Aintree

  • 12:00 Betfred 'Fun And Friendly' Maiden Hurdle2m 1f

  • Winner £5,198 2nd £1,526 3rd £763 4th £382
  • Going: Soft (Good/Soft plcs)(Mildmay - Good/Soft, Soft plcs)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 28.80s
  • Off time: 12:01:02
12:00 Aintree Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Splash of Ginge 3/1
2nd Gabrial The Great (IRE) 11/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 2-15 Yellow, Royal Blue stripe, armlets and cap Clues And Arrows (IRE) 25
Nag me
5 11-7 Jonjo O'Neill W Kennedy 66/167.00
2 Dark blue and yellow (quartered), striped sleeves Gabrial The Great (IRE) 70
Nag me
4 11-7 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 11/43.75
4 8 EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap Presentings Return (IRE) 15
Nag me
4 11-7 Jonjo O'Neill R P Mclernon 50/151.00
5 41-162 White, Red chevron, Emerald Green and Red striped sleeves, Red cap Regal Diamond (IRE) 31
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse and Distance Winner
5 11-7 P Bowen T J O'Brien 2/13.00
6 464-424 Royal blue, red star, diabolo on sleeves and star on cap Splash of Ginge 34
Nag me
5 11-7 N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 127 3/14.00
7 15 Black, pink stars, white sleeves and cap Viacometti (FR) 29
Nag meDistance Winner
4 11-7 T R George P J Brennan 18/119.00
8 Light blue, dark blue stars, light blue cap, dark blue star Villoresi (IRE) 59
Nag me
4 11-7 J J Quinn B Hughes 4/15.00
Non runners
30-70Grand Gigolo (FR)411-7Ian WilliamsR J McCarth

Verdict

Regal Diamond won a couple of bumpers in the spring and only found one too good on his hurdling debut at Chepstow. He's one for the short-list here along with Splash Of Ginge, though the latter has been racing over further and was well beaten at Carlisle last month. Viacometti is another bumper winner and Clues And Arrows has been successful between the flags but this easy course often suits recruits from the Flat and there are a couple in this. GABRIAL THE GREAT won over 1m4f on the level and was eighth in the Cambridgeshire when last seen. He was rated 11lb higher than Villoresi and can get off the mark over hurdles here at the first time of asking.