Ray Flanagan with Sunday selections
Thought for the day: “What is the rational for putting the clocks back an hour. Who wants this extra hour of darkness in the evening when a person could be out walking or on the golf course”.”With rumours of a permanent change, I want to see the clocks moving forward an hour again in March and then left in that summer time”
A few selections for Sunday where we will be hoping there is a 33-1 winner to be had.
Galway 3.25- Crosshue Boy
I would imagine if a survey was carried out, that a person backing hurdlers off a lower mark than their chase rating would be heading for the poor house overall, yet it is difficult to make a case for many in this , so it may be worth chancing the reverting chaser Crosshue Boy. Sean Doyle’s charge was prolific after switching to fences last season and endured a purple patch in the months of March and April winning four decent chases.
He returns to hurdles off a mark a stone below his chase mark and if able to transfer a portion of that improvement he should be very competitive today. Indeed he did not shape too badly over hurdles on his penultimate hurdling start behind Highland Fling at Listowel.
Aintree 2.25- Byron Flyer and Mischievious Max
Byron Flyer was not the strongest of stayers when last seen over hurdles at this course and distance at the National meeting in April 2017. Appears to have strengthened up though subsequently on the flat and ought to be able to stay a level 2M 4 F on a flat track nowadays. If so he possesses a touch of class which could be good enough here.
A possible flyer at a big price is Mischievious Max. He had decent form for Joseph O Brien last season running second to Shanning at Galway and Coole Cody at Cheltenham. A mid-division effort in the Coral Cup was not bad either and he looks well overpriced on debut for his new trainer Harriot Bethell this afternoon.
1.5 pts ew- Crosshue Boy-3.25 Galway-10-1 P Power-5 places
1.5 pts win-Byron Flyer-2.25 Aintree-3-1 General
1 pt ew-Mischievious Max-2.25 Aintree-33-1 General