Wednesday April 5

We have just the one runner at Aintree on the first day of the Grand National meeting, but with prize money for all seven runners in the Grade 1 Betway Bowl, providing they get around, of course, Smad Place’s trip back up the M6 should be worthwhile.

Alan said:”Smad Place seems in good form at home and he finished fourth in this race two years ago. I thought he ran well for a long way in the Gold Cup, but three and a quarter miles around Cheltenham does seem to stretch his stamina and this will be less of a test on the Mildmay Course.”