Grand National Festival: Jamie Codd gives his selections for the second day including returning champion Fakir D’Oudairies

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Grand National Festival winner Jamie Codd previews day two at Aintree, with returning Marsh Chase champion Fakir D’Oudairies.

20 years together, Alder Hey & Aintree Handicap Hurdle (1.45)

Cobbler’s dream is the horse that sets the standard here. He rode a fantastic race behind Banbridge in the Martin Pipe at Cheltenham and had already won at Kempton and Doncaster, so he is obviously a progressive horse.

But I will choose a horse at the bottom of the weights. Bubble is a mare trained by Noel Williams and finished second at Sandown behind Love Envoi. She missed Cheltenham, while Love Envoi won the Festival.

Speech Bubble is a nice 10 lbs and I think she can run very well.

Selection: Speech Bubble (7/1 – Sky Bet*)

Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle (2.20)

It’s a very competitive race but I think Jonbon holds all the aces. He obviously ran very well behind Constitution Hill, even though he was well beaten. He still finished ahead of people like Kilcruit and others. I think he sets the standard and I would be disappointed if he didn’t win.

There are some unknowns like that of Gordon Elliott Vina Ardanza. Surprise Package ran well at Cheltenham behind State Man in the County Hurdle, but Jonbon’s class should shine.

Selection: Jonbon (11/10 – Sky Bet)

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Jonbon on his way to victory over hurdles on his Newbury debut

Betway Mildmay Novices’ Chase (2.55)

There are only four runners but it looks like a cracking race. bravemansgame must have missed Cheltenham but I thought Hey Señor did a great race behind The busy man. He missed the penultimate but stayed very well until the line.

I’ve been impressed with Bravemansgame all year so I’ll stick with it. I think his jumps are very fluid and I think he can make that count.

Selection: Bravemansgame (11/8 – Sky Bet)

Bravemansgame skips last at Kempton ahead of Ahoy Senor
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Bravemansgame skips last at Kempton ahead of Ahoy Senor

Swamp Hunt (3.30)

This is Fakir D’Oudairies’ race to lose. He put in a very impressive performance at Ascot and missed Cheltenham to come back here and try to win for the second year. I think he will. Joseph O’Brien will have it there and he should beat them.

Saint-Calvados was fourth at Ascot but if he came back a bit fit he and Sivole tightrope walker could give him more to do.

Selection: Fakir D’Oudairies (6/4 – Sky Bet)

Fakir D'oudairies
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Fakir D’Oudairies on track to win last year’s Marsh Chase

Randox Topham Handicap Chase (4.05)

There will be plenty of speed here over two miles and five furlongs on the Grand National course and it should be a breathtaking race.

I think Potsie sizing could give Robbie Power a brilliant run and that’s the one I’m looking for here, but I’d like to pick a few more.

Mr Coffey is only a novice but if his jump holds up he could well start again after his run at Cheltenham in the Kim Muir before which he was second in L’Homme Presse.

The one I love at a big price is that of Ted Walsh Batcio. He is a great jumper and I think he will go there until the penultimate, that is if he remains the trip. Adam Wedge should get a great spin from him.

Pick: Pottsie Size (16/1 – Sky Bet)

Sizing Pottsie and Robbie Power win Webster Cup in Navan
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Sizing Pottsie and Robbie Power win Webster Cup in Navan

Cavani Menswear Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (4.40)

I think Banbridge sets the standard. I was very impressed with him at Cheltenham and I think the ground will suit him. It’s going to take a few hits.

Selection: Banbridge (3/1 – Sky Bet)

Cobblers Dream (face down) battle Banbridge for the final time in the Martin Pipe at the Cheltenham Festival
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Banbridge (near side) battles with Cobblers Dream on the last in the Martin Pipe at the Cheltenham Festival

Park Palace Ponies Handicap Obstacle (5.15)

I think Olly Murphy is going to have a good Aintree and his runner Washington is the one I like here. He is a Westerner from a Presenting mare which I think is a progressive horse. He won pretty well at Southwell on the last day and this build-up should really suit him.

by Richard Newland child prodigy might work well too. He is a Teofilo horse that should be adapted by the terrain.

Selection: Washington (11/2 – Sky Bet)

*Prices correct at time of writing

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