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Saturday, 19 January, 2019

On The Fringe on course for another Foxhunters' tilt

On The Fringe winning his second Foxhunters' Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last year
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On The Fringe could bid for an Aintree hat-trick after Enda Bolger's veteran featured among 38 entries for the Randox Health Foxhunters' on the opening day of the Grand National meeting on Thursday, April 6.

The 12-year-old, who has dominated the hunter chase division in recent seasons, was denied a hat-trick in the Cheltenham Foxhunter last week when Pacha Du Polder turned the tables after being beaten both times they met last year. They could clash again as Pacha Du Polder has also been entered at Aintree.

Sam Waley-Cohen boasts an enviable record over the big Aintree fences with six victories and he is likely to partner Black Thunder, part-owned by his father Robert Waley-Cohen.

Topham entries

Eastlake could bid to follow up his Randox Health Topham Chase victory last year after he featured among 61 entries for the £120,000 handicap over two miles five furlongs.

Robin Dickin has the option of running stable star Thomas Crapper, who followed up a wide-margin win at Newbury with a creditable fourth in the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate at the Cheltenham Festival.

Dickin said: "The Topham Chase is definitely an option for Thomas Crapper.

"I want to see how he is nearer the time before committing because he has produced two big performances in competitive handicaps in quick succession. It will either be Aintree or Cheltenham the following the week. He knew he had a race after Cheltenham, but he is eating everything and is in good order."

There are 17 Irish entries, including seven from the Willie Mullins yard.

The Topham Chase is definitely an option for Thomas Crapper

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