Aintree 2.25 tips – Blind Side to sneak up on rivals

Aintree 2.25 tips - Blind Side to sneak up on rivals

On The Blind Side

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Betting Tip: @ On The Blind Side @ with bet365

This is a great race for favourites – six of the last eight have obliged – and 16 of the last 20 winners have come from the first two in the market. That narrows it down to Black Op, whose second in the Ballymore behind Samcro is the strongest form line on offer, and ON THE BLIND SIDE, who had to miss Cheltenham after a small setback. Paddy Power go 7/4 and 9/4 respectively at the time of writing and while Black Op is hugely respected, I just worry that a few of his stablemates have run a little flat at this meeting, while his trainer Tom George has gone 31 days (36 runners) without a win.

In contrast, On The Blind Side’s trainer Nicky Henderson is firing on all cylinders and I very much doubt his charge is going to lack for fitness, despite a 127-day absence. Indeed, you can argue he’s the fresher of the pair and he’s come on in leaps and bounds since winning over track and trip October. His most recent success over this trip at Sandown was particularly impressive and I fancy he can keep his unbeaten record (4-4, including a point) intact before going on to greater things.

Euxton Lane is perhaps the most interesting of those at bigger prices having won his last two starts in the style of an improving horse, and his connections had the choice of running in a handicap on Friday, for which he would have been well treated off a mark of 139. I can’t see him giving the selection too much trouble but he’s one for each-way backers at Hills’ 25/1.

Betting Tip: @ On The Blind Side @ with bet365

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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