2:05 Aintree Beacher Chase
I’ve had nothing but Walkon in mind for this for the week and I’m not going to change now. He ran a superb race in the Topham last year over these fences albeit with 5 lbs less on his back but he gave the impression then that the extra trip here wouldn’t pose any problems, and his jumping was superb . He is still only 8 and could well improve again this year. I think he is the favourite for this race on form, and the current 18 on Betfair seems a great value. He was poor enough on his return this year, but hopefully he has been readied for this after last year.
2 Points in 18 Betfair
On other runner caught my eye of a very good mark, Mr Moonshine looked to be on the way back to form here in his first run this year over too short a trip in a very good race. He jumped and travelled well that day and I get the feeling that he could well be a natural over these fences, along with the fact that this race could well suit his racing style. He was poor in the 2 runs after but has popped back to form a good few times after poor runs before. 33/1 with 5 places in a few places looks a nice bit of value.
1 Points EW 33/1 5 Places Paddy Power Bet365
Viking Blond has been poor enough in his few starts this year, but he didn’t take to the cross country at all. He has a very good course record around here and should get competitive around here of a mark of 130 with a 7 lbs. claimer on today. This looks a fairly poor race and 14/1 looks a very decent price given that.
2 Points win 18 Betfair 14/1 generally