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Bet of the Day: Politologue fancied for second success in JLT Melling Chase

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One of the highlights of Ladies Day at the Grand National Festival this Friday is the 2m 4f Grade 1 JLT Melling Chase (15:25). Politologue won the race last year in really game style; so, off the back of a fine second in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham, is fancied to land back-to-back renewals <b<at 5/2 with 888Sport. Trained by Paul Nicholls, this eight-year-old g...

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Grand National Friday preview: Politologue the Melling Chase punt

Horse Racing

The feature event on the Mildmay course on day 2 of the Grand National Festival at Aintree this Friday is the Grade 1 JLT Melling Chase over 2m 4f (15:25). Politologue won this in gutsy fashion this year and there's every reason to fancy him to do so again in this renewal. Trained by Paul Nicholls, this eight-year-old grey gelding toughed it out to hold the re-opposing Min by a neck o...

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Topham Handicap Chase preview: Ballyhill worth a bet, Flying Angel fancied at Aintree

Horse Racing

Nigel Twiston-Davies has won the Grade 3 Topham Handicap Chase over 2m 5f and the Grand National fences at Aintree twice before, and the trainer has two contenders in this year’s renewal on Friday (16:05). Preference is for Ballyhill over Flying Angel now he's better off with top weight Janika from a fine run when third at Cheltenham last time out. The eight-year-old won on the Mildma...

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Grand National day 2 preview: Topofthegame a worthy favourite in Mildmay

Horse Racing

There are four more Grade 1 races on Ladies Day of the Grand National Festival at Aintree this Friday. Topofthegame is a red-hot and worthy 4/5 betting favourite with Unibet for the 3m 1f Mildmay Novices Chase (14:50) after winning at Cheltenham when last in action. Paul Nicholls' charge actually started last season over fences, but came down at Newbury and was soon back over hurdles ...

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2019 Grand National Runner Profile: Bless The Wings

Horse Racing

Age: 14 Weight: 10st 3lb Latest odds: 100/1 with Betfred. Owner: Adrian Butler/Stephen O'Connor Grand National record: 2018 Bless The Wings (3rd) Trainer: Gordon Elliott Grand National record: 2007 Silver Birch (WON) 2009 Silver Birch (FELL 22nd) 2010 Backstage (UR 20th) 2011 Backstage (10th) 2012 Tharawaat (8th), Chicago Grey (BD 5th) 2013 Tarquinius 8th, Chicago Grey (PU 30th...

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2019 Grand National Runner Profile: Minella Rocco

Horse Racing

Age: 9 Weight: 11st 1lb Latest odds: 40/1 with 888sport. Owner: JP McManus Grand National record: 1982 Deep Gale (FELL 1st) 1988 Bucko (PU 27th) 1992 Laura’s Beau (3rd) 1994 Laura’s Beau (FELL 6th) 1996 Wylde Hide (UR 24th) 1997 Wylde Hide (UR 22nd) 1998 Gimme Five (5th) 2002 Spot Thedifference (UR 27th) 2003 Youlneverwalkalone (PU 13th) 2004 Clan Royal (2nd), Spot Thedifferen...

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2019 Grand National Runner Profile: Mall Dini

Horse Racing

Age: 9 Weight: 10st 8lb Latest odds: 20/1 with Ladbrokes. Owner: Philip Reynolds Grand National record: No previous runners Trainer: Pat Kelly Grand National record: No previous runners Form 21/46314331/333235/5452P-362 Mall Dini is a maiden over fences and yet to win in 14 starts, though he has finished second three times and third five times in chases. He stayed on to be t...

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2019 Grand National Runner Profile: Regal Encore

Horse Racing

Age: 11 Weight: 10st 12lb Latest odds: 66/1 with BetVictor. Owner: JP McManus Grand National record: 1982 Deep Gale (FELL 1st) 1988 Bucko (PU 27th) 1992 Laura’s Beau (3rd) 1994 Laura’s Beau (FELL 6th) 1996 Wylde Hide (UR 24th) 1997 Wylde Hide (UR 22nd) 1998 Gimme Five (5th) 2002 Spot Thedifference (UR 27th) 2003 Youlneverwalkalone (PU 13th) 2004 Clan Royal (2nd), Spot Thediffe...

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Bet of the Day: Band Of Outlaws fancied for Anniversary win at Grand National Festival

Bet of the day

The three-day Grand National Festival at Aintree gets underway this Thursday and the Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle (14:20) is the second of four Grade 1 races on the opening day. Band Of Outlaws is one of the progressive four-year-olds trained in Ireland by Joseph O'Brien that comes over from the Emerald Isle, and looks value at 15/8 with Paddy Power to follow-up on a taking success ...

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2019 Grand National Runner Profile: Rock The Kasbah

Horse Racing

Age: 9 Weight: 10st 13lb Latest odds: 20/1 with Betfair. Owner: Diana Whateley Grand National record: No previous runners Trainer: Philip Hobbs Grand National record: 1990 Gallic Prince (13th); Joint Sovereignty (FELL 19th) 1995 Gold Cap (13th) 1998 Samlee (3rd); Greenhill Tare Away (UR 27th) 1999 Samlee (10th); Bells Life (PU 26th); Mudahim (UR 6th) 2000 Village King (FELL 20th...

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2019 Grand National Runner Profile: Dounikos

Horse Racing

Age: 8 Weight: 11st Latest odds: 40/1 with William Hill. Owner: Gigginstown House Stud Grand National record: 2009 Hear The Echo (Fell 30th) 2012 Tharawaat (8th) 2014 Quito De La Roque (PU 21st) 2015 First Lieutenant (16th) 2016 Rule The World (WON), First Lieutenant (Fell 2nd), Sir Des Champs (Fell 15th) 2017 Roi Des Francs (18th), Rouge Angel (PU 30th), Wounded Warrior (PU 28th)...

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2019 Grand National Runner Profile: Walk In The Mill

Horse Racing

Age: 9 Weight: 10st 4lb Latest odds: 33/1 with William Hill. Owner: Baroness Harding Grand National record: No previous runners. Trainer: Robert Walford Grand National record: No previous runners Form P3521/F22352/1197/513P-3133 Bidding to become the first horse to win both the Becher Handicap Chase, which is run over the Grand National fences but a trip of 3m 2f, and the Grand...

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Grand National Thursday preview: Get on the Road To Rome in Foxhunters

Horse Racing

The Grand National Festival at Aintree gets underway this Thursday and the sole race over the unique spruce fences of the famous staying contest is the 2m 5f Randox Health Foxhunters' Open Hunters' Chase (14:50). Pick of the home team, according to the betting is Road to Rome, who is the 9/2 favourite with Paddy Power. This John O'Shea trained nine-year-old has been in fine form this ...

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Bet of the Day: Spurs open new stadium with narrow win

Bet of the day

A little bit of history will take place in North London this evening as the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium hosts its first competitive game, with Crystal Palace the visitors for a London derby that the home side really need to win. After a few delays - they were initially hoping to have moved into their new home in advance of this season - Tottenham are finally unveiling their new ground t...

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Grand National day 1 preview: Clan Des Obeaux the choice in Betway Bowl

Horse Racing

The Grand National Festival at Aintree gets underway this Thursday with four Grade 1s on a superb card, and the feature chase on the Mildmay course is the Grade 1 Betway Bowl (14:50). A classy field of six line-up on Merseyside and, on official figures, there is nothing to separate dual Betfair Chase winner Bristol De Mai and King George hero Clan Des Obeaux. The former is best known ...

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