The Aintree Grand National Festival 2019, gets underway today with four grade 1 races to behold!
The first race, the Novices Chase goes to post at 1.45pm with La Bague Au Roi topping the betting at 161/100*. She is this season’s top novice chaser with four wins from four starts under her belt since switching to fences. She beat Lostintranslation, the runner-up in the JLT Chase at Cheltenham in her first outing and she impressed again with her jumping when returning to Newbury after but her win on Boxing Day at Kempton against first and 2nd place finishers in RSA Chase, mares Topofthegame and Santini sealed her novice reputation. Place your Bet Here
In the second race of the day, the Juvenile Hurdle at 2.05pm, Joseph O’Brien’s Band of Outlaws tops the betting at 161/100*. He will go head to head with another Cheltenham winner Nicky Henderson’s surprise victor Pentland Hills, but Band of Outlaws was much more impressive than Pentland Hills on the flat, so going on his form he should be able to get the better of him but don’t discount the Henderson fledgling. Place your Bet Here
In the headliner race of the day, the Bowl Chase at 2.50pm, Willie Mullin’s Kemboy tops the betting at 2/1*. He crashed out of the Gold Cup at the first fence so his jumping was an issue however two out of the last three winners of this race did the same so once he doesn’t make the same mistakes, Ruby Walsh could romp home easily. Place your Bet Here
In the 3.25pm, Nicky Henderson’s Beavuer D’Air, ridden by Barry Geraghty is the favourite to take this title for the second time in three years. He will want to make amends for his early exit from last month’s Champion Hurdle when he was hoping to make it a hatrick but instead hit the deck and the third hurdle. He has a golden opportunity to repeat his victory of two years ago here and claim his third course win from four starts. Place your Bet Here
The Hunters Chase goes to post at 4.05pm with Road to Rome the favourite at 10/3*. Since moving to JJ O’Shea yard he has won three point-to-points and four hunter chases. Last month at Cheltenham he set a fierce pace in the Foxhunter Chase but lacked the stamina on the run in and finished fourth however the shorter distance in this race should be of huge benefit to him. Place your Bet Here
In the Red Rum Chase at 4.40pm, David Pipes Eamon an Cnoic tops the betting at 5/1*. He finished fourth in the 2M4f Plate handicap at Cheltenham last but he had earlier won over today’s 2m trip at Chepstow and he’s always been a horse who travels well so he’s a great contender. DIEGO DU CHARMIL also has a great chance when he won a Grade 1 Chase here 12 months ago. Place your Bet Here
In the closing race of Day One at Aintree, Henry De Bromhead’s Minella Melody tops the betting at 9/4*. The novice won a miaden point to point in Cork just before Christmas,and followed this with a very convincing win at Gowran Park last month, beating Miss Pernickety by a dozen lengths. Although greatly inexperienced, she shows amazing talent and will be ridden by seasoned jockey Patrick Mullins. Place your Bet Here.
Don’t forget we are offering Money Back as a Free Bet if your horse is beaten by a length or less in all races with five or more runners at Aintree from Thursday 4th – Saturday 6th April. See Full T&C’s here
*Prices are subject to change throughout the day