14:00 BGC Partners Liverpool Hurdle
The Aintree meeting gets under way with a 3 mile affair and a chance for the crowds at Liverpool to watch the best stayer in the business. Big Buck’s made it four World Hurdles on the bounce when winning at Cheltenham last month and the bookmakers are taking no chances when it comes to the 9-year-old triumphing here.
Big Buck’s is a best price 2/9 (Paddy Power free bets), with Smad Place potentially the only horse that could trouble this machine, with the Alan King-trained charge running into third place in the World Hurdle after a sound run under Robert Thornton.
Punters looking for some each-way value should consider Restless Harry who will attempt to make up for a disappointing performance in the Pertemps at the Festival.
15.05 Betfred Bowl Chase
The most competitive race of the day looks set to go off shortly after 3pm when Riverside Theatre will be out to follow up his success in the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
The eight-year-old narrowly touched off Albertas Run to win at Prestbury Park and will be competing against Medermit who finished third in the same race last month. Considering the Alan King horse was only a length behind the winner, odds of 5/1 (bet365 £200 free bets) make plenty of appeal from an each-way perspective.
Hunt Ball is an intriguing horse in the field, with the seven-year-old making massive strides and it was also a Cheltenham winner last month when defying top weight to claim victory in a novices’ handicap chase.
Burton Port is the other horse among the favourites, having run eight lengths behind Synchronised in the Gold Cup and perhaps the bookies are underestimating the eight-year-old’s chances here.
16:50 Betfred Manifesto Novices’ Chase
Just five horses are entered for this 2 mile 4 furlong contest, which is another chance to see Al Ferof in action after the seven-year-old failed to provide any bother for Sprinter Sacre in the Arkle last month.
The Paul Nicholls horse will be favourite to win this contest and it looks to be a three-way affair including Menorah and Cristal Bonus, with Menorah having finished ahead of Al Ferof at Cheltenham.
Cristal Bonus was pulled up in the Jewson having been 13/2 to run a decent race and Paul Nicholls will hope for better things here.