4 To Win: Aintree Festival Thursday tips to win £25,000
With £25,000 on offer for each day of the Aintree Festival in our free-to-play prediction game, read Alan Alger's best horse racing tips for Thursday.
4 To Win is Betway's free-to-play prediction game, with a £25,000 on offer for every day of the Aintree Grand National Festival. Simply guess the winner of four chosen races for your chance to claim the cash.
Here are Alan Alger's best horse racing tips for day one to get you started.
14:50 BETWAY BOWL CHASE
Top pick: Elegant Escape | Second choice: Bristol De Mai
There are some great names in this prestigious Betway-sponsored contest.
I have a feeling that a shock result might be on the cards, despite the small field.
The Colin Tizzard-trained ELEGANT ESCAPE can stay on at the end to claim a victory to make a mockery of his huge price.
He’s an out-and-out stayer compared to some of these, and if they go fast early he may be there to pick up the pieces.
16:05 FOXHUNTERS' OPEN HUNTERS' CHASE
Top pick: TOP WOOD | Second choice: Road To Rome
This is a race for amateur jockeys over the National fences, and here’s hoping the usual carnage doesn’t ensue.
In the last decade, winners of this race have returned at extremes of prices, from 100/1, 50/1 and 16/1, right down to the 15/8 favourite On The Fringe that scooped the honours in 2016.
On The Fringe was a returning winner, something that Balnaslow will be hoping to do this year, albeit at a much bigger price.
Road To Rome is an obvious contender, but for the purposes of the competition we may need to find a winner at a bigger price.
The Kelly Morgan-trained TOP WOOD ran extremely well at Cheltenham when placing third, and could go better here.
16:40 RED RUM HANDICAP CHASE
Top pick: Forest Bihan | Second choice: Azzuri
This is a handicap chase at the shortest distance, with some very classy jumpers on show.
I like FOREST BIHAN, who has performed well over this course and distance before and looks better treated than most to give a good account of himself.
The Cheltenham hill might have been too much for him last time, but this flatter track should suit.
17:15 MARES' STANDARD OPEN NH FLAT RACE
Top pick: The Glancing Queen | Second choice: Hawthorn Cottage
This is a tricky-looking National Hunt Flat race for female horses at the start of their careers.
Don’t dismiss Amy Murphy’s consistent Hawthorn Cottage. At a very big price, she’s well worth an each-way investment.
However, THE GLANCING QUEEN is more my idea of the winner for Alan King, who won this race in 2014.
OTHER TIPS FOR THURSDAY:
13:45 Manifesto Novices' Chase
This Novices’ Chase can go to GLEN FORSA .
I tipped him at the Cheltenham Festival, where he unseated his rider in the early stages of the Arkle.
He should gain compensation here and show the form that landed him three chase successes before that spill, including an impressive 19-length victory at Sandown in February.
14:20 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle
Pentland Hills was a thoroughly nice winner for us at Cheltenham, but his price for this race makes very little appeal.
I’d prefer an each-way bet on FANFAN DU SEUIL at a much nicer price. Even if he places the return would be more than a win bet on Pentland Hills.
Trainer Tom George feels this flatter track will suit and he can reverse his Festival form with BAND OF OUTLAWS .
15:25 Betway Aintree Hurdle
SUPASUNDAE needs some forgiving for his Cheltenham run, but I’m prepared to do that at the current prices. If he can bounce back then it makes plenty of appeal even as an each-way bet.
Horses shorter than him in the market have plenty of question marks and we’re getting an extra bit on top of our price due to that uncharacteristic Festival performance.
He’s placed at Aintree the last two seasons.
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