Aintree-bound Rogue Angel given Becher thumbs-up by Mouse Morris
Rogue Angel, winner of last season's Irish Grand National, is set to have his first taste of Aintree's unique obstacles on Saturday.
The eight-year-old, who enjoyed his finest hour to date at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday, is reported by trainer Mouse Morris to be on target for the Betfred Becher Handicap Chase.
Morris believes Rogue Angel is coming back to his best after needing his first two runs of the autumn in the Munster and Cork Nationals.
"He'll run on Saturday. He'll come on a ton for his last run," said the County Tipperary handler.
"The course should hold no fears for him. He stays well and he jumps well. We're looking forward to it."
Morris sent out Rule The World to win the Grand National in the spring for owners Gigginstown House Stud, who also have the Gordon Elliott-trained Clarcam and Noel Meade's Wounded Warrior among 33 horses confirmed for the Becher at the five-day stage.
Elliott also has Ucello Conti, while other possible Irish raiders are Eric McNamara's Dare To Endeavour, the Patrick Griffin-trained Portrait King and Jim Dreaper's Sizing Coal
Heading the weights is Kim Bailey's The Last Samuri, who was runner-up in last season's Grand National.
Colin Tizzard is enjoying a tremendous season and could rely upon Viconte Du Noyer, who was a good winner of a Cheltenham handicap chase on his first run for the Dorset trainer.
Last year's winner Highland Lodge is being prepared for the race again by his trainer Jimmy Moffatt, while Nigel Twiston-Davies has left in Saturday's Hennessy Gold Cup third Double Ross and Cogry, who was brought down in the Cheltenham race that was won by Viconte Du Noyer.
Other old favourites standing their ground include Alvarado, Gas Line Boy, Saint Are and Midnight Prayer.
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Source: At The Races