Hello and welcome to arseonlineracing. A 100% independent racing website with NO affiliate links. This website is curated by 2 racing enthusiasts from either end of the British Isles, Charlie hails from Glasgow, while Rich is from the Isle of Wight… Miles apart but united by the sport of kings…

We had hoped to bring you jammed packed blog for Aintree, just like we had for Cheltenham, but due to time constraints and work commitments sadly it hasn’t happened.. Nether the less we shall crack on and do our best to bring you coverage for all 3 days including the Grand National on Saturday!

Charlie has his thoughts and Chris Price will share his views but Rich will have the Final Word, so we best get started….

Charlie….

Aintree – 2.50 Kemboy – Was in fantastic form before unshipping Jock In the Gold Cup at Cheltenham last month, Kemboy had previously won his last 4 starts prior to that mishap at Cheltenham, the wins came over distances of 2m 4f to 3m. This race should be more suitable for Kemboy and hopefully Ruby manages to stay onboard this time around.

Win Advised

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Aintree – 4.05 Road To Rome – Was the winner of 4 Hunter Chases over 2m 6f to 3m before finishing 4th at Cheltenham last month. If fully recovered from that race could have too much for this field. Biggest threat could come in the shape of Ucello Conti from the Gordon Elliot yard, who has ran in 3 grand Nationals, but only completed the course in 2016 when finishing 6th has unseated last twice here and would need to step up considerably to challenge Road To Rome.

Win Advised

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Well that’s my thoughts for day one of Aintree, hopefully I’ve picked the right Two horses to show a profit from the opening day. I will now hand you over to Chris for his thoughts before Rich finishes off with his Final Word section.

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Chris Price….

La Bague Au Roi – 1.45 Devenish Manifesto Novices Chase
I’m hoping to get the three day Grand National festival off to a winning start with Warren Greatrex’s super mare. Grade 1 wins in her last two starts makes her the one to beat here and even though last time out winners don’t necessarily have the greatest record in the race, I can’t pick one to oppose her. The ground isn’t as testing as seemed likely, and she has more than enough pace to deal with this intermediate trip.
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Road To Rome – 4.05 Randox Health Foxhunters’ Open Hunters’ Chase
At Cheltenham I tipped up Hazel Hill to win the Foxhunters as I feared the attractional test would find out Road To Rome, true enough, as they got to the second-last the stamina gave in and Road To Rome would have to settle for a creditable fourth. Back over this trip he must be the one to beat if he gets in to a similar rhythm over these fences, with Sam Waley-Cohen on board, who must be respected over the national fences, he looks my idea of the winner.

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Final Word with Rich…

Thanks Charlie…. I have a couple from Aintree and one from Chelmsford on the all weather..

Aintree… Good to Soft…

1.45.. Manifesto Novice Chase… Grade 1… 2m 4f…

La Bague Au Roi… The Mare is 4 from 4 in her debut chase season. Landing a Newbury Grade 2 Novice Chase by 7 lengths before taking the Kauto Star Grade 1 Novice Chase at Kempton on Boxing day from Topofthegame, who has since won the RSA at Cheltenham last month. She then headed to Leopardstown in February and landed the Grade 1 Flogas Grade 1 Novice Chase by 1 & 3/4 lengths and receives 7Lb mares’ allowance today…..

2.20… Doom Bar Juvenile Hurdle… 4YO Only… 2m 1f…

Band of Outlaws... My pick for the Fred Winter at Cheltenham last month, when winning by 2 lengths and has been raised 10 for that win, so now runs from 149, although that is not top rated… Has won 3 times from 4 runs in debut season.

Chelmsford… Standard…

7.00… Handicap….Class 2… 1m 2f…

Executive Force… I put this up when last run, when winning at Lingfield 12 days ago in a 1m Class 3 Handicap by a neck. Won twice over this distance in February and now has 6 wins form last 7 runs, up in class…..

That’s all for today folks, thanks for popping by and we hope we see you during the rest of the week….

All the best – Charlie & Rich

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