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AINTREE | Three Value Picks to consider for Friday’s meeting

A chase veteran, a new recruit and a gelding dropped in class make up the trio of selections for the seven-race card at Aintree on Friday

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Jumps racing returns to the home of the Grand National on Friday evening, with a seven-race card on offer for punters at Aintree.

The action kicks off on Merseyside with a 2m4f Handicap Hurdle at 5:45 and concludes with a 2m4f Handicap Chase at 9:00.

Our team have picked through the form in the hope of finding some value on the card.

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Here are the three selections that could be worth taking a punt on.

THE TOURARD MAN – 6.50 AINTREE (8/1 – William Hill)

At the grand old age of 15, The Tourard Man is still going strong over fences and he could well land his first victory in nearly four years here.

The gelding produced a respectable performance on his seasonal return last month, finishing third and only two lengths behind the winner at Southwell.

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Alan King’s veteran is at a decent mark and with a 5lb claimer booked in, he could well be competitive here.

FIESOLE – 7.25 AINTREE (8/1 – William Hill)

Making his stable debut for new trainer Dr Richard Newland, Fiesole could strike for his new connections in the 2m½f Handicap Hurdle here.

The gelding has hit a rough patch in regards to form, but he is only 3lbs here higher than his last winning mark.

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Dr Richard Newland will be hoping to get off to a winning start with Fiesole

The nine-year-old should reap the benefits of a 7lb claimer booked in and could well return to winning ways in this contest.

THECRAICISNINETY – 7.55 AINTREE (10/1 – William Hill)

The outsider of the field, Thecraicisninety could prove to be cracking value in the 2m Handicap Chase.

A recent recruit for Jonjo O’Neill’s yard, the gelding did struggle on his stable debut but he may have needed the run after a seven-month hiatus.

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Jonjo O’Neill will be hoping to see some progress from Thecraicisninety

He has been dropped down in class here and could be more competitive in this level of company.

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