Horse RacingJump Racing

Paddy Brennan: “Hopefully he can surprise a few of these”

April 8, 2021January 7th, 2022

Aintree

 

1.45pm

Jacamar

He won around here for me in October and has continued to run well since, winning at Wincanton on Boxing Day. He was probably a bit below par in a jumpers’ bumper at Kempton the last time we saw him in February, but those races can be a law unto themselves, we know track and trip suits and he has form on decent ground, too. He has a fair each way chance, for all he has gone up the weights this season.

2.20pm

Timberman

He obviously showed ability for Nicky Henderson before joining us and after a couple of excellent spins in jumpers’ bumpers he got off the mark with a hurdle win at Doncaster last time. He is not the finished article just yet – and he did very well to win there given he was too keen and could have jumped better, though he took the last great – so you have to hope and expect there is plenty more to come from him. There will clearly need to be, stepping up markedly in grade, but hopefully he can surprise a few of these.  He will have learned a lot from Doncaster.

4.40pm

Alaphilippe

We thought he’d run well in the Albert Bartlett and he did just that. I know he was beaten 16 lengths but 11 of those was by the runaway winner, so he clearly ran a big race. Hopefully, he can step up further here. He is a tough, progressive horse who takes his races well.