Paul Ferguson has two selections for us on Saturday; Great Try in the Aintree 12:00 and One Track Mind in the Chepstow 12:25. Compare odds and bet.
The opening novices’ hurdle at Aintree looks a warm event, with Area Fifty One and Ballybolley bringing respectable form to the table, but they face a couple of exciting debutants in the shape of Beast Of Burden and Great Try (12:00).
The former won his bumper at Ffos Las with plenty in hand in late-October and is clearly held in very high regard by his shrewd trainer, but at the prices I’d rather back the latter each-way (opened up 9/2 last night and will hopefully be available at 5s this morning – Bet365 are paying ¼ odds).
An impressive winner at Southwell in February, when beating the useful It’s A Sting, he finished fourth on his reappearance here in October. Paul Nicholls’ Scorpion gelding travelled like a dream before blowing up that day and improvement is very much expected this afternoon (Nicholls warned he needed the run beforehand).
The market leader is hugely respected, but the track should play to Great Try’s strength (appears to possess plenty of pace) and he is taken to make a winning debut under Nick Scholfield, who was successful at Exeter yesterday aboard the exciting Saphir Du Rheu.
Down at Chepstow One Track Mind (12:25) is fancied to carry his penalty to success and maintain his 100% record for Warren Greatrex and Gavin Sheehan.
The Wetherby bumper winner returned to the Yorkshire venue to make an impressive winning debut over timber three weeks ago and he appeals as the type to continue improving with racing.
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