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Because on target for Aintree

Becauseicouldntsee is a likely participant in the John Smith's Grand National at Aintree on Saturday week after making a pleasing recovery from surgery on an injury sustained at Leopardstown over Christmas.

The Noel Glynn-trained eight-year-old finished second to Majestic Concorde in the Paddy Power Chase and has not been seen since.

"Becauseicouldntsee is 99% certain to line up in the Grand National," said County Clare-based Glynn, who owns the horse as well.

"You never know what's going to happen in the week building up to the race - usually everything goes wrong - but he has recovered well since having surgery a couple of months ago.

"He got a nick in his hind leg in the Paddy Power Chase and it looked nothing at the time, but the impact on the bone was more severe than we thought so he had to go under the knife.

"He is a fantastic jumper and seems to prefer to go left-handed, so I am hopeful he can run well at Aintree. He has a lovely racing weight (10st 8lb) and we are keeping our fingers crossed that he gets there now.

"Fitness won't be an issue, he will definitely get the four and a half miles and I see there is a little rain forecast, which will certainly help our cause."

Glynn also confirmed that Davy Russell will be aboard his charge in the world's most famous steeplechase, provided he returns from injury in time.

"Davy says he will be back in time to take the ride and I am just hoping his fracture heals quick enough," said the trainer.


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