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These are the race tips and results for Aintree run on Thursday 8th April 2021.

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Race 1 Aintree 13:45 Novices/Maiden Chase (Class 1) 20f

1485 Protektorat
Useful hurdler who has made excellent start chasing, impressive winner at Carlisle and Cheltenham before runner-up in Dipper at Wincanton. Wind op/now tongue tied after Kelso flop and can bounce back.
11-4Harry SkeltonDan Skeltonlocked9/18.5/16
2216 The Shunter
Real success story for this yard, winning the Greatwood and Morebattle Hurdles and better than ever when landing £100k bonus in Paddy Power Plate back at Cheltenham 3 weeks ago. More to come.
11-4Brian HayesEmmet Mullinslocked3.5/13.5/10
3333 Hitman
Impressive on British/chase debut at Ffos Las prior to chasing home smart novice Allmankind in Sandown Grade 1. Back on track when scoring easily at Newbury last month and should be spot on for this.
11-4Harry CobdenPaul Nichollslocked3/13.33/111
41244 Phoenix Way
Winner of 2 of his 4 starts over hurdles and successful start to chase career when landing a 3-runner Warwick novice. Bled in Grade 1 at Sandown back in December so probably best watched for now.
11-4Aidan ColemanHarry Frylocked25/128/112
5th231 Eldorado Allen
Made good start over fences with wins at Newton Abbot and Cheltenham. Never really competitive next 2 starts and seemingly flattered when second in tongue tie behind Shishkin in Arkle last month.
11-4Jonjo O'Neill JrColin Tizzardlocked7/17/10
6th337 Umbrigado
Useful hurdler who has taken very well to chasing this term, improving another chunk when winning Grade 3 handicap at Newbury 33 days ago. Should be more to come and he's respected upped in grade.
11-4David NoonanDavid Pipelocked11/111/10
|PU|212 Fusil Raffles
Smart hurdler who made it 3-4 over fences in novice at Cheltenham in December, getting up late on as runner-up faltered. Great effort when runner-up there in Marsh 3 weeks ago and should go close.
11-4Daryl JacobNicky Hendersonlocked2.75/12.25/118
There are 7 runners in this race.
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Race 2 Aintree 14:20 Conditions Hurdle (Class 1) 17f

1474 Monmiral
Exciting prospect who arrives unbeaten over hurdles, landing Doncaster Grade 2 prior to accounting for Nassalam at Haydock (15.6f) in February. Likely there is more to come and lead player.
11-0Harry CobdenPaul Nichollslocked1.1/10.91/117
2201 Adagio
Improved with each run over hurdles to date, landing Grade 1 Finale Juvenile at Chepstow prior to a fine second in the Triumph at Cheltenham last month. Has to merit respect.
11-0Tom ScudamoreDavid Pipelocked1.63/11.62/11
3606 Fiveandtwenty
Fairly useful on Flat for Mark Johnston and has relished the switch to hurdling, making it 3-3 in a listed juvenile at Musselburgh (15.5f) in February. That may not prove her limit.
10-7Brian HughesDonald McCainlocked12/112/10
4403 John Locke
Useful on Flat and, having been acquired for 75,000 gns, shaped with abundant promise when fourth in the Adonis at Kempton (2m) in February. Better for that run and open to significant progress.
11-0Harry SkeltonDan Skeltonlocked14/116/114
5th135 Paros
Winner over hurdles on sole start in France and bettered opening efforts for present stable when running out a comfortable winner of a Musselburgh novice (16.4f) in March. This is much tougher.
11-0James BowenNicky Hendersonlocked33/120/139
6th602 Carlos Felix
Fairly useful Flat winner for David Simcock who was possibly unsuited by conditions when well held on yard/hurdles debut at Musselburgh (15.5f) in February. Undergone wind surgery since.
11-0Bridget AndrewsDan Skeltonlocked100/1125/125
There are 6 runners in this race.
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Race 3 Aintree 14:50 Conditions Chase (Class 1) 25f

1462 Clan Des Obeaux
Impressive winner of the King George in 2018 and 2019. Placed all 3 starts this term, namely the Betfair Chase, King George and Denman Chase and he should be bang there in first-time cheekpieces.
11-7Harry CobdenPaul Nichollslocked2.75/12.5/19
2403 Clondaw Castle
Ended last season on a high and has improved again this term, looking well served by step up to 3m when landing Close Brothers Handicap Chase at Kempton. This demands further jolt of progress.
11-7Jonathan BurkeTom Georgelocked6.5/16.5/10
3206 Native River
Produced a superb round of jumping when landing the Grade 2 Cotswold Chase in February. Rewarded persistence of rider when plugging on for fourth in the Gold Cup.
11-7Jonjo O'Neill JrColin Tizzardlocked6/14/133
4228 Tiger Roll
Grand National hero in 2018 and 2019. Won't be bidding for history this week but showed he retains all his verve when a dominant winner of the Glenfarclas Cross Country for third time last month.
11-7Jack KennedyMrs Denise Fosterlocked6/18/133
5th201 Aso
Placed twice in the Ryanair but isn't quite at that level these days. Sound second to the much-improved Cloth Cap at Kelso but unable to land a telling blow in the Gold Cup (after a bad error).
11-7Charlie DeutschVenetia Williamslocked50/128/144
|U|215 Mister Fisher
Smart novice who got right back on track with gutsy victory in Peterborough Chase (staged at Cheltenham). In contention for longer than most but ultimately held back by jumping in the Ryanair.
11-7Nico de BoinvilleNicky Hendersonlocked8/17.5/16
|PU|759 Waiting Patiently
Top-class form when landing 2½m Grade 1 at Ascot in 2018. Placed all completed starts since at the highest level and has again swerved Cheltenham. Major player back up in trip.
11-7Brian HughesRuth Jeffersonlocked3.5/14/114
|PU|1037 Real Steel
Dual 2½m Grade 2 winner in Ireland last term and travelled well until stamina ran out in Cheltenham Gold Cup. Tongue tied and recoiled from reappearance in the King George.
11-7Bryony FrostPaul Nichollslocked16/128/175
|PU|1174 Militarian
Established as a useful handicap chaser. Never threatened back in trip in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham last time and is right up against it.
11-7Mr James MartinAndrew J Martinlocked250/1250/10
There are 9 runners in this race.
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£3.40 £19.50 £73.50

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Race 4 Aintree 15:25 Conditions Hurdle (Class 1) 20f

||406 Jason The Militant
Proved better than ever when beating Petit Mouchoir by 7½ lengths to land 2m Fairyhouse Grade 3 40 days ago. Has raced only at 2m but shapes as if he'll stay and shouldn't be underestimated.
11-7Rachael BlackmoreHenry De Bromheadlocked3.33/13/110
||397 Mcfabulous
Ran out an authoritative winner of Relkeel Hurdle at Kempton. Lacklustre effort when second to Brewin'upastorm in National Spirit since but very much the type to bounce back.
11-7Harry CobdenPaul Nichollslocked5.5/14.5/118
||754 Buveur D'air
Fell when bidding for Champion Hurdle hat-trick in 2019. Missed most of last season due to injury and understandably shaped as if needing the run in Champion Hurdle Trial at Haydock last time.
11-7Nico de BoinvilleNicky Hendersonlocked10/16/140
||393 Brewin'upastorm
Very smart hurdler who has resumed his progress back in this sphere, easily defying top weight in a Taunton handicap and following up in National Spirit at Fontwell. Lots to like and big chance.
11-7Aidan ColemanOlly Murphylocked7.5/17.5/10
||4711 Song For Someone
Better than ever when landing Grade 2s at Ascot and Cheltenham on first 2 starts this term. Wasn't in the same form when remote second to Goshen in Kingwell but shouldn't be written off.
11-7David BassTom Symondslocked10/17.5/125
||2310 Silver Streak
Smart hurdler who proved suited by a change of tactics when making all in Christmas Hurdle at Kempton. Perhaps made his effort earlier than ideal in the Champion Hurdle and should bounce back here.
11-7Tom O'BrienEvan Williamslocked16/114/113
||239 Not So Sleepy
Front-runner who has won back-to-back renewals of the Betfair Exchange Trophy (Handicap) at Ascot. Far from disgraced in the Champion Hurdle but likely to prove vulnerable for win purposes again.
11-7Jonathan BurkeHughie Morrisonlocked18/120/111
||752 Ballyandy
Smart hurdler who returned at the top of his game in finishing placed in Welsh Champion, Greatwood and International Hurdle. Proved a let-down at Haydock last time, though, and others preferred.
11-7Sam Twiston-DaviesNigel locked40/150/125
1231 Abacadabras
Smart hurdler who was back on song when second to Honeysuckle in Irish Champion in February. Fell at the third in the Champion Hurdle won by that rival at Cheltenham last time. First try beyond 2m.
11-7Jack KennedyMrs Denise Fosterlocked4/15/125
2465 Buzz
Useful on the level and even better over hurdles, again shaping well when fifth of 23 in Betfair Hurdle at Newbury (16.3f) last time, left plenty to do after blundering 4 out. Remains with potential.
11-7James BowenNicky Hendersonlocked14/122/157
3338 Millers Bank
Progressive sort who has won 4 of his 7 hurdle starts, producing his best effort yet when storming clear to land Newbury handicap last month. Clearly likeable, but this is his stiffest task to date.
11-7Kielan WoodsAlex Haleslocked50/180/160
There are 11 runners in this race.
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£5.70 £101.60 £2,780.00

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Race 5 Aintree 16:05 Hunter Chase (Class 2) 21f

||201 Billaway
Classy hunter chaser who put up a bold showing when just touched off after a sustained duel at Cheltenham. Likeable sort who should be thereabouts again if his jumping holds up.
12-0Mr P W MullinsW P Mullinslocked3/12/133
||3920 Sametegal
Useful veteran chaser who didn't need to be at his best to land a Wincanton hunter in February. Disappointing next time but he's proven over these fences and won't lack for assistance up top.
12-0Mr William BiddickPaul Nichollslocked6/17/117
||2221 Some Man
Fairly useful chaser who looked as good as ever when making all in a hunter at Down Royal 22 days ago. This is tougher but there could be more to come.
12-0Mr B O'NeillD M Christielocked8/19/113
||367 Dashing Perk
Useful chaser who wasn't disgraced when third switched to hunters at Wincanton last month but will need to be back at the top of his game if he's to make a serious impact in this better race.
12-0Mr Sam Waley-CohenDr Richard Newlandlocked11/112/19
||2015 Mighty Stowaway
Winning pointer who returned to Rules with a respectable third behind Billaway at Fairyhouse in November but turned in a laboured effort in blinkers at Cheltenham subsequently.
12-0Mr J J CoddMrs Denise Fosterlocked16/112/125
||3712 Killaro Boy
Shaped as if retaining plenty of ability after 15 months off at Leicester behind Cat Tiger, likely to have finished a good bit closer without a bad stumble at an inopportune moment.
12-0Mr Zac BakerHenry Oliverlocked16/118/113
||2722 Tango De Juilley
Formerly smart chaser who resumed winning ways in 2m Leicester hunter in the mud last month. Lots more needed in this company.
12-0Miss Lucy TurnerVenetia Williamslocked18/125/139
||3219 Risk And Roll
Temperamental hurdler/chaser who won a couple of hunters for new connections early last year. Placed twice this term, not jumping too great at Huntingdon latest. Lot more needed.
12-0Mr Milo HerbertMrs N Sheppardlocked40/140/10
||3614 Looking Well
Doesn't look the force of old, taking keen hold and not always fluent on first go in hunters at Musselburgh last month. Drops in trip.
12-0Mr J C BarryNicky Richardslocked33/150/152
||249 Golden Tobouggan
Good strike rate in points (7-16 in that sphere) and positive start under Rules when second in a hunter at Wincanton. Not in same form when filling same position at Stratford next time, though.
12-0Mr Jack AndrewsMrs Julie Wadlandlocked50/150/10
||11218 Rewritetherules
Fairly useful chaser who wasn't disgraced on his return to Rules when sixth to Billaway in a hunter at Down Royal 112 days ago but is out of his depth in this. Tongue tied for the first time.
12-0Mr T HamiltonJohn Joseph Hanlonlocked66/150/124
||41323 Ucello Conti
Completely lost his way for Gordon Elliott last term and, despite finishing fourth in points the last twice, it's hard to make a case for him returning to Rules in such a competitive affair.
12-0Mr Ben BromleyPhilip Rowleylocked66/150/124
||368 Federici
Resumed winning ways in a regulation handicap at Carlisle in October. Failed to finish off his race with much conviction in Musselburgh hunters the last twice.
12-0Mr Derek O'ConnorDonald McCainlocked33/166/1100
||2017 Ravished
Fair chaser who returned to this sphere with an excellent second to Hazel Hill at Ludlow but has been pulled up twice subsequently.
12-0Mr Henry CrowJ J O'Shealocked150/166/156
||12616 More Buck's
Inconsistent sort who was pulled up at Market Rasen when last seen 4 months ago. Hard to make any sort of case for.
12-0Mr Peter BryanMickey Bowenlocked66/1125/189
||92 Bishops Road
Useful chaser at his peak but well into the twilight of his career and there was little encouragement to be gleaned from his return at Warwick 9 days ago.
12-0Mr Edward AustinD E Hewinslocked100/1200/1100
||3911 Kashmir Peak
Solid operator in this sphere and should come on for his fourth at Fontwell 39 days ago. He's not really up to this grade, however.
12-0Mr Daniel Alan Hilllocked100/1200/1100
||275 Clondaw Westie
Fairly useful chaser at best but hard to make a case for based on this seasons exploits.
12-0Miss Izzie Lawney Hilllocked200/1200/10
1296 Cousin Pascal
Winning pointer since joining this stable and has made positive start in hunters, scoring easily at Catterick 29 days ago. This is a much stiffer assignment, though.
12-0Mr James KingJ J O'Shealocked66/166/10
22013 Latenightpass
Has enjoyed plenty of success in points and won first 2 starts in hunters before a fine effort in fourth at Cheltenham last month, albeit having a hard race.
12-0Miss Gina AndrewsT Ellislocked8/15.5/131
3374 Cat Tiger
Classy chaser who made a highly pleasing start in this sphere when making all at Leicester last month from Tango de Juilley. Very much the type to take to these fences, so he boasts excellent claims.
12-0Mr David MaxwellPaul Nichollslocked7/15.5/121
There are 21 runners in this race.
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£91.60 £736.40 £3,111.50

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Race 6 Aintree 16:40 Handicap Chase (Class 1) 16f

||4213 Destrier
Smart 2m novice chaser back in 2018/19 and also third in last season's Haldon Gold Cup. Hasn't fired in 3 outings this term but given a chance by handicapper and no shock were he to revive.
10-13Harry SkeltonDan Skeltonlocked5/15/10
||2714 Grey Diamond
Won over timber for Nigel Twiston-Davies and has made bright start over fences for this in-form stable, beating Dostal Phil to win 2m Sandown novice handicap latest. May do better again. Respected.
10-11Sam Twiston-DaviesSam Thomaslocked9/18/111
||331 Getaway Trump
Gained a third small-field win of season when readily seeing off 6 rivals in 2m Doncaster handicap last month. Hasn't always delivered that come the crunch but 2m on flat track is an ideal scenario.
11-12Harry CobdenPaul Nichollslocked8/19/113
||262 Moon Over Germany
Smart chaser at best, including a win in this race in 2019. Didn't fire over hurdles at the start of the season but slightly better signs returned to fences after a break last month. Could go well.
11-11Jordan GainfordHenry De Bromheadlocked8/19/113
||225 On The Slopes
Had good novice chase campaign last season, culminating with pair of Kempton wins. Back to that sort of form when fourth in Grand Annual at Cheltenham, faring best of those ridden close up. Respected.
11-3Tom CannonChris Gordonlocked8/110/125
||223 Zanza
Useful hurdler and quickly showed even better form over fences, winning at Newbury in November. Pulled up after being badly hampered in Grand Annual but he hadn't jumped well to that point either.
11-8Micheal NolanPhilip Hobbslocked12/116/133
||3511 Gaelik Coast
Quickly developed into a useful chaser, winning novices at Fakenham (2m) and Musselburgh (2½m). Fair third of 5 in 2½m Ludlow handicap last month. Back down in trip. Yard won this before.
10-13Brian HughesDonald McCainlocked20/120/10
||6515 The King Of May
Defied lengthy absence to land 2 of 3 starts over fences last winter and just as good in defeat this term. Fifth of 13 in AW jumpers bumper last month.
10-10Henry BrookeBrian Ellisonlocked25/120/120
||614 Jan Maat
Every chance when fell last in 17f Leopardstown handicap over Christmas but not in the same form when well held back there at the Dublin Racing Festival in February.
11-4Rachael BlackmoreHenry De Bromheadlocked16/125/156
||868 Sao
Failed to win during his time with Paul Nicholls but it's really clicked for new yard, winning 3m handicap chases in the mud. Will likely have a quicker surface to contend with now.
11-1Nathan MoscropRebecca Menzieslocked33/133/10
||1346 Joke Dancer
Sometimes let down by his jumping but it hasn't stopped him recording 3 chase successes, the latest at Wetherby in November. Given a break since and returns with yard in good form.
11-3Ryan ManiaSue Smithlocked40/150/125
||4018 Ain't My Fault
Opened his account over fences in 2m Hexham novice handicap in October and back on the up after a couple of lesser efforts when scoring in small field at Newcastle latest. This a lot harder.
10-0Stephen MulqueenLucinda Russelllocked50/150/10
||479 Brelan D'as
Dual chase winner twice placed in big Cheltenham handicaps. Ludlow second in December shows he's still useful but pulled up at Wincanton since (final start for Paul Nicholls).
11-0Alain CawleyBen Haslamlocked40/166/165
||4717 Billingsley
Did well over fences last term, completing a hat-trick in 2m handicaps. This season has been a write-off thus far but he's had wind surgery and his yard is among winners. Revival wouldn't be a shock.
10-6Jonathan BurkeAlastair Ralphlocked80/180/10
13416 Editeur Du Gite
Ex-French winning hurdler who has shown fairly useful form over fences this term, bouncing back from a poor run on heavy at Chepstow when winning at Newbury (2m, good) last month. Not discounted.
10-9Joshua MooreGary Moorelocked10/19/110
22112 Sully D'oc Aa
Confirmed previous promise over fences when successful on return at Ascot (19f). Fine third at Newbury next time bit better than result in Plate at Cheltenham (20.5f) last month. Down in trip.
10-13Richie McLernonAnthony Honeyballlocked12/112/10
3277 Dostal Phil
Fairly useful hurdler who looked good chase prospect when making a winning start on Newbury return in January. Matched that when second to Grey Diamond at Sandown latest. Unexposed over fences.
11-2Tom O'BrienPhilip Hobbslocked14/18.5/139
42710 Frero Banbou
Left previous efforts in Britain behind when returning from wind surgery to comfortably land 2m Sandown handicap 27 days ago. Raised 13 lb but he has the potential to go on from that.
11-0Charlie DeutschVenetia Williamslocked11/110/19
There are 18 runners in this race.
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£10.20 £112.20 £1,485.10

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Race 7 Aintree 17:15 NH Flat Race (Class 1) 17f

||8213 Eileendover
Flat-bred filly who easily landed a pair of junior bumpers before emphatic winner of listed event at Market Rasen (heavy) in January by 6½l from Miss Lamb. Form has been franked, and the one to beat.
10-8Paul O'BrienPam Slylocked0.83/11/120
||3812 Wheres Maud Gone
Has created good impression in landing bumpers at Thurles (for Sam Curling) in November and Ayr (travelled strongly) last month. Tongue strap on. Not totally dismissed with more to come.
11-0Mr Derek O'ConnorL J Morganlocked20/112/140
||348 Mind Sunday
Well held in pair of Irish bumpers a year ago. Had wind op before vastly improved to comfortably land Newbury bumper (good) on stable debut 34 days ago. More is needed but she's not ruled out.
11-0Nico de BoinvilleNicky Hendersonlocked20/125/125
||6614 Finest View
Passing Glance sister to 4 winners and made the ideal start when landing an AW bumper at Lingfield 40 days ago. This is much tougher but there's improvement on the cards for last year's winning yard.
10-8Tom CannonAlan Kinglocked25/133/132
||2616 Tweed Skirt
Martaline filly who built on Wetherby debut success when 5½l third of 16 to Flirtatious Girl in listed event at Sandown (heavy) 26 days ago. Another step forward is needed in this higher grade.
10-8James BowenNicky Hendersonlocked33/133/10
||2611 Swincombe Fleat
Progressive form in bumpers, opening her account at Fontwell in January before 40/1-fourth of 16 in listed event at Sandown (heavy) 26 days ago. No forlorn hope.
11-0Sean BowenAnthony Honeyballlocked50/140/120
||255 Mansoline
100/1, but no fluke when making winning debut in 14-runner bumper at Warwick (soft) 25 days ago. Plenty more is needed in this company, however.
11-0Gavin SheehanChristian Williamslocked40/150/125
||2610 Step To The Top
Showed useful form when placed in bumpers last term for Noel Williams. Not so good this season but posted fair sixth in refitted hood at Sandown last month. Big step forward needed for new yard now.
11-0Jack KennedyL J Morganlocked40/150/125
||915 Heartbreaker
Cable Bay half-sister to 5 winners on Flat who (9/4) scored readily on debut in 7-runner bumper at Fakenham (good) 9 days ago. This is a lot more demanding, however.
10-8Harry CobdenMichael Belllocked40/150/125
||447 Milans Edge
Won sole start in points before (11/10) overcoming greenness to make a winning bow under Rules in Wetherby bumper (heavy) 44 days ago. Has more to offer, but this is much more demanding.
11-0Brian HughesDonald McCainlocked40/166/165
||131 Bella Bluesky
Posted best effort at fourth attempt when winning 6-runner bumper (6/1) at Musselburgh (good) 13 days ago. Needs another big step forward to figure here, though.
11-0Craig NicholAlistair Whillanslocked100/1150/150
||1074 Glimpse Of Gala
Fairly useful form in bumpers without success, creditable third of 13 to Rainyday Woman in listed bumper at Huntingdon when last seen out in December. Faces uphill task on her return.
11-0Sam Twiston-DaviesCharlie Longsdonlocked100/1200/1100
1226 Me Too Please
Off 12 months before landing 15-runner bumper at Down Royal (good to soft) 22 days ago. Plenty more to find if she's to trouble the principals in this higher grade, though.
11-0Rachael BlackmoreA L T Moorelocked10/114/140
2223 Elle Est Belle
Made winning bow over C&D before dead-heating in Cheltenham listed contest in November. Excellent third to Sir Gerhard in Champion Bumper back at Cheltenham 22 days ago. Wouldn't dismiss.
11-0Harry SkeltonDan Skeltonlocked2.75/12.5/19
3829 Miss Lamb
Winner on Newcastle debut over a year and followed up on Wetherby return in November. Found only the classy Eileendover too strong at Market Rasen (form is working out) last time. Solid place claims.
11-0Jack GarrittyJedd O'Keeffelocked16/120/125
There are 15 runners in this race.
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£14.50 £49.50 £704.50