0  
126

13/2
Mr R O Harding
D McCain Jnr

Has won three hurdle races, a NH flat race and seven chases from 2m 1f to 3m 2f on ground varying from good to heavy. Finished 16l behind Salsify when sixth of 22 at 9-2 on his latest outing in a chase at Cheltenham over 3m 2f (good) last month.

5 Eleazar (GER) (2503F, 27J)
11 b g Alkalde (GER) - Eicidora (GER) (Surumu (GER))
0/1122U Mr J J W Wadham
Cheek pieces

12-0  
128

10/1
Mr M G Nolan
Mrs L Wadham

Winner of four hurdle races and three chases from 2m to 3m on ground varying from good to firm to good to soft. Unseated rider when 66-1 at Cheltenham over 3m 2f (good) in a chase won by Salsify last month on his latest outing. Has won at Uttoxeter and Fakenham this season.

6 Emergency Cover (IRE) (32J)
9 b g Dr Massini (IRE) - State In Emergency (IRE) (Commanche Run (IRE))
777321 Mr N W Padfield

12-0  
122

33/1
Miss G Andrews
N W Padfield

A winner of a chase at 2m 4f on good ground. Well beaten at 25-1 behind Merchant Royal when seventh of 15 on his latest outing in a chase at Wexford over 2m 6f (soft) in November last year.

7 Fresh Air And Fun (IRE) (50J)
9 b g Trans Island - Executive Ellie (IRE) (Executive Perk)
U3332-1 Mrs D J Ralph

12-0  
120

20/1
Mr L R Payter
A Ralph

Winner of a hurdle race, a NH flat race and three chases from 2m to 3m on good and soft ground. A winner at 7-2 in a chase at Ludlow over 2m 4f (good) on his latest outing in February, beating Bermuda Boy by 9l.

8 Gwanako (FR) (2264F, 34J)
9 b g Sin Kiang (FR) - Vaubecourt (FR) (Courtroom (FR))
000-211 The Stewart Family

12-0  
140

3/1
Mr James Cowley
P F Nicholls

Has won five hurdle races and five chases from 1m 7f to 2m 5f on good and good to soft ground. Won on his latest outing in a chase when 1-5fav at Sandown over 2m 4f (good) last month, beating I Have Dreamed by 2 3/4l. Has won twice at Sandown this season.

9 Harps Counsel (IRE) (18J)
10 b g Leading Counsel (USA) - Up The Harps (IRE) (Lord Americo)
434P12 Mr Cathal M McGovern
Tongue strap, Cheek pieces

12-0  
95

66/1
Mr S F Magee
J K Magee

Placed in a hurdle race and three chases from 16 starts. Beaten 4l by Supreme Doc when second of 13 at 9-2 on his latest outing in a maiden chase at Downpatrick over 2m 5f (good) last month.

10 Herons Well (GB) (27J)
9 b g Heron Island (IRE) - The Storm Bell (IRE) (Glacial Storm (USA))
1UF-440 Mr John Halley
Cheek pieces

12-0  
124

25/1
Mr Josh Halley
Miss R Curtis

Winner of two hurdle races and four chases from 2m to 3m 2f on ground varying from good to firm to soft. Well beaten at 66-1 behind Salsify when 11th of 22 on his latest outing in a chase at Cheltenham over 3m 2f (good) last month.

11 Island Life (IRE) (2047F, 22J)
9 b g Turtle Island (IRE) - Life Support (IRE) (High Estate)
8/2P811 Miss L Wallace & Mr S Flook
Cheek pieces

12-0  
120

20/1
Mr R Jarrett
S Flook

Winner of two hurdle races and five chases from 2m to 2m 5f on ground varying from good to heavy. A winner at 4-1 in a chase at Hereford over 2m 3f (good) on his latest outing last month, beating Sunday City by 19l. Has also won at Warwick this season.

12 Keenan's Future (IRE) (27J)
11 ch g Safety Catch (USA) - The Singer (IRE) (Accordion)
1-3F140 Mr S Rea
Cheek pieces

12-0  
121

33/1
Mr R Hodges
S Rea

Has won two hurdle races and six chases from 2m 3f to 3m 6f on ground varying from good to heavy. Well beaten at 100-1 behind Salsify when 12th of 22 on his latest outing in a chase at Cheltenham over 3m 2f (good) last month.

13 Kildonnan (GB) (25J)
13 b g Bob's Return (IRE) - Celtic Tore (IRE) (Torus)
P/43-273 Mr N Mechie

12-0  
99

100/1
Mr G Brewer
Mrs F Brewer

He has won two hurdle races and a chase from 2m 6f to 3m 1f on soft and heavy ground, but last win was over two years ago. Third of 8 behind Special Portrait beaten 27l at 6-1 on his latest outing in a chase at Carlisle over 3m (soft) last month.

14 King Of The Road (GB) (11J)
10 ch g Romany Rye - Queen's Cross (Kinglet)
262474 Mrs J P Ackner, Mrs A Harvey-bailey

12-0  
96

100/1
Mr Matthew Hampton
Mrs J Ackner

Placed in a chase from three starts. Well beaten at 28-1 behind Barbers Shop when fourth of 7 on his latest outing in a chase at Fontwell over 3m 2f (good to soft) in February.

15 Launde (IRE) (19J)
13 b g Norwich - Carbia's Last (Palm Track)
2F-5P13 Mr Anthony Ward-Thomas
Cheek pieces

12-0  
87

100/1
Mr A Ward-Thomas
C Gordon

Winner of five chases at 2m on ground varying from good to firm to soft. Third of 5 behind Gainsborough's Art beaten 9l at 15-8fav on his latest outing in a chase at Bangor over 2m 1f (good) last month.

16 My Way de Solzen (FR) (19J)
12 b g Assessor (IRE) - Agathe De Solzen (FR) (Chamberlin (FR))
1/2211-1 Mr Jerry Wright

12-0  
135

5/1
Mr W Biddick
Gabe Mahon

Has won six hurdle races and five chases from 2m to 3m on ground varying from good to heavy. A winner at 9-2 in a chase at Hereford over 2m 3f (good) on his latest outing in March last year, beating Takeroc by 9l.

17 Offshore Account (IRE) (20J)
12 b g Oscar (IRE) - Park Breeze (IRE) (Strong Gale)
P12211 Mr N Sutton
Tongue strap, Cheek pieces

12-0  
119

16/1
Mr Nicholas Sutton
Mrs T L Bailey

Winner of a hurdle race and five chases from 2m 2f to 3m 1f on ground varying from good to heavy. A winner at 8-1 in a chase at Newbury over 3m (good) on his latest outing last month, beating Coombe Hill by 14l. Has won 3 times this season.

18 Presentandcorrect (IRE) (23J)
11 ch g Presenting - Friston (IRE) (Roselier (FR))
486511 Mr & Mrs T F Sage

12-0  
115

33/1
Mr M Wall
T F Sage

Winner of two hurdle races and three chases from 2m 1f to 3m on good ground. Won on his latest outing in a chase when 6-4fav at Exeter over 3m (good) last month, beating For The Staff by a head. Has also won at Didmarton this season.

19 Roulez Cool (GB) (2058F, 20J)
9 b g Classic Cliche (IRE) - Makounji (FR) (Tip Moss (FR))
1B/11-U4 Mr Robert Waley-Cohen

12-0  
133

12/1
Mr S Waley-Cohen
R Waley-Cohen

He has won three chases from 2m 4f to 3m 4f on good to firm and good ground. Finished 20l behind Offshore Account when fourth of 8 at 2-1fav on his latest outing in a chase at Newbury over 3m (good) last month.

20 Sheriff Hutton (IRE) (22J)
9 b g Rudimentary (USA) - Will She What (IRE) (Lafontaine (USA))
P-72313 Ms Angela Norton
Visor

12-0  
125

20/1
Mr O Greenall
Oliver Greenall

Winner of three hurdle races and three chases from 2m 4f to 3m on good to firm and good ground. Third of 14 behind Island Life beaten 24l at 11-4fav on his latest outing in a chase at Hereford over 2m 3f (good) last month.

21 Silver Adonis (IRE) (27J)
11 gr g Portrait Gallery (IRE) - Fair Fontaine (IRE) (Lafontaine (USA))
332P41 C E Stedman & R J Corsan
Blinkers

12-0  
122

12/1
Mr T Weston
Dr R D P Newland

Has won a hurdle race, two NH flat races and five chases from 2m to 2m 5f on ground varying from good to firm to good to soft. A winner at 11-2 in a chase at Fakenham over 2m 5f (good) on his latest outing last month, beating Five Out Of Five by 16l.

22 Sizing America (IRE) (24J)
11 b g Lord Americo - Annfield Lady (IRE) (Furry Glen)
7P9362 The Good, The Bad & The Handsome

12-0  
112

33/1
Mr A J Berry
P Rich

Successful in a NH flat race and a chase at 2m and 2m 1f on heavy ground, but last win was over two years ago. Beaten 5l by Ringa Bay when second of 6 at 7-4fav on his latest outing in a chase at Southwell over 3m (good to soft) last month.

23 Teddy's Reflection (IRE) (24J)
9 b g Beneficial - Regal Pursuit (IRE) (Roi Danzig (USA))
24P-2F3 Mr P J Vogt
Cheek pieces

12-0  
115

50/1
Mr J Hodson
Ian Williams

Successful in a hurdle race and a chase at 2m 2f and 3m on good to soft and soft ground. Third of 6 behind Ringa Bay beaten 22l at 9-4 on his latest outing in a chase at Southwell over 3m (good to soft) last month.

24 The Polomoche (IRE) (49J)
9 b g Beneficial - Lessons Lass (IRE) (Doyoun)
14-1251 Mr M Foley

12-0  
129

16/1
Mr Sam Painting
M Foley

Has won three hurdle races, a NH flat race and four chases from 2m to 3m on ground varying from good to firm to heavy. Won on his latest outing in a chase when 7-4fav at Huntingdon over 3m (good to soft) in February, beating Gidam Gidam by 9l. Has also won at Aintree this season.

25 Unowatimeen (IRE) (54J)
12 b g Supreme Leader - Collinstown Queen (IRE) (King's Ride (IRE))
F21/P31 Mr J J O'shea

12-0  
122

33/1
Miss Samantha Drake
J J O'Shea

He has won a hurdle race, a NH flat race and two chases from 2m 1f to 3m on soft and heavy ground. A winner at 22-1 in a chase at Haydock over 3m (heavy) on his latest outing in February, beating Turko by 1 1/4l.

26 William Butler (IRE) (28J)
12 b g Safety Catch (USA) - Rosie Josie (Trombone)
5/4142-3 Mr Anthony Ward-Thomas

12-0  
114

33/1
Mr P York
C Gordon

Winner of a hurdle race and six chases from 2m to 2m 5f on ground varying from good to firm to soft. Third of 4 behind Officier De Reserve beaten 49l at 5-2 on his latest outing in a chase at Towcester over 2m 6f (good to soft) last month. Having his first run for a new stable today.

Race Verdict

Although initially looking slightly disappointing when finishing sixth in the Christie's Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham last month, Cloudy Lane was only 3 1/2-lengths behind the third Oscar Delta, who subsequently won at Fairyhouse on Tuesday, and he warrants plenty of respect having completed the National course in the past. However it is one of two C&D winners, GWANAKO, who looks the one to beat. Andy Stewart's 2008 Topham winner has looked as well as ever this season, winning both starts at Sandown, and James Cowley was onboard for the first of those emphatic victories. Multiple Grade 1 winner May Way De Solzen swept aside the useful Takeroc (who has won twice since) on his only previous start in this sphere at Hereford in March last year and another success between the flags 19 days ago will have just taken the edge off him, while Boxer Georg and the 2010 winner of this race Silver Adonis are others to consider.

Selection: Gwanako        Danger: Cloudy Lane        Alternative: My Way de Solzen
* These are prices forecast by PA Sport Ltd. and are to be used only as a guide to the betting market.
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