4th April 2019 – Aintree – He led all the way and jumped right at most of his fences. It made no difference whatsoever as he stayed on powerfully to draw clear on the run in after travelling all over his rivals up the home straight. This looked like a top class performance and, at the same time, he beat horses that did not travel well through their respective races. He was a fresh horse compared to most of his rivals and this may be a significant factor. He has been far less fluent over his obstacles on several occasions in the past which needs to be borne in mind as this variable is likely to get a little forgotten about in future on the back of this impressive looking display.
Clan Des Obeaux
4th April 2019 – Aintree – He was never really travelling like he had in his early starts this season. He laboured through into second spot but this was more due to the blunder of the eventual third horse home.
Balko Des Flos
4th April 2019 – Aintree – He was the second best horse on merit and was a tad unfortunate to lose that position after hitting the last fence. He was the only other horse aside from the winner that actually travelled well through the race.
Bristol De Mai
4th April 2019 – Aintree – He has run badly before here and was another that did not look happy at any point. He has plugged on for a never nearer fourth place finish on ground that should have suited.
Road To Respect
4th April 2019 – Aintree – The rain was not in his favour and, although he made an encouraging looking move approaching two out, this promise soon petered out and he dropped away quickly looking very tired in the process. He simply did not get home in the conditions. As a result of this fourth defeat in a row I am hoping that we might get a chance to back him at a price when he is able to compete on a faster surface over three miles. He finished a well beaten third at Punchestown on yielding ground last season; however that race came after his gruelling run round Cheltenham on deep going over a trip possibly beyond his best. The fact that he has competed at both festivals this season would be a concern if he does go for the Punchestown Gold Cup next; at the same time if the going did turn out to be faster than good to soft he might be of interest at a big price.
4th April 2019 – Aintree – He was always in last position and never appeared likely to get competitive at any stage.