April 13 / 15.05 Aintree

15.05

Soft

JRL Group Liverpool Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £140325
  • 3m 0f 149y
  • Class 1
  • 10 runners
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JRL Group Liverpool Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

9/1 (Won)

  • Win: £10.30
  • Place: £2.70

Form: 2-0243 C

Last run: 77 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict
Absent since running well in the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham (good to soft; wore cheekpieces; Grade 2) 11 weeks ago on first attempt over 3m; unexposed at this trip and his Aintree form includes a good second in Grade 1 novice (2m) at this meeting last year; possibilities.
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1st

12

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:05 Aintree

Strong Leader

11st 10lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Absent since running well in the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham (good to soft; wore cheekpieces; Grade 2) 11 weeks ago on first attempt over 3m; unexposed at this trip and his Aintree form includes a good second in Grade 1 novice (2m) at this meeting last year; possibilities.

9/1

1st

12

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:05 Aintree

Strong Leader

11st 10lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

held up in rear, headway 9th, edged left but disputing second and going best 3 out, led narrowly when hit last, soon ridden, kept on well final 110yds

9/1

3rd

7

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:35 Cheltenham

Strong Leader

11st 2lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Olly Murphy

in touch with leaders, bad mistake 2nd

8/1

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10/1

  • Place: £2.60

Form: 3115P4 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict
Acts on soft going; good second in 2m4f handicap at this meeting last year; looks set to go well again, having posted a big effort (40-1 fourth, two places behind Flooring Porter) in the Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham most recently.
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4th

2

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 110y

18:00 Punchestown

Buddy One

11st 10lb

J: Jack G Gilligan

T: Paul John Gilligan

Consistent sort and continues to progress; followed his fourth in the Stayers Hurdle with an excellent second in the Grade 1 Liverpool Hurdle; going to the well again but likely to give a good account again if his recent exertions hasn't taken the edge off him.

6/1

4th

2

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 110y

18:00 Punchestown

Buddy One

11st 10lb

J: Jack G Gilligan

T: Paul John Gilligan

Consistent sort and continues to progress; followed his fourth in the Stayers Hurdle with an excellent second in the Grade 1 Liverpool Hurdle; going to the well again but likely to give a good account again if his recent exertions hasn't taken the edge off him.

6/1

2nd

2

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:05 Aintree

Buddy One

11st 10lb

J: Jack G Gilligan

T: Paul John Gilligan

in touch with leaders, headway after 10th, led before 3 out, headed last, stayed on

10/1

11/2

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 129-F1 D

Last run: 62 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 151

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced 7yo who justified favouritism in the Boyne Hurdle at Navan (2m5f, heavy; Grade 2) two months ago, taking record in this sphere to 3-5; open to further improvement and he's fresher than several of these rivals; stays 3m; interesting.
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3rd

8

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:05 Aintree

Hiddenvalley Lake

11st 10lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Lightly raced 7yo who justified favouritism in the Boyne Hurdle at Navan (2m5f, heavy; Grade 2) two months ago, taking record in this sphere to 3-5; open to further improvement and he's fresher than several of these rivals; stays 3m; interesting.

11/2

3rd

8

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:05 Aintree

Hiddenvalley Lake

11st 10lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

prominent, disputing second when hit 2 out, 1 length down but short of room last, stayed on final 110yds

11/2

1st

3

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 0y

14:45 Navan

Hiddenvalley Lake

11st 6lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

prominent, challenging going easily 2 out, soon led, ridden clear approaching last, kept on well

13/2

Form: /29-1P D

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 154

Form & Verdict
Very promising in his younger days but missed two years due to an injury and, despite Grade 2 win on most recent hurdles attempt, it's still not clear whether he retains full ability; pulled up (bled from nose) in Cheltenham Gold Cup last month.
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8th

5

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 110y

18:00 Punchestown

Monkfish

11st 10lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Unable to fulfill his immense promise due to injury; won the Galmoy Hurdle in January and not disgraced in the Liverpool Hurdle last time but needs to find a bit more; bled in the Cheltenham Gold Cup on his penultimate run.

20/1

8th

5

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 110y

18:00 Punchestown

Monkfish

11st 10lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Unable to fulfill his immense promise due to injury; won the Galmoy Hurdle in January and not disgraced in the Liverpool Hurdle last time but needs to find a bit more; bled in the Cheltenham Gold Cup on his penultimate run.

20/1

4th

9

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:05 Aintree

Monkfish

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Very promising in his younger days but missed two years due to an injury and, despite Grade 2 win on most recent hurdles attempt, it's still not clear whether he retains full ability; pulled up (bled from nose) in Cheltenham Gold Cup last month.

12/1

Form: -91332 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 159

Form & Verdict
Front-runner; had a spell over fences prior to his second in the Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham (3m, soft) last month, taking his record in that race to 1142; placed in this contest for the last two years (second in 2022, third in 2023); solid claims.
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5th

6

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:05 Aintree

Flooring Porter

11st 10lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Front-runner; had a spell over fences prior to his second in the Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham (3m, soft) last month, taking his record in that race to 1142; placed in this contest for the last two years (second in 2022, third in 2023); solid claims.

3/1

5th

6

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:05 Aintree

Flooring Porter

11st 10lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

led narrowly or disputed lead, led clearly after 4th, headed 3 out, weakened gradually after 2 out

3/1

6

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Flooring Porter

11st 10lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Made all in this in 2021 (good to soft) and 2022 (soft) and reverts to hurdles after some mixed chase form this season; not beaten far when fourth to Sire Du Berlais in this race last year but he wasn't at his peak in that campaign and needs to get back to his very best to regain his crown.

11/1

Form: F1-401 D

Last run: 109 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict
Admirable chaser who landed the King George, albeit somewhat fortuitously, at Kempton (3m, good) on last appearance; however, record suggests he's far from guaranteed to transfer the form back to hurdles, especially if the ground is soft/heavy.
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3rd

8

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 213y

17:25 Punchestown

Hewick

11st 10lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: John Joseph Hanlon

in touch with leaders

14/1

3rd

8

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 213y

17:25 Punchestown

Hewick

11st 10lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: John Joseph Hanlon

in touch with leaders

14/1

6th

7

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:05 Aintree

Hewick

11st 10lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: John Joseph Hanlon

Admirable chaser who landed the King George, albeit somewhat fortuitously, at Kempton (3m, good) on last appearance; however, record suggests he's far from guaranteed to transfer the form back to hurdles, especially if the ground is soft/heavy.

8/1

Form: -31348 C

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 10lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 156

Form & Verdict
Close second in the 2023 Stayer's Hurdle at Cheltenham but didn't fare nearly so well in the latest running of that prize and he was a distant sixth in this contest 12 months ago; although a good stayer on his day, he's not the percentage call.
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7th

5

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:05 Aintree

Dashel Drasher

11st 10lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

Close second in the 2023 Stayer's Hurdle at Cheltenham but didn't fare nearly so well in the latest running of that prize and he was a distant sixth in this contest 12 months ago; although a good stayer on his day, he's not the percentage call.

16/1

7th

5

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:05 Aintree

Dashel Drasher

11st 10lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

led narrowly or disputed lead, raced in second when headed after 4th, hit 8th, lost position after 10th, weakened gradually from 3 out

16/1

5

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Dashel Drasher

11st 10lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

Ran a stormer at 40-1 when close second to Sire Du Berlais in this race last year (soft); in solid form this term, winning the Grade 2 Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury (3m, good to soft) before making the frame in the Grade 1 Long Walk at Ascot (3m, good) and Grade 2 Cleeve here (3m, good to soft); he's 11 now and needs to build on this season's efforts, but his cause may be aided if he's back on soft ground; he's an each-way possible once more.

20/1

Form: 7-1319 C

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 157

Form & Verdict
Acts on ground from good to heavy; disappointing in the Stayers' Hurdle most recently but progressive otherwise and could well rebound; won at this course (2m4f handicap) in October and Ascot (3m Grade 1, gamely) in December; remains of major interest.
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8th

4

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:05 Aintree

Crambo

11st 10lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Fergal O’Brien

Acts on ground from good to heavy; disappointing in the Stayers' Hurdle most recently but progressive otherwise and could well rebound; won at this course (2m4f handicap) in October and Ascot (3m Grade 1, gamely) in December; remains of major interest.

7/1

8th

4

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:05 Aintree

Crambo

11st 10lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Fergal O’Brien

prominent early, towards rear from 2nd, mistake 7th, weakened gradually from 3 out

7/1

4

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Crambo

11st 10lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Fergal O’Brien

Highly progressive second-season hurdler who won the Grade 1 Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot (3m, good) in December by a short head from Paisley Park; he needs a bigger performance on today's first outing since but this 7yo keeps finding the necessary further improvement, as his excellent seven-from-ten strike-rate attests; versatile ground-wise; entitled to plenty of respect.

5/1

Form: 4-1661 D

Last run: 56 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict
Finished behind some of these rivals in two major races this season but comes here fresh, having been absent since his Rendlesham success at Haydock (3m, heavy; Grade 2) eight weeks ago; better than ever last time and could go well.
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5th

2

27th Apr 2024

Good

2m 5f 110y

Class 1

16:10 Sandown

Botox Has

11st 10lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

led, much reduced lead before 2 out, soon headed and weakened

33/1

5th

2

27th Apr 2024

Good

2m 5f 110y

Class 1

16:10 Sandown

Botox Has

11st 10lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

led, much reduced lead before 2 out, soon headed and weakened

33/1

1

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:05 Aintree

Botox Has

11st 10lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

Finished behind some of these rivals in two major races this season but comes here fresh, having been absent since his Rendlesham success at Haydock (3m, heavy; Grade 2) eight weeks ago; better than ever last time and could go well.

12/1

Form: 135-45 CD

Last run: 77 days

W: 11st 10lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 156

Form & Verdict
Veteran; smart in his prime but his two efforts this term fall well short of his peak form; beaten twice in this race (third in 2022, fifth in 2023) and is unlikely to make it third time lucky unless first-time headgear has a significant effect.
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3

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:05 Aintree

Champ

11st 10lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Nicky Henderson

Veteran; smart in his prime but his two efforts this term fall well short of his peak form; beaten twice in this race (third in 2022, fifth in 2023) and is unlikely to make it third time lucky unless first-time headgear has a significant effect.

25/1

3

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:05 Aintree

Champ

11st 10lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Nicky Henderson

in touch with leaders, struggling after 10th, soon weakened, pulled up before 3 out

25/1

Non-runners

Proschema, Sire Du Berlais

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Payout
Exacta £68.60
Straight Forecast £66.60
Tricast £333.20
Trifecta £490.90

Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

Crambo

RP RATINGS:

Sire Du Berlais

SPOTLIGHT:

Hiddenvalley Lake

TOPSPEED:

Buddy One

The Times:

Strong Leader

Daily Record:

Flooring Porter

Daily Mirror:

Botox Has

The Star:

Hewick

POSTDATA:

Dashel Drasher

LAMBOURN:

Champ

D Express:

Hiddenvalley Lake

Telegraph:

Crambo

The Sun:

Crambo

The Guardian:

Sire Du Berlais

Daily Mail:

Sire Du Berlais