Ellison considers National for Red

Brian Ellison will consider running Definitly Red in the Randox Health Grand National if his smart chaser shows a liking for the unique obstacles.

Definitely Red (right) could be aimed at the Grand National

The North Yorkshire trainer is to test the eight-year-old over some National-type fences he is having specially built on his gallops.

Ellison is giving his Rowland Meyrick Chase winner an easy time following an unlucky run in the Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock.

He looked like staying on for a place behind the impressive winner Bristol De Mai when he was badly hampered three out, causing Henry Brooke to be unseated.

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"I think he'd have finished second," said Ellison.

"He was starting to stay on again but he had made that mistake down the back. He was also hating the ground.

"He came out of it well and we've given a couple of easy weeks.

"We're going to go with him again in early March with a view to whether we go to the Grand National or not.

"He might go either to Kelso or for the Grimthorpe (at Doncaster).

"It depends on how he schools over the fences. We're going to have some National-style fences built up in a couple of weeks' time.

"If he takes to them well, then he might run at Aintree."

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