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  • Module Targeting Melling Glory

Betfred Melling Chase (Grade 1) 2m 4f

  • (5yo+, 2m 4f, Class 1, 10 runners)
  • Winner £112,540 2nd £42,400 3rd £21,220 4th £10,600 5th £5,320 6th £2,660 7th £1,320 8th £680
  • Going: Good (Good to Soft in places; National: Good to Soft, Good in places)
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 58.10s
  • Off time: 15:06:15
Full result
Result 15:05 Aintree
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 2 Boston Bob 5/1
2nd 8 Rolling Aces 16/1
3rd 1 Ballynagour 5/1
  • Last Updated: April 3 2014, 12:00 BST

Views from connections ahead of the Betfred Melling Chase at Aintree on Friday, as Module goes for glory.

Module: Going for Melling glory
Module: Going for Melling glory

Tom George hopes a victory for Module in Friday's Betfred Melling Chase at Aintree will finally silence his critics.

A winner of the Game Spirit Chase at Newbury earlier this year, he posted a career best when a staying-on third behind Sire De Grugy and Somersby in the Queen Mother at Cheltenham.

Some have questioned the merit of that form, but George feels Module has even more to offer and will not be seen at his best until next year.

For now, George expects the extra half-mile to be right up Module's street.

"He finished his race at Cheltenham visually very well, he was flying at the end and he's come out of it nicely," said George.

"We've not done much with him at home since, you can't do really with the races coming close together, but everyone else is in the same boat.

"What I will say is that he ran in the Jewson (now JLT) at Cheltenham last year over two and a half and lost his place coming down the hill and did exactly the same in the Queen Mother. It could be that he just doesn't act coming down the hill, which Paddy (Brennan) thinks, or that he was outpaced.

"I still think we'll see the best of him next year, even though he's been third in a Queen Mother, as he's still only a baby and has only had eight runs over fences.

"It won't matter to him if it rains. Some say he needs heavy but he doesn't, he just handles it better than most.

"Somebody wrote after the Queen Mother that Sire De Grugy only had to beat a bunch of old rags. Well, he's not an old rag to us, he's a very good horse and next year he'll be even better, but if he wins this then everybody else might believe it too."

David Pipe's Ballynagour ran out an impressive winner of the Byrne Group Plate, but he has a hit-and-miss profile and steps up to Grade One company now.

"He was very good at Cheltenham but everybody knows he is not the most consistent horse in the yard," said his jockey Tom Scudamore.

"Everybody saw how good he was at Cheltenham though, and if he were to repeat that run then he would be very hard to beat.

"However, since he joined us he hasn't put two good runs together back-to-back.

"I don't have an awful lot to do with him at home, so I couldn't tell you if one gallop is as good as his next."

Nicky Henderson's Rajdhani Express skipped the Byrne Group at Cheltenham to tackle the Ryanair and he outran his odds by staying on for third behind Dynaste and Hidden Cyclone.

"I thought he ran really well in the Ryanair and it justified our decision to go for it," said owner Robert Waley-Cohen.

"Dynaste proved way too good for us that day so we were keep to keep apart from him. With Dynaste stepping up in trip for the Bowl, it meant we could run in this.

"I think this would have been our preferred option. You can only go with what your eyes and the form book tell you, and two miles and four furlongs looks his trip.

"Module deserves to be favourite, I'd have thought, the handicapper put him up half a stone for his run in the Queen Mother.

"People might say this looks a weak Grade One, but it won't be easy to win. However, it doesn't have the quality of last year's race when you think Sprinter Sacre, Cue Card and Flemenstar all ran and the year before Finian's Rainbow won. It seems strange to me we are talking about Rajdhani in the same breath."

Henderson also runs French Opera.

Four of the 11 runners hail from Ireland with Willie Mullins represented by Boston Bob, who finished behind Rajdhani Express in the Ryanair, and Rathlin, another place further back in seventh.

Days Hotel, a Grade Two winner at Naas last time out, represents Henry de Bromhead.

"We just thought we'd give him a go at it. We're hoping for a big run. He had a good win the last day (over two miles) and we'll just see how he fares over that trip," he said.

Days Hotel beat Gordon Elliott's Toner D'Oudairies at Naas and the pair meet again.

"He's in good form but it's a very competitive race and if he can sneak a place and a bit of prize-money, we'll be delighted," said Elliott.

Wishfull Thinking, Pepite Rose and Rolling Aces make up the field.