Through The Card: Aintree, Friday April 13
Timeform take you through the card at Aintree on the second day of the Grand National Festival
"...based on his close fourth in a Grade 1 novice at this meeting in 2014, a mark of 132 looks very tempting...
Timeform on Wilde Blue Yonder
13:45 - This looks as competitive and open as it gets, so probably best to keep a couple on side. PROJECT BLUEBOOK (10) looks very interesting from a handicapping perspective. He is now 2 lb lower than when finishing fourth in last year's Fred Winter, and he hasn't been seen in the best light in his last two starts. Better ground would have been more ideal, but he should be suited by the step up to two and a half miles on this flat, galloping track and he is well worth chancing at big odds. WILDE BLUE YONDER (15) is another that is well weighted. Admittedly, he hasn't seen the track much in the last five years or so, but based on his close fourth in a Grade 1 novice at this meeting in 2014, a mark of 132 looks very tempting. He has showed he is in good heat in two starts so far this season and he could be coming to the boil nicely.
14:20 - Since moving to the Ben Pauling yard GLOBAL CITIZEN (4) has showed much improved form to win both of his starts. His most impressive win came in the Dovecote Novices' Hurdle at Kempton last time, sauntering clear of the reopposing Scarlet Dragon to win by nine lengths. That was impressive, and connections decided to miss a tilt at the County Hurdle at Cheltenham in favour of this, so he gets the maximum of respect. Scarlet Dragon should improve for his first start over hurdles and could prove the biggest danger again, though it wouldn't be wise to underestimate Vision des Flos, either. He ran a solid race behind Samcro in the Ballymore last time and, given the zip he went with that day, he will have no problem back at two miles.
14:50 - This looks a cracking renewal of the Mildmay Novices' Chase. There is no standout performer amongst them, but a bunch of progressive, smart chasers makes for a competitive race. MIA'S STORM (9) was let down by her jumping when a well-backed favourite for the Kauto Star Novices' Chase last time, making successive mistakes when beginning to make ground, and ultimately falling. Provided she has brushed up on her jumping (jumped soundly for both of her previous chase wins), she should have more to offer in this sphere, and is fancied to prove too strong for the likes of Terrefort and Coo Star Sivola, who won the Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last time.
15:25 - This looks a very good opportunity for MIN (4) to resume winning ways now he hasn't got Altior to deal with. Min put up a performance good enough to win several recent editions of the Champion Chase when finishing second to Altior last month, and very much sets the standard here. He has won on his only start over this far in this sphere, and should prove too classy for Ryanair winner Balko des Flos.
16:05 - A typically competitive renewal of the Topham. The favourite at the time of writing is THEATRE TERRITORY (22) who remains a maiden over fences, but she is fancied to break her duck in this sphere sooner rather than later. Her third-place finish to Master Dee at Kempton last time reads well, and she deserves extra credit for that run too, bearing in mind she was involved in the heat of the race much earlier than the first two home. The handicapper has perhaps taken a chance leaving her on the same mark, and this good jumper is expected to go close round here under Sam Waley-Cohen, who has a great record over the National fences. Another to keep on side is BALLYALTON (15) who typically travelled well in the Brown Advisory Plate at Cheltenham last month. He also jumps well, and if he can get in a rhythm round here he could also be right in the mix.
16:40 - Nicky Henderson holds a very strong hand here saddling three at the top of the market and it's hard not to see one winning. Preference is for OK CORRAL (7) who is really starting to show his talent now. He has got better with each start over hurdles, coping with the step up in trip and grade fine when runner-up in the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham last month. Ok Corral has his reopposing stablemate one and a half lengths behind him in third, and he is fancied to confirm that form here. Chef des Obeaux was pulled up in the same race, and is expected to fare better on this flatter track.
17:15 - A big-field bumper, but it is very hard to get away from the claims of DANNY KIRWAN (7), who made a seriously impressive debut under Rules when winning a bumper at Kempton by two lengths from Pym. Danny Kirwan came with a big reputation - was an easy winner of his sole start in points - and looked an excellent long-term prospect, justifying strong market support. He has plenty of scope for improvement and should prove hard to beat here.
13:45 - 10, 15
14:20 - 4
14:50 - 9
15:25 - 4
16:05 - 15, 22
16:40 - 7
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