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Day One of the Aintree Festival 2021 is upon us and we’re just a couple of days away from the most celebrated race on the National Hunt calendar – The Grand National, which takes place at 17:15 on Saturday April 10.
And just to get you in the mood for the most epic jumps event on the planet, Paddy Power has brought together the pick of prognosticating pundits in one very handy cheat sheet for each day of Aintree’s three-day jamboree. That’s right we’ve got the combined knowledge of Ruby Walsh, Mick Fitzgerald, Timeform, Frank Hickey and Matt Chapman on a simple, easy to read guide for you to mull over.
So strap in for a wild ride of thrills, spills and, fingers-crossed, a few winners as we head into Day 1 of three days of tip-top racing action from Merseyside. The day’s events are headlined by the Aintree Hurdle at 15:25, ABACADABRAS, JASON THE MILITANT and MCFABULOUS face off in an epic match-up that wouldn’t be out of place on the weekend’s Wrestlemania card!
You’ll need to read on a bit further to discover our crew see it all play out, but we’re delighted to tell you that they’ll be here for everyday of the Festival with a nifty cheat sheet guide for you to check out then pretend that all the tips are yours in those WhatsApp groups you are in.
Oh, and you can read up on all of Thursday tips here.
Pundits’ Most Popular Picks for Thursday
Our star punters are hugely dived when it comes to the outcome of the day’s feature. ITV’s Mick Fitzgerald has nailed his colours to the Tom Symonds-trained SONG FOR SOMEONE, while Ruby Walsh likes the look of ABACADABRAS from the Denise Foster yard.
Frank Hickey is having none of it though, and is firmly in the camp of Henry De Bromhead’s JASON THE MILITANT. However, our boffins from Timeform are going BREWIN’UPASTORM to be first past the post at the Liverpool track. And then there’s the one-and-only Matt Chapman, he’s going with the great BUVEUR D’AIR to do the business for Nicky Henderson once again!
Who else is worth a look on day one? Have a gander below or click here for a PDF covering all our top tipsters’ picks for races on Thursday.
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