Aintree Festival Day Two Preview and Betting Tips 2024

Aintree Festival Day Two Preview and Betting Tips 2024

Day Two of the Aintree Festival gets underway and Ladies' Day hosts another massive card with plenty of top quality action. We've picked out our selections for the afternoon.

Aintree Festival Day Two Main Picks and Bets

Our Main fancies for Ladies Day at the Aintree Grand National Festival:

NAP: Mystical Power (2.55) 9/4

Next Best: Jonbon (15.30) 5/2

Dark Horse: Afadil (17.15) 10/1

Odds correct at time of publishing and may be subject to change, please gamble responsibly.

Mildmay Novices' Chase - Chianti Classico

Improved his form markedly when stepping out of novice company to win the Ultima Chase at Cheltenham in impressive style last month.

Showed he could handle the mud and the hustle and bustle of a hot and heavy race and might just find things easier in this smaller field back against novices.

William Hill Handicap Hurdle - Oscatle Des Mottes

Arrived at Willie Mullins’ yard with a big reputation after scoring listed events over in France and ended up being sent off a warm favourite for the Betfair Hurdle. However, running a bit too fresh and freely, he failed to get home and only managed 8th.

Dropped in grade for the Martin Pipe when last seen he travelled well enough but again did a little too much out in front and faded into 5th up the hill.

Top Novices' Hurdle - Mystical Power

Looked to be winning the Supreme Novice Hurdle over the last flight at Cheltenham but found Slade Steel’s superior stamina too much to fend off up the hill.

However that looks the strongest piece of form heading into this contest and a flatter track will see Mystical Power to better effect.

Melling Chase - Jonbon

Despite having to miss the Cheltenham Festival due to the stable issues going on for Nicky Henderson last month, and being beaten in the Clarence House chase, Jonbon still heads the market here and looks hard to oppose.

Winning the Shloer Chase and the Tingle Creek earlier in the season, he looked ready to ascend to the top tier of Chasing but missed his date with the Champion Chase last month through no fault of his own.

Topham Handicap Chase - Life In The Park

Looked to be struggling for form over 3 mils this season but took a step forward when running in the Festival Plate at Cheltenham and coming a respectable 4th.

Stamina kicked in late at Cheltenham after being outpaced and this should be an ideal test of stamina for him over big fences on deep ground.

Sefton Novices' Hurdle - Shanagh Bob

A winner between the flags who was picked up and sent for training with Nicky Henderson, Shanagh Bob created a big impression in only his two starts over timber.

Winning his maiden at a prohibitive price, he then took a major step forward when running away with an Albert Bartlett Trail at Cheltenham back in December. Saved for the Festival off the back of that he was one of many non-runners for Henderson at Cheltenham but it might pay dividends here as he arrives fresh.

Alder Hey Handicap Hurdle - Afadil

Potentially one of the most surprising good runs of the Cheltenham Festival this year came from Afadil in the County Hurdle. Right up with the pace throughout on deep ground, Afadil kept fighting for Freddie Gingell and did well to finish 5th.

Only beaten 4.5 lengths, the handicapper has left him untouched for this event on a mark of 130 and this less stiff course could just see him to better effect as he struggled up the hill at Cheltenham.