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    Easysland looks set to make his seasonal return to action at Cheltenham in November, however one of the main aims for trainer David Cottin will be the 2021 Randox Health Grand National. Easysland won by seventeen lengths over dual National winner Tiger Roll in the 2020 cross-country chase at Cheltenham and while the festival will certainly be playing a major part in Cottin’s plans for the talented six-year-old, the Grand National would be the biggest prize of the campaign.

    Cottin said: “Easysland will go straight to Cheltenham for his comeback, where he will have to carry a lot of weight. He also has the option of the Grand Cross de Compiegne but I would prefer to go to Cheltenham, where he will run at both the November and December meetings.

    “We will then have to decide whether to go to the Grand Cross de Pau, because he has an extra race in his programme. We’ll have to see whether Pau might be one race too many.

    “His two objectives are the Cheltenham Festival in March and the Grand National to follow. We’ll see how his first two runs play out and then we’ll review things.”

    Easysland provided Cottin with an initial success at Cheltenham in December 2019 and following this he was purchased by J P McManus. He earned for himself an official mark of 152 thanks to the win over Tiger Roll in March and after a mere 15 career starts, he still has much more to show.

    Cottin has been more than happy with Easysland’s improvement throughout the summer months and he is optimistic about what the new season will bring.

    He said: “He has strengthened up a lot and his summer holidays have done him the world of good, so I think he’ll be better than ever this season.”