17:25 Aintree: Sandown victory points to a Molly’s A Diva four-timer
The last two winners of this race had previously finished in the top five of the same Mares Listed Race at Sandown.
Molly’s A Diva (5/1) landed a hat-trick when keeping on well in that race and it is difficult to bet against Kim Bailey’s charge now re-opposing several rivals she faced that day.
Under a superb ride from Nick Scholfield, who is on board again, the six-year-old was always handy before drawing clear of her rivals.
Carole’s Spirit, who is half-sister to 2008 winner Carole’s Legacy, chased her home gamely that day and is available at 8/1 to reverse placings. The filly looks to have plenty of scope and on better ground could well go even closer this time.
Daryl Jacob takes the reins again in a positive booking for the stable and will be looking to notch his second win in three years in this race.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of that race was the fourth place of 33/1 shot Be My Present, who is currently the same price again here.
Turning for home, she was slightly off the pace. However, Noel Fehily cajoled her through the final couple of furlongs and she produced a good final surge and a similar final flurry could see her make the frame.
One who did not make the trip to Sandown is Nouveau Moulin (16/1) and because of that is less exposed than those re-opposing. JP O’Keefe brings the horse to the UK for the first time having landed a double in Ireland last time out.
Legacy Gold (10/1), is another who is a bit of an unknown quantity, but has so far dispatched all tasks with aplomb. This will be a step-up, but such progress would not be a huge surprise.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.