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Aintree was a bit of a farce on Sunday with half of the races pretty much turning into flat or bumper races as the hurdles/fences on the main straight were taken away, hence why you got a big upset in the Grade 2 “chase”. Tommy's Oscar was cantering all over them, but was simply outstayed as they were going flat out for ages due to no fences needing to be jumped and that didn't help his cause at all.
Huntingdon 12:40 – Heritier De Sivola 10/1 (0.5pt EW Skybet 3pl)
I'm going to give a chance to Philip Kirby's chasing debutante, Heritier De Sivola.
This is far from a talented race and it won't take much for a debutante to make a winning start over fences. This is an interesting runner for Phil Kirby who has a good record at this track, it's far from being local to his Yorkshire stables, being close to 5.5 hour round trip, and with this being his only runner on the card and jockey Joe Williamson's sole ride, it's hard to believe they'd travel for a dud chance.
Phil is 2/2 with his chasers at this track in the last five years, so that's a great representative of not wasting his bullets when coming to Huntingdon. There will have been many chances to send this lad over fences at one of the more local tracks so I think he is worth a shot in this race and he is priced up as a nice EW bet despite only having 7 runners in the lineup, but a couple of bookies are offering 3 places so fingers crossed there are no NRs.
Huntingdon 3:00 – Iolaos Du Mou 5/4 (2pt)
For me, this is a shocking race and if Iolaos Du Mou puts in a clear round of jumping, this is his for the taking.
This horse has started to become a little frustrating as he goes through his races like the best horse, but his finishing efforts are very weak but I think he is heading in the right direction though he's still not won over hurdles. Today is his handicap debut which should make life a bit easier for him and a mark of 104 is definitely on the low side for him and I think he should be able to win a couple of races before the handicapper catches up to him.
I thought his run last time out was a decent effort as the winner went on to run a nice race at Cheltenham last week in the Grade 2 and my selection had him working hard turning for home and even jumping the last couple of hurdles but he looked very tired when jumping the last and when the winner passed him. That was his first run of the new season and on the back of a 130-day break, although that's not a massive break, it looked like he needed it as he weakened quite strongly after the last hurdle, so I expect him to be much fitter today.
Huntingdon - 12:40 pm
10/1 @ The Pools
Huntingdon - 3:00 pm