Racing returns to Aintree, with a seven-race card on offer to jumps fans this evening at the Merseyside course.
The action gets underway with a two-mile novices’ hurdle at 5:15 and concludes with a 2m1f bumper at 8:45.
After ripping apart the declarations, the team have made their selections for the upcoming action at the world-famous course.
Here are their best bets for tonight’s racing at Aintree.
NAP: HAPPY DU MESNIL – 6:25 Aintree (15/8 – bet365)
A former Irish hurdler, Happy Du Mesnil could break his duck over obstacles in the 2m4f Maiden Hurdle for Evan Williams.
The five-year-old landed a fair third on his stable debut at Sandown in March, but he was slightly disappointing on his last outing at Ffos Las and he will need to show some improvement here.
The better ground is an unknown and while the market favourite Dominic’s Fault looks impressive on paper, he is still yet to step foot on a racecourse and it seems a tad risky to back him on debut here.
Happy Du Mesnil’s experience could benefit him here, with his price of 15/8 holding some value in this contest.
NB: TARAGRACE – 8:10 Aintree (5/2 – bet365)
Hailing from Donald McCain’s yard, Taragrace could land the small-field 2m4f Mares’ Handicap Hurdle here.
The six-year-old was in thunderous form at the backend of last season, landing two success in novice handicap at Doncaster and Carlisle.
Both came on better ground and she is just 1lb higher than her latest success here.
The mare will need to produce a big performance to get the better of front runner Merry Berry, but the flatter circuit should be right up her street and she should go well here.
LONGSHOT: FLASH THE STEEL – 7:00 Aintree (12/1 – Various)
After being pulled up at Aintree last month, Flash The Steel returns for another crack at success on Merseyside for Dan Skelton.
The gelding has been fairly disappointing since returning from a lengthy absence in February, failing to finish on all three starts this year.
However, he has slipped back to a useful mark and he has been dropped back down in trip.
The better ground on offer should suit the ten-year-old here with his price of 12/1 holding some each-way value potentially.
5:15 – BAASEM (15/8)
5:50 – GAELIK COAST (9/2)
7:35 – SAIL AWAY (11/2)
8:45 – INTREPIDE SUD (11/2)
£1 Lucky 15 returns £1,557.38 with bet365
Odds correct at time of writing