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Definitly Red The hand­i­cap­per says he’s 10lb well-in af­ter im­pres­sively win­ning the Grimthorpe Chase for Ir­ish trainer Brian El­li­son af­ter the Na­tional weights had been pub­lished. Red is def­i­nitely the colour, as many peo­ple in Liver­pool will tell you—think of Red Rum, Red Al­li­ga­tor and Red Ma­rauder (2001). Sil­ver (Birch and Ni­co­laus, 1961) is the only other colour to get a look in

Vieux Lion Rouge (above) Red again. Al­ready a win­ner (of the Becher Chase) over the Ain­tree fences for Somerset trainer David Pipe, he was sixth a year ago aged seven and is likely to start favourite af­ter win­ning Hay­dock’s Na­tional trial. If he wins, another Scu­d­amore (jockey Tom) will be added to the hon­ours board 57 years af­ter his grand­fa­ther Michael won on Oxo

One for Arthur And one for Scot­land? Sure to be sup­ported by Arthurs and pun­ters north of the bor­der, he has a sound jump­ing record. He’s trained near Kin­ross in Tay­side by Lucinda Rus­sell, part­ner of for­mer cham­pion jockey Peter Scu­d­amore, who never won the race, and owned by two ladies who call them­selves the Golf Wi­d­ows for ob­vi­ous rea­sons

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