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Foildubh is going Grand

John Ryan's stable star Foildubh will have his season geared towards a tilt at the Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree next April.

The eight-times winner has mixed it with some of the best chasers around in recent seasons and has run well in defeat on numerous occasions.

Ryan is confident Aintree's National fences will hold no fears for his charge.

"Foildubh is in great form. He seems really well at the moment," said the County Tipperary handler.

"He's rated 151 over fences and the idea is to train him for the English National this year. We might not get another crack at it, so we're keen to give it a go.

"He has the right credentials for the race as he's a class horse - he's won a Grade Two and finished third in a Grade One - and I think he'd go any trip you wanted.

"He had a good run in the Lexus Chase last Christmas. He wasn't beaten far by a Gold Cup winner (Bobs Worth) and finished ahead of last season's Gold Cup winner (Lord Windermere).

"He's a fair horse on his day, so we'll train him for Aintree and he'll probably have a few runs over hurdles before then."