Vintage Clouds will have the Randox Health Grand National as his aim with a return to Aintree on the cards in the Becher Chase first.
Sue Smiths gray only got as far as the fence in the National year, but prior to that he had been his usual consistent self and was a fine second.
He was subsequently favourite where he had been sixth, but rider Danny Cook, talking at a media event at Wetherby to get Go Racing In Yorkshire affirmed Aintree was the major aim once more.
He jumped the first fence at Aintree too well and arrived down steeply, said Cook, who directed the Trevor Hemmings-owned nine-year-old at a twist with stablemate Sharp reaction.
The plan is to run him in the Becher Chase in November to get some experience of these fences, before the next effort at the Grand National.
Cook was also aboard his bet365 Charlie Hall Chase bracket in a gallop.
He will confront the Top Ville Ben of Phil Kirby and Kirby are also running stable celebrity Lady Buttons .
She is a star and with no we would not be where we are today, said Kirby.
We look forward to returning Wetherby with her at the start of November, for a race won last year
Ruth Jefferson was in attendance to speak about Waiting Patiently, that has flown the flag for the north in Grade One races although his final effort did not go to plan.
He made his return in the King George and was brought down by Bristol De Mai
His jockey Brian Hughes explained:Although we still had a time and a half to go and that I could not be positive he would stay, he was offering me a excellent feel.
We had been moving quite fast over the initial four components, however, it felt like he was simply doing a hack canter.

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