15:00 Aintree Sun 27 October 2019
One of the most popular chasers in racing, building up an endearing friendship with Bryony Frost; beaten just once in four starts at Cheltenham (culminating with the Ryanair Chase) since taking this race by 1¼L in 2018 (on good).
Had some mishaps over fences as a novice (including in the Arkle at Cheltenham) but is a very promising young chaser as he demonstrated when thwarting La Bague Au Roi in the Grade 1 Manifesto Chase over C&D in April (good to soft).
Carrying the silks of Phil & Julie Martin (won this with Conquisto in 2013) this useful 2m chaser competes for the bang-in-form Brian Ellison; should strip fitter for his seasonal reappearance third at Kelso; vulnerable at 2m4f on soft ground?
Kept on (never a threat) when negotiating a clear round over the National Fences in the Topham Chase (2m5f, soft) in April; ready 16L winner of a Class 2 handicap chase at Perth (2m4f, good) subsequently; faces a much sterner test in this company.
Like Kalashnikov is a previous winner of the Grade 1 Manifesto Novices' Chase (2017); unable to win since despite respectable efforts in competitive handicaps at Ascot and Cheltenham; difficult to fancy from outside of the handicap proper.
Last Year's Winner
|T: P F NichollsJ: Bryony Frost|
Kalashnikov (7/5), Frodon (11/4), Forest Bihan (9/2), Born Survivor (5/1), Flying Angel (6/1), Bigmartre (17/2)