Today's racecards

Aintree

  • 16:50 Betfred Manifesto Novices' Chase 2m 4f

  • Winner £42,712 2nd £16,028 3rd £8,025 4th £3,998
  • Going: Good to Soft (Good in places at fences 13 and 14)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 6.20s
  • Off time: 16:50:34
16:50 Aintree Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Menorah (IRE) 3/1
2nd Cristal Bonus (FR) 7/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 11-1134 YELLOW, RED star, YELLOW sleeves, WHITE armlets, YELLOW cap, RED star Al Ferof (FR) 30
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-4 P F Nicholls R Walsh 160 6/52.20
2 257-11P Light blue, dark blue chevrons and sleeves, dark blue and light blue quartered cap Cristal Bonus (FR) 28
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-4 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 152 7/18.00
3 U411F3 Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap Menorah (IRE) 30
Nag me
7 11-4 P J Hobbs R Johnson 151 3/14.00
4 111U14 Dark Blue, Grey stripe and armlets Alasi 30
Nag meDistance Winner
8 10-11 P R Webber D Elsworth 138 16/117.00
5 441111 Dark Green and Yellow stripes, Yellow sleeves and cap Pepite Rose (FR) 19
Nag meDistance Winner
5 10-11 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 150 4/15.00

Verdict

Al Ferof was well below par when finishing behind Menorah in the Arkle at Cheltenham but there's no guarantee he'll reverse the form here as Philip Hobbs' charge should be suited by the extra half-mile, though his jumping continues to give cause for concern. That's not the case with Venetia Williams' mare PEPITE ROSE, who has taken to chasing like a duck to water. She was hugely impressive when completing her four-timer in a Listed handicap at Newbury last time and, though this is a further step up in grade, it will take a very good effort to lower her colours. Alasi is a smart hurdler but her chase wins have come at a much lower level and Cristal Bonus was never travelling before being pulled up in the Jewson at The Festival and has something to prove now.