Aintree Races, Sunday 24th October 2021, Jewson Countryside Day

Allmankind Blooms In Garden

Owner’s The Gredley Family along with Dan and Harry Skelton will be dreaming of the season ahead after their new kid on the block Allmankind showed he certainly has the right stuff of which champions are made of as he joined the roll of honour to win Sunday’s Monet’s Garden Old Roan Chase.

On what looked a fair renewal on paper he set out in customary style to make the running and he does seem far more settled in his races after the summer off and apart from one error at the last ditch he jumped impeccably and while he was lumbered with top weight he just had enough at the line to fend off Itchy Feet who was getting 7lbs off him with Midnight Shadow in third spot.

Taking this off 160 he should expect a fair hike from the handicapper which will mean stepping fully into level weights races, it’s highly unlikely sadly that he will go for the King George but at this moment 2m4f looks his best trip, April’s Melling Chase will probably be the main target for him.

Itchy Feet back in second ran his usual race but continues to struggle to win, he may be better going for a Graduation Chase to get his confidence back.

Best Of The Rest

Olly Murphy has a useful sort with Mackelduff who obliged nicely in the Class 2 2m4f handicap hurdle for Aidan Coleman, not sighted since winning at Southwell in May he made light work of his 115 mark to win his first handicap and could be set for a profitable season.

Wishing And Hoping (two words that describe what this sport is about most of the time) took the Veterans Chase nicely on his handicap debut at he gtand old age of 11, running out a ready winner for trainers Mel Rowley who will no doubt have New Year’s dreams of the final at Sandown Park in January and he would have a very live chance like many do in that race.

Lucinda Russell runners in this part of the world always need to be looked at and she has a potentially serious Grand National horse in a couple of seasons time with Corach Rambler who took the 3m1f Nov Hcap Chase quite stylishly under Derek Fox, with just the one start over fences at Perth in September he showed the appreciation for this step back to a staying trip and is definitely one to stick in the trackers for some satellite nationals.

Finally Paul Nicholls has a useful novice on his hands in Gelino Bello, he took the 2m4f Maiden Hurdle in decent style in what looked a good race for its type, he quickened away pretty readily and should pick up plenty more as the season progresses, he could be ideal for the Challow and any race on a more flatter track than an undulating one.

Good to have jumping back with Countryside Day at Aintree, this is always a popular day out although quite a few left early during the afternoon as apparently a few miles down the East Lancs Road a football match was taking place, we won’t talk of the result but to paraphrase Basil Fawlty the more famous team in red got a damn good thrashing!

Back here in two weeks for the Sefton Chase over the big greens, till then its goodbye