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Politologue and Min set to renew rivalry at Aintree on Friday

Last year’s one-two will both contest the JLT Chase.

LAST YEAR’S ONE-two Politologue and Min will renew rivalry in the JLT Chase at Aintree on Friday for which seven runners were declared earlier today.

2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival - Ladies Day - Aintree Racecourse Politologue got the better of Min at Aintree last April. Source: Tim Goode

The Paul Nicholls-trained Politologue got the better of Willie Mullins’ hot favourite Min by a neck in last season’s renewal of the two-and-a-half-mile Grade One contest better known as the Melling Chase.

Politologue filled the runner-up berth behind Altior in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at last month’s Cheltenham Festival, a race in which Min could only manage fifth place under Ruby Walsh who teams up again.

Nico de Boinville on Altior wins the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase ahead of Harry Cobden on Politologue and Daryl Jacob on Sceau Royal Altior (centre) wins the Queen Mother Champion Chase ahead of Politologue (left). Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

The race also includes another Irish challenger Woodland Opera, the rank outsider of the septet trained in Moone by Jessica Harrington and partnered by her stable jockey Robbie Power who rode Fox Norton to win the same race two years ago.

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