It probably isn’t much of a surprise that I’m going for Menorah here at the current prices. He ran just as poor a race at the festival last year as this and still came out here and ran the race of his life to just fail behind First Lieutenant. The market looks all wrong to me , given that he didn’t run at the festival at all this year First Lieutenant looks the most likely winner and in fact he is probably value as well at 10/3 as I’m doubtful the top 2 in the market will run up to their best. Menorah is 12/1 with Ladbroke’s and that’s just too big to ignore.
1 Point win Menorah 12/1 Ladbrokes
Astracad was my selection for the Grand Annual at Cheltenham and he simple couldn’t jump at all around there, I’m hoping that this will be more up his street and he has some decent form around here., including a very good 2nd in the Old Roan chase last year of 4lbs higher. He is a standout 18/1 with William Hill and that looks a few points too big. I’m also going with a gut feeling bet on Anquetta at a huge price. He is down to his last winning mark and came to life a few times towards the end of last season. He also ran a good race at Cheltenham when making a mistake 2 out when in contention.
1 Point win Astracad 18/1 William Hill
1 Point EW Anquetta 33/1 Generally
Edgardo Sol ran a decent race for me at a huge price in Cheltenham and given that he was outpaced at the critical stage there and finished out his race well, I think he will improve for the step up in trip here. This race is nothing like as good at the Coral Cup and he looks EW value at 33/1 with Betbright.
1 Point EW 33/1 Betbright.
Rock on Ruby was a disappointment in the Arkle buthe is far too big here in the w/o fav market. 10/3 without The New One looks a superb price as I just can’t see that Diakali is a shorter price than him even though he has been very good this year. I think Rock on Ruby doesn’t need to be near his best to grab second here, and for me it is significant that he is running here at all. He has had a very light season and that usually helps in Aintree
2 Points w/o fav 100/30 Paddy Power/VC/Coral