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

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

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

13:45

The three protagonists for the trainers championship lock horns straight away in what looks a cracking race to kick off the Grand National meeting. It’s very interesting to see IL ETAIT TEMPS / pointed here rather than the shorter Grade 1 on Saturday and if Paul Townend can channel his energy effectively they might just be able to get the better of Turners 1-2 Grey Dawning and Ginny’s Destiny.

14:20

All eyes on Sir Gino as he bids to give Nicky Henderson an early boost but it’s impossible to back him with any confidence with no real evidence that the yard is over its recent travails. Kargese had a hard race when second in the Triumph but is definitely talented enough to put it up to the favourite either way if over those exertions.

14:55

Another fascinating contest, with Gerri Colombe and Shishkin the two stand-out performers. I’m a big fan of the novice CORBETTS CROSS / though, and think he has the ability to be a major factor if Cheltenham didn’t take too much out of him. He looked a real Gold Cup type when running away with the National Hunt Chase, albeit his odds are nothing to write home about.

15:30

Bob Olinger, who has appeared back to something like his best of late, and Impaire Et Passe are clearly the two to concentrate on here. Both missed Cheltenham to wait for this but I don’t have a particularly strong opinion, other than there should be a lot less between them than there was at Leopardstown last time.

17:15

Baby Kate must have a big chance of preserving her 100% record but keep an eye out for a good run from MONGIBELLO / . She is much better than her last effort at Leopardstown suggests and is likely to be ridden more patiently this time.

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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.