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  • 14:05 Doom Bar Maghull Novices' Chase 2m

  • (Grade 1) £110,000 added 5yo+ 7 ran
  • Winner £61,897 2nd £23,320 3rd £11,671 4th £5,830
  • Going: Good (National Course: Good to Soft, Good in places)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 47.60s
  • Off time: 14:05:16

Trifolium goes for Maghull

Last Updated: 04/04/14 2:11pm

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Trifolium: Aintree hopeful

Trifolium: Aintree hopeful

The form of the Racing Post Arkle Trophy took a battering at Aintree on Thursday, but Charles Byrnes is hoping Trifolium can give it a boost in the Doom Bar Maghull Novices' Chase at Aintree on Saturday.

The disappointing performances of Arkle hero Western Warhorse and the fourth Dodging Bullets in the Manifesto Novices' Chase has slightly dented Byrnes' confidence in Trifolium, who was third in the Cheltenham two-mile novice championship.

However, the County Limerick trainer reports the seven-year-old, who won the Irish Arkle at Leopardstown in January to be in prime condition.

"He ran well at Cheltenham and we're hoping for the best, but the form took a bit of knock there yesterday with Dodging Bullets and Western Warhorse," said Byrnes.

"He's in good form and the track should be OK for him."

Next Sensation goes for Grade One glory after running a mighty race in the Grand Annual Handicap Chase at last month's Festival.

After setting a frantic pace having been set alight by the race being delayed due to the antics of Oscar Hill, he did not buckle under pressure when tackled and battled all the way to the line when a close fourth to Savello.

His trainer Michael Scudamore was pleased with that effort and believes the Merseyside track will suit his charge.

"On official ratings he's got a bit to find with one or two of them, but all things considered we were delighted with the way he ran at Cheltenham," said the Herefordshire handler.

"He seems to have come out of that very well. We won't know until race time tomorrow what effect that might have had, but he seems as bright and as happy as he can be.

"We're just hoping the flatter track will play to his strengths more than Cheltenham did.

"It was very tempting to run in the handicap on Thursday and the way the result went, you'd like to think he wouldn't have been too far away.

"This is his one chance of running in a Grade One novice now. I imagine it will be his last run this season, so we just thought we'd give it a go while we've got the chance."

Alan King, who took the honours with Uxizandre in the Manifesto, had rated Balder Succes as his best chance of the three-day meeting at the beginning of the week.

"Balder Succes had a busy enough time, so it made sense to opt out of Cheltenham and give him that bit of extra time," the Barbury Castle trainer told www.alankingracing.co.uk.

"He is fresh and well, and we have been very pleased with his jumping. I have made no secret of the fact that I think he is my best chance of the week, and we go there very hopeful."

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