Meetings:

THE big day is here and Alan has three each-way fancies for the most popular race of the year, the Grand National.

He also has tips for the first five races of the final day of the festival, and good luck everyone in bashing the bookies in the big one.

Aintree 1.45

TOMMY RAPPER (1.45) racked up a hat-trick on soft/heavy ground last winter and should go well at decent odds in the opening three-mile handicap hurdle. Dan Skelton quickly switched him back to hurdles following two modest attempts over fences and Tommy Rapper ran a pleasing fourth to hot favourite Samburu Shujaa at Chepstow in late February, his first outing in 84 days. 

Burrows Park found 2m 4f on sharp side when seventh to Early Doors in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Hurdle at Cheltenham but relished the step up to 3m 2f to score decisively at Kelso. He should go well for Venetia Williams, again at tasty each-way odds. 

2.25

BREWIN’UPASTORM has the credentials required to go close in the Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle, a Grade One event over 2m 4f. Olly Murphy’s gelding, a bumper winner on soft ground, faded up the hill into fourth spot behind City Island and Champ at Cheltenham and this flat track should play to his strengths. 

3.00

US AND THEM has finished runner-up on his last four outings, the latest coming at Cheltenham when hunting up easy winner Duc Des Genievres in the Arkle Trophy. This looks a shade easier for Joseph O’Brien’s six-year-old. 

3.40

APPLE’S JADE is given the opportunity to atone for her expensive Champion Hurdle fade-out by landing the Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle. She has consistently hammered Thursday’s big-race winner Supasundae back on home soil and the mare routed favourite Ivanovich Gorbatov by 41 lengths as a juvenile on her only other visit to Aintree. On a going day she is almost unbeatable but has a bit to prove after that latest flop. Sam Spinner returned to form at Cheltenham and is a dangerous rival if on his ‘A’ game. 

4.20

TOUCH KICK blundered his chance away five out in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham and faded into ninth behind Any Second Now. Trevor Hemmings loves to have fancied runners at his local meeting and Touch Kick has been very consistent this season with form figures of 1-2-3-1 before his Cheltenham sortie. He also won at this time last year and should give his backers a run their each-way money in another open event. 

5.15

RAMSES DE TEILLEE will relish testing conditions underfoot in the Randox Health Grand National. David Pipe’s grey chased home classy Elegant Escape in the Welsh Grand National and found the track riding a shade too lively when edged out by Robinsfirth in Haydock’s Grand National Trial. He is still a young and improving horse at seven years of age and is usually sure-footed. 

Another grey, Lake View Lad, travels down from Scotland with a big chance judged on his third to Beware The Bear and Vintage Clouds at Cheltenham under the burden of 11st 12lb. Rain is an added bonus and he seems to be improving at a rate of knots. Lake View Lad is due to go up 3lb in future so is well handicapped if staying the 4m 2f trip. 

Last year’s hero Tiger Roll is a very skinny price to complete the ‘Red Rum’ back-to-back double but will find it tougher with more weight on his back. He is a little tiger, however, and goes well in the mud. Rock The Kasbah arrives here a fresh horse and gives Richard Johnson a sporting chance of breaking his National duck. There has been good money all week for the Willie Mullins-trained Rathvinden, a stout stayer with form on all types of going, but much of the value has been sucked out of his price. 

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52 Comments
  1. mal c 6 months ago

    Aintree 5:15 Lake View Lad – 18/1 bet365 e/w

    Lake View Lad – from N W Alexander yard the owner Trevor Hemmings has three runners in the race with this 9yo has progressed this season and jumps well and with the rain in opening day the conditions will suit. He’s won three hurdle races, a NH flat race and four chases from 2m to 3m on ground varying from good to soft to heavy , He get his first run at Aintree and first time at this distance but his run in the Group 3 Ultima Handicap Chase at Cheltenham 3m 1f he had a strong finish for third place behind Beware The Bear beaten 3.25 lengths with Henry Brooke who’s been in saddle all races this season and going for hattick of wins on horse this season

  2. elvis parsley 6 months ago

    Aintree
    3-00 lalor 4-1
    3-40 if the cap fits 7-1
    Newcastle
    3-55 manamite 9-4

    National
    Vintage clouds 14-1
    Tiger roll 9-2
    Rock the casbah 18-1
    Dounikos 33-1

  3. heisenberg 6 months ago

    Bet365 existing customers
    offer valid till noon half your stake back on each way bets in the National anyone else noticed?

  4. postman 5 months ago

    2:10 Leopardstown – Madhmoon (NAP)
    2;25 Aintree – Angels Breath (NB)
    4:30 – Newcastle – The Paddy Pie

    Grand National
    My pin landed on ‘Monbeg Notorious’ (best price 80/1)

  5. hibee1 5 months ago

    2.25 Aintree
    Roskana 11/1 ew

    This mares previous run at the course last year makes me believe she could run well today at decent odds.
    Lightlty campaigned, with only the 2 runs in the last 12 month, i think there could be more to come from Dan’s 7 yo. His yard is a very good order at the moment, i am having to take it on trust she is well today as i have been unable to find anything out about her.
    Apples Jade will obviously be popular with young Jack going easy on her when she was beaten at Cheltenham and Gordon Elliot running her here for the first time, but i think 2/1 it is too short.

    I am at Aintree today, i am hoping i can bump into Dan Skelton and i will find out what he thinks, i will try my very best to update you all if i do.

    I have been asked about the GN a million times this week, it’s not a race i bet on, but i do think Tiger roll wins but the odds are no where near what they should be.

    My next bet i like the look of is entered wed/thurs so i will see you all then.

    • heisenberg 5 months ago

      Good luck today 🍀 and enjoy today glad your on the mend.😊

    • heisenberg 5 months ago

      340 race it is for Roksana 👍

    • 5 months ago

      The human cash dispenser is back 👍

    • sean ireland 5 months ago

      Good to see you back hibee1

  6. heartstopper22 5 months ago

    Good to see you back Hibee1……hope yer team gets beat today though! 😉

    • hibee1 5 months ago

      Thanks heartstopper. A Jambo i am presuming? Ha it will be a very close game, Hecky has really turned us around, quite amazing really. Stevie Mallan screamer today mate 😊

  7. hibee1 5 months ago

    A quick apology to mr fixit and everyone else for last week. I was involved in an accident with one of my horses and broke a fair few bones, and in alot of pain and full of painkillers- hence my bad mood. So please accept my apology everyone.
    Best of luck to everyone.

    • chilleden 5 months ago

      No worries. Good to have you back. Let’s just stick to talking about the sport we love and stop all the other nonsense!

    • Mr Fixit 5 months ago

      I hope you’re on the mend. As I said on here several times I didn’t chase you and I’m sorry but I don’t have time to mollycoddle anyone as was suggested. If you want to discuss anything with me email mrfixit@dailyrecord.co.uk. I’m back in the office tomorrow after two weeks off.

  8. 5 months ago

    Hibee over the moon to wake up to you back! Do you have any thoughts on the 2.25 Aintree i got a tip for brewinupastorm from someone in olly murphys yard who has given me good winners before i was hoping you could give me your thoughts??

  9. 5 months ago

    Big welcome back hibee alot of talk about you lately i think we all thought you had gone for good. I like the look of your tip today.

  10. 5 months ago

    Kudos Mr Fixit.

  11. recoba 5 months ago

    Singles and a wee double(already mentioned)

    Brewing up a Storm…2.20 10/3
    Roskana…3.35. 8/1. (Aff Aplles Jade at 6/4!?)

    Trixie for this evening…

    Damon Rimyon…5.45. 5/4
    Kings Advice…7.30. 2/1(**)
    Glorious Emaraty…8.30. 11/10

    Hope Tiger Roll wins for people and to give the bookies a beating but 7/2??
    I’d want that for him to make it round.
    Lottery like £1 Ew on One for Arthur and
    £1 on Rathviden.

    GL all 👍🍀🎠

    • recoba 5 months ago

      Each wayed Roskana but I’ve never had so many 2nds over three days in my life.

    • elvis parsley 5 months ago

      Know how you feel recoba, I tipped if the cap fits, my first winner since Cheltenham 🤕

    • elvis parsley 5 months ago

      Tiger roll just saved my national bets.
      What a legend 🐯🐯

  12. ew thief 5 months ago

    Morning all well done winners yesterday
    1.45 tommy rapper 18-1
    2.25 kateson 15-2
    3.00 ornua 9-2
    3.40 roksana 9-1
    4.20 amaulino 16-1
    5.15 walk in the mill 28-1
    6.20 west to the bridge 11-1
    Ew singles & ew super hienz ☘️Gl all

  13. double carpet 5 months ago

    National

    Rathvinden win
    Dounikos 28/1 6 places
    Monbeg Notorious 66/1 6 places
    Valseur Lido 80/1 6 places

    Other bets
    Angels Breath 11/4
    Lalor 4/1

    BOL

  14. database 5 months ago

    to place: 145a tommy rapper 7/2, 340A william henry 13/8, 455l heir of excitement 6/4 420a kildisart 6/5
    63.97/1 @ 0.5pts

  15. busstop.2018 5 months ago

    Morning All. Well done yesterdays winners.

    CHEPSTOW

    16.05. .Snuff Box. .13/3. .E/W

    18.05. .Is A Real Champ. .2/1

    NEWCASTLE

    14.05. .Echo Express. .13/8

    AINTREE

    15.00. .Clondaw Castle. .5/1

    15.40. .Apples Jade. .13/8

    GL ALL

  16. busstop.2018 5 months ago

    Small Interest bets only in the national.

    all E/W 6 PLACES

    Lake View Lad. .18/1

    Pleasant Company. .16/1

    Vintage Clouds. .16/1

  17. maddison 5 months ago

    Grand National 6 places
    6 horses selected
    I have 3 ‘top end’ horses
    2 bigger priced horses
    And 1 value outsider

    To win outright bigger stakes
    Rathvinden 7/1
    Vintage Clouds 14/1
    Joe Farrell 16/1

    Each way and I think be in with an overall shout
    Both have raced National and both have the stamina
    Walk in the Mill 28/1
    Balyoptic 50/1

    And big price value outsider :
    Folsum Blue 66/1
    This year’s bless the wings! The experience horse hoping to get in places

  18. azzthewigan 5 months ago

    sire du berlais 1.45 brewingupastorm 2.25 us and them 3.00 apples jade 3.40 on tour 4.20 valseur lido 5.15 ew.. up for review 5.15 ew well done all winners yesterday

  19. Charlie76 5 months ago

    £50 ew on hibees roskana. Skybet going 4 places 🐎

    • database 5 months ago

      b365 allows you to choose how many places you want and then adjusts the odds according, so for instance ROKSANA is 6/1 for 6 places, 7/1 for 5 places etc. at 50 e/w with 6 places at 6/1.. as far as risk free in horse racing goes, this seems like a great bet, if you win you get a nice 6/1 winner, if it places you get your money back and a tenner profit. food for thought.

    • Mr Fixit 5 months ago

      Disappointed no one’s asked me for my Grand National tip except for the Big Issue seller, the postman and the binman!
      So here are three to avoid – I’m on Rathvinden on the nose and Rock the Kasbah and Lake View Lad ew.

    • minion_daft 5 months ago

      Love your thinking database!

    • drogers 5 months ago

      Oh my word Mr Charlie….I was on that Hibee1 pick as well. Shouting at the tv.
      What a run in that was. Unfortunate not to nick it but as database said it’s a bet to nothing. Backed it for 6 places and 4.

    • database 5 months ago

      what an absolutely stonking race! almost that good you don’t mind not winning (kinda), real unlucky for the roksana on the noser’s but the EW money gotta be profit at least. everyone and his mother wanted if the cap fits to be stepped up in trip, i had them 2 in a CTC, shame i left out apple’s, d’oh!

  20. winnerallright 5 months ago

    Goodluck MrF. im on Rathvinden too. fingers crossed

  21. u2me413 5 months ago

    Where art thou john b

  22. database 5 months ago

    Lady Kaya just absolute obliterated that race and needs putting in people’s notebook for its next race

  23. Charlie76 5 months ago

    You beauty hibee top class so close for the big payout ill take the place money all day

  24. ray_ez 5 months ago

    In keeping with the national tradition I’ve gone for Annabelle fly. Looked good on parade

    • ray_ez 5 months ago

      Anibale fly that should read

  25. elvis parsley 5 months ago

    Would I be exaggerating if I say tiger roll is now the greatest national hunt horses EVER ??.
    flat bred, 4 Cheltenham festival wins over various distances, 2 grand nationals, even won a grade 1 hurdle this season.
    Likes of arkle, best mate, istabraq, desert orchid, altior etc haven’t won the range of races this little legend has.

    • elvis parsley 5 months ago

      Another question.
      How would tiger roll go if he ran in December’s king George at kempton ?.

    • elvis parsley 5 months ago

      R.i.p
      Up for review, who died falling at the first fence. Very sad…

  26. weeguy 5 months ago

    Guys hope you can help. Sky bet are not paying out to me due to a false start in the national. Was there a false start?

    • david-footystats 5 months ago

      What bet are they not paying out?

  27. weeguy 5 months ago

    They had 6 yes/no questions on outcome of national. I had 5 correct, 6th question was would there be a false start, i said no and they are saying there was. £30 stake at 28/1

    • database 5 months ago

      yes there was, gross!

    • Mr Fixit 5 months ago

      It will be confirmed by someone. I saw what happened with the standing start but didn’t think that went down as a false start.
      The racing guys will know for sure but I’ll look into it. What bookie was it?

  28. weeguy 5 months ago

    Skybet

  29. weeguy 5 months ago

    Mr f , i have sent the details to your email. Could you ask your racing colleagues?

    • Mr Fixit 5 months ago

      I’ve spoken to Alan Thomson who says it was definitely a false start. He says it automatically became a standing start after the first attempt was flagged back.

  30. weeguy 5 months ago

    Damn. Thanks

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