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Aintree Day 3 Tips: Hermes to deliver on Saturday for 38/1 multiple

Alan has two selections on Grand National day and is keeping the faith with Hermes Allen

Alan Dudman is hoping to sign off at Aintree with a winning multiple that pays 38/1...

Don't write off Hermes just yet

Back Hermes Allen @ 7/2 in the 15:00 at Aintree

It's been quite a tough two days personally at Aintree thus far, and the ground switch yesterday made it difficult for the two runners, especially after Al Dancer made a mistake in the Topham. However, Bill Baxter's win for Warren Greatrex was a moment to enjoy that can bring racing together considering what his yard have been through.

I didn't have a washer on Bill Baxter, but I was ever so pleased for Greatrex.

Saturday is a day for Hermes Allen to show himself as the real deal, something he couldn't do in the Ballymore.

He'd been so impressive in the Challow at Newbury previously, it's far too early to suggest he isn't top drawer. The dead ground at Cheltenham might have blunted him, but the 21L defeat was nowhere near his true ability. And we've seen time and time again how his trainer Paul Nicholls can get a horse to bounce back.

Indeed, Nicholls has described him as his best chance today, and you can read what the Betfair Ambassador has to say about his young hurdler in his exclusive blog here.

Soft ground is a plus according to Nicholls, who has won this race four times dating back to his first winner in 2004 with Garde Champetre.

Challow winners have had poor record in the Ballymore, but he was keen early at Cheltenham and made a mistake late on and I don't seeing him being held up here as he's a staying prospect for the future.

Hermes Allen comes down in trip, and the flat track and 2m4f make him bet material today. Named after the messenger of gods (Hermes, not Allen), his form has stood up well in the UK and can still rank as one of the leading novice hurdlers and the 4/1 went this morning (which looked a little too big).

He was cut into 7/2.

Back Hermes Allen in the 15:00 at Aintree


Centara was deeply impressive at Taunton

Back Centara @ 15/2 in the 18:20 at Aintree

The final race at 18:20 is the Grade 2 Bumper, and it holds fond memories for me as one of my personal favourites Megastar landed this in 2010.

I am going for the Nicholls double today with the 15/2 chance Centara, who couldn't have been more impressive when winning on debut at Taunton.

I backed the third in that race, Saladin's Son for Chris Gordon, an expensive horse who cost 95k, but he couldn't lay a glove on the winner that day on good to soft ground.

His pedigree is worth a closer look as his mother was a smart bumper horse for Nicky Henderson who landed a couple of NHF races and did act in soft conditions.

At 15/2, the price appeals, and on the Sportsbook it's an Extra Place Special so he's well worth the chance to get into the four places.

And for what it's worth, I've given my Grand National selection along with the rest of the team here. Good luck everyone.

Back Centara in the 18:20 at Aintree


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