Aintree Sunday Preview - 23/10/22

Louis Moir | @LouisMoir99

Aintree - October 22 2022
Aintree 12:30
2
William Shanahan

Isthebaropen

J: William Shanahan
T: Gary Hanmer
N/A
Age: 9
Weight: 11-13
OR: 126
Days: 21

She made a winning return over course and distance in June and had plenty in hand when notching her second win of the season at Stratford in August.

Showed similar form when third in a more competitive contest at Uttoxeter since, but will require a career best to take this and has to overcome current mark.

Trainer has a 26% strike rate with staying hurdlers so she is not ruled out at a bigger price.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
23/10/22AIN24.5GS11-10PU
02/10/22UTT23.5GS10-133
22/08/22STR22Gd11-41
22/07/22UTT20GS11-72
05/07/22UTT20Gd11-74
Aintree - October 22 2022
Aintree 13:05
7
Stan Sheppard

Indy Five

J: Stan Sheppard
T: David Dennis
N/A
Age: 12
Weight: 11-0
OR: 133
Days: 163

He was a winner at Doncaster and Newbury last term and went very close over course and distance on last start.

High up in the weights now however, he loves to lead and very nearly made all over C&D on good ground in May, going down by only a head.

This will be more competitive and is up 5lb for last time out, but is still a major player here.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
03/12/22WET24Sft11-84
13/11/22CHL27.5Gd10-84
23/10/22AIN25GS11-07
13/05/22AIN25Gd10-92
02/04/22NBY23.5Gd11-8PU
Aintree - October 22 2022
Aintree 13:40
3
Luca Morgan

Do Your Job

J: Luca Morgan
T: Michael Scudamore
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 10-13
OR: 146
Days: 204

A Very smart novice hurdler for Michael Scudamore winning two of his seven starts in 2020/21 season, whilst also placing in another four.

His stand out efforts in that season came when second to My Drogo at Kelso in the Grade Two Premier Novices' Hurdle and finishing his stint over flights at Aintree when second to Belfast Banter in the Grade One Top Novices' Hurdle.

Sent chasing last term he got off the mark at the first time of asking at Warwick and then getting over a fall finished second at Kempton over Christmas behind Edwardstone in the Grade Two Wayward Lad Novices' Chase.

Seen three more times last season, he was second of three in the Grade Two Lightning Novices' Chase at Doncaster, but then backed that up with back to back wins at Newcastle and Ayr, with his last run seeing him take the Grade Two Future Champions Novice Chase at Ayr.

Coming out of novice company for the first time he looks set to go well off a mark of 146 and having won on his opening run for the last two seasons, he his hard to rule out at the prices.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
18/11/22ASC21GS11-115
23/10/22AIN20GS10-106
02/04/22AYR20.5GS11-01
26/02/22NCS20GS11-91
29/01/22DON16.5Gd11-02
Aintree - October 22 2022
Aintree 14:15
1
Ciaran Gethings

Gentleman At Arms

J: Ciaran Gethings
T: Stuart Edmunds
N/A
Age: 5
Weight: 12-0
OR: 143
Days: 198

A fairly useful flat stayer who has taken well to hurdling, notching up two wins at Huntingdon over 2m. He then went on to post up an excellent second in the Sefton Novices' Hurdle here on final run.

Going off the back of that, he needs to be considered on what will be his handicap debut.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
27/04/23WAR25Gd11-44
02/04/23ASC21.5GS11-88
18/03/23UTT23.5Sft11-39
14/01/23WAR24Hy11-44
28/12/22LEI20Gd11-43
Aintree - October 22 2022
Aintree 14:52
2
Harry Skelton

Heezer Geezer

J: Harry Skelton
T: Dan Skelton
N/A
Age: 5
Weight: 11-4
OR: N/A
Days: 242

This gelding impressed when making a winning bumper debut at Doncaster back in February, leading over 1f out and quickening clear.

The time was not great but he did not need too much encouragement to brush aside his market rival in what was soft ground, looking sure to go on to better things.

He goes hurdling with the yard firmly amongst the winners in recent weeks, therefore this individual demands a lot of respect and could be an exciting horse to follow in the future too.

Trainer Dan Skelton has had two winners in the past seven runnings of this race.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
03/02/23CHP23.5GS11-73
21/12/22HER19.5Sft11-41
25/11/22NBY20.5Gd11-02
23/10/22AIN20GS11-42
23/02/22DON16.5Sft11-21
Aintree - October 22 2022
Aintree 15:30
2
Jonathan England

Kinondo Kwetu

J: Jonathan England
T: Sam England
N/A
Age: 6
Weight: 11-10
OR: 132
Days: 9

He got off the mark over hurdles on final start last season and has made a very good start to his chasing career and is now on for a five-timer.

This 6 year old gelding improved again to stretch his unbeaten record over fences to 4 in an Uttoxeter handicap 9 days ago.

Raised a further 8 lb now but that may not be able to stop him as he is currently thriving and loving his racing. Big player who can make it 5-5.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
15/04/23AIN25GS10-73
18/02/23ASC24GS11-23
23/10/22AIN25GS11-101
14/10/22UTT22.5Gd11-31
27/09/22STH24.5Gd11-91
Aintree - October 22 2022
Aintree 16:05
1
Max Kendrick

Bombay Sapphire

J: Max Kendrick
T: Nicky Henderson
N/A
Age: 5
Weight: 11-4
OR: N/A
Days: 246

This mare beat a subsequent winner when springing a shock 28/1 success on her Gowran debut in February. Has recently moved to top trainer Nicky Henderson, therefore she could be a very useful recruit.

The trainer also has a 24% strike rate with horses running in 2m to 2m 1f bumpers. She could well be anything this horse but she will certainly have to show it again here.

Strongly fancied.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
13/03/23PLU20.5Sft10-74
05/12/22LIN16GS11-43
23/10/22AIN17GS11-45
19/02/22GOW17Hy11-41