The Marsh Chase at Aintree on Friday sees Joseph O’Brien’s Fakir D’oudairies aiming to secure a third consecutive win. O’Brien opted to keep the eight-year-old fresh for the hat-trick bid and did not run him at Cheltenham. The Ryanair Chase third and fourth, Hitman and French Dynamite, along with Donald McCain’s Minella Drama and Paul Nicholls-trained Pic D’Orhy are among the potential runners.
Gordon Elliott’s Gerri Colombe will look to bounce back to winning ways in the Air Charter Services Mildmay Novices’ Chase after suffering his first defeat at Cheltenham, going down narrowly to The Real Whacker in the Brown Advisory. Willie Mullins’ Bronn, who outran his 50-1 odds in that race in third place, may take on the runner-up again. Meanwhile, Stage Star, the Turners Novices’ Chase winner at Cheltenham, has the option of stepping up in trip.
In the Poundland Top Novices’ Hurdle, Jamie Snowden’s Festival hero You Wear It Well could challenge the boys. With Nicky Henderson’s Luccia also in contention, the race has 28 entries. Tahmuras, Strong Leader, Chasing Fire and Rare Edition, who made no impression in the Supreme at Cheltenham, will be looking to bounce back. Meanwhile, the likes of Hullnback, Altobelli, Parramount and Nemean Lion have looked impressive in lesser grades.
Mullins has the top four in the weights for the Randox Supports Race Against Dementia Topham Handicap Chase in Haut En Couleurs, Burrows Saint, Ciel De Neige and Fan De Blues. Gavin Cromwell’s prolific winner Final Orders, Sam Thomas’ Grand Sefton hero Al Dancer and Dan Skelton’s Ashtown Lad are other major fancies, along with Gesskille for Oliver Greenall and Josh Guerriero.