Aintree Grand National Saturday Betting Tips

The Aintree Grand National Saturday betting tips for April 6 from Betting.org experts say Us And Them rates the NAP of the big day’s seven-race card in the 2m Grade 1 Maghull Novices’ Chase. Angels Breath looks sure to improve for a step up in trip and thus is the next best bet in the Grade 1 Mersey Novices’ Hurdle over 2m 4f. Roksana, meanwhile, ran a huge race when second at this meeting 12 months ago and comes back to Merseyside off the back of a huge win, so is each-way value now back up to 3m in the Grade 1 Liverpool Hurdle. For further details on these horses, check out our detailed Aintree Grand National Saturday betting tips for April 6 below.

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Us And Them fancied most in Maghull on Grand National day

In the build-up to the Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, there are three Grade 1 races and, in the Maghull Novices’ Chase over 2m (15:00), Us And Them brings leading form claims of getting his head in front. This Irish raider is trained by Joseph O’Brien and has bumped into exceptional stable companion Le Richebourg more than once.

In his absence, Us And Them can go one better after staying on best behind Duc Des Genievres to be runner-up in the Arkle Challenge Trophy last time out. The six-year-old has nothing to fear from those who re-oppose from Cheltenham on that form, including Clondaw Castle and Knocknanuss.

Fellow Irish raider Ornua took a tumble and Lalor was pulled-up at the Festival, although the latter has arguably run his best races at this venue. With question marks hanging over all his major rivals, Us And Them who has had to settle for second in each of his last four runs – the most recent three all at Grade 1 level – is preferred because of his consistency.

If conditions remain testing on Merseyside, then his stamina laden pedigree could also be a plus. With regular rider JJ Slevin once again in the saddle, everything points to a big run. It’s therefore Us And Them, who is joint top on official ratings, that is put up as the NAP of these Aintree Grand National Saturday betting tips.

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Angels Breath appeals up in trip to cross the Mersey

Prior to the Maghull is the 2m 4f Grade 1 Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (14:25), and Angels Breath looks sure to shape better for a step up in trip. Trained by Nicky Henderson, this Dai Waters owned five-year-old has been tapped for toe on his last couple of starts but still has strong form in the book.

Angels Breath is an Irish point winner who was pitched straight into Grade 2 company on debut for the Seven Barrows handler and landed the Kennel Gate at Ascot when readily drawing clear of his rivals in December. This son of Shantou then found Kempton and a 5lb penalty too sharp, but was a closing three-quarters of a length runner-up to Southfield Stone in the similar grade Dovecote.

Despite that narrow defeat, Angels Breath was hotly fancied for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle in the run-up to the Cheltenham Festival. He was sent off 6/1, but was outpaced before making late progress when staying on passed tired rivals to finish seventh to Klassical Dream.

While Angels Breath never threatened to get on terms, his stamina laden pedigree kicked in on the soft surface at Cheltenham and he could well face similar conditions underfoot him. The way he finished off his race at the Festival suggests going up in distance is exactly what he needs.

It’s Angels Breath then, who is taken to resume winning ways in the Mersey. He is preferred to Ballymore fourth Brewin’upastorm in these Aintree Grand National Saturday betting tips because he’s unexposed over this trip and that Olly Murphy trained rival is zero from three tries at roughly this distance.

Roksana a solid each-way bet in Liverpool Hurdle

An intriguing renewal of the extended 3m Grade 1 Liverpool Hurdle (15:40) is the chief supporting race to the Grand National. While a case can be made for many, Roksana looks each-way value on her eye-catching run when second over course and distance in novice company at this meeting last year and off the back of a fortunate Cheltenham win.

Trained by Dan Skelton, this seven-year-old mare is four from seven over hurdles and has placed on all three of her other starts. That shows Roksana is a consistent sort and the progression she demonstrated last season has continue this term.

After winning minor events at Plumpton and Fontwell, she landed the ultra-competitive Grade 2 Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Series Final at Newbury. Roksana then stepped out of her own sex and ran a huge race when only held in the final 50 yards by Santini in the Grade 1 Sefton here 12 months ago.

She held every chance jumping the last and went down fighting by 1 1/2 lengths to a very highly regarded inmate of Henderson’s Lambourn stable. It was a gutsy display even in defeat and suggested there were races to be won with Roksana this season.

Lucky Mares win only adds to progressive profile

Team Skelton waited for soft ground before bringing back to action and she was far from disgraced when third to dual Champion Hurdle winner Buveur D’Air in the Listed 2m Contenders Hurdle at Sandown on reappearance. Roksana then stepped up in trip to contest the Mares’ Hurdle which was gifted to her by Benie Des Dieux taking the tumble at the last.

She looked held in all honesty, but then her stamina kicked in and she stayed on best to profit from this good fortune. Although Apple’s Jade lines up in this and also gets a 7lb sex allowance, Roksana is still open to improvement and the assessor has taken a real chance by not raising her rating for the albeit fortunate Cheltenham victory.

With some bookmakers paying enhanced place terms, and Apple’s Jade running below par last time out, Roksana looks a great each-way alternative to hit the frame here. She thus completes our Aintree Grand National Saturday betting tips now returning to a track that clearly suits.

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