1.10 – Handicap Hurdle (Sandown)

Starting with the 2m 7f handicap hurdle and I think Evan Williams’ MONBEG OSCAR  will finally claim that elusive win.

The five-year-old has shown promise in his first four runs, particularly in the last two where he finished runner-up at Sandown and Market Rasen.

He’s really well-handicapped here with 12lbs less than Terry The Fish and also has Mitchell Bastyan to bring his 5lbs claim on board.

He looks a safe bet.

1.10 Sandown: Monbeg Oscar
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1.30 – Becher Handicap Chase (Aintree)


With four places on offer, I’m going for AS DE MEE who looks decent each-way value.

Paul Nicholls’ seven-year-old won in impressive style at this meeting last year in the Grand Sefton Handicap Chase.

He also won easily at Kelso last month and put in a good performance when runner-up at Fontwell.

Proven over this trip, I think he looks a tasty price.

1.30 Aintree: As De Mee
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1.45 – Henry VII Novices’ Chase (Sandown)

There's a decent case to be made for all the field in this top-quality chase but the one I’m backing is Colin Tizzard’s FINIAN’S OSCAR  .

I’m a huge fan of this horse, who has been exceptional so far with six wins from seven, the only defeat coming when he was beaten by a short head to Bacardys in April.

Having missed the Cheltenham Festival, his return at the Open meeting last month was solid on his chase debut – beating Movewiththetimes by 2¼ lengths.

He’s a course-and-distance winner and travels like a dream, so I think he’s the one to beat.

1.45 Sandown: Finian's Oscar
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2.35  Many Clouds Chase (Aintree)

The last tip of the day comes in the Many Clouds Chase and, despite a run of second-place finishes, I’m going to keep faith with CLOUDY DREAM  .

He’s one of Malcolm Jefferson’s best horses with seven wins, seven seconds and two thirds from 16 runs.

Some of those defeats were to the likes of Fox Norton, Smad Place, Altior and Buveur D’air, too, so were by no means discrediting.

The reliable Brian Hughes has ridden all but one of the seven-year-old’s races, and I’m confident he can get back to winning ways here.

2.35 Aintree: Cloudy Dream
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