The £50,000 ITV7 takes in races from Sandown and Aintree on Saturday and Dave Smith casts his eye over the action.
What a cracking start to the game with several past Grand National competitors lining up against each other. The selection against the field is VIEUX LION ROUGE who ran well for a long way in the pinnacle handicap of the National Hunt season in April here and is on a previous winning mark. He was badly hampered at the Canal Turn when last seen here and with a clear passage this time, looks a major player.
It would be hard to not be mightily impressed by LALOR's performance at Cheltenham the last day and he gets the vote to take this ahead of Diakali who made all when winning at the same course.
APPLE'S SHAKIRA was smashed off the boards for the JCB Triumph Hurdle at the Festival but pulled like a train and repeated that keenness when next seen at Aintree. A chance is taken that she can be more mature after a summer break. I'm a Game Changer rates as the main danger to the selection but Balamoy didn't frank his form last week.
Plenty of these are hard to assess. Giving Glances won her maiden by a significant margin but it would be easy to question who she beat in that race. TDance to Paris and Travel Lightly are considered but SMILING ELIZA makes most appeal based on experience and consistency.
Only four runners contest this renewal of the Betfair Tingle Creek but what a quartet they are. ALTIOR has proved himself to be a superstar since he took the Sky Bet Supreme in 2016 and hasn't been beaten over hurdles or fences. He is a fantastic jumper and battles when any foe appears to get close. Un De Sceaux will be the pace angle but Sceau Royal and Saint Calvados have plenty to find on official ratings.
Dr Richard Newland is a trainer who does well over these fences and tries CATAMARAN DU SEUIL here. He will relish the heavy ground and although he's in here off a career high mark, he's very progressive. Crievehill is a danger on this surface.
ROYAL VACATION showed more of his old form when last seen at Cheltenham when an excellent runner-up to Rock The Kasbah. Aidan Coleman taks the ride and Colin Tizzard's charge is taken to strike despite a three-pounds rise.