Flying Angel can swoop to success at Aintree
The 1.05 at Aintree on Saturday is a novices’ hurdle over two miles with six runners set to go to post.
Nigel Twiston-Davies has several fancied runners on the card and Flying Angel can kick off a big day for the stable.
The grey gelding is by Arcadio out of Gypsy Kelly by Roselier and made a winning start to his racing career at Worcester in October. He was left in second place when the favourite unseated his rider at the third last and sprinted clear on the flat to beat Cloudy Joker by seven lengths.
He was sent to Aintree last month for a two and a half mile novices’ hurdle and looked to be travelling as well as Definite Outcome with two to jump. Paul Townend asked for maximum effort at the last but he could not get past the favourite, eventually finishing a length and a quarter adrift. They pulled nine lengths clear of the third and the drop back in trip should be in his favour.
Oliver Sherwood will be focussed on the appearance of Grand National winner Many Clouds later in the day but saddles an interesting contender here in Duke Arcadio. The six-year-old won a point-to-point in Ireland before joining Sherwood and won a bumper on his debut for his new yard at Ayr. He has not raced since February but is certainly one to note for the future.
Nick Williams saddles Agrapart, a French-bred gelding by Martaline out of a Darshaan mare. He was runner-up to Ma Du Fou in heavy ground at Ffos Las last month, a big improvement on his previous run at Worcester.
Philip Hobbs relies on Braavos, a four-year-old son of Presenting out of Tatanka by Lear Fan. He was a promising second in a Stratford bumper in March but was a disappointing favourite at Exeter next time when fifth to Air Horse One. He got off the mark when beating Dubai Angel at Market Rasen in October but was beaten 37 lengths behind Abbreviate next time.
Hallingham jumped poorly on his hurdling debut when finishing last at Fontwell in October. He won over ten furlongs on the flat at Sandown for Jonathan Portman but the soft ground is a big concern for the son of Halling. The field is completed by Dan Skelton’s Beautiful Gem who has shown very little in three starts.
Flying Angel 1.05 Aintree Saturday @2.25 Bet365