Paul Nicholls aiming to land another Aintree winner with Pacha Du Polder
Paul Nicholls is targeting another big Aintree prize when Pacha Du Polder runs in the Betfred Monet's Garden Old Roan Chase today.
The seven-time champion trainer retained his title at the course in thrilling fashion last season when Neptune Collonges, ridden by Daryl Jacob, gave him a maiden success in the John Smith's Grand National in April.
And now Nicholls is hoping the five-year-old from France can add to his three wins from five starts last term with a victorious debut this time out in the two-mile-four-furlong Grade 2 race.
Nicholls, who won the race with Kauto Star in 2006, said: "Pacha Du Polder will run at Aintree as we have been happy with his work at home.
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"His win at Ayr in April was very good but he is now moving up in class and taking on more experienced horses.
"He is fine and in top form. To win three races as a novice is ideal. He got better as he went further last season and the Old Roan Chase looks like an ideal starting point.
"I don't have any longer- term targets with him as he is a young horse and very lightly raced. I hope there is more improvement in him, you always do from five to six, but we will see when he runs."
Pacha Du Polder is likely to clash with last year's winner, Albertas Run, who captured victory in determined fashion under 17-time champion jockey Tony McCoy.
The contest is run in honour of three-time winner and Aintree specialist Monet's Garden for the second year.
The race is live on Channel 4 from 3.30pm.