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Rebecca Curtis confident that Joe Farrell will edge its way into the 2019 Grand National

It was Scottish National success for Rebecca Curtis-trained Joe Farrell in 2018, however a setback has prevented the runner from making any appearances of late and the possibility remains that he won’t be deemed fit enough to run before the weights released for the 2019 Grand National.

The current rating for Joe Farrell is 142 and while Delusionofgrandeur went off the same mark in 2018, this was only as a reserve.

Curtis said: “Joe Farrell should be ready to run in about four weeks.

“He was back in late, but I haven’t got anything planned for where his prep run will be. We’re aiming at the Grand National.

“The worry we have, though, is that he might not get in off 142 and he won’t be ready in time to have a run before the weights come out. He’s been back in about six weeks.

“If he doesn’t get in, we’ll go for the Scottish National again.”

The Pembrokeshire-Based trainer has abandoned plans to steer Relentless Dreamer towards this year’s Grand National after the runner received an injury at Cheltenham in October.

“Sadly Relentless Dreamer got a very small tear in a tendon after his Cheltenham race,” Curtis said.

“We could get him back into training in about six weeks, but he wouldn’t be ready to run until the end of April and there isn’t much for him then. Sadly I think we’ll just write this season off and look after him for next season.”