STAR PREVIEW: Glinger of light at Aintree
[dropcap]N[/dropcap]ot a great start to Aintree with my selection Arctic Fire falling at the last when (for my, possibly ‘pocket talking’ money) he had the Doom Bar Hurdle in the bag.
I also put in a good word for Silviniaco Conti in the Bowl and clearly wish I’d made him the bet of the day 🙁
Three more Grade 1’s on Friday’s card but for me the most interesting race is the Grade 2 E-Lites Top Novices’ Hurdle at 2.15.
As we saw yesterday, expecting horses to repeat what they did at Cheltenham cannot always be guaranteed – unless you are Enda Bolger, Nina Carberry or On The Fringe.
Often a horse that by-passes Cheltenham altogether has a stronger chance and I think can be backed up today with the hugely exciting prospect Glingerburn.
Trainer Nicky Richards has always placed more emphasis on Aintree than Cheltenham and has an exciting prospect on his hands with this seven-year-old who is now unbeaten in four starts over hurdles.
His wins have only come at Doncaster and Kelso but he proved he is up to this grade with a win last time out in the Grade 2 Premier Kelso Hurdle, a race in which he travelled well and stayed on strongly.
A quick word on the US Masters…..
I think Jordan Spieth is the worse 9/4 shot I’ve seen in a long time.
He’s priced up as if he is six shots clear after day one, not three.
Sure he had a dream round – his opening 64 was only one shot off equalling the course record at Augusta but it will only take a couple of average rounds (not even bad ones) to see his price drift significantly.