Friday, April 09, 2021

Paul Towend on Livelovelaugh in The TRI Equestrian Handicap Steeplechase in Leopardstown last month          Photo: INPHO/Caroline Norris

By Niall “Slipper” Madden

We have a few Grade 1’s today (Friday) in Aintree including the Novices Hurdle which is the equivalent of the Supreme Novices in Cheltenham. Ronan McNally is bringing Dreal Deal over, I believe, which is an improving horse. He has improved 50lbs in all his runs. The horse that he beat in Punchestown last time out was placed in Cheltenham so he should have a good squeak.

Then we have the Topham Chase which is over the National fences, the first time that the pros get to ride over them this year at Aintree. The Irish have the first two in the betting in this one with Farclas for Sneezy Foster and

We have a few Grade 1’s on Friday including the Novices Hurdle which is the equivalent of the Supreme Novices in Cheltenham. Ronan McNally is bringing Dreal Deal over, I believe, which is an improving horse. He has improved 50lbs in all his runs. The horse that he beat in Punchestown last time out was placed in Cheltenham so he should have a good squeak.

Then we have the Topham Chase which is over the National fences, the first time that the pros get to ride over them this year at Aintree. The Irish have the first two in the betting in this one with Farclas for Sneezy Foster and Livelovelaugh for Willie Mullins. Willie’s horse has been over these fences before which is always a benefit so he might be the one to keep an eye on.

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