Today’s Horse Racing Tip – 1:45 Aintree April 12
Today’s free horse racing tip runs in the opening race of the Grand National Festival at 1:45 Aintree, Big Buck’s Celebration Manifesto Novices’ Chase. Six runners were declared for the Grade 1 event over two and a half miles of the Mildmay course.
1:45 Aintree TIPS
Odds updated regularly. Odds may be delayed.
Cyrname is quickly developing into a very smart chaser and today’s horse racing prediction can get punters off to winning start to the Grand National Festival.
Paul Nicholls’ bold young chaser clearly relishes the jumping game and is expected to go onto bigger and better things next season. The six-year-old has won three of his five races over the larger obstacles. His narrow second in the Grade 1 chase at Sandown in February was franked when the winner, Terrefort, finished second in the JLT Novices’ at Cheltenham.
Cyrname stands out as the most progressive of today’s field and the only worry would be his ability to handle a left-handed track. His three wins have been going right-handed and he had a tendency to jump to the right on his second appearance over fences at Newbury. We’re going to trust Paul Nicholls has worked on this aspect of his jumping and will add him to our betting slips
On form, Brain Power looks best of the rest. Nicky Henderson’s seven-year-old was a smart hurdler and looked like he’d make a very good chaser when winning his debut at Kempton in November. He was no match for Footpad in the Arkle at Cheltenham where he lacked fluency in his jumping but handled the fast pace better than the rest. There’s no doubting his speed but his jumping leaves question marks having unseated his rider at Sandown and fallen at Newbury – there’s also a concern over his ability to say the 20 furlongs.
Finian’s Oscar comes into calculations if he can improve on his effort in the JLT Novices’ where his jumping let him down. Colin Tizzard’s six-year-old was a class act in novice hurdles and impressed when winning his first two novice chases. He didn’t live up to expectations when beaten favourite in his next three races but he could be a real danger if straightening out his jumping.
Paul Nicholl’s second runner, Modus, looks well held on JLT form where he finished ahead of one runner and a long way behind the winner. The eight-year-old is a three-time winner over fences and his best effort came when allowed to dictate the pace in a four-runner field at Kempton in February. Modus is unlikely to get his own way here at Aintree and is another who must smarten up his technique to have any chance to challenge.
Rene’s Girl has improved a lot since switching to fences and her tidy jumping will stand her in good stead through her chasing career. She’s won three out of four over fences and could capitalise on mistakes by classier rivals today.
Finally, Calino D’airy has failed to impress since winning his first two races at Galway. He finished 14 of 18 in a Leopardstown handicap on his latest and looks out of his depth here on all known form.
The going at Aintree is Good to Soft, soft in places and the weather forecast for today is cloudy with a north-easterly wind.
Cyrname has had a very successful campaign so far and looks the type to continue improving. Questions surround the jumping ability of his main competitors and the six-year-old looks the one to be on in the first race at Aintree.