Tips for Aintree Saturday 6th April 2019

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.  

Saturday Selections

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 

Aintree Tips for Grand National Meeting Thursday 4th April 2019

Thursday Tips

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.

Thursday Nap

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.


Each-Way Fancy

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)