Today's racecards

Aintree

  • 14:50 John Smith's Aintree Hurdle 2m 4f

  • Winner £90,032 2nd £33,920 3rd £16,976 4th £8,480
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 1.50s
  • Off time: 14:50:40
14:50 Aintree Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Oscar Whisky (IRE) 9/4
2nd Thousand Stars (FR) 7/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1-F1115 Dark Blue and White diabolo, hooped sleeves and cap Oscar Whisky (IRE) 30
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-7 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 167 9/43.25
2 223-121 Dark Green, White cross belts, Light Green sleeves, Dark Green and White hooped cap Rock On Ruby (IRE) 32
Nag me
7 11-7 t P F Nicholls N Fehily 170 5/23.50
4 672018 Emerald Green, Yellow spots and armlets, hooped cap Third Intention (IRE) 31
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-7 t C L Tizzard J Tizzard 149 33/134.00
5 211234 RED, royal blue sleeves, red cap, royal blue star Thousand Stars (FR) 30
Nag me
8 11-7 W P Mullins P Townend 163 7/18.00
6 111-15 Red, pink hoop and armlets Zarkandar (IRE) 32
Nag meCourse Winner
5 11-7 P F Nicholls R Walsh 163 2/13.00
Non runners
37232U4Saphir River (FR)611-7M ScudamoreT Scudamore139

Verdict

OSCAR WHISKY emptied quickly on the run for home over 3m in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle having looked a real threat to record-breaker Big Bucks turning for home. He clearly didn't get home but is a very smart performer at this distance, beating Thousand Stars in this 12 months ago, and can reverse Cheltenham running with Willie Mullins' consistent grey here. Champion Hurdler Rock On Ruby is an obvious danger as he also has solid form over this longer trip, though was well beaten over C&D in the big novice race on this card 12 months ago after running at Cheltenham. Zarkandar was fifth in the Champion Hurdle but wasn't far behind his stablemate and there is plenty in his pedigree to suggest he'll stay the extra half-mile, but Third Intention is likely to struggle at this level and Saphir River looks well out of his depth.