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Aintree Day 3 Preview: Tiger Roll Could Be A ‘Bet Breaker’

Grand National

Syndicate Captain Cheltmental has studied the second day of action at Aintree and given us his insights for the huge Boosted £300,000 Place 6 Pool.


13:45 – Handicap Hurdle

(Grade 3) (Class 1)

Aux Ptits Soins has a fair record in handicaps and, given that this is a Grade 3, he needs a second look.

Coolanly ran very well in the Martin Pipe given I think he wants this trip so he’s a major player. Flemcara can be forgiven his Cheltenham run after losing a shoe and beat Poker Play at Exeter before that. He himself comes here with a chance. Nestor Park is a well regarded type and this mark doesn’t look to testing.

Sire Du Berlais might have had had his day at Cheltenham and on that form Theclockisticking looks held. Tommy Rapper will have been pleased to see some rain so he could go well off a workable mark

Selections – Aux Ptits Sions, Coolanly, Flemcara, Nestor Park, Tommy Rapper, Poker Play


14:25 – Mersey Novices’ Hurdle

(Grade 1) (Class 1)

Excited to see Angels Breath at this trip, which he shapes as though he needs but I do have reservations about him left handed. Brewin’Upastorm ran creditable in the Ballymore and this sharper test should see him on the premises.

Reserve Tank might not be up to this, but I do think he’s a fair type and might run well at a price. Umbridago has won his last three and while this is a step up in class he looks worthy of his place

Selections  – Brewin’Upastorm, Angels Breath, Reserve Tank, Umbridago


15:00 – Maghull Novices’ Chase

(Grade 1) (Class 1)

Might not go down as a vintage renewal but Lalor sets the standard for me and I think he’s a fair price. I’m confident this horse doesn’t run well when it’s raining (I know it sounds far fetched but it’s a fact his worst runs have come when it’s been raining) so let’s hope it’s as the forecast suggests.

Us And Them has plenty of seconds to his name but I think he was fortunate to get second in the Arkle with so many not finishing the race. Ornua is a headstrong horse and one to keep an eye on in the prelims but I think he can show what he’s made of, although I worry about him and Knocknanuss competing for the lead

Selections – Lalor, Ornua


15:40 – Liverpool Hurdle

(Grade 1) (Class 1)

Apple’s Jade has run round here once and it’s the best I’ve ever seen her so clearly she’s capable of putting her Cheltenham run behind her. However, her form has slipped in the spring before so I’d want to get some cover in this race seeing as there are three places up for grabs.

If The Cap Fits has had a solid season and if he stays I think he could run a big race in first time cheek-pieces. Unowhatimeanharry hasn’t had any luck in the last two starts but on his best form he can still play a major role. Roksana was the beneficiary to Benie Des Dieuxs fall at Cheltenham but she’s better at this trip and looks primed to go well

Selections – If The Cap Fits, Roksana, Unowhatimeanharry


16:20 – Handicap Chase

(Grade 3) (CLASS 1)

A very tricky looking fifth leg but I’d be prepared to stick to the head of the market. Debece looks set to run well having won his last two starts and also boasts Aintree festival form. Kildisart might well benefit from this step up in trip which makes his form this season interesting if that is the key to him.

Mister Malarky maybe should have gone elsewhere at Cheltenham but now back in handicap company I think he could run well. Theatre Territory has her cheek-pieces returned and is on a mark that suggest she should be involved

Selections – Debece, Kildisart, Mister Malarky, Theatre Territory


17:15 – Grand National Handicap Chase

(Grade 3) (Class 1)

Without doubt the potential bet breaker leg but, while Tiger Roll represents no value from a betting perspective, he will absolutely place if he gets round. Vintage Clouds ran well at Cheltenham and I think he’s primed for this race.

Rathvinden won the four miler last season and he won so well on seasonal reappearance that he can put up a bold show if avoiding trouble, something he’s struggled with in the past. Joe Farrell snuck into this race but looks ahead of his mark and could be involved. Walk In The Mill was good in the Becher Chase round here and has been saved with this race in mind

Selection – Tiger Roll, Vintage Clouds, Rathvinden, Joe Farrell, Walk In The Mill


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