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15:35 Aintree

Good To Soft

JRL Group Liverpool Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £140325
  • 3m 0f 149y
  • Class 1
  • 10 runners
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JRL Group Liverpool Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

11/2 (Won)

  • Win: £9.00
  • Place: £2.20

Form: 455P41 CD

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 10lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 160

Form & Verdict

11yo who returned to form to win last month's Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham (3m, soft); not the most consistent and has an excellent record at the Cheltenham Festival, but he was clear with Flooring Porter when winning this last year (good to soft) and can be bang there once more if at his best.

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7

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 110y

18:00 Punchestown

Sire Du Berlais

11st 10lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Gordon Elliott

Enjoyed the season of his life last year, winning at Cheltenham and Aintree before finishing a close third in this race; only seen out twice this season and stayed on well to finish a decent fifth in the Stayers Hurdle; comes here fresher than most and no surprise should he play a big hand.

10/1

11

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Sire Du Berlais

11st 10lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Gordon Elliott

Now a 12yo and can't keep going forever; has run just once this season, when soundly beaten in the Grade 2 Boyne Hurdle at Navan last month, but that same 2m5f contest was used as his prep outing prior to his 33-1 win in this race last season (soft); followed up Grade 1 Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree (3m, good to soft); has an excellent record at the Festival, with form figures reading 411201, and no surprise if he plays a leading role once more.

12/1

OUR TIP

4/1

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 11-117 BF

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 153

Form & Verdict

Down the field in the mares' Grade 1 at last month's Cheltenham Festival (2m4f, soft) having failed to settle off a slow pace; if bouncing back she could relish this first crack at a staying trip, having finished strongly to win two mares' Grade 1s last spring (2m4f/2m3f, good to soft/good), and powered clear to beat subsequent Stayers' Hurdle runner-up Dashel Drasher in the Grade 2 Relkeel Hurdle at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft) in January.

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5th

8

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

Maries Rock

11st 3lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

She hasn't found her peak form this season and, with the yard under a cloud, she was pulled up at Cheltenham last month; it remains to be seen if her stable is back on song but she did win a mares' Grade 2 at Doncaster in January and a good case can be made on last season's best efforts, including her second in the Grade 1 Liverpool Hurdle here (3m, good to soft) last April; also effective on soft and over 2m4f; not discounted.

14/1

8

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Maries Rock

11st 5lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

in touch with leaders

14/1

9/2

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 12-444 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 161

Form & Verdict

Made all in the Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham (3m, good to soft/soft) in 2021 and 2022 and good second to Sire Du Berlais in this race last year (good to soft); not quite at his very best this season, including when fourth in the Stayers' Hurdle last month, but it was still a good run and he could improve for it as he didn't have an ideal preparation; respected.

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5th

6

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:05 Aintree

Flooring Porter

11st 10lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Front-runner; had a spell over fences prior to his second in the Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham (3m, soft) last month, taking his record in that race to 1142; placed in this contest for the last two years (second in 2022, third in 2023); solid claims.

3/1

6

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Flooring Porter

11st 10lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Made all in this in 2021 (good to soft) and 2022 (soft) and reverts to hurdles after some mixed chase form this season; not beaten far when fourth to Sire Du Berlais in this race last year but he wasn't at his peak in that campaign and needs to get back to his very best to regain his crown.

11/1

3rd

4

29th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 0f 100y

13:45 Leopardstown

Flooring Porter

11st 10lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

led narrowly or disputed lead early, led clearly after 6th

9/4

Form: -30342

Last run: 62 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 151

Form & Verdict

Stayed on for third behind Home By The Lee in Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown (3m, soft) and another good run when second in Navan Grade 2 (2m5f, good to yielding) last time; has something to find with the main form players but this 7yo is having just his third run over a staying trip and could improve further for a strong gallop, which he should get today.

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7th

4

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 7f 130y

17:25 Punchestown

Meet And Greet

11st 10lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Oliver McKiernan

Useful sort is only 1-10 over hurdles but has run with credit in Graded contests numerous times; best run this season when 3.5l third in the Jack de Bromhead Christmas Hurdle; below that level at Cheltenham and has a bit to find today.

25/1

4th

6

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:35 Aintree

Meet And Greet

11st 10lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Oliver McKiernan

prominent, ridden after 3 out, kept on until no extra from last

11/1

2nd

8

12th Feb 2023

Yielding

2m 5f 0y

14:40 Navan

Meet And Greet

11st 3lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Oliver McKiernan

prominent, joined leaders when nudged along 3 out, briefly led 2 out, soon ridden and joined, headed and kept on well but held after last, no match for winner

9/2

Form: 243-13 CD BF

Last run: 110 days

W: 11st 10lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 158

Form & Verdict

11yo whose form can be a bit up and down and he was a well-beaten third in this last year on the back of his fourth in the Stayers' Hurdle; however, he missed Cheltenham this time around and his record indicates that arriving fresh will be a positive for his claims; strong form when winning Newbury Grade 2 last November and this C&D winner could play a leading role.

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3

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:05 Aintree

Champ

11st 10lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Nicky Henderson

Veteran; smart in his prime but his two efforts this term fall well short of his peak form; beaten twice in this race (third in 2022, fifth in 2023) and is unlikely to make it third time lucky unless first-time headgear has a significant effect.

25/1

5th

2

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:35 Cheltenham

Champ

11st 8lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Nicky Henderson

in touch with leaders, not fluent 2nd

11/2

Form: -12222 C

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 159

Form & Verdict

Grade 1 chase winner (2021) who was runner-up in Grade 2 chase here (3m1f, good to soft) last December and has also finished second back over hurdles at Cheltenham on his last three starts, most recently a fine effort behind Sire Du Berlais in the Stayers' Hurdle (3m, soft); wears first-time cheekpieces here and this prominent-racer is capable of another bold show.

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7th

5

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:05 Aintree

Dashel Drasher

11st 10lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

Close second in the 2023 Stayer's Hurdle at Cheltenham but didn't fare nearly so well in the latest running of that prize and he was a distant sixth in this contest 12 months ago; although a good stayer on his day, he's not the percentage call.

16/1

5

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Dashel Drasher

11st 10lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

Ran a stormer at 40-1 when close second to Sire Du Berlais in this race last year (soft); in solid form this term, winning the Grade 2 Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury (3m, good to soft) before making the frame in the Grade 1 Long Walk at Ascot (3m, good) and Grade 2 Cleeve here (3m, good to soft); he's 11 now and needs to build on this season's efforts, but his cause may be aided if he's back on soft ground; he's an each-way possible once more.

20/1

4th

3

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:35 Cheltenham

Dashel Drasher

11st 8lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

led narrowly

4/1

Form: 42-224 C

Last run: 70 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Won Grade 1 4yo hurdle at this meeting in 2021 (2m1f, good to soft) and 14l second to Epatante in Grade 1 Aintree Hurdle (2m4f, good to soft) 12 months ago; bumped into Jonbon then The Real Whacker when runner-up this season on first two chase starts but a lesser run followed at Sandown and a career best is needed now back over hurdles and up in trip in first-time headgear.

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5th

3

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Monmiral

11st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Responded well to first-time blinkers when winning the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham (3m, soft; 25-1) last month, in the process gaining his first success for nearly three years; up 6lb but he's still well treated judged on old form; leading contender again if the headgear has the same effect.

9/1

1st

14

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Monmiral

10st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Yet to add to his Grade 1 juvenile win from April 2021; down the weights but something's been missing for over a year now, including in two runs over hurdles instead of fences; latest was last month's Chepstow qualifier, in which he kept hanging; tried cheekpieces twice and now it's blinkers.

25/1

4th

1

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

15:08 Chepstow

Monmiral

12st 0lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Yet to add to his Grade 1 juvenile hurdle win from April 2021; ran only once over hurdles last term, when soundly beaten in a Grade 1 on sole attempt both at 3m and in cheekpieces; now reverts from 2m4f chasing again, having been a disappointing favourite on latest outing; too many doubts.

8/1

Form: P-U251 C

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

Had a fourth wind op before he won the Grade 2 National Spirit at Fontwell (2m3f, good) in February, a race he has a good record in; fair fifth at this meeting two years ago (2m4f, good to soft) but this 10yo will be doing well if he can better that result today.

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8th

3

27th Apr 2024

Good

2m 5f 110y

Class 1

16:10 Sandown

Brewinupastorm

11st 10lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

prominent, lost position before 2 out, weakened quickly approaching last

25/1

1st

1

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 45y

15:50 Fairyhouse

Brewinupastorm

11st 8lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Olly Murphy

raced wide, raced in second, left in lead and faced challenge 2 out, soon ridden, kept on well run-in

9/2

2nd

1

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

13:42 Kelso

Brewinupastorm

12st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

11yo whose can be inconsistent but he won the Grade 2 National Spirit at Fontwell (2m3f, good) last February and ran okay when third of four in Grade 2 Relkeel at Cheltenham (2m4f, heavy) on New Year's Day; no surprise to see a good performance on first handicap start since January 2021.

8/1

Form: 6-O115 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 157

Form & Verdict

Has improved this season, winning a Grade 2 at Navan (2m4f, yielding) then the Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown (3m, soft), and his near-4l fifth of 11 behind three of these in the Stayers' Hurdle (3m, soft) can be upgraded as he made a very bad mistake at the sixth flight; a possible.

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3rd

4

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 110y

18:00 Punchestown

Home By The Lee

11st 10lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Eight-time winner came right back to form in first-time blinkers when a staying third in the Stayers Hurdle despite jumping right; blinkers left on here and likely to be in the shake-up if producing his best.

6/1

7

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Home By The Lee

11st 10lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Disappointing in Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown last time and on a comeback mission today; however, he won that same race by 3l last season and did well to finish a close fifth to Sire Du Berlais in this contest 12 months ago given his bad blunder at the sixth flight; best form on soft/yielding; might not be far away if returning to form now in blinkers.

12/1

5th

5

28th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 7f 80y

13:50 Leopardstown

Home By The Lee

11st 10lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

raced lazily, jumped right on occasions, led at slow pace, not fluent when pushed along 9th

13/8

Form: -371P4 C

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

Won a handicap here (2m4f, good) in May 2021 and he was better than ever when winning a Grade 2 at Wetherby (3m, good to soft) last October by 10l; however, others have stronger form and he hasn't shone the last twice.

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8th

1

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

15:50 Cheltenham

Proschema

12st 0lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

held up in rear, headway on outer after 2 out, outpaced approaching last, weakened run-in

8/1

8

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:35 Aintree

Proschema

11st 10lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

held up in rear, some headway after 10th, soon ridden and weakened, pulled up before 3 out

25/1

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Payout
Exacta £561.00
Straight Forecast £463.70
Tricast £1474.90
Trifecta £1380.00

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Dashel Drasher

LAMBOURN:

Champ

RP Ratings:

Sire Du Berlais

Daily Mirror:

Home By The Lee

SPOTLIGHT:

Flooring Porter

The Sun:

Home By The Lee

WEST COUNTRY:

Dashel Drasher

The Star:

Dashel Drasher

Daily Record:

Dashel Drasher

The Guardian:

Champ

Daily Mail:

Champ

D Express:

Champ

POSTDATA:

Sire Du Berlais

Telegraph:

Sire Du Berlais