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Paul Nicholls: The verdict on my day two runners at the Grand National meeting

Betfair Ambassador Paul Nicholls will saddle four runners at Aintree on Friday
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Paul Nicholls has a quartet of winning chances on day two of the Grand National meeting including a strong contender in the Topham, and here the Betfair Ambassador gives his exclusve views on his four runners...


"As De Mee is a fabulous jumper who looked as though he was made for Aintree that day, so I deliberately by-passed the Cheltenham Festival with him to keep him fresh for this. Major chance."

- Paul Nicholls on As De Mee

Aintree 13:40 - Zubayr

Hasn't progressed as I expected this season since falling when still in with half a chance at the last flight in the Elite Hurdle at Wincanton early in November.

He has been out of sorts for a while but is in better form at home now and I've been waiting to run him on this drier ground which I suspect could be the key to him.

I'm looking for an improved showing now from Zubayr who should be well suited by this trip of two and a half miles.


Aintree 14:20 - High Secret

I was tickled pink by the way he fought back to win 18 days ago at Taunton where he travelled well, before putting his seal on the race.

While he has won six times on the flat for Sir Mark Prescott and stays well he is the least experienced novice in this line up so stepping him up to this Grade 1 presents a much stiffer task altogether.

Yet it is not the strongest field I've ever seen for this race and the more I look at it the more I think he can he be involved at the finish.


Aintree 16:05 - Bouvreuil

Has performed tidily each time this season and ran a cracker at the Cheltenham Festival three weeks ago where he seemed to relish the drier ground and stayed on strongly in the closing stages to finish third behind Road To Respect in the handicap plate.

He has come out of that race in good form, jumps soundly and should give Sam Twiston-Davies an exciting ride over these fences ahead of Saturday's Grand National.

I've always felt Bouvreuil would be suited by a race like this and am expecting another big run from him.


Aintree 16:05 - As De Mee

This has been the target for him ever since he won the Grand Sefton over course and distance early in December.

He travelled and jumped like a dream for Sean Bowen, leading two out before buckling down on the flat to hold the challenge of Seefood by five lengths.

As De Mee is a fabulous jumper who looked as though he was made for Aintree that day, so I deliberately by-passed the Cheltenham Festival with him to keep him fresh for this. Major chance.


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