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New baby and National chance for busy Moffatt

By Nick Robson

Jimmy Moffatt could be set for a whirlwind few days after hearing Just A Par had scraped into tomorrow's Randox Health Grand National as first reserve.

At yesterday's 10am declaration stage, trainer Moffatt faced the heartache of seeing his 12-year-old miss the final cut of 40 by one.

However, the late defection of Mall Dini before today's 1pm deadline means the former Paul Nicholls-trained gelding, who finished seventh in the Becher Chase on his first run for new connections, now gets the chance to run in the £1m feature after finishing a lowly 14th two years ago.

Cartmel-based Moffatt said: "There's always a story - my wife is due to give birth any day now and she said the baby lowered last night, so it's getting close - and I've got a runner in the Topham (today, Highland Lodge)!

"I'd better try and find a jockey too. It will be worth it to have a runner in the National, though, and his owner Mark Scott will be delighted."

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