Aintree Races, Saturday 6th November 2021, Grand Sefton Chase Day

The weekend may well have had racing fans focused on Del Mar in California where apparently “The turf meets the surf” but for fans of the winter game especially in the north west it was off to Aintree where “The turf meets the Leeds and Liverpool Canal”

A slight revamp of what is traditionally one of the more quieter racedays at Aintree which included the repositioning of the Grand Sefton from December to November along with a huge influx of students from the big city universities led to a nice feel amongst the old place as the north west jumps season continued to move up a notch.

With that let’s take a look at the best of the action on quite a wet and chilly afternoon in this part of Merseyside which was occasionally met with some strong winds coming in from the East to really test the horses not to mention the racegoers!

Bullseye For The Bowen’s

It wasn’t a case of “Let’s look at what you could have won” for Pembrokeshire based trainer Peter Bowen as Mac Tottie under James Bowen put in a super smashing great performance over the famous big fences to land Saturday’s feature Grand Sefton Chase and to pick up Bully’s Special Prize of £31424 which went to the winning owner.

In a competitive looking event they went a decent clip and plenty held chances crossing the Melling Road by the Anchor Bridge as they reached the business end of the race, Mac Tottie who was towards the main body of the field throughout and popped away at his fences led at the last fence and from there he had the attentions of Senior Citizen as they headed towards the elbow, many times the lead has changed here in the past but he kept his head down and stuck to the task doggedly to land the big prize.

Mac Tottie has a well earned beverage

He has the qualifications for April’s big race and looks likely to come back next month for fhe Becher Chase over 3m2f where he will have to take on some battle hardened stayers but he has form over 3m so will be in the shake up, Senior Citizen ran a solid race in defeat and could reverse the form if he comes back next month also.

Thirteen horses set out and eleven returned home safely with one horse being pulled up and one horse, Spyglass Hill, who decided to unseat Hugh Morgan after the Canal Turn, all came home safely.

Best Of The Rest

Olly Murphy and Aidan Coleman both teamed up to land a double on the afternoon with the classy Brewin’upastorm being one of them who breezed clear from a very good field of hurdlers to land the 2m4f Conditions Hurdle.

Returning back to timber obstacles has clearly shown to be the best choice by Olly Murphy, the trainer has suggested going to France and Ireland with him for the Graded races over this trip which makes good sense as only the Ascot Hurdle and National Spirit would be his best chances for this trip, the Aintree Hurdle in April will be his long term target throughout the season.

Brewin’upastorm and Aidan Coleman

October began with Germany taking the Arc with an 80-1 winner and November saw Irish trainer David Christie land the Pertemps Qualifier with Koshari at the same price, he mixes hurdles and fences but may be hard to place now after this, one horse who ran very eye catchingly was David Pipe’s Remastered in third and he looks set for a good campaign in the big long distance chases.

Finally in the opening constest the green and yellow jacket of the late Trevor Hemmings brought back happy memories of the great man as the Henry Daly trained Hillcrest took the EBF Novice Hurdle Qualifier over 2m4f, he is very much an embryonic chaser and has a nice career ahead of him

Hillcrest

The jumps season is well and truly alive now and the temperature begins to rise as the action gets hotter every weekend from now until the end of the season.

While the sport is currently sailing it’s way through a rocky patch at the moment with various stories that I’m sure you are aware of it’s important to remember that this is why we love the racing, for all that is occurring off the course and in the weighing room it is these wonderful animaks that always get to our hearts first.

Betfair Chase at Haydock in two weeks next, do join us for that.

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