A rather pleasing Aintree Festival…..

We were very selective at Aintree this season and it really paid off.

From just 7 bets advised over the 3 days, we provided members with 3 winners and an each way 2nd.

2.25 Aintree – Three Stripe Life – WON 5/2 (Adv 3/1)
Sets a high standard for the rest to aim at after an excellent 2nd place to Sir Gerhard in the Ballymore at Cheltenham, where he appreciated the step up in trip. He’d previously shown very strong form over 2 miles, again when runner up to Sir Gerhard, so this easier course over a similar trip to Cheltenham won’t be an issue. Quite surprised to see him at 3/1 and he looks to be a very strong favourite.

1.45 Aintree – Langer Dan – WON 4/1
Was unfortunately bought down early on when strongly fancied at Cheltenham and can gain compensation here, as he’s potentially very well handicapped and looked to have been plotted for Cheltenham all year, following his 2nd to subsequent Grade 1 winner Galopin Des Champs last year. There doesn’t look to be anything of that calibre here with the opposition, Langer Dan is taken to gain compensation for Cheltenham.

3.30 Aintree – Hitman (e/w) – 2nd 10/1 Obvious respect for Fakir D’Oudairies who won this emphatically last year, but the race fell apart that day, and he’s very short in the market. The 10/1 about Hitman seems very fair, as he’ll relish this step up to 2m4f, as well as the flat track where he ran very well last year when 3rd to Protektorat, having travelled like the best horse in the race. He’ll also appreciate the forecast rain. Three very good runs this season, all over 2 miles, where he just hasn’t quite had the pace over that trip. This step up will see him to greater effect and a very big run is anticipated, with this race very much his target.

1.45 Aintree – Millers Bank – WON 7/1
He has a little to find with Pic D’Orhy from Kempton, but was closing near the line and having run by far his best race over hurdles at this meeting last year, he looks the value play in a tight event. His jumping has improved with each run and reverting back to a left handed track could well see the required improvement to turn the tables on the Nicholls runner and see him right in the mix.

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