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Aintree next for Sensation

Next Sensation could bid for compensation at Aintree after running a tremendous race in defeat at Cheltenham last week.

The seven-year-old went close to making all the running in the Grand Annual Handicap Chase only to be caught in the final 100 yards and be beaten under two lengths in fourth place behind Savello.

While delighted with the performance, trainer Michael Scudamore felt Next Sensation may have been unsettled by the antics of Oscar Hill which saw a delay to the start.

Even so, Scudamore reports his gallant charge to have taken his exertions really well and is likely to give him entries in the Grade One Maghull Novices' Chase and the Red Rum Handicap Chase at the Crabbie's Grand National meeting next month.

"He ran a superb race. It was one of those races you were delighted with his run and a little frustrated he didn't get beaten that far," said the South Herefordshire-based trainer.

"I think the delay at the start wouldn't have helped him. He's a nervy sort and probably made them go off a bit faster than perhaps we had all planned.

"All things considered, trying to do it the hard way he's run a heck of a race. I thought he'd have a really hard race, but he seems to have come out of it really bright and well.

"We're hoping to get him to Aintree if he shows he's still in the same spirit. We'll keep a close eye on him and he'll have an entry in the two-mile handicap and the two-mile novice, I'd have thought. We'll see what we like the look of nearer the time.

"At the moment he's come back so happy and well. We have a really exciting horse to look forward to."