18:05 Aintree Fri 18 May 2018
Restricted to three starts during the 17-18 campaign and shouldn't show his best on any of those occasions. That level of form makes this weight a big ask in this contest.
Two starts so far in 2018 have left plenty to be desired, and though he was in fine form towards the end of last year he needs to bounce back now.
Not exactly the most straightforward but talented performer on his day and won the Grade 3 Red Rum off 1lb lower than this at this course two years ago.
Has been running in better races than this, including a Grade 2 two starts back. This is the easiest race he has run in for some time and he should be able to get more competitive.
Not the most consistent, but won easily in December off just 4lb lower than this and this contest looks much easier than his last couple of assignments.
Outclassed in Grade 2 company last time out but form in Class 3 handicaps has been much more encouraging. 10lb higher than when winning at Fakenham two starts back but that was a very easy success.
Couldn't get involved over the National fences here last time out, but this is a weaker race and this trip on a sound surface usually sees him to good effect; considered.
Not at his best last time out when down the field at Kempton, but has been given a break since January now and better can perhaps be expected off the same mark.
No win since July 2015, when trained in Ireland, and has looked no closer to getting back to winning ways on his last couple of starts; others hold more convincing claims.
Carries a 7lb penalty for winning at Ayr last time out, but that would unlikely have been enough to stop her from winning that contest, and though this looks tougher she should be right up there again.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Kerry LeeJ: Richard Patrick|
Petrou (7/2), Indian Temple (4/1), Martiloo (9/2), The Tailgater (7/1), Deauville Dancer (9/1), Katachenko (10/1), Cold March (12/1), Ravished (12/1), Play The Ace (12/1), Enjoy Responsibly (16/1)
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