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Aintree Day 2 Friday 9th April


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Aintree 5.30 Araucaria - at odds of around 11/4

 

Trained by John Kiely Araucaria was an impressive winner on her penultimate start and in the hands of Davy Russell can get back to winning ways Today ( but almost certaiinly will not! )

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2.00 Escort'men - ultra impressive lto, slight concern on ground. Menorah was superb at Chelters, I hope it's left a mark on him.

 

2.35 Ogee - have my doubts that Burton will like Aintree, Ogee will.

 

3.10 Kalahari King - race will be run to suit, 3 likely leaders in this pack should set the King up. Will be happy to see Monet win, Geraghty must be gutted that Hendo has one in this.

 

3.45 Always Waining (e/w) - overpriced on his Aintree form of last year, came 4th in this. A very handy 12lb drop will only assist. If he avoids the likely trouble I expect a place and hope for the win.

 

Will look at the rest when I get back from the fizzy hoe.

 

Good luck.

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Onto day two then guys...

 

2.00

I can't oppose Menorah, I love this horse, I actually saw it's first run at Naas last year when having a weekend in Dublin, had 20 euros at evens and never expected it to reach these dizzying heights..if his Cheltenham exertions have not taken too much out of him like many runners from yesterday, then he will win....for a little each way value go with Washington Irving who was smart on the flat.

 

Selection:Menorah Eachway: Washington Irving

 

2.35

It has been a busy season for many of these runners, so i'm going with a less exposed type in Lenabane, he came down at the fourth fence at Cheltenham so hopefully wont have taken too much out of himself, Dessie Hughes is a shrewd trainer too and his record her is not too bad, Dessie has sent 8 runners over fences to the course (5 to this meeting without a win) but the 5 that finished their races (2 fell, 1 PU) all were in the frame - 2 wins, 1 2nd and 2 3rd's

 

Selection:Lenabane

 

3.10

A cracking race, Kalahari King looked useful on his seasonal debut but then was a little dissapointing at Cheltenham...I love Monet's Garden and he loves Cheltenham, on a line of form through Alerta's Run and Oh Crick he should have the beating of many of these, I would love him to have one last hurraahhh before retiring at the ripe old age of 12. One I will be backing each way is Jack the Giant, who ran promisingly after a long lay off, and on some of his old form he would have a squeak.

 

Selection:Monet's Garden Each Way: Jack the Giant

 

3.45

A pinstickers delight, There has been some good murmurings for Offshore Account, which look like turning into a bit of a gamble..I will be going for Frankie Figg, who has run here twice this year, winning and falling, he is in decent form and alot is thought of him by the stable, I will also be doing Wee Robbie, who after some patchy early form has had three solid runs and could run well again.

 

Selections:Frankie Figg and Wee Robbie

 

4.20

Voramar Two is unbeaten since stepping up to 3 miles, and Western Leader will have alot of support after his classy win at Thurles, but I really fancy Wayward Prince. He was a useful pointer in Ireland before joining Ian Williams (a trainer i like, he has shown good form here finishing first at this distance on his previous run and running well on his latest run, this race and trip will take some getting and his past point to point experience should help with this.

 

Selection:Wayward Prince

 

4.55

Not going to dwell on this race too much, looks almost impossible to pick a winner..but I will be having a few quid on According to Pete and at a massive price Ursis, whos trainer is in good form on the flat.

 

Selections: According to Pete and Ursis

 

5.30

The irish dominated this last year, having the first three home...so it's an irish one i'm going for despite its big drift on Betfair..Dare to Doubt...going for a hattrick and Mullins has a good record in bumpers.

 

Selection: Dare to Doubt

 

Good luck all

 

Frankie

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3.45

A pinstickers delight, There has been some good murmurings for Offshore Account, which look like turning into a bit of a gamble..I will be going for Frankie Figg, who has run here twice this year, winning and falling, he is in decent form and alot is thought of him by the stable, I will also be doing Wee Robbie, who after some patchy early form has had three solid runs and could run well again.

 

 

 

Good luck all

 

Frankie

 

Well the classic winner of this race is experienced, age 9 or 10 (7/10), with a good racing weight between 10-0 and 10-7. The most recent examples were Irish Raptor 10, 10-0 ( 2009) and Dunbrody Millar 9, 10-0 ( 2007). Of this years qualifiers Wee Robbie has the best current form, is a sound jumper and look ahead of his market despite small recent rises. So maybe pinsticking might work in this case, 20/1 looks a decent price.

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2.00 Dan Breen 10/1

 

2.35 Song Sung Blue 20/1

 

3.10 Forpaddydeplasterer 4/1 NAP

 

3.45 Silver Birch 25/1

 

4.20 Voramar Two 6/1

 

4.55 Predictive 14/1

 

5.30 Treacle Tart 50/1

 

if any of those come in im laughing =)

can throw some interesting doubles together out of that lot too

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2.00 Menorah: Lightly raced and every reason to think will recover from Cheltenham in time for this. Conditions and track look ideal, reported to be training very well.

NB La Sarrazine

 

2.35 Ogee: Very consistent and a previous winner at G1 over C&D. Showed a good attitude at Cheltenham and can improve on that run at Aintree where the ground should suit.

NB Lenabane: Comes here fresh, an under rated horse and trip should suit.

 

3.10 Monets Garden : Prolific chaser, top class. Essential to catch fresh these days but remains a real threat. The sort nobody likes to take on for the lead but can be very hard to peg back if you don't. A superb, fluent jumper who comes here fresh and in top form. Another horse I think is under rated.

NB Oh Crick: Alan King comes into the big race on the second day of the meeting on a hat trick and this is the time of year when the selection peaks. The gold rosette might be just a dream but so great is the place potential here that the seven-year-old deserves a punt, albeit to minimum stakes.

 

3.45 : Offshore Account

NB Frankie Figg and at a big price ( 28/1) Always' Waining

 

4.20 Western Leader: Smart bumper winner, highly regarded and progressed significantly for the step up to 20f ( 2nd and 3rd both won next time out) and a reproduction of that G2 form would give him every chance. Expected to handle the step up to 3 miles, slight doubt over the ground but the yard are confident and has travelled over here well.

NB Chamirey : May be outclassed here but pehaps under rated and a blistering pace could play to his stamina.

 

4.55: Cross Kennon

NB Clova Island

 

5.30- as above Araucaria

 

NB Lifestyle : Highly regarded and with a good turn of foot, expected to show improvement at a speed track in drying conditions. Higher tempo should help her settle and could well reverse form with Mizzurka in an altogether more suitable race.

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What a great start ! Thought Menorah had it but General Miller ran on well.

Great piece of commentary by Jim McGrath after they passed the winning post 1st time:

 

" A lot of people in the crowd cheering, of course not realising there is another circuit to go. "

 

Really, surely no one is THAT stupid :smt102

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What a great start ! Thought Menorah had it but General Miller ran on well.

Great piece of commentary by Jim McGrath after they passed the winning post 1st time:

 

" A lot of people in the crowd cheering, of course not realising there is another circuit to go. "

 

Really, surely no one is THAT stupid :smt102

 

Agree Chris cracking race, I was out of my chair thinking Menorah had it, but Miller stayed on really well...lets hope the good racing continues today

 

Frankie

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Agree Chris cracking race, I was out of my chair thinking Menorah had it, but Miller stayed on really well...lets hope the good racing continues today

 

Frankie

 

Yep, Menorah was 1/25 in running Frankie, close again !

Though I've tipped Ogee in the next I'm quite sweet on Lenabane which is my next best. Good luck !

 

Cheers,

 

Chris

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3.45 Always Waining (e/w) - overpriced on his Aintree form of last year, came 4th in this. A very handy 12lb drop will only assist. If he avoids the likely trouble I expect a place and hope for the win.

 

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Great pick mate, great race, thought Frankie Figg was going to give him a race but fell as he usually does when going well at Aintree :-)

 

Frankie

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No mate, very rarely do forecasts...way to the poor house...and as for tricasts...well

 

Frankie.

 

p.s. You going to the big match tomorrow Ade?

 

Frankie, I'm not a great fan of any bet involving more than one selection ! I might do a very small ew double once in a while but as a fun bet. Bookies love bets such as accas, so many lose and free publicity if someone wins big encouraging even more accas !!

 

Chris

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