Beau Gosse Can Go Close in the Doom Bar Anniversary Juvenile Hurdle
Brain Power is highest rated here and although his second place finish in the Arkle is good form, both Petit Mouchoir and Saint Calvados cut each-others throat to set it for Footpad and for Brain Power to catch Petit Mouchoir just before the line. I’m willing to give Modus a chance on this better ground to reverse the JLT Novices form with Finians Oscar.
Modus, 15/2 each-way
Beau Gosse is a really interesting raider coming over from France for Guillaume Macaire. He used to be a regular raider with his horses and he isn’t afraid of a challenge, having beat Best Mate when he was at his peak with Jair Du Cochet. His third place finish at Kempton in February leaves him with a lot to find on the bare form, but that was his first run after a near four month break and in a race where he had to concede weight all around on ground that may have been on the quick side. He is taking on some really good opposition in Apple’s Shakira and We Have A Dream but his French form is right up there with the top juveniles in France and he can go close here.
Beau Gosse, 18/1 each-way
Mite Bite should win this year’s Betway Bowl if his Gold Cup exertions haven’t left a mark. He travelled well and looked a serious danger to Native River, but his opponent just had too much stamina and finished very tired. I will chance Double Shuffle each-way at 12/1, he’s finished second in the last four races he has completed and 2m4f on decent ground looks perfect for him.
Double Shuffle, 12/1 Each-way
Many old favourites line up in this year’s Aintree Hurdle, with Supasundae, L’Ami Serge, My Tent Or Yours and The New One all genuine grade one performers. Supasundae’s form looks a cut above the rest and he should win if his Cheltenham second in the Stayers Hurdle 4 weeks ago hasn’t affected him. Carina Fey’s French raider Izzo is intriguing, his French form leaves him with a lot to find but he’s faced France’s star hurdler De Bon Coeur in his last 3 races. De Bon Coeur has been sent off long odds-on for all her races but Izzo is thought enough of to go off supported at single figure prices. It’s possible that he may find this company too hot as a 5-year-old taking on seasoned grade one performers, but they wouldn’t be coming all the way over to England for this race if they didn’t think he could do himself justice; Richard Johnson is an interesting booking and at 50/1 he could sneak in to a place.
Izzo, 50/1 Each-way