We’re hoping to bash the bookies with a whopping eight ITV racing tips this Saturday, with Sandown and Aintree set to be featured on the box.
The Tingle Creek Chase and the Many Clouds Chase are the showpiece events and we’ve got expert picks from PA’s Keith Hamer for armchair punters to consider.
1.30 Aintree – ONE FOR ARTHUR
Lucinda Russell’s stable star can make a triumphant return to Aintree in the Becher Handicap Chase.
The 10-year-old has not tasted success since that unforgettable day in April 2017 when he won the Grand National.
Things have not gone smoothly since then and One For Arthur has had just four races in the following 32 months.
But he showed he still retained plenty of ability when sixth to Tiger Roll in last season’s National and there were encouraging signs too when he returned at Kelso six weeks ago.
Another positive is that One For Arthur has dropped to a mark just 1lb higher than when he enjoyed his finest hour.
1.50 Sandown – NUBE NEGRA
Has won both his races over fences so far and can pass his biggest test to date in the Henry VIII Novices’ Chase.
Dan Skelton has made no secret of the high regard in which he holds Nube Negra – and he believes the five-year-old is tailor-made for Sandown.
2.05 Aintree – GALICE MACALO
Pulled too hard early on when fourth at Stratford on her racecourse debut but should benefit from that experience.
2.25 Sandown – SMARTY WILD
Philip Hobbs has his yard in good form and this progressive five-year-old gelding made it four wins from his last five races when a smooth scorer at Exeter recently.
2.40 Aintree – NATIVE RIVER
This 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero starts on the road back to that race, in an attempt to improve on his fourth in the Festival showpiece last term.
He usually runs well fresh and can come out on top in what looks an intriguing Many Clouds Chase, which also features enigmatic former King George hero Might Bite.
3.00 Sandown – DEFI DU SEUIL (nap)
Can silence the doubters on his ability to be a top two-miler by beating some talented and more experienced campaigners in the Tingle Creek Chase.
Because his two Grade One victories over fences have come over two and a half miles, both at the main expense of Gold Cup favourite Lostintranslation, his critics do not think he has the speed to be just as effective at this trip.
However, Hobbs’ charge was a three-time scorer at the highest level in his novice hurdle days, including in the Triumph at Cheltenham, when he went through that season unbeaten.
He went some way to putting the record straight when he made a winning reappearance in the Shloer Chase, with the extremely smart Politologue back in second.
Defi Du Seuil is sure to have come on for that first run since May and he can see off all-comers to cement his prospects for more honours at two miles, including the Queen Mother Champion Chase.
3.15 Aintree – ULTRAGOLD
Another course winner who can make his specialist knowledge count over the National fences in the Grand Sefton Chase.
The 11-year-old, trained by Colin Tizzard, is a dual winner of the Topham Chase and was runner-up in this race in 2017.
3.35 Sandown – CONINGSBY
Unseated his rider at the first fence when making a seasonal debut at Ascot but deserves another chance after looking a decent prospect in victory at Exeter in March on his final outing last term.
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