Today's racecards

Aintree

  • 16:30 European Breeders' Fund Bestway 'national Hunt' Novices' Hurdle 2m 4f

  • Winner £4,554 2nd £1,337 3rd £668 4th £334
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 10.50s
  • Off time: 16:30:40
16:30 Aintree Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Cue Card 1/2
2nd Dear Sam (GER) 10/1
3rd Mr Moonshine (IRE) 16/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
2 441/2-16 DARK BLUE, large PINK spots, PINK cap Mr Moonshine (IRE) 126
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-4 Mrs S J Smith S Byrne (5) 16/117.00
3 2-1 Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap Nicene Creed 11
Nag me
5 11-4 P J Hobbs T J O'Brien 7/24.50
6 382- Yellow, Red Chevrons, Red Cap Castlerock 211
Nag me
6 10-12 Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 14/115.00
7 11- ROYAL BLUE, PINK star on body and cap, ROYAL BLUE sleeves, PINK stars Cue Card 221
Nag me
4 10-12 C L Tizzard J Tizzard 1/21.50
8 14120- Light Green, Dark Green chevrons, Red sleeves, White and Red striped cap Dear Sam (GER) 197
Nag me
5 10-12 S Gollings T Scudamore 10/111.00
9 Black, red star, white sleeves, red stars, black cap, red star Eliades Run (IRE)
Nag me
4 10-12 Ferdy Murphy G Lee 66/167.00
10 285-B Dark Green, Maroon stars, Maroon cap Iona Days (IRE) 22
Nag meBeaten Favourite
5 10-12 Miss H C Knight Hadden Frost 25/126.00
11 PP-3 White, Black braces, armlets and star on cap Mind Shower (IRE) 139
Nag me
4 10-12 R D Wylie P Aspell 66/167.00
Non runners
14111-2Captain Chris (IRE)611-8P J HobbsR Johnson146
411-5Bens Moor (IRE)510-12Tim VaughanD C Costello
51-Bottman (IRE)510-12Tim VaughanS Thomas

Verdict

CUE CARD is an exciting prospect who should take care of these on his first try over timber. The apple of trainer Colin Tizzard's eye, our selection was last seen storming to victory in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham, a race that traditionally works out well. While he caused an upset that day there appears no reason to crab the form and, with reports from home suggesting he's schooled well and 2m4f set to suit, he should maintain his unbeaten record. Nicene Creed is highly-regarded and rates the biggest threat to our pick having shown promise in a strong Punchestown bumper before making a winning debut for the yard at Uttoxeter, but giving weight to Cue Card looks a thankless task. Bens Moor and Bottman give Tim Vaughan a strong hand having both won bumpers and they may have a private battle for third.