Aintree Day 3: Hoff to a Flyer?

Grand National day obviously focuses on the big race, but the supporting card offers up a series of interesting warm-up bets.

It has been a tough week picking winner on the regular Mildmay course, but the opening race (1345 BST) should give us a great chance to start the day with a bang.

Dan Skelton’s novice No Hassle Hoff squeezes in off a low weight and a mark of 134 for his first handicap looks extraordinarily generous.  The form of his last two runs has been rubber stamped both at Cheltenham and Aintree festivals and he could be very well in here.

The second race looks between Finian’s Oscar and Brio Conti.  We prefer Brio, but not enough to bet.  Charbel should be hard to beat in the third race, but again not a betting prospect.

Emerging Force has a strong chance in the 4th race for friend of the blog Harry Whittington.  He could go very well and would have been our pick but for the presence of Henri Parry Morgan.  We have been waiting for this guy to click all year, and whilst there’s been no sign yet, he ran a close 2nd to Native River here last year, and the poor subsequent runs mean he arrives here off a low mark, and this scenery could just spark that long-awaited revival.

Snow Falcon has some appeal in the Liverpool hurdle on good ground, but we will skip a bet there and wait for the meeting closer, where the in-form So Celebre must have a great chance of following up a smooth win at Ascot last weekend.


No Hassle Hoff  (1345 Aintree)  5/1 generally available

Henri Parry Morgan (1540 Aintree)  10/1 generally available

So Celebre (1815 Aintree)  13/2 generally available

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