Old Roan Chase tips – Runner-by-runner preview of Sunday’s Aintree feature race

Old Roan Chase tips and runner-by-runner preview

We head to Aintree on Sunday where a cracking card awaits and our tipping team has looked over the feature race to give their Old Roan Chase tips with a runner-by-runner preview.

Hot on the heels of a first visit of the new jumps season to Cheltenham we head north to Aintree on Sunday where a high-class card awaits headed by the Old Roan Chase over 2m 4f and the classy contest dominates the fixture at the Liverpool track.

Getting underway at 3.00pm a field of eight runners will compete for the £50,000+ first prize which is named after galloping grey Monet’s Garden who made this race his own with three wins among five career successes in total on Merseyside.

Sunday’s renewal of the great race looks a cracker on paper and our tipping team casts their eye over the runners to pick out their Old Roan Chase tips with a runner-by-runner preview.


3:00 Aintree – Jewson Monet’s Garden Old Roan Limited Handicap Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m4f

ALLMANKIND (T: Dan Skelton/J: Harry Skelton)

Classy front-running hurdler who took really well to chasing last term, winning four of his five starts over fences with his sole defeat coming in the Arkle Chase at the Cheltenham Festival behind Shishkin.

Dan Skelton’s charge bounced back from that defeat to win a Grade Two at Ayr and he warmed up for this with a recent spin over hurdles at Chepstow where he gave away lumps of weight but was only beaten one length by Masters Legacy, finishing third.

His victory at Ayr last term showed he has the stamina for this longer trip and he’ll be spot on now following that recent hurdles win although it was quite a hard race. If he comes out that contest with no adverse reactions then he ought to go well with this flat track sure to play to his strengths and he’s a big player again despite conceding weight all round.

Old Roan Chase tips. Allmankind can get back to winning ways at Aintree.

Old Roan Chase tips. Allmankind can get back to winning ways at Aintree.

NUTS WELL (T: Mrs A Hamilton/J: Danny McMenamin)

Posted a career-best effort to take this prize twelve months ago from Clondaw Castle having previously struck at Kelso and the Dylan Thomas gelding subsequently acquitted himself well in Grade One company back here and at Sandown.

Made a winning reappearance back at Kelso latest with a defeat of Gold Des Bois and is treading a familiar path having won the same race twelve months ago before tackling this prize.

This will be tougher under this 4lbs higher mark than last year but he’s entitled to come on for his recent return and stepping back up in trip will suit so another big run wouldn’t come as a surprise although he probably lacks the scope of a few of his younger rivals.

ITCHY FEET (T: Olly Murphy/J: Gavin Sheehan)

Took a Grade One prize over fences at the second attempt as a novice but is winless since although he’s run some good races in defeat including in this twelve months ago when beaten only around two lengths and he finished runner-up next time at Ascot behind Imperial Aura in the Chanelle Pharma 1965 Chase.

He again only found one too good back there next time and he ran well for third behind Fakir D’oudairies over course and distance when last seen in the Melling Chase.

There was little over one length between him and runner-up Nuts Well who reopposes and he’s 0-2 behind that rival; but on 6lbs better terms and with cheekpieces a possible source of improvement in the Cima De Triomphe gelding he could go well if fully tuned up on his return although there’s a suspicion softer ground would help.

FANION D’ESTRUVAL (T: Miss V Williams/J: Charlie Deutsch)

Capable if frustrating customer who is chasing a first win since scoring on debut for this yard at Newbury back in November 2019.

The multiple French-winner has kept a high level of company however, finishing runner-up on last season’s return when beaten in a Cheltenham handicap before stepping into Graded company and he wasn’t disgraced although never a factor in the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival when last seen.

His best runs have tended to come over shorter than this but he has run well fresh on both seasonal debuts in the past and he could run well although improvement most certainly needed if he’s to win this.

Old Roan Chase tips. Trainer Venetia Williams saddles Fanion D'Estruval in Sunday's Aintree feature.

Old Roan Chase tips. Trainer Venetia Williams saddles Fanion D’Estruval in Sunday’s Aintree feature.

TAMAROC DU MATHAN (T: Paul Nicholls/T: Harry Cobden)

Fair over hurdles but already a better chaser judging on last season’s exploits where he won two of his three completed starts, only meeting with defeat when outclassed by Shishkin at Kempton over Christmas.

Paul Nicholls’ charge returned to that venue to rout rivals in the Pendil Novices’ Chase before heading to Ayr where he unseated his rider behind Allmankind although he was well-held at the time of his departure.

He was possibly amiss that day and he’s not one to write off if bouncing back with his yard in good form and there’d be no surprise in seeing him turn in an improved effort back from a break.

MIDNIGHT SHADOW (T: Mrs S Smith/J: Ryan Mania)

Smart hurdler who took well to fences initially, winning the Dipper Novices’ Chase – albeit fortunate – and running well in defeat thereafter in both the Scilly Isles’ Novices’ Chase and Marsh Novices’ Chase.

The Midnight Legend gelding only ran three times last term, twice over fences where he was well beaten in this before being beaten by Chatham Street Lad at Cheltenham in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup and he ran no sort of race when pulled up back over hurdles when last seen.

Probably has something to prove on his reappearance and record fresh isn’t great so perhaps he’s best avoided on this occasion.

HUNTSMAN SON (T: Alex Hales/J: Kielan Woods)

Veteran performer who goes well fresh and he took a Listed chase on his return from a long absence last term although form following that victory was rather hit or miss although he did run well behind The Shunter when finishing sixth at the Cheltenham Festival and his departure in the Topham Chase next time over the Grand National fences can be overlooked.

The Millenary gelding rounded off last term with a runner-up finish behind Kauto The King at Newton Abbot where he was arguably unlucky, hampered late on by a loose horse when only losing out by a short-head and he’s relatively low mileage for one of his years.

This will demand a career best if he’s to take this prize but he’s entitled to take his chance for all he might not be quite good enough to win at this level.

Old Roan Chase tips. Veteran chaser Huntsman Son can give a good account in Sunday's feature.

Old Roan Chase tips. Veteran chaser Huntsman Son can give a good account in Sunday’s feature.

KILLER CLOWN (T: Miss E Lavelle/J: Thomas Bellamy)

Took a little while to click over fences last term, getting off the mark at the fourth attempt with a defeat of Falco Blitz at Kempton on Boxing Day and running well in defeat thereafter in runs at Newbury and Sandown, the former coming in the Greatwood Gold Cup.

He was badly hampered at Sandown on his final start so that effort can be marked up as he ran on well again without threatening having lost his chance and there might be more to come from the lightly-raced Getaway gelding.

He will have to step up a fair bit on his exploits to date although a wind operation might help unlock more improvement and if brushing up on his jumping he could run well.


A typically competitive renewal of this classy prize where ALLMANKIND can get back to winning ways assuming his recent Chepstow run over hurdles hasn’t left a mark.

Dan Skelton’s smart chaser went from strength to strength last term over the larger obstacles, suffering his only defeat when disappointing – not for the first time – at Cheltenham behind Shishkin; and he proved stamina for this trip when readily landing a Grade Two on his final run of the season at Ayr.

That recent Chepstow run where he gave away lumps of weight over hurdles was a solid effort and likely to be sharper for that back over hurdles he could prove a tough nut to crack around this track which ought to play to his strengths.

His top yard is starting to find its’ feet after an uncharacteristically slow start to the campaign and while again he has to concede weight all round his form from last season puts him very much to the fore and he should go close.