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Selections for the final day of Royal Ascot 2017 can be found below.

Again, with the favourable E/W terms on offer, I’d suggest 1PT E/W on each.

All odds quoted are Bet365 Best Odds Guaranteed – principal selections in BOLD.

230 – MASAR @ 13/2 (1/4 Odds 1,2,3)

305 – CENTRAL SQUARE @ 8/1 (1/4 Odds 1,2,3,4)

340 – WINGS OF DESIRE @ 6/1 (1/4 Odds 1,2,3)

420 – THE TIN MAN @ 6/1 (1/4 Odds 1,2,3,4)

500 – RAUCOUS @ 12/1 (1/4 Odds 1,2,3,4,5)

500 – Certificate @ 16/1 (1/4 Odds 1,2,3,4,5)

500 – Eastern Impact @ 16/1 (1/4 Odds 1,2,3,4,5)

535 – WINNING STORY @ 9/1 (1/4 Odds 1,2,3)

535 – Fun Mac @ 10/1 (1/4 Odds 1,2,3)

535 – Us Army Ranger @ 6/1 (1/4 Odds 1,2,3)

TOTAL STAKE = 20PTS

NAP – RAUCOUS @ 12/1

NB – CENTRAL SQUARE @ 8/1

IWAC – WINNING STORY @ 9/1

Additional Selections added @ 1PM below: UPDATED TOTAL STAKE = 26PTS

305 – Khairaat @ 9/2 (1/4 Odds 1,2,3,4)

340 – Dal Harralid @ 8/1 (1/4 Odds 1,2,3)

420 – Tasleet @ 8/1 (1/4 Odds 1,2,3,4)

 

 

 

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Short of time this evening so apologies but straight to the selections.

With the favourable E/W terms on offer I suggest the following all to 1PT E/W which will hopefully result in a nice profit on the day! All with Bet365 Best Odds Guaranteed – principal selection in BOLD.

230 – BLACK SAILS @ 8/1  (1/4 Odds 1,2,3,4)

230 – Clemmie @ 6/1 (1/4 Odds 1,2,3,4)

305 – BEST SOLUTION @ 7/1 (1/4 Odds 1,2,3)

305 – Permian @ 7/1 (1/4 Odds 1,2,3)

340 – BLUE POINT @ 11/2 (1/4 Odds 1,2,3)

340 – Harry Angel @ 10/3 (1/4 Odds 1,2,3)

420 – TOMYRIS @ 15/2 (1/4 Odds 1,2 W/O Winter)

420 – Roly Poly @ 15/2 (1/4 Odds 1,2 W/O Winter)

500 – TIME TO STUDY @ 11/2 (1/4 Odds 1,2,3)

500 – Wisconsin @ 9/1 (1/4 Odds 1,2,3)

500 – Stradivarius @ 9/1 (1/4 Odds 1,2,3)

535 – APPEARED @ 6/1 (1/4 Odds 1,2,3,4)

535 – Cape Cova @ 12/1 (1/4 Odds 1,2,3,4)

535 – Wadigor @ 13/2 (1/4 Odds 1,2,3,4)

TOTAL STAKE = 28 PTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Royal Ascot 2017 Preview – Day 3

Tomorrow’s selections with reasoning can be found below. All odds quoted are BET365 B.O.G.

230 – Norfolk Stakes

MAIN SELECTION : SANTRY (IWAC) @ 13/2

Looks well drawn and unbeaten with both wins coming at 5f. The concern is the ground but there is enough value in the price to compensate for that unknown. Will need to improve but every chance that he can do so.

Saver : Havana Grey @ 7/1

Similarly looks well drawn and comes here on the back of three solid runs including two victories at 5f. Sets the standard for the others to aim at and will love the ground.

305 – Hampton Court Stakes

MAIN SELECTION : ORDEROFTHEGARTER (NB) @ 13/2

Down in grade after running in the French Derby last time out and looks as though still has improvement to come at this trip (by Galileo). Prominent tactics could prove positive and there’s nobody better than Ryan Moore to carry out such tactics to perfection.

Saver : Tamleek @ 9/1

Has solid form and looks like the drop back in trip will suit. Will relish the ground and seems overpriced.

340 – Ribblesdale Stakes

MAIN SELECTION : ASTRONOMY’S CHOICE @ 10/1

This is only her third start but looks a good value alternative in this upped to 1m4f for the first time. Will relish the ground and I can see her being delivered late for a turn of foot.

Saver : Coronet @ 7/1

Disappointed somewhat when quietly fancied for the Oaks but wouldn’t be the first to not handle Epsom and bounce back. Like her stablemate Astronomy’s Choice has improvement to come at this trip and she can go well.

420 – Gold Cup

It seems obvious to play in the without the favourite market as Order Of St George seems a very likely winner.

MAIN SELECTION : BIG ORANGE @ 4/1 (W/O THE FAV.)

There are few more honest horses in training than Big Orange and assuming he gets a well judged ride from the front, he can go well. He loves to hear his hooves rattle having won 4/5 races on this type of ground and 4/1 seems a generous price.

Saver : Torcedor @ 17/2 (W/O The Fav.)

There is a good chance there is a lot of improvement to come upped to this extreme distance. His latest defeat of today’s favourite obviously reads well albeit over a shorter trip but at the odds is worth an interest.

500 – Britannia Stakes

MAIN SELECTION : TRICORN @ 14/1

The concern is the low draw with all of the action down the stands side yesterday but there is too much upside in the price to make this one a sporting selection. Won the only race he has contested on turf at Newmarket on similar ground to today’s and he can go well.

Saver 1 : Ronald R @ 14/1

Looks to have an even worse draw on paper than Tricorn but similarly there is enough in the price to hope that doesn’t prove too much of a disadvantage. He showed a really willing attitude when winning last time out which will stand him in good stead for today’s test.

Saver 2 : City Of Joy @ 9/1

Drawn 17 it should be a bit more straight forward for this fella but it is reflected in the price. Add in the Stoute / Moore combination though and it could be argued that there is still some value there. Will love the ground, has already won in this grade and is unbeaten at this trip.

535 – King George V Stakes

MAIN SELECTION : HOMESMAN (NAP) @ 14/1

Putting up a best bet of the day in a 19 runner handicap obviously comes with risks but I will be flabbergasted if this goes off anywhere like 14/1 by the off. He does seems to have his own ideas about the game a little bit but has bundles of talent and there is no better horseman than Ryan Moore to coax him into it and produce him at the right time.

Saver 1 : Bin Battuta @ 14/1

The hope here is that a step up in trip and first time visor can bring about some improvement. It is needed but at the prices it is a chance worth taking. On paper, this Dubawi colt should relish the trip and ground but today is the day to prove it.

Saver 2 : Sofia’s Rock @ 15/2

A more obvious one whose trainer has traditionally performed well at this meeting. This looks like a typical horse he has excelled with over the years and with trip and ground proven he is certainly worth a saver.

NAP : HOMESMAN @ 14/1

NB : ORDEROFTHEGARTER @ 13/2

IWAC : SANTRY @ 13/2

Royal Ascot 2017 Preview – Day 2

NB: ODDS QUOTED ARE FROM BET365 BEST ODDS GUARANTEED.

230 – Jersey Stakes

A 20 runner Group 3 to kick off Day 2 of the Royal Meeting. The Frenchman Le Brivido heads the market at 10/3 and he comes here with solid form. Dream Castle is next in at 7/2 and his second to Barney Roy in The Greenham had a big boost on Day 1  – he also looked a little unlucky in the 2000 Guineas. At the prices though I think there is more value to focus outside of the front two. Whitecliffsofdover has plenty of experience and at 10/1 is appealing for leading connections – if the blinkers have the desired effect he can outrun those odds. The selection though is John Gosden’s DABAN (NB) at a tempting looking 6/1. She ran a cracker in the 1000 Guineas behind Winter who has franked the form in emphatic style since – the drop back to 7f should be just the ticket and she looks overpriced.

305 – Queen Mary Stakes

A very slanted looking book with Wesley Ward’s Happy Like A Fool clear 5/4 favourite. It seems an obvious thing to take her out of the equation and have a play in the W/O the favourite market. Of the remaining 23 runners I think a couple are of interest. Chica La Habana is 15/2 in the W/O the favourite market and that seems reasonable value. She won her only start on debut just 11 days ago and it is interesting they pitch her in here quickly after that effort. The selection though at a generous looking 17/2 is MRS GALLAGHER. She also won on her only start over course and cistance on quickish ground showing a determined attitude and looks overlooked in the market.

340 – Duke Of Cambridge Stakes

 Just the 15 runners go to post for this Group 2 but with 9 of those at odds of 28/1 or more it can pay to focus on the top end of the market. Last year’s Coronation Stakes winner Qemah has lots of ticks in boxes but today’s quicker conditions could be her undoing. French raider Usherette won this race last year but like Qemah would have preferred softer ground so can be looked over. The ex South African Smart Call is of significant interest though for the Stoute/Moore combination at a tempting 8/1. She looks as though she will relish the ground and trip having had a pipe opener at York recently to blow away the cobwebs. I just can’t get away though from the 5/2 market leader LAUGH ALOUD (NAP). She was devastating at Epsom on Derby Day showing an impressive turn of foot. With the large field and likely strong gallop expected to suit her, along with a 100% record on quick ground she rates the best bet on the card.

420 – Prince Of Wales’s Stakes

Day 2’s Group 1 feature has a much more manageable 8 runners and boasts some quality performers. Jack Hobbs has been well touted for this following his impressive Dubai return – at 11/4 though I think we need to look elsewhere. Ulysses has also been well touted in recent weeks and has the look a typical Stoute improver with age – he too though is well found in the market at a skinny 10/3.  At shorter odds, the globe trotting Highland Reel heads the market at 5/2 and despite the shorter odds looks much better value than the other two at the front of the market to me. Quite simply, he has been there and done it and is a top class performer – they will all have to go some to beat him but my one doubt is the trip – I think he may be better over a bit further. For that reason, a sporting selection at 8/1 is DECORATED KNIGHT (IWAC). Roger Charlton’s 5YO looks an improving horse and was really impressive in the Tattersalls Gold Cup last time out. He will love the quick conditions and is definitely the value bet in the race.

500 – Royal Hunt Cup

A 30 runner cavalry charge where luck in running is obviously going to be needed – I will put 3 up against the field. G K Chesterton looks a little overpriced at 14/1 – he is yet to fully prove himself on the ground but if he handles it he has plenty of upside. The same can also be said for fellow 14/1 shot Ballet Concerto. He will handle the ground, hails from the Stoute stable and with Ryan Moore on board I can see him going off shorter. The main selection though is FASTNET TEMPEST. He has ticks in every box today and will relish the conditions but more importantly the race should be set up perfectly for his late run – he has a devastating late burst of speed so don’t expect to see him until late!

535 – Sandringham Handicap

From a 30 runner cavalry charge to a 24 runner one so again I will put up 3 against the field. Despite running from out of the handicap, Queen Of Time can go well at 12/1 for Henry Candy. She has won her last two starts, will go on the ground and is good value to outrun her odds up in class. Rain Goddess comes from a different route having contested the  Group 1 French 1000 Guineas last time out and the drop back into handicap company means she has to be of interest and 11/1 is appealing. The principal selection is REALLY SPECIAL. She will relish the step back up to a mile and will love the ground. She is back off a break today but has the look of a filly that has loads of improvement to come and at 12/1 seems significantly overpriced.

NAP – LAUGH ALOUD @ 5/2

NB – DABAN @ 6/1

IWAC – DECORATED KNIGHT @ 8/1

Royal Ascot Preview 2017 – Day 1

NB: ODDS QUOTED ARE FROM BET365 BEST ODDS GUARANTEED.

230 – Queen Anne Stakes

An intriguing start to this year’s Royal Meeting and despite there being 16 runners going to post, it seems a fairly obvious race to focus on the front of the market. Ribchester heads the market at 5/6 following his Lockinge win but to my mind had an easy lead that day on much softer ground than he’ll encounter today. In 4 attempts he has never won on good ground or faster and he’s no odds on shot in my book. Because of his cramped odds it does create some good value behind him in the market. Mutakayyef is trading at 13/2 as I write this and is overpriced. Before a couple of globe trotting efforts, he has some very solid form and has ticks in every box today. The selection though has to be LIGHTENING SPEAR (NB) at 6/1. He will love the prevailing fast conditions, has solid form at the course including a 3rd in this race last year and looks laid out for a big run here.

305 – Coventry Stakes

This race is always about finding the untapped potential with no horse having raced more than 3 times. An open looking renewal this year with favourite Brother Bear heading the market at 9/2. He looks open to plenty of the improvement that is needed and can go well. The two to focus on here though in my book are De Bruyne Horse and DENAAR with slight preference for the latter. Richard Hannon’s De Bruyne Horse was an emphatic winner on his second start and improved again in winning the prestigious Woodcote at the Epsom Derby meeting – he sets the standard for them all to aim at. Also from the powerful Hannon stable though is DENAAR (IWAC) who appeals at the 8/1 on offer. After a debut win on the All Weather at Chelmsford he improved to win at Newbury last time and the hope is that his first try on faster ground will bring about significant improvement. Nobody rides Ascot better than Frankie Dettori and he is fancied to give him an opening day winner.

340 – King’s Stand Stakes

This looks a difficult race to get a good handle on to me with the front three in the market Lady Aurelia and Marsha as 3/1 Joint Favourites and Signs Of Blessing third in at 11/2. I would have slight preference for Lady Aurelia but all three seem about the right price. In search of some value, I think it is worth taking a couple at bigger prices. Muthmir seems overpriced at 14/1 – he is another who will love the ground conditions and despite being inconsistent he has the ability to outrun his odds. A chance though is taken with PRICELESS. Clive Cox’s 4 year old has plenty going for him and could be an improving horse. His 5f win in the Temple Stakes last time out on firm ground reads well for this test and at 12/1 is a sporting selection.

420 – St James’s Palace Stakes

The Day 1 feature in terms of status but a horrible betting race in the main market with Churchill at 4/6 and Barney Roy at 9/4. The chances are that one of them will win but this seems an obvious race to have a go in the without the front 2 market. This puts Thunder Snow in as 11/10 Favourite and he has to be taken on at those odds. He comes here via Meydan, Churchill Downs and the Curragh and those exertions may well catch up with him. Lancaster Bomber appeals at the available 9/2 – he often runs solid races without getting his head in front at the highest level and it is easy to see him doing the same here. Clear preference though is for RIVET, trading at 7/2 as we speak – I would have him favourite in the without the front two market in my book. He returns to a mile after an attempt in the French Derby to stretch his stamina. Coming back in trip along with much more suitable ground means he is of significant interest.

500 – Ascot Stakes

A much more open betting race with many of the top National Hunt yards represented. Alan King has two live contenders in Who Dares Wins and Oceane. At the prices, the latter would be of more interest. Beyond Conceit has the look of a horse who has been laid out for this. He ran some cracking races for Nicky Henderson over hurdles this year after three years off the track through injury including a 6th in the Supreme Novices Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and a 2nd in the Sefton Novices Hurdle at Aintree.The fact that they persevered with this 8YO tells us something and at 15/2 he is not passed over lightly. The selection though has to be THOMAS HOBSON (NAP). Willie Mullins’ charge has been well found in the market but at the overnight 4/1 still appeals as some value to me – I can see him going off shorter than that especially with the assistance of Ryan Moore in the saddle. He is not obviously well handicapped but he was a decent horse for John Gosden on the level back in the day and has obviously been targeted at this – he is a confident selection.

535 – Windsor Castle Stakes

A trappy looking contest to finish Day 1. Declarationofpeace heads the market at 7/2 for the all conquering O’Brien / Moore combination. The Wesley Ward duo of Nootka Sound and Elizabeth Darcy are next in at 5/1 and 6/1 but your guess is as good as mine as to their ability or potential. The suggestion then is to look outside of the front three for some value. Another Batt appeals at the 12/1 on offer for the flying Silvestre De Sousa, but the selection is ROUSSEL. A winner of his sole start for Charlie Appleby, this expensive purchase has bags of potential improvement in him and can go well at rewarding odds.

NAP – THOMAS HOBSON @ 4/1

NB – LIGHTENING SPEAR @ 6/1

IWAC – DENAAR @ 8/1

Day 3 of Aintree’s Grand National Meeting is as competitive as ever but my strongest fancy of the three days is running so fingers crossed. My preview is below – B365 B.O.G prices used as a guide.

145 Aintree – Gaskells Handicap Hurdle

A typically competitive 22 runner handicap hurdle to kick off National Day – I will put three up against the field. No Comment ran a decent race in the Martin Pipe Conditional race at Cheltenham and the hope is that the step up to 3m will bring out some improvement. For Good Measure also ran well at Cheltenham in the Pertemps Final – he had a bit of a troubled run that day and he would be my second choice. Second in that same race though was BARNEY DWAN and he is available at 15/2 overnight which seems fair value. The winner Presenting Percy was simply in a different league that day and chasing him home was no mean feat.

225 Aintree – Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle

A decent looking renewal which should answer a few questions. Lough Derg Spirit can go well for the bang in form Henderson stable and he has obviously been kept back for this target. I would have a slight preference for Le Breuil over him today though – he has the look of a fast improving horse and was impressive last time out at Newbury. But today is the day for the selection FINIAN’S OSCAR (NB) to show us what he is made of at a 3/1 overnight price. He is unbeaten, has massive potential and the step back up in trip will be perfect for him. He missed Cheltenham because of a minor setback which may turn out to be a blessing in disguise and his connections were red hot here yesterday.

300 Aintree – Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase

We will never know how much of a race Charbel would have given Altior in the Arkle at Cheltenham after falling two out – my gut feel is that he would have come out second best that day. What I do know is that I wouldn’t want to be taking 8/11 about a last time out faller. Finding one to beat him though is no easy feet and a leap of faith needs to be taken. Forest Bihan never really got going in that race but he was serously impressive prior to that – I think this track could suit him well and he can show some improvement today. He is trading at 9/2 and is fair value but at the same price the selection is POLITOLOGUE. I put him up for the JLT at Cheltenham and he ran a decent enough race. The key to him today though I think is the drop back in trip and today’s track. He is a fantastic jumper, has speed to burn and is too big in the market compared to the favourite.

340 Aintree – Betway Handicap Chase

Another phenomenally competitive handicap and I’ll stick to the method of putting three up against the field. Henri Parry Morgan has been really frustrating this year – his issue is his jumping but one day he will click and go in at a decent price. He’s 11/1 and whether today is the today is anybody’s guess but he has to be on the shortlist. Value At Risk is one in a similar mould – he has bundles of talent and is rarely seen but he too has a big race in him and would the main danger to my selection. EMERGING FORCE gets that vote – he has the look of a horse that has been laid out for this. He loves to be up with the pace and running off a break –  I can see him getting in a good rhythm up front and being hard to catch. He is pretty well found in the market at 11/2, but I still think there is some value in him at that price.

420 Aintree – Ryanair Stayers Hurdle

If you are a value based punter, this has a classic look to it with Yanworth heading the market at 7/4. Personally, I wouldn’t have him at twice the price – I may be proved wrong but if I’m not then this is the race to get your betting boots on. I would also be against Cole Harden at the overnight 4/1 – a lot has been made of how he didn’t like the watered track at Cheltenham but I think his best days may be behind him – he’s had a lot of hard races. That leads us next to Ballyoptic. He has been a bit of a nearly horse this season but is priced accordingly today and 8/1 does appeal on track that he likes. At 9/1 Snow Falcon can also be given a chance – I have a feeling that the track may play to this strong travellers strengths and he can go well. However, if you are only having one bet on the card today then make it SUPASUNDAE (NAP). We saw at Cheltenham in Nichols Canyon that winning staying hurdle races isn’t all about stamina – it can often be more about speed. I think the nature of this track could well play perfectly into the selection’s hands and he can out speed them all over the last two flights. He was seventh in Altior’s 2016 Supreme Novices at Cheltenham over 2m, was a really impressive winner of the 2m5f Coral Cup at this year’s Cheltenham Festival and further improvement can be expected for this step up in trip. He has the ideal jockey in Robbie Power to deliver him perfectly and he is a confident selection.

515 Aintree – Randox Health Grand National Handicap Chase

If you thought finding the winner of a 22 runner handicap was hard then how about 40! With the changes to the race over recent years if anything the race has become even more of a lottery with so many more horses now in the handicap proper. If I put up 3 in a 22 runner handicap, I’ll give you my first five in this in order of preference below – there are a variety of reasons but unlike the more detailed analysis in previous races let’s just stick to the selections. Make sure you take an early price as the SPs will only get shorter closer to the off. GOOD LUCK – we’ll all need it!

1ST – BLAKLION (IWAC) – 14/1

2ND – DEFINITLY RED – 12/1

3RD – CAUSE OF CAUSES – 14/1

4TH – THE YOUNG MASTER – 20/1

5TH – SAINT ARE – 33/1

 

NAP – SUPASUNDAE

NB – FINIAN’S OSCAR

IWAC – BLAKLION

Day 2 of Aintree’s Grand National Meeting is intriguing to say the least with a mixture of fiendishly hard handicaps, top quality novice races, a good quality feature and a competitive bumper to finish the day. My preview is below – B365 B.O.G prices used as a guide.

140 Aintree – Alder Hey Children’s Charity Handicap Hurdle

A 22 runner handicap hurdle is not the easiest way to start the day but I will give it a go! Thomas Campbell heads the market having run a decent race at The Festival and there is more improvement to come from Nicky Henderson’s 5YO. Ice Cold Soul is lightly raced and can also go well but there is a slight doubt that he is as effective over this 2m4f trip. Dream Berry is lightly raced and he looked a little unlucky when not getting the clearest of runs when finishing 3rd at Kempton last time and rates the danger. The selection though is NORTH HILL HARVEY (IWAC) at an 11/1 overnight price. He was a strong selection for us at Cheltenham in the County Hurdle. In a muddling race, he chased the clear leader a bit early in my view that day and had nothing left for the climb to the finish line. I think the extra 4f here will suit as he can be ridden more patiently for a turn of foot. There won’t be many with a better one in this than him and he is a decent price to find some compensation for that Cheltenham run.

220 Aintree – Crabbie’s Top Novices’ Hurdle

A trappy looking race at first glance but I think the front three in the betting have a class edge here. River Wylde fared much better at Cheltenham in the Supreme Novices than Moon Racer did in his assault on the Champion Hurdle. That being said, I am unconvinced by the depth to the Supreme and Moon Racer’s Champion Hurdle run was just too bad to fancy him on the back of that. Missing Cheltenham for a crack at this though the selection at the 11/4 overnight price has to be MOUNT MEWS (NB). He fits into the “could be anything” mould. Today is his big test but he has been seriously impressive so far and I’ll take him to come out on top here.

250 Aintree – Betway Mildmay Novices’ Chase

Taking on a 4/7 chance is not normally a good idea and when that one has as much talent as Might Bite it may prove to be foolish. However, for those who witnessed his antics at Cheltenham, I can’t get it out of my head that Aintree may prove an even bigger test for him. This is a speed track and he probably has more than any horse in training, but it also has lots of wide open spaces on the run in for him to have a good look around when he stops concentrating. The obvious beneficiary of this would be the 11/4 chance WHISPER. Davy Russell will have learned a lot from the Cheltenham race and there are not many more canny riders than him to exploit the situation. His charge also has ticks in every box including two wins from two runs at Aintree and will love the ground – expect him to challenge away from Might Bite this time around and hope there isn’t a loose horse to help the favourite along the way. At 4/7 Might Bite’s implied chance of winning is 64% versus Whisper’s 27% and I think that disparity is too big in what I see as a classic two horse race.

325 Aintree – JLT Melling Chase

A hot race with Fox Norton and Sub Lieutenant showing the strongest form at Cheltenham in the Champion Chase and Ryanair respectively. With the emphasis on speed here, I would favour the former despite the step up in trip. Uxizandre was disappointing in the Ryanair but is a danger to all if allowed an easy lead which is highly likely here – he is good value at 8/1 and would rate the danger to my selection GODS OWN at 10/3 in the overnight prices. He has lots going for him today – is ideally suited by course, trip aswell as the prevailing ground and will be well suited to how the race is likely to be run.

405 Aintree – Random Health Topham Handicap Chase

The Topham is always a great spectacle and whets the appetite for the big race tomorrow but is always ultra competitive. With luck in running a necessity it is hard to be confident in selections, but I would focus on the following three to give you a run. Henryville represents great connections in Harry Fry and Leighton Aspell who has few peers over these fences. He ran a solid race in this year’s Grand Sefton and that experience will stand him in good stead. The winner that day, As De Mee, would be second on my list – he still appears well weighted and will appreciate this return to better ground on a course he relishes. The selection though at a tempting 10/1 is GOLD PRESENT. He ran a cracking race at the Festival, is well weighted, a superb jumper and his prominent racing style will suit this course perfectly. If he can get into a good rhythm early he looks a decent bet in a race in which trainer Nicky Henderson has an enviable record.

440 Aintree – Doom Bar Sefton Novice’s Hurdle

Like so many races this week so far, there seems a lopsided look to this race with the front of the market holding sway. Of the three obvious ones West Approach would be the least appealing. He has been kept very busy, his trainer is not in the best of form (6 wins from his last 86 runners) and he is easily passed over. Constantine Bay on the other hand is a big danger – he is a real battler and ran a really solid race in 4th in the Albert Bartlett at The Festival. However, my number one disappointment from Cheltenham was the fall of THE WORLDS END (NAP) in the same race. I put him up at 10/1 that day and am convinced he would have pretty much won barring his fall two out. Bearing in mind Constantine Bay was beaten 15 lengths that day and is 11/4 against the selection’s 5/2 odds today, there can be only one selection. He rates the strongest bet of the day for me.

515 Aintree – Wetherbys Private Bank NHF Race

There will be plenty of guesswork here in the Bumper to finish the day. Claimantakingforgan ran a really solid race in 3rd in the Champion Bumper at The Festival and looks a decent prospect for the future as does Western Ryder who was back in fifth that day. Black Op is unbeaten and boasts a victory over the unpronounceable favourite at Doncaster earlier in the season and he would be my second choice. The tentative vote though at a generous enough looking 11/2 is IF THE CAP FITS. There are few better combinations than Harry Fry and Noel Fehily in these contests and he is a really interesting runner here. His bare form obviously needs improvement but I don’t think his trainer would pitch him in here if he didn’t think he was up to the task.

 

NAP      – THE WORLDS END

NB         – MOUNT MEWS

IWAC   – NORTH HILL HARVEY