The classiest horse in the field has the benefit of a jockey who has won the National twice and a trainer who has done so once.
He has plenty of weight to carry but on strict handicapping terms, Beau is very well treated and at only 8 years old has scope for improvement.
Destroyed a good field in last year's Whitbread Gold Cup and loves jumping and galloping.
He has a good chance of being right there as they make the final turn for home but further rain would not help his chances.
Balding's mark: 8/10