THE GRAND NATIONAL is one of the bastions of the British sporting calendar and is the showpiece event of the Aintree festival.

Racing expert, Chris Sleep, has shortlisted 10 eye catchers from the Cheltenham Festival that are set to return to action at the Grand National meeting.

One of the oddities of the jump racing calendar is that its two big festivals, Cheltenham and Aintree, fall within approximately three weeks of one another.

Every year, some horses don’t show the same form at Aintree as they did at Cheltenham, but this can be for a variety of reasons and others will thrive between the two Festivals, sometimes a promising run at the former merely signposts an even better display on Merseyside.

Here, Chris Sleep has shortlisted 10 horses that caught his eye at the Cheltenham Festival and can be expected to go on to even better things at the Grand National meeting.

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