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  • 14:30 Matalan Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle 2m 110y

  • (Grade 1) £100,000 added 4yo 11 ran
  • Winner £56,270 2nd £21,200 3rd £10,610 4th £5,300
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 3.70s
  • Off time: 14:33:55

Full result

14:30 Aintree Result 12th April 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Grumeti 11-0 R Thornton A King 4 11/4f
Mid-division in touch on inside, hampered approaching 4th, driven after 4 out, stayed on to go 2nd 2 out, ridden and upsides between last 2, led narrowly flat, asserted towards finish opened 7/2 touched 7/2 £1500-£500 £1200-£400
2nd 1 Countrywide Flame 11-0 D C Costello J J Quinn 4 4/1
Tracked leader, left in narrow lead approaching 4th, not fluent 2 out, hard pressed when switched right between last 2, ridden and headed flat, kept on, held towards finish opened 9/2 touched 9/2 £5000-£1000 £2250-£500(x2)
3rd 21 Sadler's Risk (IRE) 11-0 R Johnson P J Hobbs 4 9/2
Tracked leaders, driven approaching 3 out, kept on same pace, soon no impression, went moderate 3rd flat, no chance with front pair opened 13/2 touched 13/2
4th Eagle Rock (IRE) 11-0 J Reveley T P Tate 4 33/1
Tracked leading pair, left 2nd and with leader approaching 4th, outpaced 3 out, no impression when lost 2nd 2 out, soon no chance with front pair, lost moderate 3rd flat, just held on for 4th opened 33/1 touched 33/1
5th nk Zarzal (IRE) 11-0 Paul Moloney Evan Williams 4 66/1
Held up in rear, some headway on inside after 4 out, kept on under pressure from 2 out, just held for 4th, no chance with leaders opened 66/1 touched 66/1
6th 10 Dodging Bullets 11-0 R Walsh P F Nicholls 4 4/1
Took keen hold, held up towards rear, badly hampered 5th, outpaced when switched inside after 4 out, never able to challenge, weakened 2 out opened 3/1 touched 4/1 £3500-£1000 £1750-£500 £6666-£2000 £3000-£900
7th 3 Lyvius 11-0 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 4 20/1
In touch on outside, tracked leaders 4th, outpaced on outside 3 out, weakened from next opened 14/1 touched 20/1
8th 3 Beyeh (IRE) 10-7 J M Davies M Appleby 4 100/1
Tracked leaders, hampered approaching 4th, lost place next, behind from 3 out opened 100/1 touched 100/1
9th Bradbury (IRE) 11-0 F Davis J D Bethell 4 100/1
Mid-division, driven after 4 out, soon lost place, behind from next opened 100/1 touched 100/1
PU Gottany O's 11-0 J M Maguire D McCain Jnr 4 16/1
Led until lost action and pulled up approaching 4th opened 14/1 touched 16/1
F Hinterland (FR) 11-0 N Fehily P F Nicholls 4 7/1
Held up mid-division, headway and in touch on outside 4th, fell next opened 7/1 touched 8/1
NR Kapga De Cerisy (FR) 11-0 Aidan Coleman Miss V Williams 4
NR Pearl Swan (FR) 11-0 R Walsh P F Nicholls 4

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £4.20 Tote Place: £2.00,1.90,1.80
Straight Forecast: £13.16 Exacta: £15.10 Trifecta: £100.70 Swingers: 1&2:2.90 2&3:4.40 1&3:3.40

Jackpot: £38,079.25 carried forward to Aintree, 13th Apr
Placepot: £392.10, Pool: £382521.38, 712.07 winning tickets
Quadpot: £206.50, Pool: £15884.69, 56.92 winning tickets

Verdict

The Triumph Hurdle form was duly reversed although arguably not in the manner that many had expected. Countrywide Flame was hard at work from a long way out at Cheltenham whereas GRUMETI had moved into the race that bit better but those roles were also reversed here. With the runner-up seemingly doing it easily at the head of affairs, Robert Thornton was low in the saddle and working away on his mount from some way out but Grumeti kept responding and was on terms jumping the last. From that point in, the result never really looked in doubt despite the second's best efforts with the winner certainly appreciating the cut in the ground. The winner has progressed throughout the season and, given his style of racing, looks worth a crack over another half a mile next term. The strength of this year's juveniles has long been called in to question but Alan King, for whom Grumeti was his third winner in six runnings of this race, certainly believes that there's a good deal more to come from his charge but in all likelihood there will need to be. The runner-up has come a long way since finishing out of the places in an all-weather seller on the level and is reportedly set for a return to that sphere with the Cesarewitch (a race in which hurdlers have a good record) and the Fighting Fifth the long-term objectives. He obviously has a strong constitution as he's had very little time off since a break of just over three months at the start of 2011 but has surely earned the opportunity to rest on his laurels for a spell this summer. That pair pulled a long way clear of Sadler's Risk who has proved relatively disappointing since impressing on his hurdling bow. He was only just over 9 lengths behind the winner last month so doesn't appear to have progressed at the same rate. He could head to Punchestown next but, in the longer term, he could well improve for being stepped up in trip over hurdles having looked onepaced since being stepped up in grade. Eagle Rock was far from disgraced on this steep rise in class but was readily left behind by the front pair; he still looks to be progressing and could have more to offer back on the Flat this summer. Zarzal shaped with a degree of promise on this second start over hurdles and should, at least, pick up an ordinary handicap but Dodging Bullets failed to build on his eyecatching run in the Triumph having been hampered by the fall of Hinterland and the run is probably best forgotten. He was fitted with a tongue tie for the first time here and it would be no great surprise were he to be booked in for a wind operation over the summer. On the face of it, there's not a huge amount of encouragement to be taken from Lyvius' run but the ex-German Flat horse looks very much a work in progress; he showed up well for a long way here and is a most interesting long-term prospect.