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Aintree

Fri, 13th Apr 2012
14:00
Tangle Teezer Top Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2), 2m 110y
12 Runners (4YO plus) (Class 1) Total Prize Fund - £50000

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 Absolutlyfantastic (GB) (20J)
5 b g Alhaarth (IRE) - Persian Walk (FR) (Persian Bold)
1127P Ann & Alan Potts Partnership

11-4  
124

33/1
A E Lynch
H de Bromhead

Successful in a hurdle race and a NH flat race at 2m and 2m 1f on good and soft ground. Pulled up 3 out when 5-1 at Gowran Park over 2m (soft - heavy) in a hurdle race won by Tango Banbou last month on his latest outing.

2 Agent Archie (USA) (216F, 31J)
5 b g Smart Strike (CAN) - Dans La Ville (CHI) (Winning (USA))
110 Mr D Gorton

11-4  
136

16/1
J M Maguire
D McCain Jnr

Successful in two hurdle races at 2m on good and good to soft ground. Beaten 17l behind Cinders And Ashes at 50-1 when 12th of 19 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 hurdle race in the Group 1 William Hill Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham over 2m (good) last month. Has won at Newcastle and Ludlow this season.

3 Captain Conan (FR) (41J)
5 b g Kingsalsa (USA) - Lavandou (Sadler's Wells (USA))
341162 Triermore Stud

11-4  
142

5/1
B J Geraghty
N J Henderson

Successful in two hurdle races at 2m and 2m 2f on soft ground. Beaten 2l by Tap Night when second of 6 at 7-4fav on his latest outing in a Grade 2 hurdle race in the Group 2 Premier Kelso Hurdle at Kelso over 2m 2f (good) last month. Has won at Sandown and Auteuil this season.

4 Darlan (GB) (31J)
5 br g Milan - Darbela (IRE) (Doyoun)
1-111F2 Mr John P McManus

11-4  
148

2/1
A P McCoy
N J Henderson

He has won three hurdle races and a NH flat race from 2m to 2m 1f on good and good to soft ground. Beaten 1 1/4l by Cinders And Ashes when second of 19 at 7-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 hurdle race in the Group 1 William Hill Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham over 2m (good) last month. Has won 3 times this season.

5 North Cape (USA) (569F, 20J)
6 b g Action This Day (USA) - Cape (USA) (Mr Prospector (USA))
642 Mr A McIver

11-4  
122

50/1
W Kennedy
A J Lidderdale

Placed in a hurdle race from three NH starts. Beaten 2 1/2l by Claret Cloak when second of 8 at 12-1 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Newbury over 2m (good) last month.

6 Oscara Dara (IRE) (35J)
7 b g Oscar (IRE) - Lisa's Storm (IRE) (Glacial Storm (USA))
12-1 Bg Racing Partnership

11-4  

12/1
David Bass
N J Henderson

Successful in a hurdle race and a NH flat race at 2m on good to soft ground. A winner at 3-1 in a hurdle race at Sandown over 2m (good to soft) on his latest outing last month, beating Crystal Swing by 20l.

7 Prospect Wells (FR) (293F, 31J)
7 b g Sadler's Wells (USA) - Brooklyn's Dance (FR) (Shirley Heights)
121445 Andrea & Graham Wylie
Tongue strap

11-4  
146

5/2
R Walsh
P F Nicholls

Successful in two hurdle races at 2m on good to soft ground. Finished 2 1/4l behind Cinders And Ashes when fifth of 19 at 14-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 hurdle race in the Group 1 William Hill Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham over 2m (good) last month. Has won at Newbury and Chepstow this season.

8 Right Step (GB) (174F, 27J)
5 b g Xaar - Maid To Dance (Pyramus (USA))
1 Allen B Pope & Jarvis Associates

11-4  

16/1
T J O'Brien
A P Jarvis

A winner at 8-1 in a hurdle race at Kempton over 2m (good) on his latest outing last month, beating Tweedledrum by 1 1/4l.

9 Seventh Sky (GER) (215F, 55J)
5 b g King's Best (GER) - Sacarina (GER) (Old Vic)
26 John & Peter Heron

11-4  

33/1
N Fehily
C J Mann

Placed in a hurdle race from two starts. Well beaten at 11-4 behind Theatre Guide when sixth of 12 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Wincanton over 2m (soft) in February.

10 Theatre Guide (IRE) (55J)
5 b g King's Theatre (IRE) - Erintante (IRE) (Denel (FR))
41-261 Mrs Jean R Bishop

11-4  

16/1
J Tizzard
C L Tizzard

Successful in a hurdle race and a NH flat race at 2m on soft ground. A winner at 9-4 in a hurdle race at Wincanton over 2m (soft) on his latest outing in February, beating Old Tricks by 4 1/2l.

11 Toughness Danon (GB) (54F)
6 b g Tiger Hill (GER) - Templerin (GER) (Acatenango (GER))
  Mr Paul Frank Barry

11-4  

50/1
S Twiston-Davies
B G Powell

Beaten % by Zweigelt when second of 11 on his latest outing at Dortmund over 1m 4f in December last year. Having his first run for a new stable today, previously with C Von Der Recke in Germany.

12 Vulcanite (IRE) (174F, 31J)
5 b g Dubawi (IRE) - Daraliya (IRE) (Kahyasi)
2120 Pearl Bloodstock Ltd
Tongue strap

11-4  
134

8/1
P J Brennan
C E Longsdon

A winner of a hurdle race at 2m on good to soft ground. Beaten 14l behind Cinders And Ashes at 22-1 when 10th of 19 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 hurdle race in the Group 1 William Hill Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham over 2m (good) last month.

Race Verdict

DARLAN had to settle for second behind Cinders And Ashes in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham, and it remains to be seen what that run has taken out of him, but he sets the standard for the others to aim at and he should take the beating. Prospect Wells finished just behind him in fifth on that occasion and he looks the main danger. However, Paul Nicholls' representative had previously finished well beaten behind Captain Conan at Sandown in January and although he has been slightly disappointing in two runs since, the apparent Nicky Henderson second-string might be worth a second look here. The Henderson third string, Oscara Dara, could barely have been more impressive on his hurdling debut at Sandown and it would be folly to rule him out completely.

Selection: Darlan        Danger: Prospect Wells        Alternative: Captain Conan
* 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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