The Grand National
Well it’s the big one today. The Grand National goes off at 5.15 this afternoon and you can find our full preview of the National here.
It’s not all about the Grand National though. There is a good quality card at Aintree today and we have some high quality racing to look forward to.
Great Each-Way Chance
We have a big fancy at a nice price in the first race of the day the Gaskells Handicap Hurdle at 1.45. Poker Play is currently available at 8-1 with Hills and we think is the one to be on. Sire Du Berlais for Gordon Elliott will be a popular favourite and will have plenty of backers. Poker Play was a very impressive winner at Wincanton last month, and horses that run well in the run up to this meeting do well here. Up in weight, but still plenty of scope for progression and should go very well.
Betway Mersey Novices Hurdle
In the 2.35 we are sweet on the chances of One for Rosie 11/2. A progressive novice that just got edged out in a Grade 3 at Sandown. Beat Glen Forsa back in November by 5 lengths and looks the one to beat in this.
Doom Bar Maghull Novices Chase
Lalor 7/2 is a horse that likes it round Aintree. Pulled up at Cheltenham last time out, but the gelding is better than that performance and has previously won a Grade 2 bumper and a Grade 1 novice hurdle at this track.
Ryanair Sayers Hurdle
The 3.40 sees a strong field featuring Gordon Elliot’s superstar Apples Jade. Apples Jade disappointed at Cheltenham, along with a number of other fancied rivals. This is not as tough and whilst a relatively short price at 6/4, should oblige. If you are looking for an each-way price then winner of the Grade 3 Coral Cup, William Henry could be the one to side with at 9/1.
Betway Handicap Chase
Kildisart is our pick for this one at 11/2. Fourth in the JLT at Cheltenham and a winner on previous two chase starts. First time at 3 miles over fences, but has shaped like the trip will suit.
1.45 Aintree – Poker Play 8-1 E/W (NAP)
2.35 Aintree – One For Rosie 11-2
3.00 Aintree – Lalor 7-2
3.40 Aintree – Apples Jade 6/4
4.20 Aintree – Kildisart 6-1