Aintree Friday Tips: Dallas Des Pictons a punt at 6s in Sefton​

Dallas Des Pictons ran a blinder when runner-up last time out and makes plenty of appeal at 6/1 in the Grade 1 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree (4.40).​ ​

This Gordon Elliott trained six-year-old has improved in each of five outings and ran a cracker in the second of those when keeping a three length second of 16 to City Island over 2m at Leopardstown. ​ ​ ​ ​

The winner landed the Grade 1 Ballymore Novices Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival off an official rating of 147, so that gives the form a very solid look.​ ​ ​ ​

He then bolted up over 2m 4f at Punchestown by 10 lengths in a 15-runner maiden hurdle after which he was allotted what looked a lenient opening handicap mark of 130. ​ ​

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Dallas Des Pictons duly took advantage  when landing a competitive 12-runner affair over 3m at Leopardstown where e stayed on strongly when pressed to beat Calie Du Mesnil by a neck.​​ ​

He was value for more than the winning margin and despite being raised 10lb he shaped really well last time out at the Cheltenham Festival when a 1 1/4 length second of 22 to Early Doors in the Martin Pipe over 2m 4f.​ ​

Dallas Des Pictons cruised into the lead and looked all over the winner approaching the last until getting outbattled close home by a more experienced rival.​ ​

It was an effort which suggested he was well worth a crack at this level and the step back up to 3m – over which he is 1-1- looks sure to suit.​ ​

Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Dallas Des Pictons (6/1 Unibet – BOG)​

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