Aintree – Day 2

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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 :

MORE OF THAT

PERFECT CANDIDATE

ONE FOR ARTHUR

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 I’m opting for DASHING OSCAR though, I fancied him at Uttoxeter the other week but he was withdrawn.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!!!

Selections

£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

Blog standings

Staked £360

Returns £332.50

Midlands National

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Well what a week that was at the festival. Some cracking race and another feast of excitement and memories. There really is only Royal Ascot that compares to it for me – I just hate having to wait another 365 days to go again!! It was a profitable week too for me. Below is a run down of my selections and their finishes:

Winners

Buveur D’Air 5-1

Willoughby Court 14-1

Un De Sceaux 11-4

Pencil 16-1

Pacha Du Polder 16-1

Places

River Wylde 8-1

Two Taffs 10-1

Debuchet 10-1

Divin Bere 5-1

Native River 7-2

All in all a very good week and I’m chuffed that I found the big priced winners I did. So back to normality and the puzzle of the Midlands National today.

The first race I’m looking at today is the 3m Betfred Novices Chase at Uttoxeter. AMERICAN was due to run at the festival but was scratched due to the better ground. He has two smooth successes this year and looked very good at Warwick last time when beating Champers on Ice and he should be thereabouts on his preferred ground. ROCK THE KASBAH has always been a horse I’ve followed and despite only two wins this year he has got some solid form in the bag. He beat OUR KAEMPFER earlier in the year and has ran well behind the likes of POLITOLOGUE and O O SEVEN. Last time was a confidence booster over shorter and I think he will run a big race today.

DASHING OSCAR is a smart moving horse and looks the type to really take to handicaps. He has been running well all season and had two good wins earlier in the year. His run at Bangor was a bit flat and that does concern me, however a big field in a handicap should bring out the challenge needed and I’m opting for him to win on his handicap bow today.

On to the big race of the day, the Midlands National. MYSTEREE has done nothing wrong all year and produced an awesome staying display to win the Eider from my selection, Knockanrawley. That was on the back of another super display at Haydock earlier in the year. My concern is the time he has had to recover from Newcastle, will have had enough, will he be fresh enough – I’m not sure. SPOOKYDOOKY is very well handicapped on his run in this last year. He is 10lbs lower in the official ratings and carries 10lbs less weight too. I’m not sure he has the class to win this though. This race has thrown up Gold cup winners and National winners so you need a smart horse. GOULANES has always had class but he just hasn’t produced and fell last time after a long lay off – I’m not sure he’s the same horse. GEVREY CHAMBERTIN most definitely has the ability, but he is chalk and cheese. He either turns up and is very smart or throws his toys out the pram and seriously underperforms. He was travelling very well last time in the Eider before unseating five out and he caught my eye as possibly starting to run back to his best. He has previously won off a mark off OR140 and OR143, so his mark of OR139 is around his optimum. Her is also 6 lads better off with MYSTEREE from the Eider. If this is a going day he has a cracking chance.

SELECTIONS

£5 e/w GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 3:35 Uttoxeter 12-1 Bet365 (UP)

£5 win ROCK THE KASBAH 2:25 Uttoxeter 15/2 Bet365 (2nd)

£5 win DASHING OSCAR 3:00 Uttoxeter 15/2 Coral (NR)

Standings

Staked £275

Returns £283.75