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Check out the Lucky 15s suggested by David Ord for day one of the Randox Grand National Festival in Aintree on Thursday.


ERNE RIVER – 1.45 Aintree

He’s thriving right now and ERNE RIVER is a sports bet to progress further and get this Grade One.

Nick Kent’s charge is two for two over the fences, traveling and jumping well at Doncaster and Wetherby. Clearly it’s deeper but the track will play to its strengths and it doesn’t have to find too much on the notes to be competitive with Pic D’Orhy.

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PROTEKTORAT – 2.55 Aintree

He is two out of two on the track and after a good run in the Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup, PROTEKTORATE is expected to claim a second freshman award.

The first came in the Manifesto Novices’ Chase at this meeting last year and he produced a career-best to win the Many Clouds over course and distance in December. Off thereafter until he was the best of the Brits when he was third behind A Plus Tard and Minella Indo last month, he looks like a great player here.


McFABULOUS – 3.30 Aintree

With Stunning stamina for what is far from copper-bottomed and Zanahiyr has yet to taste level one success in six attempts, we could be in for a surprise and I side. McFABULOUS.

He clearly failed to make it home over three miles in the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham in January after forming well when second to Stormy Ireland on his reappearance in the Relkeel.

Two and a half miles is his journey, he is fresh and first time cheeks are applied. If they add some sparkle to his finishing effort, he can overtake his chances.

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GUNSIGHT RIDGE – 4.40 Aintree

He made a brilliant start to his career on the fences and SIGHT EDGE looks like an interesting bet in the Close Brothers Red Rum Handicap Chase.

He ran well on his debut on the fences here in November, then chased L’Homme Presse to Exeter and won a handicap from Sandown at a mark of 130. He returned to Esher’s track for his final start and s is well formed when he was third. in Dolos, paying the price for helping to establish a strong pace.

If he takes the lead, he’s interesting at only four pounds over his last winning mark.


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