14:50 Aintree 11 Nov 2017

Read Noel Fehily At 188bet Hurdle (Class 2) (4YO plus)

Winner £28,152 - 3 run - Draw Advantage: None

5

2m 4f

Soft (Good to Soft in places)

Weather: View Course Guide

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Position
1
1/11131-
iT
Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap (Mr John P McManus)

Unowhatimeanharry 198 

b g Sir Harry Lewis - Red Nose Lady (Teenoso)

9 11-6 t
167
9 11-6 t
167

Flawless record for Harry Fry ended in the 2017 Stayers' Hurdle but better than ever when reversing form with Nichols Canyon in the Irish equivalent. Must concede 8 lb but record fresh is good,

Flawless record for Harry Fry ended in the 2017 Stayers' Hurdle but better than ever when reversing form with Nichols Canyon in the Irish equivalent. Must concede 8 lb but record fresh is good,

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Unowhatimeanharry Score: 452

1
2
111123-
iT
Emerald green, dark green sleeves, dark green and emerald green quartered cap (Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede)

Top Notch (FR)  219 

b g Poliglote - Topira (Pistolet Bleu)

6 10-12
157
6 10-12
157

Very smart hurdler and every bit as good over fences, including Grade 1 success at Sandown in February. Excellent second to Yorkhill in JLT at Cheltenham and 8 lb concession may prove decisive.

Very smart hurdler and every bit as good over fences, including Grade 1 success at Sandown in February. Excellent second to Yorkhill in JLT at Cheltenham and 8 lb concession may prove decisive.

Top Notch Score: 397

2
3
21/4175-
iT
Dark blue and light blue (quartered), dark blue sleeves, light blue spots (Mr D M Huglin)

Value At Risk 198 

b g Kayf Tara - Miss Orchestra (Orchestra)

8 10-12
146
8 10-12
146

Chase career hasn't gone to plan, but he is a smart performer on his day over hurdles. Up against in on these terms on reappearance, though.

Chase career hasn't gone to plan, but he is a smart performer on his day over hurdles. Up against in on these terms on reappearance, though.

Value At Risk Score: 276

3
Verdict

Unowhatimeanharry is the classiest hurdler in the field and sets the clear form standard based on his dominance of the 3m hurdling division last term. However, he is running over trip short of his best, has bigger targets in mind later in the season and this small field, and potentially muddling pace, are perhaps not ideal for him from a tactical viewpoint. There is good reason to believe Value At Risk, a Grade 2 hurdles winner, could ruffle a few feathers on the front end here at what is likely to be a big price, but TOP NOTCH boasts some classier hurdles form and appears more likely to cash in if the first-named disappoints. He enjoyed a productive chasing campaign last term, winning the Scilly Isles and finishing runner-up to Yorkhill in the JLT, and for all he's likely to be sent back over fences after this outing, his hurdles form in isolation is very strong and he may still emerge on top, competing over his optimum trip.

Verdict

A very interesting contest in store, with the vote going to TOP NOTCH on his return to timber as the 8 lb he receives from top-class stayer Unowhatimeanharry could well be decisive, especially with the latter having to come back in trip.

Previous Winners
Year Going Ran Winner Draw Age Weight OR Form Last run Trainer (Distance) Jockey SP Time
2016 Good to Soft 4 Un Temps Pour Tout 7 10 12 - 122414 211 days D Pipe (209 miles) T Scudamore 13/8 4:50.10
2015 Soft 5 Bobs Worth 10 10 12 - 615-8P0 196 days N Henderson (180 miles) N De Boinville 11/1 5:03.20
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