Bets of the Day: Nicky Henderson and River Wylde can take the Grade 1 Novice Hurdle

River Wylde should take all the beating today
River Wylde should take all the beating today

Alan Thompson returns to the tipping chair and has two selections from the second day of the Aintree festival...


"He is still open to improvement as a lightly raced six-year-old who should also appreciate this better ground"

Back River Wylde @ 9/4 in the 14:20 Aintree

14:20 Aintree - Back River Wylde @ 9/4


River Wylde was a comfortable winner on his hurdling debut at Ludlow in December, he then returned to win at the same venue in January before going on to win the Dovecote Hurdle at Kempton in February, staying on much the strongest to take a comfortable victory with Elgin in second. Nicky Henderson's charge then finished third in the Supreme Novices Hurdle, beaten around eight lengths. But he traveled well throughout the race and only really lost touch with Labaik and Melon towards the final hurdle so wasn't disgraced and today's contest certainly doesn't look as challenging as the Supreme. He is still open to improvement as a lightly raced six-year-old who should also appreciate this better ground with the talented Nico De Boinville on board, he could take all the beating.

His biggest threat looks to come in the shape of Moon Racer who is an interesting entry for David Pipe, dropping back into novice company after taking on the big guns in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham last month. I think the Champion Hurdle was too much of an ask for the Pipe runner and he was well beaten before being pulled up after making a bad mistake four out. Of the two I just think Moon Racer has more to prove here than River Wylde and my preference today is for Nicky Henderson's runner.



15:25 Sub Lieutenant @ 3/1


The Melling Chase looks like it is down to which form you think is the stronger, is it the Ryanair or Champion Chase. Sub Lieutenant was second in the Ryanair Chase behind Un De Sceaux, he was also second prior to that in a Grade 3 behind Gold Cup winner Sizing John at Thurles in January. God's Own is looking to retain his title after running a decent race in the Champion Chase and will enjoy the good ground and Fox Norton was a staying on second in the Champion Chase last month and connections have said that the step up in trip should suit.

Personally, I like the Ryanair form and think it is time for Henry De Bromhead's charge Sub Lieutenant to get his head back in front, his run behind Un De Sceaux puts him ahead of this field for me. The ground won't be a problem, the Gigginstown runner, who has been very consistent all season, has Bryan Cooper back in the plate and I think he could have to much stamina for these to live with.


Recommended Bets:

Back River Wylde @ 9/4 in the 14:20 Aintree
Back Sub Lieutenant @ 3/1 in the 15:25 Aintree


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