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Cloudy Lane - Jason Maguire - Ayr - February 2008

Cloudy Lane's main aim is the National, in which he was sixth last year

  PICTURE: John Grossick  

Cloudy Lane linedup for Peter Marsh Chase tilt

CLOUDY LANE, who finished sixth in the Grand National last season, is in line to run in the Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock on January 17.

The Aintree showpiece is once again the long-term plan for the nine-year-old, who has put up two creditable performances on his last two starts this term, finishing fourth in the Betfair Chase, then third in the Rowland Meyrick at Wetherby last month.

Trainer Donald McCain said: "He ran a nice race [at Wetherby] but I still think there is a little bit of improvement to come for whatever reason.

"Jason [Maguire] said he didn't enjoy the ground down the back at Wetherby at all, hence he didn't jump as well as he can.

"He ran nicely up the straight, though, and was staying on all the way to the line. He's going the right way and will be entered in the Peter Marsh at Haydock and he'll almost certainly go there - as long as we can get the graft into him.

"The Grimthorpe, which he won last year, is a possibility also, as it is for Idle Talk, who is also owned by Mr Hemmings and being aimed at the National too - he's just having a break now."

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