UK Shortlist: Grand National 2019

4th April – 6th April 2019

UK Racing experts, Timeform, preview each and every race of the 2019 Grand National.

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Day 3

Gaskells Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (1) 3m149y – 11.45pm

Betting Strategy

Sire du Berlais came out on top in a hotly-contested Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival, and given there’s more to come from him over staying trips, he’s worth keeping onside with an excellent value conditional now taking over in the saddle. Poker Play bagged a big prize at Uttoxeter 3 weeks ago and must enter calculations, along with Coolanly and the likeable Theclockisticking.

 BACK (WIN) – Sire du Berlais

Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) (1) 2½m – 12.25AM

Betting Strategy

One For Rosie ran a blinder off top weight in the EBF Final at Sandown, and looks well worth a crack at this level with the prospect of more to come. Brewin’upastorm sets the standard on his fourth in the Ballymore at Cheltenham, while Angels Breath could easily bounce back. Umbrigado remains unexposed and isn’t one to be underestimated, either.

 BACK (WIN) – One For Rosie

Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) (1) 1m7f176y – 1AM

Betting Strategy

Us And Them had no chance with Duc Des Genievres in the Arkle, particularly as he was asked to come from a long way back in a race where things didn’t really go his way, so he looks capable of gaining some reward for his consistency in the absence of that rival. Clondaw Castle, who shaped well back in fifth that day, is the main threat ahead of the less-exposed Destrier.

 BACK (WIN) – Us and Them

Ryanair Stayers Hurdle (Liverpool) (Grade 1) (1) 3m149y – 1.40am

Betting Strategy

Apple’s Jade wasn’t herself in the Champion Hurdle but her record suggests she’s unlikely to stay down for long and she stands out on form if recapturing the level of her three wide-margin Grade 1 wins this season. Sam Spinner was very much back in his game when second in the Stayers’ at Cheltenham and is a clear next best. Last year’s runner-up Wholestone has each-way claims again.

 BACK (WIN) – Apple’s Jade

Betway Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (1) 3m210y – 2.20AM

Betting Strategy

Debece will find this a lot more competitive than the 2 small-field events he’s won in this sphere but he remains with potential as a chaser and has gone well on both previous appearances at this meeting. Fellow novices Mister Malarky and Kildisart head the dangers having acquitted themselves well in Grade 1 company at the Cheltenham Festival.

 BACK (WIN) – Debece

Randox Health Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (1) 4¼m74y – 3.15AM

Betting Strategy

Gordon Elliott runs a record-breaking 11 and his Jury Duty gets the verdict. He was as good as ever when making a successful return at Down Royal and seems set for a huge run. Tiger Roll will be one of the shortest-priced favourites ever as he bids for back-to-back wins and is sure to be thereabouts with a clear round. Lake View Lad and Walk In The Mill are the pick of the home contingent.

 BACK (WIN) – Jury Duty

Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle (Conditional Jockeys’ And Amateur Riders’) (2) 2m103y – 4.20AM

Betting Strategy

Flashing Glance was value for a bit extra when scoring at Ludlow last time so could still be ahead of his mark after a 4 lb rise. He gets the vote but there are any number of dangers in a very competitive finale, headed by West To The Bridge, Lord Yeats and Whatmore, whose strong-travelling style suggests he could be well suited to the demands of this race.

 BACK (WIN) – Flashing Glance

Previous Days

Devenish Manifesto Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) (1) – 11.45pm AEDT

Betting Forecast

2.75 La Bague Au Roi, 4.33 Glen Forsa, 6.5 Kalashnikov, 8.5 Bags Groove, 10 Spiritofthegames, 13 Mengli Khan

Betting Strategy

Glen Forsa made a most uncharacteristic error at the fourth in the Arkle, but he’s well worth another chance judged on his convincing defeat of Kalashnikov in the Kingmaker at Sandown in February. La Bague Au Roi has been faultless over fences this season and is unlikely to give up her unbeaten record in this sphere without a fight. Sound-jumper Bags Groove shouldn’t be underestimated, either.

 BACK (WIN) – Glen Forsa

Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1) (1) – 12.20am AEDT

Betting Forecast

2.5 Pentland Hills, 3.25 Band of Outlaws, 7 Fakir d’Oudairies, 13 Christopher Wood, 23 Adjali, 23 Fanfan du Seuil, 41 Beat The Judge, 41 Song For Someone, 126 Statuario

Betting Strategy

Triumph Hurdle winner Pentland Hills has taken extremely well to this discipline and can make it 3 from 3. Band of Outlaws looks more than capable of making his presence felt at this level on the evidence of his impressive Fred Winter victory. Fakir d’Oudairies is probably ready for a step up in trip now, so Christopher Wood, who has won both his starts with plenty up his sleeve, makes up the 3.

 BACK (WIN) – Pentland Hills

Betway Aintree Hurdle (Grade 1) (1) – 1.25am AEDT

Betting Forecast

2.1 Buveur d’Air, 7 Melon, 8 Faugheen, 12 Supasundae, 19 Ch’tibello, 19 Verdana Blue, 21 Silver Streak, 34 Summerville Boy, 41 Brain Power

Betting Strategy

Buveur d’Air has perhaps lost some of his lustre this season, but he’s normally a very fluent jumper and this is a good chance for him to regain the winning thread in a race he landed in 2017. Melon goes up in trip, while stablemate Faugheen drops back from 3m and they appear to be the main dangers given their excellent placed efforts at Cheltenham

 BACK (WIN) – Buveur d’Air

Randox Health Foxhunters’ Open Hunters’ Chase (2) – 2.05am AEDT

Betting Forecast

6.5 Road To Rome, 7 Burning Ambition, 8.5 Ucello Conti, 11 Kruzhlinin, 17 Seefood, 17 Top Wood, 17 Wonderful Charm, 23 Bear’s Affair, 23 Mr Mix, 23 Road To Riches, 23 Sir Jack Yeats, 26 Balnaslow, 34 Dineur, 34 Greensalt, 34 Mr Mercurial, 51 Pass The Hat, 67 Asockastar, 67 Coastal Tiep, 101 Champagne West, 101 Shimla Dawn, 301 Crazy Jack, 301 Gallery Exhibition, 301 Just Cause, 301 Never Complain, 301 Numbercruncher, 301 Shantou Magic, 301 Starkie

Betting Strategy

The one that stands out as having much more to offer in this sphere is Burning Ambition, who won with more in hand than the official margin suggests last time, and looks an up-and-coming force in the division. Ucello Conti was given too much to do at Cheltenham last time and looks a live danger, while Road To Rome also needs respecting.

 BACK (WIN) – Burning Ambition

Red Rum Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (1) – 2.40am AEDT

Betting Forecast

9.5 Brelan d’As, 10 Eamon An Cnoic, 11 Azzuri, 12 Lady Buttons, 13 Diego du Charmil, 13 Whatswrongwithyou, 15 Forest Bihan, 15 Theinval, 17 Moon Over Germany, 17 R’evelyn Pleasure, 19 Movie Legend, 21 Adrrastos, 23 Cracking Find, 26 Mcgroarty, 34 Molineaux, 41 bar

Betting Strategy

A typically competitive renewal with the narrow vote in favour of the really likeable Lady Buttons. Phil Kirby’s mare impressed with victories over hurdles/ fences earlier this campaign and was far from disgraced in the Mares Hurdle at Cheltenham last time. Diego du Charmil will find this is much more suitable than recent assignments and is feared, along with Whatswrongwithyou and Brelan d’As.

 BACK (WIN) – Lady Buttons

Goffs UK Nickel Coin Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat (Grade 2) (1) – 3.15am AEDT

Betting Forecast

7.5 Minella Melody, 9 Misty Whisky, 10 Miss Heritage, 10 The Glancing Queen, 15 Emmas Joy, 15 Timetochill, 17 Daylight Katie, 19 Farne, 23 Mrs Hyde, 23 Whitehotchillifili, 23 Who What When, 26 Kissesforkatie, 29 Eyren, 34 Eyes Right, 34 Hawthorn Cottage, 41 Giving Back, 41 Shantewe, 51bar

Betting Strategy

Minella Melody has a touch of star quality about her, running out an easy winner of a point before a facile success when sent off odds-on for a Gowran bumper last month. She’s sure build on that and is taken to progress beyond Miss Heritage, who sets the standard on her Carlisle romp, and The Glancing Queen, who was better than the result when fifth in the Champion Bumper.

 BACK (WIN) – Minella Melody

Merseyrail Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (1) 2½mv – 11.45pm

Betting Strategy

Tedham emphatically built on the promise of his qualifying runs when making a successful handicap debut at Wincanton in January, and with the form of that race well advertised since, a 6 lb rise underestimates this progressive performer. Brio Conti and Canardier shaped well when fourth and fifth respectively in the Coral Cup last month and they head the opposition.

 BACK (WIN) – Tedham

Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) (1) 2m103y – 12.20pm

Betting Strategy

Itchy Feet’s third-placed finish in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham is the best form on offer, and assuming all is well with him physically (reportedly bled) he will take some stopping. Aramon was a shade disappointing in that race but his narrow defeat to Klassical Dream reads well, while Precious Cargo is the unknown quantity who deserves a shot at this level.

 BACK (WIN) – Itchy Feet

Betway Mildmay Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) (1) 3m210y – 12.50pm


Betting Strategy

Topofthegame impressed with his jumping when winning the RSA in good style at the Cheltenham Festival last month and looks open to further improvement after just 3 starts over fences this season. Lostintranslation may again have to settle for second spot in a Grade 1, while Chris’s Dream looks best of the others.

 BACK (WIN) – Topofthegame

JLT Chase (Melling) (Grade 1) (1) 2m3f200y – 1.25pm


Betting Strategy

Politologue proved much too game for the strong-travelling Min when edging out that rival in this race 12 months ago and he is taken to repeat the feat having looked as good as ever when second to Altior in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. Waiting Patiently arrives here fresh after a light campaign and is the obvious threat.

 BACK (WIN) – Politologue

Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (1) 2m5f19y – 2.05pm


Betting Strategy

Peregrine Run boasts an excellent strike rate as a chaser and is arguably still getting better so, on the back of a satisfactory prep run over hurdles, he gets the nod in a typically competitive renewal of this event. Janika will probably be contesting graded races next term, so he makes obvious appeal once more and Ballyhill’s improved jumping of late suggests he could get involved.

 BACK (WIN) – Peregrine Run

Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) (1) 3m149y – 2.40pm


Betting Strategy

Champ’s winning run came to an end when runner-up in the Ballymore at the Cheltenham Festival but he lost nothing in defeat to such a promising rival and sets the standard here over a trip he’s bred to stay. Dallas des Pictons looks up to this level given how he shaped in the Martin Pipe, while the unbeaten Emitom shouldn’t be out of place in this grade, either.

 BACK (WIN) – Champ

Weatherbys Racing Bank Standard Open National Hunt Flat (Grade 2) (1) 2m209y – 3.15pm


Betting Strategy

Mcfabulous produced one of the best bumper performances of the season when coming clear at Newbury last month and holds outstanding claims. Unbeaten Irish mare Santa Rossa is the big danger on form, though it’s worth bearing in mind that this race has a habit of throwing up a big-priced winner and Hazm could fit the bill this year.

 BACK (WIN) – Mcfabulous

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