12:25 Aintree Sat 8 December 2018
Heavy ground winner in January only ran once more last term. Encouraging reappearance effort when a close second of 13 at Newbury. Handicap raised again to new career high but likely his best days remain ahead so respected here.
Fell last time at this course but won a warm Cheltenham contest next before seemingly losing his way. No show on return this season but much better next when second over hurdles and now just 1lb higher than last win so chances here.
Won final three starts of last campaign going up a total of 19lb for his trouble. Competitive off this sort of mark in his prime in 2015 but would suggest he will struggle now especially first time out.
Fakenham winner last season ran well next before disappointment at Haydock. Unseated rider on return and fell when running loose so would have to be a risky proposition now.
Three-time hurdle winner last term on good to soft and heavy ground made an uninspiring start to his chasing career at Carlisle when ninth of 10 beaten 21L. More to come for sure but hard to be confident on basis of that run.
Built on promise of first two chases when running away with a Downpatrick contest before falling next at Listowel for Gordon Elliott. Starts out for new yard here but has few miles on the clock and genuine potential off this mark.
Three-time chase winner on soft and heavy ground last term showed he remains competitive off this sort of mark with a good third when last seen. Returns to action here and capable of going well if ready for last year's winning yard.
Previous course winner in 2016 but not won since. Beaten a nose in this race last year although failed to fire afterwards and in first two starts this season. Softer ground here will help and big danger 6lb lower than last year.
Six-time chase winner but five of those on good and the other good to soft so ground conditions here a major concern. Last three efforts below best and trip on short side so plenty of doubts overall.
Irish raider landed the spoils in his first chase race at Kempton in October despite not always jumping fluently. Since finished fourth twice in hurdles contests back home but of interest back over fences and left handed track will suit better.
Last Year's Winner
|Play The Ace||8||11-12||6/1|
|T: P BowenJ: Sean Bowen|
Ballyhill (7/2), Chef D'Equipe (9/2), Caltex (5/1), Katachenko (6/1), Lord Bryan (7/1), Cave Top (9/1), A Place Apart (10/1), Creep Desbois (14/1), Granville Island (14/1), Bestwork (33/1)
- Chef D'Equipe
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