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Friday’s racing tips – Get a £10 free bet when you side with our 12/1 NAP at Aintree

Jonathan Vine 5 Apr 2019
Ballyhill (near, red) jumping the water jump at Cheltenham on New Years' Day.

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4:05pm Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 2m5f

Janika has finished second in three high-quality handicaps for Nicky Henderson this season and clearly has the class to cope with the Grand National obstacles. Top-weight hasn’t stopped Janika from challenging for victories so far this term, but only three horses have carried more than 11-00 to victory in the Topham since the turn of the Millennium, so it certainly pays to look towards the bottom half of the weights to find an each-way punt.

Call It Magic jumped beautifully over these fearsome fences during the Becher earlier in the season and could be a big player should Ross O’Sullivan leave his nine-year-old in the running. While he may hold significant appeal, BALLYHILL (12/1 Paddy Power) looks like he’s been laid out for a tilt at the Topham and Nigel Twiston-Davies’ chaser could be the best-handicapped runner in the field.

This reliable jumper has found a new level of consistency this term and a solid victory here at Aintree in December helped Ballyhill reach a career-high mark of 144. Since then, Twiston-Davies’ eight-year-old has finished third behind Aso and Siruh Du Lac in Grade Three Handicaps at Cheltenham. Ballyhill was then thrown in with Clan Des Obeaux in the Denman Chase and ran a decent enough race to pass the post third once again.

Twiston-Davies will have been pleased with that effort, as he had no real chance of challenging the King George winner and Ballyhill stuck to his task well. The team decided to skip an outing at the Cheltenham Festival - which would be a tough pull for Nigel, who loves Cheltenham - in favour of an appearance at Aintree and, with just 10-6 on his back, Ballyhill returns to Merseyside with serious winning claims. I flagged Ballyhill up at 16s earlier in the week. That price has now gone, but 12/1 is a fantastic each-way price for a horse who has genuine winning claims in a wide-open handicap.

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