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Fairy tale can have Aintree happy ending; Vautour can also star on Ladies' Day.

Byline: HORSERACING By CHRIS WRIGHT

VAUTOUR looked imperious at Cheltenham and he can double up in the JLT Melling Chase on Ladies' Day (3.25pm) at Aintree tomorrow.

And Fairy Rath may go one better in the Crabbie's Topham Chase (4.05pm) on the second day of the Crabbie's Grand National Festival.

Willie Mullins can add quite a few more pounds in his bid to land a first British trainer's title and one of his leading stars Vautour can provide it in the Grade One feature.

Although his odds are prohibitive for betting purposes the sevenyear-old looks to have the 2m4f contest at his mercy.

Golf: Masters preview club results Page His sixlength success in the Ryanair Chase - after he defected from the Cheltenham Gold Cup - was a superb display. His jumping was superb and he looks taylor-made for another victory at Aintree.

The second race over the Grand National fences, the Crabbie's Topham Chase, is always a great spectacle and an ideal hors d'oeuvres to the main event on Saturday.

And like many race over the big fences, previous experience can be key.

Last year's second Fairy Rath certainly has the capability to go one better this time.

Nick Gifford's 10-yearold led for much of the way last year before succumbing late on to Rajdhani Express.

plus He was 10 lengths down at the line but he returns off an identical handicap mark.

-31 He clearly enjoyed the Aintree challenge and, like many past winners of the Topham, he has been kept on the go all season.

He won at Sandown in January and although he was pulled up last time at Kempton, it appears he has been trained to try and go one better this time.

The previous year's placed horses have a good record in the Topham and Fairy Rath can boost that with victory.

Another placed 12 months ago - Micky Hammond's Rathlin - who was third, also has each-way claims again.

Gordon Elliott's Fagan may triumph in the Grade One Doom Bar Sefton Novices' Hurdle (4.40pm).

Nicky Henderson's Buveur D'Air can win the Grade One Top Novices' Hurdle (2.15pm) in the absence of stable-mate Altior.

Nigel Twiston-Davies may land a Ladies Day double with his two Cheltenham Festival winners Blaklion and Ballyandy.

Blaklion can complete a Grade One Festival double with victory in the Grade One Betfred Mildmay Novices' Chase (2.15pm).

The seven-year-old was a game winner of the RSA Chase and looks a horse on the up.

He finished a good fourth to Ryanair World Hurdle hero Thistlecrack over hurdles at this meeting 12 months ago. But his future was always over fences. While he fell on his second start over the big obstacles, three wins from outings since show he is improving quickly.

Twiston-Davies' Ballyandy can also double up in the Grade Two Weatherbys Private Bank Champion Standard Open NH Flat Race (5.15pm) after a similar win in the Cheltenham Champion Bumper.

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Vautour at Cheltenham

Fairy Rath (right) finished second in last year's Topham Chase but can go one better

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