Sean Bowen Aintree Preview: He's off a nice mark to take advantage
12:25 Aintree – Minella Double
He won last time out at Hexham so he will need to carry a penalty here, which makes life tougher. I expect he will come on for his seasonal reappearance and he will love the ground. The track and trip should both suit him, so I am looking forward to riding him in the opening race on the card.
13:00 Aintree – Lord Of Kerak
He had some good form last season without winning, so he is still a novice. His jumping has been very good, and he is another horse who will appreciate the soft ground. If he is ready to go first time out, he should be a big player in this race.
13:35 Aintree – Hillview
His form over the summer was respectable but he does need to step up on that now on his return to action. He is a straightforward horse to ride, but I am not sure he will like the ground being as soft as it is going to be, as the majority of his best form is on ‘Good’ ground.
14:10 Aintree – Ukantango
This will be this horse’s first run over fences. He has schooled well at home, and he is one we have been looking forward to going chasing with for a while. The ground would be my only concern for him. If he handles conditions, he will have a great chance.
14:45 Aintree – Ganapathi
This is set to be this horse’s second run for Mike Smith. He was beaten a long way at Kelso on his opening run for his new trainer. Hopefully, he will step up on that run. The National fences can sometimes bring a spark out of some horses and if that proves to be the case, he is off a nice mark of 131 to take advantage.
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15:20 Aintree – Brewin’upastorm
There are just three runners in this field so it could get tactical. He has been one of Olly Murphy’s best horses for a number of years now. We are going to have to concede a lot of weight to our two rivals, but he is a C&D winner, and he has run well in this race before, so he definitely has the class to come out on top.
15:50 Aintree – Apples Destiny
This is the first day at school for Apples Destiny in this Bumper for three-year-olds. She will be receiving 3lb from the opposite sex in the race. We will be hoping to see a nice performance from here on her opening outing.
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Sean Bowen, Coral Racing Ambassador