Matt Chapman: I’m taking this 16/1 shot to Duke it out on Ladies Day at Aintree

Philip Hobbs' stayer was unlucky at Haydock and will relish the 3m trip in the lucky last

The rain came at Aintree yesterday so we’ll be looking for horses who like a bit of juice in the ground on day two of the Grand National meeting. Let’s see if we can do some damage to Paddy where it hurts most – no, not in his fat stomach, the pocket. Hear me Paddy?

I’m starting with the Grade 1 Novices’ Hurdle at 2.15pm, and the one I like is BUVEUR D’AIR , who did little wrong when third behind Altior and Min in the Supreme at Cheltenham. Nicky Henderson’s hope should still be improving and can land this despite the presence of Limini.

Next up is the Grade 1 Novices’ Chase over an extended 3m. A tough race, and I like strong stayer NATIVE RIVER as an each-way chance. He has a bit to find on form for Colin Tizaard’s yard, but was a good second to Minella Rocco at Cheltenham and will be running all the way to the line.

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It’s the Grade 1 Mellin Chase ast 3.25pm, and VAUTOUR should absolutely hack up if over his his Cheltenham demolition job. He’s long odds on and if you want a forecast possibility, then maybe stick in old boy Al Ferof.

The Topham Chase is a fantastic spectacle over the Aintree fences at 4.05pm. I’m going for a huge outsider here in MR MOONSHINE each-way.

There’s no surprises with him but he likes these fences and is in good form. He should give us a run for the Sue Smith and Danny Cook team.

Finally, it’s the Grade 1 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle at 4.40pm. A real strong stayer is needed and I want DUKE DES CHAMPS , who was unlucky last time when stumbling at the last at Haydock when favourite. He’s been in good form though and will love this distance for the Philip Hobbs’ stable.

So best of luck on Ladies Day at Aintree on Friday ahead of the biggest race in the world on Saturday. Let’s hope we have a few Yeeehaaas!

What do you think?