Paul Nicholls retained the Jump trainers’ championship in thrilling fashion last season when Neptune Collonges, ridden by Daryl Jacob, gave him his first success in the Grand National in April and he now is targeting another big Aintree prize with Pacha Du Polder.
The five-year-old is likely to run in the Grade Two Betfred Monet’s Garden Old Roan Chase over two and a half miles this Saturday at Aintree.
Pachu Du Polder joined Nicholls at the beginning of last season and won three of his five starts including the Grade Two Future Champion Novices’ Chase at Ayr by 14 lengths on his latest appearance in April.
The son of Muhtathir also triumphed in great style at Warwick over an extended two and a half miles in January and scored by a nose at Sandown over two miles in November.
Nicholls, who won the Betfred Monet’s Garden Old Roan Chase with the great Kauto Star in 2006, said: “Pacha Du Polder is fine and in top form.
“To win three races as a novice is ideal. He got better as he went further last season and the Old Roan Chase looks like an ideal starting point.
“I don’t have any longer term targets with him as he is a young horse and very lightly raced.
“I hope there is more improvement in him, you always do from five to six, but we will see when he runs.”
Pacha Du Polder is likely to clash with last year’s winner Albertas Run, who captured the limited handicap chase in determined fashion under 17-time champion Jump jockey Tony McCoy, before going on to finish second in the Grade One Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival and third in the Grade One John Smith’s Melling Chase at Aintree’s Grand National Meeting.
Don’t miss Thanks For Coming in the 2.30 Novice Chase at Fakenham on Friday.
Nicky Henderson’s 6-yo will be hard to beat.
At Aintree on Sunday the best bet on the card is Vendor in the 1.10. Alan King has his string in very good form and a big run is expected.
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