Betway Aintree Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race) 2m 4f
- (4yo+, 2m 4f, Class 1, 7 runners)
- Winner £140,325 2nd £52,775 3rd £26,375 4th £13,175 5th £6,625 6th £3,300 7th £1,700 8th £900 9th £500 10th £250
- Going: Good to Soft (Good in places)
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 10.42s
- Off time: 15:31:40
Brewin'upastorm (IRE) 39
|9||161 11-7 pt||O Murphy||S Bowen||155|
Glory And Fortune (IRE) 23
|7||161 11-7 t||T Lacey||Stan Sheppard||154|
Guard Your Dreams 39
|6||161 11-7||N A Twiston-Davies||Sam Twiston-Davies||145|
McFabulous (IRE) 68
|8||161 11-7 p1||P F Nicholls||Lorcan Williams||150|
Monmiral (FR) 39
|5||161 11-7||P F Nicholls||H Cobden||149|
Zanahiyr (IRE) 23
|5||161 11-7 pt||G Elliott||J W Kennedy||159|
Epatante (FR) 23
|8||154 11-0||N J Henderson||Aidan Coleman||154|
||7||11-7||Mrs D Foster||J W Kennedy||5/1|
Epatante outpaced Glory And Fortune to win the Christmas Hurdle in December and ran right up to her best when confirming that form in the Champion Hurdle last month, also finishing a length ahead of ZANAHIYR. But Nicky Henderson’s mare is all about speed and could get caught out trying 2m4f for the first time. Gordon Elliott’s five-year-old has won over 2m2f, however, and should be suited by the step up in trip. Brewin'upastorm was only fifth in this last year but still finished ahead of Mcfabulous and he beat Guard Your Dreams and Monmiral when second in the National Spirit at Fontwell in February.
Epatante (FR)16-1 (11-3) Mid-division on inside, closed 4th, pushed along after 2 out, driven and switched left before last, went 1 1/2 lengths 2nd when mistake and lost footing at last, no impression on winner after, stayed on, 2nd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Honeysuckle (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m (1) gs in Mar.
Monmiral (FR)9-4fav (11-7) Tracked leader, led briefly before 2 out, lost 2nd 2 out, no extra in 3rd, weakened into 4th at the last, 4th of 6, 11 1/4l behind Botox Has (11-4) at Fontwell 2m 3f (1) gs in Feb.
McFabulous (IRE)5-1 (11-6) Kept wide in 4th, closer in 3rd before 3 out, every chance 2 out, pushed along out wide before the last, soon weakened, 4th of 5, 24 1/4l behind Paisley Park (11-6) at Cheltenham 3m (1) gd in Jan.
Glory And Fortune (IRE)150-1 (11-10) Held up in rear on inside, not fluent 3rd, ridden after 2 out, 7th after final bend, stayed on flat, went 5th close home, never nearer, 5th of 10, 8 3/4l behind Honeysuckle (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m (1) gs in Mar.
Brewin'upastorm (IRE)3-1 (11-10) Held up in last pair, good headway out wide into 3rd before 2 out, close 2nd 2 out, led before last, 2 lengths ahead last, driven and wandered run-in, headed near finish, 2nd of 6, hd behind Botox Has (11-4) at Fontwell 2m 3f (1) gs in Feb.
Zanahiyr (IRE)28-1 (11-10) Chasing leaders after 1st, prominent from 3rd, every chance 2 out, 3rd and looking held when jumped left last, no impression on winner flat but kept on to press for 2nd until held by that rival towards finish, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Honeysuckle (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m (1) gs in Mar.
Guard Your Dreams12-1 (11-10) Chased leaders on inside, switched right and effort out wide 2 out, ridden between last two, went well held 3rd and hit last, hung badly right and no impression run-in, 3rd of 6, 7 1/4l behind Botox Has (11-4) at Fontwell 2m 3f (1) gs in Feb.