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Vics Canvas on course for Becher Chase at Aintree

Vics Canvas

Last season's Cork Grand National winner Vics Canvas has been given the go-ahead to bolster an already-strong Irish challenge in the Betfred Becher Handicap Chase at Aintree on Saturday.

Trainer Dermot McLoughlin had been slightly concerned about the 12-year-old having to shoulder a considerable burden around the Merseyside circuit, but decided to take the plunge on Wednesday morning.

"We've given it some thought, and he's going to run," said the County Meath handler.

" We worried about his weight, but we want to get some experience over those fences into him."

Vics Canvas is, alongside Pineau De Re, the oldest horse in the possible line-up and was last seen finishing eighth in the 'Fixed Brush' hurdle race at Haydock on November 21.

He is trading at around the 16-1 mark to win the Becher, with compatriots Goonyella, Heathfield and Thunder And Roses also prominent in the ante-post lists.