Holywell is a former Cheltenham Festival winner who is set to line up in the 2016 Grand National for trainer Jonjo O'Neill, and having warmed up for the Aintree marathon with a fine run at Cheltenham in March, then the Jackdaws Castle inmate has to be respected by punters on April 9.
- 15th March 2016 - Cheltenham - Ultima Handicap Chase - 3m, 1f - 2nd
- 30th January 2016 - Doncaster - Sky Bet Chase - 3m - PU
- 21st November 2015 - Haydock Park - Betfair Chase - 3m - 4th
- 31st October 2015 - Wetherby - Charlie Hall Chase - 3m - 6th
Holywell has competed at the highest level over fences, and the former Cheltenham Festival winner will now try to blossom at Aintree in the 2016 Grand National, and should he produce his best performance then has to be considered a lively contender for what is turning into a sparkling renewal of the Merseyside marathon.
He kicked off this season with a sixth placed finish in the Charlie Hall Chase, before he improved on that effort by coming fourth behind Cue Card in Haydock Park's Betfair Chase, which is one of the elite Grade 1 races of the season, but having pulled up in the Sky Bet Chase in January he was aiming to bounce back to form.
A return to the Cheltenham Festival saw him at his best as he chased home Un Temps Pour Tout in the Ultima Handicap Chase on the opening day of the meeting, and if he can replicate that effort on his first try over the National fences, then he could well be attractively handicapped for this year's contest.
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VERDICT: A former Cheltenham Festival winner, Holywell is a real class act on his day, and if Jonjo O'Neill's charge can build on his second placed finish at Cheltenham last month then he could well be a major player off what is an attractive handicap mark.