Day One of the Grand National meeting is here - but which horses should we be backing?
2.00 Aintree – Activial
The Harry Fry trained gelding was second behind Triumph Hurdle third Calipto on his debut before easily winning the Adonis Hurdle on his next start. He quickened up very well that day, winning easily from formed Class Two flat winner Commissioned. Fry purposely missed Cheltenham to aim for this race. Activial will be as fresh as a daisy and the track should suit.
2.30 Aintree – Dynaste
Dynaste was back to his former best at Cheltenham when winning the Ryanair Chase. Although up in trip here, the David Pipe trained horse will have no problem with the three mile trip. He won at Aintree last year easily over the trip, when leaving National fancy Rocky Creek 24 lengths behind. Gold Cup runners don’t have a great record in this race so don’t expect Paul Nicholls’ Silvianico Conti to do too much.
3.30 Aintree – Grumeti (e/w)
At 40/1, I think that the Alan King horse is well over-priced. Both Rock On Ruby and Grandouet have been chasing all season, so I think they well may lose their previous slickness over hurdles. Grumeti has been racing at a good level all year, prefers the better ground and has Aintree form beating Countrywide Flame at the track as a Juvenile.
3.40 Aintree – Mossey Joe
Although it’s his first run of the season, this horse is a different class. On his last two starts he has won at a canter and will really appreciate the testing National fences in place.
4.50 Aintree – Oscar Whisky
He disappointed big time at Cheltenham in the JLT Novices Chase, falling at the very first fence. However word has it he’s schooled a dream since. The trip of 2m4f is his perfect distance and the Nicky Henderson horse has won over track and trip at Aintree twice in the Aintree Hurdle.
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