The Betway Aintree Hurdle at 3.25 could be perfect for 2017 Coral Cup winner Supasundae, but I’m not sure he’s a horse to trust at short odds at the top level. He’s run in eight Grade Ones, winning just the once, and that was in a weak Irish Champion Hurdle against a fading Faugheen.
This race doesn’t look the strongest of races for a Grade One, either, even though numbers are up following the defection of Buveur D’Air, with veterans The New One and My Tent Or Yours filling positions two and three in the market.
With that in mind there is the potential for a shock and, at 33/1, Diakali is the one that could cause an upset.
A close-up third in this race behind The New One as a five-year-old in 2014 when trained by Willie Mullins, Diakali has been hard to train and has only raced six times since, but on two of those occasions he has shown that the old fire burns brightly.
After a 398-day break he won a Grade Three at Tipperary by 10 lengths in the July of 2015, while he won a Fairyhouse conditions hurdle by 20 lengths this time last year when he was last seen.
On his very best form he has as good a chance as any in this race and that he’s performed after a long break before bodes well, too.
The new owner and trainer combination of Nick Peacock and Gary Moore is also interesting. They have enjoyed success at this meeting before with Ubak, twice, so for Moore to pitch him in here when he had the handicap option later in the week could be significant.
In a renewal that looks more open than the market suggests, there’s certainly enough about Diakali to have a bet at prices around 25/1 and upwards.
Tip: Diakali (25/1)