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Black team plot path to Aintree

Black Apalachi will return to the course in early 2011 with the aim of going one place better in the John Smith's Grand National.

Trained by Dessie Hughes and owned by Gerard Burke, Black Apalachi put up a heroic performance at Aintree last April, racing at the head of affairs throughout and only being overtaken by Don't Push It at the final fence. He had failed to complete the course in the 2008 and 2009 renewals.

"He just went back into training last week after spending the summer with us. He looks stronger than he did last year and even though he is nearly 12, he acts like a two-year-old. We did a bit of roadwork with him but he obviously won't be back for a while," reported Burke.

"I would say we will follow a similar plan to last season, with one or two hurdle races early next year followed by the Bobbyjo at Fairyhouse. Then hopefully we can come back for another try at Aintree."

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