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2021 Grand National Festival Day Two Tips - All seven races covered on Friday

  • We've published our tips for every race on day two of the Grand National Festival
  • Friday's card at Aintree is headlined by the Melling Chase
  • Three further Grade Ones and the Topham Chase also feature on the schedule
  • Dusart, Chantry House and Bravemansgame feature amongst our best bet
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Bravemansgame can get back to winning ways in the Sefton. (Getty)

Like day one, Aintree's card on day two of the Grand National Festival features four fantastic Grade One races. Punters will also sink their teeth into two handicap hurdles and the historic Topham Chase, run over the Grand National fences.

Let's jump straight into Friday's best betting tips at Aintree.

2021 Grand National Festival Day Two Schedule


Race
Title
Status
Distance
1Merseyrail Handicap HurdleGrade 32m4f
2Top Novices' HurdleGrade 12m
3Mildmay Novices' ChaseGrade 13m1f
4Melling ChaseGrade 12m4f
5Topham ChaseGrade 32m5f
6Sefton Novices' HurdleGrade 13m
7Flat RaceGrade 22m1f

2021 Grand National Festival Day Two Tips - ITV Racing Tips on Friday 9th April


Race 1 - Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle Tips


Mister Coffey E/W1:45pm Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m4fGET 10/1 HERE
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A wide-open handicap to start the day, and the one I want to side with is MISTER COFFEY. Nicky Henderson's charge was last seen finishing tenth in the Betfair Hurdle, where he couldn't work his way into the race after sitting well off the pace. Mister Coffey has shown signs of great ability during his short career, and I think he'll improve for this step up in trip. Off a mark of 137, he looks very well-treated.

Race 2 - Top Novices' Hurdle Tips


Dusart2:20pm Top Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1) 2mGET 9/4 HERE
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With nothing really standing out against him, this looks an ideal opportunity for DUSART to prove he's one of the most exciting novice hurdlers in Britain. 

Nicky Henderson's charge has only been seen once so far in his career, comfortably beating Soaring Glory - winner of the Betfair Hurdle - at Newbury back in November. His half-brother, Simongsig carried these colours to victory in the Ballymore and the Mersey Novices' Hurdle in 2012, and Dusart can follow in his footsteps.

Race 3 - Mildmay Novices's Chase Tips


Chantry House2:50pm Mildmay Novices' Chase (Grade 1) 3m1fGET 7/4 HERE
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It could be a flying start to day two for Nicky Henderson, as CHANTRY HOUSE tops the betting for this Grade One. Nico De Boinville's mount was on-hand to capitalise after Envoi Allen's fell in the Marsh Chase, asserting his dominance in the closing stages to claim a maiden Grade One.

Espoir De Romay needs softer ground and he's shown a tendency to jump right. Shan Blue was given a terrible ride by Harry Skelton in the Marsh, and he's been to the well too many times this season. The Big Breakaway faded badly after trying to hang with a below-par Monkfish in the Brown Advisory Chase. Sporting John fell heavily that day, after struggling on ground which seemed a little quick.

Fiddlerontheroof was ridden to catch a place at Cheltenham and he did just that. I'm still not convinced he's a Grade One-quality chaser. Silver Hallmark - who was only beaten a neck by Fiddlerontheroof at Exeter before winning a Grade Two - holds each-way appeal. Yet, it's clear to me that Chantry House is the best horse in this race, and this is the ideal time to try him over three miles.

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Chantry House can make a successful step up to three miles at Aintree. (Getty)

Race 4 - Melling Chase Tips


Read our full guide to the 2021 Melling Chase to find out who we fancy will come out on top on Friday's feature at Aintree.

If you want to watch the race via your mobile or tablet, then check out our Melling Chase Live Streaming page.

Race 5 - Topham Chase Tips

I'm going to back a couple of runners in this year's Topham, the first being SENIOR CITIZEN. Alan King's charge looked well-placed to challenge in the Grand Sefton over the National fences earlier in the season, but paid for being a little keen early on and faded as the field rounded the elbow.

Adrian Heskin's mount ran a cracking race when last seen at Newbury, losing out by just three lengths in a strong renewal of the Greatwood Gold Cup. The ground this week is much better than it was during the Becher meeting in December, and that will certainly suit Senior Citizen.

Robin Des Foret E/W4:05pm Randox Topham Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 2m5fGET 20/1 HERE
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Willie Mullins won this with Cadmium in 2019, and I think his supposed second-string, ROBIN DES FORET is certainly worth backing. Mullins' charge finished a four-length second to Burrows Saint in a Grade Three in 2019, and was only beaten a length in last season's Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham.

Having skipped the winter months, Robin Des Foret made a winning reappearance at Clonmel two weeks ago, despite the ground seemingly going against him. Brian Hayes' mount should come on from that outing. 21-furlongs on good ground is right up his street.

Race 6 - Sefton Novices' Hurdle Tips


On ratings alone, BRAVEMANSGAME should be an even-money favourite here. Paul Nicholls' star thrashed a classy rival in Star Gate to win the Challow, and finished third in the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle on his most recent start.

Harry Cobden gave his mount a confident ride that day, but had no answer as the speedier Bob Olinger took up the gallop. Bravemansgame eventually crossed the line three lengths behind Gaillard Du Mesnil, and I'm not sure anyone else in this field would get as close to Willie Mullins' Grade One winner as that.

Stepping up to three miles should bring about further improvement. If those exertions at Cheltenham haven't taken too much out of Bravemansgame, I can't see him getting beaten.

Race 7 - Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle


I don't have a strong opinion in this amateur and conditionals race. I'm a big fan of young jockey Hugh Morgan, and he takes five pounds off BOLD ENOUGH'S back. The British Handicapper has given Henry De Bromhead's raider an extra six pounds, but Morgan's claimer negates that Bold Enough has shown a clear liking for good ground during his short career so far. He'll do for me at 10/1.
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