Crabbie’s Grand National Festival – Ladies Day
Ladies Day provides us with a wide open day of racing and we will see some of the season’s best horses in action once again. Many of Cheltenham’s surprise winners and top runners will be making their first appearance since the festival and it is sure to be a thrilling day of action.
Melling Chase Betting Tips
The Betfred Melling Chase is one of the best races of the festival and has seen the likes of Master Minded, Voy Pour Ustedes, Sprinter Sacre and Cue Card in the past.
This year’s renewal is slightly less packed with talent, which in hindsight should make for a more competitive race. This field is sure to include some fine runners; however there is a number of horses that could be victorious and it is lined up to be a cracker.
Module ran arguably the best race of his career in the Champion Chase at Cheltenham last month, running on into third for a great finish on ground that he was not thought to be suited by. His previous three chase wins had came on heavy ground, however he proved it is not an issue with that run last time.
Bet365 offer 9/2 for Tom George’s favourite, who is currently the joint favourite along with Nicky Henderson’s Rajdhani Express. The latter also ran well in third at Cheltenham, finishing behind Dynaste and Hidden Cyclone in the Ryanair.
That is the best form he has to offer, having won three races last season. He has a very good chance of winning and at odds of 9/2, represents good value. Wishful Thinking, Boston Bob and Days Hotel look the best of the rest and offer decent value for an each-way option.
Topham Chase Betting Tips
The Topham Chase is always one of the most entertaining races of the festival and this year should be no different. DOUBLE ROSS leads the betting at 10/1 with Bet365, following his third in the JLT Novices’ at Cheltenham.
At 10/1, I believe Double Ross is a solid each-way option, as is Ma Filleule at 14/1 with Sky Bet for Nicky Henderson. David Pipe has been in great form over the last month and has had a good season. He saddles Standing Ovation who will need to improve, but represents decent value at 14/1.
His other runner Poole Master cannot be ignored at 20/1, whilst He’llberemembered also looks a good each-way bet at the same price. Another two who looks a solid each-way option is Dunowen Point, who has already been backed in from 33/1 to 20/1 for Donald McCain.
Aintree Betting Tips
Lac Fontana won a great race at the Festival last month and is likely to line up in the first race of the day. He will have to take on some talented horses, with the likes of Irving, Baltimore Rock and Amore Alato all entered. Paul Nicholls’ entry should run a big race though and is sure to go close again.
Holywell loves Cheltenham and won for a second consecutive year at the Festival in March. Although he has not won at the top level at any other track, I believe that may be about to change here. He will have to beat off the likes of Any Given Day and O’Faolains Boy, but a big run will see him go very close.
Rebecca Curtis’ entry ran fantastically under Geraghty at the Festival and is another tempting bet for what is sure to be a great race.
Tagrita and Port Melon are two decent betting options for the very tricky Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle. The former won a Class 1 last time and looks in good shape, whilst the latter finished a strong third at the same level and has Sam Twiston-Davies booked.
Capote will need to improve on his three wins under champion jockey AP McCoy, whilst Portway Flyer, Seeyouatmidnight and The Last Samuri are three more who warrant respect.
BETS OF THE DAY:
DOUBLE ROSS E/W @ 10/1
RAJDHANI EXPRESS @ 9/2
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