Friday, 13 April 2012

2pts win OSCAR WHISKEY 9/4 (Generally available) John Smith´s Aintree Hurdle
1pt win THOUSAND STARS 7/1(Corals) John Smith´s Aintree Hurdle

These two finished first and second in this last year and were well clear of the rest. They both failed to get home in the World Hurdle at Cheltenham, both having travelled well for a long way. All points to the pair of them running up to their optimums in this and they are preferred over Champion Hurdle winner Rock On Ruby and Zarkander, the latter unlikely to help himself by hitting a flat spot again, despite the longer trip.

Oscar Whiskey won  + 3.5pts

3pts win BECAUSEICOULDNTSEE 22/1 ( 2 firms and exchanges) John Smith´s Grand National

The first two home in the Kim Muir have strong credentials in this and meet here on the same terms. However, the runner up is much preferred here, with Sunnyhillboy being the subject of negative vibes earlier in the week plus the fact that the O'Neil horse can get himself too far off the pace - as in last years Irish Grand National, a trait that is not ideal for this event. Becauseicouldntsee races near to the pace, should have no difficulty getting the trip and has an ideal opportunity to make up for last years early exit, provided he settles into that crucial rhythm from the outset.He is also effective on anything from good to heavy ground so there is no need to worry how the weather materialises.

Lost - 3pts

1.5pts win MY TENT OR YOURS 7/1 (Corals) John Smith´s Champion Bumper
1.5pts win THE NEW ONE 6/1 (Generally available) John Smith´s Champion Bumper

The third horse was well beaten off when My Tent Or Yours was narrowly beaten in a Newbury bumper and though the form has yet to be tested it looked a very hot race with the first two home probably very classy individuals. Geraghty has chosen this one over the equally promising looking stable companion who is very weak on the exchanges this evening.

The New One did best of these that ran in the Cheltenham Bumper and there is no reason why the form should be turned around. He has solid credentials and is sure to give a very good account of himself.

The New One won + 7.5pts