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David Cormack’s Saturday Selections 5th December

A couple of races over the famous Grand National fences at Aintree tomorrow and in the first of them, the Becher Chase (1.30) JETT (22/1 Paddy Power) is worth taking a chance on.

He was mixing it in some pretty good company last season in Ireland, racing in grade 1 and 2 races he was far from disgraced. His best effort probably came in a Grade 3 at Punchestown over 3m 1f (the longest trip he’s tackled to date) where he gave half a stone and a beating to the useful Alpha Des Obeaux with Tout Est Permis, Balko Des Flo and Dounikos all further back. That is good form and entitles him to be competitive here.

Given that Punchestown form, he should be Ok with the trip, won’t mind the ground and has Sam Waley-Cohen, who is very good round here, in the saddle. He was presumably bought by the Waley-Cohen team with this sort of race very much to the forefront of the plan and I think he will come on a deal from his run behind The Storyteller last month. He’s no sure thing in a race where quite a few can be given a good chance but he looks a bit long at 22/1 and is worth a play.

The second bet is down south where HITMAN (11/4 generally) can take the Henry VIII Novices’ Chase (1.50). He came from France with a good reputation and duly enhanced that with a bloodless victory in a five runner race where only two finished at Ffos Las on his UK debut. That win marked him as a force to be reckoned with and with two of his market rivals likely to take each other on for the lead tomorrow the race may play into his hands. His trainer rates him highly and knows exactly what it takes to win this and at 11/4 Hitman rates a selection.

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