Timeform pick out three bets from Aintree on Saturday...
"He is 8 ln higher in a better race now, but the feeling is he has more to offer..."
Debece has been absent since finishing a close-up third in the Grade 1 Sefton Novices' Hurdle at this meeting a year ago, but that well-being worry aside, the handicapper has given him a major chance if he can return at that level. Dream Berry caught the eye in the Martin Pipe on his reappearance and could easily be the gamble of the race given his connections, with Mr Big Shot also of interest.
It hasn't taken Thomas Patrick long to establish himself a much better chaser than hurdler and he remains one to keep on the right side. His only blip came when seemingly failing to stay in the Devon National at Exeter in February (reportedly suffered an overreach during the race), but he quickly got back on the up at Newbury last time, giving his rivals a jumping lesson. He is 8 ln higher in a better race now, but the feeling is he has more to offer, and is fancied to make it three wins out of four starts over fences. Fellow novices Rocklander and Ibis du Rheu both ran well in the Close Brothers handicap at the Cheltenham Festival last month and they head the dangers.
Not enough use was made of Sam Spinner's stamina in the Stayers' at Cheltenham last month and he could be hard to reel in if given a more aggressive ride here on likely heavy ground which will suit his cause. Wholestone was in front of the selection at Cheltenham and looks sure to give another good account, while Lil Rockerfeller will also have his conditions and may prove best of the remainder.