20:05 Aintree Fri 14 June 2019
His win in this in 2017 came at the end of a golden spell which saw him win seven out of ten races. Fourth in this last year he's continually defied the handicapper although his last two starts leave some questions for him to answer; hard to rule out
Useful over hurdles he's shown up well on two runs for this yard especially when switched back to fences last time at Ludlow (2m, good). Seen to good effect there (suited by strong pace/race falling apart); has to cope with a 7lb higher mark.
Usual headgear resumes it's use here although being without cheekpieces didn't hamper him last time when returning from a year of to score at Southwell. Sensibly given a break since then his last form looks strong; only raised 4lb, sound claims.
Enigmatic and quirky sort when with Paul Nicholls; never fulfilled his potential and his form in three runs for Patrick Griffin was poor to say the least. PTP winner (on debut) before returning under Rules; well held in a hunter chase last time.
Last Year's Winner
|Champagne At Tara||9||11-6||11/4|
|T: Jonjo O'NeillJ: B J Geraghty|
Ashoka (6/5), Capital Force (2/1), Theflyingportrait (9/4), Empresario (16/1), Fago (25/1)
- Capital Force
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