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LEONCAVALLO (5.15) can give a good account in Aintree's concluding two-mile handicap hurdle restricted to conditional and amateur jockeys.
The gelding produced a creditable sixth in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham under today's rider Fergus Gillard and Leoncavallo was a fair sort on the level, running sixth to Great White Shark in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket. Henry de Bromhead's Bold Enough split smart Pure Genius and Mitchouka at Downpatrick 19 days ago and is open to some improvement as that was his first outing in six months.
The 2m 5f Topham Chase is always a magnificent spectacle, with 28 runners tackling the Grand National fences. Willie and Patrick Mullins can team up to great effect with LIVELOVELAUGH (4.05), twice placed at Leopardstown in February/March. The 11-year-old was still in the firing line before weakening from three out in the 2019 Grand National and this shorter trip is more suitable.
JP McManus’ Modus scored here in November and returned the following month to post a solid third to Beau Bay on ground that may have been too testing. Ibleo, third to Sky Pirate at Cheltenham, has a stiff task under top weight but is well worth a try at this longer distance. Visioman has been the subject of support running for Henry de Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore, while Morning Vicar can go well for the Henderson team. Generous each-way terms are available with most firms.
Cheltenham third Bravemansgame is a worthy favourite in the 3m 1f novices’ hurdle. His bid for a four-timer came unstuck behind Bob Olinger in the Ballymore Hurdle but that level of form sets the bar high. OSCAR ELITE (4.40) looked stamina-laden when chasing home Vanillier in the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham and holds third-placed Streets Of Doyen and others on that effort. He may represent a bit of each-way value against Bravemansgame.
Blackmore teams up with the Emmet Mullins-trained Cape Gentleman and her mount was last seen beating Calico over an inadequate two miles at Kempton in February. He could improve a bundle over this much longer trip.
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