Nick Shiambouros was on the mark again yesterday when Koora won the St Simon Stakes.Today Nick turns his attentions to Aintree and Wincanton...
"If he puts his best foot forward he will go very close"
15:30 Aintree - Splash Of Ginge
Splash Of Ginge is an interesting runner in this competitive renewal.
He failed to complete the course in the Topham last spring, but that run is best forgotten as he met plenty of trouble in running.
I think he is best judged on his victory over Hunt Ball last January at Cheltenham. He jumped fairly well, and quickly disposed of a decent field when asked the question approaching the final fence.
If he puts his best foot forward he will go very close. His current price of [11.5] looks generous and I have backed him at this price.
The main danger to the selection could be Wishfull Thinking who won this race last year in great style. He loves this course and is worth a saver at around [9.0].
15:45 Wincanton - Marracudja
I am going to be brave and lay the Paul Nicholls trained Marracudja.
The gelding made his UK debut when finishing a distant last behind Peace And Go in a Grade 2 event last December. He was never travelling with any fluency, and was well beaten fully three flights from home.
He did not look entirely straightforward and may have his own ideas about the game. His trainer applies the hood today, presumably in an effort to help him concentrate.
His current price of [2.62] is based on his three runs in France where he had some fair form. In the place market he is trading at [1.3]. Pushing the lay button has little downside, so I am prepared to take a chance in both markets.
My idea of the winner is Wade Harper who shaped well behind Simon Squirrel at Newton Abbot earlier this month.
Sunday's Recommended Bets
Back Splash Of Ginge at [11.5] in the 15:30 at Aintree
Lay Marracudja at [2.62] in the 15:45 at Wincanton
Lay Marracudja at [1.3] in the place market in the 15:45 at Wincanton
Weekly P/L +2.56