Aintree tips: Best bets for Grand National Festival day two
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13.45 – Charity Handicap Hurdle
First up, I like the chances of Colin Tizzard’s STORM HOME .
He’s won his last two quite comfortably over hurdles and seems to relish the soft ground.
Stamina might be an issue but I personally think he’s good enough for 2m 4f.
This looks a tasty price.
14.20 – Betway Novices’ Hurdle
Next up, I’m going for Alan King’s SCARLET DRAGON .
He performed really well in Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle in February, storming back impressively to finish second after a slow start.
Missing the Supreme at Cheltenham will also mean that he ought to be nice and fresh.
After enjoying some decent success on the Flat, I think he’s a nice price to get the win here.
14.50 – Betway Mildmay Chase
I'm a huge fan of Black Corton , I think the best bet here is TERREFORT .
The five-year-old is two from a possible three, with his only defeat a solid effort against Shattered Love in the JLT Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham.
A brilliant jumper and with Daryl Jacob in great form so far this Festival, I’m struggling to see who is going to beat him home.
15.25 – Melling Chase
This is a genuinely tough race to call but, because Min is such a short price, I’m going to take him on with BALKO DES FLOS .
Henry de Bromhead’s seven-year-old shocked everybody when he eased to victory in the Ryanair Chase, finishing over four lengths clear of Un De Sceaux.
A huge win in the Galway Plate sits nicely on his CV along with two worthy placed finishes in Ireland.
With the superb Davy Russell on board, I'm really intrigued just how good this horse can be, so I like his chances against the favourite here.
16.05 – Topham Handicap Chase
With six places on offer here with Betway, I’m going for two each-way punts.
The first of those is Kerry Lee’s TOP GAMBLE .
The experienced 10-year-old finished third in the Grand Annual at Cheltenham last month and could have gone on to challenge the winner if he hadn't been hampered.
He’s given the likes of Fox Norton and Un De Sceaux a run for their money over the last few months and, with handicap experience, I think he’s a nice bet.
The other one I like is ART MAURESQUE .
Trained by Paul Nicholls, the eight-year-old finished a decent third in the Grade 3 Chase at Kempton in February and also came second to Waiting Patiently in January.
With handicap experience and a solid jumper over this distance, I think he’s a decent each-way bet.
16.40 – Sefton Novices’ Chase
This one is a bit of a minefield so I’m going for an each-way punt on UPPERTOWN PRINCE .
The five-year-old comes into the race in great form having won two from his previous four, including a seven-length victory ahead of Dentley De Mee at Sandown.
A runner-up to Taxmeifyoucan at Kelso in February was also noteworthy and, with Will Kennedy having ridden his only win on the saddle, I think he’s got some value here.
17.15 – National Hunt Flat Race
The final race is a tough bumper to call.
However, I’m going to take a punt on Gold Cup-winning jockey Richard Johnson on ARTHUR MAC .
He was decent on debut - beating West To The Bridge by just under a length - and has been travelled smartly since, so it will be interesting to see how he fares here.
Johnson won this race on Lalor last year as a 33/1 shot, and I think it’s worth keeping faith with the champion jockey here.
TERREFORT | BALKO DES FLOS
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