Sunday Races: Change of scene…

Well after a terrible Saturday we are looking for a change in fortunes.  In racing terms a horse can often get a change in fortune through a switch of stables.

This often happens after a poor run of form, with the plus side usually being a slipping handicap mark.

An archetypical example arises in today’s veterans chase at Aintree.

The Romford Pele, named after the famous Ray Parlour nickname, was once a promising sort for trainer Rebecca Curtis.

Even though he managed a win this time last year, he finished the season with three pulled-ups that has seen his rating drop to below that last winning mark.

He would be interesting here freshened only by the break in seasons, but the added change of a switch to a new trainer, the excellent Tom George, offers further hope for a return to form.

The opposition is none too scary, with previous winner Benbens for an in-form yard the biggest threat, but this should be about whether Pele can shrug off his impotence.

An hour later, the feature race is the Old Roan Chase.  Plenty of familiar names here, some of whom are clearly using this as a seasonal starting point on route to other targets.

One who should be cherry ripe is the very useful Shantou Village.  With 8 lifetime wins in 11 starts he is prolific, and that record includes wins on every seasonal debut to date.

Whilst this will be his toughest debut assignment, he looks well weighted, and trainer Neil Mulholland often has his horses flying early in a season.

Recommendations:

The Romford Pele (1350 Aintree), 1pt win, 6/1 generally available 

Shantou Village (1500 Aintree), 1pt win, 11/2 Bet365

The Romford Pele & Shantou Village, 1pt win double, approx. 45/1

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