21:05 Aintree Fri 14 June 2019
Bumper form too a stride forward after a wind op and there was further improvement when he scored on his hurdling debut at Warwick. Ran into a really progressive type under a penalty last time; step up to 2m4f for the first time.
Bumper winner on his debut ay Taunton (justified strong support) he's taken a while to show his true worth over hurdles. The race he won at Warwick last time rather fell in his lap (leader stopped quickly); scenario unlikely to be replayed here.
Bumper winner who looked well suited by the test of stamina that he got when winning at Carlisle over two years ago. Only seen once since then under a penalty (failed to follow up; unsuited by sharp track); returns over hurdles from a long absence.
Fair sort over staying trips on the Flat (only win over 2m) although he looked to be on the downgrade in that sphere (last three runs). Shaped well enough on his hurdling debut (weak heat) but has plenty to find on the principals.
Last Year's Winner
|T: T D EasterbyJ: C R King|
Smith's Bay (1/2), Golden Taipan (5/2), Arakhan (6/1), Hediddodinthe (33/1)
- Smith's Bay
- Golden Taipan
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