Grand National Meeting – Day Three Preview

We preview Grand National Saturday – which is the third and final day of the Grand National Festival from Aintree.

The seven race card features three Group One clashes, as well as the big one – the Grand National itself, for that please see our separate preview.

Don’t forget any non-runners you can keep up-to-date via our Non-runners tool

We have detailed run through of every race, including our picks and also from BetVictor’s Charlie McCann.


1.45pm Gaskells Handicap Hurdle (G3) 3m 149y £75,000

2019 field and odds from BetVictor:
1 Sire Du Berlais 9/2
G Elliott / Jonjo O’Neill Jr.
12 Poker Play 9/1
D Pipe / T Scudamore
2 Aux Ptits Soins 12/1
D Skelton / Harry Skelton
17 Nestor Park 12/1
B Pauling / Nico de Boinville
6 Coolanly 14/1
F O’Brien / P J Brennan
16 Burrows Park 14/1
Miss V Williams / Charlie Deutsch
3 Mia’s Storm 16/1
A King / Wayne Hutchinson
8 Forza Milan 16/1
Jonjo O’Neill / B J Geraghty
13 Flemcara 16/1
Miss E C Lavelle / Aidan Coleman
20 Canyon City 16/1
N B King / Jack Quinlan
5 Nadaitak 18/1
B Pauling / Thomas Bellamy
14 Theclockisticking 20/1
Stuart Edmunds / C Gethings
18 Tommy Rapper 20/1
D Skelton / Bridget Andrews
21 First Drift 20/1
B I Case / Max Kendrick
4 Keeper Hill 22/1
W Greatrex / R Johnson
7 Red Indian 25/1
Miss Kelly Morgan / Fergus Gregory
10 Burbank 25/1
N J Henderson / J McGrath
11 Gunfleet 25/1
Miss E C Lavelle / Adam Wedge
15 Knock House 25/1
D McCain Jnr / Henry Brooke
19 Vive Le Roi 33/1
A W Carroll / Harry Bannister
9 Coole Cody 50/1
M Blake / H Cobden
22 Maximiser 66/1
S G West / Joe Colliver

TGT says: A tough opener but Sire Du Berlais is a good horse and should come home

Expert view from BetVictor’s Charlie McCann: Sire Du Berlais has been raised 8lbs for winning the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham last month although talented conditional Jonjo O’Neill takes off a valuable 3lbs. He must go close but the each way vote in the opener goes to Nestor Park (1.45) who is 14/1 at BetVictor who are betting five places on the race.

The selection won well at Newcastle last time and looks sure to appreciate the step up to 3m for the first time for Ben Pauling.

2.25pm Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (G1) 2m 4f £100,000

2019 field and odds from BetVictor:
2 Brewin’upastorm 11/4
Olly Murphy / R Johnson
1 Angels Breath 7/2
N J Henderson / Nico de Boinville
6 One For Rosie 5/1
N A Twiston-Davies / Sam Twiston-Davies
3 Chosen Mate 8/1
G Elliott / D N Russell
9 Umbrigado 9/1
D Pipe / T Scudamore
5 Kateson 11/1
Tom Lacey / Sean Bowen
7 Reserve Tank 14/1
C L Tizzard / R M Power
8 The Big Bite 18/1
T R George / C Gethings
4 Colonel Custard 28/1
Nicky Martin / Matt Griffiths

TGT says: Angels Breath is our pick here, a good horse

Expert view from BetVictor’s Charlie McCann: Brewin’upastorm (2.25) should find conditions ideal having been, arguably, outstayed when fourth in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham last month. The selection has not had much luck so far this season but should appreciate this slight drop back in trip and he can justify 11/4 favouritism with BetVictor.

3.00pm Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase (G1) 1m 7f 176y £100,000

2019 field and odds from BetVictor:
7 Us And Them 5/2
Joseph P O’Brien / J J Slevin
2 Clondaw Castle 7/2
T R George / C Gethings
5 Lalor 9/2
Kayley Woollacott / R Johnson
6 Ornua 5/1
H De Bromhead / D N Russell
4 Knocknanuss 6/1
G L Moore / J E Moore
3 Destrier 9/1
D Skelton / Harry Skelton
1 Caid Du Lin 22/1
Dr R D P Newland / Sam Twiston-Davies

TGT says: Lalor gets out vote in this one

Expert view from BetVictor’s Charlie McCann: The Grade 1 Novice Chase over 2m is a poor renewal although there is plenty of pace in the race with Ornua and Knocknanuss confirmed front-runners. Us And Them finished a never nearer second in the Arkle last time but I am going to take a chance with Destrier (3.00) who is unbeaten in two starts over fences for Dan Skelton. The each way selection is 11/1 with BetVictor and can belie those odds although his lack of chasing experience is a slight concern.

3.40pm Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle (G1) (registered as the Liverpool Hurdle) 3m 149y £180,000

2019 field and odds from BetVictor:
14 Apple’s Jade 7/4
G Elliott / J W Kennedy
7 Sam Spinner 9/2
Jedd O’Keeffe / Joe Colliver
3 If The Cap Fits 13/2
H Fry / Sean Bowen
15 Roksana 10/1
D Skelton / Harry Skelton
13 William Henry 11/1
N J Henderson / Nico de Boinville
12 Wholestone 16/1
N A Twiston-Davies / D A Jacob
11 West Approach 18/1
C L Tizzard / T Scudamore
10 Unowhatimeanharry 20/1
H Fry / B J Geraghty
1 Agrapart 22/1
Nick Williams / Lizzie Kelly
4 Kilbricken Storm 25/1
C L Tizzard / H Cobden
9 The Worlds End 28/1
T R George / P J Brennan
5 Lord Napier 40/1
P Bowen / James Bowen
8 Sykes 40/1
Nicky Martin / Matt Griffiths
2 Clyne 50/1
Evan Williams / Adam Wedge
6 Nautical Nitwit 100/1
P A Kirby / Thomas Dowson

TGT says: Apple’s Jade should bounce back here in fine style

Expert view from BetVictor’s Charlie McCann: If Apple’s Jade is back to anything like her best, then she has the G1 Liverpool Hurdle at her mercy, but she was beaten at halfway in the Champion Hurdle last time and is overlooked. Roksana was a fortunate winner of the Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham but this return to 3m will suit. Preference, however, is for Sam Spinner (3.40) who finished second to Paisley Park in the Stayers’ Hurdle last month and is another each way recommendation in his bid to go one better.

Jedd O’Keefe’s stable star has not yet recaptured the best of last season’s form but at 9/2 with BetVictor (4 places) I would be disappointed if he was out of the frame.

4.20pm Betway Handicap Chase (G3) 3m 210y £75,000

2019 field and odds from BetVictor:
4 Debece 11/2
Tim Vaughan / Alan Johns
1 Kildisart 7/1
B Pauling / D A Jacob
2 Mister Malarky 7/1
C L Tizzard / Jonjo O’Neill Jr.
10 Polydora 17/2
Tom Lacey / T Scudamore
5 Springtown Lake 10/1
P J Hobbs / R Johnson
11 Touch Kick 10/1
P F Nicholls / H Cobden
9 Oldgrangewood 12/1
D Skelton / Harry Skelton
13 Amaulino 14/1
R K Watson / A Ring
15 Theatre Territory 14/1
W Greatrex / Mr S Waley-Cohen
6 Reikers Island 16/1
P J Hobbs / T J O’Brien
14 On Tour 16/1
Evan Williams / Adam Wedge
18 Clondaw Westie 25/1
17 Federici 28/1
D McCain Jnr / Henry Brooke
3 Willie Boy 33/1
C E Longsdon / R T Dunne
12 Red Giant 33/1
Jennie Candlish / J J Burke
16 Gold Opera 33/1
K Dalgleish / Craig Nichol
7 Some Buckle 40/1
R Bandey / Harry Bannister
8 Smooth Stepper 66/1
A M Hales / Wayne Hutchinson

TGT says: Mister Malarkey is the one for us here

Expert view from BetVictor’s Charlie McCann: I am a big fan of Mister Malarkey for Colin Tizzard in the 3m Handicap Chase although I am slightly concerned that the yard’s runners have not all be running up to their very best in recent days. A big run from Lostintranslation on Friday would help allay those fears.

Without that information, however, the vote in the 3m Handicap Chase goes to top-weight Kildisart (4.20) who finished fourth in the Grade 1 JLT Chase at Cheltenham last time. The hope is that this step up to three miles for the first time will suit.  The each way selection is 15/2 at BetVictor and I hope to see a big run despite the steadier of 11st 12lbs.

5.15pm Randox Health Grand National (G3) (Handicap Chase) GNC 4m 2f 74y £1,000,000

Click here to read out in-depth Grand National Preview

6.20pm Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle (Conditional Jockeys & Amateur Riders) 2m 103y £50,000

2019 field and odds from BetVictor:
16 Scheu Time 5/1
J Nash / Jonjo O’Neill Jr.
4 Lord Yeats 6/1
Jedd O’Keeffe / Thomas Dowson
6 Chief Justice 8/1
G Elliott / Mr J J Codd
12 West To The Bridge 8/1
D Skelton / William Marshall
7 Flashing Glance 12/1
Tom Lacey / Stan Sheppard
8 Locker Room Talk 12/1
N A Twiston-Davies / Mr Jack Savage
13 Always Resolute 12/1
Ian Williams / Edward Austin
1 Whatmore 14/1
H D Daly / Harry Teal
5 Nietzsche 14/1
B Ellison / Danny McMenamin
19 Thistimenextyear 14/1
Richard Spencer / Darragh O’keeffe
18 Subcontinent 18/1
Miss V Williams / H F Nugent
10 Fin And Game 20/1
D McCain Jnr / D J McInerney
9 Normal Norman 25/1
J Ryan / Max Kendrick
11 Havana Hermano 25/1
Stuart Edmunds / Charlie Hammond
15 Kuiper Belt 33/1
G Elliott / D Meyler
17 Chieftain’s Choice 33/1
Kevin Frost / Kieron Edgar
2 All Set To Go 40/1
Kevin Frost / Sam Coltherd
20 Pink Legend 40/1
Miss V Williams / Miss L M Turner
21 Welsh Rarebit 40/1
Lucinda Egerton / Aiden Blakemore
3 All Yours 66/1
S Curran / K Brogan
14 Beeno 66/1
Mrs Dianne Sayer / Mr C J Todd
22 Prairie Town 66/1
A W Carroll / Patrick Cowley

TGT says: We think the National meeting comes to an end with a Gordon Elliott winner in the form of Chief Justice.

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