Gordon Elliott's Escaria Ten all set for Aintree Grand National

Gordon Elliott has Grand National options aplenty, whether in the English or Irish versions. Escaria Ten will take his chance at Aintree for the McNeill family.

Escaria Ten is towards the head of the betting for the Randox Grand National on April 9 and heading to Aintree says trainer Gordon Elliott.

The McNeill family owned 8-year-old was beaten a nose in the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse and heads to the big one on Merseyside ready for the challenge ahead.

Elliott has plenty of National options, be it the English or Irish version and the Cullentra Hourse handler has indicated where each of his runners will head.

"We'll have five or six in each. Obviously we've not decided yet," said Elliott.

"Run Wild Fred will either go here or to Aintree. I've not decided yet, Fury Road could be a possible runner, Mount Ida goes to Aintree, Escaria Ten goes to Aintree, Farclas goes to Aintree, Hardline could run here.

"Samcro has yet to be decided. Coca Beach has to be decided, Floueur will go here, Aramax will go here, Frontal Assault will go here, Grand Paradis probably won't run, then we're down to the 70s and I don't think they will get in."

Elliott reckons a dark horse for the Boylesports Irish Grand National on April 18 could be Death Duty who he labelled as "dangerous".

The County Meath trainer talked up Death Duty as one of the better handicapped of his string at Cheltenham, with the 11-year-old staying on well for a reasonable sixth in the Ultima Handicap Chase.

"If Death Duty could get in there off the bottom he could be dangerous. He came out of he race very well. Jack (Kennedy) said coming down the hill he lacked a gear and came home strong. He has put a few good runs together and we're happy with him," he said.

"I know he was sixth, but he ran well and he wasn't beaten far. It could suit Death Duty. It's an open race, like looking into a crystal ball.

"I think at a massive price, he has an each-way chance."

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