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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