Aintree 4.40 tips – Socks can put best foot forward

Aintree 4.40 tips - Socks can put best foot forward

David Pipe

King's Socks

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Betting Tip: @ King's Socks @ 9/2 with bet365

This is sure to be run at a helter-skelter gallop and that is again likely to bring out the best in Theinval, who was second in this last year off a 3lb lower mark and is coming off a fine fourth in the Grand Annual, another strongly-run 2m handicap. He has to be near the top of any shortlist along with Tommy Silver, who has taken well to fences and is another who will be suited by the way this race is run.

However, I’m going to give another chance to David Pipe’s KING’S SOCKS on what is just his third British start. His first at Kempton was promising enough but that was clearly a prep for Cheltenham and I’m convinced he would have won the Festival Plate (2m5f) on better ground. He travelled well for much of that race and was still going strongly two out, only to run out of steam after the last and finish fifth. The ground won’t be that much better for him here, but the drop back in trip compensates for that and he looks well handicapped on a mark of 140 based on some seriously good French form, including a second to Footpad. Of course, none of that has been lost on bookmakers and bet365’s 9/2 is the best available, but I’m not going to turn my nose up at that.

Betting Tip: @ King's Socks @ 9/2 with bet365

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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