Trainer Alan King is hopeful that ground conditions at Aintree will favour West End Rocker in Saturday’s Grand National.
King’s charge is 10/1 with bookmaker to triumph in the showpiece event of the jumps season, with Gold Cup winner Synchronised and last year’s National winner Ballabriggs also among those expected to challenge.
An upbeat King said: “I am encouraged by the report about the ground at Aintree from clerk of the course, Andrew Tulloch.
“It’s now all systems go for Rocker and, while we would not want a bog, we know that he enjoys getting his toe in, so ground on the easy side of good would do fine.”
Last year, West End Rocker fell at Becher’s Brook, but returned to Aintree in December to romp to victory in the Becher Chase, with Wayne Hutchinson taking over on board from Robert Thornton.