He did seem to need it first up last season before his progression and it means I don’t quite have that confidence he will win today, particularly as this was not the general 3-1 chance’s intended first run of the season.
But I do think he’ll be best of these come the end of the season and hope he gets the chance to show that.
Joe Colliver probably didn’t go quick enough at Cheltenham to suit his mount ideally and he didn’t get his own way at Aintree. He’s better than that and I retain the faith…after today.
Made a winning start to racing at Kempton and was pitched in deep on second start at Aintree.
He was wide for much of that bumper and found it a little hot but it is interesting he went there with such inexperience, sent off at just 8-1.
I’m not sure he wanted to go forward last time, or at least his jockey didn’t but was left with little choice when nothing else would.
Well beaten into second, he pulled nicely clear of the rest and I expect he will be ridden a little more patiently this afternoon.
Just the four runners but a fascinating novices’ chase and three taking each other on again who raced at this track last time out.
I expect Lostintranslation to come out on top dropping three furlongs in trip, or at least am keener on him at the prices.
That’s not to say I’m not a big fan of the mare La Bague Au Roi, but she looked a stronger stayer last time and she has plenty of experience which she put to good use, albeit not in chases.
Lostintranslation had some good hurdles form last term and I expect there to be plenty of progression for this second go over fences.
Willoughby Court has been ruled out and, in his absence, Three Musketeers is a very fair price.
A course and distance winner, he’s not lived up to expectation but looks fairly treated and he’ll strip fitter for his hurdles run last month.
He’s still lightly raced as a chaser and his last go in this sphere was not without promise, for all he’s been a touch disappointing over hurdles since. I like the cheekpieces, on for his last success, being re-equipped.
Few horses 8b well-in who do not head the market, but that’s the case here with Juge Et Parti, even though he will also have race fitness over some of these.
He was disappointing on his first go for this yard when a well beaten favourite but it was much more like it on reappearance at Chepstow last week when he chased home the in-form Solstice Star.
The yard sent out another well-in horse to win a completive staying hurdle at Warwick yesterday. Hopefully, Juge Et Parti can do the same.