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Aintree Day Two Ladies Day – Pete’s Tips for Friday

It was a cracking day at Aintree yesterday and its set to get even hotter with Ladies Day at Aintree Friday.

We’re all set for thrills, spills and excitement – Friday is always popular!

Anyhow lets crack on and take a look at the card today.

It begins at 1:40 with a 2 mile 4f handicap hurdle.

It’s an open looking race and I think there are more than a handful with good chances. The young up and coming sorts tend to win this more so than the exposed handicappers.

Thomas Campbell, Ice Cold Soul, Geordie Des Champs, Dream Berry and Sumkindofking fit that description and most of those will most likely fill out the frame in this race. Geordie Des Champs looked like a decent prospect earlier in the season in novice hurdles.

He flopped on his last run but that was in graded company and the ground was too soft for it then. Lets not forget he’s a course winner and I think will improve today. He is passed over by Barry Geraghty though, who rides Dream Berry who finished very strongly last time out.

He finished in front of Somekindofking then. I think he’ll retain placings with that one again even though he is worst off at the terms today.

  • MIGHT BITE at 8/1 the 14:50 Friday

The long straight here will suit Dream Berry and he’s a horse to follow for the future.

I wouldn’t put you off either of the aforementioned J P McManus owned horses but the one I like is ICE COLD SOUL.

This horse was a top class bumper horse and he lost his way over hurdles. The horse has had its problems but his connections always believe that he could go all the way to the top.

It seems as if Noel Meade its trainer has resolved all the problems. It’s win in the Hurdle in January on its last run was an impressive performance.

He had several challengers at either side and fought them all off to win that race. A race in which has worked out really well form wise.

Noel Meade decided to slip Cheltenham, he comes here the fresh horse and this ground will really suit.

He’s never ran over this trip before but I think the step up in trip will actually bring out more improvement in him. He’s bred to get it. I think he’s a great each way bet at 12/1.

The 2nd race is the Top’s Novice Hurdle and this race is always a great pointer for the future. My Tent or Yours and Buveur D’air are previous winners of this race.

Both are trained by Nicky Henderson and I think he has the answer to this race yet again in River Wylde. This horse ran a very good race when 3rd behind Labaik in the Supreme Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham.

He showed up for a long ways then and looks a good prospect for next season.

Moon Racer was very disappointing the in the Champion Hurdle. He has to have a good chance back in novice company now but I couldn’t back it given its last run.

Nicky Henderson has won this race 5 of the last 7 years and I think he’ll take it again with RIVER WYLDE.

Mount Mews is the main danger to River Wylde.

Race three is the Mildmay Novice Chase due to be run over 3 mile 1f. This looks a match between the Nicky Henderson duo of Might Bite and Whisper.

Might Bite may have only beaten Whisper by a nose in the RSA at Cheltenham but he would have won by an awful lot further if he hadn’t of running off the course over the last fence.

The horse clearly has a lot of ability but he also has a mind of his own. He’s not entirely bomb proof as they say plus 4/7 is way too short from a value point of view. I’m not so sure about this horse up this long straight here.

I think it may prove a safer option to side with his stablemate WHISPER who is 2 from 2 at this track. He loves it here and he will surely capitalize on any hijinks by Mite Bite.

The 3:25 is the feature race of the day and it is the Grade 1 Melling Chase. A lot of these ran at Cheltenham in the Champion Chase and Ryanair. God’s Own won this race last year and ​
he could well repeat.

He has work to do though to beat Fox Norton who was a fair ways ahead of it in the Champion Chase. Fox Norton finished very strongly then and this step up in trip is suit to suit. Sub Lieutanant was 2nd to Un De Sceaux in the Ryanair at Cheltenham.

He ran a solid race then and comes here in good form. I just think he had a hard race and combined with a long season he might find this too tough late on. The one I like is Uxizandre and I think he’s the best value bet of the week at Aintree.

This horse was highly talented a few seasons back and he was a runaway winner of the Ryanair. An injury kept him off the track for over a year but he made a great return to the track at Cheltenham in January. I’d ignore his last run in the Ryanair.

The bounce effect came into play, usually the 2nd run back from a long layoff in a blowout run and the form really dips. He showed that he retained all of his form on his comeback run and I think we should judge him on that.

UXIZANDRE is a cracking good each way bet at 8/1.

The Topham Chase at 4:05 is due to be run over the Grand National Fences. Horses with form over these fences are usually the ones to follow.

I gave Dineur a good mention yesterday, he was 2nd in the Foxhunters last year but went one better yesterday. Eastlake won this race last year and he is sure to go well yet again.

He is higher up the weights this time though which won’t make it easy. Nicky Henderson has won this race 3 of the last 4 years and he has two live chances with O O Seven and Gold Present.

I think the former may lack the experience for these fences but Gold Present is the type that could well take to these as he is a sound jumper.

Bouvreuil is a model of consistency and nearly always places in handicaps like this. I’m not sure about him around this course though.

He’s not the biggest of horses and I think his trainer may be running here more so due to the trainers title being so close.

He has a better chance with As De Mee who won over course and distance earlier in the season.

He is worse off at the weights with Henryville and Seefood for that run though. Henryville is weighted to come out best of those and it’s interesting that he has duel Grand National winning jockey Leighton Aspell on board. There is no better man around here than him.

Third Intention was a really gallant 3rd in this race last year off of 157. He won at this track earlier in the season off a mark of 150.

He’s not shown the same form since but ran a nice race in the cross country race at Cheltenham last time out. Is 7lb lower than last year’s and I think he’ll go close given a clear round. Given that there is 30 runners and some firms paying 6 places each way, I’m going to go with two selections each way.

They are THIRD INTENTION at 22/1 and HENRYVILLE at 12/1.

The 4:40 is a Grade 1 Novice hurdle for 3 milers. I think this race boils down to three horses and they are The World’s End, Constantine Bay and Beyond Conceit.

The World’s End was travelling strongly until coming down 3 out in the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham. Hard to tell what would have happened if he stood up but the would have been in the shake up.

He is sure to have a great chance today as is Constantine Bay who was unlucky in running in the same race. He was badly hampered by the fall of The World’s End and lost a lot of ground, he finished really well for 4th though.

He would have been much closer if not for being hampered. The long wide straight will help him today. Nico De Boinville has decided to ride him over stablemate Beyond Conceit.

At the prices though I think Beyond Conceit is the value in the race. This horse was very talented on the flat and won really nicely on debut.

He ran a cracker in the Supreme Novices and it was clear that that trip was way too short for this horse. He now steps up a mile in trip and I believe that it will really bring out the best in him.

He stayed 1 mile 6f and 2 mile on the flat so I don’t see why he can’t get 3 mile over ​
hurdles. His flat speed could really make the difference in the latter stages of this race on ground that he will love.

BEYOND CONCEIT is well worth an each way bet at 16/1.

The final race on today’s card is a Grade 1 National Hunt Flat race. Not a lot of form to go on here but of those that have run and won Black Op looks the one they all have to beat.

This horse won a point to point very easily and won on rules debut at Doncaster beating Claimantakinforgan who is a great yardstick.

That horse ran a very close 3rd in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham behind Fayonagh and Debuchet. Debuchet boosted the form with a win the other day.

Given natural improvement I can’t see Claimantakinforgan reversing form with Black Op today. He should run his race though.

That form gives Black Op the beating of Western Ryder who was 5th in the Champion Bumper. If the Cap Fits looks the biggest danger to Black Op. This horse won nicely in both of its races thus far. He like Black Op is held in high regard.

I’m going to side with BLACK OP today but I think they are both excellent prospects for next season.

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