Aintree 1.40 (Becher Chase) tips – Thunder to come up smelling of roses

Aintree 1.40 (Becher Chase) tips - Thunder to come out smelling of roses

Thunder And Roses

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Betting Tip: Thunder And Roses @ 9/1 with betvictor

Horses for courses is a good maxim at Aintree and especially over the National fences, so last year’s big race runner-up Saint Are has to be of interest on the back of a satisfactory prep run at Cheltenham. And it would be foolish to rule out the 2014 hero Pineau De Re, whose trainer Dr Richard Newland is making some positive noises about the 12-year-old becoming the first Grand National winner since Bindaree in 2004 to win another race.

I wouldn’t put anyone off backing either but I’m convinced there is better to come from THUNDER AND ROSES and he could well be a National horse this season. It all depends how he takes to the fences and backing him on his first look is a risk, I know. However, the seven-year-old is a good jumper in the main and stamina is very much his strong suit, as he showed when winning the Irish National in April. According to his trainer Sandra Hughes he likes the ground “heavy and dead” and he’s likely to get that here, while the booking of Bryan Cooper (form figures of 2221 on him) is another positive.

Of the rest, I’ve a hunch that HIGHLAND LODGE could outrun his 25/1 price tag, despite being 7lb wrong at the weights. Fourth in the 2013 Hennessy off a much higher mark than today’s, he became disappointing and is having his first start for Jimmy Moffat this afternoon. The change of scenery could do him the world of good and his new trainer seemed very happy with the way he was working in a recent Stable Tour. He’s got to be worth a small each-way interest at the bet365 odds.

Betting Tip: Thunder And Roses @ 9/1 with betvictor

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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