Today’s Aintree races betting tips from the Channel 4 live races from our team of expert horse racing tipsters.
After a rollercoaster first day of the Grand National festival, Ladies Day provides us another superb day of racing at Aintree.
Aintree Day 2 Tips:
14.15 – Qewy 11/2
The Supreme Novices' Hurdle was a competitive affair at the Cheltenham Festival and Qewy finished fifth in the race. John Ferguson's charge had had just three starts over hurdles however connections seem confident he can act at the top level. This son of Street Cry was a very impressive winner at Newbury when cantering to victory and that form has been franked as the second has won since. The flat Liverpool track and quick ground should favour this five-year-old and he should have the beating of the field.
14.50 – Ainsi Fideles 9/1
All eyes will be on World Hurdle second Saphir Du Rheu in this novices' chase as he returns to larger obstacles. However, Paul Nicholls' charge has been unconvincing over fences and I much prefer Ainsi Fideles. David Pipe's gelding has been in excellent form boasting figures of 111211 and cruised home to with the Grade 1 Reynoldstown Novices' Chase earlier this season. That form has been franked since with Virak going on to win a decent Haydock handicap and with a 100% record on good ground, this five-year-old is the one to beat.
15.25 – Champagne Fever 7/2
This looks a smart renewal of the Melling Chase and I like Champagne Fever to make up for his absence from Cheltenham. Willie Mullins' charge looked excellent last time out at Gowran Park, putting in a flawless round of jumping and many really fancied this son of Stowaway for the Champion Chase at Prestbury Park. Proven at Grade 1 level and coming into the race fresh, he can give his trainer back-to-back wins in this race.
16.05 – Splash of Ginge 22/1
Many would like to see Splash Of Ginge win this race for Liverpool-based owner John Neild and I think he can certainly do so. This seven-year-old has been mixing with the top level all season and superbly won a Cheltenham handicap on New Years Day. Connections are looking at a tilt in the Old Roan Chase next season which would be a big step up in class, which suggests how highly regarded he is. This son of Oscar has ran twice at Aintree, winning the first time and second in a Grade 1 hurdle which suggests he will be comfortable with the sharpness of the course.
16.40 – Minella Rocco 7/2
This looks a very strong renewal of the Sefton Novices' Hurdle and I feel that Minella Rocco has excellent claims for this race. This five-year-old has had plenty of hype around him since being bought by JP McManus and has won with the minimum of fuss on his two starts at Kempton and Newbury. He missed the Cheltenham Festival specifically for this race and should be too much for the field.
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