Alan Alger: My 4 To Win tips for day one of Aintree
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Here are Alan Alger's top tips to get you started...
14.50 – BETWAY BOWL CHASE
TOP PICK: SUB LIEUTENANT
Second choice: Tea For Two
The competition kicks off with our feature sponsorship race of the week, the Betway Bowl Chase.
Last year’s winner Tea For Two triumphed at a price of 10/1, and looks as though he will be around that price again this season after what has thus far been a winless campaign.
Most entrants will keep things simple with odds-on favourite Might Bite, who was also a winner at this meeting last year.
Although there’s a nice gap of a month between Cheltenham and Aintree this year, it might be worth speculating that the Gold Cup runner-up may have had lots taken out of him by that effort.
Goodness knows we’ve seen horses suffer trying to recapture their form after winning that race in the past.
So I’m going to plump for outsider SUB LIEUTENANT, who was favourite for the Melling Chase last season when beaten by Fox Norton.
He’s not without ability and this could be the race in which he breaks his Grade 1 duck.
16.05 – FOXHUNTERS' OPEN HUNTERS' CHASE
TOP PICK: WONDERFUL CHARM
Second choice: Gallery Exhibition
The first of three races over the National fences this week is Thursday's prestigious Foxhunters' Chase.
The trends tell us that we need a horse aged 10 or older, with those in that bracket winning the last seven renewals.
Four of the last seven winners have also been favourite or joint-favourite for the race, so it might be easier than it looks on paper to find the winner.
Gallery Exhibition would be a very popular winner and isn’t without a chance for the Kim Bailey stable.
Sir Jack Yeats has last year’s winning jockey James King in the saddle, while two-time winner On The Fringe comes back to avenge last year’s defeat at the hands of Dineur.
But Wonderful Charm, who has a good profile for this race, looks the best choice for Aintree specialist Sam Whaley-Cohen.
16.40 – RED RUM HANDICAP CHASE
TOP PICK: ROBINSHILL
Second choice: Theinval
This is a wide-open handicap chase, where even the rank outsider in the field has winning course-and-distance form.
But a lot of entries may fall by the wayside, with four of the last nine winners of this race returning at prices bigger than 14/1.
The top three horses in the early market - King’s Socks, Theinval and Bun Doran - all ran respectable races during the week of Cheltenham Festival, although the latter's appearance was actually at Kempton.
They all look to have conditions and weights to suit, but it is ROBINSHILL that interests me at a big price.
He was outclassed in a five-runner Arkle at Cheltenham, but got the job done in returning some prize money that day. This is much more his level and he could surprise a few.
17.15 – MARES' STANDARD OPEN NH FLAT RACE
TOP PICK: SPARKLING DAWN
Second choice: Sea Story
A high-class bumper for female horses finishes the competition on Thursday.
This particular contest hasn’t had a winning favourite in the last decade.
We should also probably look towards British stables, who have dominated in recent seasons having produced all of the last four winners.
Sparkling Dawn won well at Huntingdon recently and is a tentative choice in a difficult looking puzzle.
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