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Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Geraghty may have to pick between Yanworth and Harry

Yanworth could step up to 3m at Aintree on Saturday
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Barry Geraghty looks set to pick More Of That as his Randox Health Grand National ride, but JP McManus's retained jockey could be faced with another difficult decision over who to partner in the Grade 1 prize that precedes the year's biggest race.

The leading owner's Unowhatimeanharry and Yanworth have both been entered for the Ryanair Stayers Liverpool Hurdle, whose 21 entries also include McManus's 2014 Champion Hurdle winner Jezki, Apple's Jade, The New One and Cole Harden.

Nichols Canyon and Lil Rockerfeller, who finished in front of Unowhatimeanharry at the Cheltenham Festival, are being kept back for another showdown at Punchestown.

McManus's racing manager Frank Berry said: "All our horses in the race will be a doing bit of work early in the week, but if they're in good order the plan would be to run Yanworth and Unowhatimeanharry."

Finian's Oscar will be partnered for the first time in public by Robbie Power, now signed up to owners Alan and Ann Potts, when seeking to gain compensation for his Cheltenham absence in the Grade 1 Betway Mersey Novices' Hurdle.

Grand National day's other top-flight event, the Doom Bar Maghull Novices' Chase, has been reopened, although Nicky Henderson confirmed on Monday that Racing Post Arkle winner Altior has not been entered, with Sandown's Bet365 Celebration Chase having previously been named his likely next target.

Henderson has put Top Notch in the Maghull, but Thursday's Manifesto Novices' Chase over half a mile further is preferred.

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