Crabbie’s Grand National Festival – Grand National Day
Much of the world comes to a standstill on Saturday afternoon to watch nine minutes of thrilling action as the Grand National goes ahead at Aintree.
The big race is by far the main attraction of the day; however the contests surrounding it are sure to supply some fantastic action of their own.
Aintree Betting Tips
The Silver Cross Stayers’ Hurdle is certain to be a real thriller and Rebecca Curtis’ AT FISHERS CROSS can get a belated and deserved first win of the season in this one. The seven-year-old won at this meeting last year and has rekindled his very best form of late. He finished third in the World Hurdle at Cheltenham and is a very solid bet. Coral offer the best odds of 15/8 for him, whilst second favourite Zarkander is 7/2 with Bet Victor.
Paul Nicholls’ seven-year-old has a good record here and is a consistent type. He also ran a big race in the World Hurdle and is the biggest danger to the favourite. Whisper is the only horse in the field who did win at Cheltenham Festival last month. He won the Coral Cup for Nicky Henderson at odds of 16/1 and should improve for this step up in class.
The first race of the day is the Novices’ Hurdle and Lac Fontana is an obvious contender after winning the County Hurdle for Paul Nicholls at the Festival in March. Stamina ultimately won him that race and he has a great chance to win a third consecutive race here at 11/2 with Bet Victor.
Wilde Blue Yonder is the favourite in many places after he finished fifth in the Supreme and looked to be staying on. This longer trip is likely to suit and at odds of 5/1 in places, he should be among the leaders at the finish. Oscar Hoof is on a hat-trick coming into this one, following novice wins at Doncaster and Kempton. He will have to improve to take this though, but represents nice value at 6/1.
The best outsider in this one may be Kayf Moss who is unbeaten in blinkers and has won his last three. The only doubt is that his recent wins have come on heavy ground and he won’t get that here.
The second race of the day looks to be between favourite Trifolium and 3/1 shot Hinterland. Both looked good at Cheltenham and will be hoping to get back to winning ways in this. The first mentioned was third in the Arkle, not far behind Western Warhorse and Champagne Fever, whilst the latter was brought down four out in the Champion Chase when seemingly travelling well.
Next Sensation ran a huge race when beaten at Cheltenham and should go well again, whilst Simply Ned represents good value at slightly longer odds for this very tricky contest.
The Betfred TV Handicap Chase is another wide open renewal, with Victor Hewgo leading the betting at 10/3 with Bet365. Last year’s winner Saint Are is currently 8/1 and should go well again with headgear back on.
Two more that are of appeal are Minella For Value and Renard who are currently 16/1 and 20/1 respectively. The former is a multiple winner over in Ireland and has been absent since October, however should have a lot to offer in this. The latter was a close third over three miles, two furlongs last month and should go well here.
Katgary is worth a small bet in the penultimate race of the festival, whilst Nesterenko and Swynmor are two more that represent good value in another wide open contest.
The last race is another extremely difficult one for the punters, with so many of the line-up making appeal. Bringithomeinty won in style at Kempton last time but is rather short and both Ballybolley and Puisque Tu Pars should be safer options at slightly longer odds and better place value.
BETS OF THE DAY:
AT FISHERS CROSS @ 15/8 with Coral.
Lac Fontana @ 11/2 with Bet Victor