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Aintree

Thu, 12th Apr 2012
14:30
Matalan Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1), 2m 110y
13 Runners (4YO only) (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 Bradbury (IRE) (207F, 31J)
4 ch g Redback - Simonaventura (IRE) (Dr Devious (IRE))
1742 Clarendon Thoroughbred Racing
Cheek pieces

11-0  
121

50/1
F Davis
J D Bethell

A winner of a hurdle race at 2m 1f on good ground. Beaten 2l by Beyeh when second of 11 at 13-2 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Stratford over 2m (good) last month.

2 Countrywide Flame (GB) (181F, 27J)
4 b g Haafhd - Third Party (Terimon)
121231 Estio Pinnacle Racing

11-0  
152

3/1
D C Costello
J J Quinn

He has won four hurdle races at 2m 1f on ground varying from good to soft. A winner at 33-1 in a Grade 1 hurdle race in the Group 1 JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham over 2m 1f (good) on his latest outing last month, beating Hisaabaat by 3l. Has won 3 times this season.

3 Dodging Bullets (GB) (240F, 27J)
4 b g Dubawi (IRE) - Nova Cyngi (USA) (Kris S (USA))
24 Martin Broughton & Friends
Tongue strap

11-0  
148

11/2
D A Jacob
P F Nicholls

Placed in a hurdle race from two starts. Finished 4l behind Countrywide Flame when fourth of 20 at 20-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 hurdle race in the Group 1 JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham over 2m 1f (good) last month.

4 Eagle Rock (IRE) (173F, 50J)
4 b g High Chaparral (IRE) - Silk Fan (IRE) (Unfuwain (USA))
2221 The Ivy Syndicate

11-0  
120

33/1
J Reveley
T P Tate

A winner at 15-8 in a hurdle race at Doncaster over 2m (good) on his latest outing in February, beating Kian's Delight by a head.

5 Gottany O's (GB) (201F, 18J)
4 b g Storming Home - Miletrian Cares (IRE) (Hamas (IRE))
3P13 Mr Frank McAleavy
Tongue strap

11-0  
129

33/1
J M Maguire
D McCain Jnr

A winner of a hurdle race at 2m on good to soft ground. Third of 10 behind Guess Again beaten 9l at 1-3fav on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Hexham over 2m (good) last month.

6 Grumeti (GB) (214F, 27J)
4 b g Sakhee (USA) - Tetravella (IRE) (Groom Dancer (USA))
1F113 McNeill Family

11-0  
148

11/4
R Thornton
A King

He has won three hurdle races from 2m to 2m 1f on good and good to soft ground. Third of 20 behind Countrywide Flame beaten 4l at 5-1fav on his latest outing in a Grade 1 hurdle race in the Group 1 JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham over 2m 1f (good) last month. Has won 3 times this season.

7 Hinterland (FR) (361F, 75J)
4 b g Poliglote - Queen Place (FR) (Diamond Prospect (USA))
1123 Potensis Limited & Mr Chris Giles

11-0  
141

12/1
N Fehily
P F Nicholls

Successful in two hurdle races at 1m 7f and 2m on good to soft and soft ground. Third of 14 behind Module beaten 5l at 15-8fav on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Cheltenham over 2m 1f (good to soft) in January. Has won at Cheltenham and Auteuil this season.

8 Kapga De Cerisy (FR) (248F, 29J)
4 ch g Kapgarde (FR) - Non Liquet (Kendor (FR))
255410 Mr A Brooks

11-0  
130

33/1
Aidan Coleman
Miss V Williams

Successful in two hurdle races at 2m and 2m 3f on good to soft and soft ground. Beaten 16l behind Une Artiste at 25-1 when 11th of 24 on his latest outing in a Grade 3 hurdle race in the Group 3 Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham over 2m (good) last month. Has won at Sandown and Compiegne this season.

9 Lyvius (GB) (186F, 22J)
4 b g Paolini (GER) - Lysuna (GER) (Monsun (GER))
121 Mr Trevor Hemmings

11-0  
127

12/1
B J Geraghty
N J Henderson

Successful in two hurdle races at 2m on good and good to soft ground. Won on his latest outing in a hurdle race when 1-9fav at Warwick over 2m (good) last month, beating Beggar's Velvet by 5l. Has also won at Kelso this season.

10 Pearl Swan (FR) (153F, 27J)
4 b g Gentlewave (IRE) - Swanson (USA) (Diesis)
1DF Mr R J H Geffen

11-0  
146

5/1
R Walsh
P F Nicholls

A winner of a hurdle race at 2m 1f on good to soft ground. Fell at the last when 7-1 in the Group 1 JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham over 2m 1f (good) in a Grade 1 hurdle race won by Countrywide Flame last month on his latest outing.

11 Sadler's Risk (IRE) (236F, 27J)
4 b g Sadler's Wells (USA) - Riskaverse (USA) (Dynaformer (USA))
126 Mr R S Brookhouse

11-0  
143

6/1
R Johnson
P J Hobbs

A winner of a hurdle race at 2m on good ground. Finished 9l behind Countrywide Flame when sixth of 20 at 13-2 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 hurdle race in the Group 1 JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham over 2m 1f (good) last month.

12 Zarzal (IRE) (57F, 47J)
4 b g Dr Fong (USA) - Zarwala (IRE) (Polish Precedent (USA))
3 Mrs Janet Davies

11-0  

66/1
Paul Moloney
Evan Williams

Third of 6 behind Grumeti beaten 23l at 33-1 on his NH debut in a Grade 2 hurdle race in the Group 2 williamhill.com Dovecote Novices' Hurdle at Kempton over 2m (good) in February.

13 Beyeh (IRE) (113F, 31J)
4 b f King's Best (USA) - Cradle Rock (IRE) (Desert Sun)
61 Mr Terry Pryke

10-7  

66/1
J M Davies
M Appleby

A winner at 18-1 in a hurdle race at Stratford over 2m (good) on her latest outing last month, beating Bradbury by 2l.

Race Verdict

A race that includes the first (Countrywide Flame), third (Grumeti), fourth (Dodging Bullets) and sixth (Sadler's Risk) home in the JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham last month and, with less than 10-lengths splitting those runners that day, it's likely to they will all be closely matched again but it's PEARL SAWN, a last-flight faller in that Grade 1 contest, who edges the vote. Representing the Paul Nicholls stable who won this race 12 months ago with Zarkander, he is a gelding who appears to be improving with each run and it's interesting that Ruby Walsh opts to ride him again over stablemate's Dodging Bullets and Hinterland. The latter should arrive fresher than most having bypassed Cheltenham and this early season Triumph favourite can't be ruled out.

Selection: Pearl Swan        Danger: Grumeti        Alternative: Sadler's Risk
* 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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