Amaze at Aintree


16/1 Across The Bay too big to ignore

Across The Bay is an interesting contender on his debut for Donald McCain in the 3.10 at Aintree and looks overpriced at 16/1.

The gelding was a useful juvenile hurdler in Ireland when trained by Noel Meade when he was competitive in races won by the likes of Luska lad, Mourad, The Midnight Club and Voler La Vadette.

He then spent a spell in the doldrums but bounced back to form when winning competitive 19-runner 3m handicap hurdle at Leopardstown in January when beating the useful Son Amix by 1 3/4 lengths off a mark of 123.

He has not built on that effort in four starts since but was far from disgraced in finishing 8th of 24 to Kerb Appeal when last seen in action at Punchestown back in May.

The seven-year-old starts life in this country for McCain on a mark of 131 which looks a bit harsh given that his last run in Ireland came off 127.

However if you take into account the 5lb claim that very useful Henry Brooke is taking off his back then he is only 2lb higher than his last winning mark.

That gives him every chance of being really competitive in this is if ready to roll after his lay-off, and at 16/1 he is simply too big to ignore.

At that price he has to be worth an each-way interest.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Across the Bay (16/1 Victor Chandler – BOG, Stan James)


11/2 Quito Du Tresor a solid bet

Lucinda Russell has her team in fine form and Quito Du Tresor looks worth a punt at 11/2 to give her another winner in the 3.45 at Aintree.

The gelding took advantage of a lenient mark over hurdles when scoring at Perth last month, and that will have put him spot on for this.

Although his mark over fences is 15lb higher on 130 he has been competitive of it in the past and looks to be improving.

Indeed he stayed on strongly off today’s mark when finishing fifth to Oiseau De Nuit in the Grand Annual at last year’s Cheltenham Festival, and that was a cracking effort considering all his best runs have come on flat tracks.

Aintree will suit him ideally, and his bold front running tactics will make him extremely hard to peg back.

Campbell Gillies gets on with him particularly well, and at 11/2 he looks an each-way steal.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 3pts each-way Quito Du Tresor (11/2 bet365 – BOG)


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