Sean Doyle has booked Sean Flanagan to ride Crosshue Boy in the Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr.
After Crosshue Boy beat Dingo Dollar – current ante-post favourite for Saturday’s marathon – in the Novices’ Champion Chase at the meeting 12 months ago, Doyle has always had an eye on returning for the feature race.
A trip to Aintree in December helped to confirm a return to Ayr was the best plan of attack, and he has had just two runs over hurdles since the Becher Chase.
“The plan is to run,” said Doyle.
“This has been the plan since Christmas. He’s in very good form, and we’re hoping the good ground will bring out the best in him.
“We took him to Aintree for the Becher to see if he’d take to the place. But David Mullins came in and told us he wasn’t mad about the fences, so after that we decided to target this race.
“We’ve got Sean Flanagan booked to ride him. We’ve kept him fresh, and I think he’ll get the trip, so hopefully he’ll run well.”