In the 2m 5f Randox Health Foxhunters’ Open Hunters’ Chase run over the Grand National fences (4.05), Kruzhlinin makes plenty of appeal at 8/1 given that he has been in terrific form between the flags and has run well at the track before.
This 12-year-old ran well when in the 2014 Grand National when 10th of 40 to Pineau De Re and in the care of Donald McCain.
He also posted a solid effort when a 15 1/2 length seventh of 25 to Oscar Time over the unique spruce fences in the Becher Chase that year.
The son of Sholokhov then joined Philips Hobbs and made a winning start for his new handler when landing a competitive class 2 contest at Kempton by five lengths from La Rev.
He also ran well when fifth of 23 in the Ultima Handicap Chase at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival before going on to land a valuable Grade 3 handicap hurdle contest at Haydock.
Since joining Elliott in November of last year, Kruzhlinin has won seven of his eight starts in Irish points by an aggregate of just under 12 lengths.
His sole defeat came at Down Royal when a 7 1/2 length third to the well-regarded Stand Up And Fight.
Kruzhlinin clearly retains plenty of enthusiasm for the game and comes into the contest in rude health.
He is also three form four under jockey Barry O’Neill so everything looks in place for a big run.
Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Kruzhlinin (8/1 BetVictor – BOG, 1/5 odds four places)