Another Henderson Superstar On The Way?
Nico de Boinville's mount in the Betway Mersey Novices' Hurdle at Aintree today, ON THE BLIND SIDE, was kept away from the Cheltenham Festival and that, plus his ability to go well when fresh, may well be in his favour today. He has run just three times under rules for Nicky Henderson with three victories after a single point to point win in Ireland and has been impressive in each. His first was here in a Class 4 maiden hurdle where he stayed on after a mistake four out to beat Another Stowaway just under a length and then after a convincing win over an extended two and a half miles at Cheltenham ran in the Grade 2 Ballymore Winter Novices' Hurdle at Sandown in January. Most observers reaction was "Wow" as he simply galloped clear of Springtown Lake and Red River. The race was full of previous and subsequent scorers such as the previously mentioned pair and Marley Firth. BTOPlus+ confirms the gelding's chances, putting him top of regular and second on speed figures and awarding him eight positives, including the trainer / jockey combination at the course of six from 17, which is 126% better than expected. BLACK OP and MOMELLA look his nearest rivals but the 7/4 about On The Blind Side looks fair.
Article Posted on Saturday 14th April 2018 @ 09.14
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