Whilst most of us on this blog have been pouring over the Grand National form the Aintree 2008 Festival isn’t just about one race. The entries for Thursday and Friday are out now and there is the prospect of some crackerjack races next week. Here are just a few of the Cheltenham Festival winners and other top class horses that are entered:
Inglis Drever, Kauto Star, Monets Garden, Exotic Dancer, Celestial Halo, Albertas Run, Tidal Bay, Nenuphar Collonges, Master Minded, Voy Por Ustedes, Our Vic, Captain Cee Bee
Particularly interesting will be the return of Kauto Star who holds entries in the Totesport Bowl and the Melling Chase.
The Totesport Bowl would see him potentially matched against old foes Exotic Dancer and Monets Garden (also entered in both races). Also amongst that race’s entries are Our Vic, Aces Four, Gungadu and Turko.
The Melling Chase on the Friday also looks mouth-watering. Along with the doubly entered Kauto Star, Monets Garden and Our Vic we have Champion Chase winner Master Minded, former Champion Chaser Voy Por Ustedes and Arkle Chase winner Tidal Bay. If we end up with 50% of that field it will be a sight to see.
Who are you particularly looking forward to seeing in the supporting races at Aintree? Is there one horse who you have been waiting to back at this meeting?
A horse I think will win soon is Boychuk from the Philip Hobbs yard. I note he is entered in a handicap at Aintree and I will be having a look at the race closer to the time. He ran an eye-catching race at Cheltenham but perhaps a tough jumping track like Aintree might not be the best place for him to exploit what looks like is becoming a decent handicap mark. I think he might register a win before the end of the season.
Let us know if there is one horse you will be backing over the three day Aintree Festival.