On a day when a galaxy of stars return, NATIVE RIVER is tipped to land back-to-back renewals of the William Hill Many Clouds Chase (2.40, NAP) at Aintree.
The 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero won as he liked last season and can lead his rivals a merry dance.
Although he faces tougher task this time on the form book, Santini improves for a run and Cheltenham is arguably Frodon’s best track.
Lucky jump racing fans with an entrance ticket to Sandown have Grade 1 Betfair Tingle Creek Chase (2.05) hopeful ALTIOR in their sights.
Favourite for his last 16 races, the ten-year-old heads the betting once again and is fully expected to oblige.
His only defeat in that time, at the hooves of Cyrname in November 2019, trainer Nicky Henderson still talks about with regret.
But his ace in the two-mile pack can right that wrong and leap into the picture for the 2021 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase.
HITMAN’s weapon is his jumping and he should relish the fences in the Grade 1 Planteur at Chapel Stud Henry VIII Novices’ Chase (1.50).
All six of the runners hold perfect records over the bigger obstacles, so it will be a fascinating spectacle.
Paul Nicholls’ French recruit is arguably open to the most improvement, with just one start in this country at Ffos Las.
Only a four-year-old, he has more scope than Allmankind and the ground looks to have gone against Ga Law.
CLASSIC BEN is the pick in the longest race on the card, the Betfair Exchange Back and Lay London National (3.00).
Well-fancied for this last year, when it was unfortunately declared void, conditions should be perfect for the stamina laden seven-year-old.
Olly Murphy can win the Listed Betfair Exchange December Handicap Hurdle (3.35) with NICKOLSON.
Owners Foxtrot Racing took Aintree’s William Hill Grand Sefton Handicap Chase (3.15) last year and CAID DU LIN has each-way claims.
Irish raider SCHOLASTIC should pick up the William Hill Best Odds Guaranteed Fillies Juvenile Hurdle (2.05) on her travels.
Saturday’s horse racing tips
11.45 FLY TO MARS
12.20 THE PADDY PIE
12.55 MINT CONDITION
2.40 NATIVE RIVER (NAP)
3.15 CAID DU LIN
12.12 OSCAR ELITE
1.57 BOBO MAC
2.32 ST BARTS
3.07 TAKE YOUR TIME
3.45 MONTYS MEDOC
12.40 GRAND MOGUL
1.15 COASTAL DRIFT
3.00 CLASSIC BEN
12.27 REAL ARMANI
1.02 MARCH IS ON
1.37 NESTOR PARK
2.12 THOR DE CERISY
4.00 MAHARG’S PRINCESS
4.30 UNIVERSAL EFFECT
5.00 WESTERN ALLIANCE
5.30 ATALIS BAY
6.00 STORM OVER
7.00 SAM COOKE (NB)
7.30 URSA MINOR
8.00 GLOBAL WALK
DOUBLE: NATIVE RIVER and SAM COOKE