Finian's Rainbow: will step-up in trip in the John Smith's Melling ChasePICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Finian's Rainbow heads Melling Chase entries
QUEEN Mother Champion Chase hero Finian's Rainbow will face a maximum of ten rivals when he contests Friday's John Smith's Melling Chase at Aintree.
In one of the races of the festival, Finian's Rainbow got the better of a titanic battle with Sizing Europe and steps up in trip to contest Friday's 2m4f Grade 1 contest.
Albertas Run, winner of the race in 2010 and runner-up in the Ryanair Chase last month, also featuresamong Saturday's entries, along with Ryanair third Medermit and Arkle runner-up Cue Card.
On a star-studded card, Supreme Novices' Hurdle runner-up Darlan heads 21 entries for the Grade 2 Tangle Teaser Top Novices' Hurdle, while Champion Court and Join Together are among 11 entries for the John Smith's Mildmay Novices' Chase.
Fingal Bay, who missed the Cheltenham Festival through injury, could make his return to action in the John Smith's Sefton Novices' Hurdle, after featuring among 29 possibles for the race.