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BEST BETS | Grand National Festival Day 2: Three selections to consider for today’s racing

A Cheltenham Festival placer and a pair of course winners make up the list for today’s meeting at the Grand National course

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Modus and Sam Twiston-Davies made the leap over the last fence at Wincanton

A Cheltenham Festival placer and a pair of course winners make up the list for today’s meeting at the Grand National course

Day two of the Grand National Festival gets underway this afternoon, with several Grade 1 contests for jumps fans to look forward to.

Our team have taken a look through today’s card, hunting down some value in the seven races on offer.

Here are a trio of runners to consider for the second day at Aintree.

NAP: For Pleasure – Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle (11/1 – Various)

A contender that looks to have been seriously overlooked in the market, For Pleasure sits at the very enticing price of 11/1.

The winner of the Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle in November, the six-year-old ran a big race in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham three weeks ago, finishing third at odds of 40/1.

WATCH: For pleasure made all in the supreme trial novices’ hurdle at cheltenham in november [credit: racing tv

12 of the previous 21 winners of this contest ran in the Supreme, while there have been 12 ex-flat runners come out on top here in the last 28 years.

Alex Hales’ gelding fits both of these trends, and For Pleasure should be in the mix here.

NB: Modus – Randox Topham Handicap Chase (14/1 – Various)

After 16 months out, Modus made a winning return under Paul Nicholls in November at Aintree and he could land his second success of the season at the course here.

Modus and Sam Twiston-Davies made the leap over the last fence at Wincanton
Modus has made both of his starts this season at Aintree with one of those runs coming over the famous Grand National fences

The 11-year-old produced a strong performance over the Grand National fences a month later, finishing third in the Grand Sefton Handicap Chase in December.

He is only one of six runners in the contest to have any experience with the unique Aintree contest and the gelding can use that to his advantage with optimum ground conditions.

At 14/1, Modus could well be some each-way value at the very least here.

LONGSHOT: Jacamar – Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (25/1 – bet365)

A course and distance winner back in October, Jacamar could spring an upset in the opening contest on the card on day two of the Grand National Festival.

His sole start at Aintree saw him see off Strong Glance, who also runs today, by a length last year and the six-year-old also won a Pertemps qualifier at Wincanton over the festive period.

Milton Harris’ gelding fits a few of the winning trends as well, as 13 of the last 20 winners of this contest had avoided the Cheltenham Festival while eight of the previous 11 winners were rated in the 130s.

Sitting at a mark of 135, Jacamar would need to show further progress here but he could be a contender for the places at least.

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