Horse racing tips: Templegate's NAP on day one of Grand National Festival has been kept back for this race (2023)

TEMPLEGATE tackles day one of the blockbuster Aintree Grand National Festival confident of finding winners.

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BANBRIDGE (1.45 Aintree, nap)

He was a late non-runner when fancied for the Turners at the Cheltenham Festival so comes here a fresh horse.

He was last seen chasing home brilliant Arkle winner El Fabiolo at Leopardstown in February and looks to be crying out for this step up in distance.

Decent ground suits best and he is capable of improvement.

SHISHKIN (2.55 Aintree, nb)

He can win what promises to be one of the best races of the whole jumps season.

He came back with a vengeance when winning easily at Ascot before he ran a bit moody in the Ryanair at Cheltenham.

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After being out the back for a long way he got going in the closing stages to finish second.

He should appreciate this step up in trip at a flat track like Aintree and Nicky Henderson wouldn’t be running him here unless he had come out of the Festival well.

PAY THE PIPER (4.40 Aintree, treble)

He is in good form and followed an easy Musselburgh win with a head-bobbing second to a useful rival at Doncaster last time.

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He looks on a fair weight and can strike.


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BANBRIDGE was a late non-runner when fancied for the Turners at the Cheltenham Festival so comes here a fresh horse.

He was last seen chasing home brilliant Arkle winner El Fabiolo at Leopardstown in February and looks to be crying out for this step up in distance.

Decent ground suits best and he is capable of improvement.

Stage Star was an impressive winner of that Turners chase as his excellent jumping came to the fore.

He has won four of his five starts over fences and battled well when challenged at the Festival.

This trip is ideal and he was a Grade 1 winner over hurdles at Newbury so doesn’t need an undulating track to show his best.

More rain wouldn’t harm his chances as his best has come with some cut in the ground.

Saint Roi is a major player too having finished in the Arkle at Cheltenham last month. He travelled strongly but was no match for Jonbon or the impressive winner.

That was a step up from his Grade 1 win at Leopardstowns Christmas meeting and he should have no issue with this longer trip. He is a real contender again.

The others have a big gap to bridge. Straw Fan Jack was beaten a long way in the Arkle and has yet to win outside of modest company.
Visionarian can beat him home. He was a Grade 3 winner at Galway last summer and was only a couple of lengths behind Saint Roi at Leopardstown.


ZENTA ran a cracker when third in the Triumph Hurdle and that race has been a fantastic pointer to this contest.

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Willie Mullins’ hope gets the 3lb fillies’ allowance which only enhances her chances.

With just three hurdles runs on her CV there is surely a lot more to come.

Nusret looks a major threat after missing the Festival.

He relished the decent conditions when winning the Grade 2 Adonis Hurdle at Kempton last time.

He is suited by a speed track and can go close again.

Perseus Way was second in that race before a poor effort at Cheltenham. He may not have liked the big field there and could bounce back.

There was a lot to like about the way Bo Zenith scored at Stratford on the back of a Haydock success.

This is a major hike in grade but he clocked a fast time and deserves to take on this stronger opposition.

Scriptwriter was a good second at Grade 2 level before a poor run in the Adonis.

He needs to bounce back but it’s early days and the yard won this last season.

Greyval enjoyed the mud when winning well at Huntingdon but was a Listed winner in decent conditions at Donny and has solid place claims.


SHISHKIN can win what promises to be one of the best races of the whole jumps season.

He came back with a vengeance when winning easily at Ascot before he ran a bit moody in the Ryanair at Cheltenham.

After being out the back for a long way he got going in the closing stages to finish second.

He should appreciate this step up in trip at a flat track like Aintree and Nicky Henderson wouldn’t be running him here unless he had come out of the Festival well.

Bravemansgame would have been hard to beat repeating his Gold Cup form but he has been ruled out due to an ownership issue.

I am a big fan of A Plus Tard and Rachael Blackmore said he was going well before being hampered by a faller in the Gold Cup.

We know he has lots of quality as he was one of the most impressive winners of the big race last season.

It’s hard to win a Grade 1 after being pulled up the last twice but, if any horse can do it, he can for Henry De Bromhead.

Conflated can’t be ruled out after his good third in the Gold Cup.

He should have no problem seeing out this trip on a flat track like Aintree and is a player.

We don’t know which Ahoy Senor will turn up. He’s a Grade 1 performer on his day and landed a big novice win here last year.

He was tanking along in front before coming down late at Cheltenham and is the type to bounce back although he will need to bring his very best.


CONSTITUTION HILL is on another planet to these rivals who he just hammered in the Champion Hurdle.

It’s not often that a superstar lives up to his billing but Nicky Henderson’s ace was breathtaking at Cheltenham when his afterburners kicked in at the bottom of the famous hill.

I can’t believe a horse has ever jumped a hurdle better, he goes on any ground and will have no problem with this longer trip at a speed track like Aintree.

He may go chasing after this so make sure you enjoy this well deserved lap of honour as he’ll surely make it six Grade 1 wins on the spin – all without breaking sweat.

The champ’s stablemate Epatante was so disappointing when eighth in the Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham but won this by 14 lengths last season and is capable of bouncing back.

She gets the handy 7lb mares’ allowance which can help her get back on an even keel. Some cut in the ground will be ideal.

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Zanahiyr was third in the Champion when keeping on well. He was ridden for a place there and it will be a similar story here.

I Like To Move It foolishly tried to take Constitution Hill on up front and paid for it when push came to shove.

Let’s home Team Twiston-Davies have learned their lesson and ride him with more restraint.

That could help him to sneak on to the podium.

Sharjah was a bit unlucky to finish fourth in the helterskelter County Hurdle at the Festival.

The gaps didn’t come but he is a proven Grade 1 performer who is in the hunt for second.

Sceau Royal needs to turn back the clock which looks a tall order.


LATENIGHTPASS has a fantastic record in this race with a second in 2021 followed by a win 12 months ago.

He has been trained for this and had a quiet prep in a point-to-point last month.

Gina Andrews gets on well with him and he has every chance of scoring again.

Paul Nicholls will have Magic Saint in top order as his daughter Olive takes the ride.

He was impressive at Wincanton and should take well to this challenge.

Famous Clermont was going like the winner in the Cheltenham version of this before running out of steam up the hill.

This shorter distance should be ideal for him and his excellent jumping will be an asset over the spruce fences.

Winged Leader was chinned on the line in last season’s Cheltenham version of this and has been hammering his rivals in the pointing field.

He jumps well and can be guaranteed to run his race.

Drop Flight looks a big price for a top hunter chase trainer. It would be no shock to see him jump round and grab one of the extra places many bookies offer.

Its On The Line was a good second in the Cheltenham race last month and has top rider Derek O’Connor in the saddle again.

He stays well and will be doing his best work at the finish.

Fier Jaguen wins plenty of point-to-points and his owner/trainer won the Cheltenham version of this. He is respected.


PAY THE PIPER is in good form and followed an easy Musselburgh win with a head-bobbing second to a useful rival at Doncaster last time. He looks on a fair weight and can strike.

Third Time Lucki has run in Grade 1 contests at the past two Aintree Festivals and comes here after a solid fourth in the Grand Annual at Cheltenham.

It’s a slight worry that he likes to come from way back in a race that often favours front-runners but his class can take him close.
Global Citizen is another who ran well in the Grand Annual and is off the same mark today.

More rain would boost his chances as he likes it soft.

Douglas Talking could get his own way out in front and be hard to peg back.

He did just that when winning by 14 lengths at Sandown. This is a hotter contest but the seven-year-old is on the upgrade.

Grey Diamond was impressive when winning at Haydock last month and should be competitive despite a 7lb rise.

Hasankey was a solid second at Warwick two weeks ago and saves his best for this distance. He is a big price to make the frame.
Dancing On My Own hasn’t fired this season but comes from a top team in Blackmore and De Bromhead and was second in this race 12 months ago.

He’s only 3lb higher so should make his presence felt.

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Mackenberg wasn’t beaten far at Donny last time despite making errors. He’s back on his last winning mark and can’t be dismissed for Donald McCain.


GAILLIMH A RUN has improved on her past two runs, winning at Naas and Thurles with a bit left in the tank.

Jamie Codd takes over today and she looks capable of another step forward.

Jolie Coeur Allen makes her debut for Willie Mullins having run well when an unlucky second in France. She has a lot more to offer.
The Irish champion trainer also runs Williamstowndancer who is better than we saw at Navan last time.

July Flower was a Grade 1 winner in France and makes her debut for Henry De Bromhead.

You would expect plenty of improvement and she looks a nice prospect.

Paul Nicholls has a decent chance with Seeyouinmydreams who had 11 lengths in hand when winning at Newbury last time.

You would expect her to take a step forward from that debut effort.

Dysart Enos has done nothing wrong in winning at Market Rasen and Ludlow.

The most recent success was at Listed level so she has plenty of quality.

We haven’t seen Notkeepinyagoing since her convincing debut win at Galway in September. She would have a chance if fully wound up.
Magic Dawn is another to watch on debut for Gordon Elliott after winning last time in good company at Punchestown.

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What is NAP of the day horse racing? ›

Horse Racing NAPs details

Our NAP of the Day is simply the horse we think is our best bet of the day – the one we're most confident in. Our Horse Racing NAP is never odds on to ensure that we're also providing you with value tips.

Have any horses pulled out of Grand National? ›

Grand National 2023 runners and riders confirmed list: A horse-by-horse guide. Escaria Ten has been pulled out of this afternoon's Grand National, owing to lameness. The withdrawal means that the race will go to post with 39 runners rather than a full field of 40.

How many horses fall in the Grand National? ›

How many horses have died at the Grand National? Since the first Grand National in 1839, 88 horses have died during the race itself, with nearly 15 of these deaths taking place between 2000 and 2022.

What time is the Grand National race this afternoon? ›

Today's big feature race at Aintree is set to get underway at 5.15pm.

How do you place a nap bet? ›

This is a popular type of bet people like to place during big meets. It involves 15 bets across four different selections. Your bets are four singles, six doubles, four trebles and one four-fold accumulator. In this bet, one winning selection is enough to trigger a payout.

Why is it called nap? ›

NAP is actually short for Napoleon and comes from a card game iof the same name. The game, which originated in France, sees a player call 'Napoleon' when they believe that they have won the game. In horse racing, it is used by tipsters to refer to the best tip of the day.

Do horses get hurt in the Grand National? ›

Almost every year, horses are killed during the three-day festival, sustaining horrific and often fatal injuries at notorious fences such as the Chair, Becher's Brook and the Canal Turn,” Peta UK said.

What horses are most likely to win the Grand National? ›

1. LONGHOUSE POET. 2. Noble Yeats. 3. Galvin. 4. Lifetime Ambition.
  • Noble Yeats.
  • Galvin.
3 days ago

Which horse is Favourite for Grand National 2023? ›

Corach Rambler, the 8-1 favourite, came home an impressive winner of the 175th Randox Grand National to give trainer Lucinda Russell and jockey Derek Fox a second win in the world's greatest race in six years at Aintree on Saturday. The same combination won with One For Arthur in 2017.

Which jockey was injured in the Grand National 2023? ›

Jockey Ryan Mania's horse has died during the Grand National 2023 at Aintree Racecourse. Hill Sixteen fell during the opening stages of the race and suffered fatal injuries.

How many horses have won the Grand National more than 3 times? ›

Red Rum became, and remains as of 2018, the only horse to have won the Grand National three times, in 1973, 1974, and 1977. He also finished second in the two intervening years, 1975 and 1976.

Who is the Grand National Favourite? ›

Delta Work emerges Grand National favourite - ground at Aintree changed to good to soft, soft in places.

How many races are on Grand National Day? ›

Where is the Grand National held? The Grand National is held at Aintree Racecourse in Merseyside. During the three-day event, more than 20 different races will take place. In the biggest race - the Grand National - horses have to complete two laps of the course, covering four-and-a-half miles and jumping 30 fences.

What was the first race on Grand National Day? ›

The 1839 Grand Liverpool Steeplechase was the first official annual running of a steeplechase which later became known as the Grand National.

What does S mean in horse racing form? ›

S - slipped up. U - unseated rider. V - void race. Live coverage. ATR - At The Races.

How long should bet amount of time for a nap be? ›

How Long Should a Nap Be? In general, the best nap length for adults is about 20 minutes and no longer than 30 minutes. Sleeping for 20 minutes allows the napper to get a bit of light sleep to boost alertness without entering into deep sleep.

What are the best horse racing tips for today? ›

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What country shuts down for naps? ›

But no other group of people takes their naps quite as seriously as those living in Spain. The siesta - which means "a midday or afternoon rest or nap" - has become a big part of Spanish culture. Many businesses in Barcelona and other parts of the country still shut down every day so that siestas can take place.

What do British people call naps? ›

As World Wide Words explains, British people use the “kip” to explain a variety of acts that involve sleeping. It can be used in lieu of “nap,” or as a means of describing a longer period of sleep. Example: “I could really use a quick kip before my workout.”

What is the difference between a nap and a power nap? ›

10-20 minute naps are also referred to as power naps. These short naps allow you to wake up feeling refreshed, energized, and alert. To sweeten the deal, well-timed power naps have little to no impact on your nighttime slumber, so you can head to sleep at your usual bedtime without any difficulty dozing off.

Do horses get whipped in Grand National? ›

They're Whipped to the Finishing Line

Riders at the Grand National are actually required to carry whips – despite the RSPCA's verdict that “[u]sing whips can cause pain and suffering to the horses” and often makes them run beyond their natural capability, increasing the likelihood of accidents.

How old is the average horse in the Grand National? ›

Nine years is the most common age of Grand National winners, accounting for 46 of the previous victors. The weights carried by previous Grand National winners have ranged from 10 stone 1 pound to 12 stone, with the most common weight set at 10 stone 7 pounds – the handicap of 13 of the previous winners.

How much does a horse weigh in the Grand National? ›

Today, however, the minimum weight a horse can race with, in the Grand National is 10 stone. When the final 40 runners are declared, any horse that has been allocated less than that weight by the BHA Handicapper automatically goes up to 10-00.

Who is best to bet on Grand National? ›

Who is the main Grand National favourite?
  • Corach Rambler.
  • Noble Yeats.
  • Delta Work.
  • Mr Incredible.
  • Any Second Now.
  • Gaillard Du Mesnil.
  • Longhouse Poet.
  • Le Milos.

What is the best age horse to win the Grand National? ›

However, a pattern is starting to emerge that the event is becoming a younger horse's race. Two of the last three races have been the slowest in recent memory, but it still did not let in the older runners. Until proven otherwise, selecting a horse either aged eight or nine appears to be the way to go.

What is the best horse never to win the Grand National? ›

Crisp Probably the best grand national runner not to have won the race, Crisp started his racing in Australia and after winning all he could there he was sent to England to run in the Gold Cup but due to one thing and another it was thought that he would not ' get the trip ' and so he was entered in the two mile ...

How do you pick a Grand National horse? ›

To pick your winner, examine the list of runners and cross off any horse carrying more than 11 stone. Then eliminate those older than 12 and younger than 9. The race does throw up the occasional winner at long odds but not often so cross of any horse with odds longer than 33-1.

What breed are Grand National horses? ›

The winners frequently have cold blood (e.g., the heavier draught breeds) mixed with Thoroughbred ancestry, although pure Thoroughbreds have won the Grand National on occasion.

Who was the only jockey to win while dead? ›

Frank Hayes (1901 – June 4, 1923) was a jockey who, on June 4, 1923, at Belmont Park racetrack in Elmont, New York, won a steeplechase despite suffering a fatal heart attack in the latter part of the race.

What jockey had a stroke? ›

Aidan Macdonald, who made a remarkable return from a life-threatening stroke to resume his riding career, is quitting the saddle and hopes to become a bricklayer. He declared himself "100 per cent fit" but admitted he has not enjoyed race-riding as much since his comeback.

What happened to Jimmy Fortune jockey? ›

He turned freelance in 2010. Later in his career, he rode for Brian Meehan and Andrew Balding, winning the 2016 Cambridgeshire Handicap for Meehan on Spark Plug and the Diomed Stakes for Balding on Tullius. He retired in 2017, aged 45, with back problems resulting from a fall at Newbury.

What is the fastest Grand National time ever recorded? ›

The fastest ever time is the 8 minutes 47.8 seconds Mr Frisk recorded in taking victory in 1990. The slowest time is the 14m 53s it took Lottery to win the first National in 1839. The smallest number of finishers was in 1928 when Tipperary Tim, a 100-1 outsider, was the first of two past the post.

How much does Grand National winning jockey get? ›

As well as their riders' fees, the winning jockeys will also get a percentage of the prize money. On average this is around 8% for a winning ride or 4% for a placed finish.

How many times can a jockey whip a horse in the Grand National? ›

The basic rules for use within a race are as follows: The whip can be used a maximum of six times in a Flat race or seven times in a Jump race. Any more than this will prompt the stewards to review the ride.

What was the name of the horses that died at Grand National? ›

Eclair Surf and Discorama both died after running in the famous steeplechase 12 months ago, with the former suffering a traumatic head injury in a fall and the latter being euthanised after picking up an "untreatable" pelvic injury.

Which horse was destroyed in the Grand National? ›

Emma Judd, head of campaigns and communications at the charity, said: 'The tragic death of Dark Raven at the Randox Grand National Festival today - the second death in only three days - shows entertainment and gambling taking precedence over animal welfare and the lives of these horses.

At what fence did the horses fall in the Grand National? ›

Hill Sixteen becomes third horse fatality at Grand National meeting at Aintree. Hill Sixteen died after falling at the first fence of the delayed 2023 Grand National at Aintree, the third horse fatality at the three-day meeting.

Who is the most famous Grand National winner? ›

Regarded as one of the greatest racehorses of all time, Red Rum dominated the Grand National in the 1970's. Winning the race three times, finishing second in the intervening years (1975 and 1976) and never having fallen in over 100 races, Red Rum is considered by many as the saviour of The Grand National.

Who is the biggest winner at the Grand National? ›

Tipperary Tim – 1928

Tipperary Tim became the biggest shock in Grand National history when he defied odds of 100/1 to score for amateur jockey Mr Bill Dutton and trainer Joseph Dodd in 1928, winning what was the 87th renewal of the great race.

Who is predicted to win the Grand National 2023? ›

The Grand National result for 2023 has been predicted by AI bot ChatGPT - with jockey Rachael Blackmore tipped to be victorious once again.

Why is it called Ladies Day at Grand National? ›

More From Town & Country. The term dates back to 1823, when an anonymous poet described Thursday at Ascot as "Ladies' Day... when the women, like angels, look sweetly divine." The Sun notes that traditionally, women were given free or discounted tickets on Ladies' Day, which were otherwise only available to men.

How many miles do the horses run in the Grand National? ›

Bookmakers expect more than £150m to be wagered on the National, which takes place over 30 fences and four and a quarter miles.

Which horse has won the most Grand Nationals? ›

The only horse to ever win the Grand National three times was Red Rum. His impact on the race between 1973 and 1977 revived the race and propelled it around the world.

What is the longest horse race in the world? ›

The Mongol Derby is the longest and toughest horse race in the world. We don't say that lightly. A decade after launching the race that title is still being backed up by riders year after year. In 1224 man of the millennium Chinggis Khaan set up the world's first long-distance postal transmission system.

Who was the first lady to win the Grand National? ›

History maker Rachael Blackmore will ride the Henry de Bromhead trained Ain't That A Shame at the 2023 Grand National. In 2021, Blackmore made history by becoming the first woman jockey to win the Grand National in the 182-year history of the race.

How long is a nap? ›

Naps can be short (15 to 30 minutes) or longer; both short and long naps can increase alertness and be useful. Take into account that sleep becomes deeper the longer you sleep, reaching the deepest level (slow-wave sleep) in about 1 hour.

How long does a horse nap? ›

You might assume that your horse has similar needs. But according to Sue McDonnell, horses do well with far less sleep than people. Horses typically spend anywhere from four to fifteen hours a day in standing rest, and anywhere from minutes to several hours lying down.

Do horses nap during the day? ›

To protect themselves, horses instead doze while standing. They're able to do this through the stay apparatus, a special system of tendons and ligaments that enables a horse to lock the major joints in its legs. The horse can then relax and nap without worrying about falling.

What does nap mean in games? ›

Edit. An NAP or Non Aggression Pact is an agreement between alliances or between an alliance and a player that states that neither will attack the other.

How long is one nap a day? ›

Our goal is for that one nap to be 2-3 hours long. After an afternoon nap ends, we want to aim for bedtime about 4-5 hours later. If the afternoon nap is short (less than 90 minutes), you may find that your baby falls asleep before their normal bedtime, and that making bedtime earlier is a good solution.

Is a 1 hour nap long enough? ›

Naps for adults should be no more than an hour and probably best kept to the 15- to 20-minute range. Anything beyond that – especially considering the time of day – could have consequences. We caught up with sleep medicine specialist Nancy Foldvary-Schaefer, DO, MS, for more insight on how long your nap should be.

Is 2 hours long for a nap? ›

Is a Two-Hour Nap Too Long? A 2-hour nap may make you feel groggy after you wake up and you might have trouble falling asleep at night. Aim for napping up to 90 minutes, 120-minutes if necessary. Napping every day for 2 hours could be a sign of sleep deprivation and should be discussed with a doctor.

Can you stop a horse napping? ›

Stop the nap before it starts

Learn to recognise the signs that your horse is about to nap and distract them. Keep your horse moving and if they won't go forwards, try bending their head and asking them to go sideways, they should soon learn that forwards is the easier route.

How do you get a horse out of napping? ›

“If you feel your horse begin to nap, keep his feet moving and his neck bent,” advises Shane. “By asking the horse to go left and right continually he will learn that it's easier to go forward. “Being able to manoeuvre his hindquarters also means you will be able to realign him should he try to turn for home.”

How long should a horse be turned out daily? ›

Research has shown that horses require at least 8 to 10 hours of turnout per day, on good quality pasture, to achieve the minimum dry matter intake of 1% of their body weight. The recommended dry matter intake for an average horse is 1.25% to 2% of their body weight daily.

What time of day are horses most active? ›

It's also important to know that the best time to see them is in the early morning or late afternoon, when they are most active. When you do see the wild horses, enjoy them from a distance and don't try to get too close. In fact, it is recommended that you stay at least 50 feet away from the wild horses at all times.

Do horses like being ridden? ›

Most horses seem to enjoy companionship and attention from their riders, but some may find being ridden uncomfortable and even scary. It is up to the individual horse to decide whether they like it. There are things you can do as a rider to help your horse feel more comfortable while being ridden.

Do horses like to be out at night? ›

Whether or not you should leave your horse out at night depends on the unique needs of your horse and the facilities where you'll be keeping them. If your horse has no serious health conditions and your facilities provide the necessary safety and amenities, then it is perfectly fine to leave your horse out at night.

Are naps good on game days? ›

Naps can be very beneficial for athletes, if utilized correctly. Athletes need to be smart about when and how long their nap are. If an athlete naps prior to competing, and enters stage 3 or 4 of REM sleep, then they risk not being fully awake by competition time, which could impede their athletic performance.

Is nap time still a thing? ›

Sixty percent of four-year-olds still nap. However, by five years of age, most children no longer need naps, with less than 30% of children that age still taking them. The number decreases even more by age six, where less than 10% of children nap. Nearly all children stop napping by seven years of age.

How does nap time work? ›

According to Mayo Clinic, napping can help you feel relaxed, reduce fatigue, increase alertness, and improve your mood as well as your performance, such as by increasing your reaction time and memory.

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