Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

ALL PRESENT AND CORRECT; Ditcheat Flyer to Relish Big Aintree Fences in Becher Showdown Forest Can Be Treemendous in Sefton Test

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

ALL PRESENT AND CORRECT; Ditcheat Flyer to Relish Big Aintree Fences in Becher Showdown Forest Can Be Treemendous in Sefton Test

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Byline: garry owen

PRESENT MAN (1.30) looks gift-wrapped in the Becher Chase over the famous Grand National fences at Aintree.

Paul Nicholls' eight-year-old was a Grade 2 winner as a novice in 2016 and has progressed into a high-quality handicapper over the past couple of seasons.

The gelding looked better than ever when slamming Sumkindofking with a potent display of jumping and galloping in the Badger Ales Trophy at Wincanton TURN TO PAGE TWO FROM PAGE ONE last time. The Ditcheat raider is tailor-made for the demands of this unique challenge and can leave some classy rivals trailing in his wake under Bryony Frost.

One For Arthur makes his long-awaited return in the Many Clouds Chase but I'll have to take him on with the race-fit DEFINITLY RED (2.05).

Brian Ellison's gelding is a proven Grade 2 performer and he returned with an easy win over the talented Black Corton in the Charlie Hall at Wetherby.

The nine-year-old has to give 6lbs to his three rivals but he has a respectable record here and can follow up last year's success in this 3m 1f showpiece.

Gordon Elliott can enjoy another big winner in the UK Apple's Shakira can be flavour of the month in big handicap hurdle at Sandown.

with SMILING ELIZA (2.40) in the Betway Fillies' Juvenile Hurdle.

The three-year-old developed into a classy novice over the summer and recorded another personal best when hammering Our Legend at Punchestown in October.

The filly should be fighting fit after a spin on the level at Leopardstown and can earn some valuable Black Type with further progress on the cards.

FOREST DES AIGLES (3.15) can give Lucinda Russell another famous winner over the big fences in the Grand Sefton.

The seven-year-old has been upwardly mobile as a chaser and jumped like a stag when hacking up from Monbeg River at Ayr.

This is obviously tougher but he is still nicely unexposed in this sphere and will be trained to the minute by Team Arlary. …

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