Today on Channel 4 there is live coverage of seven races from both Sandown (1.55, 2.25, 3.00 and 3.35) and Aintree (1.40, 2.15 and 3.20).
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Betfair Tingle Creek Chase
A few weeks ago today’s Tingle Creek looked like being one of the races of the season with Sprinter Sacre, Simonsig and Un De Sceaux all set to clash. For varying reasons, all three now miss the race, with the latest injury to Simonsig a particularly cruel blow for his connections.
The absentees have paved the way for Paul Nicholls to take the Grade 1 chase yet again as Vibrato Valtat (5/2 with race sponsors Betfair) will surely be hard to beat.
Another novice, JOSSES HILL, could be the one to give him most to do if a further summer on his back has had the desired effect. His form tailed off when it mattered last season, but he looks the best alternative at the prices.
|Josses Hill||3.00 Sandown||9/1||Bet365, BetVictor, Paddy Power|
(Nicholls could have a good afternoon at Sandown where As De Mee and Some Plan have excellent chances in their respective races and it might be worth backing both in a tasty looking Lucky 15, along with Vibrato Valtat and O O Seven in the opener).
Betfair London National
The best betting heat at the Esher track is the concluding heat, the London National, which could go the way of former Welsh National winner, MOUNTAINOUS. Kerry Lee has made a fine start to her training career and this horse ran an eye-catching race here on his re-appearance over an inadequate trip.
There are plenty of dangers like Super Duty, who looks incredibly well handicapped. A return to form for him or Godsmejudge would make them hard to beat, but it is interesting to see Gary Moore pitching LEO LUNA in at the deep end here and he is worth chancing at a nice price for a trainer who has had plenty of success with his staying chasers.
In a wide open race, Ballyheigue Bay looks another danger.
|Mountainous (ew)||3.35 Sandown||10/1||Bet365|
|Leo Luna (ew)||3.35 Sandown||20/1||Bet365, BetVictor, Paddy Power|
Betfred Becher Handicap Chase
The famous Aintree fences are back in play this afternoon, with two races set to be staged over the great obstacles. First up is the Becher Chase, which will be a real test on soft going. That will suit Goonyella, who looks a worthy favourite.
However, anything can happen over these fences, particularly on this ground, and we are hoping that 2014 Grand National winner, PINEAU DE RE, can do another favour for us here. He really looked back to his best at Sandown last time out and trip and ground will be ideal. The only worry is the stable form, as Dr Newland hasn’t had a winner for a while.
We tipped DOLATULO for the race last year and think he is worth another chance this time around. Warren Greatrex took a big staying handicap last weekend and, again, conditions look perfect for a horse who has got round both times he has tried this unique test. He comes here a fresh horse off of the back of a wind operation.
SAINT ARE is also becoming something of a course specialist and he was a brave second in the big one here last April. He looked as good as ever in his pipe opener over the cross country fences at Cheltenham recently and should at least make the frame again here with the cheekpieces back on.
|Pineau De Re (ew)||1.40 Aintree||10/1||Bet365, BetVictor, Paddy Power|
|Dolatulo (ew)||1.40 Aintree||12/1||Bet365, Betfred, Paddy Power|
|Saint Are (ew)||1.40 Aintree||10/1||Bet365, Betfred, BetVictor|
Betfred Grand Sefton Handicap Chase
The Grand Sefton looks far less competitive and should surely fall the way of one of the top two – ROCKY CREEK and DOUBLE ROSS. There are so many doubts about their rivals that either should be good enough to outclass their rivals. Bottom weight, Top Cat Henry, looks the dark horse, but he is 9lbs out of the handicap.
|Rocky Creek (ew)||3.20 Aintree||5/1||BetVictor|
|Double Ross (ew)||3.20 Aintree||6/1||Bet365, Betfred, BetVictor|
Betfred ‘Be Part Of The Action’ Handicap Hurdle
The other horse to back at Aintree is UN ACE in the handicap hurdle at 2.45. He ran really well for a long way at Cheltenham recently and the drop back in trip here will surely suit. Again, he looks the class act in the field.
|Un Ace||2.45 Aintree||13/2||Bet365|