Horse Racing tips: Frank Hickey’s super selections for Aintree on Friday

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13:45Fils Doudairies & Speech Bubble

Langer Dan will be a hot favourite after being brought down in the Martin Pipe when the 7/2 favourite. However, I’m going for Fils Doudairies. He’s a lightly raced seven year old, who has only had three starts over hurdles and two of them were in France. He was sent chasing went trained by Joseph in Ireland and beat Braeside and ran up the back of Envoi Allen. He fell in his last two starts under rules at Cheltenham in the Plate and at Punchestown. He switched to Nicky Henderson and he ran a cracker off 138 on his handicap debut over hurdles when second at Ascot behind Unexpected Party. He has not been seen since that run in January but he’s only 2lb higher here and Nicky has a great record in this. He won it in 2017, 2015 and 2013 in the past decade. He also had a 2nd, a 3rd and a 4th in that time.

Speech Bubble is a big mare who had some useful form in bumpers and was second in the mares listed bumper at Sandown last March. She won her second hurdles start at Newbury in nice fashion. Third stablemate Largy G was beaten 17l and she won the decent mares handicap at Newbury last weekend off a mark of 110. She was beaten in a Grade 2 mares novice hurdle at Sandown in February but that form looks decent now, with the winner Love Envoi winning the mares novice hurdle at Cheltenham and the 9l further back in third, Nina The Terrior, second in that Mares Handicap Hurdle at Newbury at the weekend off 127. I would be pretty certain she is well handicapped off 130.

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14:20 – Jonbon

El Fabiolo is the unknown quantity here and Willie was very positive about him after he won at Tramore but he must have had a set back to miss Cheltenham and the hood goes on here. First Street ran a cracker in the County Hurdle off 142 and is now rated 147, which is the same as Jonbon. However, I can’t oppose Jonbon. I thought he ran really well in the Supreme, just bumping into a monster in Constitution Hill. He did plenty taking on Dysart Dynamo there and think he was value for finishing a fair bit closer. Nicky has a really strong record in this race and he will take the world of beating.

14:55 – Bravemansgame

I couldn’t but be impressed with L’Homme Presse in the Brown Advisory at Cheltenham. I would have liked to have seen what would have happened had Farouk D’alene stood up but L’Homme Presse would most likely have won. Dusart franked that form winning at Ayr at the weekend and L’Homme Presse is 5-5 over fences. Bravemansgame is 4-4 over fences and was impressive when winning the Kauto Star Novices Chase at Kempton and that can be a decent pointer to this race. He beat Ahoy Senor by 7.5l. He missed Cheltenham due to the ground but conditions should be ideal for him and he is an excellent jumper.

15:30 – Saint Calvados

Fakir D’Oudaires was an impressive winner of this last year and will take plenty of beating after winning the Ascot Chase and skipping the Ryanair. He will probably win but he is short enough at the same time. Saint Calvados is only having his third start for Nicholls. He ran a cracker in the King George when going for home too soon. He bled in the Ascot Chase too but this track should really suit and it’s interesting that Cobden picks him over Hitman.

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16:05 – Mac Tottie

Mac Tottie has had six starts already this season, which actually isn’t a negative. He was impressive enough when winning the Sefton here in November off this mark. He beat Senior Citizen, who was third in the Topham last year. He tends to be ridden fairly prominently without leading, so he should be well positioned here. He fell in the Becher when a 15/2 shot off a mark of 142 and has been poor in three starts since that. He arrives here off the same mark of 135. Peter Bowen has a great record in this race, winning it three times with Always Waining. He actually won it four times in 14 years and and had two 4ths in that time also.

16:40 – Bowtogreatness

Bowtogreatness didn’t manage to win in three starts in bumpers. I think he would have on his hurdles debut at Ffos Las on soft ground over 2m4f when he fell three out. That was a weak race. He was off the mark on his second start over hurdles at Ffos Las on heavy ground. He bolted up at Leicester over two and a half miles on soft ground in January. A big step up is required but this isn’t the strongest renewal ever and he jumps well and any rain would be welcome.

17:15 – Homme Public

Toby Wynne is a really good jockey and he’s 9-46 (20%) in his career over jumps. Oliver Greenall is also in good form with 4-18 (22%) in the last two weeks. Homme Public was a well backed third (off 123) at Haydock in December behind Celebre D’allen, who was winning off 120 and went off favourite for the Plate off 141 and finished fifth. He had two poor runs but won at Newcastle last time appreciating the drop back to 2m. The rain is ideal and he’s still only had nine starts and 125 is workable.

Aintree betting tips:

13:45 – Fils Doudairies & Speech Bubble
14:20 – Jonbon
14:55 – Bravemansgame
15:30 – Saint Calvados
16:05 – Mac Tottie
16:40 – Bowtogreatness
17:15 – Homme Public

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