Ballabriggs all set for National repeat
Donald McCain is looking forward to seeing Ballabriggs return to Aintree next month following an excellent run in defeat at Kelso on Saturday.
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Running in the Premier Chase for the third straight year, the 2011 Grand National hero travelled sweetly throughout and stuck to his guns well despite tiring on the run-in to finish third under Jason Maguire.
McCain feels there is plenty of room for improvement fitness-wise ahead of the 12-year-old's return to Merseyside on April 6.
McCain said: "It was grand. Jason said he felt great and although he hated the ground the whole way round, he thought he was going to win jumping the second-last and he has just taken a good blow.
"He was having a good blow after the race, which is what we expected. He travelled well and jumped great, so all in all we're very happy.
"I think he probably ran a bit better than he did in the race a year ago and we look forward to Aintree now."
Ballabriggs is a 20/1 shot with Sky Bet for the John Smith's Grand National.