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Lambourn trainer Jamie Snowden believes Thomas Macdonagh is in the ‘form of his life’ ahead of Saturday’s Grand Sefton Handicap Chase at Aintree.

The eight-year-old will be making his seasonal debut on the Grand National course, having last appeared in a Handicap Chase at Haydock in March.

Page Fuller will ride him in Saturday’s steeplechase and the trainer is confident of a strong run.

Stoney Mountain won the Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle for Jamie Snowden
Stoney Mountain won the Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle for Jamie Snowden

“He is out of novices’ chases and still unexposed,” said Snowden. “He is rated 130 over fences and 136 over hurdles, so I think there is still scope in his handicap mark.

“If it is soft enough for him, then I think he will go well and we have two good horses with a good chance.”

It’s one of two chances for the Folly House handler as 2019 Grand Sefton winner Hogan’s Height once again holds an entry.

The 10-year-old, who was the first British horse to finish the Grand National in April, made his season return when finishing fourth in a Handicap Hurdle at Newton Abbot last month.

“Hogan’s Height is back in, he carrying four more pounds than he did when he won it when he won pretty impressively day that.

“He has had a prep run as well which is great, while Thomas Macdonough goes there in great form and the form of his life really as an eight-year-old.”

Snowden continued his strong start to the season as Stoney Mountain won the Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle at Newbury on Thursday.



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