I love the Aintree Festival nearly as much as I do The Cheltenham Festival, it is not as pure for the jumps racing fan, but the atmosphere and the mix of great Grade 1 action with the unique Merseyside crowd can not help but grab your attention and not let go until the big race on Saturday, the Grand National.
As a betting medium, it is the chance for some of those big bets we placed at Cheltenham to make amends, for just missing out and also a chance to take on some of the short priced favourites who performed well at the Festival but, after a long season, can often flop here. Again, course knowledge is so important, and Aintree is a pancake flat track, with the Mildmay course, where the majority of the races are held, being quite a tight oval. So if your horse did not handle Cheltenham then it can often bounce back three weeks later at Aintree.
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Getting A Good Start On Day 1
I find Day 1 to be one of the best betting days at Aintree, with four Grade 1 races. This year is no exception and there are some short priced favourites heading out today, after strong runs at Cheltenham.
Top Notch is interesting in the 1:45pm after his 2nd to Yorkhill in the JLT, but Frodon has been laid out for this race and missed Cheltenham all together and the super consistent Cloudy Dream has plenty to offer in opposition, so it is no cake walk for the favourite. It is hard to oppose Defi Du Seil in the Juvenile Hurdle at 2:20pm, who we backed at the Festival in the Triumph Hurdle and this looks a weaker race than that, so he should win this going away, although at the price I would not get involved.
The Betway Bowl at 2:50pm is a really interesting race, with Cue Card returning after a fall in the Gold Cup, like he did to win this last year, but he was not going well at the time and I have gone for another bet in this race at far more attractive odds.
Another short priced favourite in the Aintree Hurdle at 3:25pm in Buveur D’Air, an impressive winner of the Champion Hurdle but with questions to answer, as far as this step up to 2m 4f and I am going to have a small bet on THE NEW ONE who does not have the pace for 2m at the very top level and I had hoped would be sent to the World Hurdle at The Festival, but this trip will really suit at a course he loves.
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