Swan sets long-term National plan

Charlie Swan is already looking forward to next year’s John Smith’s Grand National, when he could have two runners in Offshore Account and Oodachee.

Offshore Account ran well for a long way before fading into 15th place of the 17 finishers as Swan’s first runner in the Aintree showpiece on Saturday.

It was his second start since he recovered from a leg injury and his first outing over fences since the Betfair Chase in November 2007.

“Offshore Account is fine and his legs are great,” said the Tipperary trainer.

“He’d had a bad preparation so he just got a bit tired unfortunately, but he ran really well and hopefully he’ll go for it again next year.

“I’m going to give him a break now and have a full campaign with him next season.”

Oodachee also took to the unique fences when second to Irish Raptor in the Topham Chase on Friday.

“He ran a great race in the Topham and he now could go for the old Whitbread (Bet365 Gold Cup) at Sandown or a three-mile handicap chase at Punchestown,” Swan went on.

“He could be a National possible next year as well.”

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