With Douvan withdrawn earlier in the week, Saturday’s Tingle Creek is wide open.

Last year’s winner Sire De Grugy is back to defend his crown but is yet to beat Un De Sceaux.

There’s also fantastic jumps action at Aintree in perfect preparation for the Cheltenham International meeting next weekend.

The Last Samuri has a great chance in the Becher Chase

We begin in the 1.35pm Becher Chase at Aintree where over 20 are entered to battle it out over 3m 1f.

Colin Tizzard is on a real hot streak at the moment and will be buoyant on Viconte Du Noyer’s ( chances after winning at Cheltenham last month.

However, it is Kim Bailey’s The Last Samuri who looks a great each-way bet here at .

The eight-year-old has eight wins and five placed-finishes from 16 runs and was very unlucky on this course in April, finishing runner-up in the Grand National.

He is a fantastic jumper and has proved he can cope with long trips so the distance should not be an issue.

Jockey Brain Hughes has been in scintillating form over the past few weeks, including a five-timer at Musselburgh in November, and that form could see him land another big winner.

Irish Cavalier can build from Charlie Hall Chase triumph

Keeping on the theme of Grand National runners brings us to the 2.40pm, where 2015-winner Many Clouds ( is among the favourites.

However, it is hard to look past Irish Cavalier here.

His performance in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby was up there with the best we’ve seen from him, beating the likes of Cue Card, Blacklion and Menorah that day.

Rebecca Curtis’ seven-year-old is also a winner at the Cheltenham Festival after success in 2015.

Jonathan Moore rides for the fourth successive trip and should have a great chance of guiding this  shot home.

Paul Nicholls’ As De Mee should have a strong chance in the National Course Chase

Up next is the 3.15pm Handicap Chase over 2m 5f where Venetia Williams’ Bennys Mist ( is looking for his first win since this race last year.

However, it is Paul Nicholls’ As De Mee that looks a good bet here.

He is already a winner over this distance and also won impressively at Fontwell towards the end of October.

The six-year-old did travel well in the Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Open Meeting, so Nicholls should be optimistic for this race.

In-form Sean Bowen rides for the fourth time in a row and should have a good chance of guiding this  shot home.

Ar Mad set for Tingle Creek glory at Sandown

We finish off by moving to Sandown for the feature race of the day – the Tingle Creek.

With Douvan pulling out, Ruby Walsh moves on board Un De Sceaux ( and is the favourite for this Grade 1.

However, Gary Moore should be quietly confident with his pair of last year’s winner Sire De Grugy ( and Ar Mad.

Sire De Grugy looked back to his best in his win at Ascot two weeks ago but is yet to beat Willie Mullins’ star.

This is why Ar Mad looks great value at .

The six-year-old is a course and distance winner and is searching for his fifth win in a row and what would be his second Grade 1.

He has two victories from two at Sandown, both at big prices of 14/1 and 16/1 respectively.

Joshua Moore has a 100 percent record on board, winning on all five occasions, and that trend looks set to continue on Saturday.

The Last Samuri 12/1 | Irish Cavalier 3/1 | As De Mee 17/2 | Ar Mad 10/3 |

A 50p each-way Lucky 15 (£15 total stake) returns £1,847.81*

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