Butch The Battler Could Make It Four In A Row

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Papillon, with delighted jockey Ruby Walsh, wins the 2000 Martell Grand National, at Aintree racecourse, Liverpool. * 02/04/01 Papillon (left, green top), ridden by jockey Ruby Walsh, jumping the last fence on his way to win the 2000 Martell Grand National. Papillon will be able to defend his Martell Grand National crown after the Irish Department of Agriculture today permitted horses to travel to Britain for the three-day Aintree fixture.

It takes a decent sort to win the Rendlesham Hurdle but a word of early warning – we have only seen one winning favourite in the last 10 years, though nothing bigger than Wholestone who took this at the rewarding odds of 16/1 in 2022. Interestingly, we haven’t seen an eight-year-old winner in that time meaning early favourite Botox Has needs to buck the trend to get to the front where it matters, and I narrowly prefer the chances of the year younger Butch, three times a winner over this trip and tough to beat in a finish.

He never does things the easy way with his victories this season being by 13 lengths and a neck (twice) but what we do know is he stays, he handles any ground, and he arrives in the form of his life. This is his toughest ask yet and he does need to find a career best against these rivals, but I do love a battler and he certainly fits the bill.

Daily Sport Recommended Bet 1pt Win Butch 2.40pm Haydock 11/4 Paddy Power and Betfair

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