Sunday’s racing tips – Through the card tips on Virgin Bet Old Roan day at Aintree

Our expert takes a look through all of the races at Aintree on Sunday 27th October and provides readers with his selections.

Saturday marks an important day in the calendar for Aintree racecourse, as the Grand National venue hosts their first major card of the new National Hunt racing season. Sunday’s also a massive day for bookmakers Virgin Bet, who sponsor every race at Aintree on Old Roan day.

Sign up with Virgin Bet today, place your first bet of £10 and you’ll receive £20 in free bets! Looking for a horse to back with your free bet? Here are our tips for every race at Aintree on Sunday.

Sunday’s Aintree Tips

12:40pm Download The App At Virgin Bet Maiden Hurdle (Class 4) 2m4f

Lossiemouth impressed with two bumper victories last season, as did Big Bad Bear, who comes all the way down from Nicky Richards’ yard. Green Dolphin and Imperial Alcazar are also worth a big mention, in what looks to be a fascinating maiden to open proceedings, but the one who catches my eye is COCONUT SPLASH.

This son of Stowaway cost connections almost £200k when they moved to purchase him after an impressive point-to-point triumph, where he comfortably beat favourite, Diamond Grove by four lengths. Evan Williams’ recruit comes from good jumping stock and connections obviously feel he’ll have no trouble seeing out this 20-furlong trip on debut.

1:15pm Premier League Betting At Virgin Bet Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (Class 3) 3m½f

Top of the weights here we find HOGAN’S HEIGHT, who won twice in novice hurdles during the second half of last season, including a 70-length triumph at Catterick on his most recent start back in February.

Jamie Snowden’s charge earned a chasing rating of 140 after winning a Class Three Handicap at Haydock in March 2018 and even ran in the Grade One Milmay Novices’ Chase at Aintree a month later. Hogan’s Height remains five-pounds short of the mark he reached over fences and Ben Hicks’ ten-pound claimer will make a big difference.

1:50pm Play Casino At Virgin Bet Veterans’ Handicap Chase (Class 2) 3m1f

Carole’s Destrier proved twice last season that he was capable of winning big handicaps at this stage of his career and Neil Mulholland’s charge has run well fresh on a number of occasions during his career. He may have his work cut out giving almost a stone to ON TOUR (NAP), and Evan William’s eleven-year-old has shown a real liking for Aintree in recent seasons.

On Tour won here at Aintree on the first outing of his season in November 2017 and ran a blinder to follow Thomas Patrick home in a Grade Three Handicap at the Grand National Festival at the end of that season. Although he failed to produce his best in five starts last season, On Tour lost out by just a neck to Vieux Lion Rouge on his reappearance and remains some 10 pounds short of the rating he started with last season.


On Tour (right) has plenty of strong form here at Aintree to bolster his claims.


2:25pm Best Odds Guaranteed At Virgin Bet Handicap Hurdle (Class 2) 2m4f

Chapmanshype travels to Aintree in search of a four-timer, having secured a hat-trick around the unique, figure-of-eight track at Fontwell over the last three months. Jamie Snowden’s hurdler is up to a career-high mark after beating the classy Highway One O One last time out and could be up to the challenge. Preferred, though, is Henry Daly’s challenger, STONEY MOUNTAIN.

The Trevor Hemmings-owned six-year-old beat Aye Aye Charlie on his first start over hurdles here at Aintree last autumn and ran a cracker to place second behind Beakstown in a Grade Two Novices’ Hurdle at the start of the new year. Stoney Mountain was then well-beaten over three miles at Haydock and pulled up in the Albert Bartlett, but he’ll be much more comfortable back in trip and should be able to progress beyond this opening handicap mark.

3:00pm Virgin Bet Monet’s Garden Old Roan Limited Handicap Chase (Grade 2) 2m4f

Kalashnikov fulfilled his potential during last season’s Grand National meeting, defeating dual Grade One winner La Bague Au Roi in the Manifesto Novices’ Chase. Amy Murphy has targeting the Ryanair as an end-of-season goal and the favourite could be hard to beat with just 10-10 on his back.

I, however, would rather side with Cheltenham hero FRODON, who established himself as a chaser of the highest order when winning the Ryanair in the spring. Bryony Frost guided Paul Nicholls’ charge to victory in this race 12 months ago, before carrying 11-12 to victory in the Caspian Caviar Handicap later in the winter. Despite winning the three-mile Cotswold Chase, Nicholls decided to target the Ryanair at Cheltenham and Frodon produced another wonderful display to claim that lucrative Grade One.

Frodon may be giving a stone to Kalashnikov, but he’s a hardy, consistent sort with plenty of class. He can cope with top weight no problem. 11/4 is an attractive price.


Bryony Frost (left) clenches her fist in celebration after winning the Ryanair with Frodon.


3:35pm Follow Us On Twitter At Virgin Bet Chase (A Novices’ Limited Handicap) (Class 3) 3m1f

Henry De Bromhead brings Plan Of Attack over to England for the first time, having won twice over fences during the summer. The weather forecast, however, won’t fill De Bromhead with too much hope and he could be vulnerable to a home challenger who has proven form on softer ground.

Deise Aba is an exciting chasing debutante for the Philip Hobbs team and he’s greatly respected. However, THE HOLLOW GINGE made a good impressive when beating three-time winner, Follow The Bear on debut at Worcester and could be good enough to deal with top-weight. Team Twiston-Davies are in red-hot form too!

4:10pm Price Boosts At Virgin Bet EBF Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Class 4) 2m1f

Notawordofalie won nicely at Ludlow the last day and Edward Austin’s claimer cancels out the penalty she would have carried for that win. Jonjo O’Neill will have high hopes for another win, but I think this looks the ideal opportunity for one of my tracker horses, CILL ANNA to make a winning debut.

Cill Anna was victorious on her only start for top point-to-point trainer, Colin Bowe, winning easily by ten lengths. Nicholls has an excellent track record training young mare’s and this four-year-old – who’s closely related to both Galileo and Oscar – looks to have a very bright future.