The Grand National Festival is upon us, with three days of top-class jumps action to look forward to at Aintree.
The first day holds several Grade 1 contests including the Betway Bowl and the Aintree Hurdle.
After scouring through the card, here are three selections that could hold some significant value in their respective contests.
CLAN DES OBEAUX – 2:55 Aintree (11/2)
The winner of last year’s contest, Clan Des Obeaux holds an interesting price tag for a race that he holds a strong record in.
Paul Nicholls’ recruit has won once and placed twice in his three starts in the Betway Bowl, as well as having four Grade 1 victories to his name.
The 10-year-old does face some promising sorts in the form of Protektorat and Conflated, but his course form is too much to ignore here and he could spark back into life.
MARRACUDJA – 4:05 Aintree (20/1)
Under the guidance of Dan Skelton, Marracudja could well be one to note in the Foxhunters’ Open Hunters’ Chase.
The gelding has had a respectable career over fences and while he is now in his later years, he could well be one of the better contenders in this race.
He landed his first hunter chase success at Leicester last time out and while it is his first attempt over the Grand National fences, he could produce a big run in this company.
ILIADE ALLEN – 5:15 Aintree (11/1)
A promising mare from Paul Nicholls’ yard, Iliade Allen could claim Graded honours in the Mares’ Bumper for her connections.
The four-year-old has put up three respectable performances, claiming success at Warwick and placing in Listed company at Cheltenham in January.
The ground on offer should suit her and she could well be an undetected threat to the market leaders here.
Odds are courtesy of 888sport and correct at time of writing