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Aintree outing what doctor ordered for Master Medic

Master Medic could make his first appearance for Tim Walford in the totescoop6 Old Roan Chase at Aintree on Sunday.

The Sheriff Hutton trainer, who was sent the smart gelding on the retirement of Robert and Sally Alner, is looking forward to getting the nine-year-old on the track.

Walford is leaning towards Aintree rather than the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby a week later for Master Medic, who has not raced since he was pulled in the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day.

“I think we will run Master Medic in the Old Roan Chase. He will either go there or to the Charlie Hall Chase the next weekend,” said Walford.

“Looking through his form, he may get three miles but it's not totally proven, so that's why I'm leaning towards Aintree rather than Wetherby.

“He won twice at Ascot last year over two miles and a furlong, and he looked as if he might be better over two and a half.

“He might be even better at three miles but I don't know that, so I would sooner start him off over two and a half and see what happens.

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“We're up against it and he has come from a very good trainer, so whether I can improve him is debatable. He had a good season last year and has gone up in the weights as a result, so we have limited options, but he is in good form.

“He wants it good - that seems to be the key to him. He hated the ground in the King George last year, he couldn't go a stride on it.

“It's the first time I've had a proper Saturday horse, so it's exciting and I'm looking forward to it.”

Monet's Garden, winner of the limited handicap chase twice in the previous three years, is among 12 entries.

The Nicky Richards-trained grey came out on top in 2007 and 2009 and was out of luck in the 2008 renewal.

The 12-year-old was last seen finishing third to Albertas Run in the Melling Chase on this course in April and Jonjo O'Neill's charge is one of his possible rivals.

Tom George's Tartak, who was fourth in the Melling, has an entry while Howard Johnson can choose from Door Boy and Knockavilla.

Poquelin could represent champion trainer Paul Nicholls, Nigel Twiston-Davies has Little Josh and David Pipe has put in I'msingingtheblues.

Completing the field are the Sophie Leech-trained Silmi, Ferdy Murphy's Watch My Back and Laskari, trained by Paul Webber.

Laskari also has an entry in the totetentofollow.co.uk Veterans' Handicap Chase in which he was third 12 months ago.

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