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There are plenty of star names on display this weekend and our man Sam Boswell is here with his racing preview ahead of all the action.

This weekend’s National Hunt racing looks exceptional with big-name horses running across cards at Aintree, Sandown, Navan, and at Punchestown on Sunday where we sponsor. I have four selections to try and dig out a winner or two at a nice price.

Hogan’s to Scale Heights of the Becher Chase

Jamie Snowden’s Hogan’s Heights has run over the Grand National style fences on three occasions winning the Sefton off 134 as well as finishing best of the British runners when twelfth at the 2021 Grand National. His most recent effort was a fair sixth in November at the now earlier in the season Sefton.

I think he is just looking for a longer trip these days and that should be right up his street. He seems a safe pair of hands around here and at 20/1 he looks a great each-way shout in the Becher.

Make Mine A Guinness

The Tingle Creek looks like a very good race even without Nicky Henderson’s star two-mile chaser. Chacun Pour Soi rates as a very fair favourite having been as big as 6/4 mid-week Willie Mullins sends him over to win this again, he claimed the 2016 renewal with the brilliant Un De Sceaux.

At Even money I won’t be getting involved, the nine-year-old should be a cut above these but if he is to get beat his seasonal return could just be the time to catch him. I would sooner take a chance that Captain Guinness improving to at least finish second here. A double-figure price just underestimates Henry De Bromhead’s horse.

The form of his Arkle third has worked out well and I think the best is yet to come for a horse who is versatile on the ground and has age on his side.

John Durkan Provides A Quality Field

The John Durkan is simply the must-watch race of the weekend. I can’t think of many races which offer us a Champion Bumper winner versus a Grand National winner but collectively the grade ones between these 10 runners are staggering.

If people want to know why Irish horses are winning everything races like this point to a big part of the reason in my view. It also gives us a brilliant betting heat, I love Envoi Allen but he is very much priced up on reputation and what he could do, I am far keener to be taking the 4/1 about Allaho, whilst the fact it is his first start of the season concerns me he has a level of form in the book which should have him at least second favourite to my eye.

The stunning Ryanair win didn’t seem to leave a mark when he followed that up with a good second to Chacun Pour Soi over a shorter trip. Back up to two miles four, I think you will see him return to his imperious best. One thing is for sure this race will have a huge impact on the ante-post markets for the festival.

Peterborough Chase Can Give Tizzard’s A Big Race Win

I have already mentioned last season’s Arkle form and Eldorado Allen can further boost that with a win in the Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon on Sunday. The trip is the only issue I can see with people wanting to back Tizard’s seven-year-old.

His only effort at two-mile four came at the end of a busy season and I think he can see it out better here. The win last time out at Exeter was impressive in a good field and the yard seems in fair form. He will be my nap of the weekend and I am expecting a bold show.

Odds are correct at the time of posting

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