Day Two Aintree tips with race breakdown as Grand National Festival continues

1.45 PERTEMPS NETWORK HANDICAP HURDLE

AMARILLO SKY creeps in at the bottom of the weights and looks the answer to a trappy contest.

He cost £280,000 but seemed to be hit by the general malaise in the Colin Tizzard yard earlier in the season.

His fourth to Dusart in the autumn reads well and he enjoyed the better ground to win a small race at Exeter a month ago. He is unexposed and looks potentially very well handicapped.

At the other end of the handicap, Wilde About Oscar and Edwardstone will have their supporters. Plus you don’t see many Paul Nicholls horses at 25-1 and Amour De Nuit is the each-way play. He’ll bounce off the ground.

AMARILLO SKY

Each-way: Amour De Nuit

2.20 BETWAY TOP NOVICES’ HURDLE

I love AJERO. A half brother to Charbel, he has won four on the spin and has been expertly placed by Kim Bailey.

His wins have come on fast, flat tracks and Aintree is expected to suit.

This is not a deep race although Dusart is the talking horse. A sole victory, albeit an impressive one, at Newbury in November seems a long time ago although, as we know, Hendo can ready one.

For Pleasure will go off hard and I can see him grabbing a place on the podium.

AJERO

Each-way: For Pleasure

2.50 BETWAY MILDMAY NOVICES’ CHASE

All eight runners have some sort of chance. But the Ajero team of Bailey and Bass could strike again with ESPOIR DE ROMAY. He arrives fresh and is fancied to overturn Chantry House and the others who ran at Cheltenham.

He has won easily twice, either side of a respectable second to Royale Pagaille at Haydock where he faced the impossible task of giving him 5lb.

With eight runners, there is some each-way value to be had and there is quiet confidence behind Empire Steel. He is very much overpriced at 20-1.

ESPOIR DE ROMAY

Each-way: Empire Steel

3.35 MARSH CHASE (REGISTERED AS THE MELLING CHASE)

It might be a blessing that DASHEL DRASHER missed Cheltenham and he is fancied to repel all rivals in this Grade One contest.

He has developed a love affair with Ascot this season with three victories including in the Grade One Ascot Chase. But he also has solid form going left handed and while he would prefer it a bit softer he has winning form on decent ground.

He edged out Master Tommytucker at Ascot and he reopposes today.

Politologue won this race in 2018 and is another to have missed Cheltenham. He is a serious contender.

Nuts Well has not been sighted since winning the Old Roan Chase and he rates a decent each-way poke at 10-1 on a track that brings out the best in him.

DASHEL DRASHER

Each-way: Nuts Well

4.05 RANDOX TOPHAM HANDICAP CHASE

MORNING VICAR (4.05) could be a blessing for punters on day two of the Grand National Festival at Aintree.

He is one of 28 runners in the Randox Topham Handicap Chase over the Grand National fences and very much much ticks all the boxes.

Nicky Henderson may not have won the National itself but he has cornered this contest five times and knows what it takes to win it.

Morning Vicar is a fluent jumper and will relish the ground conditions. He ran a blinder in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham where he was bang in contention before failing to stay the 3m 2f.

Back over 2m 5f today, and with James Bowen riding like a demon at present, Morning Vicar looks a divine punt at around the 10-1 mark.

This is a brilliant betting race and Visioman has attracted serious money, possibly down to the Rachael Blackmore-Henry De Bromhead axis.

Ravenhill Road bounced back to form and has everything in his favour and looks an each-way play at 16-1, while Huntsman Son ran a cracker at Cheltenham and is another to consider, also at 16-1.

MORNING VICAR

Each-way: Ravenhill Road

4.40 DOOM BAR SEFTON NOVICES’ HURDLE

The Ballymore Hurdle at Cheltenham did not pan out perfectly for BRAVEMANSGAME but he is fancied to bounce back over this longer trip.

Paul Nicholls’ giant still ran a respectable third to the speedier Bob Olinger but that race was not enough of a stamina test for this embryonic chaser.

He will get that today and this race can become a war of attrition.

Midnight River beat £450,000 purchase Gallyhill at Ascot and both should run well while Cape Gentleman must be respected.

Sizable Sam appeals as a sporting each-way play. A lovely big horse, he could outrun his odds of 25-1.

BRAVEMANSGAME

Each-way: Sizable Sam

5.15 PINSENT MASONS HANDICAP HURDLE

COPPERLESS has breezed home in his last two races and stands out near the bottom of the weights.

He clearly relishes decent ground and his victories at Market Rasen and Taunton came with plenty in hand.

This will still take some winning and Camprond has a similar profile to the selection. Unexposed, he won well at Taunton and has a very good pilot on his back in this race for conditional riders and amateurs.

Those looking for a big price contender could do worse than Native Fighter at 25-1 who has conditions in his favour.

COPPERLESS

Each-way: Native Fighter

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  • AINTREE

    1.45 Amarillo Sky (nb)

    2.20 Ajero (Nap)

    2.50 Espoir De Romay

    3.25 Dashel Drasher

    4.05 Morning Vicar

    4.40 Bravemansgame

    5.15 Copperless (trb)

    LEICESTER

    1.00 Angel Bleu

    1.35 Danny Bleu

    2.10 Raadobarg

    2.40 Dirty Rascal

    3.15 Boss Power

    3.55 Law of the Sea

    4.30 Jean Baptiste

    SEDGEFIELD

    2.00 Bellaney Gem

    2.30 Silken Moonlight

    3.05 La Mystere

    3.47 Bonanza Sam

    4.22 Gameface

    4.55 Agent Valdez

    5.30 Conundrum

    KEMPTON

    4.35 Hot Chestnut

    5.05 Painless Potter

    5.40 Quenelle D’Or

    6.10 Almost You

    6.40 Production

    7.10 Dragon Symbol

    7.40 My Frankel

    8.10 Alezan

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