Horse Racing: Merigo warms up at Ayr

ANDREW Parker is delighted to be getting a much-needed run into his smart staying chaser Merigo at Ayr today.

Last season's Scottish National hero warms up for the Grand National Trial at Haydock on 19 February with a spin over the smaller obstacles in the Bet Now At Novices' Hurdle.

"It's something we do now and again with him. If you look in the past we give him a run over hurdles just to sharpen him up when we're struggling with a race for him," said Parker.

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"We'll then go to Haydock in a fortnight for the big chase. It's a case of getting some race sharpness back into him."

After Haydock, the Lockerbie trainer hopes Merigo will get a run in the John Smith's Grand National at Aintree on 9 April. If not he will bid for back-to-back victories in the Scottish version the following Saturday.

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