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AINTREE: Dom’s NAP – Grand National Festival | Thursday 7th April Best Bet

Our best bet for the opening day of the 2022 Grand National Festival at Aintree

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2F7PT8C Horse Racing - Grand National Festival - Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, Britain - April 9, 2021 Belfast Banter ridden by Kevin Sexton wins the 2:20 Betway Top Novices? Hurdle Pool via REUTERS/Peter Powell
GRAND NATIONAL FESTIVAL DAY ONE SELECTION: War Lord | 1:45pm SSS Super Alloys Manifesto Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)

A cracking opener to the 2022 Grand National Festival as fans descend onto this meeting for the first time in three years and we’re backing Colin Tizzard’s grey to do the business here.

The son of Jukebox ran a cracker in the Arkle, finishing fourth at a sizeable price despite having won three of his quartet of starts in this sphere prior to that.

WATCH: WAR LORD HAS WON THREE OF HIS FIVE STARTS AS A CHASER AND IS UP IN TRIP AT THE GRAND NATIONAL FESTIVAL [CREDIT: RACING TV]

Connections have clearly decided against a third shot at the Cheltenham hero Edwardstone on Saturday with a step up in trip no negative given how he ran at this distance over hurdles, finishing a solid seventh of 22 in the Pertemps here twelve months ago.

Pic D’orhy is a worthy favourite having won the Pendil at Kempton Park and will appreciate the flat track but there could be a concern that his form in general is quite sticky so he’s opposable at the prices.

Colin Tizzard Aintree Antepost
Can Colin Tizzard kickstart the Grand National Festival with a bang?

The Nick Kent-trained Erne River has done absolutely nothing wrong as a chaser since his switch to the large obstacles in January and the unexposed 7-year-old should be on the premise.

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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