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Aintree

Fri, 13th Apr 2012
16:15
John Smith's Sefton Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1), 3m 110y
19 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 Aikideau (FR) (34J)
5 b g Le Balafre (FR) - Kizitso (FR) (En Calcat (FR))
0-27113 The Stewart Family

11-4  
128

33/1
L Aspell
R Rowe

Successful in two hurdle races at 2m 5f on good to soft and heavy ground. Third of 18 behind Ambion Wood beaten 12l at 16-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 3 hurdle race in the Group 3 paddypower.com 'NH' Novices' Handicap Hurdle at Sandown over 2m 4f (good to soft) last month. Has won twice at Plumpton this season.

2 Ballyrock (IRE) (104J)
6 b g Milan - Ardent Love (IRE) (Ardross)
2/216-12 Pearn's Pharmacies Ltd
Tongue strap

11-4  
140

10/1
A P McCoy
Tim Vaughan

A winner of a hurdle race at 2m 4f on soft ground. Beaten 1l by Fingal Bay when second of 5 at 25-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 hurdle race in the Group 1 Bathwick Tyres Challow Novices' Hurdle at Newbury over 2m 5f (soft) in December last year.

3 Cotton Mill (GB) (564F, 30J)
5 b g Tiger Hill (IRE) - Mill Line (Mill Reef (USA))
111U Bloomfields

11-4  
147

4/1
D F O'Regan
J P Ferguson

He has won three hurdle races from 2m 4f to 2m 5f on good and good to soft ground. Unseated rider when 8-1 in the Group 1 Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham over 2m 5f (good) in a Grade 1 hurdle race won by Simonsig last month on his latest outing. Has won 3 times this season.

4 Ely Brown (IRE) (33J)
7 b g Sunshine Street (USA) - Browneyed Daughter (IRE) (Broken Hearted (IRE))
U1U203 Countrywide Vehicle Rentals Taxi Hire
Cheek pieces

11-4  
124

66/1
A Thornton
Mrs R Hobbs

Successful in two hurdle races at 3m on good to firm and good to soft ground. Third of 14 behind Kilmacowen beaten 29l at 8-1 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Warwick over 3m 1f (good) last month. Has won 3 times this season.

5 Fingal Bay (IRE) (104J)
6 b g King's Theatre (IRE) - Lady Marguerrite (Blakeney)
1-1111 Mrs R J Skan

11-4  
153

5/2
R Johnson
P J Hobbs

Winner of four hurdle races and a NH flat race from 2m 1f to 2m 5f on ground varying from good to soft. Won on his latest outing in a Grade 1 hurdle race when 1-4fav in the Group 1 Bathwick Tyres Challow Novices' Hurdle at Newbury over 2m 5f (soft) in December last year, beating Ballyrock by 1l. Has won 3 times this season.

6 Forgotten Gold (IRE) (76J)
6 b g Dr Massini (IRE) - Ardnataggle (IRE) (Aristocracy)
6-22135 Mr & Mrs R Cornock

11-4  
137

25/1
P J Brennan
T R George

A winner of a hurdle race at 2m 5f on good ground. Well beaten at 20-1 behind Batonnier when fifth of 11 on his latest outing in a Grade 2 hurdle race in the Group 2 Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham over 2m 4f (good to soft) in January. Has won at Ludlow and Lismore this season.

7 Golden Call (IRE) (20J)
8 b g Goldmark (USA) - Call Me Countess (IRE) (Aristocracy)
214411 Mr M M Allen

11-4  
139

14/1
J M Maguire
D McCain Jnr

He has won three hurdle races and a NH flat race from 2m 2f to 3m on good to firm and good ground. A winner at 5-1 in a hurdle race at Bangor over 3m (good) on his latest outing last month, beating So Fine by 9l. Has won 3 times this season.

8 Gullinbursti (IRE) (56J)
6 b g Milan - D'ygrande (IRE) (Good Thyne (USA))
21-1122 Mr N Mustoe

11-4  
139

12/1
N Fehily
Miss E C Lavelle

He has won two hurdle races and a NH flat race from 2m 2f to 2m 6f on good to soft and yielding ground. Beaten a neck by Knock A Hand when second of 15 at 9-4fav on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Newbury over 3m (good to soft) in February. Has won at Hereford and Exeter this season.

9 Harry Topper (GB) (55J)
5 b g Sir Harry Lewis (USA) - Indeed To Goodness (IRE) (Welsh Term)
1-5112 Mr D J Keyte

11-4  
135

16/1
S Quinlan
K C Bailey

He has won two hurdle races and a NH flat race from 2m 1f to 2m 6f on good and soft ground. Beaten 12l by Brindisi Breeze when second of 9 at 9-2co-fav on his latest outing in a Grade 2 hurdle race in the Group 2 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at Haydock over 3m (heavy) in February. Has won at Wincanton and Uttoxeter this season.

10 Hawkes Point (GB) (35J)
7 b g Kayf Tara - Mandys Native (IRE) (Be My Native (USA))
135-12 Mr C G Roach

11-4  
139

12/1
R Walsh
P F Nicholls

A winner of a hurdle race at 3m on heavy ground. Beaten 2l by Hildisvini when second of 10 at 7-2 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Sandown over 2m 6f (good to soft) last month.

11 Ipsos Du Berlais (FR) (28J)
6 gr g Poliglote - Isis Du Berlais (FR) (Cadoudal (FR))
11231P Gigginstown House Stud
Blinkers

11-4  
139

16/1
D N Russell
N Meade

He has won two hurdle races and a NH flat race from 2m to 2m 6f on ground varying from soft to soft - heavy. Pulled up at the last when 20-1 in the Group 1 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham over 3m (good) in a Grade 1 hurdle race won by Brindisi Breeze last month on his latest outing.

12 Knock A Hand (IRE) (56J)
7 br g Lend A Hand - Knockcross (IRE) (Lake Coniston (IRE))
221111 Mr Alan Halsall

11-4  
142

16/1
T Scudamore
R Lee

He has won four hurdle races from 2m 4f to 3m on good to soft and heavy ground. A winner at 5-1 in a hurdle race at Newbury over 3m (good to soft) on his latest outing in February, beating Gullinbursti by a neck. Has won 3 times this season.

13 Lovcen (GER) (28J)
7 b g Tiger Hill (IRE) - Lady Hawk (GER) (Grand Lodge (USA))
1-41F14 The Barbury Apes

11-4  
142

16/1
R Thornton
A King

Successful in two hurdle races at 2m 5f and 2m 6f on good and good to soft ground. Finished 9l behind Brindisi Breeze when fourth of 20 at 12-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 hurdle race in the Group 1 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham over 3m (good) last month. Has won 3 times this season.

14 Makethe Mostofnow (IRE) (27J)
7 b g Milan - Pass The Leader (IRE) (Supreme Leader)
1-41611 Mrs Janet Davies

11-4  
140

16/1
Paul Moloney
Evan Williams

He has won three hurdle races from 2m 4f to 3m on soft ground. Won on his latest outing in a hurdle race when 11-4fav at Ffos Las over 3m (soft) last month, beating Miss Kalifa by 8l. Has won 3 times at Ffos Las this season.

15 Nagpur (FR) (776F, 30J)
6 b g Byzantium (FR) - Bel'cris (FR) (Cricket Ball (USA))
FP1126 Miss S Douglas-Pennant

11-4  
139

25/1
Aidan Coleman
Miss V Williams

Successful in two hurdle races at 2m 2f and 2m 3f on soft and heavy ground. Well beaten at 66-1 behind Simonsig when sixth of 17 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 hurdle race in the Group 1 Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham over 2m 5f (good) last month. Has won at Fontwell and Lingfield this season.

16 Netminder (IRE) (48J)
6 b g Insatiable (IRE) - Princess Douglas (IRE) (Bishop Of Orange (IRE))
1-24213 Mr & Mrs A M Thomson

11-4  
124

66/1
J Reveley
A M Thomson

A winner of a hurdle race at 2m 4f on soft ground. Third of 9 behind Dark Glacier beaten 12l at 11-4 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Newcastle over 2m 6f (good to soft) in February. Has won at Ayr and Monksgrange this season.

17 Poole Master (GB) (30J)
7 ch g Fleetwood (IRE) - Juste Belle (FR) (Mansonnien (FR))
14-1110 Mr G Thompson

11-4  
142

20/1
C Honour
D Pipe

He has won three hurdle races and a NH flat race from 2m to 2m 5f on good to soft and soft ground. Well beaten at 8-1 behind Son Of Flicka when 17th of 28 on his latest outing in a Grade 3 hurdle race in the Group 3 Coral Cup at Cheltenham over 2m 5f (good) last month. Has won 3 times this season.

18 Tap Night (USA) (517F, 41J)
5 ch g Pleasant Tap (USA) - Day Mate (USA) (Dayjur (USA))
223111 Miss Jane Buchanan

11-4  
141

12/1
P Buchanan
Miss Lucinda V Russell

He has won three hurdle races from 2m 2f to 2m 4f on ground varying from good to soft. A winner at 9-4 in a Grade 2 hurdle race in the Group 2 Premier Kelso Hurdle at Kelso over 2m 2f (good) on his latest outing last month, beating Captain Conan by 2l. Has won 3 times this season.

19 Catcherinscratcher (IRE) (26J)
7 b m Catcher In The Rye (IRE) - Maiden Over (IRE) (Bowling Pin)
211446 Alan & Ann Potts Partnership

10-11  
132

25/1
A E Lynch
H de Bromhead

She has won two hurdle races and a NH flat race from 2m to 3m on good and soft ground. Well beaten at 8-1 behind My Murphy when sixth of 7 on her latest outing in a hurdle race at Navan over 2m 7f (soft) last month.

Race Verdict

FINGAL BAY missed Cheltenham due to a minor setback but providing he comes here at the top of his game, he is likely to prove hard to beat. Philip Hobbs' charge is unbeaten in five runs, which include three Grade 2 races and a Grade 1 at 2m4f and 2m5f, and his victims include the likes of Barbatos and Simonsig. The step up in trip should be ideal for him. Cotton Mill was in the process of running a big race before unshipping Denis O'Regan at Cheltenham and he is respected but the 3m trip might just stretch him. Lovcen will have no issues on the stamina front and he has each-way prospects, along with the progressive Knock A Hand.

Selection: Fingal Bay        Danger: Lovcen        Alternative: Knock A Hand
* 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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