Grand Sefton Chase Tips and Preview: 3:15 at Aintree, 8 December 2018

The official build up for the 2019 Grand National began earlier this week with a trip to Gigginstown to take a look at Tiger Roll in training. Gordon Elliott’s charge is the bookies’ favourite to win the Grand National for a second year running but the ante post market will be shaken up a lot in the coming months thanks to a number of trials. The Grand Sefton Chase, run over the Grand National course at Aintree, is one of those trials and 11 horses have made it through final declarations for what should be a competitive renewal.

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Grand Sefton Chase Tips
  • Warriors Tale to win at 7/1 with Betfred
  • Brandon Hill each way at 14/1 with BetVictor

Warrior Can Battle to Victory

The Grand Sefton Chase has an interesting history. It was a prestigious race for over 100 years but ended up falling off the schedule before being revived in 2003 as part of Aintree’s winter schedule. Since that revival the Grand Sefton has been won by some big name trainers including Paul Nicholls. The Ditcheat based trainer could well have a third winner in the shape of Warriors Tale.

The nine-year-old was never a feature in the 2018 Grand National after hitting the Chair and ended up being pulled up two from home. The enormous challenge of the Grand National means horses should be forgiven for failing in their first attempt and it looks as though he’s lining up for another crack at the big race given that his last performance before the Grand Sefton also came at Aintree.

He wasn’t exactly scintillating back in November but has never won on his return after an extended break. The race was also a little too quick for him as he had no problem hanging on but was not fast enough to impact things late on. The slight step up in trip for the Grand Sefton will help as will the extra sharpness which should see his jumping back to its best so make sure to snap up the 7/1 that Betfred are quoting on Warriors Tale’s chances.

Can Brandon Hill Do It From the Front?

Getting the tactics correct in a horse race of this calibre can be a difficult thing. Owners, trainers and jockeys will all have their input on the best approach so it is nice when all involved can keep things as simple as possible. That’s the case with Brandon Hill who likes to set the pace so that is, by and large, what he’s allowed to do.

Tom George’s 10-year-old secured some positive results last season but wasn’t quite at his best in his first appearance of this. He made all of the running for much of the race but wasn’t sharp enough to hold on. Brandon Hill should improve for that appearance at Aintree and the drop in trip will suit so an each way bet looks in order at 14/1 with BetVictor.