• Lake View Lad connections wait for Aintree prep

    Lake View Lad connections are aiming for another crack at the Grand National on 4th April, however the likelihood is that the grey will have to wait until the middle of February before taking part in his next race.

    The Trevor Hemmings-owned runner put in an excellent showing when finishing third in the Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase at Wetherby on 26th December, his second start of the campaign. Nick Alexander was more than happy with his performance on that occasion although the trainer won’t be running him again until the weights for the 2020 Grand National are released on February 11th.

    The Fife-based trainer said: “He’s come out of it really well.

    “We’re very happy with him. He had his first canter on Tuesday and looked absolutely spot on.

    “I suspect we might not run him until the National weights are out. He’s dropped another 1lb (to 154) for that. We might wait until February to run him now – because he has a hard old race the other day.

    “He finished strongly, looked like he stayed very well, so the dream is still alive.

    “The National is the target. We will run him before then, but I’m not quite sure where we’ll go.”

    Lake View Lad appeared in the 2019 renewal of the Randox Health Grand National although he was pulled up after being hampered at the fourth-last fence by a faller. The ten-year-old is an ante-post price of 33/1 with Ladbrokes Bookmakers to win the famous steeplechase on April 4th.

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