BUVEUR D’AIR CAN BOUNCE BACK IN AINTREE HURDLE
The Grand National meeting at Aintree is always a great occasion and just the thought of it would get you excited.
It is right up there with the Cheltenham Festival in my mind and the Grand National itself is just a very special race.
Having any winner there, but especially in one of the Grade 1 races or over the big fences, is always a huge thrill. I can’t wait to get there.
My main ride of the first day is BUVEUR D’AIR in the Betway Aintree Hurdle (3.25).
He is obviously on a retrieval mission after falling in the Champion Hurdle, but I schooled him and rode him work last week and he was electric.
He was very good when winning this race two years ago and he won’t be inconvenienced whether they get rain up there or not.
To keep going as well as he did to finish second was a great effort. He might be unproven at two-and-a-half miles yet, but I don’t think there is a massive leap in terms of the stamina required for the Champion Hurdle and the Aintree Hurdle.
I’m very hopeful that Buveur D’Air can bounce back from his blip at Cheltenham and take all the beating.
Later on the card I ride the Paul Nicholls-trained BRELAN D’AS in the Close Brothers Red Rum Handicap Chase (4.40).
I thought he ran a good solid race when third in the Grand Annual at the Cheltenham Festival, but while he has tended to be on the premises in these better races, he has yet to win one.
It looks very competitive, but if things drop right for him he should hopefully be in the mix again.