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Cheltenham Festival Day 4 Race Previews & Tips (Friday)
Yahoo Sport Australia. Dual Scottish Grand National winner, but he fell at the first last season and probably needs faster ground. Stunning winner at the Cheltenham Festival for a third time and looks a very well-handicapped horse. Proven levels of stamina and no issues with the ground.
Massive chance. Might go well at big odds. Largely struggled this season, but he knows the Aintree terrain pretty well and no surprise if his wily trainer had him spot-on for the big day.
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Won nicely at Haydock in November but pulled up on his last two starts and needs to find something extra special to get involved. Not an ideal preparation, but he has plenty of admirers and is definitely capable of having a big say following a reassuring comeback at Newbury. Interesting horse if back to the form that saw him win the Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock. Sparingly campaigned since finishing ninth last year, but needs to take a huge step up on his two runs this season.
Disappointing when pulled up in the Thyestes last time, but his previous second to Anibale Fly makes him one for the shortlist and he has once again been campaigned for this race. Beaten a long way by Tiger Roll at Cheltenham and hard to see him making up the distance.
Classy in his younger days, not shown much this year and not a player. Looks likely to be suited by the distance after running a fine trial at Punchestown and will want for nothing in the saddle with Katie Walsh booked. Scored his first win in three years at Sandown back in January and while talented on his day, he does need things to fall right for him.
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A former Gold Cup winner, he was an eyecatching seventh in the National last year after a troubled run off a 3lb higher mark, but only one run since. Will stay all day and should give Bryony Frost a nice National introduction, but might lack the necessary class.
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Has dropped down the ratings a fair bit, but has jumped round Aintree before and ran well at Cheltenham last time. Pulled up last time, hard to see him bouncing back here.