Double Seven may run again this season, says trainer Martin Brassil

Third-place finish in Grand National bodes well for talented eight-year-old

Curragh trainer Martin Brassil hasn't ruled out another start this season by his stable star Double Seven who ran a fine third in Saturday's Aintree Grand National.

Brassil, who won the National in 2006 with Numbsersixvalverde, saw his horse heavily backed for the Liverpool spectacular but Double Seven faded in the closing stages behind Pineau De Re and Balthazar King. Jockey Tony McCoy reported ground conditions were slower than ideal for Double Seven but Brassil said: "He ran an absolute stormer. We're delighted with him. It's such a tough race but it's been a lucky race for us so far."

“Going to the fourth last I was happy with where he was but I sort of knew going to the back of the third last he wasn’t going to reach the winner. I hoped he might catch the second at that stage. He didn’t quite manage it but he ran his heart out. He is only eight so hopefully he might go back.”

Asked if Double Seven could run again this season, Brassil reported: “We’ll let him get over the race and see where we go. He’s really a spring, summer sort of horse, but now he’s the sort of horse he’s developed into, there won’t be many races for him.”

Brian O'Connor

Brian O'Connor

Brian O'Connor is the racing correspondent of The Irish Times. He also writes the Tipping Point column