April 8 Racing Tips: Clan Des Obeaux to score in Betway Bowl at Aintree

It's the first day of the Grand National meeting at Aintree giving Planet Sport's tipsters plenty to think about. But there's also racing at Chelmsford, Southwell and Taunton to consider too.

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Aintree

Clan Des Obeaux, who goes in the Betway Bowl (2.50), is the one to watch on day one of the Grand National meeting at Aintree.

Paul Nicholls' charge has not raced since late February and he missed the Gold Cup after connections admitted that trip at Cheltenham did not suit him. The Betway Bowl is his chance to reap the rewards of the lay-off.

Clan Des Obeaux has had just three runs this season - initially in the Betfair Chase at Haydock, where testing ground would have been against him but he still made Bristol De Mai pull out all the stops.

Arguably he was still feeling the effects of that big run when aiming to add his name to an elite list of three-time King George winners on Boxing Day. Having won the last two, this time he was no match for stablemate Frodon.

You would have to say he did not run to form last time when slightly disappointing at Newbury behind Secret Investor, giving him 6lb.

That winner is smart on his day when conditions are in his favour, though, and Clan Des Obeaux should be too classy for Tiger Roll and the rest here.

In the same colours, Hitman can give Nicholls a Grade One double in the SSS Super Alloys Manifesto Novices' Chase (1.45).

Only five, he showed he had a very bright future when beaten just over two lengths by Allmankind in a Grade One at Sandown before Christmas.

He unfortunately fell in the Scilly Isles when stepped up in trip, but won like his odds suggested he should do last time out at Newbury - which crucially showed he could handle a faster surface, too.

It could cap an outstanding day for Nicholls and the ownership of Ged Mason and Sir Alex Ferguson if Monmiral retains his unbeaten record in the Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle (2.20).

The worry about about him is that none of his form has really worked out, despite how impressive he has been - but in the absence of Triumph Hurdle disappointment Tritonic, Monmiral may well measure up against Cheltenham runner-up Adagio.

The decision to bypass the Champion Hurdle can pay off for Song For Someone in the Betway Aintree Hurdle (3.25).

Tom Symonds blamed his defeat to Goshen at Wincanton on the very gluey ground that day - but he will not be able to use that excuse this time. The long straight here should be right up his street.

Destrier is very interesting in the Close Brothers Red Rum Handicap Chase (4.40).

A very smart novice two years ago when third in a Grade One at this meeting, the key to him is good ground - which he has never had since.

However, as a result he has tumbled down the weights - and the likelihood is that this has been in Dan Skelton's sights for some time.

The best bet of the day runs in the closing Goffs UK Nickel Coin Mares' Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (5.15), in the shape of Pam Sly's Eileendover.

Ultra-impressive in a Listed event at Market Rasen, form which has been boosted since, she arrives here fresh - and Sly is already targeting nice prizes on the Flat.

Aintree tips recap: 1.45 Hitman, 2.20 Monmiral, 2.50 Clan Des Obeaux, 3.25 Song For Someone, 4.05 Cat Tiger, 4.40 Destrier, 5.15 Eileendover

Chelmsford

Byzantia can win for Charlie Fellowes, in the Golden Horn colours of Anthony Oppenheimer, in the CCR Fillies Handicap at Chelmsford (6.20) - given how well she won her last start for John Gosden.

Others to consider at Chelmsford include: 4.50 Trepidation, 5.20 Velvet Vista, 5.50 Critique, 6.50 Zahirah, 7.20 Chiave Di Volta, 7.50 The Nosey Parker.

Southwell

Selections at Southwell include: 1.00 True Hero, 1.35 Blue Cable, 2.10 Thunderclap, 2.40 May Night, 3.15 Little Boy Blue, 3.50 Silver Shade, 4.25 Dodgy Bob.

Taunton

Tips to consider at Taunton include: 1.25 Tulin, 2.00 Grooveur, 2.30 San Agustin, 3.05 Theocrat, 3.40 Umndeni, 4.15 Arcade Attraction, 4.55 Minella Voucher, 5.30 Toutatis.