Steve Hughes has selections for a decent Sunday’s jumping
This is definitely one of the better Sunday programmes in Britain with the first graded chase of the new season highlighting Aintree’s card. I have a selection for two staying chases. West Approach was placed for the each-way bet yesterday (advised 8/1).
Aintree 1.50: On Tour
Something of a course specialist, On Tour receives weight all round in this veterans chase and can build on a highly satisfactory reappearance at Chepstow a couple of weeks ago.
His course form reads 2125, with even that fifth place being pretty strong, coming on National day in the spring on ground faster than ideal. The heavy rain of the past couple of days will definitely suit him more than others – his last four wins have all been gained on either soft or heavy going.
He can get behind early in his races as he takes a little time to warm up, but he does finish strongly too. That could be important with Monbeg River and Burtons Well amongst horses that like to blaze a trail, so this race could fall apart late on. With fitness on his side, as long as On Tour does not get too detached early, he can pick up the pieces late on.
Wincanton 2.45: White Moon
Colin Tizzard has his team in strong form for the start of the new season and White Moon looks well weighted for his seasonal return off the back of a summer wind op.
Earlier in his career the 7yo looked a potential top notcher, although he has not quite gone on from that. Last season his novice chase career was patchy, but he would surely have gone close on debut at Cheltenham only to be brought down at the final fence. He did go on to win at Exeter, but was well beaten on two subsequent starts at a high level before missing the spring campaign entirely.
He has clearly had breathing issues, but the slower pace over this longer trip might help him to build his confidence, as could the quicker going. A strong traveller, this Wincanton track will suit – he was an impressive winner here on his hurdling bow a couple of seasons ago.
1pt win – On Tour – 1.50 Aintree – 9/4 general
1pt win – White Moon – 2.45 Wincanton – 3/1 general