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With a lot of races scheduled for today we focus our attention on Aintree and Sandown, as usual Charlie will start with his selections while Rich has the last say with The Final Word.
Aintree 1.00 – One Night In Milan -Has had 2 starts in 2019 winning at Kelso over 2m 4f and 189y on the 10th September when beating Morraman by 4 lengths. Returned to Kelso on the 18th September and finished a 1 length 2nd to Aye Right over 2m 4f and 189y. With a repeat of those efforts today, that should be enough to get involved here and runs off the same mark as last time currently available around the 15-2 price with most firms.
Sandown 2.25 – Smarty Wild -Has won 4 times this year, beginning with a Class 4 Novice Hurdle over 1m 7f and 169y at Ludlow on the 6th of February when beating Chambard by 3/4 of a length. Next win came at Exeter over 2m 175y in another Class 4 Hurdle, when beating Midnight Midge by 11 lengths. Was then sent to Taunton on the 11th March and won again over 2m 3f and 1y, when beating Putting Green by 4 lengths. Was a tad disappointing on next start at Cheltenham on the 25th October when finishing last of 16. Was then sent back to Exeter and won again in a Class 3 Handicap Hurdle over 2m and 127y when beating Manvers House by 2 lengths. Has gone up another 4lbs for todays race and if repeating the form shown at Exeter and Ludlow that should be enough to get involved today, currently available at 6-1 with most firms and is an Eachway selection.
Aintree 3.15 – Gold Present – Fell on seasonal return at Ayr in a Class 1 listed Handicap Chase over 2m 4f. Was then sent to Sandown for next run and finished 2nd over 2m 7f on the 27th April some 11 lengths behind Black Corton. Goes well fresh and looks to be on a workable mark, has no ground issues and is available around 11-1 with most firms at time of writing and is an Eachway selection.
Well that’s my thoughts on today’s selections, good luck if following and please remember to keep stakes small so it doesn’t hurt your pockets. I will now hand you back over to Rich for the Final Word.
Final Word Special…..
Aintree… Good to Soft…
1.30 Becher Handicap Chase… Grade 3… 3m 1f 188yds….
Walk In The Mill… Winner of this race last season on the way to finishing a 14 length 4th behind Tiger Roll in the Grand National. Rated 137 when running here last season & comes into the race 4 higher at 141. Pulled up on season return at Wincanton with 2 fences to go on November 9th. This is the start to the 2020 Grand National…..
2.40 Many Clouds Chase…. Grade 2….. 3m 210yds…
Native River…. Last seen trying to retain his Gold Cup crown at Cheltenham in March, when finishing a 9 & 1/2 lengths 4th to Al Boum Photo, when rated 173. Winning the Gold Cup from a mark of 166, Native River spent last season running from 176 when runner up to Bristol De Mai in the Lancashire Chase at Haydock and a 13 & 1/2 length 3rd to Clan Des Obeaux in the King George VI and runs from 167 today(Joint TR)….
The DANGER comes from the other top rated runner in Might Bite, with both horses being C&D winners and who can forget their epic battle in 2017. The pair faced off last season, when Might Bite was well below par and eventually had a wind operation between the King George VI & the Gold Cup. Sadly was pulled up at Cheltenham and this is the second run following the operation. If both horses run to their mark then we could be in for another epic battle.
I have to mention race fit Black Corton, who is not in the same form as last season and is stepped up in trip to see if this helps….
Sandown… Good to Soft, Soft in Places…
1.50 Henry VIII Novice Chase… Grade 1… 1m 7f 119yds….
Topillo… Made 2 hurdle starts since October, winning on a return in a 2m Class 2 Handicap Hurdle by 5 lengths on October 11th before heading to Cheltenham just 15 days later, finishing a 1 & 3/4 length 3rd to Quel Destin in another 2m Class 2 Handicap Hurdle. Switched to larger fences and made Chase debut in a 2m Class 3 Novice Chase on November 20th at Warwick, when beating Mister Fisher by 3 lengths with Lisp in 3rd, who has since won a 2m 1f Class 3 Novice Chase by 19 lengths….
3.00 Tingle Creek Chase… Grade 1… 1m 7f 199yds…
Defi Du Seuil…. Made a winning seasonal return in the Grade 2 Cheltenham Chase(1m 7f 199yds) on November 17th, when beating Politologue by 1 & 3/4’s of a length and despite that rival now having a second run after a wind operation & having 3Lb’s on Defi, I think it is unlikely the form will be reversed…
The DANGER is likely to come from Irish raider Un De Sceaux, who is top rated at 171. UDS was last seen at Punchestown winning the Champions Chase by 4 lengths from Min in April when landing the Grade 1 contest. A 4 length runner up in this race last season and winner of this race in 2016 by 1 length, in an epic contest with Sire De Grugy. Won on seasonal return at Cork in 2017….
That is everything for you today folks…. Thanks for popping by & for your support…
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All the Best – Charlie and Rich