ALAN nabbed a 5-1 winner in Thursday's final race at Aintree and looks to pick up where he left off with a tip for all seven of Friday's contests.
BRIO CONTI has put a long absence well behind him and ran an excellent fourth to William Henry and Wicklow Brave in the Coral Cup, moving sweetly into contention and hitting the front briefly at the last flight. Steady rain got into the ground yesterday and the Paul Nicholls-trained gelding has form on a deep surface.
ARAMON has something to find with a couple of his rivals on Supreme Novices’ Hurdle form but the Willie Mullins yard was in great nick yesterday. Aramon faded into sixth spot behind stablemate Klassical Dream, getting a rear view of Itchy Feet (third) and Felix Desjy (fifth), but his earlier Leopardstown form entitles him to respect.
TOPOFTHEGAME is the form choice in the Betway Mildmay Novices’ Chase on the strength of his RSA Chase verdict over Santini and Delta Work at Cheltenham. Lostintranslation is a worthy opponent and went down with all guns blazing behind Defi Du Seuil at the festival.
WAITING PATIENTLY has got the soft ground he needs in the JLT Chase and can master Politilogue and Min, the first two home after a rare old scrap last year. Waiting Patiently was unfortunate to be unseated in the King George at Kempton and was a spent force in the straight after trying to chase down imperious Cyrname at Ascot. He is top drawer on his day.
JANIKA has gone up 6lb for his game second to Siruh Du Lac at Cheltenham but will love the testing ground in the Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase. Nicky Henderson’s ex-French gelding has no easy task under a big weight, with 30 runners declared, so take advantage of the best each-way terms.
CHAMP found City Island too strong in the 2m 5f Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham but has every chance of staying the extra yardage in the Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle. He has carried the JP McManus colours with distinction on soft ground in the past and wins the vote over unbeaten Emitom, Dallas Des Pictons and Lisnagar Oscar.
McFABULOUS has won two out of three for the Nicholls operation and has an obvious shout in the bumper. Colin Tizzard’s Master Debonair was a bit disappointing behind Envoi Allen at Cheltenham but that was a hotter contest. Unbeaten Irish mare Santa Rossa is probably best of the raiding contingent.