Aintree: Magnificent Many Clouds wins on return to action

Many Clouds and Lieghton Aspell soar over another fence

PICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos) Many Clouds magnificent at Aintree By David Baxter 2:52PM 3 DEC 2016

MANY CLOUDS enjoyed his finest hour at Aintree when winning the Grand National in 2015, and the nine-year-old was superb again at the track when winning a Listed Chase on Saturday.

Leighton Aspell enjoyed the best seat in the house as Many Clouds had his way out in front, jumping easily in the lead.

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None of his four rivals were ever able to lay a glove on him, with Le Mercurey and then Minella Rocco coming to challenge in the straight.

The latter took a heavy fall when coming at the last, but happily got to his feet having been badly winded.

Sherwood delighted with win

Trainer Oliver Sherwood said: "I am chuffed to bits. His jumping was exemplary and he was very relaxed in front. And I promise you he will improve on that. He had a wind operation but you are never quite sure it has worked because we don't put them under pressure at home.

"He was so brave and gutsy and I am very honoured to have a horse like him. All I am thinking about is coming back here in April. He will have three races maximum beforehand.

"He is in the Lexus at Leopardstown over Christmas and he will definitely go to Kelso as the timing is right but I want to enjoy this first."

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