Baie Des Iles forms part of a strong Irish challenge this year, with the likes of Gordon Elliott’s Tiger Roll and the Willie Mullins-trained Total Recall prominent in the ante-post market.
Another live chance for the raiding party is Raz De Maree, winner of the Welsh National at Chepstow on his most recent outing in January.
Trainer Gavin Cromwell is hoping his 13-year-old can go the early pace in the four-and-quarter-mile feature.
“They go off very quick and the key thing is whether he can stay in the race or not. As long as he doesn’t get detached he’ll be fine. He’s very slow. But the more of a test of stamina it is the better because he doesn’t know how to stop,” Cromwell told the Irish Times.
“It comes down to each horse’s enthusiasm, and soundness. Raz De Maree is a very sound horse. He’s also relatively lightly raced and he’s still very enthusiastic. We seem to be getting a good old tune out of him. He’s definitely as good now as I’ve ever had him. But I can’t put it down to anything beyond that.”
What are some of the famous fences?
The Aintree fences are not quite as perilous as they were once upon a time after a series of alterations. However, they are still the most notorious obstacles in the business and enough to make the palms of any jockey sweat.