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Frodon and Bryony Frost should be the toast of Aintree again as they bid to retain their crown in the Virgin Bet Monet's Garden Old Roan Limited Handicap Chase (stock photo)
Frodon and Bryony Frost should be the toast of Aintree again as they bid to retain their crown in the Virgin Bet Monet's Garden Old Roan Limited Handicap Chase (stock photo)

By David Clough

Frodon and Bryony Frost should be the toast of Aintree again as they bid to retain their crown in the Virgin Bet Monet's Garden Old Roan Limited Handicap Chase.

The Ryanair Chase-winning pair were a match made in heaven throughout last season, and it all started in this race when they charged round the Mildmay Course in perfect harmony to open the campaign with victory.

That one-and-a-quarter-length success came from a rating of 158, carrying 11st 7lb. It is a measure of their subsequent success - including of course that Grade One glory at the Cheltenham Festival among three further wins from four starts, all at Prestbury Park - that they must defy an 11lb higher mark.

Frodon will not benefit from his Frost's 3lb claim either this time, because it no longer exists for a jockey who has proved herself among the best in the country.

There is nonetheless every expectation that Paul Nicholls' seven-year-old can launch another successful season with a repeat victory in this Grade Two limited handicap.

His unerring jumping, ultra-determined attitude and surefire fitness for his return will be crucial assets again and are highly likely to prove too much - despite the concession of a stone and upwards all round - for rivals who may well be found out collectively for either a touch of class or experience at this level.

Earlier on an intriguing Aintree card, Killaro Boy is worth supporting in the Play Casino At Virgin Bet Veterans' Handicap Chase.

The 10-year-old ex-Irish chaser has winning form on soft and heavy ground, so will not mind any deterioration in conditions and has already demonstrated he can run very well after a break.

In the Best Odds Guaranteed At Virgin Bet Handicap Hurdle, Chapmanshype may still be on a winning mark despite going up 19lb in all for his quick Fontwell hat-trick.

SELECTIONS:

AINTREE: 12.40 Corrany, 1.15 Hogan's Height, 1.50 Killaro Boy, 2.25 Chapmanshype, 3.00 FRODON (NAP), 3.35 Plan Of Attack, 4.10 White Hart Lady.

GALWAY: 1.05 Mount Ida , 1.40 Galvin, 2.15 Ask Heather, 2.50 Wake Up Early, 3.25 Quartz Du Rheu, 4.00 Russian Bill, 4.35 Global Equity.

WEXFORD: 12.50 Gabbys Cross, 1.25 Surin, 2.00 Conflated, 2.35 Each Way, 3.10 Castlebrook, 3.45 Burning Ambition, 4.20 Infinite Glory.

WINCANTON: 1.00 Demon Fou, 1.35 Soldier Of Love, 2.10 Zyon, 2.45 Coningsby, 3.20 Twenty Years On, 3.55 Eritage, 4.30 Now Look At Me.

DOUBLE: Frodon and Killaro Boy.

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