Ellison ramps up National preparations

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Ellison ramps up National preparations

Trainer Brian Ellison has revealed Definitly Red will be tested over Aintree-style fences ahead of the Grand National next month.

Europe's most valuable jumps race takes place on April 8 this year and Ellison is feeling confident Definitly Red can make a serious challenge for the title in Liverpool.

The eight-year-old chestnut gelding landed the Rowland Meyrick at Wetherby in December before suffering a setback at Haydock Park in January after jockey Henry Brooke was unseated.

However, the Phil Martin-owned charge bounced back to winning ways at Doncaster last time out and Ellison has now confirmed the National hope will be tested over a set of Aintree-like fences.

"Definitly Red is fine and is in great form. He has done nothing wrong all season," he said. "He is 10lb 'well in' in the Grand National and hopefully if he takes to the fences we are very hopeful of a good run.

"They are building a couple of Aintree fences in Malton and the plan is to give him a pop over them beforehand."