AintreeDaryl Carter will be looking to finish off the Aintree Festival with a flourish on Grand National day and our top man has seven selections across the days card. Check out his tips below and a couple of excellent sign-up offers for new customers too!


Come On Teddy - (1.45 Aintree, 1pt win - 15/2)

COME ON TEDDY ran a screamer at Cheltenham when doing best of those from the rear of the field in the Pertemps Handicap Network Final off a 3lbs lower handicap mark and with the lack of Irish opponents in this race (only 2 to finish ahead of him) there seems to be no reason to abandon him. He is well treated on his three runs over this trip this season (forgive return Uttoxeter run) and he should be well suited by this track and the drying ground conditions and his jumping is more fluent than Polish who finished ahead of him under similar conditions at Ludlow.


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Reserve Tank - (1:45pm, 0.5pts each-way - 12/1)

This is some wild outside the box thinking but RESERVE tank is a wild price considering he is a Grade 1 winner at this meeting in 2019 and he surely has to be better than what we have witnessed this season. In the hope that the drop in grade into a handicap for the first time off this lenient handicap mark of 144 and the first time tongue –tie will see him improve he could hold un-tapped potential at this 3m trip. His form is rock solid and its quite plausible that Cheltenham on two of his three starts simply hasn’t suited him and he wasn’t disgraced in the Grade 2 National Spirit Hurdle at Fontwell.


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Ballyadam - (2.25 Aintree, 2pts win - 11/4)

BALLYADAM is the class act in this field and warrants his rating of 148 where as the favourite My Drogo’s form can be pulled apart with ease so I am more inclined to side with the horse that has the most depth to his form and is the sole Grade 1 placed horse in the field. The spring ground and the step up in trip (once talked up for the Ballymore) are both likely to see him improve further and if his jumping holds up he is surely the best horse in this race. He has at least beaten a handful of 140+ rated horses where as My Drogo has beaten two and they are both 25/1 + in today’s field so and the selection could be the speedier horse.


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Llandinabo Lad - (2:25pm Aintree, 0.5pts each-way - 25/1)

LLANDINABO LAD is a speculative punt here but he is over-priced in comparison to the favourite for who he only had 2 lengths to find and is 5lbs better off (Ascot). I am happy to put a line through his last race at Haydock in which he looked a tried horse but prior to that his form stacks up well including his debut bumper run behind Chantry House. The better ground and the step up in trip will likely suit Tom Symonds’ horse and he has had the beating of both Minella Drama and Guard Your Dreams and a prominent ride here at Aintree will see him too goo effect.


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Thyme Hill - (3.35 Aintree, 1pt win - 9/4)

THYME HILL has everything in his favour here so despite missing Cheltenham with a small setback he is readily fancied to confirm Newbury form with Paisley Park now back on a sounder surface for which he is 2/3 with his only defeat by a neck in a Cheltenham Listed Bumper to Master Debonair. The three hurdles in the home straight will play to his strong travelling nature and he should come off best of the rest after the final flight and is a confident selection.


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Diol Ker - (3:35pm Aintree, 0.5pt each-way - 20/1)

DIOL KER is worth a very small saver and has looked a progressive horse to keep on side and his Grade 2 defeat to Sams Profile puts him in with a big shout in this contest. He battled back very gamely on the run in on heavy ground on his first attempt over 3m and he has shaped as though this trip is what he wants on multiple occasions and the price is rather large given he beat subsequent Albert Barlett winner Monkfish in good style at Fairhouse in November 2019.


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Alpha Des Obeaux - (5.15 Aintree, 1pt each-way - 66/1)

Everyone will be having multiple bets here but it’s ALPHA DES OBEAUX who catches my eye and age is no barrier to success in this race with 11yo’s winning 3 of the last 9. He was running a good race before taking a heavy fall in 2018 off a handicap mark of 155 and returned to the National fences in the Beacher Chase to finish an excellent third off a handicap mark of 159 in 2019 over 3m and stayed on strongly on the run in. In second that day was Kimberlite Candy for who he is 22lbs better off at the weights today and is a general 12/1 shot and he showed signs of a revival when fourth in the X Country at Cheltenham last month. This looks to have been the plan and he is off a handicap mark of 152, 3lbs lower than his 2018 running and 7lbs lower than his Beacher Chase 3rd. This is almost a career low handicap mark of the selection and he has the back class to be involved at the finish here so gets the vote with extended places an option.


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Daryl Carter's Best Bets

Come On Teddy - (1.45 Aintree, 1pt win - 15/2)

Reserve Tank - (1:45pm, 0.5pts each-way - 12/1)

Ballyadam - (2.25 Aintree, 2pts win - 11/4)

Llandinabo Lad - (2:25pm Aintree, 0.5pts each-way - 25/1)

Thyme Hill - (3.35 Aintree, 1pt win - 9/4)

Diol Ker - (3:35pm Aintree, 0.5pt each-way - 20/1)

Alpha Des Obeaux - (5.15 Aintree, 1pt each-way - 66/1)


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