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Having finished third in 2014, connections of the much fancied Double Seven, have their sights firmly on the Grand National 2015 in a bid to go two places better this time around.

Owned by JP McManus and trained by Martin Brassil, the eight year old has yet to return to full training, but Brassil is optimistic that improvement will come with age.

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Speaking to Sky Sports he said: “He's in good shape, but he's pre-training at the moment and is not back with me just yet.

“We haven't really sorted out a plan this year, but if he goes over hurdles or fences first it wouldn't really matter as it's all the same to him.

“He's only eight, so you'd hope there'd be a fair bit more to come.

“Aintree is very much at the front of my mind.”

Having seen the back of a tricky 2012 season, Double Seven finally came into his own in June 2013 winning five races on the bounce in Ireland. This was followed up with a sixth place finish at Leopardstown before he travelled across the sea to Aintree where, with AP McCoy on board, he finished a worthy third behind Balthazar King and winner Pineau De Re.

With no races yet scheduled in this season it will be interesting to see if he can keep up his fine form when he does eventually get a run.

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