The Cheltenham memories are fading and it's full steam ahead to the year's other massive National Hunt festival - Aintree's Grand National meeting between April 9-11. As ever Paul Nicholls will take a strong team to Liverpool with his eyes on the main prizes including a pair of live contenders for the big one...
Choice Quotes from Paul...
“He is in really good order.”
“We have trained him for the race. Ran very well last year and he is a much better horse this year.”
“I think he’s in the form of his life.”
“He loves a flat track, probably better left-handed, the Topham is perfect for him.”
As De Mee
“I think he is an improving young horse and will run really tidy.”
Here are Paul's thoughts on National pair Unioniste and Rocky Creek, Liverpool Hurdle contender Zarkandar, Topham Chase fancy Ruben Cotter and As De Mee, who will go in Saturday's Mersey Hurdle.