Module leads Melling field

  • Last Updated: April 2 2014, 12:06 BST

Module, third in the Queen Mother Champion Chase, bids for handsome compensation when he steps up in trip for the Betfred Melling Chase at Aintree on Friday.

Module: Steps back up in trip for the Melling Chase
Module: Steps back up in trip for the Melling Chase

The Tom George-trained seven-year-old heads a field of 11 declared for the Grade One over two and a half miles.

Ballynagour, who was an impressive winner of the Byrne Group Plate at the Cheltenham Festival, has been given his chance of glory at the top level by trainer David Pipe.

There is a powerful Irish challenge in the form of four raiders - Willie Mullins' Boston Bob, Henry de Bromhead's Days Hotel, the Mouse Morris-trained Rathlin and Toner d'Oudairies from Gordon Elliott's stable.

Nicky Henderson, who has taken the last two renewals of this race with Sprinter Sacre and Finian's Rainbow, has Ryanair Chase third Rajdhani Express and French Opera this time.

Completing the list are Rolling Aces, Wishfull Thinking and Pepite Rose.

The two withdrawals at the 48-hour final declaration stage were Astracad and Baily Green.

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