Aintree Tips: In-form Lucy Wadham banking on Potters Legend

Potters Legend
Lucy Wadham travels from Newmarket to Aintree with one runner

Trainer Lucy Wadham has returned two winners and two seconds from her last eight runners. Nathan Joyes analyses her one runner on Friday, as Aintree hosts an exciting jumps card.

"Despite that easy victory last time out, his stand out performance was back in January, finishing second in really testing conditions to the highly talented Royale Pagaille."

A solid strike rate

Lucy Wadham hasn't had a huge amount of runners of late, but returning a 25% strike rate from eight runners, which includes two seconds, isn't something to be overlooked.

Especially considering the performance of Regarding Ruth, who rather stole the show under the ride of Bryony Frost over at Market Rasen in the Victor Lucas Memorial Handicap Hurdle. She won by six lengths at a BSP of 6.511/2, and did so with ease.

The same can be said about Sorbet at Kempton, when once again Frost delivered the goods at the beginning of the month. Two fine displays from two rather fine horses, and there's no reason why a punters' favourite can't add to that list on Friday evening.

Legend's long trip

Wadham's takes the 416-mile round trip to Aintree on Friday evening with her beloved Potters Legend.

He was last seen when he romped home by 17 lengths in a Veterans' Handicap Chase at Fakenham in March, and opened up as favourite at 4.57/2 in the 19:00 3m1f Handicap Chase hoping to make the long journey worthwhile.

Despite that easy victory last time out, his stand out performance was back in January, finishing second in really testing conditions to the highly talented Royale Pagaille. Although he clearly performed well in those conditions, his last two victories have come on a good to soft surface, which is expected to be the case at Aintree on Friday evening.

He's also no stranger to Aintree, having finished third of fifteen over course and distance back in 2016 at 17.016/1, before finishing fourth in April 2017 when 5.59/2.

The ever-present Jack Quinlan will continue his partnership with the 11-year-old, in what is his only ride of the evening.

Main rivals

Minellacelebration has a fine record at Aintree, especially the performance produced back in October, winning eased down by 15 lengths in a Veterans Chase. Katy Price's eleven-year-old unseated next time out at the same track, but Ben Poste lost his iron on that occasion and a cross can be put through that performance.

The veteran struggled to land a blow at 101.0100/1 in the Grand National, but a promising third at Uttoxeter at the beginning of May will give backers confidence.

Nicky Henderson's Versatility will no doubt prove popular in the betting behind Potters Legend, but the seven-year-old has only won once in seven chases to date, and has been rather disappointing since finishing second at Newbury back in November last year.

Lucy Wadham has spoken about Potters Legend's strong staying power over the years, and his economical jumping should help him around Aintree. It's a long old trip for Lucy and her Legend, but it's clearly a risk she feels is worth taking.

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