Shutthefrontdoor has been very well backed for today's Grand National while we have a big steamer in the last race of the day at Aintree. The Follow The Money team bring you Saturday's selections...
We start with our lay selection in the 14:00 7f handicap at Lingfield where Baileys Mirage has drifted out from an early price of [2.0] out to its current price of [2.9].
Baileys Mirage is 1 from 27 with her only win coming across the pond in Cagnes-Sur-Mer back in February 2014. Her only run in this country came eight days ago when she finished second of seven and beating the third placed horse by five lengths. The winner that day Lucy The Painter has come out again to frank the form and her handicap mark today does look fair. However trainer Chris Dweyer appears to think this horse isn't straight forward and is applying blinkers and head gear for the first time. The jockey booking of Ryan Moore should also be a positive yet this horse continues to drift and we are more than happy to Follow The Money and put this selection up as our lay.
We move over to the 17:15, the Grand National, for our first positive mover of the day and our each way selection Shutthefrontdoor, who has been backed as high as [29.23] for today's showcase race and is currently trading at [16.5] to back.
Winner of the Irish Grand National which is run over 3m 5f back in 2014 and fifth here last year Shutthefrontdoor is proven over course and distance. Barry Geraghty takes the ride for JP McManus and this in itself is a good indicator as he would have had the pick of any of his other three horses. Last time out Shutthefrontdoor was pulled up but prior to that he ran third finishing behind Broxbourne here over 3m 4f and so far we have had six winners come out of that race. Cheekpieces have been refitted to Shutthefrontdoor for the first time this season and we are hoping that will concentrate his mind to go four places better than last year and take the spoils.
For our final positive and back selection we go to the last race of the Aintree meeting and take a look at Dell Arca in the 18:10 2m 1/2f Handicap Hurdle. Trained by David Pipe and ridden by David Noonan claiming five, Dell Arca has been backed from [19.44] in to [7.6].
Dell Arca did win over the bigger obstacles back at Uttoxeter in 2015 but his last hurdle win came way back in 2013 when he won the Greatwood at Cheltenham. Still only seven-years-old a repeat of the kind of form shown in 2013 should see Dell Arca go very close and the money certainly suggests David Pipe has the horse spot on for today finally. Let's hope we all finish this year's Aintree meeting with a bang.
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