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Sky Bet's Michael Shinners brings us what's hot and what's not live from the track at Aintree.
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Here we are, the first day of the Crabbie's Grand National meeting at Aintree and there has been plenty of action in the markets, in particular the opening Juvenile Hurdle where we are money back if the favourite wins.
The two best backed horses in the first are Broughton 12/1 from 14/1 who was well backed but ultimately disappointing in the Triumph Hurdle and Hawk High 11/1 from 12/1 who won the Fred Winter at the Festival.
As it stands Calipto trained by Paul Nicholls heads the market but there isn't a great deal of strength behind him and it would be no surprise were he to drift.
It's Price Boost time in the Betfred Bowl and we are dangling the carrot at Dynaste who won the Ryanair Chase at the Festival. We feel that with both Silviniaco Conti and First Lieutenant in the field we have two really strong challengers running for us.
The Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle and the Foxhunter's Chase (paying 4 places) have both been fairly quiet betting events although we will no doubt have plenty of doubles kicking around for The New One running onto Mossey Joe.
The Silver Cross Red Rum Chase has been a lively betting affair with good money for both Arnaud 5/1 from 7/1 and at a bigger price Astracad 14/1 from 20/1.
Our traders have identified plenty of pace in the race and feel that it could be set up for a hold up horse. With this in mind we are keeping onside Turn Over Sivola who could be easily suited by how the race is run.
The Pinsent Mason Manifesto Chase has a small but select field with Oscar Whisky heading the market. The money is for the Alan King trained Uxizandre 7/2 from 9/2 who ran a great race to finish second at the festival.
The final race of the day looks a wide open hurdle race where there have been nibbles for a couple of horses. The only significant mover is the aptly named Spirit Of Shankly 11/1 from 14/1 who looks to have been trained specifically for the race.