WE have had two days of incredible action from Aintree – now it's time for the big one.
The Grand National is back.
Notoriously difficult to predict, SunSport's top tipster Steve Mullen – Templegate to you and me – has been studying the form for months.
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BURROWS SAINT (5.15 Aintree, nap – best bet)
He won the Irish version two years ago and has improved since. Willie Mullins has trained him for this race and he warmed up with a solid second at Fairyhouse.
He was beaten by stablemate Acapella Bourgeois that day and he has a massive each-way shout too at big odds. Stamina is no issue with him.
MY DROGO (2.25 Aintree, nb – next best)
He kept up his 100% record over hurdles when winning by almost ten lengths at Kelso last month. That was a Grade 2 contest but he made them look like trees. This extra quarter-mile holds no fears and there is a lot more to come.
TEA CLIPPER (1.45 Aintree, treble – chuck in for a big win)
He ran a cracker when third in the Coral Cup at Cheltenham and that has been a stepping stone to this race many times. Tom Lacey’s six-year-old finished off strongly over the 2m5f trip and this extra stamina test will be right up his street.
Templegate has a pick in every race at Aintree today.
1.45 Tea Clipper (treble)
Cracking third in Coral Cup at Cheltenham and trip will suit.
2.25 My Drogo (nb)
Keeps improving and can handle this hike in class.
Superstar who can win this without getting out of first gear.
3.35 Thyme Hill
Missed Cheltenham so comes here fresh with big chance.
Consistent and went close in the Ultima at Cheltenham.
5.15 BURROWS SAINT (NAP)
Irish National winner who stays and has a touch of class.
6.20 Balco Coastal
Hammered his rivals at Kempton and much more to come.
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Don't forget, there are more races going on around the UK on Friday and Templegate has a pick in those too.
12.30 Getaway Luv
Had plenty in hand when scoring at Ludlow last time out.
Back to his best when winning well at Fakenham latest.
Coming down the weights and this looks wide open.
Solid third at Wetherby and this longer trip should suit.
2.45 Saint De Reve
Good second at Newbury and this looks a little easier.
Going well when taking a tumble latest and can bounce back.
4.00 Young O’Leary
Ran on strongly to score last time and will relish this stamina test.
4.35 Don Alvaro
Can take step forward on debut for Paul Nicholls.
Didn’t get the best of runs at Kempton and has more to offer.
1.25 Lethal Blast
Needed comeback run last time and will be fitter today.
Won the last time today’s jockey was on board.
2.40 Secret Victory
Has been running well in better races than this.
3.15 Where’s Tom
Improved effort at Kempton latest and 3lb rise looks fair.
3.50 Brunel Charm
Takes a fair drop in class today which should do the trick.
Been knocking on the door and should be right there again.
4.55 Princesse Animale
Two cosy wins here last month and can land the hat-trick.
1.15 Franks Fancy
Drops back to last winning trip and should improve for it.
1.53 Tortuga Bay
Improved to win here last time and can go close again.
2.33 Our Cilla
Went close here last time and looks on fair weight.
3.05 Wye Aye
Has good strike-rate over fences and has more to offer.
3.40 Swaffham Bulbeck
Fair bumper form and should be right in the mix.
4.10 Defi Sacre
Plenty in hand when winning at Ascot last time out.
4.45 Old Jewry
In good hear at present with two good runs at Carlisle.
Showed some promise when fifth at Market Rasen latest.
5.05 Omany Amber
Has shown best form here and on fair mark.
5.40 Crazy Spin
Battled well at Chelmsford and can give another good account.
Won good race at Newmarket on debut and should be too good.
6.45 Golden Rules
Won easily at Chelmsford and fair mark for handicap debut.
7.15 Churchill Bay
Showed some promise last season and likes this trip.
Good run here last time and has good claimer taking off 7lb.
Good run at Newcastle and has decent form around here.
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