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16:00 Aintree

Soft

Randox Grand National Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £500000
  • 4m 2f 74y
  • Class 1
  • 32 runners
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Randox Grand National Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

Runners: 32 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

15/2 (Won)

  • Win: £8.00
  • Place: £2.60

Form: 1-1431

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 159

Form & Verdict

Among the backmarkers for an awfully long way in the Irish National at Fairyhouse (3m5f, soft) last April but he still got up close home; that couldn't have augured better for today's long distance and he's raised his game further for two wins (2m4f/3m1f) back at Fairyhouse, the latest of which (easily from Vanillier) makes him look well handicapped; still doesn't fly his fences and tends to take them markedly to his left, so jumping is the big worry but he has plenty going for him otherwise.

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1st

5

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

I Am Maximus

11st 6lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Among the backmarkers for an awfully long way in the Irish National at Fairyhouse (3m5f, soft) last April but he still got up close home; that couldn't have augured better for today's long distance and he's raised his game further for two wins (2m4f/3m1f) back at Fairyhouse, the latest of which (easily from Vanillier) makes him look well handicapped; still doesn't fly his fences and tends to take them markedly to his left, so jumping is the big worry but he has plenty going for him otherwise.

15/2

1st

1

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 88y

15:50 Fairyhouse

I Am Maximus

11st 12lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: W P Mullins

jumped left on occasions, raced in third behind clear leaders, mistake 8th, smooth headway before 2 out, led going easily approaching last, soon clear, not fluent last, shaken up and went further clear run-in

5/4

3rd

4

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

15:35 Leopardstown

I Am Maximus

11st 10lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: W P Mullins

jumped left throughout, raced in last, detached from 8th, no impression from 12th

25/1

16/1

  • Place: £6.80

Form: 1U-366

Last run: 62 days

W: 11st 4lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 157

Form & Verdict

Won the 3m6f cross-country at Cheltenham Festival in 2022 (heavy) and 2023 (soft); the 2022 Grand National was not his best round of jumping but he challenged for the lead two out before finishing a tired, 22l third; unseated mid-race in it last year; below form this term but Cheltenham last month should have been much more instructive and his race was abandoned; blinkers now replace cheekpieces; only 3lb lower than in this two years ago but he can't be dismissed.

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2nd

11

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Delta Work

11st 4lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Won the 3m6f cross-country at Cheltenham Festival in 2022 (heavy) and 2023 (soft); the 2022 Grand National was not his best round of jumping but he challenged for the lead two out before finishing a tired, 22l third; unseated mid-race in it last year; below form this term but Cheltenham last month should have been much more instructive and his race was abandoned; blinkers now replace cheekpieces; only 3lb lower than in this two years ago but he can't be dismissed.

16/1

6th

7

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 0y

14:45 Navan

Delta Work

11st 3lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Gordon Elliott

in touch with leaders, outpaced before 2 out, kept on

12/1

16/1

  • Place: £6.70

Form: 1P-144

Last run: 120 days

W: 11st 6lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 159

Form & Verdict

Acts on heavy; won the 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup and has always shaped as if stamina is a strong suit; while his powers are on the wane, so is his handicap mark and he took well to the Cheltenham cross-country in December when last seen; ante-post favourite for the Festival cross-country race there which was abandoned; it's ten years since any horse aged more than nine has won the National but 15 were placed in the last ten runnings (six in the last five) and 11yos won it in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

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3rd

6

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Minella Indo

11st 6lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Acts on heavy; won the 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup and has always shaped as if stamina is a strong suit; while his powers are on the wane, so is his handicap mark and he took well to the Cheltenham cross-country in December when last seen; ante-post favourite for the Festival cross-country race there which was abandoned; it's ten years since any horse aged more than nine has won the National but 15 were placed in the last ten runnings (six in the last five) and 11yos won it in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

16/1

4th

1

15th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 5f 56y

Class 2

15:00 Cheltenham

Minella Indo

12st 0lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Has been on a rocky road since winning the 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup and his powers are on the wane; encouraging that he still fancied the challenge when digging deep in a Grade 3 chase at Punchestown in October and it was always going to be tough back in a Grade 1 at Down Royal; retains the class to threaten under his big weight if he takes to this unique test.

13/2

33/1

  • Place: £12.60

Form: 2U-854

Last run: 62 days

W: 11st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict

NH Chase winner at Cheltenham in 2021 and second to Delta Work in the cross-country there (soft) in March 2023, both over 3m6f; unseated at the first in the Grand National last April; this season's form is not good enough and although these spring races will have been bigger targets, he hasn't actually won a race on worse than good to soft since 2019.

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4th

13

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Galvin

11st 2lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

NH Chase winner at Cheltenham in 2021 and second to Delta Work in the cross-country there (soft) in March 2023, both over 3m6f; unseated at the first in the Grand National last April; this season's form is not good enough and although these spring races will have been bigger targets, he hasn't actually won a race on worse than good to soft since 2019.

33/1

4th

8

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 0y

14:45 Navan

Galvin

11st 3lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

held up in rear, headway after 3 out, went fourth approaching last, kept on well, not reach leaders

20/1

Form: -47057

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict

Stormed home in major staying chases on good/good to soft last February/April, winning the Eider (4m1f), Scottish National (4m) and at Sandown (3m4f); wore cheekpieces with tongue-tie last two occasions; uncompetitive this term, for which the handicapper has dropped him back just the 1lb; the ground is a bigger question (not often seen on soft or heavy) but he's reportedly blossomed since Cheltenham and there's no doubt he'll be suited by every yard of this race if he's back to form.

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9th

7

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Kittys Light

11st 3lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Won this last year (good to soft; placed in 2021/2022); back on song with highly creditable fifth in Grand National at Aintree (4m2f, soft) two weeks ago; had a hard race then which is a worry, but he won this 12 months ago just seven days after landing the Scottish National (good); key player.

5/1

5th

34

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Kittys Light

10st 7lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Stormed home in major staying chases on good/good to soft last February/April, winning the Eider (4m1f), Scottish National (4m) and at Sandown (3m4f); wore cheekpieces with tongue-tie last two occasions; uncompetitive this term, for which the handicapper has dropped him back just the 1lb; the ground is a bigger question (not often seen on soft or heavy) but he's reportedly blossomed since Cheltenham and there's no doubt he'll be suited by every yard of this race if he's back to form.

12/1

7th

10

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Kittys Light

11st 7lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Carried all before him in staying chases last spring, winning the Eider (4m1f, good to soft), Scottish National (4m, good) and bet365 (3m4f, good to soft); easy to excuse hurdle defeats since but he would have finished closer in the Coral Gold Cup in December (cheekpieces/tongue-tie refitted) had he been in top form; turnaround needed with tongue-tie back on after one run without.

33/1

Form: 10-9P1

Last run: 79 days

W: 10st 13lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict

The 18-runner Thyestes at Gowran Park (3m1f, heavy) in January was a deserved big-race win, since which he's been bought by today's sporting amateur rider (same stable); has not had much racing for a 10yo but disappointed when both 6-1 at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival and just 10-1 in last year's National, in the latter weakening badly on the turn for home.

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6th

16

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Aint That A Shame

10st 13lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: Henry De Bromhead

The 18-runner Thyestes at Gowran Park (3m1f, heavy) in January was a deserved big-race win, since which he's been bought by today's sporting amateur rider (same stable); has not had much racing for a 10yo but disappointed when both 6-1 at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival and just 10-1 in last year's National, in the latter weakening badly on the turn for home.

40/1

1st

7

25th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Aint That A Shame

11st 3lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Made all to win a 2m4f beginners' chase here last season with Macs Charm second; appeared not to stay when well-supported (10-1) for the Grand National; low-key return in the Kerry National; only 8-1 for the Troytown, pulled up after a weary jump two out.

10/1

0

6

19th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

14:30 Navan

Aint That A Shame

11st 2lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Made all to win a Gowran beginners' last term with Macs Charm runner-up (won next time) and he shaped like he didn't stay when well-punted for the National; low-key return in the Kerry National but there's a suspicion he's on a good mark and a return to testing conditions is in his favour.

10/1

Form: 4311U3

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Sent chasing this season and his second chase win came in smooth fashion in a top handicap at Leopardstown (3m, soft) at Christmas; hooded for both starts since (hampered when unseating first time) and good third of 21 at Cheltenham (3m1f, heavy) latest but that display also sparks concern over whether he will settle well enough; stacks of potential if he does.

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7th

26

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Meetingofthewaters

10st 8lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Sent chasing this season and his second chase win came in smooth fashion in a top handicap at Leopardstown (3m, soft) at Christmas; hooded for both starts since (hampered when unseating first time) and good third of 21 at Cheltenham (3m1f, heavy) latest but that display also sparks concern over whether he will settle well enough; stacks of potential if he does.

10/1

3rd

7

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Meetingofthewaters

11st 8lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: W P Mullins

No special shakes as a hurdler but has come right into his own on last two chase completions, winning a beginners' race at Cork (2m5f) and giving a powerful display to beat 11 other finishers in a major handicap at Leopardstown (3m, both on soft) after Christmas; fitting a hood (retained today) was a surprise move next time, when hampered and unseating rider at the first, but he has further to go as a staying chaser and soft ground is ideal.

11/2

10

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Meetingofthewaters

10st 10lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

towards rear, hampered when unseated 1st

5/1

Form: 4-1224 BF

Last run: 62 days

W: 10st 7lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 146

Form & Verdict

Clearly her two best efforts came in the mud at the big Warwick meeting in January 2023 and 2024, latterly with cheekpieces enlisted (kept since) when second of 14 in the 3m5f Classic Chase; that was a step up in trip and she stayed on well, which looked promising for this test, but running quite so poorly when 4-5 in a 3m mares' race at Exeter (also on heavy) on latest outing was offputting.

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8th

30

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Galia Des Liteaux

10st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Clearly her two best efforts came in the mud at the big Warwick meeting in January 2023 and 2024, latterly with cheekpieces enlisted (kept since) when second of 14 in the 3m5f Classic Chase; that was a step up in trip and she stayed on well, which looked promising for this test, but running quite so poorly when 4-5 in a 3m mares' race at Exeter (also on heavy) on latest outing was offputting.

25/1

4th

1

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 1

16:05 Exeter

Galia Des Liteaux

11st 4lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Clearly her two best efforts came in the mud at the big Warwick meeting in January 2023 and 2024, last time with cheekpieces enlisted when second of 14 in the 3m5f Classic Chase; that was a step up in trip and she stayed on well, whereas this is 3m, but she sets the standard on her best form.

11/8

2nd

2

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 5f 54y

Class 1

15:00 Warwick

Galia Des Liteaux

11st 10lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Well beaten in three Grade 1 novice chases last term, having been particularly impressive when dominating a four-runner Grade 2 at this meeting (3m, heavy); neither of her runs this term have matched that peak form but her Newbury second (near 3m) last time did offer hope for longer trips; needs to be at her best on this handicap debut, with headgear enlisted.

7/1

Form: 27-162

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 8lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Took to this challenge expertly last year (good to soft) until six others went away from the second last and he was beaten 14l; won a French cross-country race in November and stuck to his task well behind Adamantly Chosen last month; has seemingly had a better preparation than last year (when he had an injury in late January) and softer ground this time looks a help; has 2lb lower mark too and a good each-way chance.

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9th

28

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Roi Mage

10st 8lb

J: James Reveley

T: Patrick Griffin

Took to this challenge expertly last year (good to soft) until six others went away from the second last and he was beaten 14l; won a French cross-country race in November and stuck to his task well behind Adamantly Chosen last month; has seemingly had a better preparation than last year (when he had an injury in late January) and softer ground this time looks a help; has 2lb lower mark too and a good each-way chance.

50/1

2nd

1

17th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 50y

15:27 Down Royal

Roi Mage

11st 10lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: Patrick Griffin

led, prominent when headed after 4th, pressed leader 10th, outpaced after 3 out, headway approaching last, went second run-in, stayed on

13/2

Form: 3-1211

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 8lb

7 yo Filly

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Acts well on heavy; won three of her four starts this term, including last month's 2m4f Grade 2 mares' chase at Cheltenham, and the exception was her second of 20 to Coko Beach in the 3m Troytown at Navan (not her best jumping, crowded); 7yos can no longer be ruled out straightaway, following Noble Yeats's triumph in 2022, but a stronger indication of stamina from her would be preferable.

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10th

25

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Limerick Lace

10st 8lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Gavin Cromwell

Acts well on heavy; won three of her four starts this term, including last month's 2m4f Grade 2 mares' chase at Cheltenham, and the exception was her second of 20 to Coko Beach in the 3m Troytown at Navan (not her best jumping, crowded); 7yos can no longer be ruled out straightaway, following Noble Yeats's triumph in 2022, but a stronger indication of stamina from her would be preferable.

11/1

1st

8

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Limerick Lace

11st 2lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Has turned a corner of late, gaining wide-margin wins at Clonmel (2m2f, heavy) and Doncaster (2m4f, good to soft; Carole's Pass and Pink Legend third and fourth) either side of her useful effort in a good 3m Navan handicap; up in class today but she was impressive last time and is likely to be involved.

7/2

1st

5

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 115y

Class 1

13:40 Doncaster

Limerick Lace

11st 4lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Gavin Cromwell

Has won three times (2m-2m4f, yielding-heavy) from her eight chase runs and she was better than ever when a fine second of 20 against males in the Troytown Handicap at Navan (3m, soft to heavy) last time; major player.

2/1

Form: P-3121

Last run: 68 days

W: 11st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 161

Form & Verdict

Stays 3m4f; career-best form in major handicaps this season, including over these fences when second in the heavy-ground Becher, before winning his cross-country debut (3m) in February; handicapper has responded but chief headache for backers is what he did in the last two Grand Nationals, as he disputed the lead long way but ended 66l adrift on first occasion and pulled up on second; may need a different tactic.

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3rd

1

2nd May 2024

Yielding

4m 1f 11y

16:50 Punchestown

Coko Beach

12st 7lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

soon prominent, led before 3rd, headed before 5th, left in lead 20th

6/4

11th

3

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Coko Beach

11st 8lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Stays 3m4f; career-best form in major handicaps this season, including over these fences when second in the heavy-ground Becher, before winning his cross-country debut (3m) in February; handicapper has responded but chief headache for backers is what he did in the last two Grand Nationals, as he disputed the lead long way but ended 66l adrift on first occasion and pulled up on second; may need a different tactic.

22/1

Form: /4-215 C

Last run: 56 days

W: 10st 10lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict

Remote finish last time (sole start on heavy) was over hurdles; second, first and fourth in three editions of the Aintree Foxhunters'; that was over 2m5f but he also finished second (to Foxy Jacks) and first in two cross-country handicaps over 3m5f at Cheltenham late last year; those weren't the greatest stamina tests for the distance but he found plenty; back with champion point-to-point trainer Tom Ellis (with Dan Skelton earlier this term) and his first runner now he has a full licence, this 11yo needs a good deal of respect with his Aintree record under the trainer's wife Gina Andrews.

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12th

20

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Latenightpass

10st 10lb

J: Miss Gina Andrews

T: T Ellis

Remote finish last time (sole start on heavy) was over hurdles; second, first and fourth in three editions of the Aintree Foxhunters'; that was over 2m5f but he also finished second (to Foxy Jacks) and first in two cross-country handicaps over 3m5f at Cheltenham late last year; those weren't the greatest stamina tests for the distance but he found plenty; back with champion point-to-point trainer Tom Ellis (with Dan Skelton earlier this term) and his first runner now he has a full licence, this 11yo needs a good deal of respect with his Aintree record under the trainer's wife Gina Andrews.

33/1

5th

7

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 58y

Class 1

16:25 Haydock

Latenightpass

11st 2lb

J: Miss Gina Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

High-class hunter chaser (won the 2022 Aintree Foxhunters') who won a cross-country handicap at Cheltenham (3m5f, soft) in December last time out; this 11yo has never run over hurdles but he'll be tough to beat if transferring his chase form to this discipline.

13/2

1st

6

15th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 5f 56y

Class 2

15:00 Cheltenham

Latenightpass

10st 8lb

J: Miss Gina Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

High-class hunter chaser who looked an interesting recruit to the Skelton yard and was duly well backed when runner-up on his C&D debut four weeks ago, finishing in front of a few of today's rivals; came clear with the winner and a 3lb hit is neither here nor there; there's also good reason to believe he'll improve physically for that first run (many stablemates have).

7/2

Form: 4-8585 BF

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Best form when fourth in major handicaps at Cheltenham (3m1f) and Sandown (3m4f) last spring, albeit not seeing those races out nearly as well as those ahead; underperforming this term, capitulating badly from the home turn when 34l fifth back at Cheltenham (heavy) latest, so he probably does not have what it takes in this.

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8

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 80y

18:00 Punchestown

The Goffer

11st 3lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Won a big handicap chase at Leopardstown last season and campaigned with credit in similar contests this season; looked like playing a hand in the Grand National before failing to stay; could be a player here.

7/1

13th

27

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

The Goffer

10st 8lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Gordon Elliott

Best form when fourth in major handicaps at Cheltenham (3m1f) and Sandown (3m4f) last spring, albeit not seeing those races out nearly as well as those ahead; underperforming this term, capitulating badly from the home turn when 34l fifth back at Cheltenham (heavy) latest, so he probably does not have what it takes in this.

66/1

5th

6

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

The Goffer

11st 8lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Cracking fourth in this race last year (soft) when giving best only after the last; may have had some breathing issues as he's been tongue tied since September, when making steady late headway in the Kerry National (3m, yielding to soft); he was rested after a lesser effort at Limerick next time but won a race for stable staff on his return last month and is primed for a big run off 2lb lower than 12 months ago.

6/1

Form: 2-5502

Last run: 49 days

W: 10st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 151

Form & Verdict

He's generally far more workmanlike than fluent over his fences but produced a sound jumping display in this race (good to soft; 4lb higher today) last year, finishing strongly as well but he'd twice been rather messed about in traffic on the second circuit and left with far too much to do before taking second, Corach Rambler having gone well beyond recall; similar build-up to last year but requiring more improvement and he has a bit to prove in the mud, while on the other hand soft/heavy ground will place even greater demands on stamina and that is his major strength; has to be in serious calculations.

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14th

17

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Vanillier

10st 12lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Gavin Cromwell

He's generally far more workmanlike than fluent over his fences but produced a sound jumping display in this race (good to soft; 4lb higher today) last year, finishing strongly as well but he'd twice been rather messed about in traffic on the second circuit and left with far too much to do before taking second, Corach Rambler having gone well beyond recall; similar build-up to last year but requiring more improvement and he has a bit to prove in the mud, while on the other hand soft/heavy ground will place even greater demands on stamina and that is his major strength; has to be in serious calculations.

10/1

2nd

4

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 88y

15:50 Fairyhouse

Vanillier

11st 0lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Gavin Cromwell

raced in second and pressed leader, disputed lead 13th, led narrowly 2 out, headed approaching last, soon no chance with winner

9/4

15th

3

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Vanillier

11st 3lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Gavin Cromwell

Very useful chaser, runner up in last season's Grand National his finest effort; two runs over hurdles and fences over inadequate trips; could do better here but this is very much a stepping stone back towards Aintree.

50/1

Form: /4-82P

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 7lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict

Used to act on heavy; started favourite for the big 3m2f handicap at Newbury in November 2021 but pulled up that day and there's been only one ray of sunshine in his light career since, when second in a four-runner race this February; pulled up at Cheltenham last month.

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15th

32

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Eklat De Rire

10st 7lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

Used to act on heavy; started favourite for the big 3m2f handicap at Newbury in November 2021 but pulled up that day and there's been only one ray of sunshine in his light career since, when second in a four-runner race this February; pulled up at Cheltenham last month.

100/1

12

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Eklat De Rire

11st 7lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Smart chaser earlier in career; sparingly raced now and had been struggling until showing more at Fairyhouse (3m, heavy; only two finished) last month; well treated if that proves his first step back; best form on testing ground.

18/1

2nd

3

7th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 42y

14:30 Fairyhouse

Eklat De Rire

11st 10lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

raced wide, took keen hold, in touch with leaders, left in second 3 out, jumped slightly right 2 out, soon ridden and no extra, no match for winner

8/1

Form: P-6314

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 161

Form & Verdict

His heavy-ground form was over hurdles; not always a fluent jumper but won Grade 2 at Cheltenham (3m1f) in January and matched that career best when fourth in a 2m4f Grade 1 there (soft) last month; he also negotiated these fences in the National last year but folded turning for home and was pulled up, so there is no evidence he will stay the trip.

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8th

2

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 213y

17:25 Punchestown

Capodanno

11st 10lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: W P Mullins

never better than midfield, not fluent 6th

28/1

16th

4

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Capodanno

11st 8lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: W P Mullins

His heavy-ground form was over hurdles; not always a fluent jumper but won Grade 2 at Cheltenham (3m1f) in January and matched that career best when fourth in a 2m4f Grade 1 there (soft) last month; he also negotiated these fences in the National last year but folded turning for home and was pulled up, so there is no evidence he will stay the trip.

40/1

4th

3

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Capodanno

11st 10lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: W P Mullins

Versatile ground-wise; not always a fluent jumper but was generally good in that department here last time, winning the Cotswold Chase (Grade 2) over 3m1f; sole Grade 1 success came over 3m (as a novice); has got better with each run this season but may not be crying out for this drop back in distance.

15/2

10/1

Form: 5-4424

Last run: 70 days

W: 10st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict

Wore cheekpieces on last two starts when doing excellent late work to be second of 27 to Meetingofthewaters in a top handicap chase and fourth of 22 in a major handicap hurdle, both 3m at Leopardstown (soft; unproven on heavy); that suggested stamina reserves and his run in the 2023 Irish National (his only attempt beyond 3m) was creditable, albeit with four rivals moving away from him late on; not dismissed.

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17th

31

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Panda Boy

10st 7lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Martin Brassil

Wore cheekpieces on last two starts when doing excellent late work to be second of 27 to Meetingofthewaters in a top handicap chase and fourth of 22 in a major handicap hurdle, both 3m at Leopardstown (soft; unproven on heavy); that suggested stamina reserves and his run in the 2023 Irish National (his only attempt beyond 3m) was creditable, albeit with four rivals moving away from him late on; not dismissed.

10/1

4th

5

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 104y

15:00 Leopardstown

Panda Boy

11st 9lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Martin Brassil

soon prominent

7/1

2nd

15

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Panda Boy

11st 3lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Martin Brassil

in touch with leaders, dropped to midfield halfway, headway home turn, went third last, ran on well and went second final 110yds, no match for winner

13/2

28/1

Form: 7-411P

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 161

Form & Verdict

Revelation with two wins in refitted blinkers on heavy ground at Chepstow this winter, notably in tremendous style in the Welsh National (3m6f); has a 16lb higher mark today and never seriously figured when he had a tilt at the Cheltenham Gold Cup (33-1) but deep ground would boost his chance.

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18th

2

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Nassalam

11st 8lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

Revelation with two wins in refitted blinkers on heavy ground at Chepstow this winter, notably in tremendous style in the Welsh National (3m6f); has a 16lb higher mark today and never seriously figured when he had a tilt at the Cheltenham Gold Cup (33-1) but deep ground would boost his chance.

28/1

11

15th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Nassalam

11st 10lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

The step up to about 3m1f last spring wasn't a success in the Ultima or at Aintree but he has been a different horse in refitted blinkers this winter, winning the Trial at Chepstow before following up in tremendous style in the Welsh National (3m6f, again on heavy) in December; deep ground would make things interesting but he would have more to prove otherwise.

25/1

1st

5

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

Nassalam

11st 6lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

It took him three attempts to prove his effectiveness over about 3m but when he did it was in tremendous fashion under Caoilin Quinn at this track (heavy) 18 days ago in the National Trial, going on five out; his stamina will get much more of an examination today but he's well handicapped under a 4lb penalty after that major career best.

6/1

OUR TIP

Form: 4-7217 CD

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 165

Form & Verdict

2022 Grand National winner and fourth in it (again on good to soft) last year when he was hard work from out the back and never got near the leaders; hurdling on last three starts, winning a Grade 2 but coming up well short when the cheekpieces (which had served him well hitherto) were restored at Cheltenham one month ago; just 1lb lower than last year but his strength of stamina will presumably be well served by a slog in the mud.

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19th

1

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Noble Yeats

11st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Emmet Mullins

2022 Grand National winner and fourth in it (again on good to soft) last year when he was hard work from out the back and never got near the leaders; hurdling on last three starts, winning a Grade 2 but coming up well short when the cheekpieces (which had served him well hitherto) were restored at Cheltenham one month ago; just 1lb lower than last year but his strength of stamina will presumably be well served by a slog in the mud.

20/1

9

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Noble Yeats

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Emmet Mullins

2022 Grand National winner who was fourth in that same Aintree race last April; back hurdling with tongue tied this winter and stayed on strongly to win the Grade 2 Cleeve here (3m, good to soft) in January, beating Paisley Park (who gave 6lb) by a head; also effective on soft/heavy; others possess stronger hurdle form but he may be capable of better in this sphere, especially now back in the cheekpieces worn for his National win (also worn last spring); could go well.

13/2

1st

6

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:35 Cheltenham

Noble Yeats

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Emmet Mullins

raced wide, prominent

7/2

Form: 4-345P

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 153

Form & Verdict

Won a maiden hurdle on heavy; recorded his best ratings in 2022; began this campaign in respectable fashion but last two outings were poor, given wind surgery in between but a respiratory noise was reported on latest start; stays 3m2f but this trip is major unknown territory.

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20th

15

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Eldorado Allen

11st 0lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Won a maiden hurdle on heavy; recorded his best ratings in 2022; began this campaign in respectable fashion but last two outings were poor, given wind surgery in between but a respiratory noise was reported on latest start; stays 3m2f but this trip is major unknown territory.

100/1

1

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Eldorado Allen

12st 0lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Has run at the last four Festivals, second in the Arkle in 2021 and third in the Ryanair in 2022; ran with credit when fourth in the Coral Gold Cup at Newbury (3m2f, good to soft) in December but has his share of weight and he didn't run well off his lower hurdle mark in January; has had wind surgery since and cheekpieces return for the first time since last April.

20/1

5th

3

7th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 217y

Class 2

14:15 Plumpton

Eldorado Allen

11st 12lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Placed in valuable handicap chases on both outings this season, more recently when keeping-on fourth in Coral Gold Cup at Newbury (3m2f, goof to soft) last month; unraced over hurdles since March 2020 but could be very interesting trying to exploit his lower mark in this sphere.

11/4

Form: P-4071

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict

Runner-up in a maiden hurdle on sole start on heavy; weakened right out of it on his only two appearances over about 3m, including in the Cheltenham Grade 1 novice last March; however, he put 14l between himself and his remaining three rivals (eventually headed by Roi Mage) after leading two out in a 3m2f conditions event on soft at Down Royal four weeks ago; needs better again but is much more interesting after that latest run.

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7th

4

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 80y

18:00 Punchestown

Adamantly Chosen

11st 8lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

midfield, hampered by faller 5 out, not fluent 5 out

16/1

21th

22

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Adamantly Chosen

10st 9lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

Runner-up in a maiden hurdle on sole start on heavy; weakened right out of it on his only two appearances over about 3m, including in the Cheltenham Grade 1 novice last March; however, he put 14l between himself and his remaining three rivals (eventually headed by Roi Mage) after leading two out in a 3m2f conditions event on soft at Down Royal four weeks ago; needs better again but is much more interesting after that latest run.

50/1

1st

2

17th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 50y

15:27 Down Royal

Adamantly Chosen

11st 4lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

prominent, jockey lost iron briefly when mistake 4th, led before 2 out, went clear approaching last, comfortably

5/1

Form: 11-533 CD

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 6lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 159

Form & Verdict

Sole run on heavy was a win on rules debut; tasted success at two Cheltenham Festivals, coming from well off the pace, before the even sweeter prize of this race last year when he was never far away and had zero alarms before some idling in front after grabbing total control at the final fence (much earlier than usual); last month's Cheltenham Gold Cup (soft) seemed to show the ceiling of his ability, when it looked exceedingly hard work for him from the final fence, but that was while finishing an excellent third with career-best form; 13lb higher than last year but still well in and should go well if the Gold Cup did not make him dig too deep.

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4

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 213y

17:25 Punchestown

Corach Rambler

11st 10lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

didn't always jump with fluency, held up in last, detached when pecked on landing and pushed along briefly 12th, reminders after 5 out

9/1

7

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Corach Rambler

11st 6lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Sole run on heavy was a win on rules debut; tasted success at two Cheltenham Festivals, coming from well off the pace, before the even sweeter prize of this race last year when he was never far away and had zero alarms before some idling in front after grabbing total control at the final fence (much earlier than usual); last month's Cheltenham Gold Cup (soft) seemed to show the ceiling of his ability, when it looked exceedingly hard work for him from the final fence, but that was while finishing an excellent third with career-best form; 13lb higher than last year but still well in and should go well if the Gold Cup did not make him dig too deep.

7/1

3rd

2

15th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Corach Rambler

11st 10lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Has an unconventional streak but his spring form in the last two seasons cannot be faulted, having won the Ultima in 2022 and 2023 (3m1f; good to soft and soft) and the Grand National (4m2f) in some style last April, despite taking up the running further from home than usual; the limit of his ability has yet to be established and it would be no surprise to see him loom up late on.

12/1

Form: 7F-230

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 6lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 159

Form & Verdict

Acts on heavy; third in the 2022 Irish Gold Cup over 3m, but seen more often at about 2m4f and that's where he's registered his best wins and peak efforts; backward steps on last two outings further undermine his prospects.

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8

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Janidil

11st 6lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: W P Mullins

Acts on heavy; third in the 2022 Irish Gold Cup over 3m, but seen more often at about 2m4f and that's where he's registered his best wins and peak efforts; backward steps on last two outings further undermine his prospects.

100/1

8

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Janidil

11st 10lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: W P Mullins

Progressive hurdler in 2019-20 novice campaign and high-class chaser subsequently, winning a 2m4f Grade 1 novice, but this 10yo was below par in Grade 2 chase at Kempton in January latest; something to prove in hot company now back hurdling and a shorter trip may be preferable; cheekpieces are added.

50/1

3rd

2

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 1

14:07 Kempton

Janidil

11st 8lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

No match for Allaho on a few occasions, including in Clonmel Grade 2 on sole run this term; now wears tongue-tie; holds a respectable chance on best form but he's not the safest jumper in this field, having fallen a few times, most recently last April when in command at Fairyhouse.

12/1

Form: 2P-624

Last run: 68 days

W: 11st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 158

Form & Verdict

Acts on heavy; easily won the 3m6f NH Chase at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival and this will be only his second appearance over a marathon trip; that's enticing but he was pulled up in the 2023 Cheltenham Gold Cup and has not really sparked in his three runs this term; did not take to it at all on the banks course at Punchestown last time but there are none of those hindrances here.

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9

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Stattler

11st 5lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Acts on heavy; easily won the 3m6f NH Chase at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival and this will be only his second appearance over a marathon trip; that's enticing but he was pulled up in the 2023 Cheltenham Gold Cup and has not really sparked in his three runs this term; did not take to it at all on the banks course at Punchestown last time but there are none of those hindrances here.

50/1

4th

2

5th Feb 2024

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 130y

13:20 Punchestown

Stattler

12st 0lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Won the 3m6f National Hunt Chase at the 2022 Cheltenham festival; three high-level runs last season, though posed no threat in the Irish Gold Cup; struggled from early in the Cheltenham Gold Cup; trip was inadequate in the John Durkan on seasonal debut; more like it behind Allaho at Thurles; hugely interesting recruit to the cross-country scene.

15/8

Form: 12F-22

Last run: 133 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 158

Form & Verdict

Usually front-runs or races prominently; best known for last year's NH Chase at the Cheltenham Festival (3m6f, soft; has won well on soft to heavy) where he was 4l ahead when falling two out; that left a lingering stamina question but he resumed improvement to be second in the big 3m2f handicap at Newbury in November when last seen; raised 7lb but he's a second-season chaser who may well improve again and makes serious appeal.

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10

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Mahler Mission

11st 5lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

Usually front-runs or races prominently; best known for last year's NH Chase at the Cheltenham Festival (3m6f, soft; has won well on soft to heavy) where he was 4l ahead when falling two out; that left a lingering stamina question but he resumed improvement to be second in the big 3m2f handicap at Newbury in November when last seen; raised 7lb but he's a second-season chaser who may well improve again and makes serious appeal.

14/1

2nd

9

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Mahler Mission

10st 10lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

travelled strongly, prominent

7/1

2nd

4

5th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Carlisle

Mahler Mission

11st 4lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

jumped left on occasions, led, ridden and edged left after 2 out, headed last, no extra run-in

11/4

Form: 21P314 BF

Last run: 107 days

W: 11st 4lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 157

Form & Verdict

Best of his runs on heavy was his win in a maiden hurdle in 2020; fell in the 2022 Topham over these fences; won a Cheltenham cross-country race (3m5f, good to soft) in November, having come a cropper on two earlier attempts at that course, but this 8lb higher mark seems to demand another major career best.

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3

4th May 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 90y

14:30 Punchestown

Foxy Jacks

12st 3lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: M F Morris

4-29 over fences, including Midlands National at Kilbeggan last summer and a Cheltenham cross-country race (3m5f, good to soft) last November, having failed to compete on two earlier attempts at that course; finished third behind Delta Work over C&D in November 2022; struggling a long way from home in the Grand National.

9/2

12

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Foxy Jacks

11st 4lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: M F Morris

Best of his runs on heavy was his win in a maiden hurdle in 2020; fell in the 2022 Topham over these fences; won a Cheltenham cross-country race (3m5f, good to soft) in November, having come a cropper on two earlier attempts at that course, but this 8lb higher mark seems to demand another major career best.

40/1

Form: F/F52P

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 1lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 154

Form & Verdict

Smart novice chaser two seasons back; 613 days off before this term, easily best of four runs since when beaten a neck in a Pertemps qualifier over hurdles but he was pulled up in the Final last month; stays 3m1f and goes well on heavy; that still leaves him with plenty to prove, including as he capsized at the first fence in a big field on reappearance.

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1

4th May 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 104y

16:15 Punchestown

Farouk Dalene

11st 12lb

J: Carl Millar

T: Gordon Elliott

Smart novice chaser two seasons back; 613 days off before this term, easily best of five runs since when beaten a neck in a Pertemps qualifier over hurdles but he was pulled up in the Final last month; 100-1 when pulled up in Irish Grand National.

25/1

14

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Farouk Dalene

11st 1lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Gordon Elliott

Smart novice chaser two seasons back; 613 days off before this term, easily best of four runs since when beaten a neck in a Pertemps qualifier over hurdles but he was pulled up in the Final last month; stays 3m1f and goes well on heavy; that still leaves him with plenty to prove, including as he capsized at the first fence in a big field on reappearance.

66/1

1

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Farouk Dalene

12st 0lb

J: Mr R James

T: Gordon Elliott

Smart novice chaser two seasons back, including bold show in Festival Grade 1; 613 days off before this season; back hurdling on latest start, beaten just a neck by Gaoth Chuil in the Leopardstown qualifier; stays 3m1f and goes well on heavy; 9yo but 6-13 under rules and needs major respect.

16/1

Form: B23U-2

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

Placed in major handicaps on his three completions for this yard and the two non-completions weren't his fault, including as the saddle slipped when he was running a big race in last year's renewal; not seen again until his Midlands National second, so he's proved himself at 4m2f on heavy ground; now he has to do it all again four weeks later and the standing start might be a concern for one who used to have problems setting off in his races and still has issues at home, but he's a player if, as connections expect, that latest run improves his fitness.

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2

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Mr Incredible

11st 9lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Placed in major handicaps on his three completions for this yard and the three non-completions weren't his fault, hampered when unseating at the Chair at Aintree last week (10-1); towards rear at the time having been very slow to stride following the standing start; that was four weeks after his Midlands National second (4m2f, heavy) which came after 336 days off; connections thought he'd improve fitness-wise after that run but now it remains to be seen how he's come out of last week's race.

10/1

18

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Mr Incredible

10st 11lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

Placed in major handicaps on his three completions for this yard and the two non-completions weren't his fault, including as the saddle slipped when he was running a big race in last year's renewal; not seen again until his Midlands National second, so he's proved himself at 4m2f on heavy ground; now he has to do it all again four weeks later and the standing start might be a concern for one who used to have problems setting off in his races and still has issues at home, but he's a player if, as connections expect, that latest run improves his fitness.

12/1

Form: -1P33P

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict

Has shown his form over 2m7f on heavy ground this term but took a backward step behind I Am Maximus at Fairyhouse in February and pulled up at Cheltenham (33-1) last month; also pulled up in his two attempts at about 3m6f, so he's not high on the list.

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1st

4

4th May 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 104y

16:15 Punchestown

Minella Crooner

11st 4lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Winner over 2m7f on heavy ground at Wexford last November; not at his best since; a negative that he has been pulled up in his two attempts at about 3m6f; also suffered that fate in Grand National.

16/1

21

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Minella Crooner

10st 10lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: Gordon Elliott

Has shown his form over 2m7f on heavy ground this term but took a backward step behind I Am Maximus at Fairyhouse in February and pulled up at Cheltenham (33-1) last month; also pulled up in his two attempts at about 3m6f, so he's not high on the list.

66/1

9

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Minella Crooner

11st 7lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Useful chase form as a novice but he was out of sorts in the National Hunt Chase here last year; back on track when winning a Listed race on return and he bettered that when a good third in a Grade 3 at Tramore (also 2m7f, heavy) on New Year's Day; not the same force either side of that but still has possibilities.

25/1

Form: /P-177 C

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 9lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict

Probably acts on heavy; won twice at 2m5f over these fences in the 2021-2022 season but fell at the Chair when he tried 3m2f that December; also pulled up in that season's Welsh National and his successful return this winter from a long layoff was at 2m4f (not so good since); that leaves a big question mark over his stamina, to set against his trainer's good record at this meeting.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

23

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Mac Tottie

10st 9lb

J: James Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

Probably acts on heavy; won twice at 2m5f over these fences in the 2021-2022 season but fell at the Chair when he tried 3m2f that December; also pulled up in that season's Welsh National and his successful return this winter from a long layoff was at 2m4f (not so good since); that leaves a big question mark over his stamina, to set against his trainer's good record at this meeting.

50/1

3

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

16:30 Ascot

Mac Tottie

11st 12lb

J: James Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

Tailed off over hurdles at Doncaster three weeks ago but chasing is his game nowadays and he won at Aintree (2m4f, soft) on Boxing Day when back from a long absence; stayed this far earlier in his career and has won on good/good to soft; not discounted now back over fences.

10/1

7th

1

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 2

14:05 Doncaster

Mac Tottie

12st 0lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Peter Bowen

towards rear, headway before 7th

9/1

Form: 142P-6

Last run: 206 days

W: 10st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict

Second in the 3m6f NH Chase at Cheltenham (soft; unproven on heavy) last March; however, he pulled up after bad blunders in the Irish National next time and was again none too fluent when below-form sixth of 17 in the Kerry National in September on his only start this season; it's not been a copybook build-up.

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24

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Chemical Energy

10st 9lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Second in the 3m6f NH Chase at Cheltenham (soft; unproven on heavy) last March; however, he pulled up after bad blunders in the Irish National next time and was again none too fluent when below-form sixth of 17 in the Kerry National in September on his only start this season; it's not been a copybook build-up.

40/1

6th

4

20th Sep 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

16:25 Listowel

Chemical Energy

11st 4lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Is 2-6 over fences, wins achieved in a 2m1f beginners' event here 12 months ago and in a poorly contested Cheltenham event; chance in a race of this nature is signposted by his second placing in the 3m6f National Hunt Chase; effectively lost his chance in the Irish Grand National with a bad mistake five out.

10/1

Form: P5-220

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict

Made all on chase debut (2m2f) in late 2022 and recovered his form when second on heavy ground at Limerick (2m3f) and Gowran Park (3m1f Thyestes won by Ain't That A Shame; made most) on first two starts this season; weakened right out of it at Cheltenham (2m4f) latest but the Thyestes run means he needs a second look.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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3

4th May 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 104y

16:15 Punchestown

Glengouly

11st 6lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Made all on chase debut (2m2f) in late 2022 before losing form; back near best on seasonal debut when second on heavy ground at Limerick; made a lot of the running when second to Ain't That A Shame in the Thyestes; poor run in a Cheltenham festival handicap, weakening when unseated at 27th in Grand National.

8/1

29

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Glengouly

10st 7lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: W P Mullins

Made all on chase debut (2m2f) in late 2022 and recovered his form when second on heavy ground at Limerick (2m3f) and Gowran Park (3m1f Thyestes won by Ain't That A Shame; made most) on first two starts this season; weakened right out of it at Cheltenham (2m4f) latest but the Thyestes run means he needs a second look.

66/1

16th

4

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Glengouly

11st 8lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Made the running and was never seriously threatened on chase debut (2m2f, yielding) in late 2022 but career went off the rails later; recovered form in handicaps at 2m3f and 3m1f (also on heavy) of late, running up against a course specialist in the former and answering the stamina question with a bold effort since; likely to need extra back down in trip off this mark.

14/1

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