There is a cracking card for the first day of the 2019 Aintree Grand National meeting. We’ve got three grade 1 races to kick off the meeting, and a number of horses that under-performed at Cheltenham. There are also some that didn’t make it to Cheltenham for one reason or another.
Le Bague Au Roi is one I had my eye on for Cheltenham, but ended up swerving the meeting. Comes here fresh and will take all the beating in the Devonish Manifesto Novices Chase (1.45 Aintree). Some other quality performers in this race, but I fancy the favourite strongly. At the time of writing available at 13/8 with William Hill.
My other fancy for Thursday at a decent each-way price is The Inval. Currently 10/1 with William Hill. Theinval has some decent form over fences here, finishing 2nd in this race for the last two consecutive years. Hasn’t been seen since running at Wincanton in January, so comes here fresh. A number of the other contenders here had tough runs at Cheltenham, and I anticipate a good run from Nicky Henderson’s charge here.
Outsiders Worth a Punt?
A couple of other interesting runners at a bigger prices are Greensalt and Coastal Tiep in the 4.05. Greensalt was placed in the same race last year and appears to have been prepped for this. At odds of 40/1 could be worth a small each-way dabble. Coastal Tiep finished within 3 1/2 lengths of Ucello Conti at Navan in February, yet is ten times the price at 80-1 with Hills. I wouldn’t take out a mortgage on either of these two, but you could get a decent run for a small outlay.
1.45 Aintree – Bague Au Roi (Win)
4.05 Aintree – Greensalt & Coastal Tiep (E/W)
4.40 Aintree – Theinval (E/W)