Ni­cholls ace to rel­ish the Ain­tree fences


CHAT­TER­BOX Bry­ony Frost can be the talk of Ain­tree by steer­ing PRESENT MAN (1.30) to suc­cess over the mighty Grand Na­tional fences to­day.

The pair have de­vel­oped a great rap­port in the past year or so with back-to-back wins in the Bad­ger Ales Tro­phy.

The way Present Man made the fences look tiny at Win­can­ton sug­gested he was the per­fect type for Ain­tree and he can strike in the Becher Chase.

Paul Ni­cholls knows what it takes to win the £150,000 con­test hav­ing scored three times and his eight-year-old has the right profile – as long as the heavy ground does not hin­der his jump­ing.

Blak­lion was com­pared to Red Rum after win­ning the Becher a year ago although he had had a prep race. To­day is his sea­sonal bow and it is a big task with top weight to win first time out.

Sta­ble­mate Bal­ly­op­tic could be a bet­ter op­tion if he takes to the fences, while

High­land Lodge is a stand­ing dish in this race (1st, 2nd and 3rd in the past three years) and is good each-way value at 16-1.

FOR­EST DES AIGLES (3.15) will love

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