Rebecca Curtis has her fingers crossed that last year’s Scottish National winner Joe Farrell will scrape into the field for the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree.
A setback has prevented him from making the track so far this season, but he is now back in training.
Currently rated 142, he will not be fit enough to run before the weights are released for Aintree and while Delusionofgrandeur did get a run off the same mark last year, that was only as a reserve.
“Joe Farrell should be ready to run in about four weeks,” said Curtis.
“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.”
Curtis has had to shelve Aintree plans for Relentless Dreamer, who won at Cheltenham in October.
“Sadly Relentless Dreamer got a very small tear in a tendon after his Cheltenham race,” she 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.”