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On Tour well weighted on best form – Aintree 11/11/2017

The 2.15 race at Aintree on Saturday is a handicap chase over two and a half miles.

Ballyboley tops the weights at Aintree

The weights are headed by Ballyboley for Nigel Twiston-Davies and Daryl Jacob. He has won ten of his thirty starts, most recently beating Guitar Pete at Market Rasen in September. That was his first run since finishing down the field in the Galway Plate. He was racing off a handicap mark of 143 at Market Rasen and is 7lbs higher at Aintree.

The probable favourite is Dan Skelton’s Virgilio, a seven lengths winner here back in May. That was his third victory in five visits to Aintree and his first over fences. He was well enough regarded to contest the Grade 1 Mildmay Novices’ Chase at the Grand National meeting. Skelton took him out of last week’s Charlie Hall Chase due to soft ground.

On Tour has always looked capable of making a name for himself over fences. Evan Williams trains the seven-year-old, last seen finishing fourth at Warwick in heavy ground in February. He finished second here on his only previous visit and is well handicapped on his best form.

Venetia Williams runs Gardefort at Aintree

Venetia Williams saddles Gardefort, runner-up to Rock The World in the Grand Annual Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. That was a career-best effort from the eight-year-old French import. Gardefort has won well after a lay-off in the past and is only 3lbs higher than at Cheltenham.

Master Dee was third behind Ballyboley at Market Rasen and enjoys a pull in the weights at Aintree. He tended to jump out to his right that day and that could cost him valuable ground here. Harry Fry’s Voix D’Eau was a fair third at Stratford last time out, although he still looks a work in progress. He showed decent form in two seasons’ ago but has not won since April 2016.

Paul Nicholls saddles Warriors Tale, a winner at Newbury in March over this trip. He then ran at Ayr but was well beaten behind Two Taffs. He races off a 6lbs higher mark that at Newbury on Saturday and will be ridden by Sean Bowen. The Fresh Prince sneaks in at the foot of the weights for Oliver Sherwood. He has won two of his eleven races but has not raced since being beaten at Perth in April.

Aintree Betting Tips 11/11/2017

2.15 On Tour @Betfair

2.15 Gardefort @Betfair

Each-way ¼ odds, 1,2,3

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