Pat Fahy’s 11-year-old Gelding keen to impress this year, having notably finished 3rd in the 2014 RSA Chase and 4th in the Ultima Handicap Chase at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival.
He also secured an eighth-place finish in the Grand National two years ago. Although since he has not appeared on a racecourse with his only runs having been in two point-to-points this season.
He currently sits 69th in the list of entries with no guarantee of making the 40-strong line-up.
Fahy however, is confident that he will be given the call to line up once again in the Aintree marathon. Firstly, he will run in the Foxhunter Chase at Prestbury Park on Cheltenham Gold Cup day.
“It is going to be touch and go as to whether we get in this year and we also need to give him a run under Rules to qualify him for this year’s race,” Fahy stated. “If he can run well at Cheltenham, then there is a good chance we will aim Morning Assembly at the Grand National again.”
The County Carlow handler had voiced his concerns over problems the 11-year-old had faced since his 2016 Aintree run. “He could have gone around again after his last win and his enthusiasm is just remarkable.”
Meanwhile, Master Dee is ‘very unlikely’ to run at Cheltenham but he may well line up over the Grand National fences following a victory at Kempton.
The Fergal O’Brien-trained 9-year-old who landed the Betadaq Handicap Chase under Barry Geraghty, now looks head to Merseyside to contest the Topham Chase on Ladies Day.
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