April 13 / 13.55 Aintree

13.55

Soft

Turners Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £56270
  • 2m 4f 0y
  • Class 1
  • 8 runners
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Turners Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

10/11 (Won)

  • Win: £2.20
  • Place: £1.20

Form: 1-1112 BF

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 143

Form & Verdict
Stays 2m5f and acts on heavy ground; highly regarded by her trainer; lost her unbeaten record when second in the Dawn Run at Cheltenham (2m1f) last month but emerged as the best mare at the weights, having carried a 5lb penalty, and remains of strong interest; respected.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

9

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:55 Aintree

Brighterdaysahead

11st 0lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Stays 2m5f and acts on heavy ground; highly regarded by her trainer; lost her unbeaten record when second in the Dawn Run at Cheltenham (2m1f) last month but emerged as the best mare at the weights, having carried a 5lb penalty, and remains of strong interest; respected.

10/11

1st

9

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:55 Aintree

Brighterdaysahead

11st 0lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Stays 2m5f and acts on heavy ground; highly regarded by her trainer; lost her unbeaten record when second in the Dawn Run at Cheltenham (2m1f) last month but emerged as the best mare at the weights, having carried a 5lb penalty, and remains of strong interest; respected.

10/11

2nd

2

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Brighterdaysahead

11st 7lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

travelled strongly, in touch with leaders, mistake 4 out

10/11

14/1

  • Place: £3.20

Form: 3112 BF

Last run: 51 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Bumper/hurdle wins preceded his 510,000euros sale at the Caldwell dispersal; jumping issues contributed to his defeat at Thurles (2m5f, soft) on debut for new owner but he may resume his progress with cheekpieces now applied; connections also run Brighterdaysahead.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 140y

18:35 Punchestown

Staffordshire Knot

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

didn't always jump with fluency, in touch with leaders, jumped slightly right and reminder 1st, lost position when outpaced after 3 out, dropped to last and detached when jumped badly right 2 out, soon pulled up

8/1

5

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 140y

18:35 Punchestown

Staffordshire Knot

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

didn't always jump with fluency, in touch with leaders, jumped slightly right and reminder 1st, lost position when outpaced after 3 out, dropped to last and detached when jumped badly right 2 out, soon pulled up

8/1

2nd

8

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:55 Aintree

Staffordshire Knot

11st 7lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Bumper/hurdle wins preceded his 510,000euros sale at the Caldwell dispersal; jumping issues contributed to his defeat at Thurles (2m5f, soft) on debut for new owner but he may resume his progress with cheekpieces now applied; connections also run Brighterdaysahead.

14/1

66/1

  • Place: £3.90

Form: 113 D

Last run: 65 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict
Has shown progressive form on sharp/flat tracks over hurdles, most recently third in small-field Listed event at Huntingdon (2m3f, soft); should take well to Aintree but has a lot to find on ratings.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

1

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:55 Aintree

Bugise Seagull

11st 7lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Charlie Longsdon

Has shown progressive form on sharp/flat tracks over hurdles, most recently third in small-field Listed event at Huntingdon (2m3f, soft); should take well to Aintree but has a lot to find on ratings.

66/1

3rd

1

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:55 Aintree

Bugise Seagull

11st 7lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Charlie Longsdon

Has shown progressive form on sharp/flat tracks over hurdles, most recently third in small-field Listed event at Huntingdon (2m3f, soft); should take well to Aintree but has a lot to find on ratings.

66/1

3rd

3

8th Feb 2024

Good

2m 3f 137y

Class 1

14:50 Huntingdon

Bugise Seagull

11st 5lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Charlie Longsdon

raced wide

9/1

Form: 52-212

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict
Acts on heavy ground; rank outsider in the Gallagher at Cheltenham (upped to 2m5f from 2m) last month but ran very well, beating all bar highly impressive and exciting stablemate Ballyburn; clear possibilities, provided that form is backed up.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

2

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 140y

18:35 Punchestown

Jimmy Du Seuil

11st 12lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

in rear throughout, weakened after 2 out

12/1

5th

2

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 140y

18:35 Punchestown

Jimmy Du Seuil

11st 12lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

in rear throughout, weakened after 2 out

12/1

4th

5

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:55 Aintree

Jimmy Du Seuil

11st 7lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Acts on heavy ground; rank outsider in the Gallagher at Cheltenham (upped to 2m5f from 2m) last month but ran very well, beating all bar highly impressive and exciting stablemate Ballyburn; clear possibilities, provided that form is backed up.

11/4

Form: 22-123

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict
Acts on heavy going; close second in the Lawlor's Of Naas (2m4f) in January, then finished one place behind Jimmy Du Seuil in a Gallagher Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham (2m5f) that was dominated by this yard; brings Grade 1 form with those runs and is one of the main players.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7th

4

30th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 149y

15:40 Punchestown

Ile Atlantique

11st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Drops in trip here having taken the 2m4f route, touched off in Lawlor's Of Naas, third behind stablemate Ballyburn in Gallagher Novices' at Cheltenham and then below-par fifth in Mersey Novices' at Aintree, having raced keenly; not short of pace so can't be ruled out.

12/1

7th

4

30th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 149y

15:40 Punchestown

Ile Atlantique

11st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Drops in trip here having taken the 2m4f route, touched off in Lawlor's Of Naas, third behind stablemate Ballyburn in Gallagher Novices' at Cheltenham and then below-par fifth in Mersey Novices' at Aintree, having raced keenly; not short of pace so can't be ruled out.

12/1

5th

4

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:55 Aintree

Ile Atlantique

11st 7lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Acts on heavy going; close second in the Lawlor's Of Naas (2m4f) in January, then finished one place behind Jimmy Du Seuil in a Gallagher Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham (2m5f) that was dominated by this yard; brings Grade 1 form with those runs and is one of the main players.

4/1

Form: 3-1552

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict
Acts on soft going; held in Grade 3 contests since his maiden win (2m3f); ran creditably dropped back in trip at Naas (1m7f) most recently but faces a much tougher assignment on this first Grade 1 attempt.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

7

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:55 Aintree

Mahons Way

11st 7lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Acts on soft going; held in Grade 3 contests since his maiden win (2m3f); ran creditably dropped back in trip at Naas (1m7f) most recently but faces a much tougher assignment on this first Grade 1 attempt.

33/1

6th

7

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:55 Aintree

Mahons Way

11st 7lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Acts on soft going; held in Grade 3 contests since his maiden win (2m3f); ran creditably dropped back in trip at Naas (1m7f) most recently but faces a much tougher assignment on this first Grade 1 attempt.

33/1

2nd

4

10th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 116y

13:42 Naas

Mahons Way

11st 1lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

raced in second

10/1

OUR TIP

Form: -221P1 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
2-2 over 2m4f, the latest success at Newcastle (heavy) where he hammered inferior rivals; now goes up against mostly superior opponents on form hitherto but may improve further at this distance.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

7th

3

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:55 Aintree

Esprit Du Potier

11st 7lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

2-2 over 2m4f, the latest success at Newcastle (heavy) where he hammered inferior rivals; now goes up against mostly superior opponents on form hitherto but may improve further at this distance.

20/1

7th

3

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:55 Aintree

Esprit Du Potier

11st 7lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

2-2 over 2m4f, the latest success at Newcastle (heavy) where he hammered inferior rivals; now goes up against mostly superior opponents on form hitherto but may improve further at this distance.

20/1

1st

2

5th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 4

14:50 Newcastle

Esprit Du Potier

11st 12lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

travelled strongly, made all

8/11

Form: -11U54 CD

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict
One of his autumn wins came over C&D (soft); however, no further progress and he came up short in a Class 3 handicap most recently; his form is well below the required standard at this top level.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8th

6

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:55 Aintree

Josh The Boss

11st 7lb

J: Mr Jamie Neild

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

One of his autumn wins came over C&D (soft); however, no further progress and he came up short in a Class 3 handicap most recently; his form is well below the required standard at this top level.

50/1

8th

6

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:55 Aintree

Josh The Boss

11st 7lb

J: Mr Jamie Neild

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

One of his autumn wins came over C&D (soft); however, no further progress and he came up short in a Class 3 handicap most recently; his form is well below the required standard at this top level.

50/1

4th

6

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 5f 141y

Class 3

17:05 Ascot

Josh The Boss

11st 4lb

J: Mr Jamie Neild

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Disappointing at Exeter (2m2f, heavy) last month and hard to be confident on the back of that; however, he's of interest on his previous form, having won last autumn on his first two hurdle starts (2m5f/2m4f, good/soft) before a creditable showing in a Grade 2 at Sandown (2m4f, heavy; disputing second when final-fence faller); has potential off this handicap debut mark.

11/2

Non-runners

Caldwell Potter

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £21.10
Straight Forecast £25.66
Tricast £783.23
Trifecta £386.70

Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

Caldwell Potter

RP RATINGS:

Jimmy Du Seuil

SPOTLIGHT:

Brighterdaysahead

The Star:

Esprit Du Potier

POSTDATA:

Ile Atlantique

TOPSPEED:

Jimmy Du Seuil

Daily Mail:

Jimmy Du Seuil

D Express:

Brighterdaysahead

The Times:

Caldwell Potter

Telegraph:

Caldwell Potter

The Guardian:

Caldwell Potter

Daily Mirror:

Caldwell Potter

The Sun:

Caldwell Potter

Daily Record:

Caldwell Potter