CONFLATED has the flexibility to crush the hopes of two previous winners of immediately’s Betway Bowl Chase by taking the Aintree prize. Each Clan Des Obeaux, winner of final yr’s contest, and Kemboy, profitable within the 2019 race, have dissatisfied this season, suggesting they’re now on the decline.
In distinction CONFLATED (2.55, nap, ITV) has stepped as much as the plate. He was travelling effectively earlier than falling two fences from residence within the Ryanair Chase gained by the distinctive Allaho at Cheltenham final month.
Earlier the Gordon Elliott-trained gelding posted an all-time finest when beating final season’s Gold Cup winner and this yr’s second Minella Indo at Leopardstown in February. The admirable Bristol De Mai is one other whose finest days are actually behind him.
Protektorat, profitable over this course and distance in December and third behind A Plus Tard within the Gold Cup, would be the apparent hazard if his Cheltenham race has not left a mark.
With out the presence of Honeysuckle lining up within the Betway Aintree Hurdle, EPATANTE (3.30, nb, ITV) seems to have a easy job. Nicky Henderson’s mare has completed within the body behind Honeysuckle on three events, most lately when second in final month’s Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham. Admittedly, the eight-year-old has but to win over immediately’s two-and-half-mile journey however her superior class and the the 7lb mares’ allowance will see her win the day.
PIED PIPER (2.20, ITV) has the flexibility to justify his quick worth within the Jewson Anniversary Hurdle and kick begin a double for Elliott. The four-year-old was removed from disgraced when third behind the extremely rated Vauban in final month’s Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham. This gifted Flat performer will relish immediately’s sharp monitor the place his pace will show to be essential.
Brazil is not going to be far-off if repeating his working when beating Gaelic Warrior Cheltenham final month. Additionally the current French recruit Petit Tonnerre, a winner on his solely British begin at Market Rasen, must be revered.
After failing to remain in final month’s Cheltenham Hunters’ Chase COUSIN PASCAL (4.05, treble, ITV) can put that efficiency behind him and make it a second successive victory within the Randox Foxhunters’ Chase. In final yr’s race he proved too robust Latenightpass with Cat Tiger again in third place. Porlock Bay, winner of final season’s Cheltenham Hunters’ Chase, deserves one other probability.
He has dissatisfied this season however with Will Biddick, essentially the most profitable point-to-pointer rider within the saddle, the gelding is now anticipated to place these poor efforts behind him.
The weights favour SKY PIRATE (4.40, ITV) to get his revenge on market chief Earlier than Midnight within the Purple Rum Chase. Shakem Up’Arry is on a good handicap mark and represents the worth every approach guess.
Grand Nationwide Pageant 2022 Day One suggestions
1.45 Erne River
2.20 Pied Piper
2.55 Conflated (nap)
3.30 Epatante (nb)
4.05 Cousin Pascal (treble)
4.40 Sky Pirate
5.15 Ilaide Allen