Timeform pick out three bets from day 2 of the Grand National Festival at Aintree on Friday...
"...he is strongly fancied to follow up..."
Timeform on Global Citizen
It was hard not to be impressed by the impressed which Global Citizen created when winning the Dovecote Novices' Hurdle at Kempton last time by nine lengths, sauntering clear of the reopposing Scarlet Dragon. Admittedly, that was Scarlet Dragon's first start over hurdles, and he seems sure to build on that, but such was the manner of Global Citizen's victory, he is strongly fancied to follow up. Vision des Flos is another to consider down in trip, having run well in the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle behind Samcro last time.
Mia's Storm - 14:50 Aintree
Mia's Storm was let down by her jumping when a well-backed favourite for the Kauto Star Novices' Chase last time, making successive mistakes when beginning to make ground, and ultimately falling. Provided she has brushed up on her jumping (jumped soundly for both of her previous chase wins), she should have more to offer in this sphere, and is fancied to prove too strong for the likes of Terrefort and Coo Star Sivola, who won the Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last time.
This looks a very good opportunity for Min to resume winning ways now he hasn't got Altior to deal with. Min put up a performance good enough to win several recent editions of the Champion Chase when finishing second to Altior last month, and very much sets the standard here. He has won on his only start over this far in this sphere, and should prove too classy for Ryanair winner Balko des Flos.