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Aintree

Sat, 14th Apr 2012
15:25
John Smith's Handicap Chase (Listed), 3m 1f
14 Runners (5YO plus) (Class 1) Total Prize Fund - £60000

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 Cannington Brook (IRE) (31J)
8 b g Winged Love (IRE) - Rosie Brook (IRE) (Be My Native (USA))
2-31518 Mrs Sara Biggins & Mrs Celia Djivanovi

11-12  
150

7/1
Brendan Powell (5)
C L Tizzard

He has won a hurdle race and two chases from 2m 4f to 3m on soft and heavy ground. Well beaten at 33-1 behind Bobs Worth when eighth of 9 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 chase in the Group 1 RSA Chase at Cheltenham over 3m (good) last month. Has won twice at Haydock this season.

2 Tullamore Dew (IRE) (2141F, 32J)
10 ch g Pistolet Bleu (IRE) - Heather Point (Pollerton)
F94U20 Give Every Man His Due
Cheek pieces

11-4  
142

8/1
D F O'Regan
N J Gifford

He has won two hurdle races and two chases from 2m 1f to 2m 5f on ground varying from good to firm to heavy. Well beaten at 12-1 behind Alfie Sherrin when 13th of 19 on his latest outing in a Grade 3 chase in the Group 3 Jlt Specialty Handicap Chase at Cheltenham over 3m (good) last month.

3 Noland (GB) (32J)
11 b g Exit To Nowhere (USA) - Molakai (USA) (Nureyev (USA))
2P1-56P Mr J Hales
Tongue strap

11-3  
141

16/1
D A Jacob
P F Nicholls

Has won four hurdle races, a NH flat race and five chases from 2m to 3m on ground varying from good to heavy. Pulled up 4 out when 25-1 in the Group 3 Jlt Specialty Handicap Chase at Cheltenham over 3m (good) in a Grade 3 chase won by Alfie Sherrin last month on his latest outing.

4 Chapoturgeon (FR) (1824F, 29J)
8 gr g Turgeon (USA) - Chapohio (FR) (Script Ohio (USA))
B/37-112 D A Johnson & P F Nicholls

11-0  
138

5/1
R Walsh
P F Nicholls

Winner of two hurdle races and three chases from 2m to 2m 6f on good to soft and soft ground. Beaten 1l by Salsify when second of 22 at 3-1fav on his latest outing in a chase at Cheltenham over 3m 2f (good) last month. Has won at Milborne St Andrew and Newbury this season. Having his first run for a new stable today.

5 Battle Group (GB) (32J)
7 b g Beat Hollow - Cantanta (Top Ville)
2U2054 Jolly Boys Outing
Blinkers

10-13  
137

11/2
T Scudamore
D Pipe

Winner of five hurdle races and a NH flat race from 2m to 3m on good and heavy ground. Finished 11l behind Hunt Ball when fourth of 20 at 33-1 on his latest outing in a chase at Cheltenham over 2m 4f (good) last month.

6 Saint Are (FR) (32J)
6 b g Network (GER) - Fortanea (FR) (Video Rock (FR))
2524U0 Mr D W Fox

10-13  
137

25/1
D C Costello
Tim Vaughan

Successful in two hurdle races at 2m 1f and 3m on good ground. Well beaten at 33-1 behind Hunt Ball when 14th of 20 on his latest outing in a chase at Cheltenham over 2m 4f (good) last month.

7 On Borrowed Wings (IRE) (21J)
9 br g Quws - Ann's Pet (King's Signet (USA))
977813 Mr A T A Wates
Cheek pieces

10-12  
136

12/1
Tom Cannon (3)
D W P Arbuthnot

Winner of two hurdle races, a NH flat race and two chases from 2m to 3m on ground varying from good to soft - heavy. Third of 10 behind Ikorodu Road beaten 5l at 14-1 on his latest outing in a chase at Newbury over 3m 2f (good) last month.

8 Carrickboy (IRE) (7J)
8 b g Silver Patriarch (IRE) - Alaskan Princess (IRE) (Prince Rupert (FR))
P1216P Mr Trevor Hemmings

10-12  
136

10/1
Aidan Coleman
Miss V Williams

He has won two hurdle races and two chases from 2m 1f to 2m 3f on ground varying from good to soft to heavy. Pulled up 2 out when 17-2 at Haydock over 2m 6f (good) in a chase won by Sound Accord earlier this month on his latest outing. Has won at Hereford and Catterick this season.

9 Ackertac (IRE) (32J)
7 ch g Anshan - Clonsingle Native (IRE) (Be My Native (USA))
P23325 Mark Aspey & Steve Catton
Cheek pieces

10-10  
134

10/1
S Twiston-Davies
N A Twiston-Davies

He has won two hurdle races and a NH flat race from 2m to 2m 6f on ground varying from good to soft. Finished 14l behind Hunt Ball when fifth of 20 at 14-1 on his latest outing in a chase at Cheltenham over 2m 4f (good) last month.

10 Brackloon High (IRE) (30J)
7 b g Bob Back (USA) - Homebird (IRE) (Be My Native (USA))
0-52110 Mr T Conway,mrs Conway,mr T G Warren

10-6  
130

14/1
W Kennedy
Noel T Chance

Winner of a hurdle race, two NH flat races and two chases from 2m to 3m 1f on good and soft ground. Well beaten at 10-1 behind Sunnyhillboy when 12th of 23 on his latest outing in a chase at Cheltenham over 3m 1f (good) last month. Has won at Leicester and Hereford this season.

11 The Hollinwell (GB) (30J)
9 b g Classic Cliche (IRE) - Action De Balle (FR) (Cricket Ball (USA))
23P810 Mr And Mrs Neil Iveson

10-6  
130

16/1
J Reveley
Ferdy Murphy

He has won two NH flat races and two chases from 2m to 3m 1f on good to soft and soft ground. Well beaten at 20-1 behind Sunnyhillboy when 11th of 23 on his latest outing in a chase at Cheltenham over 3m 1f (good) last month.

12 Marufo (IRE) (42J)
10 b g Presenting - Bucks Cregg (IRE) (Buckskin (FR))
F/23-531 Mrs Michelle Isaacs
Tongue strap

10-3  
127

6/1
R Johnson
P J Hobbs

He has won a hurdle race and three chases from 3m to 3m 2f on good ground. A winner at 4-1 in a chase at Newbury over 3m 2f (good) on his latest outing last month, beating Niche Market by 1/2l.

13 My Boy Paddy (IRE) (35J)
8 ch g Accordion - Securon Rose (IRE) (Roselier (FR))
1/21-P31 Favourites Racing VII

10-2  
126

14/1
B Hughes
N A Twiston-Davies

He has won a hurdle race, a NH flat race and a chase from 2m 4f to 3m on soft and heavy ground. Won on his latest outing in a chase when 11-10jt-fav at Chepstow over 3m (soft) last month, beating Minella Stars by 5l.

14 Ballyvesey (IRE) (50J)
7 ch g Anshan - Bridgequarter Lady (IRE) (King's Ride (IRE))
2-28P37 Roddy Owen & Paul Fullagar
Visor

10-0  
118

25/1
J E Moore
P Bowen

He has won a hurdle race and two chases from 2m 6f to 3m on good ground. Well beaten at 14-1 behind Reblis when seventh of 11 on his latest outing in a chase at Sandown over 3m (good) in February.

Race Verdict

BATTLE GROUP enjoyed his finest moment over hurdles when winning at this meeting last year and it's interesting to see his chase mark is now the same as for that success. Eased 1lb following a creditable fourth behind Thursday's Betfred Bowl third Hunt Ball over 2m5f at Cheltenham last month, he looks a good bet going back up to 3m1f this afternoon. Much further down the weights, Marufo and My Boy Paddy make plenty of appeal. The former beat Niche Market to a big prize at Newbury last month and should go well again off his 7lb higher rating, while Nigel Twiston-Davies' representative is an improving novice who won well at Chepstow but the son of Accordion may need deeper ground to be been seen at his best. The Hollinwell is fairly treated on his Rehearsal Chase second to Hey Big Spender at Newcastle in November and could run a big race if getting on with his new jockey.

Selection: Battle Group        Danger: Marufo        Alternative: My Boy Paddy
* 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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