Trainer Henry Daly says he is willing to skip the Scottish National at Ayr with Fortescue in order to try and get an entry in the Grand National at Aintree (Fortescue 33/1 Outright).
The ten-year-old has an entry in both races with the Ayr contest coming up on Saturday afternoon.
He is due to carry 11st 10lb for the Scottish National (Fortescue 16/1 Outright) but has been handicapped at 10st 5lb for the National at Aintree, meaning he is currently 48th on the list of entries.
Eight horses currently need to drop out for Fortescue to get a run at Aintree and frustratingly for Daly, his new handicap rating following his Swinley Chase win at Ascot last month means he would have comfortably made the field.
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In the Listed Ascot race, he defeated fellow National hopeful Fiddlerontheroof (14/1) by one-and-a-half lengths so he is potentially arriving into the National in good form.
Now, Daly is hopeful he will see Fortescue get a chance in the Grand National, where Minella Times (14/1) is looking to emulate Tiger Roll and win in consecutive years.
Daly said: “I’d like to go to Aintree – it’s worth a lot of money. But I am trying to cover my bases by making the entry in Scotland.
“If it looks like we are not going to get in at Aintree we could go to Scotland and we also have the Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown next month up our sleeve.
“You do get to hear what is likely to run at Aintree but it is going to be very tricky.”
Prior to the Ascot win, Fortescue finished third in the Grade Two Peter Marsh Handicap Chase and enjoyed a second-place finish at Kempton.
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