Not a great day yesterday, what with Serenity Now labouring somewhat when second at Musselburgh, only for the other two shortlisted horses to absolutely bolt up!
Today’s shortlist points to…
Wincanton 1.30 Junction Fourteen
Aintree 3.05 Upepito
Kelso 2.15 Present Lodger
Junction Fourteen won on his chasing debut when making all at Uttoxeter last time. Unlikely to get an uncontested lead here over a trip which may fall just short of his best.
Upepito was beaten a neck at Wetherby last time. Is not the most prolific but is entitled to improve for that run (his first for Dan Skelton) and he should be on the premises.
Present Lodger is bred to stay today’s 3m trip but has yet to prove it on the racecourse proper, having failed to do so on all three attempts to date. Today’s tight track may not play to his strengths either and he also has more on his plate here.
I’m going for…
Aintree 3.05 UPEPITO
…as my best of the day in the hope that Dan Skelton can eek some further improvement out of him. There is a doubt on that score though, so I’ll put him up as a highlighted horse as opposed to a 1 pt recommended bet.