Grand National Festival Day 3 Selection: THREE STRIPE LIFE | 2:25pm Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)
Without old rival Sir Gerhard to contend with, this looks the perfect opportunity for Gordon Elliot’s charge to record a top-level success.
He appeared to be crying out for a trip further than two miles but found his Leopardstown conqueror too good again in the Ballymore, albeit running a cracker in the process, and that’s earned him worthy favouritism here.
This is a bigger field but he remains pretty unexposed and there is still bags to come from him before a likely route over fences next season.
Walking On Air looks the unknown quantity but this a big step up in class, while Elle Est Belle bypassed Prestbury Park in preference for a trip to Liverpool.
Challow winner Stage Star pulled up last month but he is better than what he showed that day and could present the each-way value if running back to his best.