Aintree Placepot: Sunday October 26

Jonjo O'Neill has some interesting runners at Aintree
Jonjo O'Neill has some interesting runners at Aintree

There's a good card at Aintree on Sunday and that is where we head for our Placepot attempt...

12.55- The Donald McCain-trained duo of Mr Burgees and Sealous Scout set the standard in the opening novices' hurdle, but they could prove vulnerable to a pair of hurdling newcomers in Champagne Present and The Last Euro. Champagne Present represents leading connections and takes the eye having won a Point (cost £210,000), while The Last Euro was heavily backed prior to being withdrawn at Wincanton, so is presumably highly regarded, and he also showed some ability in the Point field, finishing runner-up on his debut in that sphere.

13.30- There's not a great deal to choose between Unanimite and Starchitect on Flat form but the former looked the more natural over hurdles, and makes much more appeal based on the positive impression he created at Market Rasen. Unanimite ran out a five-length winner on his hurdling bow, displaying plenty of positive attributes, and should prove difficult to beat. 

14.05- Distime is undoubtedly the one to beat, still lightly raced in this sphere and leniently treated based on his effort over C&D behind Unioniste two seasons ago. Considering his lightly-raced profile in recent seasons, Distime presumably hasn't been the easiest to train, so he could be the type to catch fresh (shaped very well on seasonal bow last year).
14.40- It's no surprise that Parsnip Pete has been backed into favouritism as a reproduction of his career-best effort when winning the valuable Red Rum Chase over C&D would give him every chance. His jumping sometimes leaves something to be desired, however, so it could be worth taking him on with the consistent Surf And Turf and the well handicapped Doeslessthanme. Surf And Turf won over C&D in June and has remained in good form since, finishing placed on all subsequent starts, and he arrives in good heart, so ought to give a good account. Doeslessthanme showed that he retains plenty of ability when winning on a sound surface at Doncaster last season, and he should benefit from his seasonal bow at Fontwell where he wasn't fully primed. He has bits and pieces of form that make him of considerable interest from this mark and he shouldn't be dismissed. 

15.15- Deadly Sting won the bumper on this card last year when under the care of Jonjo O'Neill, and he seems to be steadily getting the hang of things over hurdles for his new yard, producing his best effort yet to win at Huntingdon last time. It was impressive how well he knuckled down under pressure and he appeals as the sort to continue giving a good account. This is a competitive race, though, so he is joined by Upswing as the J.P McManus-owned gelding was progressive last season and hasn't yet shown everything that he has to offer. 

15.50- King of The Wolds didn't quite progress as expected last season but he has slipped in the weights as a consequence, has gone well fresh and could yet be open to a spot of improvement in this sphere. He is no banker proposition, though, so we will also put Supreme Asset into the mix as, though he didn't find much under pressure last time, he is generally one to be positive about, and his strong-travelling style might be seen to good effect here. 

12:55- 3, 5
13:30- 1
14:05- 4
14:40- 1, 4
15:15- 6, 9
15:50- 4, 5
= 16 lines

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