BEAKSTOWN was sec­ond in a bumper at Kemp­ton last sea­son. The win­ner (Com­manche Red) has since won im­pres­sively at Fon­twell. He’s go­ing to go novice hur­dling but, re­ally, he’s a chaser in the mak­ing. He’s a very nice horse and we think he can take a high rank over hur­dles.


WA­TERS is a fine big chaser in the mak­ing.

He runs at Aintree to­day over fences for the first time. He ran very well in the Al­bert Bartlett Hur­dle at the Chel­tenham Fes­ti­val last

did noth­ing but progress last year for me. He has won all of his six starts over fences, and I would say he’s still im­prov­ing. Ruth (Jef­fer­son, his trainer) is get­ting him ready for the King George at Kemp­ton on Box­ing Day. He’s got ev­ery­thing. A very ex­cit­ing and tal­ented horse. CLOUDY DREAM has loads of abil­ity but he’s not had the rub of the green. He wants some nice ground and a race over two-and-a-half miles to show his best. He will come on for his run

BLACK CORTON is al­ways a plea­sure to ride, he’s my best mate. He’s made me who I am in my ca­reer. I owe ev­ery­thing to him. Ob­vi­ously, we now have the three-mile hand­i­cap chases he can run in this sea­son. He’s come out of his re­cent race at Wetherby (sec­ond to Definitly Red) in a happy frame of mind and is ab­so­lutely fine. I can’t wait for him to get back on the track. PRESENT MAN

gives you the feel like you are sit­ting on the top of the world with him. It was a fairy tale when he won last year’s Badger Ales Chase at Wincanton. Can light­ning strike twice when he runs in to­day’s race? It does some­times and that’s what I will hold on to. To ride MILANSBAR

round Aintree again in the Grand Na­tional for trainer Neil King would be some­thing spe­cial. We fin­ished fifth last sea­son, be­hind Tiger Roll and he made three places on the run-in. It was a pretty cool thing. If the Ir­ish don’t turn up (Ir­ish­trained horses filled the first four places in last sea­son’s Na­tional) who knows what will hap­pen. Hey, look, it’s the most un­pre­dictable race.

RIVER RUNS DEEP: Richard John­son hopes for Gold Cup en­core with Na­tive River. In­set, Milansbar

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