Tiger Roll, seen here on his way to winning the Grand National 2019, joins first class action over fences for the first time today
It’s unlikely that there is the same kind of dominance as last month’s Cheltenham Festival, but the Irish attackers, led by the evergreen Tiger Roll, can still take a beating on the opening day of the Aintree Grand National.
Tiger Roll joins the first class company over fences for the first time today, but an average Betway Bowl renewal (2.50) offers the two-time Aintree National winner the hope of adding another chapter to an illustrious career.
The two-time King George winner Clan Des Obeaux appears the most likely to defy Denise Foster’s indictment while The Shunter, bought yesterday by JP McManus from Paul Byrne, held the Irish flag in the E opening hunt of the first-class manifesto novices (1.45). .
Emmet Mullins has set an exceptional record with his overseas raids and progressive offers from the eight year old to underpin his success in Cheltenham at the Festival Plate under the formidable Brian Hayes. Paul Nicholls ‘Hitman has an air of class, but the five-year-old hit the deck on his penultimate start and The Shunter’s experience could make all the difference for the soaring Carlow trainer.
Two-time champion Hurdle winner Buveur D’ Air offers to push back the years for Nicky Henderson in the Aintree Hurdle (3.25), but there is an Irish winner in this first class.
Foster’s Abacadabras was an early victim in the champion hurdle, but should be on one flatter stretch under Jack Kennedy, though Jason The Militant might be the one for Henry de Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore. The seven-year-old skipped Cheltenham after easily landing a Grade 3 Fairyhouse six weeks ago, and Blackmore might be able to dictate matters from the front to put the finishing touches on her ten rivals.
Patrick Mullins hadn’t got the chance to drive in Cheltenham when Billaway was just touched, but renews acquaintances with the nine-year-old at a Foxhunters’ Chase (4.05) which has several Irish hopes.
Foster’s Mighty Stowaway has the crack’s support -Amateurs Jamie Codd while John ‘Shark’ Hanlon, fresh from his first success in first class with Skyace at the Fairyhouse last Sunday, saddles Rewritetherules under Tom Hamilton.
However, Fermanagh trainer David Christie may have the answer as the unexposed Some Man class leaked at Down Royal last month and the eight year old under Barry O’Neill is prepared for a bold offer.
Moon Over Germ any, the 2019 winner, along with Jan Maat, is one of two runners for De Bromhead in the Red Rum Handicap Chase (4.40), but both face tough challenges while Eileendover sets the standard in the final Grade 2 Mares’ Bumper (5.15) .
Pam Sly’s indictment topped a listed field at Market Rasen on her last start, and she took some blows after receiving a four-year allowance from her main rivals, which included the third champion’s Elle Est Belle Bumper and Arthur Moore’s simple Down Royal goalscorer also belong to me, please.
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