The likeable grey is slightly on a recovery mission at the moment, not winning in any of his previous 5 starts, his last success came back at his beloved Haydock in November 2020 in the Betfair Chase when beating Clan Des Obeaux and Lostintranslation.
He has been contesting in some decent contests this season and still running well with a lot of weight on his back, including a Grand National Trial at Haydock last time out in February, where he finished 2nd of 11 runners, beaten by a very progressive type in The Galloping Bear.
He ran superbly that day when carrying almost a stone and a half to the winner, and almost more than that to the rest of the field. He is level weights with all of these today but does need to bounce back to form to really land a blow in this, as he does look to be the regressive horse in this contest.
That doesn’t stop people cheering him on however, as I’m sure he will have a lot of fans turning up to Aintree to watch him in this race, hopefully he can bounce back and run well again.
The Grand National obviously isn’t an option again, it looks like he will stay well but would be carrying a huge weight in the centrepiece race, which looks like it would be the best option for the horse’s welfare.