Not a brilliant first day on the betting front with non of my selections getting near, the only bonus was the positive I put up for BIG FELLA THANKS, what a cracker he ran. The two top hurdlers of the season proved again how awesome they are; I couldn’t have had TEA FOR TWO with anyone’s money but fair play to a smart horse. Ive had a quick study of the big one and Ive got a few on the shortlist so far. These are :
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First let’s get Friday out of the way. Here are my selections.
Alder Hey Hurdle 1:40
What a competitive hurdle to get things going. NORTH HILL HARVEY is a worthy top weight and he was smart when winning the Greatwood earlier in the season, you have to forgive him his latest run at the festival, but he has a lot of weight. HAWK HIGH catches the eye as he has a very good record here. He also won the Fred Winter a few years ago. He is 8lbs higher today but has won on 2 out of 3 appearances here and is worth a look. I’m opting for DASHING OSCAR though, I fancied him at Uttoxeter the other week but he was withdrawn. He is a strong traveller and has a couple of good wins under his belt and I’m hoping for a big run.
Crabbie’s Top Novices Hurdle 2:20
MOON RACER is interesting; I thought they were crazy to go for the champion hurdle and that proved to be correct, he could run a big race here. MOUNT MEWS and HIGH SECRET are both improving and have done nothing wrong to date but I’m going for my festival selection RIVER WYLDE to run another good race. He ran well in the Supreme and I think the hustle and bustle of the race will have brought him on more.
JLT Melling Chase 3:25
GODS OWN won this last year and will run another strong race and will be pressed by FOX NORTON who will no doubt bounce off in front. He has got better and better and finished the Queen Mother so well. Im opting for another Henderson runner (my theme today!!!) though. JOSSES HILL has always had a touch of class and as yet he hasn’t quite come to the fore. He’s been dropped a few pounds and will appreciate the ground and he has won and come fourth here before; I just have a feeling!
The Topham 4:05
The warm up for tomorrow and a cracking little race on its own. EASTLAKE won it last year and if he turns up could run well again and the top weight GO CONQUER ran a cracker last time. Nicky Henderson has a cracking recent record in this and GOLD PRESENT ran very well in defeat at the festival. Keep your eye on ULTRAGOLD at a huge price as he could run a big race. I’m opting for a bit of Bond though!! I have had O O SEVEN in my notebook for a while and I’m convinced he has the winning of one of these big handicaps. He ran well at the festival behind MITE BITE over further than this; the drop back in trip is in his favour and he is a sound jumper and nice mover. If he can avoid any trouble he has a great chance. I’ve backed THOMAS BROWN a few times this year but I cant put anymore money on him after two poor shows; watch him win!!!
£5 win O O SEVEN 4:05 Aintree 20-1 Coral
£10 win RIVER WYLDE 2:20 Aintree 9-4 William Hill
£2.50 ew DASHING OSCAR 1:40 Aintree 18-1 Ladbrokes