With conditions no better than soft, the one certainty in this afternoons Foxhunters Chase (4.05pm) is that it will be a real slog.
Last years runner-up Balnaslow heads the majority of lists and the Irish raider ran well enough behind Pacha Du Polder in the Cheltenham equivalent last month.
All the rain that has fallen will put more emphasis on his stamina over this shorter trip and he is without doubt a leading contender.
However, hes half the price he was 12 months ago and Id rather take a chance on another at a massive price with decent Aintree form in the book.
DISTIME only got as far as the third fence when unseating Katie Walsh in this race 12 months ago, but that was a rare blip on what is an excellent CV.
The 12-year-old finished fourth in the 2016 Topham Chase having finished third in the Grand Sefton, again over these fences, the previous December.
He hasnt set the world alight in two runs in point-to-points this season to date, but both of those outings have been over three miles and his best form is over this slightly shorter trip.
The ground conditions should also pose no problems and at 20/1 he looks a nice each-way bet in what is always a competitive contest.
Of those towards the top of the market, my preference is for Colin Tizzards GRAND VISION with the brilliant Jamie Codd an eye-catching booking.
This will be the 12-year-olds first look at these fences, but he is a brilliant jumper and looks the ideal type for a race of this nature.
I expect his pilot to keep things relatively simple and ride the grey positively from the front and the pair may just take some pegging back.
He looks an interesting trading proposition with BETDAQ as he is bound to trade shorter than the 7.0 available in- running.
Two-time winner On The Fringe is back for another go at the age of 13 and is another who could go well.
He actually ran better than his finishing position implies at Cheltenham last time and could re-write the record books.
Grand Vision 4.05pm Aintree
Distime e/w 4.05pm Aintree