Alan Dudman has a pair of runners to welcome in the weekend with a big race double...
Grand Sefton and November Handicap picks
Liverpool suits opening selection at 13/27.50
Beraz sire has a 31% placed record at Newcastle
I cannot remember seeing a going stick with reading with 2.9 for a meeting, but that's what we have at Aintree and the Grand Sefton at 14:45 and I am taking a chance that Cooper's Cross will be able to handle it. He goes on soft, so there's hope.
Cooper's Cross was backed too on the Sportsbook this morning from 15/28.50 into 13/27.50, and he will not be wanting for stamina judged on his fine second to Kitty's Light in last season's Scottish Grand National.
He goes well at Aintree too - he finished third on the Mildmay course last term, and would have got closer had it not been for a bad late error. He also came down late in the Topham last season when travelling pretty well behind Bill Baxter.
Described as a "natural jumper" by his trainer Stuart Coltherd, he won fresh and first time out last season at Carlisle and he looks primed for a big run today.
With this being an Extra Place Special race too - we have the four places for the each-way punt.
Going for an each-way double and another extra place, the 9/110.00 appeals on Beraz for the November Handicap to round off the day at Newcastle.
The 5yo has looked progressive for far and considering he's had just four starts this season, and it's been no means an arduous campaign so there's still some mileage from his mark of 91.
He tries the All-Weather for the first time, and on that front, his sire Zoffany has a 31% strike-rate on the Newcastle surface.
Beraz hasn't been easy to train by the looks of things and he didn't take to life at Dan Skelton's, but he's done well for his new trainer this term and should have no problems staying the trip from a good draw on the inside.
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