Aintree day three racing tips – Best bets on Grand National Day
Tips through the card on Aintree Grand National Day
The world’s most famous steeplechase, the Aintree Grand National dominates the Saturday racecard at the Merseyside track and we’ve got tips through the card and best bets on Grand National day.
Three top-class days’ racing action comes to an end on Saturday with the third and final day of the Aintree Grand National Festival and the world’s most famous steeplechase dominates a seven-race card which also features three Grade One races on another fantastic afternoon of equine action.
The ITV Racing cameras will be on hand once more to broadcast the best of the action from the Merseyside venue where Ed Chamberlain, Oli Bell and the team will have their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis on all the action; while we’ve looked through the day three racecard at Aintree to give our tips and best bets on Grand National Day.
AINTREE DAY THREE TIPS – BEST BETS ON GRAND NATIONAL DAY
1:45 Aintree – EFT Systems Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 3m½f
Lightly-raced SOUTHFIELD HARVEST can get back to winning ways with Paul Nicholls’ charge having been running well in defeat this term.
A bumper winner at Chepstow the Kayf Tara gelding got off the mark at the second attempt when stepped up to three miles at Ludlow last February where he beat Muckamore by just over one length. He’s since shown even better form this term where he twice finished runner-up over shorter trips at Ascot and Aintree prior to posting a very good third to Polish back over this trip at Newbury in February.
Beaten around four lengths there he was giving the winner 5lbs and challenging over the last he couldn’t sustain his effort to the line. He’s 4lbs better off with Fergal O’Brien’s rival and the application of cheekpieces could elicit some improvement so every chance he can come out on top this time around and get back on track for his in-form yard.
2:25 Aintree – Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m4f
MY DROGO is going from strength to strength over hurdles, winning for the third time in succession when landing the Premier Kelso Hurdle last month and with the step up to this longer trip promising to suit Dan Skelton’s charge he can maintain his unbeaten record over timber.
The Milan gelding was beaten in a bumper on his debut at Cheltenham back in October but he is 3-3 over hurdles, scoring at Newbury before stepping up to land his first Grade Two win at Ascot, beating Llandinabo Lad readily by three lengths.
That form took a significant boost when the third won the Betfair Hurdle before running with credit in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and the Skelton charge scored impressively latest, coming clear from the last having travelled well in the race.
There’s surely better still to come from him and with this extra distance sure to suit he can maintain his perfect record for his top yard.
3:00 Aintree – Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m
SHISHKIN continued his dominance of the two mile novices’ division when bolting up in the Arkle Chase to extend his unbeaten sequence to seven and take his tally over fences to 4-4 with a twelve lengths’ defeat of Eldorado Allen.
Nicky Henderson’s charge had little more than a school round and readily saw off his four rivals with the minimum of fuss. This contest is likely to provide a similar scenario and the Sholokhov gelding has 20lbs in hand of this field on official ratings, headed by the improving Funambule Sivola.
He’s been faultless at his fences and he should outclass his four rivals to maintain his unbeaten record over fences where he’s impossible to oppose.
3:35 Aintree – Ryanair Stayers Hurdle (Registered As The Liverpool Hurdle) (Grade 1) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 3m½f
ROKSANA took her form to a new level this campaign when upped to three miles, winning at Wetherby on her return and then following up a very creditable third behind Paisley Park and Thyme Hill with a relatively straight-forward success at Ascot in January where she ran out an impressive victor over Magic Of Light.
It was a strange decision then by Dan Skelton to drop the Dubai Destination mare back in trip for the Mares’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival where she could only finish third; but stepping back up to three miles could see her get back on track.
She finished a close third in this race twelve months ago, beaten a head by If The Cap Fits and she had gone close here also in 2018 when denied only by Santini in the 2018 Doom Bar Novices’ Hurdle so clearly acts well around this track.
Her run behind Paisley Park and Thyme Hill doesn’t leave her with much to find with that pair as she challenged over the last but was unable to sustain her effort in the heavy ground; but these quicker conditions are no problem and again in receipt of 7lbs from her main rivals she ought to be on the premises again.
4:15 Aintree – Betway Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m1f
It might be worth chancing FAGAN to gain some compensation having missed out on a run in the Grand National and Alex Hales’ charge can go well here with the drying ground no issue.
Formerly a very useful sort for Gordon Elliott he ran respectively on his first few starts for his new handler over hurdles before switched back to chasing where he finished third at Ludlow prior to returning to winning ways in the mud at Newbury latest.
The Fair Mix gelding was an easy winner that day, still travelling well when making a mistake at the final fence although it barely halted him and he ran out an eight lengths’ victor over Ouro Branco.
He’s been hit with a 10lbs rise which demands more, but he could still be well-treated given he contested a Scottish Grand National off a higher mark and he can make his presence felt in this competitive contest.
5:15 Aintree – Randox Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race) Cl1 (7yo+) 4m2½f
ACAPELLA BOURGEOIS may ideally want a bit more give in the ground but Willie Mullins’ Network gelding ought to cope with the conditions and the veteran can take this top prize back to Closutton.
He’s one of two in the race for the handler and he arrives here in good form having beaten stablemate and fellow runner Burrows Saint in the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse back in February, taking that prize for the second year in succession.
He’d previously found only dual-Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo too strong over a shorter trip and he lost no caste in defeat behind Coko Beach in the Theystes Chase where he finished fifth and was giving weight to Burrows Saint last time.
While he does have to prove stamina for this trip he looks well-treated still and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him delivering a big performance if the ground doesn’t prove too quick for him.
6:20 Aintree – Weatherbys nhstallions.co.uk Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Grade 2) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4-6yo) 2m1f
KNAPPERS HILL is 2-2 in bumpers and Paul Nicholls’ charge can land the hat-trick with further improvement expected from the Valirann gelding.
Impressive on debut at Chepstow with a seven lengths’ defeat of Just No Risk back in October he stepped up on that performance to follow up at Ascot next time where he landed a Listed prize at the expense of stablemate Stage Star who reopposes.
He travelled well in that contest, taking up the running late on and winning a shade comfortably by one length. The third was thought good enough to contest the Champion Bumper and ran respectably so the form looks decent and further improvement ought to make him competitive again.
This ground is no issue as he won his debut on good ground while his Ascot victory came on softer conditions and he may appreciate the better surface this time around. He can give another good account and no surprise to see him in the mix once more where he can maintain his unbeaten record.