Lake View Lad will head straight to Aintree

Sinus problem prevented Kelso run.

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Lake View Lad is unlikely to run again before the Randox Health Grand National after being held up with a slight setback.

Trainer Nick Alexander had to ease down the 10-year-old’s work because of a sinus problem.

It should not affect Lake View Lad’s preparation for the Aintree showpiece – in which he was pulled up four fences from home last year, after being hampered when towards the rear of the field.

Alexander 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.”

The grey, owned by Trevor Hemmings, has already resumed his big-race preparations.

“It should clear up very quickly,” added Alexander.

“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.”

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