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PLAY the Name game for the Big Bucks’ Manifesto Novices’ Chase.

There’s an unusually large four-week gap between Cheltenham and Aintree this year but it won’t have done

CYRNAME any harm to have swerved the Festival.

He bolted up in the Wayward Lad Chase at Kempton over Christmas and bettered that effort when a neck runner-up behind

Terrefort in the Scilly Isles at Sandown.

That was his first race at 2m4f over fences and it was great to see him coming back for more after making the running. Considering Terrefort went on to finish second in the JLT at Cheltenham the form stacks up nicely.

Brain Power was runner-up behind easy Arkle winner

Footpad at Cheltenham but that doesn’t tell the whole story.


There was only five runners and

Petit Mouchoir and

Saint Calvados went off stupidly fast. That set things up nicely for patiently-ridden Brain Power but he still couldn’t get close to Footpad.

His two previous starts when he failed to complete the course prompted trainer Nicky Henderson to send him for a breathing operation to try to unlock his obvious potential.

I’d be surprised if the step up to 2m4f on soft ground is the answer.

Finian’s Oscar won the Grade 1 Mersey Novices’ Hurdle at this meeting last year but he’s been more miss than hit since switching to fences.

He was another to have a wind op ahead of the Festival but it didn’t seem to have much effect as he trailed in well beaten in the JLT Chase. It’s hard to be confident about his chances.

Modus finished even further back when beating just one home in the JLT so

Rene’s Girl might be able to make it into the frame.

She won nicely at Huntingdon and likes soft ground. Whether she’s up to this level is another matter.

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THERE’S a Dream bet for the Doom Bar Anniversary Juvenile Hurdle.

WE HAVE A DREAM was off colour so had to miss the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham.

That has to be a positive now he’s had nearly four weeks to recover from that blip and he looked good when rattling up a four-timer after arriving from France.

Nicky Henderson’s youngster was too good for

Act Of Valour on soft ground at Musselburgh and that wouldn’t be the worst form around.


Apple’s Shakira has a hood on for the first time after disappointing when hot favourite for the Triumph. She pulled too hard and was beaten before the last at Cheltenham.

The form of her earlier hat-trick of wins was nothing special but there was no knocking the manner of victories. She does have a little to prove now.

Malaya was runner-up to another Triumph Hurdle flop in

Redicean at Kempton. She looked good in an Ascot handicap last month but needs to step up again.

French raider

Beau Gosse was only third at Kempton that day but the softer ground does open up the possibility for improvement.

Nube Negra has to be considered on his third behind

Veneer Of Charm in the Fred Winter at Cheltenham. He had previously been brushed aside by Apple’s Shakira in January and that leaves him with plenty to do on a strict line through that form.

Templegate's tips for Aintree

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