2.25 Wishfull Dreaming e/w
3.00 Ar Mad
3.30 Five In A Row, Conas Taoi e/w
1.35 Viconte D Noyer, The Young Master e/w
2.10 Great Fighter
3.15 As De Mee, Astracad e/w
2.45 Awaywiththegreys e/w
3.20 Kingswell Theatre e/w
12.10 Quietly e/w
12.40 Cole Harden
1.10 Native Optimist e/w
1.45 I Just Know
2.20 Hartside e/w
No fewer than 8 of my 50 to follow run today one of them Shantou Village is up against the mightily pressive Virgilio making for an intriguing dilemma.
1.35 Shantou Village 50TF,Virgilio
2.10 North Hill Harvey 50TF (pictured above)
2.45 Antartica De Thaix
3.20 The Yong Master e/w 50TF, Carloes Destrier e/w 50TF
12.55 Our Reward e/w
2.05 Young Dillon
2.40 Mister Miyagi 50TF
3.10 Some Buckle
3.45 Katachenko 50TF, Ravens Tower 50TF
12.35 Tree Of Liberty
1.10 Jokers and Rogues
2.20 Present Lodger
2.35 Valseur Lido
Many Clouds (photo)
Rock solid bet to be the first since Red Rum to win the great race more than once. The one to beat but prone to something well handicapped.
The Druids Nephew (below)
A case of what might have been last year and would kick myself if not sticking with him this time despite a very different prep and a change of jockey. Some of trainers runners running below par.
Midlands National winner and second in Scottish. Rain would be a great help as stays all day. Good each way bet if doesn’t get too far behind.
Was my ante post pick last year but didn’t run and is now with a new stable. Not totally convincing at Cheltenham but has been primed for this. Trainer returning to form after a quiet Cheltenham.
Will he act on a left hand track? If he does he has the class to win this. Worth a small punt at 50/1
The novice and youngest OneNightinVienna is one of my 50 to follow and has got to be worth a couple of quid at 50/1
Elsewhere on the card (all each way)
1.45 Arpege D’Arlene, Silsol
4.20 Roc D’Apsis, Cloudy Too
6.15 Thunder Sheik, Nabucco
Fresh from tipping Katchenko on the opening day Village Vic and As De Mee look solid each way bets in the Topham for me today.
1.40 Ma Di Fou, Clndaw Kaempfer e/w
2.50 Henri Parry Morgan e/w
4.05 Village Vic, As De Mee, Mr Moonshine all e/w
4.40 Tomngerry e/w, Ballydine
5.15 Willoughby Court e/w
After crashing out when going well in the Gold Cup Cue Card is fancied to take the Betfred Bowl as some consolation on day one of the Aintree Festival. Wakanda should be fresh and can outrun is odds on a course that will suit.
Annie Power should confirm his champion hurdle status in the Aintree hurdle and On The Fringe can defend his Foxhunters crown.
L’Ami Serge can confirm the high regard held by his trainer in the opener.
Katachenko and My Khaleesi can reward each way punters in the final two races on the card.
1.40 L’Ami Serge
2.15 Diego Charmil e/w
2.50 Cue Card
3.25 Annie Power
4.05 On The Fringe
Major Malarkey e/w
4.40 Minella Present e/w
5.15 Shattered Love e/w
My Khaleesi e/w
Whilst all eyes will be on the Tingle Creek and the two chases over the National course it could pay to leave something aside for Carole’s Destrier in the finale at Sandown. Neil Mulhollands Grand National (50 to follow) hope has a touch of class and the stamina test over a right hand track looks perfect for him. Restless Harry should be spot on for his recent run and can chase him home.
The Henry V111 sees As Dr Mee and Bristol De Mai go head to head with Willows Saviour a danger too. Bristol Dr Mau is one of my 50 to follow but preference on this right hand track today is for As De Mee in a mouth watering contest.
The Tingle Creek has some well publicised absentees and can go to Vibrato Valtat who can be a tricky ride but is only 6 and still improving.
At Aintree the testing conditions make another of my 50 to follow horses Goonyella a good each way prospect in the Becher Chase where the youngster Algernon Pazham can also be placed.
In the other race over the National fences he rejuvenated Double Ross looks a solid each way hope in the Grand Sefton though vulnerable to a well handicapped horse such as Mwaleshi.
Don Poli is my ante post interest in the Gold Cup after his festival victory in March. Today’s run in the Lotto chase is a stepping stone to that and is best watched in a race that includes National hero Many Clouds.
Many Clouds at Wetherby in October – photo JueBillRacing
The fare elsewhere is moderate but Kingswell Theatre is a decent sort if coping with Chepstows heavy ground.
At Wetherby Sue Smith can continue her good form with Vendor and Clan William the pick.