Double Shuffle is set to get a second chance at the Randox Grand National – four years after its unsuccessful first appearance.
The Tom George-trained hunter was just seven years old when he faced the famous Aintree fences and extreme distance in 2017.
It turned out to be too long in the end, and Double Shuffle was eventually stopped before the second to last in the race won by One For Arthur.
He’s a much more seasoned campaigner these days, with a fine record that includes a second place finish in the 2017 King George VI Chase – and his Cotswolds coach is looking forward to giving him another chance at 11 on Saturday.
“He’s ready to go,” said George.
“He had a great preparation and he’s in good shape. Johnny Burke is riding.
“He raced at the National four years ago, but he was a bit immature.
“He hasn’t seen the trip, but he’s grown a lot bigger since then and is more mature. He should be fine now.”