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With day 1 of the Grand National festival drawing to a close, BetVictor and Timeform are back again to help you find your way to the winners enclosure for day 2.

This is the place to get your card marked for the Big-race verdict, ‘The Banker’ and ‘Handicap Hotshot’, catering for all betting angles and tastes. You can even go straight to the race itself by clicking on the price within each tip box.

You can also download the BetVictor podcast Aintree special, featuring our brand ambassador Rachael Blackmore, who will be taking the ride on the well fancied Minella Times in the Grand National as well as many more guests.

Listen to the BetVictor Podcast – Grand National Preview, featuring top jockey Rachael Blackmore, Harry Redknapp, trainer Jamie Snowden and BBC racing pundit and former jockey Richard Pitman. Tips, insider insight, Grand National memories and more on this week’s episode.

Big-race Verdict

15:25 Aintree - Friday

Politologue

Most talented horse in the race primed for success

3/1

Politologue

Most talented horse in the race primed for success

Politologue has been a terrific servant to the Paul Nicholls yard over the years with four Grade 1 wins, including this race back in 2018.

His latest victory at the top level came in the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown in December, where he proved at least as good as ever to land the spoils by seven lengths from stablemate Greaneteen.

Admittedly, it hasn’t all been plain sailing since then for Politologue, who managed only second behind First Flow in the Clarence House Chase at Ascot and was then forced to miss his intended outing in the Champion Chase at Cheltenham after being found to have blood in his nostril just before minutes before going to post.

However, there is little doubt he is the most talented horse in the race if bouncing back to his best – he is 3 lb clear of Fakir d’Oudairies on Timeform ratings – so this looks a good opportunity for him to gain the fifth Grade 1 success of his career.

The Banker

16:40 Aintree - Friday

Bravemansgame

Step up to 3 miles should play to strengths

7/4

Bravemansgame

Step up to 3 miles should play to strengths

Bravemansgame essentially wasn’t good enough when only third in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham last time, just plugging on in the straight to pass the post 12 lengths behind the winner Bob Olinger.

Nevertheless, that shouldn’t detract from all the good work he had done in four previous starts over hurdles, winning three of them and producing a smart performance to land the Challow Novices’ Hurdle at Newbury by 10 lengths.

That is the standout piece of form in this Grade 1, with nothing of the calibre of Bob Olinger in opposition this time.

Provided the race doesn’t come too soon after Cheltenham, Bravemansgame rates a confident selection to get back to winning ways, especially with the step up to three miles promising to play to his strengths.

Handicap Hotshot

16:05 Aintree - Friday

Caribean Boy

Nimble jumper to go close for Nicky Henderson

7/1

Caribean Boy

Nimble jumper to go close for Nicky Henderson

Caribean Boy shaped much better than the bare result when seventh in the Paddy Power Plate at Cheltenham last time, showing more than enough to suggest he is still on a fair mark.

Settled in mid-division in the early stages, Caribean Boy was shuffled back at a crucial stage of the race and then made a mistake four out to ensure that he turned into the straight with only a few behind him.

However, he stayed on well from there to pass around 10 rivals and deserves extra credit for finishing as close as he did given how things developed, one of the few in a steadily-run affair to make any significant inroads from off the pace.

A nimble jumper, Caribean Boy is very much one to bear in mind if building on the promise of that effort, representing the Nicky Henderson yard which won three successive renewals of this race between 2013 and 2015.

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