The Aintree Grand National Festival 2022 is well under way and to make sure that you don’t miss out, Karl Hedley has put together a preview of each race on the third and final day.
With a little bit of knowledge and a few choice tips, it’s a great guide to Day Three. Of course, we also know that the Grand National is on day three so for a more in-depth guide to that race, just click here.
Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdles (Grade 1) (Class 1) 2M 4F
Tip: Three Stripe Life
Danger: Good Risk At All
Three Strip Life has run in some top company this season and can get back on track here following a spell of seconditis.
Gordon Elliott has endured a frustrating week so far but the form shown by Three Stripe Life is head and shoulders above anything else in this race.
Walking On Air won his maiden impressively back in January but he is unproven at this very top level.
Nicky Henderson has won this before although it was a decade ago. Good Risk At All may not have stopped improving though and he won a Class 2 Handicap by nine lengths on his most recent appearance at Ascot.
He missed the cut for a top handicap at Cheltenham and that may prove to be a blessing in disguise as he comes here relatively fresh.
He clearly acts on a flat track and he commands respect.
Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) (Class 1) 2M
Danger: Third Time Lucki
Edwardstone made it five on the bounce when winning the Arkle a little over three weeks ago.
Tom Cannon always seemed to be in control of his mount and he had the class and the wit to avoid a rival who fell directly in front of him.
The pair have been a force to be reckoned with this season and they can once again outclass rivals they have been beating all year.
Gentleman De Mee is talented of that there is no doubt, but this is his stiffest task to date. He deserves to take his chance, but he still has questions to answer at this level.
Third Time Lucki missed Cheltenham but he still has four lengths to find with Edwardstone based on their meeting in the Kingmaker at Warwick back in February.
He may have to settle for second once again.
Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1) (Class 1) 3M 1/2F
Tip: Flooring Porter
Danger: Thyme Hill
Flooring Porter went into the Cheltenham Stayers’ Hurdle on the back of an extended two-month break.
It clearly did him the world of good as he came back fully refreshed. He set off, made all and jumped impressively to record a two-and-a-half length win over the re-opposing Thyme Hill and Champ.
He has only been sparingly campaigned this season and will be fully fit coming into this.
Gavin Cromwell will have him fully primed and he should make a bold bid to follow up on a track that will lend itself well to his running style.
The remainder of the field have almost a stone to find with Flooring Porter on the office and it would be a major shock if they managed to turn the tables on the rapidly improving seven-year-old.
Mildmay Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (Class 1) 3M 1F
Tip: Shan Blue
Danger: Cap Du Nord
Shan Blue really should have won the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on what was his first race of the campaign.
Unfortunately for him fate intervened and he came down when clear at the final fence.
He was not seen again until running down the field in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham, but that run will have been all about rebuilding his confidence and getting him race-fit once more.
It should have left him pretty much spot on for today and he looks the one that they all have to beat.
Christian Williams is having a fantastic season and Cap Du Nord comes into this on the back of a win in the Coral Trophy at Kempton.
His is proven at this trip and he looks the likeliest danger. Tea Clipper and Oscar Elite had hard enough races at Cheltenham and they will do better next year.
Randox Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 4m2½f
This is such a huge race that we’ve dedicated a whole other article to it. Karl Hedley has looked at every single runner in detail and picked out a few that he thinks can run a great race.
For all those details, check out our Top Tippers Guide To The 2022 Grand National – just click the link!
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