SENIOR CITIZEN can make it third time lucky over the Grand National fences with a victory in the Betway Grand Sefton Handicap Chase (2.15) at Aintree.
Punters get their first taste of action over the world-famous obstacles as the two-mile, five-furlong test, formerly run in December, takes its new place in the calendar.
And Alan King’s gelding – despite his name, a mere eight years old – has the profile to get the better of his 13 opponents to take the £41,152 first prize back to Barbury Castle.
Having his first sight over the National fences in this race last year, Senior Citizen finished well beaten in seventh behind Beau Bay.
But there was much more to like about his third to Willie Mullins’ all-the-way scorer Livelovelaugh in the Topham Chase over the same course and distance in April.
On his return to the fray three weeks ago, Adrian Heskin’s mount posted a personal best with a two-length success in a big-money handicap chase at Market Rasen.
Senior Citizen still has further progress to draw upon and a 5lb rise for his comeback looks within range.
SAM COOKE can make it a Wonderful World for punters with a victory in Doncaster’s Virgin Bet November Handicap (2.40).
After returning to winning form over a mile and a half at York’s Ebor meeting in August, the Ralph Beckett-trained son of Pour Moi stayed on well to take second to Injazati over two furlong shorter at Newbury next time.
The step back up in distance here will be of a benefit to Rob Hornby’s mount, who is proven on rain-softened ground.
At Wincanton, SOME CHAOS is the selection for the 60th Badger Beer Handicap Chase (3.00).
Little went right for Kim Bailey’s son of Brian Boru when he came home fifth in this race 12 months ago, and a comeback score at Chepstow – on the back of wind surgery – promised much for the winter.
TEONA can shine on racing’s biggest stage with a victory in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (11.40) at Del Mar.
Roger Varian, whose CV currently lacks a win at the self-styled ‘World Championships’, always believed the daughter of Sea The Stars to be capable of mixing it with the best, and Teona proves her trainer right when lowering Snowfall’s colours in the Group 1 Prix Vermeille at Longchamp in September.
Kevin Ryan, triumphant with Glass Slippers at Keeneland 12 months ago, has a strong runner for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (7.40) in the shape of EMARAATY ANA.
The five-year-old continued his resurgence with a short-head call over Starman in the top-level Sprint Cup at Haydock last time out and this test should suit.
Soft ground ruled David Egan’s mount out of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, but the faster racing surface in California is just what Teona needs.
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