It was good to strike with a winner Act of Valour on Saturday after another frustrating week of lost meetings on the turf.

He seemed to appreciate the better ground at Fakenham and is now qualified for a £100,000 Novice Handicap Final on the last day of the season at Sandown.

All roads lead to Aintree this week. Unfortunately the ground there is already soft so our running plans will depend on how much more rain falls at the track over the next few days. We will confirm Vicente and Warriors Tale on Monday for the Grand National. Both schooled really well over some practice Aintree fences at David Pipe’s on Sunday along with Monsieur Gibraltar who runs in the Foxhunters’ for Rose Loxton. We will make a decision about Vicente’s participation ahead of declaration time on Thursday. If we consider conditions are too soft for him then we will keep him back for his hat-trick bid in the Scottish National at Ayr the following Saturday.

One who definitely appears at Liverpool is Politologue who goes for the JLT Melling Chase on Friday. The way he has been running I’d say he is crying out for the step up in trip to two and a half miles on a flat track.
Black Corton, Posh Trish, Danny Kirwan and Malaya are all set to appear at Aintree along with Unioniste and Wonderful Charm who go in the Foxhunters’.
Several others could also be on the team sheet depending on ground conditions.

For all the latest news on my runners at the Grand National meeting please turn to my Betfair column early each evening on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.