Ballabriggs on track for National

Donald McCain reports Grand National hero Ballabriggs in rude health following his encouraging comeback performance at Kelso yesterday.

Donald McCain reports Grand National hero Ballabriggs in rude health following his encouraging comeback performance at Kelso yesterday.

The 11-year-old finished second in the Premier Chase 12 months ago before going on to claim Aintree glory, and although beaten a little further into fourth in this year’s renewal – his first start since the National – McCain was happy with the performance.

He said today: “He’s grand this morning, thankfully, and we were chuffed with his run.

“He ran as well as he did at Kelso last year. Jason (Maguire) actually thought he ran a bit better, so we’re all happy.

“I tried to warn people and tell them that he would come on for the run.

“They’ve just gone a very slow gallop and then sprinted at the finish and he’s just got a bit tired and flattened out a bit.

“He’s where we want him to be at this stage and he’s absolutely fine this morning, so we’ll kick on from here.

“He’ll go for a racecourse gallop somewhere between now and Aintree.”

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