Pleasant Company was advised antepost at 33/1 having finished second in this race last year.

Two pounds better off with Tiger Roll for a head beating, he had taken the same path to the race this year, a race at Leopardstown over Christmas and then the Thyestes. This has clearly been the aim all season.

There are two others on the shortlist for the 2019 Grand National, led by Joe Farrell who has snuck in at the bottom of the weights. He would appear to be have been kept for this race after his Scottish National win last spring.

He went to Ayr off the back of a win at Newbury, taking in that same meeting in Berkshire with a second last month on his way to Aintree.

At a bigger price, there has always looked to be a decent prize in Noble Endeavor. He came down two out in the 2016 National Hunt Chase, where the first two home (Minella Rocco and Native River) subsequently returned for the Gold Cup.

Sixth in an Irish National when never nearer to the places than at the line, he had a sighter of these fences in the Becher chase when clearly in need of his first run in 600-days.

He then produced an eye-catching performance in the Ultima when picking a few off late on from the back in a contest that heavily favoured those ridden handy.

Selection

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