Sam Spinner and Wholestone re-oppose in the Aintree Stayers’ Hurdle after placing 5th and 3rd in the Cheltenham Festival equivalent, and they both have something to prove turned out again 30 days later.
The ground will be similarly soggy – unseasonably so for this time of year – and those exertions may have left a mark if Cheltenham-second Supasundae’s flop on Thursday is anything to go by.
I’m going to take a chance on the huge outsider COOLE CODY for the little known yard of Michael Blake.
He’s racked up three wins in a row, the most recent just 1lb off top-weight in a muddy Cheltenham handicap, and he is thoroughly unexposed as a stayer in this lofty grade.
At odds of 40/1 I don’t really see any negativea as his jumping is very sound, the ground is no issue, and that Cheltenham win was a commanding performance from the front.
He may turn out to be way out of his depth, but he arrives fresh after a racecourse gallop and is well worth an each-way bet.
1pt each-way Coole Cody @40/1, 16:20 Aintree, Friday (1,2,3, 1/4)