Mulholland seeking compensation

Having settled for second in last weekend's Hennessy Gold Cup, Neil Mulholland is hoping for better luck with The Young Master in Saturday's Betfred Becher Chase.

The Young Master (nearest), ridden by Sam Waley-Cohen ,clears the last fence before going on to win last season's Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown.

Mulholland is eyeing the Randox Health Grand National for both The Young Master and Hennessy second Carole's Destrier, and hopes to give the former "a nice sighter" of the famous fences this weekend.

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"I'm looking forward to it – Sam schooled the horse over the Aintree-style fences in Lambourn last week and everything went to plan," said the trainer. "We'll try and gear his season towards the National."

The Young Master is one of 33 horses left in the Becher at Monday's confirmation stage, with the weights headed by last season's Grand National runner-up The Last Samuri.

Other seasoned Aintree regulars still in contention are the likes of Saint Are, Alvarado and Vieux Lion Rouge, as well as last year's winner Highland Lodge.

More to follow…

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