I’m hoping Rocky Creek comes out on top, although more of that in my head-to-head with the old boy Ruby Walsh right here. By the way Ruby, best of luck, although I think you will struggle! Here’s hoping Paddy’s profits are shattered. You hear me Paddy?
Away from the National there are plenty of other decent races at Aintree, so let’s start with the Grade 1 Mersey Novices’ Hurdle at 1.30pm.
The one I like here is Three Musketeers for the hugely promising Skelton team. This horse battled really well to win a Grade 2 at Warwick last time and wasn’t tired out by being in action at Cheltenham. He’s fresh and stays and should go well.
Next is the Grade 1 Maghull Novices’ Chase, and there’s no doubt in my mind that God’s Own should take all the beating after his fine second to Un de Sceaux at Cheltenham.
It’s not actually that effort that makes him the selection, as the form is relatively meaningless, but more he has loads of experience and this is not a hot race. Off a mark of 160 he’s hard to beat.
At 2.50pm it’s the Grade 1 Stayers’ Hurdle, and surely Zarkandar can gain compensation for an unlucky defeat at Cheltenham. He was arguably going best at the top of the hill when a bad mistake put him out of it before running on into third behind Cole Harden. This tighter track should also be in his favour.
Then, before the National, there’s the Listed Handicap Chase over 3m1f at 3.25pm. I want to be on last year’s winner Duke of Lucca who I tipped up at 12-1 in 2014. He was far from disgraced in the Cross Country at Cheltenham and is only 3lb higher for this event compared to 12 months ago.
So it’s a huge day. Enjoy. British racing at it’s best… and in Liverpool, remember when they ‘Twist and Shout’ they scream Yeeehaaa!
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