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Grand National Festival betting tips: Great odds for top-grade races across Thursday, Friday and Saturday ahead of showpiece

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The Grand National is this weekend and the jump racing spectacle at Aintree features three days of incredible top-grade and top-class National Hunt racing before the main event.

The Randox Grand National itself goes off on April 9 as horses navigate 4m2f and a total of 30 obstacles on the mammoth track.

Delta Work is among the favourites after his win in the Cross Country at Cheltenham Festival ahead of stablemate Tiger Roll
But there are some superstars ahead of the feature race, including Cheltenham Festival, King George VI Chase winners and more

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Across the three-day Grand National festival there’s huge races before the feature race sets off.

Grade 1 chases are likely to feature some of Paul Nicholls‘ horses that were withdrawn or pulled-up from Cheltenham, like Bravemansgame and Stage Star.

If the going is good to soft, as is likely with the weather forecast, it could be the ideal ground for all.

Cheltenham Festival winners and placers, Brazil, L’Homme Presse, Protektorat, Jonbon, and so many more will be seen across the three days.

Thursday Grand National 2022 Festival Betting Tips

Aintree Hurdle

Zanahiyr at 2/1

Jack Kennedy on board Zanahiyr during the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival last month, won by Honeysuckle

In the market this is a two-horse race between the JP McManus-owned horse Epatante and the Gordon Elliott-trained horse Zanahiyr.

Both are incredibly consistent horses with their form backing that up.

Nicky Henderson’s horse, who finished just ahead of Zanahiyr was only three and a half lengths behind the incredible mare, Honeysuckle.

However, this race may be run very differently to the one at Cheltenham – with Zanahiyr likely to benefit from being 2lb better off to Epatante this time out on a track likely to suit his running.

The 5-year-old is a perfect two miler like Epatante, but should appreciate the step up in trip to 2m4f on a course similar to his previous wins over Leopardstown.

He’s been consistent in defeat this season to only the best possible horses to in Honeysuckle and Sharjah, and might have finally found some rivals he can get the better of.

Friday Grand National 2022 Festival Betting Tips

Mildmay Novices’ Chase Betting tip

L’Homme Presse at 6/4

L’Homme Presse was an impressive winner at Cheltenham Festival in the Brown Advisory Chase
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Despite the rain L’Homme Presse won by over three lengths ahead of Ahoy Senor who is a 5/1 outsider for this four-runner chase.

There is due to be a bit of rain ahead of this race on Friday afternoon and that will suit the Venetia Williams horse more, although it might not reach anywhere close to the soft to heavy that was seen at Cheltenham.

The only contender in the betting to Charlie Deutsch’s ride is Bravemansgame who was withdrawn from the race a mere half an hour before the off.

The rain certainly came down throughout the night before and during the day and made the ground far too heavy for the Paul Nicholls-trained horse.

But now the two will finally face each other over 3m1f at Aintree, which is a much flatter track.

This plays in favour of Bravemansgame’s ability too, but he was beaten by Ahoy Senor last year and Williams’ horse is likely to follow up the Cheltenham success with a win in this Grade 1.

Saturday Grand National 2022 Festival Betting Tips

Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)

Colonel Mustard at 10/1 each-way

Jonbon came second in the Grade 1 in the Cheltenham Festival opener, The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle last month, but that was to the incredibly impressive Constitution Hill who is a rocket and lines up as favourite in this race but is also favourite for the Top Novices’ Hurdle.

The J P McManus horse is trained by Nicky Henderson, and one of his best shots at notching more prize money in the race for the Trainers’ Championship.

Brazil is an outside chance and another wearing the gold and green hoops and will be looking to follow up after his festival win in the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle.

He will be up seven pounds for that success though and others are easier to back for that reason.

But Colonel Mustard, who finished just a couple of lengths behind Jonbon in December offers great value over this trip.

He placed in the Grade 3 County Handicap Hurdle finishing just three lengths behind the favourite and is only up 3lb for that effort.

It’s worth noting too that he wasn’t too far behind the Ballymore winner Sir Gerhard at Leopardstown in February with great consistency to his name.

Topham Handicap Chase (Grade 3) Betting tip

Spiritofthegames Each-way at 16/1

Spiritofthegames clearing the fence at Cheltenham Festival this year

A maximum of 30 will take to Aintree in this Handicap Chase with some of the best chasers.

Willie Mullins-trained Blackbow is co-favourite with Mister Coffey and Senior Citizen.

Mister Coffey also placed second at Cheltenham Festival last time out in the Class 2 Kim Muir Challenge Cup, and also went off as a joint-favourite.

He’s up four pounds for that effort but a great outside shot brings much more value.

The Dan Skelton-trained horse fits that profile with the best odds on offer 16/1.

He’s never been too far off of late and has fallen in the weights as a result and has since placed in his last two efforts at Cheltenham including at the festival.

With Harry Skelton on board he also placed at last year’s Grand National meeting in the Betway Handicap Chase and will off 8lbs lighter.

With wind surgery since and decent placed efforts after, an each-way shot on this British-trained gelding.


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