Aintree

  • 14:00 Matalan Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle 2m 110y

  • Winner £56,270 2nd £21,200 3rd £10,610 4th £5,300
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 6.60s
  • Off time: 14:00:36
14:00 Aintree Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st L'unique (FR) 10/1
2nd Runswick Royal (IRE) 20/1
3rd Irish Saint (FR) 3/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 511 Yellow, red and yellow check sleeves Bob's World 13
Nag meDistance Winner
4 11-0 Jennie Candlish S Quinlan 120 50/151.00
2 1251 Dark Blue, Yellow diamond and sleeves, Yellow cap, Red diamond Flaxen Flare (IRE) 22
Nag meDistance Winner
4 11-0 b G Elliott D J Condon 141 5/16.00
3 1 White, Royal Blue cross belts, Royal Blue and White striped sleeves Hefner (IRE) 32
Nag meDistance Winner
4 11-0 K C Bailey J M Maguire 33/134.00
4 1121 Royal blue, pink hoops, armlets and cap Irish Saint (FR) 40
Nag meDistance Winner
4 11-0 P F Nicholls R Walsh 144 3/14.00
5 116 White, black cap Rolling Star (FR) 20
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
4 11-0 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 146 5/23.50
6 1137 Black, black and maroon striped cap Ruacana 22
Nag meDistance Winner
4 11-0 J P Ferguson D F O'Regan 139 10/111.00
7 19211 Emerald Green, Red chevrons, quartered cap Runswick Royal (IRE) 30
Nag meDistance Winner
4 11-0 Mrs A Hamilton K Renwick 135 20/121.00
8 112325 Emerald Green, Dark Green sleeves, Dark Green and Emerald Green quartered cap Vasco Du Ronceray (FR) 20
Nag meDistance Winner
4 11-0 N J Henderson A P McCoy 140 6/17.00
9 5220 Emerald green and royal blue (quartered), white and emerald green striped sleeves Zamdy Man 22
Nag me
4 11-0 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 127 80/181.00
10 4113 Red, white hoops and armlets, hooped cap L'unique (FR) 40
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
4 10-7 A King W Hutchinson 135 10/111.00

Verdict

Flaxen Flare made mincemeat of the opposition in the Fred Winter at Cheltenham when fitted with a pair of blinkers. It's no surprise that the headgear is left on again here and Gordon Elliott's runner should confirm that running with Ruacana and Zamdy Man. The race was run in a much quicker time that the Triumph Hurdle in which ROLLING STAR finished sixth, a length behind fifth Vasco Du Ronceray. But not much went right for Nicky Henderson's charge that day and he is better judged on his defeat of Irish Saint at Cheltenham - he can get back to winning ways today. The latter went on to beat Vasco Du Ronceray and L'Unique in a Grade 1 at Kempton and should be thereabouts again but this is a big step up for Bob's World, Runswick Royal and the once-raced Hefner.