Aintree is here. And if I’m in the same form as I was at Cheltenham we’re in for one hell of a week. You hear me Paddy? Of course I have gone head to head with Ruby Walsh on the Grand National here, so check that out as soon as you can. The old greyhead is going to take a real beating in that match up!
But for now let’s concentrate on the first day of Aintree.
We start on terrestrial TV with the 4-year-old Juvenile Hurdle at 2.15pm, and there’s no doubt Hargam is the one to beat and I expect a huge roar for AP McCoy (below) when he hoses in. A fine third at Cheltenham, he really should be a good thing.
The Grade 1 Bowl is at 2.50pm, and the one I like here is Silviniaco Conti (5/2), who once again flopped at Cheltenham but who once again can bounce back to his best at Aintree. He’s the class act.
The Aintree Hurdle is a poor renewal, and while Arctic Fire (15/8) has a big chance on form I’m not sure about him actually winning. I’m going to stick with the old boy Rock On Ruby (3/1) (below), who is still talented and as we know from previous years just loves this course.
We get a look at the big National fences for the Fox Hunters’ Chase at 4.05pm, and Warne will be fancied to follow up last year’s success. He jumps and stays for a jockey who loves this place in Sam Waley-Cohen. However, I like former Topham third and National faller Last time D’Albain. He’s in cracking form right now and might just be better odds than another leading hope Pacha du Polder.
Finally for this blog it’s the Red Rum Chase, where fluent speed jumping is key. Have a pop at Ted Veale, who might just cruise round on this better ground under the so talented Paul Carberry. The selection ran OK at Cheltenham behind Next Sensation and the fast pace in this event should suit Tony Martin’s charge perfectly.
So best of luck on the first day at Aintree. And let’s get those Yeeehaaas going. Boom!