Following a 13/8 (2pt) winner yesterday, Steve Ryder previews three races on Saturday 7th December. P&L +21.54pts.
11:30 Aintree- Edwardstone 13/8 (1pt)
Edwardstone had some solid bumper form last season but it was his victory on hurdles debut that impressed me. It was a strong contest with the likes of Fiddlerontheroof and Flic Ou Voyou in who had both previously finished second over hurdles already.
Edwardstone travelled well into the race that day before pecking 2 out and showed a good attitude to beat Fiddlerontheroof by nearly a length at the finish. He has to concede a penalty to Harry Senior in this race who has made an encouraging start over hurdles but hopefully Alan King’s gelding can defy the penalty.
12:05 Navan- Festival D’Ex 9/4 (1pt)
Festival D’Ex won the prestigious Land Rover Bumper at the Punchestown Festival last season by ten lengths and should be able to make a successful winning reappearance. He won that contest by 10 lengths impressively and despite the form not looking as strong as previous years he is still an exciting recruit over hurdles.
Festival D’Ex faces Tiger Tap Tap in this race who finished behind Sir Erec twice last season but was bitterly disappointing on his reappearance. Hopefully Festival D’Ex is fit and ready to go on his reappearance and can defeat Tiger Tap Tap at short odds once again.
2:40 Aintree- Black Corton w/o Native River 5/4 (5pt)
Native River will be hard to beat in this contest but I would much prefer the chances of Black Corton to follow him home rather than Might Bite. He is an ultra consistent performer with recent form figures of 222123 over fences. His only victory last season came in the Grade 2 Oaksey Chase where he won by 11 lengths but he also ran with credit in some big handicaps off top weight. He finished 3rd at Ascot in the Sodexo Gold Cup off top weight behind Vinndication earning him an RPR of 168. Might Bite had a disastrous season last year with form figures of 57P where his best performance earned him an RPR of only 152.
Might Bite is tried in first time cheekpieces but that looks a move of desperation and Black Corton is a confident selection to beat him despite having to concede him 6lb.
11:30 Aintree- Edwardstone 13/8 (1pt) click here for best odds
12:05 Navan- Festival D’Ex 9/4 (1pt) click here for best odds
2:40 Aintree- Black Corton w/o Native River 5/4 (5pt) click here for best odds
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