The Mandarin’s Aintree Racecard & Selections from ParisLongchamp

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Jewson Click And Collect Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle 1.50
Uno Mas
It’s hard to ignore the appeal of Christian Williams’ in form gelding, winner of two of his last three outings, both on good ground. There’s likely to be plenty of support for The Grand Visir as he has raced at Group 2 level on the flat this year, but it’s a real stayers trip here, and he has to concede a lump of weight to the selection. Uno Mas to make it a quick double after scoring at Ffos Las last Saturday

Jewson Tool Hire Veterans’ Handicap Chase 2.25
Minellacelebration
It is horses for courses as last year’s winner returns to the scene of his 14 length victory in this contest 12 months ago. He goes well fresh and doesn’t have to face the National fences this time. Solid each way claims at the least

Jewson Monet’s Garden Old Roan Limited Handicap Chase (Grade 2) 3.00
Allmankind (nap)
Dan Skelton’s top class hurdler turned into an even better novice chaser last season, winning four of his five starts over fences. His front running style is just the ticket on the flat track here at Aintree, and he should strip fitter for his recent spin over timber, where he was well in with a chance until making a mess of the last, eventually going down by a length. The one to follow, with a big season ahead of him, from one of the best yards about

Jewson Birkenhead, Price Street Maiden Hurdle 3.35
Gelino Bello
He looks an interesting recruit to this discipline after a couple of good efforts in National Hunt flat races last winter, scoring at Plumpton on debut before a fine third in a Listed contest at Newbury. He’s got a bright future ahead of him from Paul Nicholls’ top class Ditcheat base, so looks the one to beat

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Jewson Wallasey Handicap Hurdle 4.10
Pounding Poet
Tom Lacey has had a great start to this season, winning the Welsh Champion Hurdle last week, so it may pay to side with the progressive Pounding Poet, who effectively arrives here on a hat-trick, after a brace of wins at Warwick and Southwell in the spring. He’s not escaped the attention of the handicapper, but surely has more to come. Good chance up in grade, unexposed

Jewson St Helens Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase 4.45
Landofsmiles
This Beneficial gelding is gaining quite a reputation for himself over fences, and has had a particularly fruitful year with four wins from seven starts. these conditions should suit, and after putting in a good shift to finish fourth in the Summer Cup at Uttoxeter last time out, returns from a break to get his National Hunt season proper under way. Has an each way shout at the least, in the mix

Jewson Southport, Bispham Road EBF Mares’ Open National Hunt Flat Race 5.20
Lady Excalibur
She’s a daughter of Camelot, so really bred for the flat, but remained unraced when with Richard Hannon so has made the move to Alan Jones’s North Somerset yard. She’s put in a couple of good shifts at Stratford (won) and Uttoxeter (third), so can put her racing experience to good use here, interesting

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Prix Royal-Oak (group 1) 2.50
Kemari (nb)
Charlie Appleby has taken all before him this season, and can hit the headlines once more with Kemari, who was so unlucky here in the Prix de Royallieu, just being held by odds on stablemate Manobo in the final furlong. That rival is absent here, so Kemari only needs to see off the attentions of Irish raider, Search For A Song, and the best of the home team, Valia, to put another coat of gloss on the Moulton Paddocks handler’s year

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