The tapes go up at 17:15 for the Grand National and after last year’s result when the heavil-backed Tiger Roll just clung on for victory – we could do with a result today.
Tiger Roll’s price could start to drift on Saturday as the steady support for Ruby Walsh’s mount Rathvinden continues. He looks to have had the ideal prep for the National ad there are no issues with stamina, he has a nice weight on his back and the best jockey in the field. He looks very solid and is bound to be popular on the day as the Ruby factor kicks in.
The others that we think could run big races are Jury Duty, Vintage Clouds and the David Pipe-trained Ramses De Teillee in a race where we’re paying the first 6 home.
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But there’s plenty of action on the under-card first.
Ben Pauling’s Nestor Park is worth an interest at on his handicap debut. He might be on a fair mark for connections who know how to place their horses.
Brewinupastorm is very solid at the top of the market but one we thought could go well was Kateson. He was very disappointing the last day but there was a real lack of pace then, so could forgive him that run. Previous to that he had chased home Champ (a winner here on Friday) with Brewinupastorm in behind him.
Not the strongest looking Grade 1 race ever run at Aintree. Us And Them finds himself favourite after finishing a distant second in the Arkle. There is no getting away from Lalor’s terrible run in the Arkle, but he does go well around here and was able to bounce back from a poor run last year to win the Grade 1 Novice Hurdle. He is a very tentative pick.
Another head scratcher with Apple’s Jade looking to bounce back from a terrible run at Cheltenham also. On her day she is miles better than these but it is hard to get her Champion Hurdle run out of your head. William Henry would look the value after a very impressive win in the Coral Cup.
Debece is the real talking horse in this race after the trainer stated that they deliberately missed Cheltenham to come to Aintree – where he has very good form – with a fresher horse.
The race that ends the three-day Festival and Irish raider Scheu Time could be well ahead of his mark with Jonjo O Neill Jnr stealing 3lb against these.
He looked all over a winner of this race last year only to fall at the last after being extremely well backed. He has likely been trained all year with this race in mind.