Aintree Friday: Oh Boy !!

NAP OF THE DAY:  Caribean Boy, (1625 Aintree), 2pts win, 15/2:

OK, so this should be chaos and looks and unlikely event for a big bet.  That said, on this surface, a quality horse, a good jumper and one that likes to race on the pace is a massive tick in all boxes.  When Caribean Boy jumped a couple of select rivals into submission on decent ground at Newbury talk was of the Ryanair.  He couldn’t quite progress enough for that on soft ground runs afterwards, but still went to the Festival off this kind of mark in the Plate.  He got undone at the start there, could never get a prominent early position but still ran a huge race.  A better start here and he should be able to jump his way to the pace and then he could be lethal with his scope over these obstacles.

RACE OF THE DAY: Dashel Drasher, (1525 Aintree), 1pt win, 6/1: 

Continuing the trend of those that skipped the festival, this blazing bold-jumping front-runner may take this race by the scruff of the neck.  He could be hard to pass if he beats Politologue in the early pace battle and whilst Fakir D’Oudaries is uber-consistent, he is consistent at coming second and the same fate awaits.

REST OF THE CARD:

Edwardstone,  (1345 Aintree), 2pts win, 7/1:   A handicap that is big on numbers and low on quality.  Edwardstone has to go close and is a placepot banker at the very least.  On Betfair Hurdle form he is closely matched with Mister Coffey, but the King trained runner looks both the more reliable and the more likely to enjoy this step up in trip. Hard as nails with a touch of class he could be a cut above these rivals and earn a deserved win.

Dusart,  (1420 Aintree), 1pt win, 2/1: not too much to be afraid of here and the very lightly raced Dusart could be a cut above.  Only one run, but that easy beating of Soaring Glory is a match for any of his opponents and he can only get better.  Missed Cheltenham as he hadn’t fully recovered fitness, but that may be a blessing.

Silver Hallmark, (1450 Aintree), 1pt win, 10/1:   A decent event but all those coming from Cheltenham look vulnerable.  We’re unconvinced by Chantry House and it may be Fiddlerontheroof that will do best of the the Festival runners.  Silver Hallmark ran that horse to a photo finish at Exeter and comes here fresh and may be better value.

Gallyhill, (1640 Aintree), 1pt win, 8/1:  the obvious one here is Bravemansgame but he is short enough, whilst the Albert Bartlett runners have some brutal furlongs in their legs.  Midnight River and Gallyhill had a good duel at Ascot, both need to progress significantly, but the highly regarded Gallyhill is lightly raced enough to think he could for a stable who don’t need to target Grade 1s unless they think they can win.

Bold Enough, (1715 Aintree), 1pt win, 9/1:  one of the few Irish runners here but looks nicely in just a few pounds over his Irish mark.  Nearly won at Galway last Summer but was run out of it late on over 20f.  Had a good break from the muddy months and made a great recent return at Down Royal.  Can race just behind the pace and looks very interesting with the 5lb claim of his excellent young jockey.

The Daily Yankee:

Edwardstone – Dashel Drasher – Caribean Boy – Bold Enough

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