Tuesday 6.30pm Grand National blog tomorrow but more excited about the supporting card at Aintree on Saturday as I think I’ve spotted four good things to go with our National winner and I’m not talking 6/4 jollies Mr racingblogger! Just a bit more research tomorrow and we’’ll get the wheelbarrow out of the shed!
Aintree Going Watch –
Mildmay & Hurdle – Good to Soft, Good in places
National – Good to Soft
(GoingStick: Mildmay 6.7 Hurdle 6.8 National 5.7 on Tuesday at 14:00)
Wednesdays Lucky 15
Carlisle 2.30 MAN IN BLACK 8/1 general
Carlisle 3.35 SCOOTER BOY 11/4 Ladbrokes 5/2 general
Wincanton 1.50 LAPALALA 8/1 Betfred 7/1 general
Wincanton 3.55 ARCTIC LADY 11/1 PP 10/1 general
and hopefully this is why
Carlisle 2.30 MAN IN BLACK This grey son of Turgeon is an irish PtP winner many moons back and surely chasing is his game. With few runs he is obviously hard to train but the Kirby yard is amongst the winners and with claimer Tommy Dowson taking off 3lbs Man in Black carries just 9st 11lbs! Has to be competitive. Doctor Glaz did us a favour over hurdles a fortnight ago but he is enormous, would have got a job in Troy enormous, and I’m not sure how clever he will be picking his feet up at these larger obstacles!
Carlisle 3.35 SCOOTER BOY Fascinating C4 novices handicap chase with the top three in the weights making their chasing debuts off their hurdle marks. Halcyon Days has won four of his last six and Ryalex has a featherweight for the in-form Lucinda Russell. However I’m going for Scooter Boy who seems to be getting his act together over fences and I’m fast coming round to Tom Segal’s opinion that Leighton Aspell is as good a horseman over fences as there is. He replaces the unfortunate Keilan Woods who has smashed his pelvis and Scooter Boy winning here would no doubt give him a real filip. Trip, grade and ground are covered and he might just be let in here on OR115.
Wincanton 1.50 LAPALALA Philip Hobbs will be disappointed not to have won a maiden hurdle with this young lady but her run just before Christmas when fourth here to Soupy Soups on her first run outside Mares only company gives her a big shout in this contest where there is plenty of deadwood. 11st is a racing weight and with the assistance of Richard Johnson on this better ground can make her first visit to the winners enclosure at the tenth attempt.
Wincanton 3.55 ARCTIC LADY I’m always keen to take on Best Boy Barney, who keeps more than a little bit back for himself, and this isn’t the Butlergrove King of eighteen months ago which opens this race up nicely. Back to the trusted novice chasing pair of Tom George and Adrian Heskin and Arctic Lady a 6yo daughter of Milan. Last time on chasing debut she was awful at the first two fences which meant she schooled for the rest of the race getting her confidence back and indeed closing towards the end. This is another five furlongs and no doubt she has schooled since and if getting the first few fences right could be at a decent price here.
Labaik handed Punchestown Festival target
Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner Labaik will be aimed towards the Punchestown Festival after he was withdrawn from the Goffs UK Aintree Sale on Thursday. The Gordon Elliott-trained grey, who has refused to race on multiple occasions, put his best foot forward to run out a brilliant winner of the traditional curtain-raiser at Cheltenham last month. It later emerged that the six-year-old was to be entered for the inaugural sale on the opening day of the Grand National Festival at Aintree, but he will not head to Merseyside and is instead set to contest the Herald Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown on April 25. Labaik is part-owned by bloodstock agent Aidan O’Ryan, who said: “They (Labaik’s partners) have decided not to sell and he’s going to go to Punchestown, that’s the plan.”
The Jury Racing Post 8:00PM, APR 2 2017
- What’s your best bet for Aintree’s three days? A. Jessica Harrington I run Supasundae in either the 3m Grade 1 or the 3m handicap hurdle and he’s in great form. We’re leaning towards the Grade 1 at this stage. He has come out of Cheltenham in great nick and the way he won the Coral Cup tells me he’s still improving.
12/1 with Hills, get your running shoes on!