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  • 14:00 John Smith's Top Novices' Hurdle 2m 110y

  • (Grade 2) £55,000 added 4yo+ 13 ran
  • Winner £31,356 2nd £11,764 3rd £5,890 4th £2,937
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 3m 59.60s
  • Off time: 14:00:45

Topolski the top novice

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Last Updated: 08/04/11 3:01pm

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Topolski: First race winner

Topolski: First race winner

Topolksi won the John Smith's Top Novices' Hurdle at Aintree on Friday.

Trainer David Arbuthnot bypassed Cheltenham with the talented five-year-old and he was rewarded in great style as Daryl Jacob steered the 11-2 chance home by three-quarters-of-a-length.

Oilily (14-1) ran a great race for Sean Byrne but was caught by the winner inside the final 50 yards while 9-2 favourite Sire De Grugy was a further six lengths back in third.

Jacob said: "He's very gutsy and all credit to David and the owners for deciding to take on a good pot like this.

"He's not very big but he's all heart and he keeps going for you. It was a very slowly run race and it didn't suit my horse.

"They were bunched up the whole way and turning into the home straight we sprinted.

"My horse hasn't had a whole lot of experience of running in a race like that, but he's got me out of trouble."

Arbuthnot added: "He'll have a break now and we'll bring him back later in the season for runs on the Flat, maybe something like the Old Newton Cup, the Ebor or the November Handicap.

"Hopefully he'll be a Champion Hurdle horse next season - we'd like to think he could be."

Sean Byrne, trainer of the runner-up, said: "She just made one mistake which pushed her back a bit but the winner was very good.

"This is our first runner in Britain so it's fantastic. I'd say she'll go on for Punchestown and maybe Galway."

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