The Aintree going is a big factor again today. The ground on the Mildmay and Hurdle course is Soft whilst it is Heavy on the National course. However, the area has had a dry night and the forecast is for a warm breezy day with temperatures up to 15 Celsius by this afternoon. It is likely to be drying ground which can make the surface unresponsive.
One race to look at this afternoon plus the Grand National.
4.20 3m½f Ryanair Stayers Hurdle (Registered As The Liverpool Hurdle) (Grade 1) (Class 1) (4yo+)
Sam Spinner and Wholestone have little between them on Cheltenham form.
Sam Spinner will be ridden positively and may still progress.
Wholestone looks sure to go well, but doesn’t always find a great deal at the finish.
If L’Ami Serge runs, he has a live chance of following up Thursday’s success.
I have the front of the market as follows:
Sam Spinner 9/4
L’Ami Serge 4/1
I will be getting a course report from Aintree at lunchtime before briefing members at 1.00 p.m. By then we should have a better idea how the ground will ride. At present my thoughts on the Grand National are for Gordon Elliott’s Ucello Conti. Has course experience with conditions suitable. Daryl Jacob again takes the ride over the national fences.
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