Bowl 'em over with Dynaste
Chris Wilson says that Dynaste can win the Betfred Bowl at Aintree on Thursday - he has a tip in every race.
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AINTREE: 2.00 Fox Norton, 2.30 Dynaste, 3.05 The New One, 3.40 Mossey Joe, 4.15 Claret Cloak, 4.50 OSCAR WHISKY (NAP), 5.25 Cantlow.
CLONMEL: 4.10 Getittogether, 4.45 Desertmore Stream, 5.20 Tooreen, 5.55 Rafi De Triana, 6.25 Caim Hill, 6.55 Bar Stool Bob, 7.25 Oneforlill.
LINGFIELD: 1.50 Black Vale, 2.20 Shama, 2.55 Hell Of A Lord, 3.30 Nakuti, 4.05 Jubilee Brig, 4.40 Honest Strike, 5.15 Salient.
TAUNTON: 2.10 Douchkirk, 2.45 Garde La Victoire, 3.20 Le Bacardy, 3.55 Fiendish Flame, 4.30 Shaddaii, 5.05 Capisci, 5.35 Earthmoves.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.45 Hustle Bustle, 6.15 Tracks Of My Tears, 6.45 Beau Mistral, 7.15 Conry, 7.45 Ampleforth, 8.15 Drifter, 8.45 Evens And Odds.
DOUBLE: Oscar Whisky and Dynaste.
Dynaste can again remind racegoers what all the fuss is about by winning the Betfred Bowl on a cracking day of sport at Aintree.
Four Grade Ones on the card represent exceptional action for those in attendance on Merseyside, with David Pipe's grey set to become the star of the show.
The eight-year-old has had an up-and-down season, but he finally muted the dissenting voices with a superb display at the Cheltenham Festival.
Dynaste jumped beautifully in the Ryanair Chase and was jolly good value for his two-and-a-quarter-length defeat of Hidden Cylcone.
That run not only outlined his deeply progressive profile, but also served notice that his pretty awful run in the King George at Kempton on Boxing Day was not his true form.
Pipe has taken the decision to step him back up in trip to three miles and a furlong, but that is of little consequence given he fairly waltzed home over course and distance in the Mildmay Novices' Chase 12 months ago.
Silviniaco Conti and last year's winner First Lieutenant are obviously respected, but Dynaste's stock is rising and he might just have a little more scope now he has evidently rediscovered his mojo.
Assuming the ground remains relatively decent, a big run looks assured.
Backing the The New One in the Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle is unlikely to make anyone rich, but he cannot be opposed with any degree of ambition.
Nigel Twiston-Davies' fine hurdler was denied by half a length against a more streetwise rival in this race 12 months ago, when his jockey should have perhaps slightly delayed his challenge.
Expect no mistakes this time, especially given what is now at stake following his cruel Cheltenham reverse.
The New One was desperately unlucky in the Champion Hurdle as he was brought to a virtual standstill when Our Conor fell in his path. The six-year-old recovered brilliantly, though, and only went down by under three lengths to Jezki.
Granted more fortune, he should win this easily.
Oscar Whisky can restore his slightly bruised reputation by claiming the Pinsent Masons Manifesto Novices' Chase.
Nicky Henderson's nine-year-old arrived at Cheltenham as a leading contender for the JLT Novices' Chase, but his journey ended at the first fence.
Before that, however, he had looked pretty classy since attentions were switched to chasing. Victory over subsequent JLT winner Taquin Du Seuil at Cheltenham in the winter lends plenty of weight to that theory.
Two and a half miles on reasonable ground looks ideal for Oscar Whisky, who has a good record at Aintree with two wins from three visits to the track.
Punters can get off to a good start to the Crabbie's Grand National meeting by supporting Fox Norton in the Injured Jockeys Fund 50th Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle.
The four-year-old gelding has impressed in two starts over hurdles since arriving from France, finishing second and first in two races that are watertight in terms of winter formlines.
Fox Norton looked especially good in a Grade Two at Doncaster in December and will be fresher than most, having swerved the Cheltenham Festival.
Nick Williams has never been the most fashionable of trainers, so he could be allowed to go off at far bigger odds than his true ability might warrant.
Nakuti looks the bet of the day on at Lingfield.
Sylvester Kirk's filly showed encouraging form as a juvenile, with a narrow defeat to the useful Bright Cecily at Salisbury having set the standard.
Better was to come in a Goodwood sprint maiden in October, when she was only bested by Night Of Thunder, with the third horse home another two lengths in arrears.
Although no match for the winner, Night Of Thunder subsequently hacked up at Doncaster and is now prominent in the betting for the 2000 Guineas.
The daughter of Mastercraftsman has an action which tends to lend itself nicely to the all-weather, with Kirk having gone out of his way to appoint Ryan Moore for the 32Red Immortal Romance Slot Handicap.
Nakuti must shoulder top weight, but she looks a nice horse capable of being a fair bit sharper than a mark of 74.
Conry should be followed in the Ladbrokes Handicap at Wolverhampton, while the likeable Fiendish Flame can shrug off a long absence by winning the C & D Southwest Handicap Hurdle at Taunton.