Aintree Friday Tips: Forest Des Aigles a tasty 22/1 each-way punt in Topham​

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Forest Des Aigles looks decent each-way value at 22/1 in the Topham Handicap Chase at Aintree (4.05).​ ​

This progressive seven-year-old hails from the Scottish-based yard of Grand National winning trainer Lucinda Russell and has a tremendous strike rate – having won five of his 12 starts over the larger obstacles.​ ​ He looked better than ever in the last of those on seasonal reappearance at Ayr in November when beating Monbeg River by three lengths off a mark of 130.

Forest Des Aigles overcame a mistake four from home when closing and, after taking up the running at the last forged  clear on the run-in to score with real authority.​ ​

It was a most taking display and he was value for more than the winning margin.

The runner-up had previously run well to finish third in a decent class 2 at here, whilst the fourth home Acdc went into the race having landed the Bobby Renton at Wetherby in good style.​ ​

Forest Des Aigles got put up 4lb for that and ran a solid race off his revised rating of 134 when a 10-length fifth of 11 to Warriors Tale in the Grand Sefton over this course and distance where  made stealthy headway from the rear under Henry Brooke, and held every chance on the run-in until hanging badly left at the famous elbow and weakening late on.​ ​

He also signalled that his time was near last time out when runner-up at Ayr and despitr being nudged up 2lb for that Forest Des Aigles remains nicely treated on the pick of his form off a revised rating of 133. ​ ​

Forest Des Aigles is also reunited with regular pilot Derek Fox who has a 36 per cent strike rate aboard him. Off just 10st 8lb, he looks weighted to run a big race.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Forest Des Aigles (22/1 Coral – BOG, paying 6 places)​

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