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2021 Grand National Festival Day One Tips - Every race covered at Aintree on Thursday

  • We've published our tips for every race on day one of the Grand National Festival
  • Thursday's card at Aintree features four Grade One races
  • Punters will also enjoy the Red Rum Handicap, Foxhunter Chase and a Grade Two bumper
  • Eldorado Allen, Monmiral and Sully Doc AA feature amongst our best bets
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Monmiral is fancied to win the 4YO Hurdle. (Getty)

The 2021 Grand National Festival gets underway on Thursday, and ITV Racing viewers are in for a quality-backed afternoon of racing. Aintree's card begins with four fantastic Grade One races, and ends with three really competitive contests.

We've taken a look through Aintree's card in full to provide readers with our best betting tips in every race.

2021 Grand National Festival Day One Schedule


Race
Title
Status
Distance
1Manifesto Novices' ChaseGrade 12m4f
2Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile HurdleGrade 12m1f
3Aintree Bowl ChaseGrade 13m1f
4Aintree HurdleGrade 12m4f
5Foxhunters' ChaseClass 22m5f
6Red Rum Handicap ChaseGrade 32m
7Mares' Flat RaceGrade 22m1f

2021 Grand National Festival Day One Tips - ITV Racing Tips on Thursday 8th April


Race 1 - Manifesto Novices' Chase Tips


Eldorado Allen1:45pm SSS Super Alloys Manifesto Novices' Chase (Grade 1) 2m4fGET 13/2 HERE
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Of the three runners who ran at Cheltenham, ELDORADO ALLEN had the easiest race. Harry Cobden was tasked with making the places behind Shishkin in the Arkle, and he did just that, sneaking home up the rail to beat Captain Guinness and Allmankind to second.

Colin Tizzard's seven-year-old has jumped well throughout his novice chasing campaign, and won a Grade Two by 19-lengths earlier in the season. Aintree is the ideal track to step Eldorado Allen up in trip, and he looks to be the best value bet at 6/1.

Race 2 - Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle Tips


Adagio ran an admirable race in the Triumph Hurdle and has to be respected. That being said, I think MONMIRAL is one of the most talented four-year-olds in training, and I'm not expecting Paul Nicholls' charge to fail.

Monmiral won his only start in France, and remains unbeaten after three appearances for Nicholls. Adagio only beat Nassalam by two lengths when they clashed at Chepstow and Elham Valley ran a screamer to place third in the Boodles. Yet, they were beaten seven and 21 lengths respectively by Monmiral when they met at Haydock, and the winner hit the line strongly that day. 

Good ground would be a worry for most French imports, but Monmiral bolted up by 11-lengths on similar ground at Doncaster in December. 10/11 isn't a bad price at all.

Race 3 - Aintree Bowl Tips


Read our full guide to this year's Aintree Bowl to see which horse we think you should back at a tempting each-way price.

Visit our Aintree Bowl Live Streaming page if you plan to watch the racing on your mobile or tablet.

Race 4 - Aintree Hurdle Tips


Here's our full guide to the 2021 Aintree Hurdle. Have a read to find out which runner we fancy will challenge for the win.

If you plan on watching the race live on your mobile device, then take a look at our Aintree Hurdle Live Streaming page.

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Eldorado Allen winning at Cheltenham earlier in the season. (Getty)

Race 5 - Foxhunters' Chase Tips


With Patrick Mullins back in the saddle, over a shorter trip than what he faced at Cheltenham, I think Billaway could be hard to beat. However, in a 23-runner race over the National fences, I'd rather take a small punt on one at an each-way price.

KILLARO BOY was rated 137 at his peak under rules, and was only beaten a nose by Brave Eagle in the Summer Trophy at Wincanton in 2019. Henry Oliver's charge has experience over the National Fences, having finished eighth in the 2019 Grand Sefton, and ran well to finish third behind Cat Tiger at Leicester - considering he was very keen on the back of 450-day lay-off, and he made a terrible error at the fifth-last. At 18/1, he'll do for me!

Race 6 - Red Rum Handicap Chase Tips


Sully Doc AA E/W4:40pm Close Brothers Red Rum Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 2mGET 16/1 HERE
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13 of the last 15 winners of this handicap carried 11-01 or less to post so, which Getaway Trump has to be respected, backing a less exposed runner in the bottom half of the weights is clearly the most profitable approach.

The one I like is SULLY DOC AA, who comfortably beat Editeur Du Gite over 19-furlongs at Ascot earlier in the season. Since then, Anthony Honeyball's seven-year-old has finished third behind Clondaw Castle at Newbury, and eighth in the Paddy Power Plate at Cheltenham. I think this drop in trip is really going to suit, and he looks well-treated off a mark of 136.

Race 7 - Nickel Coin Mares' Bumper Tips


The form of Eileendover's third win on the bounce at Market Rasen has been boosted since, with third-placed Grangee winning a Grade Two at the Dublin Racing Festival, and the fourth winning a Listed prize. Pam Sly's star looks the one to beat, but she's awfully short at the head of the market.

The runner-up in that Listed race, Miss Lamb is of each-way interest, but the selection is going to be WHERES MAUD GONE

On her only start in Ireland, Wheres Maud Gone cruised to an effortless triumph under Derek O'Connor, beating a winning hurdler in Salt Wind by eight lengths. Adam Wedge then gave his penalty-carrying mount a confident ride on her British debut at Ayr, but they had to pull out all the stops to prevail by a neck in the end. 

The runner-up that day has since placed in a Listed race, and Wheres Maud Gone seemed to relish better ground when winning at Thurles. Morgan has managed to secure the services of O'Connor, and he'll relish the chance to renew his partnership with this talented daughter of Yeats.
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