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Aintree Tips: Friday's best Each-Way Edge bets

Widen the place terms at Aintree with Beyond Conceit in the Sefton Novices' Hurdle
Widen the place terms at Aintree with Beyond Conceit in the Sefton Novices' Hurdle
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Betfair's Each Way Edge has revolutionised horse racing betting allowing our customers to add a place to increase the chances of winning or take away a place to boost potential winnings. Here are several horses to play using Edge on the second day of the Grand National Festival...


"As a classy Flat performer, I'm really interested in him over this new trip armed with decent ground. Using the Each Way Edge, we'll dip one under from the maximum five places and go for four at 12/1."

13:40 Grade 3 Handicap Hurdle


With 22 runners in this handicap, the beauty of using Each Way Edge means you can extend the standard place terms from four to six, and I am happy to take a punt here on the Ian Williams-trained Byron Flyer.

This is a rapidly progressive horse in both codes, and mixes hurdles with the Flat well. His two latest spins on the level have come in decent staying races on the all-weather, and he handled the rise in grade to a 0-105 at Newcastle with aplomb recently - finishing second to Haines.

However, his run at Aintree back in December makes for fascinating viewing. He travelled like the best horse in the race and was matched at [1.22] in-running. The ground was given as good to soft, but it was more on the softer side, and that might have just blunted his finishing kick as he needs proper good ground to bounce off, and Friday could mean optimum conditions.

He needs a personal best from 140, but he looked ultra-progressive when scoring at Doncaster earlier in the season (on a sound surface), and a nice speed test on a flat track suits. His yard are in great nick too with 14 winners since the beginning of March.

Extending the Each Way Edge to 6 Places makes him 17/2, but I like the braver route of reducing to 2 Places and boosting the price to 22/1.


15:25 Melling Chase


This was one of the races previewed for my ante-post look at Aintree, and Sub Lieutentant was advised there at 8/1, so half the battle is won with him now at 10/3 for a contest that matches up the Ryanair form with the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

For the Each Way Edge, I initially looked to Uxizandre, and he could be an all-or-nothing horse here by reducing down to 2 Places at 19/2. I am a subscriber to the 'bounce' theory, and I would happily give another chance to the former Festival winner. He could bomb out or run a blinder, but he is certainly better than his Cheltenham run.

However, looking at the prices between Fox Norton and Top Gamble from their Queen Mother run, there is a massive discrepancy from 3/1 to 20/1.

Whilst the shorter trip done for 'the Fox' in the two-miler, and the step up in distance will be more to his liking, the same comments apply to Top Gamble - who was outpaced four out and finished well. In fact, he ran a similar sort of race to Fox Norton - it's just that he came from further back in the field. I also thought he was slightly hesitant at the third fence from home, maybe down to the fact his jumping was pressured at greater speed.

The ground could be the problem, but the price is factored into that. He did win at Ayr on officially good going, so hopefully the surface won't be too quick for him.

At such a big price, Each Way Edge really comes into play here, as we can extend to 5 Places at a generous 12/1. He's a galloper and if they go hard in front, he might be able to pick up something late on.


16:05 Topham Handicap Chase


Trainer Nicky Henderson won this race three years in succession with Rajdhani Express (2015), Ma Filleule (2014) and Triolo D'Alene (2013), and I am hoping he can do it again with O O Seven.

I tipped him for this race antepost at 20/1, and he's a similar sort of price for today. The options using Each Way Edge range from 2 Places at 28/1 to 6 Places at 11/1.

You've got to forgive a wretched display in the RSA last time, but he hit the 12th, and he never looked happy. He's definitely a better jumper than he displayed at Cheltenham. I'm not sure that's his trip anyway, and he could be best at around today's sort of distance.

He has a lot of scope, and in that sense he's a similar type to Rajdhani Express. It seems Henderson isn't afraid of running a young horse in this, as two of his winners were both six-year-olds.

Using The Edge to 5 Places at 14/1 makes him a sound each-way bet.


16:40 Sefton Novices' Hurdle


The Supreme Novices' Hurdle certainly wasn't run to suit Beyond Conceit, and he takes a massive step up in trip to 3m today - which will not be a bad thing as he was a stayer on the Flat. Odds of 16/1 are a fair reflection, but he wasn't totally disgraced at Cheltenham when finishing sixth behind Labaik.

He travelled very well to win a Newbury novice earlier in the season, and that was after nearly three-and-a-half years off the track with a fractured pelvis and tendon problems. He did score afterwards at Ascot, and one comment made me chuckle by suggesting he might have still bounced when winning!

As a classy Flat performer, I'm really interested in him over this new trip armed with decent ground. Using the Each Way Edge, we'll dip one under from the maximum five places and go for four at 12/1.


17:15 Grade 2 Bumper


Megastar was one of my favourite horses, and he won this race back in 2010 by a couple of lengths for Gary Moore, and whilst the race looks too tough to go with a selection, I'll be looking out for Moore's Larry at 16/1.

He won on his debut at Fontwell and looked to be fairly clued-up for his first run, and one of his relations Chain Gang was a fairly tough type early in his career. This is a wide-open race with all manner of improvement to come. But Larry cost a fair bit and looked a nice prospect, and I'll be remembering dear old Megastar today.

The Edge can be extended to 5 Places here for the bumper at 10/1.


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