Aintree 3.25 tips – Balko can add to Cheltenham gains

Aintree 3.25 tips - Balko can add to Cheltenham gains

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Balko Des Flos

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Betting Tip: @ Balko Des Flos @ 9/4 with bet365

Champion Chase runner-up Min has been put in as favourite at around the 11/8 mark in the absence of his nemesis Altior, who remains the only horse to have finished in front of Willie Mullins’ seven-year-old in nine British starts. He was placed second after interfering with Simply Ned at Leopardstown over Christmas, but subsequent efforts have shown that he was below his best on that occasion and his Cheltenham performance was arguably a career best.

However, for all that I reckon he’s worth taking on here as he’s essentially a two-miler and while his efficient running style gives him every chance of seeing out the extra half mile, favourites lacking winning form at this trip have a poor record, with both Master Minded and Well Chief turned over at odds-on in recent years.

Besides, there is one very obvious stumbling block in Ryanair winner BALKO DES FLOS and he gets my vote at bet365’s 9/4. Henry de Bromhead’s charge could not have won more convincingly at the Festival despite concerns over the soft ground, and that was no fluke judging by his close second in a Grade 1 previously. If in the same form here and unless there is an absolute deluge to turn the ground heavy (unlikely), he is going to take an awful lot of beating.

Betting Tip: @ Balko Des Flos @ 9/4 with bet365

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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