Pipe plots Aintree return

David Pipe will consider entering La Vaticane for the Randox Health Grand National following her win at Doncaster last week.

La Vaticane could be given an entry in the Grand National

The eight-year-old mare has already had a taste of the famous fences having run in last season's Topham Chase, finishing eight of the 29 runners, and fifth of 17 in the Grand Sefton in December.

Both of those races are over two miles and five furlongs and the French import has done most of her racing at or around that trip.

However, she finished a solid second in a Listed race at Market Rasen on her first run over three miles in between those two outings and appreciated a return to that trip when winning at Doncaster last Thursday despite the steadier of carrying 12-2.

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The handicapper has bumper her up by 6lbs to a mark of 143 which puts her within touching distance of a rating typically required to guarantee a run in the spring showpiece and Pipe told his website that the National was very much on his mind.

"I thought that La Vaticane put up a very good weight carrying performance when lugging 12-2 to victory in the competitive three mile handicap chase at Doncaster on Thursday," he said.

"She jumped very well and saw the trip out nicely to claim the spoils.

"Jumping really is her primary asset and she is sure to take a hike in the weights for this success.

"She has already jumped around Aintree twice before and it is not inconceivable that she will be given an entry in the Grand National itself."

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