Day One of the Grand National passed through our fingertips without a winner as Vibrato Valtat and Holywell could only finish second and third.
We’re feeling a lot more confident today though and we have three bets lined up on what is set to be a cracking day’s racing on Ladies Day at Aintree.
The best bet of the day is BALDER SUCCES in the Melling Chase at 3:25.
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With just 10 horses declared this race has a great each-way shape to it and Alan King’s charge looks well overpriced at 8/1 to make a play for the main prize.
He’s a horse that was on an upward curve before running an absolute stinker in the Ryanair Chase, where he once again showed that Cheltenham just isn’t his track.
Before that effort he gave a sound beating to Ma Filleue in the Ascot Chase and jumped and travelled like a very good horse that day.
If you can forgive him for that run at Cheltenham then he has to be on the premises in the finish here.
He has Aintree form in the book too from last season when he beat Simply Ned very comfortably in the Grade One novices chase that was won by Clarcam this year.
This is a tight looking race with Don Cossack and Champagne Fever obvious contenders but they are far from bombproof at the head of the betting and the 7/1 looks very tasty for the selection.
Another solid looking each-way bet on the card comes in the form of QEWY in the E-LITES TOP NOVICES´ HURDLE at 2:15.
We were very much in his camp for the Supreme Novices Hurdle but he disappointed in finishing fifth.
Much like Balder Succes, he shaped like a horse that wasn’t completely in love with Cheltenham and a switch to Aintree in what is an easier race looks a wise move by his trainer John Ferguson.
Qewy’s form when beating Cardinal Walter by six lengths at Newbury is one of the strongest pieces of novice hurdle form this season and it should pay to keep the faith with him at 6/1 here.
It will be very interesting to see how the superbly progressive Glingerburn gets on now pitched in against the big boys.
He could be a superstar judging by what we’ve seen but the 15/8 is far too short for a horse that has yet to have his form seriously tested.
Our final each-way bet of the day comes in the three mile novice chase at 2:50. It’s a bit of a left-field selection in the form of 18/1 chance Close Touch.
This horse looked set for the top when thrashing Many Clouds in the EBF Final at Sandown last season but his chasing career has failed to ignite, suffering heavy defeats when short in the betting at Haydock and Market Rasen.
He’s better than that and Nicky Henderson has been bullish about having the horse spot on.
Qewy 6/1 (2:15) 1pt EW
Close Touch 18/1 (2:50) 0.5pt EW
Balder Succes 7/1 (3:25) 2pts EW
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