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Vyta Du Roc reverts to hurdles – Aintree 11/11/2017

The 1.40 race at Aintree on Saturday is the Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle Qualifier over three miles.

Louis' Vac Pouch the early favourite at Aintree

Nicky Henderson and Daryl Jacob team up with Vyta Du Roc, a grey gelding by Lion Noir. He looked a very exciting chasing prospect after showing high class form over hurdles. He finished fourth in the Grade 1 Neptune Hurdle at Cheltenham in 2015. Vyta Du Roc then chased home Thistlecrack in a Grade 1 event at Aintree.

His novice chasing career began in promising fashion, notably when beating Minella Rocco at Ascot in February last year. He could manage only fifth in the RSA Chase at last year’s festival and has lost his way since. He ended last season on a high note was just denied in the Grade 3 Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown. Vyta Du Roc has run well when fresh in the past and has a touch of class.

The early market leader is Louis’ Vac Pouch, trained by Philip Hobbs and ridden by Richard Johnson. He caught the eye when finishing strongly in sixth at Chepstow last month. He started as a 25-1 outsider that day but made up a lot of late ground. Louis' Vac Pouch may even have finished closer but for a blunder at the final flight.

Beer Goggles carries top weight at Aintree

The weights are headed by recent Newton Abbot winner Beer Goggles. The six-year-old son of Oscar beat Sir Mangan by three-quarters of a length on good ground. He has been raised 7lbs but his rider reduces the burden with his 5lbs claim.

Earthmoves was beaten in his hat-trick bid when only ninth at Market Rasen in the summer. He had previously won at the same track, following up an easy win at Ffos Las in May. Earthmoves was formerly trained by Paul Nicholls and is now with Peter Bowen.

Ian Williams saddles Big Easy, a ten-year-old gelding by Ransom O’War. He won the valuable Cesarewitch Handicap on the flat for Philip Hobbs but looked a shadow of his former-self last summer. Charlotte Jones claims a massive 10lbs off bottom weight Bon Chic, a narrow winner here last time out. She rode an enterprising race from the front that day and will probably be the one to catch again on Saturday.

Aintree Betting Tips 11/11/2017

1.40 Vyta Du Roc @Betfair

1.40 Louis’ Vac Pouch @Betfair

Each-way ¼ odds, 1,2,3

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