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Aintree Horse Racing Lucky 15 Tips for Friday

The Racing Post's Gary Savage has four fancies at Aintree on Friday on the second day of the Grand National Festival.

Aintree Festival Day 2 Lucky 15 Tips and Odds

2.20 - Premier Handicap Hurdle - Champagne Twist @ 10/1
2.55 - Top Novices' Hurdle – Firefox @ 10/3
4.05 - Topham Handicap Chase - Ciel De Neige @ 33/1
5.15 - Alder Hey Handicap Hurdle – Brucio @ 8/1

Aintree Festival

Premier Handicap Hurdle Lucky 15 tip

Champagne Twist @ 10/1

Ben Pauling can continue his excellent season courtesy of the six-year-old CHAMPAGNE TWIST who can take home his second valuable prize of the year.

With a wealth of talent in the novice hurdle division, it is little wonder Pauling had one or two arrows to fire at decent novice handicaps and this one beat a stablemate home when winning the National Hunt Final at Sandown on handicap debut.

That race is always strong form, and the only one of the principals to run since, third home Emailandy, has already sluiced up off 2lb higher in a Class 3 event.

A 7lb rise for that Sandown win looks manageable as after only four starts under Rules there should be plenty more left in the tank for a stable that continues in great form.  

Top Novices' Hurdle Lucky 15 tip

Firefox @ 10/3

Horses beaten in the Supreme at Cheltenham have a tremendous record in this contest, with five from the last seven gaining compensation here after being beaten at the festival.

Willie Mullins' Mystical Power was second best to Slade Steel in March, but I fancy third home FIREFOX to turn the tables today under a more aggressive ride.

He was given a patient ride at Cheltenham, and met plenty of trouble when trying to make inroads, while Mystical Power made smooth progress to try and close down the eventual winner.

Firefox made all in a bumper and his first hurdle earlier this season and I expect Jack Kennedy to try and make plenty of use of him today and try and test the others' stamina.

Topham Handicap Chase Lucky 15 tip

Ciel De Neige @ 33/1

Like all races over the National fences, the first port of call in the Topham are previous renewals, and Bill Baxter looks to have been laid out to try and repeat his 2023 heroics off only 1lb higher.

Fantastic Lady is slightly worse off for her second place last year, but CIEL DE NEIGE, who was creeping into contention when unseating two out, is a massive 23lb better off with the winner.

Admittedly he has performed atrociously in most of his five starts since, but there was some encouragement to be had from his run in the Plate at Cheltenham last time.

This is a race that regularly throws up big-priced placed horses, and occasional winners, and he looks worth an each-way interest now.

Alder Hey Handicap Hurdle Lucky 15 tip

Brucio @ 8/1

Stuart Crawford's six-year-old went off at 5/1 for the Grade 2 bet365 Premier Novices' Hurdle at Kelso, only to get brought down at the first, and with Ben Bromley able to claim 5lb today, she looks to hold good claims off a rating of 132.

An impressive winner of a maiden and a Listed Mares' Handicap Hurdle earlier this year, both on soft ground, the Cheltenham Mares' Novice was mooted after the latter win.

The Listed race at Leopardstown that she won is always a fiercely contested race with a big field as fillies chase black type, so it is usually strong form and today's scenario should hold no fears for her.

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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