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Grand National Day 3 Tips: Our Best Bets For Saturday At Aintree With Our Nap For The Grand National And Stayers Hurdle

Friday 5th April 2019
Apple's Jade could be the banker on Grand National day at Aintree
Apple's Jade could be the banker on Grand National day at Aintree

The Grand National festival reaches a crescendo on Saturday as seven races will light up Aintree racecourse, with the main event - The Randox Health Grand National - taking place at 5:15pm, where Tiger Roll aims to emulate the legendary Red Rum by winning back-to-back renewals of the Merseyside showpiece.

We pick out our best bets for day three at Aintree, which has a huge-priced selection in the Grand National.

1:45pm Gaskells Handicap Hurdle

Sire Du Berlais was produced impeccably by Barry Geraghty to win the Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival last month and the Gordon Elliott-trained star can follow up and duly defy top weight to land victory in the Gaskells Handicap Hurdle at 1:45pm.

Jonjo O'Neill Jnr will take over the ride, so his claim will prove crucial in the closing stages of the race, and the JP McManus-owned raider can help favourite backers get off to a flyer on Grand National day, as he can land the coveted Cheltenham/Aintree double.

Saturday 6th April @ 13:45
Gaskells Handicap Hurdle
Sire Du Berlais
7/2
Odds correct as of Friday 5th April 14:38

2:20pm Mersey Novices' Hurdle

Nicky Henderson's Angels Breath could only finish seventh in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle last month, but that was a classy race on the form book,so he heads to Aintree with a huge chance of improving on that effort.  

He may have found life in the Supreme a little too quick for him, so a step up to 2m 4f for the Mersey Novices' Hurdle could see him come into his own, and while he has to get the better of Brewin'upastorm, who ran well in the Ballymore at Cheltenham, it's Angels Breath that can claim victory.

Saturday 6th April @ 14:20
Mersey Novices' Hurdle
Angels Breath
11/4
Odds correct as of Friday 5th April 14:40

3:00pm Maghull Novices' Chase

Us And Them is entitled to be favourite for this race, as he ran a corker when finishing second behind Duc Des Genievres in the Arkle Challenge Trophy last month, but it could be an Arkle flop that can bounce back to form in this event.

Kayley Woollacott's Lalor failed to fire in the Arkle last month, but he has winning form at Aintree, after he won the Top Novices' Hurdle 12 months ago, so providing that Cheltenham race hasn't left a mark then he can outclass his rivals and bag a Grade 1 success here.

Saturday 6th April @ 15:00 Result
Maghull Novices' Chase
Lalor
lost
4/1
Odds correct as of Friday 5th April 14:41

3:40pm Ryanair Stayers' Hurdle

It could be a huge day for Gordon Elliott's yard with Tiger Roll aiming to win the National, but before the main race he saddles Apple's Jade, who has to be an absolute corking price, if she can replicate her early season form, and a step up in trip for the Stayers' Hurdle can see her blossom at 3:40pm.

She failed to deliver in the Champion Hurdle, but this test of stamina will see her sparkle more impressively, and if she can just stalk Sam Spinner through the majority of the race, then she can kick clear in the closing stages, and show her Cheltenham flop was a flash in the pan, and she can return to the top of the hurdling tree.

Saturday 6th April @ 15:40
Ryanair Stayers' Hurdle
Apple's Jade
15/8
Odds correct as of Friday 5th April 14:42

4:20pm Betway Handicap Chase

Dan Skelton's Oldgrangewood has been in dreadful form of late, but that has allowed his handicap mark to drop significantly, and he is now 8lb lower in the handicap than his last winning mark, so he could be a real major player in the competitive-looking Betway Handicap Chase at 4:15pm.

He ran OK in this race 12 months ago, but is lining up in this year's renewal off 9lb lower, so he has to be a major contender, if he can recapture some old form in what is one of the betting races of the entire day at Aintree.

Friday 5th April @ 16:20
Betway Handicap Chase
Oldgrangewood
10/1
Odds correct as of Friday 5th April 14:43

5:15pm Randox Health Grand National

Tiger Roll is entitled to be a short-priced favourite for the Grand National at 5:15pm, but he is significantly higher in the weights in this year's race, and while he is likely to make the frame at his skinny odds he is worth taking on with a much more attractive each-way contender.

Ballyoptic is an eye-catching each-way player, as he finished a gallant runner-up to Joe Farrell in the Scottish Grand National at Ayr at the back end of last season, and while he will need to show his jumping has improved after he fell in the Becher Chase earlier in the season, Nigel Twiston-Davies knows what it takes to win the Grand National and Ballyoptic can make the frame at least in Saturday's main event.

Saturday 6th April @ 17:15 Result
Randox Health Grand National
Ballyoptic (EW)
lost
33/1
Odds correct as of Friday 5th April 14:44

6:20pm Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle

Jedd O'Keeffe's main runner on Saturday might be Sam Spinner in the Stayers' Hurdle, but he will also saddle Lord Yeats in the finale - the Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle - and that raider can outclass his rivals in what is an intriguing race to finish Grand National day.

He was a classy Flat horse and appears to have taken to the National Hunt game with aplomb, and having won last time out he now steps into handicap company, and he could prove to be attractively handicapped and can land the finale.

Saturday 6th April @ 18:15
Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle
Lord Yeats
5/1
Odds correct as of Friday 5th April 14:45
Grand National Runners
Tiger Roll 7/2 4 7/2 4 - - 7/2 9/2 4
Rathvinden 9 10 10 10 - - 10 10 10
Vintage Clouds 12 12 12 12 - - 12 12 12
Anibale Fly 12 14 10 12 - - 12 14 12
Lake View Lad 14 14 14 14 - - 14 14 14
Joe Farrell 16 18 20 12 - - 14 20 12
Rock The Kasbah 16 16 20 16 - - 20 20 16
Pleasant Company 16 18 20 16 - - 16 20 16
Jury Duty 16 20 20 20 - - 20 16 20
Ramses De Teillee 22 25 25 20 - - 25 20 20
Step Back 25 25 20 20 - - 20 25 20
One For Arthur 25 22 25 25 - - 25 20 25
Walk In The Mill 25 28 25 25 - - 25 25 25
Dounikos 33 40 33 33 - - 33 25 33
Ballyoptic 33 40 33 33 - - 33 33 33
General Principle 33 40 25 33 - - 33 33 33
Minella Rocco 33 40 25 33 - - 25 40 33
Up For Review 25 40 25 33 - - 33 40 33
Noble Endeavor 28 50 33 33 - - 33 33 33
Vieux Lion Rouge 33 50 40 40 - - 40 40 40
Go Conquer 33 50 40 40 - - 50 40 40
The Young Master 33 50 33 40 - - 40 40 40
Folsom Blue 50 66 40 50 - - 50 40 50
Isleofhopendreams 40 50 50 50 - - 50 50 50
Captain Redbeard 50 50 50 50 - - 50 50 50
Valtor 50 50 33 50 - - 40 40 50
Monbeg Notorious 40 66 66 50 - - 50 50 50
Singlefarmpayment 40 66 50 66 - - 50 50 66
Warriors Tale 50 66 40 50 - - 50 50 50
Ultragold 50 66 66 66 - - 66 40 66
Tea For Two 40 50 80 66 - - 66 66 66
Valseur Lido 66 66 66 40 - - 50 66 40
Regal Encore 66 66 66 66 - - 66 50 66
A Toi Phil 50 80 50 66 - - 50 66 66
Livelovelaugh 66 66 50 66 - - 66 66 66
Mala Beach 50 80 66 50 - - 66 50 50
Magic Of Light 50 80 66 66 - - 66 66 66
Don Poli 66 100 80 66 - - 80 66 66
Bless The Wings 66 100 100 66 - - 100 66 66
Outlander 100 100 80 66 - - 66 66 66
Blow By Blow 66 100 100 100 - - 100 66 100
Just A Par 66 100 100 100 - - 100 100 100
Exitas 100 66 100 100 - - 100 100 100
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