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Aintree

Sat, 14th Apr 2012
14:15
John Smith's Maghull Novices' Chase (Grade 1), 2m
4 Runners (5YO 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 Australia Day (IRE) (252F, 158J)
9 gr g Key Of Luck (USA) - Atalina (FR) (Linamix (FR))
19-7211 Skippy & The Partners

11-4  
145

12/1
D F O'Regan
P R Webber

Winner of three hurdle races and two chases from 2m to 2m 1f on good and good to soft ground. Won on his latest outing in a chase when 1-4fav at Huntingdon over 2m (good to soft) in November last year, beating Nosecond Chance by 10l. Has also won at Kempton this season.

2 Kudu Country (IRE) (952F, 45J)
6 gr g Captain Rio - Nirvavita (FR) (Highest Honor (FR))
3-12F21 The Flat Cap Syndicate

11-4  
135

33/1
J Reveley
T P Tate

He has won two hurdle races and two chases at 2m on ground varying from good to heavy. Won on his latest outing in a chase when 2-7fav at Southwell over 2m (good) in February, beating L'Eldorado by 16l. Has also won at Carlisle this season.

3 Sprinter Sacre (FR) (32J)
6 b g Network (GER) - Fatima Iii (FR) (Bayolidaan (FR))
13-1111 Mrs Caroline Mould

11-4  
169

1/10
B J Geraghty
N J Henderson

Has won two hurdle races, two NH flat races and four chases from 2m to 2m 1f on ground varying from good to soft. Won on his latest outing in a Grade 1 chase when 8-11fav in the Group 1 Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase at Cheltenham over 2m (good) last month, beating Cue Card by 7l. Has won 3 times this season.

4 Toubab (FR) (965F, 29J)
6 gr g Martaline - Tabachines (FR) (Art Francais (FR))
34-2F1B Hills Of Ledbury (aga)

11-4  
143

14/1
R Walsh
P F Nicholls

Successful in a hurdle race and a chase at 2m on good and good to soft ground. Brought down when 12-1 in the Group 3 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase at Cheltenham over 2m (good) in a Grade 3 chase won by Bellvano last month on his latest outing.

Race Verdict

SPRINTER SACRE already looks one of the best novice chasers in recent history and the deeply impressive Arkle winner appears to have scared off most of the opposition this afternoon. Already proven against older horses having won the Game Spirit Chase by six lengths at Newbury in February, it's hard to see anything in this line-up getting near him with a clear round. Australia Day has been off the track due to injury since taking his chase record to two wins from three at Huntingdon in November, but his enthusiastic style of jumping could put some pressure on the favourite and he looks most likely pick up the pieces should there be a mishap. Toubab was still going well before being brought down in last month's Grand Annual, but he and Kudu Country do not look in the same league as the selection.

Selection: Sprinter Sacre        Danger: Australia Day        Alternative: Toubab
* 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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