20:20 Aintree Fri 18 May 2018
Fell at Becher's first time when sent off 50/1 for the Grand National last time out, but previous handicap form would give him some form of chance off this mark.
This looks easier than the Grade 2 he ran in last time out (and wasn't disgraced in), and just 1lb higher than last winning mark. Needs to prove he stays this far, though.
Narrow winner of a competitive Cheltenham handicap chase on his only start of last season. Up 5lb for a narrow victory but this looks weaker than that and he should go well again.
Took a nasty fall early in the piece at Ayr last time out when not particularly fancied for a Listed handicap. Could struggle even at this slightly lower level, especially off the back of that incident last time.
Has badly lost his way of fences recently in Ireland, including when pulled-up last time out, and a major revival is needed here.
A 4lb rise for winning at Cheltenham last time seems fair, where good ground seemed to suit. Most of his form over shorter than this but showed last time that he stays this far and should run well.
On a long enough losing run now dating back to January 2016, and recent efforts haven't given indication that that's about to change.
Last Year's Winner
|T: D SkeltonJ: Harry Skelton|
Virgilio (2/1), Winter Lion (11/4), Another Hero (11/4), Ballyalton (10/3), Knockgraffon (8/1), Monbeg River (16/1), Colms Dream (16/1), Bearly Legal (20/1)
- Another Hero
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