The Grand National meeting kicks off with a whopping four Grade 1s on the card and The Scoop is back to pick out some winners. Load up your Ladbrokes account and get stuck in.
I’ve picked out three hot fancies for the Grand Opening Day with each tip packed full of value.
Here’s what’s caught my eye this Thursday…
Top Notch ran a belter behind Yorkhill in the JLT last month and is a worthy favourite. There’s an argument that had he not clattered the second-last he may have won. But I think the winner idled up the hill. He’s a really likable horse and despite his size, jumps and gallops all day.
Cloudy Dream is another interesting runner. His Arkle position is flattered by Charbel’s fall but he was a long way clear of third. Ultimately, he just didn’t have the gears to go with Altior so the step up in trip should suit but I’m not sure he’s got the class to win this.
Frodon has been laid out for this race and ran well here last year. His win over Gold Present in the Pendil looks like a nice bit of form now and I think he’s still unexposed. He might prefer a bit of cut in the ground but he’s worth a small punt on the nose in a seven-runner field.
I think Defi Du Seuil is the real deal. He was so impressive winning the Triumph and will be a key player in next year’s Champion Hurdle. But he’s 1/3 and with eight runners in the race there has to be an each-way bet on.
Divin Bere re-opposes Flying Tiger and a 5lb swing in the weights should see him reverse form.
After those three you have five ex-Flat horses, the one of which who was rated the highest and has shown the most scope over hurdles is Forth Bridge. A Listed winner at Musselburgh, he had Project Bluebook back in third that day and he’s not too far off the Fred Winter 1-2 on that form.
I think a really strong gallop will suit and it wouldn’t surprise me if he stayed on into one of the places.
Foxtail Hill ran no sort of race at the Festival after being sent off favourite before coming down at the second.
However, he’s got some really good form in the book this year, notably a win in the Barbados Trophy where he had Saphir Du Rheu behind.
He’s up 10lb since that win so the handicapper may have caught up with him. But Jamie Bargary takes off 3lb and claimers have a good record in this race.
Aintree should suit him right down to the ground – the course will negate a tendency to jump left now and then.
This is going to be a fast and furious two-miler and I’d rather be on a front-runner like this one than something that will try and come off the pace.
If he can get into a rhythm and his jumping holds up he’ll be there or thereabouts.
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