Aintree Placepot Predictions: Expert Friday picks for all six races
Read our professional Aintree Placepot for the second afternoon of the Grand National Festival. Find out which runners to incorporate as we goal the Tote Placepot pool
The is in full swing at Aintree, with one other 4 Grade 1 contests on Friday afternoon and a primary look at the famed National fences in the Topham Chase.
Aintree Tote Placepot picks – Friday tips
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Aintree Tote Placepot picks – Friday tips
Race 1: Aintree, 1.45
A 22-runner graded handicap makes for a troublesome starting place at Aintree on Friday. Top-weight Wilde About Oscar just isn’t bypassed simply however Mister Coffey, seventh within the Betfair Hurdle, is preferred with further improvement probably from Nicky Henderson’s cost.
Solwara One and Amarillo Sky are each attainable improvers and have enough experience this season over timber to forecast them going nicely from glorious racing weights, so they full a trio to attempt to navigate this demanding opener.
Selection(s): No 10 Mister Coffey, No 14 Solwara One, No 22 Amarillo Sky
Race 2: Aintree, 2.20
Dusart comfortably disposed of subsequent Betfair Hurdle winner Soaring Glory on his hurdles bow at Newbury in November and Nicky Henderson’s charge could probably be superb certainly. He is much respected, having been off since.
Cheltenham winner Belfast Banter has more on his plate in Grade 1 firm and it might be that Houx Grix turns the tables on him. Ajero, nonetheless, may be very progressive for Kim Bailey (four from 5 over hurdles) and mustn’t look at all out of place in this grade. He is a correct contender.
Selection(s): No 1 Ajero, No 6 Dusart
Race three: Aintree, 2.50
Last month’s Marsh Novices’ Chase winner Chantry House maybe did not get all of the credit score he deserved, on circumstance that Envoi Allen was an early casualty at Cheltenham. All conjecture of course however he could be a lot shorter now had that rival stood up and been defeated.
The Seven Barrows inmate is tailor-made for going three miles around right here and may make it a spring pageant double with the absence of an Irish problem playing into his arms.
Selection(s): No 1 Chantry House
Race four: Aintree, three.25
A tough race to evaluate. Politologue was first and second on this in 2018 and 2019 and the grey is probably finest positioned of the Paul Nicholls trio now. He missed Cheltenham and may profit significantly from that.
Dashel Drasher must show he can carry out well away from Ascot and it’s Ryanair second Fakir D’oudairies that presents the big threat to the UK-based runners.
Joseph O’Brien’s charge did not always leap cleanly at Cheltenham – but this flat observe ought to swimsuit him and he’s a major contender on form this season. Four years the junior of Politologue, that could probably be quite telling late on.
Selection(s): No 3 Fakir D’oudairies, No 8 Politologue
Race 5: Aintree, four.05
Livelovelaugh ran well for a long way within the 2019 National earlier than his stamina gave way. He is rated solely 1lb larger now over these obstacles and has been in good form this season in Ireland, ensuring he has received a fairly apparent probability.
Nicky Henderson could not buy a Grand National but, perversely, has gained the Topham 5 occasions over the same fences. He fires a quartet on the prize and Caribean Boy formed properly enough final month at Cheltenham to warrant the suggestion he can have a big say.
Selection(s): No 4 Caribean Boy, No eight Livelovelaugh
Race 6: Aintree, 4.40
Bravemansgame bumped into a potential celebrity in Bob Olinger at Cheltenham so Newbury’s Grade 1 Challow winner can earn compensation here. Paul Nicholls thinks plenty of him, although he admitted there was no reply to the Irish pair at Cheltenham final time.
This elevated trip can see the Ditcheat inmate to good impact, with main Irish challenger Cape Gentleman respected but on paper with one thing to show at this distance.
Selection(s): No 4 Bravemansgame
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