Aintree

  • 14:00 John Smith's Liverpool Hurdle 3m 110y

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 13.20s
  • Off time: 14:00:14
14:00 Aintree Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Big Buck's (FR) 5/6
2nd Mighty Man (FR) 9/2
3rd Fair Along (GER) 10/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 71-U111 BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Big Buck's (FR) 21
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-10 P F Nicholls R Walsh 174 5/61.83
2 12-1123 DARK BLUE, RED seams, WHITE cap Duc De Regniere (FR) 47
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-10 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 158 11/112.00
3 114210 Emerald Green and White (quartered), Orange and White halved sleeves, Orange cap, White star Lough Derg (FR) 22
Nag meDistance Winner
9 11-10 v D Pipe T Scudamore 163 28/129.00
4 1-13580 Yellow, Black Cross of Lorraine, Black sleeves, Yellow armlets, Yellow cap, Black star Pettifour (IRE) 21
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-10 N A Twiston-Davies P J Brennan 155 12/113.00
5 7-21139 Black and Light Blue (quartered), Black sleeves, White cap Fair Along (GER) 21
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
7 11-6 t1 P J Hobbs R Flint 164 10/111.00
6 20-519P Red, yellow epaulets Faasel (IRE) 75
Nag meCourse Winner
8 11-2 N G Richards D J Condon 142 40/141.00
7 562321 Yellow, large Dark Green spots, Dark Green cap Hills Of Aran 6
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-2 W K Goldsworthy A P McCoy 155 16/117.00
8 282211/ Orange, White cross belts, Orange sleeves, White spots, Red cap Master Eddy 741
Nag meDistance Winner
9 11-2 S Lycett J M Maguire 115 200/1201.00
9 2121P/5 Dark Blue, White armlets Mighty Man (FR) 21
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-2 H D Daly R Johnson 164 9/25.50
10 15-3250 Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap No Refuge (IRE) 21
Nag meCourse Winner
9 11-2 J Howard Johnson D F O'Regan 151 66/167.00

Verdict

The meeting starts with a bang with this terrific contest and we will take MIGHTY MAN to provide a fairytale ending as he is selected ahead of Cheltenham hero Big Bucks and Fair Along. Henry Daly and connections have had to be patient with the selection after he suffered a career-ending injury at Punchestown in April 2007. He made his reappearance in the World Hurdle at Cheltenham and was far from disgraced behind Big Bucks where he tired late on. He has an 8lb pull in the weights today, is back at a track that he loves (won this race 06 and 07) and on ground that suits he looks a major player. The obvious horse to beat is Big Bucks who stayed on dourly at Prestbury Park to win a World Hurdle. Considering that he is quintessentially a chaser, he has had a marvellous season and is not to be underestimated. Whilst the track may not suit his strengths as much as Cheltenham, the fact that he has won over this course and distance over fences means that he could be hard to beat. Duc De Regniere's season has not quite gone as may have been hoped following a win at Newbury in November, whilst the admirable front-runner Lough Derg is a pleasure to watch but ultimately just short of this class. Pettifour and Fair Along have plenty to find on Cheltenham running but the former's stable are now in better nick and it would be unwise to cross them off the shortlist. AP McCoy is back in the saddle on Hills Of Aran and he is another hardy battler who doesn't know when he's beaten but it is likely to be today. A real treat in store for punters who can place their faith in a mighty performance from the majestic Mighty Man.