nichollsTop tipster Sam Turner is a regular on Racing TV and a proponent of speed figures and sectional timing. Here are his best bets for the day’s action

Grand Sancy (Wincanton, 3.00)

Paul Nicholls loves a winner on Badger Beer day and the Ditcheat handler could spring a mini surprise in the Elite Hurdle with GRAND SANCY despite the presence of the talented Fusil Raffles.

Although the selection’s comeback at Kempton was aborted at the final hurdle, the outing should not be lost on him fitness wise and he has traditionally saved his best efforts for a sound surface and today’s venue.

Fusil Raffles may well prove the best long term prospect but Grand Sancy may put his physical advantage to good use this afternoon.

Get 7/2 @ Coral


War Sound (Aintree, 2.05)

WAR SOUND landed this contest 12 months ago and has always appeared more at home on a flat, galloping track so could be ready to produce a big performance on his comeback.

The 10-year-old returned from a 196-day absence to thrash his 10 rivals by upwards of six lengths last year and it appears connections have been keen to employ the same strategy by allowing him to take his chance today under similar conditions.

Get 15/2 @ William Hill


Diomede Des Mottes (Aintree, 2.40)

DIOMEDE DES MOTTEScaught the eye with an encouraging return to action at Chepstow in a strongly-run affair and this step back up to three miles could produce significant improvement.

The selection had previously beaten a subsequent winner over this trip at Southwell and just appeared a little short of speed last month when asked to quicken over a much shorter trip.

He probably needs to win a race or two to qualify for the final of this series next spring so I’d expect him to be very competitive with that recent run under his belt.

Get 10/3 @ bet365



GRAND SANCY (Wincanton, 3.00) 2pt win @ 4-1

WAR SOUND (Aintree, 2.05) 1pt ew @ 6-1

DIOMEDE DES MOTTES (Aintree, 2.40) 1pt win @ 7-2


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