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13:57 Aintree 25 Oct 2020

Monet's Garden Old Roan Limited Handicap Chase

Grade 2 | Class 1 | 4YO plus

Winner £36,013 - 19 entered to run

2m 3f 200y

Hurdle: good to soft-good in places; chase: good-good to soft in places


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Ante-post expert Gary Nutting smashed in 16-1 Arc winner Sottsass and has a selection online for the Old Roan Chase at Aintree on Sunday.

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Published 21st October

MIDNIGHT SHADOW appeals as a bit of value against favourite and old rival Itchy Feet in the Monet’s Garden Old Roan Limited Handicap Chase at Aintree on Sunday.

Sue Smith’s former high-class hurdler enjoys a 5lb pull with his Scilly Isles’ Novices’ Chase conqueror and will appreciate going left-handed rather than the other way around at Sandown last February.

The seven-year-old has run just three times right-handed in his 21-race career to date, which suggests a definite preference for going anti-clockwise and that suspicion is backed up by his form figures.

The gelding is 3F2 on clockwise circuits whereas all six wins have come this way round, including a competitive Class 2 handicap hurdle over course and distance two years ago.

That was off a mark of 141 but his rating shot up to 158 after he won the Relkeel Hurdle at Cheltenham next time, leaving him potentially well treated off 149 over fences now.  

Admittedly his sole success in six starts over the larger obstacles was a fortuitous one - subsequent RSA Chase winner Champ seemingly set for victory in the Dipper at Cheltenham when departing two out - but he has the physique for this discipline and remains open to improvement.

Ground-versatile from good through to heavy, the weather is unlikely to present a problem and his overall record fresh is encouraging.

Ditto his record in handicaps which features two wins (including a 16-runner Scottish Champion Hurdle) and a neck second from four attempts.

Gary started his look at selected races for the 2021 Cheltenham Festival during his stint as stand-in for Hugh Taylor’s column.

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