Day 2 of the Grand National Festival is upon us and the highlight of today’s meeting is the Melling Chase at 3:25 but is a day full of top class action and sure to be plenty of horses to follow coming out of the proceedings.
Away from Aintree it is an action packed day with 6 meetings in total, and have selected 4 bets from across the cards to hopefully go into the big day with a few extra quid in our pockets!
Aintree 1:45 – Canardier, 8/1
The Irish raider CANARDIER looks a cracking each way bet in the 2 and half mile handicap in the opener from Aintree this afternoon after his eye catching run in the Coral Cup at the Cheltenham Festival and should rate at good bet at the current prices.
The 7 yr old made its handicap debut at Cheltenham from a mark of 141 and was quietly fancied and would have gone a lot closer if racing up with the pace and not on the slowest part of the track. There was a big bias that day and unfortunately jockey Robbie Dunne took the wrong option and should be marked up for the run.
Previous to this he beat subsequent winner Go Another One in a competitive race at Cheltenham before the Christmas break, a form line that hasn’t worked out really well, and a reproduction of this form would be good enough for him to go close from this current handicap mark.
Clearly a tight handicap with the likes of Tedham and Brio Conti sure to have their supporters, it is Canardier we are siding with as top jockey Barry Geraghty booked for the ride and should go close under today’s conditions.
Aintree 2:50 – TOPOFTHEGAME, 5/6
This years Royal and Sun Alliance chase contest from Cheltenham looked a real hot renewal and if the race has not taken too much out of the champion trainer Paul Nicholls 7 yr-old TOPOFTHEGAME looks the one they all have to beat in this afternoons Grade 1 Mildmay Chase from Aintree and would rank as the days banker bet.
Well fancied going into Cheltenham, the potential superstar travelled like a dream before outstaying Nicky Henderson’s Santini in a mind gripping finish, with the big Irish hope Delta Work back in third. This is a real strong piece of form and is no surprise to see all three being mentioned as potential Gold Cup horses for next season.
The nature of Aintree’s flat track should suit the smooth travelling sort even better and with this looking a slightly easier renewal than faced at Cheltenham really should take some stopping and would be no surprise to see Harry Cobden tracking the leaders before looking to make his big move down the long home stretch.
Colin Tizzards Lostintranslation looks the main danger, but its hard to get away from Topofthegame who does look a potential superstar and would expect him to score again this afternoon before playing a big role in all the major staying chase prizes next season.
Leicester 3:05 – Technician, 15/8
There is some really interesting contests from Leicester this afternoon and the best bet on the card looks to come in the Novice Stakes at 3:05pm where shrewd trainer Martyn Meade sends the 3 yr old TECHNICIAN who showed real promise on debut and should take the beating if improving as expected from this effort.
Meade doesn’t normally have his youngsters fully wound up first time out so the change of pace shown mid race clearly showed that the horse has an engine, and though tiring late on will be much fitter for that run and would expect to finish off his race this afternoon.
The booking of leading rider Oisin Murphy is a clear sign of intention and with the step up in trip likely to bring even further improvement would expect him to prove very hard to beat albeit it in a decent looking race for the track.
Wolverhampton 5:30 – Kraka, 7/4
Away from the main racing action in Liverpool this afternoon there is a traditional Friday night card from Wolverhampton where we don’t need to wait long for the banker on the card as expect the Christine Dunnett trained KRAKA to score once again in the opener at 5:30pm
The improving type has been really well backed recently, and once again was all the rage in markets and send off favourite, and certainly made no mistake, scoring by 2 lengths making all from the front and never looking in any danger throughout the 6f contest.
Though up 4lbs in the handicap for that victory, it wouldn’t have stopped him that day and the trainers comments after the victory suggested she felt there plenty more to come and would look to make the most of the current good form and getting him back on the race track as soon as possible. This looks a very winnable contest, and with a good young rider booked you would expect the same front running tactics employed and should take some pegging back from the front