3:30 Aintree

Nicky Richards has a rich tradition in this race courtesy of three-time winner Monet’s Garden, and in the shape of DUKE OF NAVAN (best price 8/1), the Greystoke stable has a fine chance of enhancing their record. The son of Presenting has been called one or two rude names in the past, but there’s no doubting his raw ability and when he consents to put it all together, the results can be spectacular. Winner of two of his six starts as a novice last season, the pick of those performances came when he landed a listed handicap chase at Ayr’s Scottish National meeting, beating five useful rivals in consummate ease. Probably over the top when disappointing on his final start, he’s arguably just the type to catch right when fresh and even though he’s trying a new trip for the first time, decent ground and a flat track will certainly help this strong-travelling seven-year-old in that department.
Duke Of Navan - 1pt e/w @ 8/1Lost 2pt

4:35 Aintree

Warren Greatrex has made a fairly slow start to the season, but with Shah Of Persia winning in midweek, signs are a bit more encouraging that the Upper Lambourn handler is just beginning to get the ball rolling. That comes as major positive regarding the chances of LA BAGUE AU ROI (best price 4/1), who the Cheltenham festival winner trainer believes is one of the nicest prospects in the yard. The way the daughter of Doctor Dino overcame adversity to win at the first time of asking at Newton Abbot back in April suggests that his assessments of the filly are likely to proven spot on as her career progresses, and she be worth backing at 4/1 to make winning seasonal return even though there’s half a chance she may just be better for the run.
La Bague Au Roi - 1pt e/w @ 4/1Won 4pt

4:45 Wincanton

IMPULSIVE AMERICAN (best price 3/1) looked to have a race similar to this at his mercy until disaster struck at the final flight at Ludlow three days ago and he is taken to gain compensation for that untimely mishap racing off the same mark. The decision by connections to let the son of American Post to race without a tongue-tie but in first-time cheekpieces, clearly had the desired effect, and if it wasn’t for the fact he decided to walk through the last hurdle instead of jumping it, this lightly-raced juvenile would have probably run out a comfortable winner of what looked a competitive race beforehand. Providing he hasn’t suffered any lasting mental issues from that shuddering error, David Pipe’s charge will hopefully make amends.
Impulsive American - 1pt @ 3/1Lost 1pt