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Aintree

Sat, 14th Apr 2012
13:45
John Smith's Mersey Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2), 2m 4f
10 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 Aland Islands (IRE) (42J)
6 b g Stowaway - Champagne Lady (IRE) (Turtle Island (IRE))
1-11 Mr John P McManus

11-4  
137

8/1
A P McCoy
Tim Vaughan

He has won two hurdle races and a NH flat race from 2m 1f to 2m 4f on good and soft ground. Won on his latest outing in a hurdle race when 5-2fav at Doncaster over 2m 3f (good) last month, beating Amron Lad by 7l. Has also won at Hexham this season.

2 Colour Squadron (IRE) (32J)
6 b g Old Vic - That's The Goose (IRE) (Be My Native (USA))
1212F0 Mr John P McManus

11-4  
141

10/1
R Johnson
P J Hobbs

Successful in a hurdle race and a NH flat race at 2m on good to soft and soft ground. Beaten 17l behind Cinders And Ashes at 14-1 when 13th 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 Newbury and Chepstow this season.

3 Flycorn (IRE) (48J)
6 b g Winged Love (IRE) - Scathach (IRE) (Nestor)
214506 Mr J J Devlin
Tongue strap

11-4  
132

25/1
P Townend
T Hogan

A winner of a hurdle race at 2m on good to soft ground. Finished 9l behind Felix Yonger when sixth of 8 at 25-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 2 hurdle race in the Group 2 paddypower.com Novice Hurdle at Naas over 2m (soft) in February.

4 Go All The Way (IRE) (27J)
7 b g Milan - Kings Rose (IRE) (King's Ride)
2/4-851 Ann & Alan Potts Partnership

11-4  

33/1
A E Lynch
J T R Dreaper

A winner at 7-2 in a maiden hurdle race at Navan over 2m 4f (soft) on his latest outing last month, beating Rear View by 1 1/4l.

5 Maggio (FR) (59J)
7 b g Trempolino (USA) - La Musardiere (FR) (Cadoudal (FR))
02231U Mr M Deren

11-4  
120

50/1
J Reveley
P Griffin

A winner of a chase at 2m 4f on good to soft ground. Unseated rider when 11-2 at Kelso over 2m 1f (good to soft) in a chase won by Bellvano in February on his latest outing.

6 Molotof (FR) (29J)
5 gr g Smadoun (FR) - Memorial (FR) (Homme De Loi (IRE))
20-1110 Mr S Munir

11-4  
143

10/1
R Walsh
N J Henderson

He has won three hurdle races at 2m on good to soft and soft ground. Well beaten at 11-1 behind Attaglance when 13th of 24 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Cheltenham over 2m 4f (good) last month. Has won 3 times this season.

7 Old Tricks (IRE) (37J)
5 br g Flemensfirth (USA) - Cabin Glory (IRE) (The Parson (IRE))
41621 Mr C L Tizzard

11-4  
129

33/1
J Tizzard
C L Tizzard

Successful in a hurdle race and a NH flat race at 2m on good to soft and soft ground. Won on his latest outing in a maiden hurdle race when 4-6fav at Wincanton over 2m (good to soft) last month, beating Black Pond by 6l. Has won twice at Wincanton this season.

8 Simonsig (GB) (31J)
6 gr g Fair Mix (IRE) - Dusty Too (Terimon)
1-11211 Mr R A Bartlett

11-4  
157

8/13
B J Geraghty
N J Henderson

He has won three hurdle races and a NH flat race from 2m 2f to 2m 5f on good and good to soft ground. Won on his latest outing in a Grade 1 hurdle race when 2-1fav in the Group 1 Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham over 2m 5f (good) last month, beating Felix Yonger by 7l. Has won 3 times this season.

9 Super Duty (IRE) (56J)
6 b g Shantou (USA) - Sarah's Cottage (IRE) (Topanoora)
1-11F1 Brannon, Dick, Hernon & Holden

11-4  
138

7/1
J M Maguire
D McCain Jnr

He has won three hurdle races and a NH flat race from 2m 1f to 2m 4f on good and good to soft ground. A winner at 7-1 in a hurdle race at Ascot over 2m 3f (good to soft) on his latest outing in February, beating Keys by 1 3/4l. Has won 3 times this season.

10 Baby Shine (IRE) (59J)
6 b m King's Theatre (IRE) - Brambleshine (IRE) (Phardante (FR))
1134-12 P A Philipps,t S Redman & Mrs L Redma

10-11  
128

20/1
L Aspell
Mrs L Wadham

She has won a hurdle race and two NH flat races at 2m on good to soft and heavy ground. Beaten a nose by It's A Gimme when second of 14 at 3-1 on her latest outing in a hurdle race at Southwell over 2m 4f (good to soft) in February.

Race Verdict

SIMONSIG was one of the most impressive novice winners at last month's Cheltenham Festival and providing those exertions haven't taken too much out of the strong-travelling grey, Nicky Henderson's 17-length Neptune winner is going to take the world of beating this afternoon. Super Duty would probably be unbeaten had he not fallen heavily at the last at Ayr in January, and it was good to see him bounce straight back with a commanding victory over Keys at Ascot. He looks to have been kept fresh for this day and could put up most resistance against the likely red-hot favourite. Neither Colour Squadron nor Molotof did themselves justice at Prestbury Park but both remain very promising individuals, while Aland Islands has yet to taste defeat in three career starts but has much more on his plate than when a ready winner at Doncaster last month.

Selection: Simonsig        Danger: Super Duty        Alternative: Colour Squadron
* 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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