A lot of brilliant racing to look forward to on Saturday and hopefully I am able to pick out some nice priced winners for you all.
Alan King’s Balder Success is fancied to score in the Henry VIII Novices Chase at Sandown. He produced an exceptional round of jumping to win at Chepstow on his chase debut before the low sun caught him out at Cheltenham. Displaying that he is over that fall when bolting up at Wetherby. With the promise of further improvement he edges the vote over some useful rivals.
The Becher Chase at 2-05 is a fantastic spectacle and it is a great to see the horses jump around the national course. The race itself is as competitive as ever and it is David Pipe’s new recruit Bostons Angel that shades the verdict. The former Jessica Harrington inmate is a former RSA chase winner and has put up some sterling efforts in big staying chases previously. The change of yards and first time tongue strap can see him go very close here at 14/1.
Saturday’s highlight is undoubtedly the Tingle Creek at 3-00, despite the absence of Sprinter Sacre. Nicky Henderson is able to show his strength in depth through the fielding of a very able deputy in the form of Captain Conan. A winner of the Novices Chase on this card last year he has some very good form to his name including when defeating Sire De Grugy at Cheltenham in November 2012. That rival is greatly improved but could struggle to reverse that form here.
Aintree Tips: Gabrial The Great 12-00, Poetic Verse 12-30, Bygones Of Brid 1-00, Dundee 1-30, Bostons Angel 2-05, Unioniste 2-40 and Gansey 3-15
Chepstow Tips: Gunner Fifteen 12-25, Ballytober 12-55, Sausalito Sunrise 1-25, Hawkes Point 2-00, Brackloon High 2-35, Thunderstorm 3-10 and Tara Road 3-45
Sandown Tips: Vaniteux 12-20, Top Totti 12-50, Whisper 1-20, Balder Success 1-50, Whitby Jack 2-25, Captain Conan 3-00 and Buddy Bolero 3-35