Rebecca Curtis hopeful that Joe Farrell will scrape into the field for 2019 Grand National

2018 Scottish National winner Joe Farrell is now back in training and will be aimed at the 2019 Randox Grand National

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Rebecca Curtis-trained Joe Farrell won the 2018 Scottish National, however a setback has thus far prevented him from making any appearances and the likelihood is that he won’t be deemed fit enough to run prior to the weights being released for the big race at Aintree.

Joe Farrell is currently rated 142 and while Delusionofgrandeur did manage a run of the same mark in 2018, this was as a reserve.

Curtis said: ”Joe Farrell should be ready to run in about four weeks.

“He was back in late, but I haven’t got anything planned for where his prep run will be. We’re aiming at the Grand National.

“The worry we have, though, is that he might not get in off 142 and he won’t be ready in time to have a run before the weights come out. He’s been back in about six weeks.

“If he doesn’t get in, we’ll go for the Scottish National again.”

The trainer has been forced to abandon plans to steer Relentless Dreamer towards the 2019 Grand National after the runner sustained an injury at Cheltenham in October.

“Sadly Relentless Dreamer got a very small tear in a tendon after his Cheltenham race,” Curtis said.

“We could get him back into training in about six weeks, but he wouldn’t be ready to run until the end of April and there isn’t much for him then. Sadly I think we’ll just write this season off and look after him for next season.”