DAVY RUSSELL Aintree Friday

first_imgYOUR SAYIf you have a question for Davy drop us a line at [email protected] and we’ll try and include in the next blog… No rides at Aintree on Thursday so I’ve stayed at home and ridden at Limerick and will fly over to the UK on Friday morning. More in tomorrow’s blog about Tiger Roll in the Grand National but first a preview of my four rides at Aintree on Friday.FRIDAYAINTREEMIND’S EYE (2.20pm Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle)A big field and this looks quite open. My fella is dropping back in trip which hopefully might bring about a spark of improvement. Henry (de Bromhead) is happy with him and he should be suited by the ground at Aintree. There are any number of dangers including stable companion Ornua who I was on when he ran much better at Punchestown last time out when third to Campeador. The form horse is without doubt Global Citizen who is bidding for a hat-trick and was mighty impressive when winning the Dovecote in Kempton the last day.BALKO DES FLOS (3.25pm JLT Melling Chase)Very much looking forward to being reunited with Balko who gave me a peach of a ride when winning the Ryanair Chase at the Festival. He handled the testing ground surprisingly well at Cheltenham so I have no fears in that department. Hopefully his Cheltenham exertions won’t have left their mark. I’ve 2lb up my sleeve with Min on official ratings but he’s the very obvious danger after chasing home Altior in the Queen Mother Champion Chase.CLARCAM (4.05pm Topham Handicap Chase)My first sighter of the National fences and I’m hoping Clarcam gives me a good spin round. He’s straightforward, jumps well and has had a light campaign. He was running well enough in this 12 months ago before being carried wide at the Canal Turn which put paid to his chances. Hopefully he will get a bit more rub of the green today which you always need over the National course. My shortlist of a long-list of dangers would be Top Gamble, Theatre Territory and Highland Lodge.THOSEDAYSAREGONE (5.15pm Bumper)Has been placed in all four of his starts including a win at Wexford but for my money he ran his best race the last day at Fairyhouse when third to Getaway John. Although he was beaten a long way he had those in behind well strung out and hopefully can improve again to get competitive in this very competitive bumper. Nicky Henderson had a brilliant start to the meeting on Thursday so his Kempton winner Mister Fisher will no doubt have plenty of fans whilst Danny Kirwan also looked good when winning a bumper at Kempton.Back tomorrow with my views on Saturday’s cards and of course Tiger Roll !Best Of LuckDAVYlast_img read more