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2021 Aintree Hurdle Tips - Symonds' star can play the right notes

  • We've published our tips for the 2021 Aintree Hurdle
  • This Grade One is the feature race on day one of the Grand National Festival
  • Abacadabras and McFabulous are locked in a battle for favouritism
  • Song For Someone is our best each-way bet at 8/1
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Song For Someone winning the Coral Hurdle. (Getty)

The fourth and final Grade One races on day one of Aintree' Grand National meeting is the Aintree Hurdle. This two-and-a-half-mile hurdle has been won by Champion Hurdlers and Stayers' Hurdle winners alike, with the names of Dawn Run, Istabraq and Morley Street standing out on the roll of honour.

I've taken a look through the betting and picked out my best bet.

2021 Aintree Hurdle Odds


Name
Odds
Abacadabras3/1
McFabulous3/1
Jason The Militant9/2
Brewin'Upastorm11/2
Song For Someone8/1
Buveur D'Air10/1
Bar14/1

*Odds taken from bet365 on 6/4/21*

2021 Aintree Hurdle Runners


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The top six runners in the betting here are all rated 158, so it’ll be their suitability for trip, track and ground that’ll split them. Abacadabras has risen to the head of the market but - considering he’s been poor on recent starts, isn’t the most convincing in the finish and he'll be trying out two-and-a-half-miles for the first time - I’m very happy to take him on.

McFabulous has plenty of talent, and I can’t wait for him to go chasing next season, but I just worry whether he has the speed for this sort of test, and he seems to be at his most effective going right-handed. Brewin’Upastorm comfortably beat McFabulous in the Game Spirit, when getting six-pounds from the favourite, and he too may struggle for pace against many more efficient jumpers.

Rachael Blackmore’s mount, Jason The Militant is sure to come in for support, but I feel he has a little to prove at Grade One level and his stamina has to be questioned. Silver Streak has stamina question marks next to his name too. Both, also, have shown a liking for front-running, which will make this step up in distance all the more difficult to cope with.

Buveur D’Air didn’t jump or finish off his race all that well on his return at Haydock, and I’d have liked to have seen the former Aintree Hurdle winner run once more before returning to Aintree. Stablemate Buzz looks tailor-made for this step up in trip, but he’s completely unproven at Graded level in open company.

2021 Aintree Hurdle Tips


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The safest bet here has to be SONG FOR SOMEONE, who impressed on his first couple of starts this season. Nico De Boinville’s mount made all when beating Call Me Lord and Laurina in the Coral Hurdle. Song For Someone then held on gamely to deny Silver Streak in the International Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Rain softened ground made the uphill finish at Cheltenham even stiffer, and having to bypass so many hurdles because of the sun played against Tom Symonds’ stable star - who's a very fluent, confident jumper. Yet, with plenty going against him, Song For Someone was good enough to get the job done, which shows you the ability this six-year-old has.

Yes, Goshen handed Song For Someone a sound thrashing at Wincanton, but the favourite didn’t travel with his usual zest on heavy ground, and the winner simply dealt with conditions better. I’m prepared to put a line through that Wincanton run and, with both De Boinville and Aidan Coleman unavailable, I think David Bass is an excellent jockey booking for a horse who needs to be ridden with confidence.
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Verdict

The Aintree Hurdle has been the target for Song For Someone this season, and he has the class to hand Tom Symonds his first Grade One win. 8/1 is a strong each-way price in a very winnable race.

2021 Aintree Hurdle Tips: Song For Someone Each-Way @800.00 at BetMGM - 10 Units

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