Day 1 of the three day Grand National meeting at Aintree appears on our screens today, with five top class races for our delectation and delight.

First up is the Doom Bar Anniversary Juvenile Hurdle at 2.20 which has the look of a match between Monmiral and Adagio.

Collateral form would appear to point towards Monmiral over the David Pipe runner, but Adagio may well be more battle hardened and, at the prices (11-10 & 5-4), we think ducking out is the sensible option. No bet.

The Betway Bowl Chase at 2.50 is an altogether more competitive affair and our recommendation is that you follow us over the cliff called Clan Des Obeaux.

Placed in this race for the past two seasons, CDO has come up just short in all three races since its abortive attempt to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup last March, but, with the old cheekpieces applied today and on perfect ground, one last chance is given at 3-1.

Our friends from across the water supply the first two in the betting for the Betway Aintree Hurdle at 3.25 but, on the flimsy grounds that they can’t win everything we put up two each way pokes against the raiders.

Song For Someone was on a sharp upward curve until getting thrashed by Goshen at Wincanton at the end of February, but that was on hock deep ground and over the wrong trip. Only Tom Symonds knows why it pitched up in that race and today’s event is much more like it.

With usual pilot Aidan Coleman claimed by his retaining yard (see below) we will trust David Bass to do the biz at 9-1.

Our Aidan is aboard Brewin’upastorm for Olly Murphy and there is little doubt that the decision to abort a chasing career has paid off with this 8-y-o.

A handicap win off 148 was followed by an easy defeat of McFabulous at Fontwell, after which esteemed trainer nominated this race as the target. We should take the hint at 8-1.

At 4.05 21 beasties line up for the Randox Foxhunters Open Hunters Chase over the National fences and, with the amateurs now back in action, it’s probably going to depend on which horses fall over and which riders fall off.

We just have to stick with the form book and hope, so our suggestions are a win bet on Billaway at 3-1 and an each way bet on Cat Tiger at 6-1. Well, you never know your luck.

Televised action ends with the Close Brothers Red Rum Handicap Chase, with a field of 18 charging off over two miles.

We ‘dutch’ this one too, with each way recommendations concerning Frero Babou and Sully D’Oc AA at 17-2 and 12-1 respectively.

Former produced a stunning display last time out, following a wind op, while the latter, as well as winning the prize for the stupidest name, is the best handicapped horse in the race by a good way and just needs some luck in running.

May it be today.


Clan Des Obeaux 2.50 Aintree 2pts win @ 3-1

Song For Someone 3.25 Aintree 1pt e/w @ 9-1 (4 places Paddy, Skybet)

Brewin’upastorm 3.25 Aintree 1pt e/w @ 8-1 (4 places Paddy, Skybet)

Billaway 4.05 Aintree 2pts win @ 3-1

Cat Tiger 4.05 Aintree 1pt e/w @ 6-1 (6 places SkyBet)

Frero Banbou 4.40 Aintree 1pt e/w @ 17-2 (6 places SkyBet, Hills)

Sully D’Oc AA 4.40 Aintree 1.5pts e/w @ 12-1 (6 places SkyBet, Hills)

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