In the Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase, last year’s winner Ultragold could go very close once again.
Colin Tizzard’s chaser seems to come alive over the Grand National fences and confirmed the point when chasing home Gas Line Boy, again over the course and distance, in the Grand Sefton Chase in early December.
While well beaten in two starts at Cheltenham since, Ultragold is nowhere near as effective these days on ‘park’ courses and will undoubtedly have been primed for this repeat bid.
Theatre Territory, a very consistent mare this season who possibly didn’t quite get home over three miles at Kempton last time behind Master Dee, looks one of the main dangers under Sam Waley Cohen who boasts an excellent record on this course.
Meanwhile, Highland Lodge is another for whom Aintree lights a candle but Jimmy Moffatt’s veteran, who has won and been placed in three Becher Chases (3m2f), might find this shorter trip on the sharp side.
Tip: Ultragold (12/1)