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AINTREE: Friday Race Preview | Former Old Roan contender Duke Of Navan features on Merseyside

A preview for of Aintree’s Friday evening card as action on Merseyside goes on hold until October

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MC9EDF The Parade Ring at Aintree race Course in Liverpool, England, during race day.

The final race meeting until October takes place at Aintree on Friday evening as racegoers return to the stands at the Liverpool course for the first time since December 2019.

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Nicky Richards’s former Old Roan fifth Duke Of Navan makes his fourth Merseyside appearance at the grand old age of 13, contesting the Racing With Pride Handicap Chase at 7:55pm under Danny McMenamin.

WATCH: AINTREE DUO DUKE OF NAVAN AND MISS AMELIA FACE OFF ONCE AGAIN FOLLOWING THEIR RESPECTIVE STRATFORD SECOND AND THIRD [CREDIT: RACING TV]

He reopposes Miss Amelia, who he finished three-and-a-quarter lengths ahead of in a contest at Stratford last month, with the pair now only 1lb closer in the weights.

Solar Impulse chased home subsequent Worcester winner Captain Tom Cat at the track last time out and has been given 3lbs of leeway by the handicapper, as has Thecraicisninety, who represents 2010 Grand National-winning connections JP McManus and Jonjo O’Neill.

2C7CCPM Captain Tom Cat and jockey Sam Twiston-Davies win the Sky Sports Racing Virgin 535 Novices' Hurdle at Uttoxeter Racecourse.
Solar Impulse’s Aintree fourth last month was given a boost when Captain Tom Cat won again on Saturday

Earlier in the card, The Tourard Man remarkably makes his second appearance as a 15-year-old for Alan King following his Southwell third in May.

He once finished fifth in the Grade 3 EFT Systems Handicap Hurdle back in 2015, and chases a first success since July 2017 for connections here under claimer, Alexander Thorne.

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Can Dr. Richard Newland claim a familiar Aintree scalp this Friday?

In doing so, he will have to overcome the likes of Bbold, who chases a second success for Dr. Richard Newland since his switch to the Worcestershire yard from Dan Skelton.

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Empire De Maulde steps back up to three miles since chasing home Newland’s aforementioned Captain Tom Cat, repartnering former champion jockey Brian Hughes, with one of Fergal O’Brien’s two runners on the evening Ocean Cove carrying top weight in the 6:50pm Inkerman London Handicap Chase.

After victory at Hexham, David Pipe’s Koi Dodville is likely to head the betting for the 6:15pm Join Racing TV Now Juvenile Hurdle.

WATCH: KOI DODVILLE BIDS FOR A DOUBLE AT AINTREE AFTER HIS HEXHAM VICTORY EARLIER THIS MONTH [CREDIT: AT THE RACES]

The French recruit made the perfect start to life over hurdles and carries a penalty here under Tom Scudamore, facing only inexperienced rivals and once again taking on Jamie Snowden’s Saramenha who was tailed off in Northumberland.

Seven contests take place between 5:45pm and the conclusion of the 9:00pm, with National Hunt returning to the track for October’s Autumn meeting.

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.

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