John Smith's Grand National favourite The Midnight Club enjoyed a workout on Thursday morning under his potential big-race jockey Ruby Walsh.
The 10-year-old leapt to the head of ante-post lists for the Aintree spectacular with victory in last month's Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse, a race his trainer Willie Mullins won with Hedgehunter before he claimed National glory in 2005.
Walsh, who was on board Hedgehunter and 2000 National hero Papillon, is bound to have a fine choice of rides on April 9, but Mullins is hopeful he will side with his leading fancy.
"Ruby was here and rode a bit of work on him, so we're quite happy," Mullins told At The Races.
"I don't know if Ruby rides at Aintree, but I'd be hoping he does and would want to."