As the saying goes, but many today will be going in again when Might Bite contests the Betway Mildmay Novices Chase at 2.50 this afternoon.
This is the horse that looked like winning the RSA at the Festival by upwards of half the track, before deciding to shake hands with some of the crowd on the run-in, finally scrambling home by a nose from the re-opposing Whisper.
The ease with which Might Bite took a high class field apart was breathtaking and on a flatter track it’s hard to find the opposition today, which explains the prohibitive 4-7 being offered about a very likeable dodge-pot.
For those who need to bet in this race, try a couple of forecasts involving Marinero with the two Henderson horses. Henry De Bromhead’s charge unseated early on in the RSA, so never got the chance to show what it could do and could come second today.
Most valuable race on today’s Aintree card is the JLT Melling Chase at 3.25, with three horses vying for favouritism at the head of the market. By far the most attractive must be Sub Lieutenant, also trained by Henry De B, as the horses that this 8-y-o has been beaten by reads like a who’s who of champions. (Un De Seaux, Sizing John, Djakadam to name but three)
With trip and ground to suit, today can be the day for the aptly named Sub and it should be backed at the available 3-1.
Just for a giggle, also have a small e/w bet on Kerry Lee’s Top Gamble at an attractive 18-1. This horse was last seen finishing like the proverbial 4.15 over two miles, behind Fox Norton (4-1) at Chelters and with an extra half mile to go this afternoon, who knows?
The card kicks off with a simple 22 runner handicap hurdle over 21/2 miles and I give you two against the field – Ice Cold Soul at 12-1 and Crystal Lad at 25-1. Don’t wish to tell you which bookie to use, but SkyBet are offering 6 places on this race.
The Randox Health Topham Handicap at 4.05 is today’s race over the National fences and only 30 go to post. Personally, wouldn’t touch this with a barge pole, but if you must, then Henryville e/w at 12-1 may give you a run for your money. (5 & 6 places available on this race – shop around)
I gather there is a half-interesting race taking place tomorrow at around 5.15, so I’ll be back tomorrow morning – watch this space.