Today’s top selections from the press and media, for the final time this week, all come from AIntree, on Grand National day! Check these out below and a couple of excellent new customer, sign-up bonuses too!.
1: CLOTH CAP (5:15pm Aintree) (5 votes)
Five wins in nineteen starts and picking up a double last time out at Kelso (2m 7f, good to soft) last month, in the Listed – Premier Chase, when 7 lengths clear of Aso. That had followed a victory in the Grade 3 – Ladbrokes Trophy Chase prior at Newbury (3m 1f, good), when 10 lengths clear of Aye Right. Goes in as favourite and having finished third in the Scottish National, can handle today’s trip. Has a massive opportunity here.
(Yorkshire Evening Post, Lee Sobot. Daily Post, Mercury. Myracing.com. Racing Post, RP Ratings. Liverpool Echo, Chris Wright)
2: THYME HILL (3:35pm Aintree) (3 votes)
Five wins and three places in nine starts, with a victory in the Grade 2 – Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury (3m good), back in November, ahead of Paisley Park. That was followed by a second in the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot (3m, heavy), when a neck behind the same rival a month later. Missed Cheltenham with a minor injury, but locks horns with his rival once more and it looks a straight fight between these two, while Roksana could also feature.
(The Times, Rob Wright. Racing Post, West Country. East Anglian Daily Times, Dean Kilbryde)
3: STONEY MOUNTAIN (1:45pm Aintree) (2 votes)
Six wins in sixteen starts, with the last of those coming at Haydock, some sixteen months ago, when sealing a double. Lightly raced since, but did place third on last start at Ludlow (2m 7f, good to soft) in December. Comes in fresh and is two from two at AIntree and a revival could be on the cards. Big price, so should appeal to each-way backers.
(Ipswich Star, Matt Polley. Daily Mail, Robin Goodfellow)
4: MY DROGO (2:25pm Aintree) (2 votes)
Three wins and a second in four career starts, with Dan Skelton’s charge sealing a treble at Kelso (2m 2f, good to soft) last time out, in a Grade 2 contest, beating Do Your Job by half a length. Bred to be suited to today’s longer trip and being the top rated runner in the field all add to him being the one to beat today.
(The Scotsman, Glendale. Norwich Evening News, Steve Marriott)
5: HAPPYGOLUCKY (4:15pm Aintree) (1 votes)
Three wins and three places in eight career starts so far, Won at Cheltenham (3m 1f, good to soft) in December for a Novices Chase, before placing second in the Ultima at the Cheltenham Festival (3m 1f, soft) last month, finishing 5.5 lengths behind Vintage Clouds, with a mistake arguably costing him the race. Rise of 2lbs isn’t a factor, while conditions should also suit. Clear favourite and the one to chase, if able to avoid mishaps.
(Yorkshire Post, The Duke)
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