Aintree tips: Best bets for Grand National Festival day one
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13.45 – Novices’ Chase
In an open first race, I’m going to take a chance on RENE’S GIRL .
Trained by Dan Skelton, the mare comes into the race in great form having won three from her last four.
She’s a sturdy jumper and should relish the conditions after winning on both good and soft ground.
Proven over 2m 3f and the lowest weight at 10-11, I think she's is a decent price here.
14.20 – 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle
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WE HAVE A DREAM was my ante-post fancy for the Triumph Hurdle so I’m going to keep the faith with him here.
He has a perfect four from four so far and has already claimed a Grade 1 in the Finale Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow in torrid conditions.
A 10-length win in the Grade 2 Summit Juvenile Hurdle was also very impressive and I think he's the one to beat here.
14.50 – Betway Bowl
I’ll keep this one short and sweet as I can’t see how MIGHT BITE won’t win this race.
A great duel with Native River in the Gold Cup ended his five-race winning streak, and there’s no doubt that would’ve taken a lot out of the nine-year-old.
But his jumping is magnificent and I think he’s just got too much class over the rest of the field.
If he’s too short for you, then I’d have an each-way flutter on course-and-distance winner DEFINITLY RED .
15.25 – Betway Aintree Hurdle
Next up, I’m taking on the short favourite and predicting a third win of the day for Nicky Henderson with MY TENT OR YOURS .
The 11-year-old warrior finished second here last year, but should go one better this time around.
He finally ended his 46-month winless run in December after winning a thrilling International Hurdle ahead of Melon and The New One .
A winner on this course already and fresh after missing Cheltenham, I think he’s great value here.
16.05 – Foxhunters’ Chase
With five places on offer with Betway, I like two each-way chances here.
The first is Fergal O’Brien’s BARRAKILLA , who comes into the race in solid form (243-12).
He was disappointing at Warwick last time out but was very impressive in a big five-length victory at Bangor, and is proven to stay over 2m 5f.
The other one I like is a huge price in CURRAIGFLEMENS .
The 10-year-old won his last two at Stratford and Fontwell respectively but hasn’t run since June 2017.
That long break is a minor concern but I still think he’s worth a few quid each-way here.
16.40 – Red Rum Handicap Chase
I’m sticking with another one of my Cheltenham tips here in GINO TRAIL .
Kerry Lee’s 11-year-old is in the form of his life (311-212), which included a big win at Sandown in February and a brilliant run to finish second in the Grand Annual last time out.
He put on a fair showing in this race last year but has improved dramatically over the past 12 months.
Conditions should suit him perfectly and, if Jamie Moore can get him in front early, he will take some catching.
17.15 – National Hunt Flat Race
The final race of the day is a wide-open bumper, but I really like the price on BUILDMEUPBUTTERCUP here.
She's a smart filly who has made a brilliant start for Mick Channon with two wins and a second from three flat runs.
A tidy win on debut was followed up by a narrow second at Lingfield, though she was fantastic when winning at Ascot in February.
Graham Lee rode her first two runs and always does well in these races.
He also knows his way around Aintree, having won the Grand National here on Amberleigh House in 2004, so looks a massive price here.
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