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Ben Coley is backing Royal Regatta to make a winning debut over hurdles at Aintree.
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3.50 Aintree - Royal Regatta
Backing something, anything, trained by Charlie Longsdon at the moment would appear the most straightforwardly brilliant way to bet.
Longsdon is on 39 winners for the season already and it's therefore no surprise that all four or his runners today currently trade at 5/1 or shorter.
A Lucky 15, perhaps? Don't let me put you off, but at some point the stable's scintillating form will come to a halt and for now it appears to me that the prices about all four of these horses, among whom Ely Brown looks the most obvious, reflect the stable's current strike-rate.
Instead, I'm heading to the 3.50 at Aintree where ROYAL REGATTA looks worth chancing.
Philip Hobbs has his string in pretty decent form and landed a winner with his sole runner at Aintree yesterday, and this King's Theatre gelding looks to have been found a nice starting point for his career over hurdles.
Favourite Spirit Of Shankly clearly has ability and represents the aforementioned Longsdon, but considering how well some of his peers have been winning I thought he was laboured at best at Market Rasen last time.
I certainly think he needs to improve again for a step up in trip which doesn't look certain and if the ground on the hurdles course rides slower than good, as expected, he could just flatter to deceive.
Neither trip nor ground are expected to be a problem for the selection, a 12-length bumper winner on his debut for the yard. He was doubtless bought with a career over fences in mind but for now could pay his way over timber providing he shows the necessary fluency, which is admittedly taken on chance.
The way in which he powered clear of his rivals at Haydock, however, lingers in the memory and he could take some pegging back from the front.
Hellorboston is the other to strongly consider in a competitive enough race but I'm not particularly taken with his bumper form and the yard don't do particularly well in general at the track.