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Junior heads Becher weights

Junior has been left at the head of the weights for Saturday's Betfred Becher Handicap Chase at Aintree.

David Pipe's inmate has not run since Royal Ascot, when well beaten in the Queen Alexandra Stakes, and his sole experience of the unique Grand National fences did not last long when he fell at the second in the 2012 Grand National.

The 10-year-old will shoulder 11st 12lb if he lines up.

Walkon, second to Hennessy winner Triolo D'Alene in the Topham, Big Fella Thanks and Roberto Goldback are next in the weights on 11st 8lb.

Pipe could also saddle Master Overseer, Bostons Angel and Swing Bill, while Donald McCain is considering the Becher for Across The Bay.

The Cholmondeley handler said: "We've got Across The Bay in the Becher and he had a spin over hurdles at Wetherby behind Tidal Bay.

"Kruzhlinin is also in the Becher but he may go to Kelso instead."

Willie Mullins has two possibles in On His Own, a casualty in the last two Grand Nationals, and Vesper Bell.

Planet Of Sound, Wyck Hill, Soll and Midnight Appeal are other interesting contenders.