Final 12 months’s Grand Nationwide fourth Blaklion cruised to victory for Nigel Twiston-Davies and jockey Gavin Sheehan in testing circumstances at Aintree.
BLAKLION set the document straight over Aintree’s Nationwide fences as he strolled to a comfortable victory within the Randox Well being Becher Chase at Aintree.
Nigel Twiston-Davies was left dreaming because the eight-year-old gave followers of the closely supported 7-Four favorite little to fret about, wanting the winner a number of fences out earlier than he stormed clear to win by 9 lenghts.
The Final Samuri, runner-up within the 2016 Grand Nationwide, was again in second, with previous Becher Chase stalwart Highland Lodge again in third.
Final 12 months’s Grand Nationwide fourth didn’t put a foot flawed underneath Gavin Sheehan and he was minimize throughout the board for the April showpiece by the bookmakers.
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Twiston-Davies told ITV Racing: “It was a superb round of jumping, but it’s a relief to see him win. We had a brilliant jumper fall in an earlier race so it’s lovely when they go round like that.
“It was exactly what we’d hoped for. He didn’t seem to quite get home in the National last year, but we dropped back a mile and our prayers have been answered.
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“Others will come out of the woodwork for the National I’m sure, but he must have a very good chance if we ride him a bit more restrained, like we did today – we’ve only got eight lengths to find.
“I’ll think about how we get there, he might wait for the Grand National Trial at Haydock and then the National. We’ll think about the Gold Cup, but hopefully we’ve got that sorted (with Bristol De Mai).”
Gas Line Boy, fifth in last season’s Grand National, thrived for a drop in trip to claim the 188Bet Grand Sefton Handicap Chase at Aintree for Ian Williams and jockey Robbie Dunne.
Williams tweeted: “Gas Line Boy confirmed his love of the National fences. He finished a gallant fifth in the Grand National in April and he’ll be trained for the big one again.
“All being well, he’ll go next in the £100,000 32Red Veterans’ Final at Sandown Park on January 6.”