6th April 2019 – Aintree – This was a race with several potential front runners in the line-up; consequently it was very surprising to see how he was gifted such an easy lead throughout. His winning performance here and the relative proximities of the second, fourth, fifth and sixth to finish add some substance to the possibility that he might have been a player in the Arkle if he had stood up – likewise with Kalashnikov earlier in the week.
Us And Them
6th April 2019 – Aintree – This was not too dissimilar to his Arkle run as he stayed on strongly when it was all over. Perhaps he needs to be stepped up in trip and maybe he will just turn out to be one of those horses that prefers to stay on in behind the leader irrespective of the distance.
6th April 2019 – Aintree – He just failed to last home at this higher level. He can be marked up as easily the second best horse in the race here. He made a terrible blunder at the third fence which cost him ground and momentum. He then challenged the winner from before the second last fence and appeared likely to draw clear with Ornua at this point. However the winner had enjoyed an untroubled lead throughout and, as a consequence, this Skelton novice paid a heavy price for trying to take him on from such a long way out.
6th April 2019 – Aintree – He has been well beaten in his latest two chases at this level which is probably a fair reflection on where he stands. His two fourth place finishes might look a little better than they are in reality.
6th April 2019 – Aintree – I think we can be fairly confident that holding on to this horse is not the answer. He could still win a decent prize next season if allowed to bowl along in front round a sharpish track.
6th April 2019 – Aintree – He clearly has more than his fair share of issues. I have no idea why he has performed so badly here; however as a result I would not want to trust him in the future until he shows something different.