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Lake View Lad heading straight to Aintree

Lake View Lad trainer Nick Alexander has been forced to ease down on the Grand National contender because of a sinus problem. In reality this shouldn’t affect the ten-year-old’s preparations for the showpiece Aintree marathon in less than five weeks’ time and the runner will be bidding to improve upon last year’s showing when he was pulled-up four fences from the end after being hampered when close to the rear of the field.

The trainer said: “He’s fine, but he had a small sinus issue – he he’d have probably run in the Premier Chase at Kelso on Saturday if it hadn’t been for that, which is a bit annoying.

“He’s in at Cheltenham (in the Ultima Handicap Chase), but I think we’ll go straight to Aintree with him.”

“It should clear up very quickly,”

“He’s back in work, anyway. It was just a small hold-up.

“We might take him away for a gallop at some point. He ran a month ago at Kelso over hurdles, so I’m quite happy with that.”

The Trevor Hemmings-owned grey has already resumed his preparations for the big race and the bookmakers have him chalked-in as a general 40/1 shot with some operators going as low as 33/1.

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