Lake View Lad to be given Grand National entry

Lake View Lad (left) is to be given an entry in the Grand National

Nick Alexander is hoping the rain arrives soon for Lake View Lad to have some more track action ahead of a possible crack at the Randox Health Grand National.

The nine-year-old carried Trevor Hemmings’ colours to success in Newcastle’s Rehearsal Chase and in the Rowland Meyrick at Wetherby, and has yet to taste defeat since being bought by the three-time Grand National-winning owner.

He holds an entry in the Hawk Handicap Hurdle at Kelso on Tuesday, but is unlikely to take his chance unless conditions ease.

“He’s a possible, but he’ll probably need a drop of rain to run. He’s a bit unlikely,” said Alexander.

“Beyond that we just need to see some wet somewhere. Otherwise he’ll stay here for the time being.

“Mr Hemmings has asked me to put him in the National, so we’ll put him in.”

The Fife-based trainer added: “We’ve had a good run of it and it was great to win the Rowland Meyrick. That will go down as one of my career highlights.

“I’m very proud to have won that. Hopefully we will win more nice races.”