THERE are four Grade One contests at Aintree this afternoon, but I’m afraid to say that three of them look betting no-go zones.
Sub Lieutenant would have got my vote in the JLT Melling Chase (3.25pm), but he had such a hard race at Cheltenham that I’m reluctant to tip him, with Fox Norton and God’s Own in opposition.
There is also a chance that Whisper could gain revenge over Might Bite in the Mildmay Novices’ Chase and I was half tempted by the 11/4 on offer.
That said, Might Bite has so much class and I still don’t know how he managed to grab victory from the jaws of defeat at Cheltenham.
A better bet could be to sell Might Bite’s supremacy over Whisper in a match bet with Sporting Index, as he is the more likely of the pair not to complete.
Moon Racer drops back into novice company in the Top Novices’ Hurdle (2.20pm) after disappointing in the Champion Hurdle last time.
He could easily bounce back here, but I prefer Nicky Henderson’s RIVER WYLDE at 5/2 with 188BET after his brilliant run in the Supreme Novices’ at Cheltenham.
The six-year-old seems to be improving with every start and will love the decent ground.
Henderson has a great chance of landing the opening handicap hurdle (1.40pm) with Thomas Campbell, but that fact hasn’t been lost on the bookies, who make him 7/1 favourite.
Instead, I’m going to throw a few quid each-way at MAD JACK MYTTON for in-form Jonjo O’Neill at 22/1.
He was in the process of running a blinder over fences at the Festival when falling late on. He can go well here at a monster price.
Finally, you can make a case for plenty in the 30-runner Topham Chase (4.05pm) over the National fences.
Go Conquer and Gold Present are both in great form and have to be on any shortlist. But I’m chancing BRIGHT NEW DAWN each-way at 40/1.
He has slipped to a mark 3lbs lower than when scoring at Punchestown last year and looks to be crying out for this step up in trip.
Mad Jack Mytton e/w 1.40pm Aintree
River Wylde 2.20pm Aintree
Bright New Dawn e/w 4.05pm Aintree