Today's racecards

Aintree

  • 17:00 John Smith's Handicap Hurdle 2m 110y

  • Winner £25,048 2nd £7,400 3rd £3,700 4th £1,852
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 50.50s
  • Off time: 17:00:49
17:00 Aintree Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Far Away So Close (IRE) 14/1
2nd Jack Cool (IRE) 7/1
3rd Via Galilei (IRE) 7/1
4th Total Excitement (IRE) 40/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 111503 Red, Royal Blue stars, White sleeves and cap Nearby 22
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-12 P J Hobbs C J Davies (7) 153 14/115.00
2 4-12466 RED, WHITE sleeves, BLUE and WHITE striped cap Eradicate (IRE) 28
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-1 N J Henderson D Bass (3) 142 14/115.00
3 05411F DARK BLUE, WHITE disc, DARK BLUE sleeves, WHITE spots, WHITE cap Ciceron (IRE) 22
Nag meDistance Winner
5 10-10 Miss V Williams Harry Challoner (7) 137 33/134.00
4 1-17212 Light Blue, Brown Cross of Lorraine, striped sleeves and star on cap Via Galilei (IRE) 28
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
6 10-9 G L Moore Joshua Moore (5) 136 7/18.00
5 841181 WHITE, royal blue spots Jack Cool (IRE) 6 (ex5)
Nag meDistance Winner
5 10-9 p C Byrnes A P Heskin (5) 131 7/18.00
6 307-230 Beige, Beige and Dark Green check sleeves, Dark Green cap Tito Bustillo (FR) 28
Nag meDistance Winner
6 10-8 P F Nicholls Ryan Mahon (5) 135 33/134.00
7 211-578 Light Green, Dark Green chevrons, Red sleeves, White and Red striped cap Conquisto 48
Nag meDistance Winner
6 10-4 S Gollings Miss K Walsh 131 66/167.00
8 44F735 EMERALD GREEN, yellow spots, check sleeves, emerald green cap, yellow spots Total Excitement (IRE) 20
Nag meDistance Winner
9 10-4 p T Cooper B J Cooper (5) 131 40/141.00
10 209651 Orange, red seams, black cap Gifted Leader (USA) 8
Nag meDistance Winner
6 10-3 v Ian Williams Michael Murphy (3) 130 40/141.00
11 P Royal blue, emerald green star, white and emerald green hooped sleeves, white cap, emerald green star Gorge (AUS) 42
Nag me
9 10-3 t A Cosgriff Mr J Hamer (7) 130 100/1101.00
12 311789 Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap Far Away So Close (IRE) 25
Nag meDistance Winner
6 10-3 P Nolan Mr M J Doran (7) 130 14/115.00
13 111- RED, ORANGE and RED hooped sleeves, WHITE cap Orzare (IRE) 418
Nag meDistance Winner
5 10-3 G L Moore Joseph Akehurst (10) 130 33/134.00
14 555735 Black and Light Blue check, Black sleeves, Light Blue armlets, Red cap Ultimate 28
Nag meDistance Winner
5 10-2 B Ellison R P Mclernon 129 14/115.00
15 17-3141 Pink, Maroon star Alazan (IRE) 168
Nag meDistance Winner
5 10-2 P J Hobbs C P Geoghegan (3) 129 7/18.00
16 051240 Purple, yellow star, yellow sleeves, purple armlets, purple cap, yellow star Hibiki (IRE) 120
Nag meDistance Winner
7 10-1 p Mrs S J Humphrey Mr M Ennis (7) 128 100/1101.00
17 00-0722 White and Purple check, White sleeves, Purple armlets Amazing King (IRE) 22
Nag meDistance Winner
7 10-1 P A Kirby S Twiston-Davies 128 20/121.00
18 19P-B79 Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap Caravel (IRE) 28
Nag meDistance Winner
7 10-0 J Howard Johnson Paul Gallagher (5) 127 20/121.00
19 12162U Dark Blue and White diabolo, hooped sleeves and cap Praxiteles (IRE) 22
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 10-0 t Miss R Curtis Aodhagan Conlon (5) 127 25/126.00
20 2314 Red, Yellow Cross of Lorraine and sleeves, Dark Green cap Plan A (IRE) 24
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
4 10-0 t1 G Elliott Miss N Carberry 132 7/24.50
21 1139F4 Pink, Purple epaulets, striped sleeves, Purple and pink hooped cap Lucaindubai (IRE) 28
Nag meDistance Winner
5 10-0 Evan Williams Mr J England (7) 125 8/19.00
22 742017 Royal Blue, White sash, Red cap Caught By Witness (IRE) 50
Nag me
6 10-0 t M F Harris Mr T Garner (7) 125 100/1101.00
Non runners
925811Red Merlin (IRE)610-3D McCain JnrHenry Brooke130

Verdict

Nearby was fourth in this last year but has enough weight this time though he did run another fine race in the County Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham where Ciceron fell at the last after being prominent throughout. Gary Moore is always to be feared in these big handicaps and his two entries, Via Galilei, an excellent second in the Imperial Cup at Sandown, and the exciting novice Orzare, are on the short-list. Jack Cool has been going well in Ireland and should carry his penalty with distinction but this could rest between Plan A and ALAZAN. The former was having only his fourth start over timber when an excellent fourth behind What A Charm in the Fred Winter at The Festival and his yard continues to fire them in but it's Alazan who just gets the vote as he looks very well handicapped and was in cracking form on the Flat and over timber when last seen in the autumn.