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 Saturday to get you started.



Top pick: Poker Play   | Second choice: Theclockisticking 

This is a tight handicap hurdle, with one horse standing out at the head of the market.

Sire Du Berlais won the Pertemps at the Cheltenham Festival and is a worthy favourite.

But I prefer the chances of POKER PLAY who bypassed Cheltenham but was a winner at Uttoxeter in fine style. He looks to have been set this race as a main target by the David Pipe stable, who have won this in three of the last eight years.


Top pick: Apple's Jade   | Second choice: If The Cap Fits 

This Stayers hurdle has the best recent record for favourites of all the races at the ever-tricky Grand National Festival.

Seven market-leaders have won this in the last decade. Last year’s winner was Identity Thief at 14/1 - the biggest priced victor in this contest for a while.

The favourite is the classy mare APPLE’S JADE, who was a flop at Cheltenham, but could easily bounce back here. I rarely back a favourite for the purposes of this competition, but I feel she has the best chance and is well clear of the others on form.


Top pick: Touch Kick   | Second choice: Federici 

This is a Betway-sponsored handicap chase, where the contenders will jump 19 fences on a couple of circuits of the Mildmay course.

Two favourites have won this in the last six years, although during that time there was also a 50/1 success for Maggio. The stats are inconclusive with a range of ages and weights carried for previous winners.

TOUCH KICK was well beaten in the Kim Muir, but can have a Cheltenham-to-Aintree bounceback here. The Paul Nicholls stable had a few placed horses during the first day and a half of this meeting, but at the time of writing hadn’t entered the winners’ enclosure.

It still could be argued his horses are running well.


Top pick: Walk In The Mill   | Second choice: Jury Duty 

The rationale behind my picks for this race are in my Grand National article.



14:25 Betway Mersey Novices' Hurdle

I liked the look of ANGELS BREATH  for the Supreme at Cheltenham where he ran no kind of race.

This step up in distance will suit after he made late progress at the Festival. He can make amends here for the Henderson stable who won this in 2011 and 2012.

15:00 Maghull Novices' Chase

ORNUA  fell in the Arkle, but had some great form going into that race. Once again we will forgive Cheltenham blips and back him to show his worth here, as has been a good strategy so far this week.

18:20 Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle

This is the last race of the week and the conditional and amateur jockeys have a chance to bring the curtain down after the biggest race of the whole year.

There have been eight double-figure priced winners of this in the last ten years, including victors at 66/1 and 28/1.

I have a theory that NIETZSCHE  can win this at a very nice price. He won a Grade 3 at Cheltenham in November 2018, recently had wind surgery and then got warmed up with two flat races this Spring. He should be fit and raring to go at a very favourable weight.

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