Thursday, April 08, 2010

Aintree 2010 - Friday is Ladies' Day

Ladies' Day at Aintree is a practical sellout but that doesn't make the card any easier. I offer these tentative suggestions...

Paul Nicholls' Escort'men, coming to this fresh after an easy win the last time at Kempton, looks a play against the favourite in the opener.

Deep Purple, having been beaten by Albertas Run at the Festival, reopposes here; I'll chance Deep Purple each-way with every respect given to Monet's Garden who, at the age of twelve, has had a tremendous season.

Two catch the eye in the 4.20. The marvellously-named The Giant Bolster is a favourite of mine who ran well to finish sixth in the Neptune at Cheltenham but I'm not certain he stays this trip. Cannington Brook will be a big price but is well regarded and is worth a small each-way interest while Kennel Hill has bags of ability and can be in the mix provided the yard has managed to get their charge's mind sorted. McCoy did the business the last time at Ludlow - Davy Russell takes over here.

1 comment:

GeeDee said...

In the opener Escort'men (4/1) was held up as at Kempton but he made no impression when asked for his effort and finished a well-beaten sixth. Supreme Novices' winner Menorah was beaten a neck by Nicky Henderson's General Miller - this one opened 12/1 on course but went off at 7/1, so somebody knew something...
No prisoners taken in the Melling Chase which was collected in fine style by Ryanair Chase winner Albertas Run (8/1) - this was a gutsy display, McCoy making sure Monet's Garden (third @ 15/2)didn't have things all his own way up front. Forpadydeplasterer (4/1jf) looked a big threat two out but he couldn't crack Albertas over this trip. Selection Deep Purple (9/1) raced in third much of the way but had come to the end of his tether as they tunred for home - he faded to finish sixth.
Cannington Brook (20/1) ran a fine race to finish third while Kennel Hill (10/1) ran another enigmatic race, becoming detached at the rear before staying on to finish closest at the finish in sixth; this one takes some knowing - I'm not sure connections have got his head sorted. The Giant Bolster (16/1) was fifth.