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Saturday 16 December 2017

Possol looks made for glory

The publication of the Grand National weights often coincides with a spate of horses suddenly showing their true mettle over fences. A fair few engaged in the Aintree spectacular turn out at Doncaster in the Grimthorpe Chase (3.25), for which Comply Or Die, the 2008 Grand National winner and runner-up last year, heads the weights.

Cloudy Lane is another striving to boost his big-race credentials, but the call here is Possol. This Aintree-bound seven-year-old, which has been bullying younger horses in novice hurdles of late, has plenty going for him here.

Among the positives is Richard Johnson, who has won twice and finished second twice from four rides aboard the horse. Possol has most to fear from the lightly weighted Wogan.

And if the day goes badly, a decent saver obligingly presents itself in the concluding handicap chase (5.15) at Town Moor. Some in-form horses take their chance, notably Pret A Thou, whose forcing tactics have won him his last three starts.

However, Pret A Thou will find it hard to burn off Doctor David, which led at the final fence in a more competitive event over the course and distance last time out. Caroline Bailey's two-mile specialist is lethal at his best, which he looks ready to deliver in a strongly run race that should set up to his advantage.

Irish Independent

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