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AINTREE: Dom’s NAP – Grand National Festival | Saturday 9th April Best Bet

The final day of the Grand National Festival takes place on Saturday and we’ve picked out our best bet of the afternoon

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Knappers Hill Megan Nicholls Aintree
Grand National Festival Day 3 Selection: THREE STRIPE LIFE | 2:25pm Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)

Without old rival Sir Gerhard to contend with, this looks the perfect opportunity for Gordon Elliot’s charge to record a top-level success.

Gordon Elliot at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Gordon Elliot chases a first training victory in the Mersey

He appeared to be crying out for a trip further than two miles but found his Leopardstown conqueror too good again in the Ballymore, albeit running a cracker in the process, and that’s earned him worthy favouritism here.

WATCH: THREE STRIPE LIFE AIMS TO GO ONE BETTER AT THE GRAND NATIONAL FESTIVAL AFTER HIS CHELTENHAM SECOND [CREDIT: RACING TV]

This is a bigger field but he remains pretty unexposed and there is still bags to come from him before a likely route over fences next season.

Walking On Air looks the unknown quantity but this a big step up in class, while Elle Est Belle bypassed Prestbury Park in preference for a trip to Liverpool.

Dan Skelton at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival National Hunt
Dan Skelton saddles Elle Est Belle, who heads for the Grand National Festival fresh after missing Cheltenham

Challow winner Stage Star pulled up last month but he is better than what he showed that day and could present the each-way value if running back to his best.

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.

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