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Seven heads straight to Aintree

Double Seven's next race is likely to be in the Crabbie's Grand National following his first run for 126 days at Leopardstown.

Trainer Martin Brassil was satisfied with the effort of the JP McManus-owned eight-year-old in the unsuitable ground conditions when sixth behind Pass The Hat in the Carrickmines Handicap Chase.

All roads now lead to Merseyside on April 5 after Double Seven returned to the track for the first time since he completed a five-timer at Wexford in late October.

Double Seven has been flagged up as the possible mount of Tony McCoy in the big race, with Colbert Station also in the running for the champion jockey's services.

"He feels fine, but he hasn't done much since the race," said the County Kildare handler, who won the National with Numbersixvalverde in 2006.

"He's just had a couple of easy days, but he seems to have taken the race well enough. I had him fairly fit and I don't know much it will bring him on but I suppose he ran as well as to be expected on that ground. At the minute the plan is to go straight for the National."