So the Aintree Festival 2014 is upon us and there are plenty of goodies to unwrap before we get to the Grand National on Saturday (4.15pm).
We’re already sitting pretty on this blog with 25-1 about Teaforthree advised in February.
The next three days give us a great chance to smash up the Paddy Power profits like Liverpool are doing in the Premier League. Get ready for it Paddy – you hear me?
We know that only an accident should stop THE NEW ONE (3.05pm) from landing the feature Aintree Hurdle. He’s long odds-on – but that’s not how we roll here. I’m going to put Irish raider DIAKALI in as the one to finish second for a forecast interest.
That’s a fun bet though, but let’s get to the serious stuff with a Lucky 15 to try and bash Paddy.
We kick off the meeting with a Juvenile Hurdle and the one to be with here is CALIPTO (2pm). He was unlucky in the Triumph when fourth behind Tiger Roll.
One of the stirrup leather’s broke just before two out that day making the steering very, very difficult. I expect him to reverse form with Guitar Pete and the softening ground is no worry should it rain.
I’m confident SILVINIACO CONTI (2.30pm) will bounce back to his best in the feature chase and outstay Dynaste and First Lieutenant.
Silviniaco Conti did not impress me with his attitude in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, but he travelled like a class act for much of the race. He can bounce back here and is officially rated 8lb higher than Dynaste.
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WARNE (3.40) should run a huge race in the Fox Hunters’ Chase. He beat Seabass and Cheltenham winner Tammys Hill last time out. That is great form and he finished fourth here last year. It’s not often we support Warne – but this is not cricket so punt away.
Finally, there is nothing like a bit of Red Rum and CLARET CLOAK (4.15pm) can win the race named in his honour. I think he was unlucky at Cheltenham when I tipped him up – when a bad blunder two out made all the difference. He can finish off strong with conditions in his favour.
So enjoy the start of Aintree 2014 – and make it a miserable one for Paddy. Yeeehaaa!
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