Don’t Push It is bang on course to bid for back-to-back victories in the Grand National following his eye-catching run at the Cheltenham Festival.
Despite finishing out of the money in 10th place to Buena Vista in the Pertemps Final over hurdles and at a trip way short of the Aintree marathon, it was a performance that delighted connections.
“Everything’s fine. He’s come out of the race good and we are looking forward to going back to Aintree again,” Frank Berry, racing manager to owner JP McManus, said.
“He ran well, he got a little bit outpaced at the top of the hill and he ran on again. You’d have to be happy with him. All roads lead to Aintree, that’s the plan.”
Don’t Push It, trained by Jonjo O’Neill and ridden by Tony McCoy, is generally available at 16-1 for the world’s greatest steeplechase on April 9.