As we gear up for the big event on Saturday, where the nation enters into the sport for their one day of the year, we will be aiming to bring you selections for each day of the festival, bringing you what we feel is value in the market, including our Grand National Betting Tips. We do not have the advanatge of bookies sleeping and overpricing selections like they do a Monday meeting at Plumpton for instance but there is still value and profit out there!
We have collated what we feel to be some of the best options on Day 1 at Aintree:
2.00 – Matalan Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile – Ruacana 9/1 EW. Was unlucky time at Cheltenham, and his 3rd behind Our Conor at Leopardstown the time before looks interesting form coming into this.Visor worn last time is discarded tomorrow. 6th -1
2.30 – Betfred Bowl Chase – First Lieutenant 7/2.Silviniaco Conti is an obvious starting point after going very well in the Gold Cup before he came crashing down, but the value option is clearly FL, and we fancied last time out when could have perhaps been given a better ride behind Cue Card and is given another chance tomorrow. 1st +3.5
3.05 – John Smith s Aintree Hurdle – Grandouet 9/2. It would be no surprise to see Oscar Whisky bounce back from his utterly disappointing Cheltenham display but he is unbackable in our eyes.Barry Geraghty has opted to ride Grandouet and this looks the best option for us.he has to prove he stays this far but was travelling well last time before falling and looks a decent price to come out on top. 6th -1
3.40 – John Smith s Fox Hunters Chase – Cottage Oak 7/1 EW (take 4 places with several bookies). A tight race in which wouldn’t advise large stakes. The selection has impressed us with his jumping and his 3rd to Salsify at Cheltenham looks decent form. 8th -1
4.15 – Matalan Co Uk Red Rum Handicap Chase – Silver Roque 12/1 EW.A past winner for us when reappeared this season for Fergal O’brien and took another step forward at Newbury last time. Cheekpieces are on tomorrow and we fancy to run a big race. 9th -1
4.50 – Betfred Manifesto Novices Chase – Captain Conan 7/4 NAP. Brings the best form into this after finishing gallant 5th last time out and with still more to come over fences looks the best bet of the day to us. Win +2.63
5.20 – Silver Cross Handicap Hurdle – Battle Group 8/1 EW.Again a tough looking handicap in which we will not be getting too excited from a betting proposition but selection has joined a new yard and interesting that has been strong in the betting with cheekpieces on tomorrow, and well below his last winning mark. We will get on board here as looks on a decent price, but definitely a first or last sort of horse. We expect the price to drift out so BOG and EW essential. Win + 5
Total from 1pt standard stakes = +7.13
Good Luck, and Enjoy!