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Aintree Festival 2018 – Day 1 Tips

Ground conditions look set to play a key role as Aintree’s Grand National festival gets underway today.

Big Buck’s Celebration Manifesto Novices’ Chase     

There is a chance that the Merseyside track will ride a lot softer than the official going description suggests and that should suit CYRNAME who looks to have the ideal credentials for the opener. He loves give underfoot and is perfectly suited by two and a half miles on a flat track. He bypassed Cheltenham for this and can get Paul Nicholls off to a flying start on a big day for the Somerset handler.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Cyrname (win)1.45 Aintree9/4Ladbrokes

 

All odds quoted are subject to change

Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle     

His mare, Malaya, is also peaking at the right time for the Doom Bar Anniversary Hurdle that follows, and she is one of a number of horses that look to have a chance of upsetting the Nicky Henderson pair of juveniles that currently dominate the market.

Slight preference, though, is for NUBE NEGRA, who should really enjoy the flat track here after just being outstayed up the Cheltenham hill in the Fred Winter at the Festival. He is a really strong traveller who looks a big each way player.

At even more rewarding odds don’t discount the French raider, BEAU GOSSE. He was well beaten at Kempton on his first visit to this country and it is interesting that his shrewd handler has brought him back. The softer ground could be the key to an improved effort this afternoon.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Nube Negra (ew)2.20 Aintree11/1Bet365
Beau Gosse (ew)2.20 Aintree16/1Bet365

 

All odds quoted are subject to change

Betway Bowl Chase     

The day’s big race is the Betway Bowl, which features the Gold Cup runner up, Might Bite. This horse ran a mighty race in defeat at Cheltenham and is clearly the best horse in the field. However, he must have had a hard race at the Festival and, at the odds, it is worth taking him on with Nicholls’ CLAN DES OBEAUX, who comes here a fresh horse. This is a step up in grade, but he ran a massive race under a welter burden in a very competitive handicap at Prestbury Park last time out.

DOUBLE SHUFFLE is the other interesting one as he continues to be under-estimated despite finishing in the frame in the King George. Missing the Gold Cup through a last minute hiccup may prove a blessing in disguise, as he is capable of running a big race here.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Clan Des Obeaux (ew)2.50 Aintree12/1Bet365
Double Shuffle (ew)2.50 Aintree12/1Bet365

 

All odds quoted are subject to change

Betway Aintree Hurdle     

The main event over hurdles is the Aintree Hurdle, where Supasundae is clearly the one to beat. However, he’s another who had a hard race at the Festival and a shock could be on the cards with CYRUS DARIUS looking to have a big chance despite his price. He was so impressive when winning here as a novice and has really got his career back on track recently.

L’Ami Serge is an obvious danger if on a going day, but it will be interesting to see how DIAKALI fares on his first start for Gary Moore. He’s been off for a year, but at his best he was a very close third in this in 2014.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Cyrus Darius (ew)3.25 Aintree12/1Bet365
Diakali (ew)3.25 Aintree28/1Bet365

 

All odds quoted are subject to change

Randox Health Foxhunters’ Open Hunters’ Chase    

The Foxhunters’ will give us our first look at the National fences and of those near the head of the market GRAND VISION makes most appeal. He was sixth in the equivalent race at Cheltenham and the slight drop in trip today should suit.

In terms of the outsiders, DISTIME and MON PARRAIN have both run well here before and could do so again at rewarding odds.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Grand Vision (ew)4.05 Aintree4/1Bet365
Distime (ew)4.05 Aintree14/1Bet365
Mon Parrain (ew)4.05 Aintree50/1Bet365

 

All odds quoted are subject to change

Our tips in the later races are:

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Theinval (ew)4.40 Aintree6/1Bet365
Doitforthevillage (ew)4.40 Aintree9/1Bet365
Duhallow Gesture (ew)5.15 Aintree10/1Ladbrokes
Cedar Valley (ew)5.15 Aintree9/1Bet365

 

All odds quoted are subject to change