Racing tips: Fly can buzz to National victory

Anibale Fly (right) is among the National runners
Anibale Fly (right) is among the National runners

Anibale Fly can give the Cheltenham Gold Cup form the ultimate boost by winning the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree.

Tony Martin’s Irish raider made eyecatching late progress to take third place behind the dominant duo of Native River and Might Bite at the Festival last month.

Regal Encore could run into a place at a big price after showing his liking for the race 12 months ago when he put in strong late work to snatch eighth place.

Seeyouatmidnight looks sure to out-run his odds after qualifying at the 11th hour.

Third in the 2016 Scottish Grand National, Sandy Thomson’s pride and joy has been sidelined for the majority of the last two campaigns.

Baie Des Iles is fancied to give the excellent Katie Walsh a great spin.

Trained by her husband, Ross O’Sullivan, the grey mare had an excellent prep outing when third in the Grand National Trial at Punchestown.

Old Guard can take top honours in the Ryanair Stayers Hurdle as he arrives here fresh after sidestepping the Cheltenham Festival.

Petit Mouchoir is the obvious choice in the Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase.

The other Grade One heat on the card, the Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle, can go to On The Blind Side.

Selections

Chepstow: 2.15 Black Buble, 2.50 Zalgarry, 3.30 Shivermetimbers, 4.05 Some Are Lucky, 4.40 Ardmayle, 5.35 Renard, 6.05 Unwin VC.

Leopardstown: 1.40 Conclusion, 2.10 US Navy Flag, 2.45 Yulong Gold Fairy, 3.15 Zorion, 3.50 The Pentagon, 4.25 Drapers Guild, 4.55 The Lords Walk.

Newcastle: 1.30 Granard, 2.05 Milly Baloo, 2.40 Broadway Belle, 3.20 Sudski Star, 3.55 Jack Devine, 4.30 Bulls Head, 5.00 Black Kettle, 5.45 Rock Of Leon.

Wolverhampton: 6.00 Trogon, 6.30 Avocet, 7.00 Dose, 7.30 Polished, 8.00 Hermosita, 8.30 Ocean Of Love, 9.00 Pea Shooter.

Aintree: 1.45 Enniscoffey Oscar, 2.25 On The Blind Side, 3.00 Petit Mouchoir, 3.40 Wakanda, 4.20 Old Guard, 5.15 1. ANIBALE FLY (NAP), 2. Seeyouatmidnight, 3. Regal Encore, 4. Baie Des Iles, 6.20 Chesterfield.

Lingfield: 1.55 The Lacemaker, 2.30 Betty F, 3.05 Secret Return, 3.35 Sea Fox, 4.15 Dorian Grey, 4.50 Defintion, 5.40 Ready.