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Aintree Grand National Festival 2016 – Day 1

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Well it is only a few weeks since the end of the Cheltenham Festival and we are getting ready for the three day Aintree Grand National Festival 2016 and all the build up to the Crabbies Grand National on Saturday.

Personally it is always a profitable meeting for me and although many of the winners from the Festival tend to come here and fail to impress, it is a meeting which makes the punters motto that “losses are merely lent” come true. There have been many a horse I have backed at the festival who have come to Aintree and more than redeemed themselves and this year looks like being no exception.

Aintree Day 1 Preview

Day 1 starts with no less than four Grade 1’s for us to enjoy. If you want my full race preview for each race then make sure you check out Aintree Racecourse Tips where I have just finished writing a preview of all 7 races.

I have a number of bets lined up for my subscribers on Day 1 of the meeting and I will be sharing these on the Racing Profits Email Selection Service tomorrow morning.

The opening race of the meeting is very interesting with Arzal heading here and skipping Cheltenham, Sizing John arriving on the back of a a decent 2nd behind Douvan in the Arkle and the unlucky Garde La Victoire who came down in the JLT at the festival and is one of those which I feel could bounce back here at Aintree.

Solwit and Paul Carberry (right) winning The John Smith's Liverpool Hurdle from Holywell (centre) Pic Dan Abraham - Aintree 6.4.13

The Grade 1 Juvenile Hurdle is next up and it is hard to get away from what Ivanovich Gorbatov achieved when winning the Triumph hurdle at the festival, however he was well beaten by Footpad at Leopardstown earlier in the year and I could see the Triumph form being reversed in softer conditions. I also wonder if Sceau Royal is far too big a price at 20/1 and could bounce back from a showcker in the Triumph. There are plenty of alternatives which offer more value than the favourite in this.

The Betfred Bowl Chase is the chance for another of my big bets at the Festival to redeem himself in Cue Card, who I am still convinced would have been with Don Cossack if not beaten him in the Gold Cup without coming down. I just can not see Djakadam or Don Poli having enough to beat him in this race.

Finally Annie Power heads to Aintree and I was at Cheltenham for the Champion Hurdle, and can testify that the way she powered up the hill was very impressive, however she is stepping up markedly in trip, on softer ground and at a track she has not run at, so I will not be taking the price on her in this. I have an alternative bet which will pay far more.

More Crazy Offers From The Bookies

As with Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival, it is crazy season for the bookmakers again with their offers and this is the one I think is well worth taking advantage of for Aintree Day 1:






A cracking offer and if you have not got on board yet then grab it now. Enjoy Day 1 and I will be back with my preview for Day 2 – Ladies Day tomorrow.

Have a great day,