Aintree 2018 Review

With Architect Tips

Day One – 12th April

A pretty solid start to the Aintree Festival for us as we managed one really impressive winner who was We Have a Dream at 2/1, and a couple of each-way returns at 20/1 with Bears Affair and 12/1 Clan Des Obeaux.

We Have a Dream, sent off (2/1) second favourite, he travelled, jumped and showed a real nice turn of foot to score in great style and land his second grade one victory and in the process made it 5/5 in the UK. He’s definitely a horse going places and could end up in the Champion Hurdle next year, all being well.

Clan Des Obeaux (12/1) then ran a brilliant race to finish 3rd and each-way returns in the feature race of the card. He wasn’t helped with the loose horse pestering him for most of the race but he shaped really well at his first attempt over 3 miles against top-class opposition and he is a horse who will be winning grade one races over 3 miles next season. One for the notebook.

Bears Affair (20/1) continued our great run of form with a gutsy 2nd place in the Foxhunters Chase at double-figure odds. Ideally, he would have preferred better ground which in my opinion would have seen him in the winner’s enclosure but he jumped and travelled really well and ran his heart out to nearly land the spoils.

We were unlucky with our double. Might Bite stamped his class on a decent field before Supasundae went down fighting in second place but probably would have won if he didn’t chase the pace so hard late on but that is racing I am afraid. I was also disappointed to see Nube Negra manage only 5th having travelled really well once again but maybe his Fred Winter effort took its toll in the end more than expected and he is still one for my notebook.

Overall it was a decent day for us despite a couple of close results costing us a lot of profit on the day. We finished the day with nearly all stakes recovered.

Day one result
0.8pts loss.

Day Two – 13th April

We continued the great run of form with more profit from Day Two at Aintree, as Lalor won at an advised 16/1, Elegant Escape ran another solid race for third and each-way returns at 11/2 and finally Santini won impressively, tipped at a 1.5pt win bet and 2/1 advised.

Lalor was an impressive winner at (16/1) advised in the grade one Top Novices Hurdle under Richard Johnson. I always felt the pair being reunited with each other would see an improved horse and what a performance it was. Following the sad passing of Richard Woollacott, his wife Kayley did a wonderful job getting this horse prepared for this race. No other horse in the race deserved to win as much as Lalor and he rewarded us with a fine display at double-figure odds.

Then Elegant Escape ran another solid race for us, returning third place and each-way returns in the Mildmay Novices Chase at an advised 11/2. He just lacks that real fire power but is one I will keep on side for the future.

Our day finished off in great style as Santini (2/1) impressively landed the Sefton Novices Hurdle, also advised as a 1.5pt win bet. He jumped, travelled and stayed on strongly to score under a confident ride by Nico De Boinville.

I really thought Min was going to win the Melling Chase and you can easily say the best horse finished second. Considering he pulled hard throughout the whole contest under Paul Townend, he was still on the bridle travelling all over the winner down to the last fence and looked set to win impressively. Unfortunately, it took its toll late on despite the fact he battled on bravely to go down a “neck”. He is clearly a high-class horse and it was a difficult result to take but he will get his revenge and it was superb day regardless.

Overall it was a superb day of profit for us with two great winners and an each-way return. Min finishing second by a neck cost us making more profit but it was a lovely day anyway.

Day two result
8.5 pts profit.

Day Three – 14th April

Following last year’s brilliant day, this year was slightly different, officially my worst day in all honesty. Nothing went right for us at any stage on the final of the Aintree Festival and it was a blank day, one to forget. After a brilliant run of form, this was a hard day to take but that is racing and we finished the festival with a very small loss.

Day three result
9.5 pts loss.

Aintree Festival result
0.2 pts loss.

Thanks for joining me throughout the Festival, and thankyou for reading.

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