Malaya can outclass Juvenile Hurdle rivals – Aintree 09/12/2017
The 2.05 race at Aintree on Saturday is the Juvenile Fillies’ Hurdle for three-year-olds over two miles.
Malaya clear favourite for Juvenile Hurdle
The favourite here is the Paul Nicholls trained Malaya, a daughter of Martaline out of a Kendor mare. She won three times in her native France before joining Nicholls in October.
Malaya made her UK debut at Chepstow when she was beaten eight lengths by Gumball. She finished 13 lengths clear of the third and the winner was runner-up in a Grade 2 hurdle next time. Nicholls sent Malaya to Wetherby for her latest start where she comfortably beat City Dreamer by four lengths. She has to concede weight to each of her rivals in the Juvenile Hurdle on Saturday.
Grey Waters is a grey daughter of Mastercraftsman trained by Joseph O’Brien. She has won two of her three races, scoring at Listowel and Killarney. Grey Waters met her only defeat when runner-up to Brutal on her hurdling debut at Cork. O’Brien then sent her back on the flat and she won at Kempton last month over two miles.
Hillcrest Fire bids to follow up Leicester victory
Stuart Edmonds saddles Hillcrest Fire, a filly by Fast Company out of a Darshaan mare. She won once on the flat when trained by Ms Sheila Lavery. Hillcrest Fire then joined Edmonds and beat Shee’s Lucky on her hurdling bow. She pulled quite hard that day and made a bad blunder at the final flight.
Famous Milly is a daughter of Famous Name out of a Saddler’s Hall mare. She is trained by Gavin Cromwell and made her debut over hurdles at Punchestown. Famous Milly eventually finished second to Mitchouka but she was fifteen lengths adrift at the line. She won a valuable one mile handicap on the flat over a mile but a stiff two miles could be stretching her stamina.
Quimba is an interesting newcomer trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies. She is by Dink out of the Spanish mare Die Beste by Spartacus. Neil King’s Cubswin looks fully exposed after finishing third to Phoenix Dawn at Ludlow. She was trained by Roger Charlton on the flat and made a winning start over hurdles at Fakenham. Malaya looks to have most to fear from Irish raider Grey Waters on Saturday.
Aintree Betting Tips 09/12/2017
2.05 Juvenile Fillies’ Hurdle
Malaya @2.0 Betfair