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Fruity O’Rooney aims for Aintree Grand National after Cheltenham

Fruity O'Rooney is to be aimed at Aintree's Grand National meeting following another brave effort at Cheltenham.

Trainer Gary Moore is hoping the nine-year-old's turn will come in the John Smith's Handicap Chase over three miles and a furlong at the Merseyside track on Grand National day, April 14.

Fruity O'Rooney failed by just a length to hold Alfie Sherrin in the JLT Specialty Handicap Chase on the opening day of the Festival.

"He's had a bit of light exercise (on Friday) and seems fine. We'll wait for Liverpool now. He's going for the three-mile handicap chase there," said Moore.

"I'd like to think he'd win a big one and I thought it might be the other day - he never ceases to amaze me, this horse.

"He always tries so hard. If every horse had his heart this game would be a lot easier."

PA Media