Daily Mail - - Aintreefes­tival - Dayone - Peter Scu­d­amore

MINELLA MELODY looked like she could be well above av­er­age when win­ning at Gowran Park last month by 12 lengths. The Ir­ish-trained raider has plenty of ri­vals in the con­clud­ing mares bumper, but she should have enough to cope with them. My Chel­tenham Gold Cup worry that stamina was an is­sue with CLAN DES OBEAUX proved cor­rect. He trav­elled well but ran out of steam. The shorter dis­tance of the Bet­way Bowl will suit the Paul Nicholls-trained King Ge­orge VI Chase win­ner and he can re­turn to win­ning ways. BU­VEUR D’AIR un­ex­pect­edly fell in the Cham­pion Hur­dle, but a se­cond win in the Ain­tree Hur­dle will be some com­pen­sa­tion.

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