Commercial Content | 18+ | T&C's Apply
Commercial Content | 18+ | T&C's Apply

Aintree Festival 2019 – Day 1 Tips

Aintree’s Grand National meeting kicks off in style this afternoon with four grade ones in a row opening proceedings.

Devenish Manifesto Novices’ Chase   

First up is the Manifesto Novices’ Chase, where the exceptional mare, Le Bague Au Roi, heads the market. She missed Cheltenham to come here fresh, but both KALASHNIKOV and Glen Forsa also avoided hard races in the Arkle as both crashed out before the business end of that race.

We refuse to give up on Kalashnikov and think the step up in trip here will really suit him. Hopefully, this will be the day he converts his outstanding hurdles form from last season to the bigger obstacles.

The main danger could prove to be a horse that contested the JLT at Cheltenham – MENGLI KHAN. We tipped him that day and he was a creditable third, but this flat track could see him take a further step forward here.

Kalashnikov (ew)1.45 Aintree5/1Bet365
Mengli Khan (ew)1.45 Aintree8/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle    

The juvenile hurdlers are up next in the Anniversary Hurdle, which see a clash of the winners of the Triumph Hurdle and the Fred Winter. We actually prefer the form of BAND OF OUTLAWS, despite the fact that his win only came in a handicap rather than a grade one.

This horse oozes class and the better the race the better he is likely to run.

The contest has a decent look about it for each way punters with nine set to go to post, including some interesting outsiders like Christopher Wood, FANFAN DU SEUIL and Song For Someone. Amongst that trio, slight preference is for Fanfan Du Seuil, despite the fact that he has a bit to find with Band Of Outlaws based on their efforts in the Fred Winter. We think he has plenty of improvement in him as he gets more experience.

Band Of Outlaws (win)2.20 Aintree15/8Bet365
Fanfan Du Seuil (ew)2.20 Aintree33/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

Betway Bowl Chase     

The Betway Bowl at 2.50pm is dominated by horses that ran in the Gold Cup, but we think the race could be between two of the runners that didn’t.

That showpiece race at the Cheltenham Festival is always tough on the horses that take part so it is no surprise that Gold Cup runners have a poor record in this race, and with less than three weeks between the contests this year we think it is worth opposing the likes of Clan Des Obeaux and Bristol De Mai, despite their excellent performances at Prestbury Park.

Instead, back KEMBOY who can gain consolation for unseating at the first in the big one. Prior to that he had looked a young chaser on the rise and this trip, track and ground look perfect for him.

Road To Respect could be the one to chase him home. He just lacked a bit of speed in the closing stages of the Ryanair and should enjoy the longer trip here.

Kemboy (win)2.50 Aintree9/4Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

Betway Aintree Hurdle     

Champion Hurdle and Stayers Hurdle runners clash in the Aintree Hurdle, where we like another Mullins / Walsh runner, FAUGHEEN. The old warrior proved he still has a big race in him when third in the Stayers Hurdle and this intermediate distance should be perfect for him.

The same is true for SUPERSUNDAE, who flopped at Cheltenham but who is a nice each way price here as a result, especially given that the likely end to end gallop will bring stamina into the equation.

Faugheen (ew)3.25 Aintree6/1Bet365
Supersundae (ew)3.25 Aintree12/1Betfair, BetVictor

All odds quoted are subject to change

Randox Health Foxhunters’ Open Hunters’ Chase    

The first race over the National fences is the Foxhunters’ at 4.50pm and the front running Road To Rome is likely to give Aintree expert Sam Waley-Cohen a real thrill from the front. He will be hard to peg back, but had a hard race at the Festival.

Preference, therefore, is for the in-form KRUZHLININ, who has acquitted himself well over these fences before.

If he doesn’t get too far behind early on, then Kruzhlinin’s stablemate, UCELLO CONTI, could prove the big danger. We have fancied him for the National in the past and he has a good record here.

Kruzhlinin (ew)4.05 Aintree14/1Bet365
Ucello Conti (ew)4.05 Aintree9/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

Our tips in the later races are:

Breland’As (ew)4.40 Aintree9/1Bet365
Lady Buttons (ew)4.40 Aintree8/1Bet365
Demi Sang (ew)4.40 Aintree66/1Betfair, Paddy Power
Miss Heritage (ew)5.15 Aintree11/1Betfair, Paddy Power
Kissesforkatie (ew)5.15 Aintree66/1BetVictor
Shantewe (ew)5.15 Aintree28/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change