Aintree Grand National Thursday Betting Tips

Betting.org experts give their three best bets for the supporting Grade 1 contests on Betway Bowl day at Aintree on Thursday, April 4. Buveur D’Air looks a cut above his rivals in the Aintree Hurdle over 2m 4f and therefore rates the standout bet on the seven-race card. Band Of Outlaws is an exciting prospect on a serious upward curve, so is out next best punt in the 2m 1f Anniversary Juvenile Hurdle. Spiritofthegames, meanwhile, has some solid form in the book and appeals each-way in the extended 2m 4f Manifesto Novices’ Chase that gets proceedings underway on Merseyside. Find out more about these horses in our our in-depth preview with Aintree Grand National Thursday betting tips preview.

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10/11
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Buveur D'Air
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15/8
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8/1
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Buveur D’Air the one to be on in Aintree Hurdle

Buveur D’Air looks a cut above his rivals in the Grade 1 Aintree Hurdle over 2m 4f (15:25) and a worthy favourite to get back to winning ways. He crashed out early doors when bidding for a hat-trick of successes in the Champion Hurdle at last month’s Cheltenham Festival, but won this race two years ago when last contesting it.

This Nicky Henderson trained eight-year-old got no further than the third flight at Cheltenham, but is said to have come out of the race fine and been working well at home in the build-up to this.

The JP McManus owned son of Crillon is one of the best hurdlers of modern times and turned this race into a procession in 2017 when cruising home to win easing down by four lengths from stable companion My Tent Or Yours.

80 per cent strike rate over hurdles

He has won 12 of his 15 starts over the smaller obstacles and looked better than ever on seasonal reappearance when sauntering clear to land the Grade 1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle by eight lengths from Samcro.

Buveur D’Air then suffered a shock defeat when sent off the 1/4 favourite and beaten a short-head by stable companion Verdana Blue in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton on Boxing Day, but arguably should have won as a bad mistake three out cost him vital ground at a crucial stage.

He then laughed at Vision Des Flos when beating him two lengths in a Listed contest at Sandown which he won for the third year running.

An official rating of 172 gives Buveur D’Air 8lb and upward in hand on his eight rivals. It makes him impossible to oppose in this and, granted a clear round, it looks his for the taking. Buveur D’Air had to be our NAP bet in these Aintree Grand National Thursday betting tips for April 4.

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Band Of Outlaws fancied to gun down Juvenile rivals

Band of Outlaws is an exciting prospect on a serious upward curve, so looks worth a bet to take the step up into Grade 1 company in his stride and land the spoils in the 2m 1f Anniversary Juvenile Hurdle (14:20).

This four-year-old, who hails from the Irish yard of Joseph O’Brien, was a smart performer on the level who shaped with stacks of promise on hurdles debut at Cork when a length third to Maze Runner.

He then showed the benefit of that experience when keeping on strongly to beat Future Proof at Limerick, before slamming the opposition in a six-runner age restricted rated novice hurdle at Naas.

After being held-up, Band Of Outlaws made smooth headway to go second before the last and overcame a slight mistake at the final flight before quickening clear to easily beat Maze Runner by 4 3/4 lengths.

Career best and eye-catching win in Fred Winter

He was allotted an opening handicap mark of 139 on the back of that taking success and made a mockery of it when landing the 21-runner Grade 3 Fred Winter at last month’s Cheltenham Festival in decisive fashion. Band Of Outlaws was given an ultra-confident ride under JJ Slevin, who waited until after the last to push the button on the strong travelling son of Fast Company.

When he did, the response was immediate and Band Of Outlaws showed an electric turn of foot to burst between horses and beat Coko Beach by two lengths. He won with any amount in hand and it was a most taking performance which suggested he was well up to winning at this level.

An official rating of 149 puts Band Of Outlaws just 4lb behind market leader and Triumph Hurdle winner Pentland Hills. This sharper, flat track where the emphasis is on speed will arguably suit him much better than Cheltenham.

So, with regular pilot Slevin in the saddle, and underfoot conditions ideal, Band Of Outlaws is taken to complete the four-timer and rates our next best bet on the opening day of the Aintree Grand National Festival.

Spirirtofthegames an each-way play in Manifesto

In the Grade 1 Manifesto Novices’ Chase over an almost 2m 4f which gets proceedings underway (13:45), Spiritofthegames looks decent each-way value following some excellent runs in hot handicaps.

This Dan Skelton trained seven-year-old has some very strong form in ultra-competitive hurdles contests last season, finishing a fine third to Kalashnikov in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury and an excellent 4 3/4 lengths seventh of 19 to Jester Jet at this meeting.

The son of Darsi has had just three starts over fences this season and looked one to keep onside when making a winning debut in a Listed contest at Chepstow when scoring by six lengths. He then ran no sort of race when finding Grade 2 company too hot and last of four to La Bague Au Roi at Newbury, shaping as if something was amiss

Following a break, Spiritofthegames duly showed that running to be all wrong when a 2 1/2 lengths third of eight to Kildisart at Cheltenham where he was making good headway when getting slightly hampered three from home and then stayed on strongly to be nearest at the finish.

Great runs at Cheltenham

He has since finished a cracking third of 22 to Siruh Du Lac in the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase at last month’s Cheltenham Festival, where he came from off the pave and stuck to the task well for pressure to be nearest at the finish and beaten just three lengths.

That run has earned Spiritofthegames on official rating of 150 – just 2lb below that of La Bague Au Roi, who heads the betting for this and the same as Glen Forsa who is second-favourite. His proven course form is also a big plus, as is the fact that he’s versatile as regards ground.

Now pitched back into novice company, a bold bids looks on the cards in a race which should be run at a strong gallop which will play to Spiritofthegames’ strengths. Hence, at the odds on offer, he had to feature as the each-way punt in these Aintree Grand National Thursday betting tips for April 4.

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