Gold Cup runner-up Might Bite is set to take his chance at Aintree after featuring among 11 entries for the Betway Bowl on Thursday.
Nicky Henderson had been mulling over his participation following his brave defeat to Native River at Cheltenham last month, and is now leaning towards running the nine-year-old in the three-mile-one-furlong Grade One contest.
Speaking in his blog for Unibet, the Seven Barrows trainer said: “Many people have been enquiring about our plans for some of the big names that may or may not compete at Aintree, but at this stage Might Bite would be the most definite and I’d be as positive as I can be with him going to Liverpool. He’s in good form and I’m very happy with him.”
The only other entries who ran in the Gold Cup are Brian Ellison’s Definitly Red and last year’s Bowl winner Tea For Two, who was seventh at Cheltenham.
Jane Williams, part-owner and assistant trainer of Tea For Two, said: “Tea For Two has come out of Cheltenham absolutely fine.
“He got round in the Gold Cup, which is all we were expecting, and we were happy enough with that.
“I would be much happier next week if the ground is faster, as he seemed to enjoy the better ground when he won the Betway Bowl last year.
“I think it is only the ground that could catch him out, but we will give it our best shot.”
Henry de Bromhead’s impressive Ryanair winner Balko Des Flos could also run.
Bristol De Mai is due to return to action following a wind op, while Clan Des Obeaux could also return from a mid-season layoff.
Double Shuffle, Cloudy Dream, Shantou Flyer, Sizing Codelco and Sub Lieutenant complete the list.
The ground at Aintree is drying and Clerk of the Course Andrew Tulloch late on Friday afternoon changed the going descriptions.
He said at 4.40pm: “It has been an overcast and grey day but dry so far and the courses are continuing to dry gradually.
“The Grand National course is now Good to Soft, Soft in places, while the Mildmay and Hurdle courses are both Good to Soft.
“There is a bit of rain forecast tonight and a bit tomorrow, but forecasts differ and we will have to wait and see if we get any.”