Yesterday finished in profit with both Finian’s Oscar and Bentelimar winning at Aintree.
1.45 – Aintree – Landin. 1 pt e/w. Available at 12/1. (Paddy Power – 1/5 odds first 5)
We may regret deserting Spiritofthegames who deserves to win a good handicap. He promises to be suited by this test and, along with Who Dares Wins, brings plenty of potential to the table. However Novices have a decent record in this and they are represented by Storm Home and Landin. Slight preference is for the latter who comes here on the back of a brace of wins at Sandown and Lingfield. Last time out he beat Remiluc comfortably by four lengths and he went onto frank the form when finishing second in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham. Landin has incurred an eight pound rise in the weights in an infinitely deeper race but he wasn’t disgraced in the Grade One Triumph Hurdle last season and he is only just beginning to realise that potential. Testing ground holds no fears and his rider’s claim takes him down to a useful 10-3.
2.20 – Aintree – Style De Garde. 1.25 pts e/w. Available at 10/1. (Coral – 1/5 odds first 4)
Global Citizen looked very impressive when running away with a Grade Two at Kempton last time out and Vision Des Flos may appreciate the drop back in trip after running in the Ballymore at Cheltenham. However Nicky Henderson has a very good record in this race and he runs just the one from four original entries. Style De Garde won first time out for present connections but then disappointed at Huntingdon in January. There haven’t been any post race comments as to why he ran badly but it was obviously just a blip because he was back on the up when finishing second in the Fred Winter at Cheltenham. The fact he finished well after racing much too keenly says a lot about his inherent ability and he will be suited by the generous pace he is likely to get here.
2.50 – Aintree – Snow Falcon. 2 pts win. Available at 13/2.
4.05 – Aintree:
Ultragold. 1 pt e/w. Available at 12/1. (Skybet – 1/5 odds first 6)
Shanahan’s Turn. 0.75 pts e/w. Available at 20/1. (Paddy Power – 1/5 odds first 6)
4.40 – Aintree:
Chef Des Obeaux. 1.25 pts win. Available at 9/1.
Roksana. 1.5 pts win. Available at 10/1.
Good Man Pat. 0.5 pts e/w. Available at 50/1. (1/5 odds first 4)