SNOW LEOPARD can win the Unibet Becher Handicap Chase (GBB Race) (2:40 p.m.) at Aintree racecourse on Saturday afternoon.
Charlie Longsdon’s progressive mare may come out on top in another exciting renewal of the third year job on the Randox Grand National fences at Aintree.
The nine-year-old will be competing in her first race over the famous obstacles, but seems to have the right attributes to go well.
A good jumper who tends to keep pace, Snow Leopardess had a lot going for her.
She’s won twice in seven pursuit starts, but still has plenty of room for improvement, especially in this single test.
Snow Leopardess won at another Merseyside track, Haydock Park, in his third start over the fences in an extended chase with a 3m1f handicap last November and ran well afterwards without scoring.
She finished a solid fourth behind Galvin in the Novice Pursuit of the Sam Vestey National Hunt Challenge Cup sophomore at the Cheltenham Festival in March, before finishing sixth in the Betway Handicap Chase over the Mildmay Fences at the Grand National Festival in the month following.
She came back with a nice three-mile win at Bangor last month and should be there to take on Aintree’s challenge.
She has a lot to offer and may well win in front of several others who may come closer.
Tom Lacey’s Kimberlite candies has been a finalist in the last two races and is sure to come close again, while the veteran trained by David Pipe Old Red Lion – who has jumped more Grand National obstacles than any other horse in history – could easily get involved despite his years of progress in his 11th start over the big obstacles.
But the biggest dangers for the selection are probably the winner of the Coral Scottish Grand National, Mighty thunder, from the stable of the heroine of Aintree Lucinda Russell, and the goalscorer of the Grand Sefton Chase of Peter Bowen Mac Tottie, who showed a taste for fencing in this win last month.
Dan Skelton’s PROTEKTORATE can win the Grade Two Unibet Many Clouds Chase (GBB Race) (2:05 p.m.).
The six-year-old impressively won the first-year SSS Super Alloys manifesto novice hunt at last season’s Grand National Festival.
And he made a good comeback to be second to Midnight Shadow in the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham and has never been out of the top two in six chase starts.
Riding three extended miles, he can beat better-known rivals as a double national hero Tiger roll and star of the Cheltenham Gold Cup and winner of Many Clouds 2019 Native river.
Irish Raider 6 FEET DISTANT, from the Joseph O’Brien team, can sign two victories in two starts over obstacles in the Listed Unibet Proudly Supported “Racing is Everyone’s Sport” Filies’ Juvenile Hurdle (GBB Race) (1:30 pm).
Winner of the course and distance from Nick Alexander CLAN LEGEND can build on his recent third on his seasonal return to Ayr to win the Unibet Working With Raceday RTV Handicap Chase (GBB Race) (12:55).
The 11-year-old won this race 12 months ago and although he weighs 6 pounds heavier in the handicap he is a consistent player and can come close to back-to-back success.
Olly Murphy’s team remain in great shape today and their BOMBS AWAY may also take two victories in two starts over obstacles in the Unibet “You’re On” Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race) (11:45) following its success at Sandown last month.
Willie mullins ELIMAY won at Naas and Fairyhouse last season and was only narrowly beaten by teammate Colreevy at the Cheltenham Festival. The seven-year-old mare can score again in the Listed Unibet Houghton Mares’ Chase (GBB Race) (12:20).
The others who can win at Aintree are those of Mel Rowley MY BOBBY DAZZLER in the Unibet casino deposit # 10 Get # 40 Novices’ Hurdle (Novices’ Championship Series Qual ‘) (GBB Race) (11:15) and the Lacey-trained SPICY POET in the final, the Unibet – 2021 Horserace Betting Operator Of The Year Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) (3.15 p.m.).
At Sandown, coach Skelton could achieve another big success with NUBE NEGRA in the feature, the Grade One Betfair Tingle Creek Chase (GBB Race) (2:25 p.m.).
The two-mile contest looks really open with the absence of rising star Shishkin.
But Nube Negra – a strong Grade Two Shloer Chase winner at Cheltenham last month – seems the most progressive.
He seems to have the ideal conditions to clinch a first victory at the highest level ahead of Each For Himself.
The Skeltons have another big chance to win with Luck for the third time – but that of Donald McCain DRAMA MINELLA may refuse it in the first year Henry VIII brothers novice race (GBB race).
McCain, like the Skelton team, is in great shape and the six-year-old can bounce back from his first loss in two fencing starts at Carlisle the last time to score.
stable mate NAVAJO PASS – who won at Haydock Park last season – missed a scheduled engagement in Merseyside last month and he can make a winning return to action in the Listed Betfair Daily Rewards Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) (3.35pm).
Colin Tizzard CHRISTMAS IN APRIL is in good shape right now and the nine-year-old can win the Betfair Exchange London National Handicap Chase (GBB Race) (3pm).
11:15 a.m. Bombings
11:45 am My Bobby Dazzler
12:55 Legend of the clan
1:30 p.m. six feet away
2:05 p.m. Protektorat
2:40 p.m. Snow Leopard (NAP)
3.15 p.m. Poet beating
12:05 p.m. Hardkoré
1:15 p.m. City Derby
1:50 p.m. Drama Minella
2:25 p.m. Nube Negra
3 p.m. Christmas in April
3:35 p.m. Navajo Pass
11:52 a.m. Hillcrest
12:27 p.m. Mill Race King
1:02 p.m. Getthepot
13:37 Rocky’s Treasure
2:12 p.m. Ornua
2:47 p.m. Géryville
3:22 p.m. Bounce
23:38 Ask me early
12:12 when you are ready
1:22 p.m. Friend Desbois
1:57 p.m. Géricault Roque
2:32 p.m. Last Royal
3:09 p.m. Bobalot
3:45 p.m. Bertie Blue
4 p.m. Emjayvingttrois
4:30 p.m. Homeric
5 p.m. Navello
5.30 p.m. Muscika
6 p.m. King of the South
6.30 p.m. Warm smile
7 p.m. Onesmooth operator
SUNDAY SEAT: West Street (1:03 p.m. Kelso)