The 2022 Aintree Grand National Festival is upon us, running from Thursday, April 7 to Saturday, April 9 and culminating in the Randox Aintree Grand National.
The first day of the festival begins with the Grade 1 SSS Super Alloys Manifesto Novices' Chase over two miles and four furlongs.
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Here’s Planet Sport’s two picks for the SSS Super Alloys Manifesto Novices' Chase.
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13.45 Aintree - Pic D'Orhy
Planet Sport tipster Jonathan Doidge believes that Paul Nicholls' decision to keep his runners fresh for Aintree will pay off and that Pic D'Orhy is the class angle in the SSS Super Alloys Manifesto Novices' Chase.
A solid winner of the Coral Pendil Novices' Chase last time out at Kempton, here are a few of the reasons why Pic is the pick in the opener to the 2022 Aintree Grand National Festival
"The Manifesto Novices' Chase at Aintree at 13.45 on Thursday, isn't the strongest of Grade 1s you've got to say on paper. It's two and a half miles in trip, it's on ground that is officially described as good to soft and it's drawn a field of seven."
"Gin On Lime is an interesting runner for Henry De Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore but Henry's runners have not been in the best of form since the Cheltenham Festival, like one or two of the Irish trainers but you've got to always be wary when it comes to these big meetings with somebody like Henry and he may have her spot on."
"But even so she'd still need to find a few pounds with Pic D'Orhy, who is my selection. Harry Cobden rides for Paul Nicholls, who was last seen winning a Grade 2 novices' chase at Kempton in February. He bypassed Cheltenham to come here fresh, I think that looks like it's going to be a very good move. :
Trip wise - no problem, ground wise - no problem, and he looks the class act in the field."
13.45 Aintree - War Lord
Pete Farries, meanwhile, is opposing Pic D'Orhy with fellow West Country trainer Colin Tizzard's War Lord.
He's been keen on the seven-year-old for some time and was impressed by the 50/1 fourth behind Edwardstone in the Arkle at this year's Cheltenham Festival.
Here's a snippet of why Pete says War Lord will cause some damage.
"I'm going to take on Nicholls with Tizzard here, I'm going to go with War Lord. War Lord was one of my favourite selections of the Cheltenham Festival (each-way of course) went off at about 50/1, got top four in the Arkle, beaten in the end by a very talented Edwardstone."
"War Lord here in this race has a fantastic chance, looked really good in January over at Lingfield, is looking comfier and comfier in this kind of race."