image-left-align HeyhoeDiamond Brig is fancied to get his head in front in the 4.40 at Kelso on Monday. His recent point-to-point wins suggest he can make a successful rules debut.

Kelso’s Buccleuch Cup is a prize worth winning for maiden hunter chasers and after three victories from four starts in northern points, Diamond Brig has been found the ideal opportunity to strut his stuff away from the point-to-point circuit.

Aintree’s wonderful three-day meeting came thrillingly to the boil with a last-gasp Grand National success from Tiger Roll, who had warmed up for a win in the great race by waltzing away with the merry-go-round that is Cheltenham’s Cross-Country Chase. His daring victory paid tribute to the brilliance of trainer, Gordon Elliott, and the sublime skills of the man in the saddle, Davy Russell.

Having stepped aside on the first two days at Aintree (thus opening the door for Nicky Henderson to dominate the graded races), Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins, the twin titans of Irish jumps racing, were soon back on top in the National with a stunning 1-2-3 that echoed their supremacy at last month’s Cheltenham Festival. Once again, the home-based challenge was comprehensively skittled by the Irish, and these are worrying times for British trainers.


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