Thursday, 12 April 2018

Aintree Festival Day 1

I haven't got too many thoughts about todays races but it's a fairly damp feeling day in the Liverpool area so the official going shouldn't be changing that much - although there is a chance of rain, in some form, from this afternoon right through until tomrorrow afternoon.

Nube Negra will carry my ew money in the 2.20 following his good run at Aintree as will Posh Trish in the bumper who likes soft and won here in October.

Onto my two main selections - Kings Socks in the 4.40 Grade 3 Red Rum Handicap Chase over 2m which should be perfect following his very encouraging run at Cheltenham for the Pipe team and they will have learnt a lot about him there. I feel there must be some improvement to come as they could have protected his handicap mark for one of the big chases back at Cheltenham Oct/Nov.

Over the National fences for the Foxhunters at 4.05 and 22 runners go to the post so they will be cutting up the surface for later in the week. My fancy here would be Wells De Lune and I marked him down for this race after he ran at Bangor over 2m 5f in February on his first run for Mickey Bowen. Cheltenham was too far for him after he won at Ffos Las. He jumps well and leads which are good attributes to have here and his jockey knows him well so I'm expecting him at least to be placed if not win. Grand Vision is the best horse in the race and some would say that he also has the best jockey in Mr J J Codd so I wouldn't put you off backing him at 4/1 and Sam Waley Cohen has a better record than the professionals at this track so he must be thereabouts on Wonderful Charm.

Good Luck!

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