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Buveur D'Air (star cap) faces stablemate My Tent Or Yours (red cap) again in the Grade 1 Betway Aintree Hurdle
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Aintree is here. The Cheltenham Festival may cast a long shadow over the jumps season, but with it in the rear view mirror for another year, the Grand National party is about to get started. 

With four Grade 1s, Aintree certainly starts with a bang. You know it is some party when Champion Hurdle hero Buveur D'Air and possibly the biggest threat to his crown next year, Defi Du Seuil, are both on the list but are not the guest of honour.

That tag belongs to Cue Card, 11 years young and easily the most popular horse in training. He has done it all, including winning a Betway Bowl off the back of a fall three out in the Gold Cup – which is good, because that's exactly what he has to do again. 

Going update

Aintree good, good to soft in places on the hurdles and Mildmay (chase) courses, good to soft, good in places on the Grand National course

Chelmsford standard

Limerick soft, soft to heavy in places 

Southwell standard

Taunton good, good to firm in places (watered)


Today's key races

1.45 Aintree Manifesto Novices' Chase (Grade 1)

2.20 Aintree Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1)

2.50 Aintree Betway Bowl Chase (Grade 1)

3.25 Aintree Betway Aintree Hurdle (Grade 1)

4.05 Aintree Randox Health Foxhunters' Open Hunters' Chase 

4.40 Aintree Betway Red Run Handicap Chase (Grade 3)

5.15 Aintree Goffs Nickel Coin Mares' Standard National Hunt Flat Race (Grade 2)


Non-runners

Aintree
4.40 (9) Astre De La Cour

Chelmsford
7.15 (6) Mr Red Clubs

Southwell
1.55 (3) Moi Aussie
3.35 (1) Cousin Khee
4.50 (3) Viva Verglas

Taunton
3.15 (4) Lady Of Longstone


Key market movers

Aintree
1.45 
2.50 Empire Of Dirt 11-4 (from 6)
4.05 Balnaslow 9-1 (from 12)
5.15 Shearling 6-1 (from 10)

Chelmsford
5.45 Silver Mist 16-1 (from 28)

Limerick
3.45 Lizzies Champ 6-1 (from 14)

Southwell
5.25 Monsieur Jimmy 4-1 (from 15-2)

Taunton
3.15 Laugharne 7-1 (from 10)
3.55 Ballyegan 7-1 (from 12)
4.30 Phobiaphilliac 3-1 (from 7)


Today's cards

He has done it all, including win a Bowl off the back of a fall three out in a Gold Cup - which is good because that's exactly what he has to do here
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