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Ross remains in Topham frame

Ante-post favourite Double Ross heads a field of 51 at the confirmation stage for the Crabbie's Topham Chase at Aintree on Friday.

The eight-year-old, trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies, has been in terrific form this term winning a valuable handicap chase at Cheltenham in December and third in the JLT Novices' Chase at the Festival on his latest start.

Rajdhani Express and Hunt Ball, who were also towards the head of the betting, have been withdrawn. The latter is in the Crabbie's Grand National.

They are both trained by Nicky Henderson, who still has Ma Filleule, Tanks For That and Giorgio Quercus as possibles in the handicap over two miles five and a half furlongs over the National fences, for which there is a maximum field of 30.

Savello and Spring Heeled, two Irish-trained winners at the Cheltenham Festival, have been taken out.

Irish interests are still represented by the likes of Henry de Bromhead's You Must Know Me and Last Time D'Albain, who was third behind Triolo D'Alene in this race 12 months ago for Liam Cusack.

The weights are now headed by Martin Keighley's stable stalwart Champion Court, while other entries include Rebel Rebellion, Big Fella Thanks, Tatenen and Lost Legend.