Confirmation if it were needed that the jumps are back on centre stage as all five Sunday meetings in Britain and Ireland are of the National Hunt variety.
Sunday's Horse Racing Predictions
Aintree (12:47-16:17) is the headline act while supporting cards come from Hexham (12:25-16:25), Wincanton (13:07-16:37), Galway (12:40-16:45) and Wexford (13:00-16:30).
Sunday's horse racing prediction includes a fancy in the Old Roan Chase at Aintree.
Magic Saint to win and each-way - BET NOW
With the Paul Nicholls yard in superb autumn form, Magic Saint is fancied to come out punching in his reappearance in the Monet's Garden Old Roan Handicap Chase - a prestigious Grade 2 event.
Having shown lots of promise in France when trained by Guillaume Macaire, the six-year-old hasn't strictly gone on since arriving at Ditcheat. He picked up wins at Wincanton and Newbury in 2019 but also disappointed at Cheltenham in the Grand Annual at the Festival that year and again on New Year's Day just gone.
It may well be that Prestbury Park and its undulations are not for him and it wouldn't be a complete shock if Nicholls looks to swerve the Cotswolds this season. Aintree should play to his strengths and given that he has gone well fresh in the past - and the yard has its runners in flying form - a big effort is forecast today.
Grand Roi to win and each-way - BET NOW
They say it doesn't take a big field to make a great race and that certainly appears to be the case in this Grade 3 over hurdles at Galway on Sunday, with a field of four set to do battle.
Minella Melody saw her winning sequence ended in the Dawn Run Mares' Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival but Henry De Bromhead's charge should have more to come this season and is respected taking on the boys.
Beacon Edge is race-fit after a win at Downpatrick this month for Noel Meade and will expect to lay down a challenge from a stalking position under Sean Flanagan as it seems likely that Grand Roi will set the pace on first start for Gordon Elliott.
He won both hurdles starts in Britain last season for Nicky Henderson (odds-on for both) and handles testing ground. He changed hands for a cool £400,000 at the Goffs Summer Sale in July and is very exciting on first outing for the Cullentra supremo.
After a treble at Sligo on Friday and a Cheltenham winner in Galvin, Elliott's team are clearly thriving and this newcomer can make a perfect start under Mark Walsh.
Oscars Moonshine to win and each-way - BET NOW
Paul Nicholls makes hay at his local track, with the former champion trainer boasting a stunning 35 per-cent strike-rate from close to 300 runners at Wincanton over the last five years. He's also got his team in supreme form at the current moment with 16 winners over the preceding fortnight.
Oscars Moonshine accounts for two of those having followed up a Hereford success (2m5½f, good to firm) with a ready victory at Exeter (2m7f, good to firm) earlier this week under Harry Cobden.
He's up another 7lb for that win but in-form and experienced claimer Bryan Carver takes over and his contribution should leave the thriving five-year-old well placed to complete a hat-trick with ground conditions once again in his favour and the trainer opting for a quick turnaround at a venue he knows so well.
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Sunday's Horse Racing Frequently Asked Questions
What is the going at Aintree?
Good to softA
What is the going at Galway?
Soft-heavy in places on chase courseA
What is the going at Wincanton?
Good to firm-good in placesA
Can I watch racing from Aintree, Galway and Wincanton on TV?
Yes, Aintree, Galway and Wincanton are all being shown on Racing TV.A
What is our recommended bet?
Oscars Moonshine to winA