Blak­lion on track for new crack at Na­tional

The Racing Paper - - News -

NIGEL Twis­ton-Davies says Blak­lion is set to reap­pear af­ter Christ­mas as his trainer looks to­wards an­other Grand Na­tional run.

The nine-year-old was fourth in 2017 af­ter be­ing sent off as favourite and was in a sim­i­lar po­si­tion this year, only to be brought down at the first.

Be­ing pulled up at Sandown a fort­night later sig­nalled the end of his cam­paign although Twis­ton-Davies is again ready­ing him for a shot at Ain­tree glory.

A cou­ple of in­jury is­sues have kept him out of ac­tion to date but the Chel­tenham han­dler feels there is still plenty of time to en­sure he is fir­ing again by April.

Twis­ton-Davies said: “Blak­lion won’t be out un­til af­ter Christ­mas. He had a mi­nor set­back – just a very small thing. There are not many early-sea­son tar­gets for him any­way.

“He is back in work and do­ing lots of it at home and he is get­ting there. The Na­tional is the plan again, all be­ing well.”

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