Moffatt looks at Aintree return
Highland Lodge is on target to defend his crown in the Betfred Becher Handicap Chase at Aintree next month.
Highland Lodge and Henry Brooke jump the final fence as they win last year's Betfred Becher Chase.
Trainer Jimmy Moffatt reports the 10-year-old on course for the three-and-a-quarter-mile contest over the Grand National fences which he won last season.
That was Highland Lodge's first start since he was bought out of Emma Lavelle's stable for #22,000 last November.
He was pulled up in the Scottish National at Ayr on his only other outing.
"He's in great form. I'm very happy with him," said Cumbria-based Moffatt.
"We believe he's a horse that runs well fresh and the Scottish National didn't suit him at all.
"He goes straight back to the Becher Chase. He's been in training a fair while now, since the middle of July, and he's bouncing. He's in great nick."
Moffatt revealed that he expects Henry Brooke, who won the Becher last year on Highland Lodge, will have returned from injury in time to take the mount.
Brooke sustained eight broken ribs, a collapsed lung and shoulder damage in a fall from Old Storm at Hexham four weeks ago, but has made such good progress that he intends to ride out for Moffatt next week.
"I saw him at Doncaster Sales on Tuesday. He must be made of iron. He's going to ride out for me next week," said the trainer.
"I hope the prospect of him riding Highland Lodge at Aintree again is a small incentive."