This week is my favourite meeting of the year. Aintree is a very fair course, it is flat and has fences that really need to be jumped and that includes those on the Mildmay course. I can remember going there in the 90’s when it was run down and a pale imitation of what it is now. Since then, prize money has rocketed and some trainers even make this their main target of the year.
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The television cameras are concentrating on what looks to be a cracking card on Saturday and I have looked through it to try to find some value. In the first race on TV, Nicky Henderson seems to have a very strong hand and I think Angels Breath can gain compensation for his Cheltenham defeat. In the Stayers Hurdle, Harry Fry runs If The Cap Fits. He swerved Cheltenham in favour of this race and the trainer is hoping the ground is more suitable for his gelding. The 3 Mile Handicap Chase that precedes the National is a very open contest, but trainer Tom Lacey won this last year and can follow up with Polydora. He won at Newcastle in December and has run well in defeat twice since, he comes here at the bottom of the handicap and can put up a bold show. As to the Grand National itself, I have picked some horses that have a good chance at big price and the one I have chosen for this column is Jury Duty from Gordon Elliott’s yard.
Saturday Aintree Lucky 15
2.25 Angels Breath
3.40 If The Cap Fits
5.15 Jury Duty