Gordon Elliott: Plenty of positives for lightly-raced Fagan in my National hat-trick bid

Gordon Elliott
Gordon is chasing a hat-trick of Nationals
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Gordon Elliott is chasing a treble of hat-trick winners with Fagan at Ayr for the Scottish edition of the great race. Get his thoughts on Fagan's Scottish National chances and also Brelade in his Saturday runners column here...

"To win this would mean we will have won three Nationals in the space of three weeks so that would really be something!"

Pleasing performance expected from Brelade

Ayr, 14:55
Brelade

Brelade is a lovely big horse who has been representing himself very well this season, heading here with seven starts this term behind him. He is a consistent sort who was beaten less than 13L in the County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. He is going to appreciate the better ground today and while he has plenty to do stepping back into Grade 2 company I would expect another pleasing performance from the six-year-old.

Fagan has every chance of landing the hat-trick

Ayr, 16:05
Fagan

Fagan contests the Scottish Grand National with a full field of 30 runners. He is another very consistent yet lightly raced individual, he won his bumper here back in 2015 and has progressed into a really nice horse. Last seen in October at Cheltenham chasing home the highly regarded Black Corton he runs well fresh and heads here in fantastic form.

He does face a huge step up in trip today but I think he will handle it and he will enjoy the good ground so I hope he could go close here with Paul Nicholls' two-time Scottish National winner Vicente the one to beat - to win this would mean we will have won three Nationals in the space of three weeks so that would really be something!

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