Tom George has every faith in Forgotten Gold as the seven-year-old bids to uphold family honour in the Betfred Grand Sefton Handicap Chase at Aintree on Saturday.
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His half-brother Frankie Figg was a two-time winner in eight visits to the Merseyside track, including this race in 2010, when trained by Howard Johnson.
Forgotten Gold won over the Mildmay fences on his only previous visit to Liverpool and will tackle the Grand National obstacles for the first time.
George is confident the seven-year-old can put behind him a final-fence exit when he unseated his rider on his seasonal debut at Fakenham in October, where he was looking the likely winner.
"This has been his target for a long time. His brother Frankie Figg loved Aintree," said the Slad trainer.
"It was just unfortunate what happened at Fakenham last time. He was unlucky there but he's naturally a very good jumper, he's very enthusiastic and we think he will enjoy it."
Alan King feels Midnight Appeal will relish the unique obstacles judged on his emphatic success at Bangor last month.
"Midnight Appeal jumped super when winning so well at Bangor the other day and it will be interesting to see how he takes to the big fences, because if he does enjoy the experience it will open up some exciting possibilities," the Barbury Castle handler told www.alanking.racing.co.uk.
Dan Skelton is hoping Toby Lerone can step up to the plate after winning his last two races at Southwell and Lingfield.
"He comes into the race on the back of two wins in smaller events. It's a big step up, but he jumps nicely and any rain would be a bonus," said the Alcester trainer.
"He should take to the fences. He's quite a brave horse. He is stepping up but deserves to after two nice wins.
"The weights have gone up. Effectively he's in a 0-140 round there and if he was in another 0-140 you'd say he'd have a chance."
Stormin Exit completed the course when eighth in the Topham in 2011 and his trainer Jim Goldie was pleased with his seasonal reappearance when he was second to simply Ned over two miles at Ayr a month ago.
"He ran well first time out this year. Stepping back up in trip should suit and if he jumps well he should have a chance," said Goldie.
"He's in good form and I'm looking forward to it."