Harry Fry’s team weren’t at their best last season, but there have been encouraging signs of late and I think there could be a fair bit of improvement this season from Winningseverything, who is on a workable mark and has a proven record when fresh.
A smart bumper winner on debut, he landed his first two starts in novice hurdles a couple of years ago, looking a very smart prospect, but missed the rest of that campaign and a fall on chasing debut last October saw him back on the sidelines until the spring. He looked rusty on his first start back, but ran really well until his stamina gave way over 3m at Ffos Las in May when last seen.
The drop back to this trip is a plus and the fact Harry Fry starts him back in a £30,000 class 2 contest suggests he has been showing all the right signs again at home – Bags Groove won this race on his seasonal reappearance for Fry back in 2017 and developed into a high-class performer, and this is a course at which the Dorset-based handler does very well.
4.10pm Aintree – 1pt win Winningseverything @ 9/2 (all firms, though 5-1 available with William Hill)