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MINELLACELEBRATION (1.22) should be worth an interest in the 3m 1f Veterans’ Handicap Chase at Aintree.
The ten-year-old is still a ‘young thing’ compared to some of his rivals and has enjoyed a nice break since landing the Summer Cup at Uttoxeter in July. Minellacelebration needed every yard of that 3m 2f contest to reel in Bandsman, so will not fail through lack of stamina. This race was won last year by Burtons Well and my selection ran that horse to a neck when they clashed at Doncaster (soft) last February.
The other recommended wager on a splendid card is MIDNIGHT SHADOW (1.57) in the feature Old Roan Chase over 2m 4f.
He is closely matched with Itchy Feet on their running in the Grade 1 Scilly Isle Novices’ Chase at Kempton last winter, losing out by just over three lengths. Midnight Shadow enjoys a 5lb swing in the weights and has scored over course and distance as a hurdler.