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15:30 Aintree

Soft

William Hill Aintree Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £140325
  • 2m 4f 0y
  • Class 1
  • 8 runners
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William Hill Aintree Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

OUR TIP

11/8 (Won)

  • Win: £2.00
  • Place: £1.30

Form: 11-223 D

Last run: 67 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 160

Form & Verdict

Ultra-impressive winner of Grade 1 novice hurdles at Cheltenham (2m5f, soft) and Punchestown (2m3f, yielding) last spring; second to subsequent Cheltenham Festival winners Teahupoo and State Man on first two runs this term; beaten 5l by runner-up Bob Olinger when third in Irish Champion Hurdle (2m, soft) in February and that rival should be suited by this step back up in trip, but it's also a positive for this fellow (who was maybe unsuited by the switch to front-running last time); has a chance of reversing the form.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

4

27th Apr 2024

Good

2m 5f 110y

Class 1

16:10 Sandown

Impaire Et Passe

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

held up in rear, good headway and pressed leader when bumped rival 2 out, led going easily approaching last, edged right but ridden clear run-in, comfortably

Evs

1st

3

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

Impaire Et Passe

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Ultra-impressive winner of Grade 1 novice hurdles at Cheltenham (2m5f, soft) and Punchestown (2m3f, yielding) last spring; second to subsequent Cheltenham Festival winners Teahupoo and State Man on first two runs this term; beaten 5l by runner-up Bob Olinger when third in Irish Champion Hurdle (2m, soft) in February and that rival should be suited by this step back up in trip, but it's also a positive for this fellow (who was maybe unsuited by the switch to front-running last time); has a chance of reversing the form.

11/8

3rd

3

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:45 Leopardstown

Impaire Et Passe

11st 12lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: W P Mullins

jumped right on occasions, led, not fluent 3rd, mistake 5th, headed home turn, soon ridden and bit short of room when bumped and lost second, kept on, no match for first two

4/1

6/4

  • Place: £1.10

Form: 53-112 D

Last run: 67 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 161

Form & Verdict

He failed to fulfil the superstar potential shown when easily winning the 2m5f Grade 1 novice hurdle at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival but has been rejuvenated this season, winning two 2m4f Grade 2s; another big run when second to subsequent Champion Hurdle winner State Man over an inadequate 2m in the Irish Champion Hurdle in February (soft), beating third-placed Impaire Et Passe by 5l, and he's a leading candidate now back up in distance.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

2nd

2

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

Bob Olinger

11st 10lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

He failed to fulfil the superstar potential shown when easily winning the 2m5f Grade 1 novice hurdle at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival but has been rejuvenated this season, winning two 2m4f Grade 2s; another big run when second to subsequent Champion Hurdle winner State Man over an inadequate 2m in the Irish Champion Hurdle in February (soft), beating third-placed Impaire Et Passe by 5l, and he's a leading candidate now back up in distance.

6/4

2nd

1

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:45 Leopardstown

Bob Olinger

11st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

held up in last but in touch with leaders, headway going okay on near side of group after last (usual 2 out), pressed leaders home turn, soon bumped rival when went second but no chance with winner, kept on well

9/1

1st

1

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 1

15:15 Cheltenham

Bob Olinger

11st 6lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Has never fulfilled the promise of his brilliant win in the 2021 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle at the Festival (2m5f, good to soft) but has still won four of his subsequent eight starts, most recently the Grade 2 Lismullen Hurdle at Navan (2m4f, soft to heavy) in November on his reappearance; he beat some quality performers last time and is entitled to considerable respect.

11/8

9/1

  • Place: £2.00

Form: -6P901 CD

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 151

Form & Verdict

Has peaked to win competitive handicaps at spring festivals in each of the last three seasons, scoring over C&D in 2022 (good to soft) and landing the last two Coral Cups at Cheltenham (2m5f, soft); has something to find with the pick of these now tackling a Grade 1 but he's an each-way possible.

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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

2nd

5

27th Apr 2024

Good

2m 5f 110y

Class 1

16:10 Sandown

Langer Dan

11st 8lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

held up in rear, good headway when jumped right 2 out, went third when mistake last, soon went second and kept on well, no match for winner

11/4

3rd

4

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

Langer Dan

11st 10lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Has peaked to win competitive handicaps at spring festivals in each of the last three seasons, scoring over C&D in 2022 (good to soft) and landing the last two Coral Cups at Cheltenham (2m5f, soft); has something to find with the pick of these now tackling a Grade 1 but he's an each-way possible.

9/1

1st

10

13th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Langer Dan

11st 8lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Won this race (soft) last year off the same mark; he's not shown much this season even by his usual winter standards but ulcers were diagnosed and he's raised his game for the Cheltenham or Aintree festivals in each of the last four seasons; it's hard to say he won't do it again.

8/1

Form: 3-2313

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 149

Form & Verdict

Progressive 6yo who took another step forward with her third in last month's Champion Hurdle (2m, heavy), when nicely clear of the fourth; she's unraced beyond 2m1f but her pedigree provides hope she'll be okay at this trip; top trainer has an excellent record in this race and she's not ruled out.

Place /
No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

7

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

Luccia

11st 3lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Progressive 6yo who took another step forward with her third in last month's Champion Hurdle (2m, heavy), when nicely clear of the fourth; she's unraced beyond 2m1f but her pedigree provides hope she'll be okay at this trip; top trainer has an excellent record in this race and she's not ruled out.

10/1

8

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Luccia

11st 3lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Didn't quite get home (finished fourth) on soft going when favourite for the Dawn Run on the New course here 12 months ago; performed well in major handicaps the last twice, finishing third to Iberico Lord over C&D then winning at Ascot where she made all and took her record on good ground to 3-3; useful and generally consistent mare who has frame possibilities, getting 7lb from the males.

25/1

Form: 2-421P D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 3lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 146

Form & Verdict

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.

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Verdict Starting price

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

Form: -1P429 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Finished fourth in the 2021 Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham; he ran well for a long way when ninth to Langer Dan in last month's Coral Cup but this 10yo is not the force of old and would be a shock winner today.

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2nd

2

4th May 2024

Yielding

2m 4f 118y

17:25 Punchestown

Beacon Edge

11st 8lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Chased home Hiddenvalley Lake in a Grade 2 before a ninth in the Coral Cup and fair sixth in the Aintree Hurdle since; very well treated if he can build on that down in class but might find this trip on decent ground a bit sharp these days.

16/1

6th

1

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

Beacon Edge

11st 10lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Finished fourth in the 2021 Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham; he ran well for a long way when ninth to Langer Dan in last month's Coral Cup but this 10yo is not the force of old and would be a shock winner today.

66/1

Form: -15216

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 151

Form & Verdict

He'll need others to underperform if he's to win this and he wasn't at his best when sixth of eight in the Champion Hurdle (2m, heavy); however, he went there following a fine handicap second at Kempton (2m5f, good to soft) and a Grade 2 win in the Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton (1m7f, heavy), and he's in with an each-way shout if rediscovering that sort of form.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

7th

6

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

Nemean Lion

11st 10lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

He'll need others to underperform if he's to win this and he wasn't at his best when sixth of eight in the Champion Hurdle (2m, heavy); however, he went there following a fine handicap second at Kempton (2m5f, good to soft) and a Grade 2 win in the Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton (1m7f, heavy), and he's in with an each-way shout if rediscovering that sort of form.

12/1

4

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Nemean Lion

11st 10lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

Appears to need ground softer than good; progressive sort who has landed some notable prizes within the last 12 months, justifying favouritism in the Kingwell Hurdle (Grade 2; beat Colonel Mustard) at Wincanton most recently; solid fifth to Iberico Lord in major C&D handicap in November (form has worked out well); has an attractive profile and should perform well.

25/1

1st

3

17th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 1

14:05 Wincanton

Nemean Lion

11st 7lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

prominent, pressed leader from 5th, led before 2 out, pushed along and kept on well run-in, always doing enough

15/8

Form: 153-51 CD

Last run: 107 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Won C&D maiden (good to soft) in October 2022 and readily made all in handicap at Kempton (2m5f, good) this December on second run for new yard; showed promise on soft/heavy earlier in career; takes a leap in grade today but it was a career-best performance last time and it remains to be seen where the ceiling of his ability now lies; not ruled out each-way at big odds.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6

27th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 173y

Class 2

17:20 Sandown

Mahons Glory

11st 7lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Patrick Neville

Made big impact on only second outing for current yard when running away with seven-runner event at Kempton (2m5f, good) on Boxing Day; faced tough task at Aintree (Grade 1; 100-1) two weeks ago, but he's now 10lb higher than at Kempton and in a stronger race, so another personal best is needed.

14/1

8th

5

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

Mahons Glory

11st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Patrick Neville

Won C&D maiden (good to soft) in October 2022 and readily made all in handicap at Kempton (2m5f, good) this December on second run for new yard; showed promise on soft/heavy earlier in career; takes a leap in grade today but it was a career-best performance last time and it remains to be seen where the ceiling of his ability now lies; not ruled out each-way at big odds.

66/1

1st

7

26th Dec 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

15:40 Kempton

Mahons Glory

11st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Patrick Neville

Ex-Irish hurdler who won a maiden at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft) last October on first run for Dr Newland; ran creditably on his two starts later last term and his debut for another new yard at the start of this month was an impossible task in Grade 2 (wore hood and first-time cheekpieces, retained today); this return to a handicap also demands a career best, though.

14/1

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Payout
Exacta £38.00
Straight Forecast £33.70
Tricast £197.30
Trifecta £216.00

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Impaire Et Passe

SPOTLIGHT:

Bob Olinger

LAMBOURN:

Luccia

POSTDATA:

Impaire Et Passe

Telegraph:

Impaire Et Passe

The Guardian:

Impaire Et Passe

Daily Mail:

Impaire Et Passe

D Express:

Impaire Et Passe

The Sun:

Impaire Et Passe

The Star:

Impaire Et Passe

Daily Record:

Impaire Et Passe

RP RATINGS:

Bob Olinger

Daily Mirror:

Bob Olinger