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Saturday's ITV Racing tips - Turn £5 into £160 betting on the TV races at Sandown and Aintree

A wonderful view of one of Aintree's Grand National fences.

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Bet 1 – First £5 Real Money Bet

Nigel Twiston-Davies has the top two places in the Becher betting locked down and he will be hoping Crievehill can continue his progression in the Grand Sefton. Warrior’s Tale finished nicely on his reappearance and Catamaran Du Seuil looks to have a bit of class, but I feel experience over the Grand National fences is key here and CAPTAIN REDBEARD (NAP) could be the best value bet of the day.

After two good victories and a strong second behind The Dutchman in the Peter Marsh, Stuart Coltherd pointed Captain Redbeard at the Grand National. With heavy ground seemingly in his favour, the Scottish raider was supported on the day of the race, but his National debut ended much sooner than connections would have hoped, as Captain Redbeard unseated Sam Coltherd at Foinavon on the first circuit.

This kind of mishap is easily made during the National. Captain Redbeard has jumped the first six fences nicely and must have spent plenty of time schooling over this kind of obstacle in the build-up. The nine-year-old ran a storming race on his reappearance behind Vintage Clouds at Haydock and I fancy he can build on that performance, on softer ground which is sure to suit.

Bet 2 – First £5 Free Bet

Don Poli could be the class angle here and stablemate Noble Endeavour shouldn’t be overlooked, despite the time he has spent off the track. Blaklion was a marvellous winner of this race 12 months ago and is capable of going well again with just four pounds more on his back. However, my preference is for his stablemate BALLYOPTIC, who progressed nicely during his novice season and can establish himself as a genuine Grand National challenger.

Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge laid down on a marker on his first start over fences, handing Elegant Escape a 13-length thrashing at Exeter. Two defeats behind Black Corton followed, but Ballyoptic rediscovered his winning touch just in time for Cheltenham, beating Vintage Clouds to the Grade Two Towton Novices’ Chase.

Twiston-Davies will have been pleased with his charge’s fourth in the RSA and even more delighted with his effort in the Scottish Grand National, where – despite still holding novice status – Ballyoptic jumped beautifully only to be nabbed on the line by Joe Farrell. 

The eight-year-old has won a Grade One here at Aintree, beating Bellshill in the 2016 Sefton and looks perfectly built to succeed over the National fences. Ballyoptic is unbeaten on heavy ground and I expect him to run well at the weekend.

Ballyoptic (near) outjumps Elegant Escape (second left) during his victory at Exeter.

Bet 3 – Second £5 Free Bet

Apple’s Shakira is clearly a classy mare, but I’m prepared to take her on in this handicap. Juveniles can take a couple of runs to find their feet during their four-year-old campaign and this flat, right-handed track is completely different from the courses she has experienced during her short career.

So, with the top-weight looking gettable, my search for an alternative brings me to I’M A GAME  CHANGER, who has run well on both his starts so far this season for the in-form Philip Hobbs team.

Two weeks after finishing tenth in the Scottish Champion Hurdle, I’m A Game Changer was sent to Warwick, where he was headed by Cultivator in the final strides before the line. A runner-up finish behind Ballymoy was a nice race to start the season, but Hobbs will have been hoping his charge would have given The Russian Doyen more of a scare as he made his chasing debut at Exeter, where the six-year-old finished five lengths behind his market rival.

Now back over hurdles, distance and ground conditions should certainly suit. Both of his most recent wins have come on sharp, right-handed tracks and I’m A Game Changer has proven himself capable of winning off this career-high hurdling mark. I would be surprised if he didn’t challenge for the victory.

Bet 4 – Third £5 Free Bet

Juvenile races are usually very difficult to predict and, although Giving Glances looks a very nice prospect at the head of the betting, I feel an each-way bet could be the way to go – providing none of the eight runners come out on the morning of the contest. Chica Buena brings plenty of winning form into the race, but the unexposed runner I fancy to run well is Tim Easterby’s TRAVEL LIGHTLY.

Easterby thought enough of this former flat racer to give her her first start over hurdles in Listed company, where Travel Lightly ran a nice race, carrying odds of 100/1 to fourth behind three smart looking juveniles. Connor King’s mount was similarly unfancied heading into a juvenile hurdle at Catterick, but the Showcasing mare produced another solid jumping display, beating favourite Liva by a comfortable margin.

This looks a tougher race and soft ground is a bit of an unknown, but I just feel Travel Lightly has been underestimated again and she can earn herself a spot in the places.

Chase The Spud winning over fences at Exeter back in 2014.

Bet 5 – Fourth £5 Free Bet

Royal Vacation is a former Grade One winner and ran an encouraging race behind Rock The Kasbah on his reappearance. Red Infantry won in good style at Haydock on his most recent start and proved himself to be a very consistent performer for Ian William last season.

While the market leaders hold appeal and Shanroe Santos is a danger, I think CHASE THE SPUD has been overlooked here and Fergal O’Brien’s chaser looks perfectly poised for an each-way punt.

A run of letters next to his name may put punters and bookmakers off, but Chase The Spud was in with much higher company than this, pulling up in the Welsh National, the Grand National and the Eider up at Newcastle. On his first start of last season, O’Brien’s ten-year-old gave some good rivals a pasting up at Haydock and ended the previous campaign with a superb triumph in the Midlands National at Uttoxeter.

Chase The Spud is still yet to prove he can contend off this kind of mark, but Connor Brace takes seven-pounds off the top weights back and soft going will certainly be in his favour.

If the two each-way tips were only to place, then you would turn your initial £5 with Ladbrokes into bet into £91.75. However, if you were to run through the afternoon's races using our tips, your original £5 deposit would be turned into £159.25!!

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Saturday's ITV Racing tips - Turn £5 into £160 betting on the TV races at Sandown and Aintree

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