HONEYBALL DEALS AN ACE AT AINTREE . . . . .

Acey Milan made a perfect debut over fences with a pleasing success in a limited novice handicap Chase at Aintree on Sunday off a mark of 130.

He has always been a talented horse, finished 4th in the Champion bumper after a prolific season and has now won five times from fifteen starts.

He was a little free last season and never quite got over a hard race when he was second in a £100,000 handicap hurdle at Haydock, so we decided to give him a chance early on at Aintree before letting him creep into contention.

Acey Milan has done well for his enthusiastic owners and hopefully there is more to come after such a promising start over fences with the help of a good ride by Rex Dingle who was having his first mount at Aintree.

We tidied up Acey Milan’s wind over the summer, he has done plenty of schooling, his jumping at Aintree was sound and after taking closer order early in the straight he won with something to spare. He is athletic and goes on any ground so with a fair wind I’d like to think he could end up in Listed or Graded novice chases.

I’m not in a rush to get him out again quickly and will look next for a similar handicap in around five weeks time or maybe a Graded novice Chase at Newbury.

Windswept Girl extended the good form of the team here ta Potwell  with a solid run into second place behind the impressive winner Elle Est Belle in the mares‘ bumper at Aintree. It was a pleasing run by Windswept Girl who was a lot more on the ball on her second start and showed a likeable attitude.

She schools well at home and will run next in a mares’ novice hurdle in a month’s time.

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