Min Is The Banker At Aintree Today
It’s Ladies Day at Aintree and there could be some fine fillies on show…and there might be some decent horses on the track! The occasion has become something of a cliche on the national media and cold but wet weather today won’t help. However, for punters the sun will be shining when Min wins the Melling Chase. (3.25). Balko Des Flos was an impressive winner of the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival and the horse must be respected. However, the run of MIN behind Altior in the Champion Chase makes the horse the one to back today at 6/5 with William Hill.
There are four Grade 1 races on the second day of the Grand National meeting at Aintree at a fixture that is only second to Cheltenham in terms of the quality of the jumps racing. The four week gap between each meeting means it’s more feasible for horses to run at both. However, the favourite for the novices’ hurdle at 2.20 did not run at Cheltenham in order to contest today’s target and that could be a tip in itself. GLOBAL CITIZEN is an improving horse who won impressively on soft ground at Kempton in February and looks an attractive bet at 9/4 with Betfair to win today.
Terrefort is the form pick in the novices’ chase at 2.50 but the horse might not be able to translate Cheltenham form to Aintree. A second place finish in the JLT Novices’ Chase at the festival is outstanding form in the context of this race. Terrfort has excellent form over two miles and four furlongs but today’s race at Aintree is over five furlongs further. MIA’S STORM is more suited to a race over more then three miles and has the ratings to win today so must be backed at 6/1 with Ladbrokes.
The stayers’ novices’ hurdle at 4.40 is another race that brings together horses with Cheltenham form. However, most winners over the last ten years did not run at the festival or did not have hard races at the meeting. Santini is the form pick but had a tough assignment in the equivalent race at Cheltenham and the flatter track at Aintree might not help. CHEF DES OBEAUX is the horse that could have something left in the tank and can be backed at 10/1.