Paul Nolan’s Noble Prince will make his seasonal reappearance in the Old Roan Chase at Aintree on Saturday.

The eight-year-old suffered an injury on his final start of the campaign in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham, but Nolan is looking forward to getting him back on the racecourse this weekend.

Nolan said: "All going well, the plan is for him to run on Saturday and I'm very happy with him at home.

"He got injured in Cheltenham but we've had no setbacks since and he's as straight as we can get him without having had a run.

Nolan continued: "Obviously we'll be looking to run him on better ground this season and we are definitely looking at going up in trip.

"He'll be in races like the King George and he obviously has to improve, but we'll see how we get on.

"Hopefully we can keep him injury-free and have a good season with him."  

Noble Prince is one of 19 Roan entries - and the sole Irish contender.

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Last year's winner Albertas Run will not defend his crown. 

Mick Meagher, racing manager for owner Trevor Hemmings, said: "He's fine. He's just not fit enough to run yet, basically.

"I'd say he's maybe three weeks or so away from a run."