Min found only Altior too good at Cheltenham and in that rival’s absence he could take all the beating in the JLT Melling Chase on day two of the Grand National meeting at Aintree.
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Willie Mullins’ charge served it up to his old rival in the Champion Chase but, just as in the 2016 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, Altior had too many guns and Min had to settle for a creditable second.
That was still an excellent effort, though, and put to bed any suggestions that Min was not quite the force of old.
Mullins switches back up to two and a half miles here after sending Min over that trip on his seasonal bow and he gets the distance.
Ryanair hero Balko Des Flos clearly represents some stiff competition over this intermediate trip, but Min just has a touch of class and can put his pace to good us in the finish.
Terrefort is interesting stepped up to three miles and a furlong in the Betway Mildmay Novices’ Chase.
While he has yet to run over this distance, he was placed over two miles and six furlongs when trained in France.
Santini can make it an extra special day for the Seven Barrows team stepping up on his Festival third in the Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle.
Danny Kirwan lines up in the Weatherbys Racing Bank Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race and he can take this step up to Grade Two in his stride.
Black Sails can make a splash in the Matchbook Betting Podcast Handicap at Kempton.
AINTREE: 1.45 Storm Home, 2.20 GLOBAL CITIZEN (NAP), 2.50 Terrefort, 3.25 Min, 4.05 Art Mauresque, 4.40 Santini, 5.15 Danny Kirwan.
BALLINROBE: 5.00 Edna, 5.30 Falak, 6.00 Icario, 6.30 Smokey Joe Joe, 7.00 Zipporah, 7.30 Los Amigos, 8.00 Eagle Roque.
NAAS: 1.40 Land Force, 2.15 Could It Be Love, 2.45 Band Of Outlaws, 3.20 Making Light, 3.55 Capri, 4.30 Brazos, 5.10 Hunting Horn.
SEDGEFIELD: 2.00 Pc Dixon, 2.30 Massini’s Lady, 3.05 Snougar, 3.40 Frankie Ballou, 4.15 Rio Quinto, 4.50 Hepburn, 5.20 Birch Bank.
KEMPTON: 5.45 Beloved Knight, 6.15 Samharry, 6.45 Puds, 7.15 Initiative, 7.45 Black Sails, 8.15 Sassie, 8.45 Ubla.