Alan Alger: My 4 To Win tips for day two of Aintree
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After the cash was claimed on Thursday, here are Alan Alger's top tips for day two...
14.50 – BETWAY MILDMAY NOVICES' CHASE
TOP PICK: SNOW FALCON
Second choice: Elegant Escape
Terrefort didn’t exactly have his form franked by Cyrname on Thursday, but his connections are in great form.
Plenty of punters will speculate that he can go one better than in the JLT at the Cheltenham Festival, and he’s likely to go off as favourite for this race.
Black Corton was fifth in the RSA, but didn’t have the course as an excuse having won at Prestbury Park before.
Outside of that Cheltenham form, I’ll take a chance on Snow Falcon, who was third over the smaller obstacles at Aintree last year when running well behind Yanworth.
He has reasonable chase form and can make amends here after unseating his jockey last time out in Ireland.
15.25 - MELLING CHASE
TOP PICK: MIN
Second choice: Balko Des Flos
Only six runners to sort through here in what looks a match between the two market leaders.
We have to keep it simple and go with the favourite here.
Min was a superb second in the Betway Champion Chase to Altior, and has the class to take this step up in trip.
16.05 – TOPHAM HANDICAP CHASE
TOP PICK: BOUVREUIL
Second choice: Top Gamble
As we saw yesterday, there can be real thrills and spills over the National course, although this is a chance for the professional jockeys to take a look before tackling two laps in the big one on Saturday.
There hasn’t been a winning favourite of this race in the last decade, so we can look away from the market leaders.
A 50/1 shot, Ultragold, won this last season, and he lines up again at less than half that price.
Bouvreuil was very unlucky at Cheltenham after being brought down when going as well as any of them in the Grand Annual.
He can gain compensation here and step up on his effort when a well-beaten 10th in this race last year. He’s older and wiser and this could be his time.
16.40 – SEFTON NOVICES' HURDLE
TOP PICK: COUNT MERIBEL
Second choice: Another Stowaway
This is another of the Aintree contests this week that looks a two-horse race on paper. But, as we saw on Thursday, it’s never that easy.
Santini’s third in the Albert Bartlett is decent form, but he’s a big horse and the slighter tighter track here could be a concern.
Ok Corral beat him last time out, but looks as though he will start this race behind him in the market.
We ignored both at Cheltenham to good effect when finding Kilbricken Storm and I fancy another outsider here.
Count Meribel can be forgiven for recent blips but was only a couple of lengths down on the aforementioned Kilbricken Storm earlier in the season.
With conditions more suitable than his last two outings, I think he can cause a shock here.
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