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Aintree

Thu, 12th Apr 2012
14:00
BGC Partners Liverpool Hurdle (Grade 1), 3m 110y
8 Runners (4YO plus) (Class 1) Total Prize Fund - £100000

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 Across The Bay (IRE) (28J)
8 b g Bob's Return (IRE) - The Southern (IRE) (Glacial Storm (USA))
82425P Scotch Piper Syndicate
Blinkers

11-7  
140

100/1
J M Maguire
D McCain Jnr

He has won two hurdle races, a NH flat race and a chase from 2m to 3m on soft and heavy ground. Pulled up 2 out when 16-1 at Cheltenham over 3m (good) in a hurdle race won by Cape Tribulation last month on his latest outing.

2 Big Buck's (FR) (28J)
9 b g Cadoudal (FR) - Buck's (FR) (Le Glorieux)
11-1111 The Stewart Family

11-7  
174

1/4
R Walsh
P F Nicholls

Has won 18 hurdle races and three chases from 2m 1f to 3m 1f on ground varying from good to heavy. Won on his latest outing in a Grade 1 hurdle race when 5-6fav in the Group 1 Ladbrokes World Hurdle at Cheltenham over 3m (good) last month, beating Voler La Vedette by 1 3/4l. Has won 3 times this season.

3 Crack Away Jack (GB) (1984F, 28J)
8 ch g Gold Away (IRE) - Jolly Harbour (Rudimentary (USA))
4/8P-50P GDM Partnership
Tongue strap

11-7  
147

33/1
N Fehily
T R George

He has won three hurdle races and a chase at 2m on good and good to soft ground, but last win was over two years ago. Pulled up 2 out when 13-2 in the Group 3 Byrne Group Plate at Cheltenham over 2m 5f (good) in a Grade 3 chase won by Salut Flo last month on his latest outing. Having his first run for a new stable today.

4 Poungach (FR) (102J)
6 b g Daliapour (IRE) - Shalaine (FR) (Double Bed (FR))
131-12 Donlon, Doyle, Macdonald & Webb

11-7  
154

16/1
D A Jacob
P F Nicholls

He has won two hurdle races and a NH flat race from 2m to 2m 6f on good and good to soft ground. Beaten 2l by Oscar Whisky when second of 4 at 15-8 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Cheltenham over 2m 4f (good to soft) in January.

5 Restless Harry (GB) (28J)
8 b g Sir Harry Lewis (USA) - Restless Native (IRE) (Be My Native (USA))
323410 Mr R G Whitehead

11-7  
155

25/1
C Poste
R Dickin

Winner of five hurdle races from 2m 4f to 3m 1f on ground varying from good to heavy. Well beaten at 16-1 behind Cape Tribulation when 11th of 24 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Cheltenham over 3m (good) last month. Has won at Haydock and Wetherby this season.

6 Smad Place (FR) (718F, 28J)
5 gr g Smadoun (FR) - Bienna Star (FR) (Village Star (FR))
310-123 Mrs Peter Andrews

11-7  
161

11/2
R Thornton
A King

He has won three hurdle races from 2m to 2m 3f on good to soft ground. Third of 11 behind Big Buck's beaten 9l at 20-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 hurdle race in the Group 1 Ladbrokes World Hurdle at Cheltenham over 3m (good) last month.

7 Tidal Bay (IRE) (55J)
11 b g Flemensfirth (USA) - June's Bride (IRE) (Le Moss)
26U-325 Andrea & Graham Wylie

11-7  
160

16/1
Nick Scholfield
P F Nicholls

Has won five hurdle races and six chases from 2m to 3m on ground varying from good to heavy, but last win was over two years ago. Finished 20l behind Long Run when last of 5 at 5-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 2 chase in the Group 2 Betfair Denman Chase at Newbury over 3m (good to soft) in February.

8 Won In The Dark (IRE) (980F, 21J)
8 b g Montjeu (IRE) - Meseta (Lion Cavern (USA))
346223 Mr Gerard Crehan

11-7  
139

50/1
A E Lynch
Miss S J Harty

Winner of six hurdle races from 2m to 2m 2f on ground varying from good to soft, but last win was over two years ago. Third of 5 behind Oilily beaten 5l at 4-1 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Cork over 2m 4f (yielding) last month.

Race Verdict

BIG BUCK'S, successful in four Cheltenham World Hurdles and bidding to complete the same sequence in this event, has a clear-cut opportunity to continue his remarkable winning streak. Paul Nicholls' brilliant hurdler has won 16 races on the bounce since having his attentions turned back to timber and can see off the challenges of his two stablemates, Tidal Bay and the relatively unexposed Poungach. Smad Place, only a five-year-old himself, ran a fine third to Big Buck's at Cheltenham and could yet have more offer, although he will probably be seen to best effect when tackling fences next term. Restless Harry, Across The Bay and Crack Away Jack also ran at the Festival but were all beaten out of sight in handicaps, while last year's third Won In The Dark hasn't been in the same form since.

Selection: Big Buck's        Danger: Poungach        Alternative: Tidal Bay
* 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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