Quickened Clear ITV Racing Tips - Grand national opening day

2.20 Aintree

Apple’s Shakira ran too freely at Cheltenham in the Triumph Hurdle and has a hood fitted in attempt to settle her and if returning to her best would take all the beating though good run at Cheltenham is a precursor for winners of this race which does cast a slight doubt. The same trend can be applied to stablemate We Have A Dream who looked very progressive prior to Cheltenham before a small issue prevented his participation at the festival. On the figures both We Have A Dream and Apple’s Shakira are the likeliest winners presuming they run up to form. Malaya swerved Cheltenham and produced her best performance yet, winning an Ascot handicap from Eragon De Chanay and with slightly more restrained tactics being used, can go well @ 7/1. Fred Winter third and fourth, Nube Negra @ 10/1 and Paddleyourowncanoe @ 33/1 are also worthy of consideration, Nube Negra was possibly produced too early at Cheltenham and this tighter track should suit him while Paddleyourowcanoe stays further than this so if conditions are testing, could well be staying on at the finish. Softer ground will also suit Beau Gosse who was third in the Adonis on good ground and he too can go well @ 18/1.

2.50 Aintree

There is now no doubting Might Bite’s attitude and resilience following an epic clash with Native River in the Gold Cup and he is rightly favourite here but how much did that effort take out of him? To come back to Aintree on similar ground and repeat that feat is demanding so the value may lie elsewhere. Bristol De Mai, fresh from a wind operation bids to regain his reputation following two below par efforts in the King George and at Cheltenham in January. He clearly has the ability to win this race but all his career wins have come in the winter months, suggesting that the spring does not suit him. In contrast last year’s winner Tea For Two is three wins form three runs in the month of April and he could be the value @ 14/1. Course winner Definitly Red is highly regarded by trainer Brian Ellison and will enjoy the ground but after falling well short of what was required in the Gold Cup, can be competitive here @ 8/1 if the principals do not perform.

3.25 Aintree

This looks a good opportunity for the versatile Supasundae to add another grade one victory to his name with his record this season reading well at the top level. He went down fighting to Penhill in the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham and should really have too much for the veterans My Tent Or Yours and The New One. My Tent Or Yours missed Cheltenham so will come here fresh and has only succumbed to Buveur D’Air and Annie Power in the last two renewals so could be the value @ 15/2 with nothing of the class of the aforementioned horses lining up against him this time. Age seems to be creeping up on The New One as his figures look to be on the slide but you could not totally rule out this brave horse putting in one more big performance @ 13/2. L’Ami Serge has the ability to take this race but is not the most straightforward and it is difficult to put full faith in him for win purposes while it would be no surprise to see one of Diakali, Clyne, Air Horse One or Cyrius Darius bag a place at a big price.

4.05 Aintree

Grand Vision ran well in the Foxhunters at Cheltenham and on the ratings has nine pounds in hand on the others and being a good jumper should take to these fences, but that it is not a given. Balnaslow fits the right profile of a winner of this race in that he ran well in it previously and @ 5/1 is sure to go well though the soft ground is a slight concern. Wonderful Charm disappointed at Cheltenham, being pulled up and connections now opt for blinkers instead of the cheekpieces. If that produces the desired effect he has to be a contender having seen theses fences in the national last year and with no better pilot around here than Sam Waley-Cohen. Distime unseated at the chair last year but has form over these fences having run well in the Topham in 2016 and has place claims along with Mon Parrain, Bear’s Affair and Rouge Et Blanc.

4.40 Aintree

A race in which novices have won numerous times in the last ten years and that bodes well for Tommy Silver and King’s Socks. Tommy Silver @ 10/1 has some good form in behind Testify and Cyrname and looks well handicapped with the promise of more to come. The one worry would be the ground being too soft. King’s Socks has claims and now drops back to two miles having ran out of steam at Cheltenham, a race in which he was likely primed for so may be this is an afterthought rather than a plan. Theinval is consistent but does not win as many races as he should and was second in this race last year, is now four pounds lower, so should give a good account. Third in the 2017 renewal was Bun Doran and he too should go well @ 8/1 though his profile, as far as win purposes, is starting to go a similar way to Theinval’s. Gino Trail ran a career best at Cheltenham so it is a tough ask to repeat that effort, especially with other front runners in the race, that said this game type should give a good account @ 10/1. Overtown Express has dropped a little in the weights and should go well @ 16/1 as should Doitforthevillage @ 12/1 who returned to form last time at Cheltenham. Course form is all important at Aintree and though slightly out of their depth class wise, it would be no surprise to see Baby King or the Flyingportrait run well at big prices.

Quickened Clear’s Best Bets:

Rene’s Girl – 1.45 Aintree – 1pt win @ 6/1

Cyrname, Finian’s Oscar and Brain Power all have questions to answer. Cyrname is a top novice but he jumped markedly right and ran his worse race this season when going left handed at Newbury and seems best going the other way. Finian’s Oscar ran a slightly better race at Cheltenham last time following a wind operation but still does not look convincing over fences. Similarly, Brain Power, also given a wind operation this season is now fitted with a tongue-tie, which starts to ring alarm bells and his jumping is also a worry. That leaves Rene’s Girl who has done nothing wrong on her last two starts, the most recent a good defeat of Happy Diva and she has claims on that form with the 6/1 looking worth a punt.

Tommy Silver – 4.40 Aintree – 1pt win @ 10/1

Tommy Silver has some good form behind decent novices Testify and Cyrname with the best of him yet to be seen over fences. Paul Nicholls has kept him away from deep winter ground since Christmas and following a spin at Kempton, will be primed for a big run here. This pace will be strong with Gino Trail, Theflyingportrait and Wisty in the field and things should set up nicely for Tommy Silver who is ‘well in’ on Quickened Clear’s figures and looks value @ 10/1 with the ground steadily drying out.

 Rene's Girl

Rene's Girl

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2.20 Aintree

Global Citizen was impressive last time in the Dovecote at Kempton and looks the one to beat here @ 2/1. His nine length defeat of Scarlet Dragon, himself not without a chance @ 8/1, was impressive and given improvement, should be thereabouts. Vision Des Flos ran well in the Ballymore, just finding the trip too far and this drop back to an extended two miles should suit and he is serious contender @ 6/1. Irish Roe had improved throughout the winter before finding the Betfair Hurdle one step too far last time but if returning to previous form she would have to be considered @ 20/1. No four year old has won this in recent times but Nicky Henderson enters Style De Garde who is improving and ran a cracker in the Fred Winter at Cheltenham. He can be involved @ 14/1.

2.50 Aintree

Terrefort boasts the best level of form following his second to Shattered Love at Cheltenham but there is no guarantee that he will stay the three miles with this looking a fairly open race. Black Corton has had an amazing season but went a little too quick at Cheltenham paying the price up the hill, this track will suit and if all his excursions have not taken their toll, has to be a player @ 8/1. Elegant Escape has some close form linked to Black Corton and stayed on into third in the RSA and with no Presenting Percy or Monalee here, has to be considered @ 11/2. Ms Parfois produced a big effort when just missing out in the four miler at Cheltenham and if that has not left its mark, will be staying on strongly at the finish @ 6/1. Coo Star Sivola won well in the Ultima at Cheltenham and has an obvious chance here @ 7/1 if finding a little improvement while Testify is talented and can bounce back from his flop last time and go well @ 28/1.

3.25 Aintree

This looks a match between Ryanair winner Balko Des Flos and Champion Chase second, Min. Balko Des Flos @ 9/4 is on an upward curve and will relish the trip and ground, similarly Min @ 6/4 can improve again but is slight unknown over this trip, at this level. Politologue has the ability to trouble the two principals but ran poorly at Cheltenham and now fitted with a hood and tongue-tie, has one or two questions to answer. The reliable Cloudy Dream will no doubt run his race again @ 12/1 but he will likely again be found wanting in this grade and place money is all he can hope for.

4.05 Aintree

The first and fourth form last year, Ultragold and O O Seven line up again with Ultragold only five pounds higher and he can go well @ 18/1. O O Seven on the other hand has to shoulder a big weight which may just be his undoing, likewise Top Gamble looks the type to be suited by these fences but again the big weight may tell on him at the business end. The Waley-Cohen owner/jockey combination have fared well over the years at this course and in Theatre Territory they have another live contender. The worry is that she has only won one race in fourteen attempts and though she has some good form in behind the likes of Mr Whittaker and Ms Parfois, the win ratio casts doubt. Bouvreuil too has only won twice from twenty six starts but was tenth in this race last year and could improve on that while Willie Mullins’ Polidam is an intriguing runner @ 12/1 and will be relatively fresh having been off since February, now returning following a wind operation. At bigger prices Mystifiable and Midnight Shot are worth a second look in what is a bit of a minefield as far as betting goes.

4.40 Aintree

Nicky Henderson has a very strong hand in this race with Santini, OK Corral and Chef Des Obeaux. Santini stets a very good standard on his defeat of Black Op in January but seemed to struggle with the three miles at Cheltenham and he may be worth taking on at a short 2/1. Ok Corral @ 11/4 has done nothing but improve and should be involved at the finish but cannot afford to hang like he did at Cheltenham especially with this wide open straight. The third representative from Seven Barrows is Chef Des Obeaux and if he can resume his upward curve following his disappointing effort at Cheltenham, he should be in with a shout. Tower Bridge ran well in the Albert Bartlett and should be on the shortlist as should improving mare Roksana @ 14/1 while Uppertown Prince, Sam’s Gunner and Point Of Principle can all go well at big prices.

Quickened Clear’s Best Bets:

Spiritofthegames – 1.45 Aintree – 1pt win @ 10/1

Spiritofthegames has been consistent in three top handicaps this season and produced his best performance over a similar trip to this in the Lanzarote at Kempton. He goes well at sharp tracks and this looks race does not look as strong as those he has previously contested and is worth a bet @ 10/1.

Vision Des Flos – 2.20 Aintree – 1pt win @ 5/1

The improving Vision Des Flos went for home two out in the Ballymore only to find the trip on the stiff side. Global Citizen will be all the rage but on Quickened Clear’s figures he still needs to improve to win this and with Vision Des Flos seemingly happiest around two miles, is a good bet @ 5/1 with the Tizzard and Power double act hard to ignore at Aintree.

Roksana – 4.40 Aintree – 1pt win @ 14/1

Nicky Henderson fires three big guns at this, not least Santini and OK Corral but the value lies with improving mare Roksana @ 14/1 having won well at Newbury last time in the grade two novice hurdle final. That looked to be it for the season for her but she is held in high regard and it is very intriguing that Dan Skelton opts for a tilt at this race.

Grand National Opening Day Tips

Stand by as we bring you the latest tips from our preview evening which is due to take place at Aintree Racecourse on the 11th April.