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Silver By Nature is highly likely to take his place in the John Smith's Grand National following his superb performance at Haydock on Saturday under Peter Buchanan.

Although a definite decision is not expected until later this week, Kinross trainer Lucinda Russell believes the Aintree spectacular is the right race for the nine-year-old, where he is set to carry 10st 12lb.

Russell said: "He`s got a couple of cuts, but apart from that he`s absolutely fine and Geoff Brown (owner) plans to speak to his wife and make a decision about whether he definitely runs in the National, but I think he`s going to be prepared for the race."

She added: "Some time this week we will sit down and have a definite answer, but I would say in the balance of probability, he will be running.

"They don`t tend to get very firm ground at Aintree. He`s got 10st 12lb which is ideal.

"I would say he will go up about 8lb or 10lb for his run so he`s well in and the National is the race for him."

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