WITH proven form over the course and distance, Burton Port is fancied to get the better of stablemate Riverside Theatre in a fascinating Betfred Bowl at Aintree.
There is a total of £150,000 |up for grabs in this Grade One contest and a one-two for Nicky Henderson would be a major boost to his chances of being crowned champion trainer.
There is every chance the master of Seven Barrows can achieve this feat, with Riverside Theatre and Burton Port seemingly the two leading contenders.
Barry Geraghty has unsurprisingly sided with Riverside Theatre, who has returned from over a year off the track better than ever.
Burton Port returned from even longer on the sidelines when a narrow second to Long Run in the Denman Chase at Newbury in February and backed that up with a fine fourth in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
With Tony McCoy a more |than able deputy for Geraghty, Burton Port can record a deserved success.
The BGC Partners Liverpool Hurdle looks a far easier puzzle to solve, as it would take the incredible Big Buck’s to run well below par not to record his 17 consecutive victory.
The horse that should be backed to chase the staying great home is Smad Place, who ran the race of his life to finish third in the World Hurdle on his first attempt at three miles.
The other Grade One prize at Aintree is the Matalan Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle. With less of an emphasis on stamina round here, Alan King's Grumeti could well prevail.