Aintree Racecards Horse Racing Tips: Friday, 17th May 2024

Everyone knows Aintree for the Grand National. But there are lots of races taking place at Aintree racecourse all over the year. In this page, you will find today’s Aintree racecards with the best horse racing betting tips from our top experts.

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Aintree 17:45

Inkerman London Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

  •  4yo+, 5 Runners
  •  Jumps,Turf , 2m 209y , GOOD (GoingStick: Chase 5.0, Hurdle 5.1) (Watered) (Rail Movements: 5.45 & 8.40 -8yds and 6.55 & 8.05 -12yds)
  •  Winner £4,085, 2nd £1,882, 3rd £941, 4th £471

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  • Roaring Legend (4/5, bet365)
    • Jockey: Sean Bowen | Trainer: Olly Murphy
    • Showed impressive form winning a maiden hurdle at Chepstow; strong contender.
  • Havana Party (15/2, Unibet)
    • Jockey: Conor O’Farrell | Trainer: Iain Jardine
    • Consistent performer on the Flat; new to hurdling but could surprise.
  • Presenting Max (Non-runner)
    • Jockey: NON-RUNNER | Trainer: A J Martin
    • Unseated rider in Irish point debut; scheduled for another race yesterday.
  • The Eventmaster (8/1, bet365)
    • Jockey: Jack Quinlan | Trainer: B F Brookhouse
    • Placed second in two bumpers at Worcester last summer; needs to improve.
  • Not Now Nathaniel (5/1, Betvictor)
    • Jockey: Brian Hughes | Trainer: Donald McCain
    • Won a bumper; decent effort in a Grade 2 last month; makes hurdle debut today.

Verdict

Our verdict is that Roaring Legend, who easily claimed victory in a Chepstow maiden hurdle, sets the bar high in this race. Not Now Nathaniel is a worthy challenger, having shown promise in bumpers and a Grade 2 event. Havana Party, switching from the Flat, could also be a factor.

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Aintree 18:20

Bella Diosa Handicap Chase

  •  5yo+, 9 Runners
  •  Jumps,Turf , 2m 3f 200y , GOOD (GoingStick: Chase 5.0, Hurdle 5.1) (Watered) (Rail Movements: 5.45 & 8.40 -8yds and 6.55 & 8.05 -12yds)
  •  Winner £6,337, 2nd £2,916, 3rd £1,458, 4th £730, 5th £364

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  • Homme Public (9/2, bet365)
    • Jockey: Henry Brooke | Trainer: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero
    • Impressive 3-5 over fences; though on a higher mark now, still a strong contender.
  • Raffle Ticket (6/1, Betvictor)
    • Jockey: Harry Cobden | Trainer: Mel Rowley
    • Won at Doncaster two starts ago; struggled last time but could bounce back on better ground.
  • Soul Icon (5/2, bet365)
    • Jockey: Tom Bellamy | Trainer: Keiran Burke
    • Consistently placing last season; likely to be a major player again today.
  • Francky Du Berlais (16/1, Unibet)
    • Jockey: Sean Bowen | Trainer: Peter & Michael Bowen
    • Veteran performer; needs to prove his current form to be considered a threat.
  • Flic Ou Voyou (66/1, Unibet)
    • Jockey: Danny McMenamin | Trainer: Henry Hogarth
    • Struggling since changing stables; not showing recent form that suggests a turnaround.
  • The Big Bite (16/1, bet365)
    • Jockey: Jonathan Burke | Trainer: Henry Oliver
    • Lost form last season; needs significant improvement to be competitive here.
  • Amrons Sage (4/1, Betvictor)
    • Jockey: James Bowen | Trainer: Nicky Henderson
    • Promising second on chase debut; poor run last time but still one to watch.
  • Northern Bound (9/2, Unibet)
    • Jockey: Ben Jones | Trainer: Ben Pauling
    • Has a strong record over fences; good second last time after a break, could go close.
  • Getaway Luv (10/1, Betvictor)
    • Jockey: Sean Quinlan | Trainer: Lizzie Quinlan
    • Ran well on unsuitably slow ground last month; better conditions could see him improve.

Verdict

Our verdict is that Northern Bound, who ran well last month without his usual headgear, looks to have a strong chance if that race has sharpened him up. Soul Icon, with a consistent record, is another serious contender. Amrons Sage, despite a disappointing last run, is not to be overlooked.

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Aintree 18:55

Positive Futures Liverpool Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  •  4yo+, 12 Runners
  •  Jumps,Turf , 2m 4f , GOOD (GoingStick: Chase 5.0, Hurdle 5.1) (Watered) (Rail Movements: 5.45 & 8.40 -8yds and 6.55 & 8.05 -12yds)
  •  Winner £10,075, 2nd £4,642, 3rd £2,320, 4th £1,162

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  • Red Risk (33/1, bet365)
    • Jockey: Freddie Gingell | Trainer: Paul Nicholls
    • Struggled to find form recently but had a good second in a Grade 2 in November.
  • Get A Tonic (9/1, bet365)
    • Jockey: Tristan Durrell | Trainer: Dan Skelton
    • Front-running winner at Newbury in December; below par since.
  • Benson (16/1, Unibet)
    • Jockey: Ryan Mania | Trainer: Sandy Thomson
    • Started the year well but has struggled to maintain form.
  • Geromino (20/1, bet365)
    • Jockey: Charlie Maggs | Trainer: Donald McCain
    • High strike rate but ended last season with disappointing performances.
  • King Alexander (8/1, Betvictor)
    • Jockey: James Bowen | Trainer: Nicky Henderson
    • Impressed on handicap debut two runs back; well beaten last time out.
  • Petit Tonnerre (13/2, Unibet)
    • Jockey: Jonjo O’Neill Jr | Trainer: Jonjo & A J O’Neill
    • Not far off in Scottish Champion; could benefit from longer trip today.
  • Masaccio (8/1, Betvictor)
    • Jockey: Tom Cannon | Trainer: Alan King
    • Dual novice winner; disappointing on handicap debut but capable of better.
  • Alnilam (9/2, Unibet)
    • Jockey: Sean Bowen | Trainer: Olly Murphy
    • 2-4 over hurdles, making handicap debut today.
  • Pyramid Place (28/1, bet365)
    • Jockey: Bradley Harris | Trainer: Harriet Dickin
    • Struggled in last run in November; needs to show more to contend.
  • Meatloaf (5/2, Betvictor)
  • Jockey: Harry Cobden | Trainer: Paul Nicholls
  • Promising novice hurdler with potential for improvement in handicaps.
  • Wonderwall (33/1, bet365)
  • Jockey: Brian Hughes | Trainer: Peter & Michael Bowen
  • Hasn’t found form this season; needs to step up.
  • Magical Maggie (20/1, Unibet)
  • Jockey: Tabitha Worsley | Trainer: Alastair Ralph
  • Hasn’t progressed since winning at Ludlow in December; tries new distance.

Verdict

Our verdict is for Petit Tonnerre, who showed signs of a return to form in the Scottish Champion Hurdle. With the longer distance likely to suit, he could be the one to beat. Alnilam, making a handicap debut, and Meatloaf, a promising novice, are also strong contenders.

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Aintree 19:30

Huyton Asphalt Franny Blennerhassett Memorial Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  •  5yo+, 10 Runners
  •  Jumps,Turf , 3m 210y , GOOD (GoingStick: Chase 5.0, Hurdle 5.1) (Watered) (Rail Movements: 5.45 & 8.40 -8yds and 6.55 & 8.05 -12yds)
  •  Winner £12,254, 2nd £5,645, 3rd £2,822, 4th £1,413

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  • Empire Steel (7/1, Betvictor)
    • Jockey: Ryan Mania | Trainer: Sandy Thomson
    • Looked strong at Kelso in February but didn’t perform well subsequently.
  • Into Overdrive (8/1, bet365)
    • Jockey: Jamie Hamilton | Trainer: Mark Walford
    • Won five chases in 2022 but disappointed in both starts last season.
  • Kinondo Kwetu (10/3, Unibet)
    • Jockey: Jonathan England | Trainer: Sam England
    • Defending champion ran well over course and distance last month.
  • Sail Away (5/1, bet365)
    • Jockey: Fergus Gillard | Trainer: Dan Skelton
    • Underperformed at Cheltenham last month but was placed off this mark earlier.
  • Courtland (7/1, Betvictor)
    • Jockey: Sean Bowen | Trainer: Peter & Michael Bowen
    • Won four chases last spring/summer but needs to bounce back from recent form.
  • Captain Morgs (11/1, Unibet)
    • Jockey: James Bowen | Trainer: Nicky Henderson
    • Ran well in his latest chase but has pulled up over hurdles twice since.
  • Erne River (12/1, bet365)
    • Jockey: Charlie Hammond | Trainer: Nick Kent
    • Improved with cheekpieces during the winter but disappointed last month.
  • Young Buster (15/2, Betvictor)
    • Jockey: Jonathan Burke | Trainer: Fergal O’Brien
    • Did well in his first season over fences; pulled up at Ayr last month.
  • Broken Quest (25/1, Unibet)
    • Jockey: Tom Bellamy | Trainer: David Dennis
    • Soundly beaten last time; younger rivals have more appeal.

Verdict

Our verdict is for Kinondo Kwetu to defend his title, having shown good form over course and distance last month. Sail Away and Empire Steel are also strong contenders.

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Aintree 20:05

Ha Civils Franny Blennerhassett Memorial Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

  •  4yo+, 14 Runners
  •  Jumps,Turf , 2m 4f , GOOD (GoingStick: Chase 5.0, Hurdle 5.1) (Watered) (Rail Movements: 5.45 & 8.40 -8yds and 6.55 & 8.05 -12yds)
  •  Winner £3,961, 2nd £1,823, 3rd £911, 4th £456, 5th £227

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  • Salsada (16/1, Betvictor)
    • Jockey: Craig Nichol | Trainer: Brian Ellison
    • Faces her easiest handicap hurdle challenge to date, but the distance remains a question.
  • Space Voyage (11/2, bet365)
    • Jockey: Sean Bowen | Trainer: Olly Murphy
    • Bounced back to form with a win at Perth and carries a 5lb rise; hopes rest on continued improvement post-wind op.
  • My Chiquita (12/1, Unibet)
    • Jockey: Jack Quinlan | Trainer: B F Brookhouse
    • Lost her unbeaten record over hurdles on her recent handicap debut, with multiple jumping errors affecting her performance.
  • Touchy Feely (10/1, bet365)
    • Jockey: James Bowen | Trainer: Nicky Henderson
    • Hasn’t fully adapted to fences; dual mares’ hurdle winner, but current mark is average.
  • Mellificent (4/1, Betvictor)
    • Jockey: Jonjo O’Neill Jr | Trainer: Jonjo & A J O’Neill
    • Needs to improve from her last outing where she finished fifth in a Listed novice event.
  • Sammy’s Guarantee (12/1, Unibet)
    • Jockey: Stan Sheppard | Trainer: Tom Lacey
    • Winter’s Doncaster novice win form has been solidified since; marginal improvement needed on current mark.
  • Simply Red (20/1, Betvictor)
    • Jockey: Jamie Hamilton | Trainer: Mark Walford
    • Recent Flat runs indicate issues with settling; needs to regain previous form.
  • Brave Jen (16/1, Unibet)
    • Jockey: Freddie Gordon | Trainer: Nicky Henderson
    • Finished second in a Listed mares’ novice last December but has struggled to match that form since.
  • Could Be Trouble (25/1, bet365)
    • Jockey: Abbie McCain | Trainer: Donald McCain
    • Won at Catterick off a career-low mark in March but finished last in a subsequent race.
  • Masked Dance (10/1, Betvictor)
  • Jockey: Charlie Deutsch | Trainer: Mel Rowley
  • Won at Doncaster by 25 lengths in January but needs to show more again.
  • Majestic Jameela (5/1, Unibet)
  • Jockey: Ciaran Gethings | Trainer: Stuart Edmunds
  • Has shown better form since moving to handicaps, though the latest race was too sharp.
  • Nora The Xplorer (14/1, bet365)
  • Jockey: Henry Brooke | Trainer: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero
  • Absent since last June but capable of improvement, back on a career-low mark.
  • Lady Malarkey (15/2, Betvictor)
  • Jockey: Richard Patrick | Trainer: Ryan Potter
  • Overcame a 22-month break to win on stable debut; should be fine with a longer trip and good ground.
  • Maroochi (33/1, Unibet)
  • Jockey: James Turner | Trainer: Keiran Burke
  • Struggled since moving up in class, and is 13lb out of the handicap here.

Verdict

Our verdict is for Mellificent, who looks primed for a strong showing after her fifth-place finish in a Listed novice. Space Voyage and Lady Malarkey also hold good chances based on recent form

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Aintree 20:40

Pendle Capital “Point-To-Point” Bumper Standard NH Flat Race (Amateur Jockeys’) (Cat 1 Elim’) (GBB)

  •  4-6yo, 12 Runners
  •  Jumps,Turf , 2m 209y , GOOD (GoingStick: Chase 5.0, Hurdle 5.1) (Watered) (Rail Movements: 5.45 & 8.40 -8yds and 6.55 & 8.05 -12yds)
  •  Winner £4,423, 2nd £2,033, 3rd £1,017, 4th £508, 5th £254, 6th £127

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  • Prophesea (15/2, Unibet)
    • Jockey: Miss Anna Johnston | Trainer: L Jefford
    • Won a point bumper at Exeter last month; shorter distance might be a concern given a penalty.
  • Ahanaglogh (25/1, Betvictor)
    • Jockey: Mr Martin McIntyre | Trainer: M Osborne
    • Fair third at Cotley on British debut, but others have stronger claims.
  • Bear Market (13/2, Unibet)
    • Jockey: Mr Darren Andrews | Trainer: Philip Rowley
    • Won a Bangor point on heavy ground; interesting despite the change in ground conditions.
  • Miami Magic (11/2, bet365)
    • Jockey: Mr Dale Peters | Trainer: D Peters
    • Made all in a 2m4f Charm Park maiden; very appealing here.
  • Modder River (14/1, Betvictor)
    • Jockey: Mr Jack Teal | Trainer: Jack Teal
    • Won a 2m4f maiden point last time; previously behind Anariza and Zloty in a point Flat race.
  • Top Man Tom (50/1, Unibet)
    • Jockey: Miss Ella Herbison | Trainer: M Osborne
    • Looked more of a stayer in points; others preferred here.
  • Zloty (33/1, bet365)
    • Jockey: Mr Alex Chadwick | Trainer: D Peters
    • Finished 8 lengths behind Anariza on point debut but is 5lb better off here.
  • Bells Of Ufford (9/4, Unibet)
    • Jockey: Mr Edward Vaughan | Trainer: Tim Vaughan
    • Bred for success, easily won a point Flat race on good ground; strong contender.
  • Pink Eyed Pancho (20/1, Betvictor)
    • Jockey: Mr Tom Broughton | Trainer: David Brace
    • Related to Pink Eyed Pedro; was outpaced by Bells Of Ufford at Ystradowen.
  • Wake Up Hadley (16/1, bet365)
  • Jockey: Mr Freddie Mitchell | Trainer: Bradley Gibbs
  • Trained by last year’s winning trainer; third in a point debut over 2m4f.
  • Callmesusie (66/1, Unibet)
  • Jockey: Miss Lois Teal | Trainer: Jack Teal
  • Struggled to stay in five sub-3m maiden points; less attractive here.
  • Anariza (4/1, Betvictor)
  • Jockey: Mr Jack Andrews | Trainer: T Ellis
  • Green but won a point Flat race easily in March; niece to three bumper scorers.

Verdict

Our verdict: Bells Of Ufford, who won easily on point debut, is our top pick. Miami Magic and Anariza also have strong claims based on their recent performances.

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