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MEGAN NICHOLLS: Aintree Bumper winner set to ride Scaramanga at Royal Ascot

Aintree bumper winning duo Paul and Megan Nicholls partner up for Royal Ascot’s finale on Saturday

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2F7YY2F Horse Racing - Grand National Festival - Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, Britain - April 10, 2021 Jockey Megan Nicholls celebrates after winning the Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race riding Knappers Hill Pool via REUTERS/Peter Powell

Grade 2 Weatherbys nhstallions.co.uk Standard Open National Flat Race winning rider Megan Nicholls joins forces once again with father Paul aboard Scaramanga at Royal Ascot on Saturday evening.

Team Ditcheat took the Grand National Festival finale back in April as Knappers Hill took his unbeaten career start to three, and they will bid to exact the same feat in Berkshire this weekend with the recent Sandown winner.

WATCH: KNAPPERS HILL LANDS THE GRAND NATIONAL FESTIVAL FINALE FOR ROYAL ASCOT HOPEFULS PAUL AND MEGAN NICHOLLS [CREDIT: RACING TV]

The bet365 Handicap Hurdle winner at the Jumps Finale in Esher, the son of Mastercraftsman returns to the flat on a mark of 86, just 1lb higher than when finishing second at this track last July.

WATCH: SCARAMANGA PROVES TOO STRONG FOR THE SANDOWN FIELD UNDER BRYAN CARVER IN APRIL AND IS RIDDEN BY MEGAN NICHOLLS THIS WEEKEND [CREDIT: RACING TV]

The remaining crop of predominate National Hunt trainers are represented by outsiders as Tom Symonds and Maxwell Young saddle Table Mountain and Monete, respectively.

Horse Racing - Grand National Festival - Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, Britain - April 9, 2021 Livelovelaugh ridden by Patrick Mullins win the 4:05 Randox Topham Handicap Chase Pool via REUTERS/Scott Heppell
Willie Mullins took the Topham at Aintree this year and runs Stratum in the Queen Alexandra Stakes
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Former Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle winning handler Dermot Weld tops the bill with Falcon Eight, who repartners Frankie Dettori following his Chester Cup success back in May, while this year’s victorious Topham Handicap Chase chief Willie Mullins runs Stratum.

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