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 Friday to get you started.



Top pick: Mont Des Avaloirs  | Second choice: Kobrouk 

There's plenty of runners in this handicap hurdle, making it a very tough start to the competition. Heavy rain softened the ground up yesterday which is definitely something we need to keep in mind.

This race has been a minefield for punters with no winning favourite in over a decade and winners returning at 33/1 and 20/1 in two of the last three seasons.

Trainer Nicky Henderson has been responsible for the winner in three of the last six years. His Kobrouk was a beaten favourite in France twice in 2017 (including one failure at 1/5) before having a long time off the track and switching to Seven Barrows.

MONT DES AVALOIRS missed Cheltenham and will be completely fresh. He’s stepping up in trip and that could bring about some improvement for this Paul Nicholls inmate.


Top pick: Lostintranslation  | Second choice: Topofthegame 

Topofthegame is a worthy favourite following his stylish win in the RSA at the Cheltenham Festival.

He’ll certainly be a popular pick in this competition and for punters in their accumulator bets.

He’s the most likely winner, but I’ll take a chance on likely second-favourite LOSTINTRANSLATION for the Tizzard stable. This step up in trip should suit.


Top pick: Mercian Prince  | Second choice: Call It Magic 

A race where the professional jockeys get a nice spin around the National fences before Saturday’s big one.

This is another Ladies' Day race where favourites have a poor historical record. There hasn’t been a market leader that’s won this in the last decade, with winners returning at 50/1 and 22/1 (twice) in that time.

Amy Murphy bagged a winner with Kalashnikov yesterday and she can get into the winners' enclosure again with the seemingly overpriced MERCIAN PRINCE from the same ownership.

You’d need to forgive him a poor run here on different ground earlier in the season, but he’s had a wind operation since and won by 17 lengths at Kempton in January on his second run back from that surgery.

I also like Ross O'Sullivan's Call It Magic, who was unlucky here two runs ago but showed lots of promise.


Top pick: Lisnagar Oscar | Second choice: Dallas Des Pictons 

LISNAGAR OSCAR was disappointing at the Cheltenham Festival but on a flatter track at Haydock in February won in fine style. Expect him to bounce back to form with conditions more to his liking here.



14:20 Betway Top Novices' Hurdle

Although he might not want it too soft, ARAMON can make it another success for the Supreme Racing Club following Kemboy’s emphatic victory in the Betway Bowl on Thursday.

15:25 Melling Chase

Last year’s winner Politologue is vying for favouritism, but I want to be with likely third-favourite MIN  for the Willie Mullins-Ruby Walsh combination.

He was just a neck down on the winner last year and can reverse those placings with more experience under his belt.

His fifth place in the Betway Champion Chase - where he had no chance of beating Altior - could set him right for this.

17:15 National Hunt Flat race

This Bumper has thrown up a few surprises in the last few years, with the last two winners 25/1 and 33/1. You can add prices of 20/1 and 66/1 to the roll of honour during the last decade.

I like EBONY JEWEL and BOOK OF INVASIONS as decent each-way bets against the field.

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