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Racing tips and news: Vics Canvas out to strike for veterans in Grand National

• Dermot McLoughlin’s stable star goes to Aintree without a prep run
• Last year’s 100-1 third is only slightly shorter at 66-1 for this year’s renewal

Vics Canvas will attempt to become the oldest Grand National winner since 1853 when he lines up for the famous race in April as a 14-year-old, but he must do so without a prep-run because of a badly timed setback. The Irish raider, a heroic third in last year’s race after all but falling at Becher’s Brook on the first circuit, was supposed to make his reappearance in December but sustained a minor leg injury.

“You’ll see him in the National, but he won’t get a run before then,” revealed Dermot McLoughlin, his County Meath-based trainer, who had planned to race the horse in Britain at the end of last year, either in the Becher Chase or a veterans race at Kelso. “He got a little knock on his joint, there was a little bit of a crack there.

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