Nigel reports that The New One came back with sore feet which explains his lacklustre effort, and that Bristol De Mai ran a decent race but he has to settle for “only having the third best chaser when I thought we had the best” – nothing to be ashamed of there, and he looks sure to win plenty more races for the stable.
Nigel’s Charity Bet
As always, we’ve given Nigel a £25 charity bet to place on a horse of his choice – and this afternoon it will be on……
Blaklion 5.15pm Aintree Saturday
“We all thought he was going to win last year when he shot past them all before fading a little in to a nine length fourth, but he has had a wind operation since and this has always been his target. Yes the softer ground will make it even more of a stamina test but he will be ridden differently this year and won’t be produced until far later in the race, and I am pretty hopeful we can land the big one once again.”
If Blaklion wins, we’ll donate the winnings to the Injured Jockeys Fund!
Saturday’s Other Aintree Runners:
“We can rightly say we have the best of the British stayers after he finished third to Penhill and Supasundae at Cheltenham and as neither of those two take their chances here, I have to be pretty hopeful of taking home first prize. He continues in good form at home and will be staying on as usual late on even over this trip.”
Double Ross 5.15pm
“Not as hyped as Blakion I suppose but he gets eighteen pounds from his stablemate and seems a bit of a forgotten horse. I was very pleased with his run in fourth in the Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival and don’t forget he was going pretty well here two years ago before the saddle slipped at the Canal Turn on the second circuit off a rating seven pounds higher and he could surprise a few of these at massive odds this year with a bit of luck.”
Nigel Twiston-Davies will be back next week for his views on his runners as well as on a daily basis for all the major festivals! To see what our tipsters are backing in all the weekend’s races, check out our free daily horse racing tips!