The Last Samuri    Form: 12-532    (T: K Bailey / J: D Bass)    Age: 9   Weight: 11st 10lbs

Consistent runner who was second in the race last year. Up plenty in the weights on his return and it could be just asking too much at top weight. Good jumper and solid place claims.

More Of That    Form: -P36U6    (T: Jonjo O'Neill / J: B Geraghty)    Age: 9   Weight: 11st 6lbs

Some classy form in the book but has not been without problems. Sixth in the Gold Cup but he makes too many mistakes to be a genuine contender.

Shantou Flyer    Form: 529142    (T: Miss R Curtis / J: J Moore)    Age: 7   Weight: 11st 5lbs

An improver this season but the seven year old tag is a huge negative. Winner of a Grade 3 handicap chase at Cheltenham on New Year's Day.

Perfect Candidate    Form: 1-02P1    (T: F O'Brien / J: P Brennan)    Age: 10   Weight: 11st 5lbs

Good win at Exeter on last start but has gone up 6lbs as a result and might struggle off that mark in such a competitive race.

Saphir Du Rheu    Form: -3F215    (T: P Nicholls / J: S Twiston-Davies)    Age: 8   Weight: 11st 5lbs

5th in the Gold Cup he'd be well treated here based on that run. Winner of the Mildmay here at Aintree two years ago his jumping may be a bit suspect which would be a worry.

Roi Des Francs    Form: 320541    (T: G Elliott / J: J Kennedy)    Age: 8   Weight: 11st 3lbs

Winner last time out but he's rated high enough given some of the performances he's put in this season. Would be a surprise to see him feature at the sharp end.

Wounded Warrior    Form: 6-406P    (T: N Meade / J: S Flanagan)    Age: 8   Weight: 11st 2lbs

Beat last year's winner as a novice in 2015 but that was his last win. This season's form doesn't inspire confidence either. Easy to put a line through.

Wonderful Charm    Form: P7-112    (T: P Nicholls / J: Ms K Walsh)    Age: 9   Weight: 11st 2lbs

Decent novice but spent some time in the wilderness, pulling up in this race last year. Rejuvenated as a hunter chaser this season and possible each-way claims at a big price.

Tenor Nivernais    Form: -34312    (T: Miss V Williams / J: A Coleman)    Age: 10   Weight: 11st 1lbs

Hacked up in a Listed contest at Ascot but failed to convert when odds on off 152 and doesn't look well treated on that evidence. A big price.

Blaklion    Form: 3-4532    (T: N Twiston-Davies / J: N Fehily)    Age: 8   Weight: 11st 1lbs

Big claims for last year's RSA Chase winner. Better ground would be advantageous and mark looks decent compared with Vieux Lion Rouge whom he finished behind on last start.

Drop Out Joe    Form: 1570-1    (T: C Longsdon / J: T O'Brien)    Age: 9   Weight: 11st 1lbs

Not been seen on the course since winning a Listed race at Uttoxeter last June. Some decent form in the book but runs off a career high mark here.

Le Mercurey    Form: -32523    (T: P Nicholls / J: S Bowen)    Age: 7   Weight: 11st

Chased home Native River in the Denman Chase which looked decent form but a poor run in his prep at Kelso last time. This year may come too soon for this 7yo.

The Young Master    Form: 31-F06    (T: N Mulholland / J: S Waley-Cohen)    Age: 8   Weight: 10st 13lbs

Runs off same mark as he had when landing the Bet365 Gold Cup last April. Faller in the Becher Chase a negative but ran well at Cheltenham last time out. Each-way claims.

Cause Of Causes    Form: -5P051    (T: G Elliott / J: J Codd)    Age: 9   Weight: 10st 13lbs

Has won at the last three Cheltenham Festivals including the Cross Country last month. Sure to be a popular selection, finished eighth in the race two years ago.

Regal Encore    Form: -2PP1P    (T: A Honeyball / J: R Power)    Age: 9   Weight: 10st 13lbs

Has some good form in the book alongside plenty of PU. A winner of a Listed race at Ascot in December and close second behind Pleasant Company in a big handicap at Punchestown last season.

Vieux Lion Rouge    Form: 267-11    (T: D Pipe / J: T Scudamore)    Age: 8   Weight: 10st 12lbs

Well backed due to winning two big trials at Haydock and over the National fences in the Becher Chase in December. Trainer won this race with Comply Or Die in 2008.

Definitly Red    Form: -131U1    (T: B Ellison / J: D Cook)    Age: 8   Weight: 10st 12lbs

Leading fancy thanks to a hugely impressive win in the Grimthorpe last time, beating the ever consistent The Last Samuri by fourteen lengths. Bound to attract support on the day.

Ucello Conti    Form: -74724    (T: G Elliott / J: D Jacob)    Age: 9   Weight: 10st 12lbs

Sixth in the race last year and had a good spin before a couple of notable blunders. If his jumping holds he could have a major say for the trainer who won with Silver Birch in 2007.

Double Shuffle    Form: -2P512    (T: T George / J: A P Heskin)    Age: 7   Weight: 10st 12lbs

A winner over three miles at Kempton over Christmas and then backed that up with a good second in the Betbright Cup at the same course. Aintree should suit and the trainer has had this race earmarked for some time.

Houblon Des Obeaux    Form: P-3484    (T: Miss V Williams / J: C Deutsch)    Age: 10   Weight: 10st 12lbs

Rated in the 160's at his best but four below par efforts this season and he most probably won't get his ground this week. Trainer won with Mon Mome in 2009.

Pleasant Company    Form: 3P-141    (T: W Mullins / J: R Walsh)    Age: 9   Weight: 10st 12lbs

Willie Mullins' runner was a winner of a big handicap chase at the Punchestown Festival last season and has run well on both occasions this, winning the Bobbyjo Chase last time. Solid claims.

One For Arthur    Form: 43-151    (T: Miss L Russell / J: D Fox)    Age: 8   Weight: 10st 11lbs

Progressive sort for Scotland who really impressed over three miles and five furlongs winning the Classic Chase at Warwick last time. Can he handle the hike at the weights?

Ballynagour    Form: 722PPP    (T: D Pipe / J: D Noonan)    Age: 11   Weight: 10st 11lbs

Winner at the 2014 Cheltenham Festival but fallen well down the ratings with just one win since then (in France) and pulled up on all three starts this season. Unseated Tom Scudamore in last year's race.

O'Faolains Boy    Form: P87-PP    (T: Miss R Curtis / J: P Townend)    Age: 10   Weight: 10st 11lbs

RSA Chase winner at the 2014 Cheltenham Festival ran a big race for a long time in last year's Gold Cup but two disappointing efforts this season.

Highland Lodge    Form: 721P-2    (T: J Moffatt / J: H Brooke)    Age: 11   Weight: 10st 11lbs

Not getting any younger but lightly raced in recent seasons. Has a good record at Aintree, winning the Becher Chase in 2015 and beaten a shoulder by Vieux Lion Rouge in this season's race.

Bishops Road    Form: UF-403    (T: K Lee / J: J Moore)    Age: 9   Weight: 10st 10lbs

Progressive last season before missing out on a place in last year's National. A first fence faller in the Topham and then another early exit at Sandown that seems to have derailed his confidence.

Lord Windermere    Form: PP/295    (T: J Culloty / J: L Aspell)    Age: 11   Weight: 10st 10lbs

2014 Gold Cup winner but the form didn't really hold up from that renewal and he's not won a race since. Pulled up on his only other start in the National.

Saint Are    Form: 0-53F2    (T: T George / J: D Russell)    Age: 11   Weight: 10st 10lbs

Best years are probably behind him and will be difficult to replicate the second place finish in 2015. Davy Russell is a cracking jockey booking however and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him place again.

Vicente    Form: 1-F669    (T: P Nicholls / J: B Hughes)    Age: 8   Weight: 10st 10lbs

Winner of the Scottish National last season and snapped up by three time winning owner Trevor Hemmings last month. Bound to see some support as a result.

Just A Par    Form: 02-4P1    (T: P Nicholls / J: H Cobden)    Age: 10   Weight: 10st 9lbs

Well beaten in last years race and has a habit of getting too far detached at the back in his races. Good winner at Newbury last month he'll stay all day given the chance.

Measureofmydreams    Form: 3F0-P0    (T: N Meade / J: D Meyler)    Age: 9   Weight: 10st 9lbs

Useful novice but seems to have lost his way over the last twelve months. Third in last season's 4 miler at Cheltenham and that form stacks up. Was sent off a joint favourite for last season's Scottish National before falling.

Raz De Maree    Form: U21722    (T: G Cromwell / J: G Fox)    Age: 12   Weight: 10st 9lbs

Another of the elder statesmen in the race who could run well. A fast finishing second in the Welsh National beaten less than two lengths by Native River in December, he won the Cork National in November.

Stellar Notion    Form: 103242    (T: H De Bromhead / J: D Mullins)    Age: 9   Weight: 10st 8lbs

Interesting runner who has run well this season in Ireland, placing in the Munster National behind subsequent 4-miler winner at Cheltenham plus another two placed efforts in hugely competitive handicaps.

Rogue Angel    Form: 080095    (T: M Morris / J: B Cooper)    Age: 9   Weight: 10st 8lbs

Owned and trained by last year's winning connections and similar profile to Rule The World. Winner of the Irish Grand National last year, a race that's been a good form guide down the years. Big price.

Cocktails At Dawn    Form: F-P4FP    (T: N Henderson / J: N de Boinville)    Age: 9   Weight: 10st 8lbs

Grand National win still alludes trainer Nicky Henderson and it's hard to see that changing with his only entry this year. Hasn't won since October 2015 and done very little right in six races since.

Thunder And Roses    Form: 207226    (T: M Morris / J: M Enright)    Age: 9   Weight: 10st 7lbs

Beat last year's winner in the 2015 Irish Grand National so there's some staying form in the book. Heavily campaigned this season, Saturday's race will be his eighth since last April.

Gas Line Boy    Form: 243144    (T: I Williams / J: R Dunne)    Age: 11   Weight: 10st 7lbs

A faller in the race in 2015, he was a well beaten fourth in the Haydock trial last month. He may stay but his best form to note was a win over two miles, six and a half furlongs at Kelso in December.

Goodtoknow    Form: -8521P    (T: K Lee / J: J Greenall)    Age: 9   Weight: 10st 7lbs

Sneaks in at the bottom. Ran flat in the Haydock trial but put in a career best at Hereford the time before that and was beaten six lengths behind One For Arthur at Warwick getting a pound.

La Vaticane    Form: -2515P    (T: D Pipe / J: R McLernon)    Age: 8   Weight: 10st 6lbs

A win at Doncaster over Christmas was enough for the eight year old to get in, beaten convincingly on subsequent two starts and difficult to see getting into the frame.

Doctor Harper    Form: -P92P7    (T: D Pipe / J: C O'Farrell)    Age: 9   Weight: 10st 6lbs

Little to shout about this season and squeezes in at the bottom of the weights. Bit of course form winning a handicap hurdle here three years ago but only one chase win since.

Golf Player
Free Bets