Racing Post tipster Robbie Wilders eyes up four each-way plays in the supporting races on Grand National day at Aintree.
West Balboa @ 13/2
Letsbeclearaboutit @ 10/1
Dan Skelton deliberately kept WEST BALBOA, a horse he has previously spoken about in glowing terms as a potential Grade 1 mare, fresh for this 3m handicap hurdle (2.25) and that campaigning might be rewarded.
She is worth backing each-way on the enhanced place terms.
West Balboa stayed on powerfully to land a gruelling soft-ground 20-runner Lanzarote in which just four horses finished at Kempton in January.
That suggested she would be more than okay with this three-mile trip and a mark of 135 still feels as if it underestimates her.
She remains lightly-raced and gives the impression there is more to come on her return from a 91-day break at the end of a light campaign.
Easing ground at Aintree is a coup for Gavin Cromwell's challenger LETSBECLEARABOUTIT in the Mersey Novices' Hurdle (3.00).
Cromwell saddled three seconds from three runners at this meeting last season and Letsbeclearaboutit, who stays three miles respectably, shaped as if a strongly run 2m4f on a slow surface will be in his favour when weakening into fourth in the Albert Bartlett last time.
He encounters those conditions here and a double-figure price with the boosted place terms on offer makes plenty of appeal.
The Liverpool Hurdle (3.35) is as muddling as you would expect considering the volatility of the staying hurdle division and the two I'll be backing in the each-way extra market with for four places are CHAMP and MEET AND GREET.
Champ may be 11, but 11-year-old Sire Du Berlais defeated ten-year-old Dashel Drasher in the equivalent race at Cheltenham, and this old-timer might have one last big victory in him.
Avoiding a scrap at Cheltenham is to Champ's advantage, as his record fresh is superb. He has form figures of 112112112 following breaks of 70 days or more and can be expected to run right up to his best.
He did so when denying Paisley Park in the Long Distance Hurdle on his return at Newbury two starts back.
Seven-year-old Meet And Greet is the unknown quantity in the field and the chances are he is better than we have seen, with his only two attempts at three miles producing staying-on third-placed finishes in Grade 1s at Punchestown and Leopardstown.
Trainer Oliver McKiernan trains his horses to peak in the spring and a career-best performance beckons for a horse who does not have masses to find to have a major say.