The Old Roan Chase is the feature on a cracking card, and we’ve put together all the latest odds and trainer quotes for you right here.
1. Frodon – Paul Nicholls/Bryony Frost (11-2)
Classy performer on his day and won by a huge margin at Cheltenham in January.
Not overly big but a good jumper and Paul Nicholls has started the season strongly.
First run since a wind op, so a big run looks on the cards.
2. Cloudy Dream – Donald McCain/Brian Hughes (11-4)
Possibly a shade unlucky not to win this race last year and held his form well thereafter.
Rare flop in a hot Grade 1 at the Grand National meeting when last seen and has since switched to this yard.
Brings a very high level of form to the table and looks the one to beat.
Donald McCain on Cloudy Dream
“Obviously he’s a high-quality horse. We’re very happy with him. His work has gone well and he’s ready to get started.
“(He’s a) tough horse, but there aren’t that many places for him to go and this is a nice place to get him going.”
3. Javert – Emma Lavelle/Adam Wedge (7-1)
Impressed with the manner of his victory at Uttoxeter last month.
That effort came after a lengthy lay-off, so the bounce factor is a concern.
Needs to raise his game to figure, but has plenty of untapped potential.
Emma Lavelle on Javert
“We were thrilled with him at Uttoxeter having been off the track for so long.
“He came out of that really well and he seems very fresh and good in himself. The plan would be to head for the BetVictor at Cheltenham, but I couldn’t keep him over ticking over until late November him being so fresh and well in himself.
“We’re heading to Aintree as a pre-cursor for going to Cheltenham. He’s a smashing horse, he’s big and strong.
“He handled two and a half miles round Uttoxeter and hopefully it should be all right him round Aintree.
“It’s another step up in class and we’re keeping our fingers crossed.”
4. Voix D’Eau – Lucinda Russell/Callum Bewley (12-1)
In good heart at present and won bravely at Southwell when last sighted.
His best form has generally come on a sound surface, so gets his conditions here.
Needs more for the win on stable debut, though.
5. Flying Angel – Nigel Twiston-Davies/Sam Twiston-Davies (11-2)
Won a Grade 1 at this track at a novice chaser two seasons ago.
Has generally struggled since then having been well-beaten in the Topham here in April.
Good record fresh, though, and this is his second start after a wind op.
6. Templehills – Nigel Twiston-Davies/Daryl Jacob (18-1)
Given a good ride to win a small-field contest at Warwick earlier this month.
Had been in good form in handicaps prior to that latest success and rarely runs a bad race.
Needs to take a huge step forward to figure here, however.
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7. Ramses De Teillee – David Pipe/Tom Scudamore (16-1)
Plenty of rock-solid runs over fences last season, including a good run at the Cheltenham Festival.
Has had a wind op since he was last sighted finishing ninth in a Grade 2 in April.
Lively outsider for shrewd stable.
8. Theo – Dr Richard Newland/Sean Bowen (10-1)
Likeable eight-year-old gained a ninth career success when striking at Worcester last month.
Still lightly raced over fences and he should have more to offer for good yard.
One to consider closely for each-way purposes.
9. Value At Risk – Dan Skelton/Harry Skelton (11-2)
Looked a potential star at one stage in his career but it has been hit and miss of late.
Jumped well and showed plenty of determination when winning at Ayr in the spring.
Yard flying at present and he looks a key contender on form.
Dan Skelton on Value At Risk
“He always goes well fresh.
“He won well last time and we’re happy with him off a low weight.”
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