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Ballabriggs wins The Grand National Aintree 09.04.2011

Ballabriggs: could have his first run of the season at Kelso in March

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Ballabriggs on course for Grand National repeat

DONALD McCAIN said on Monday that Grand National winner Ballabriggs was ready to get into more serious work though may not reappear until Kelso, where he warmed up for Aintree by finishing second in a chase last year, in early March.

Trevor Hemmings' chaser is a general 16-1 chance to become the first chaser since Red Rum in 1974 to win consecutive Nationals.

"We are working back from Aintree with Ballabriggs and he will probably go to Kelso again," McCain said.

"If he runs before then I wouldn't know. The whole season is geared around one day. He is cantering away fine.

Donald Mccain Jnr

Donald McCain: trains Ballabriggs

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"He will step up to do some more work this week, he looks great and I am very happy with him."

The 2009 Grand National winner Mon Mome was reported to be fit and well on Monday after his return to form when second in a handicap chase at Cheltenham on Sunday.

The 12-year-old was having his second start since returning from a ligament injury and trainer Venetia Williams said: "He is great and we are very happy with him this morning.

"Obviously it will be another couple of days before we definitely know but we are very pleased at the moment."

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