Weird Al fell at the second-last in the Grand National at AintreePICTURE: Getty Images
National-bound Weird Al to start in Charlie Hall
LAST year's bet365 Charlie Hall Chase winner Weird Al could make his seasonal reappearance in the Wetherby Grade 2 on November 3, with a return to Aintree for the John Smith's Grand National, in which he fell at the second-last this year, his big target.
Having joined Donald McCain last season from Ian Williams, Weird Al won the Charlie Hall, before finishing third in the Betfair Chase, pulling up in the Gold Cup and finishing his season at Aintree.
Speaking to The Weekender for an exclusive blockbuster stable tour, McCain said: "We will start off in the Charlie Hall Chase and, having changed a couple of things in his training, I hope we can get more consistency this season.
"My thoughts at the moment are that we have twice been to the Gold Cup and he didn't enjoy it so we will make the Grand National his target."
McCain has an enviable record in the race his family name is synonymous with and on this year's run, McCain added: "Coming to the second-last he was still going well when hampered, which caused him to fall."
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