Aintree 7.20 tips – Skelton hurdler has conditions to suit

Aintree 7.20 tips - Skelton hurdler has conditions to suit

Parthenius

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Betting Tip: @ Parthenius @ 9/2 with paddypower

Dan Skelton continues in unstoppable form with ten winners to show from his 30 runners (33%) in the last fortnight and all four of his Aintree runners are worth considering. But the one that interests me most is PARTHENIUS in the 2m103y handicap hurdle with the trainer’s brother Harry on board.

Like my first selection, the five-year-old is another who has had a wind operation since last seen out and, if he has gained any benefit from that, he’s certainly weighted to take advantage off a mark of 119. That’s 8lb lower than when he last ran at Taunton in December and while he finished well beaten on that occasion, the soft ground probably wasn’t ideal and wouldn’t have helped his breathing, if indeed that was a problem at the time.

He is better judged on a good-ground success at Plumpton in November on his stable debut, when he had the now 127-rated William Hunter in second, and that’s not his only notable form line as he won a Group 3 as a juvenile when trained in Germany. Given his Flat pedigree – he is a brother to German Derby winner Pastorius – he is going to be suited by today’s relatively flat track / better ground and rates a value alternative to the forecast favourite Cause Toujours.

The latter horse is a former stablemate and actually went off favourite for the Champion Bumper at the 2017 Cheltenham Festival. He could only finish ninth in that and a couple of odds-on defeats over hurdles followed. He finally got off the mark on his first run for Ian Williams last time, when again odds-on, and he doesn’t look at all badly treated for his handicap debut. However, he takes a fierce hold in his races and while he has a hood on this evening for the first time, he is not one to take a short price about.

Betting Tip: @ Parthenius @ 9/2 with paddypower

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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