Another superb Cheltenham Festival is behind us and now all eyes turn to Aintree and the Grand National meeting. It’s always a fascinating three days where form is often turned on its head on such a different track. We will, of course, have free horse racing tips for all three days of the Aintree meeting. Until then, let’s try and find those who were unable to score at the Cheltenham Festival but who can take glory at Aintree instead.
Allmankind – Maghull Novices’ Chase
It was a bold showing from Allmankind in the Arkle but for the second year on the bounce, he failed to come up the hill. It had not been helpful to his cause that he was taken on from an early stage by Captain Guinness, however.
His prior win at Warwick saw him beat Sky Pirate senseless. that rival going on to land the Grand Annual and showing what this horse has in the tank. A sharp, speed circuit is going to be much more to his liking. A soft lead at Aintree will see him very hard to claw back.
For Pleasure – Top Novices’ Hurdle
Similar to Allmankind insomuch as he’s a bold front runner. It was no surprise to see him outclassed in the Supreme by Appreciate It, who was one of the most impressive winners of the week. He is unlikely to bump into anything of that class at Aintree and the flat, speed track is going to play far more to his strengths.
He was kept busy last summer, winning three times, twice at Stratford and once at Bangor. Both those track are sharp and left-handed so Aintree should be perfect for him. His third placed finish in the Supreme is strong form, despite the distance he was beaten and he will still be a bigger price than he should be given his connections.
On The Slopes – Red Rum Chase
He travelled powerfully through the Grand Annual before just getting found out up the hill. That’s the third time he has run well there this season but without looking like Cheltenham is his track. His two wins over fences both came at Kempton which is a flat, speed track, his win at hurdles at Fontwell which is also a sharp circuit.
The Red Rum Chase is run on the opening day of the meeting and looks the perfect race for him. His fourth to Sky Pirate suggests that his current mark of 140 is well within his capabilities. It’s just four pounds above his most recent successful level of 136. Back on a flat track, that looks easy enough for him to handle.
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