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Gary O’Brien: My best bets for Friday at Aintree

11 Apr | BY Gary O’Brien | MIN READ TIME |
Gary O’Brien: My best bets for Friday at Aintree

The horse racing broadcaster runs through the card on day two at the Grand National Festival and picks out his best bets.

13:45

Inothewayurthinkin looked every inch a Grade 1 performer after his Kim Muir romp and has another chance to prove it here. JP McManus has a nice second string to his bow with Iroko, who is sure to be sharper for his run at Cheltenham, but the very likeable Chianti Classico is probably the most likely to capitalise if the favourite fails to deliver.

14:20

KATEIRA / caught the eye when fourth at Kempton on her first start since November and can step forward to score now. Harry Skelton rode the winner that day but unsurprisingly jumps ship this time to partner a mare who ran a blinder when second to Irish Point in a Grade 1 here last year.

14:55

Another good race but I struggle to be confident about how it might go. Marginal preference would probably be for MYSTICAL POWER / , who made up a lot of ground before ultimately giving best to Slade Steel in the Supreme Novices last time. Firefox had a troubled passage that day but didn’t exactly fly home when in the clear and the two mares have to be respected too.

15:30

A race that revolves around Jonbon, and while the noises from Seven Barrows are positive I’m quite happy just to watch. It will be interesting to see how he’s ridden over this longer trip – he is probably best under positive tactics but quite a few of these like to go forward.

16:05

JAMES DU BERLAIS / has been running with great credit in valuable handicaps and appeals as a likely type to take to the spruce fences. The eight year-old has a 9lb pull with his Cheltenham conqueror Shakem Up’arry for the eight lengths that separated them there and can also reverse form with fourth-placed Life In The Park. 

16:40

Several imponderables here, and the form of last month’s Albert Bartlett could easily be turned on its head. CROKE PARK / didn’t take part there but it’s worth remembering the eventual winner Stellar Story was only parachuted in after his stable-mate was ruled out by a late setback. Gordon Elliott’s charge has plenty to find but may well step up on previous form.

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Gary O’Brien

Gary O’Brien

Widely known as ‘the voice of Irish racing’, Gary is a horse racing broadcaster, presenter, and enthusiastic racehorse owner.

Gary O’Brien

Gary O’Brien

Widely known as ‘the voice of Irish racing’, Gary is a horse racing broadcaster, presenter, and enthusiastic racehorse owner.