Chelsea Harbour (10-1) was a brave winner of the three-and-a-half-mile Aspace Cabins Grand National Trial Handicap at Punchestown today.
Sent off a 10-1 chance, Davy Russell’s mount was always prominent before moving up to take the lead with 10 fences left to jump.
It looked as though Russell could have made his move too early as Arbor Supreme cruised up on the turn for home and the pair settled down to fight it out.
They were neck and neck jumping the second-last but Chelsea Harbour dug deep on the run to the last.
Despite jumping out to his left, Tom Mullins’ runner pulled seven lengths clear.
Arbor Supreme, the 3-1 favourite, kept on for second with Lydon House third.
Both Paddy Power and VC Bet go 33-1 about his chance for the John Smith’s Grand National, while William Hill offer 50s for a race that is certainly on Chelsea Harbour’s schedule.
Mullins said: “It’s hard to get him fit as he needs races to get him fit.
“He’s only just getting fit now and I knew he was coming on for each race.
“As long as he’s well, he will go for the Grand National at Aintree.”