He was then favourite for the Scottish National, where he was sixth, but regular rider Danny Cook, speaking at a press event at Wetherby for Go Racing In Yorkshire on Monday, confirmed Aintree was the big aim once again.
“He jumped the first fence at Aintree too well and came down steeply,” said Cook, who partnered the Trevor Hemmings-owned nine-year-old in a spin with stablemate Sharp Response.
“The plan is to run him in the Becher Chase in November to get some experience of the fences, before another attempt at the Grand National.”
“She is a star and without her we wouldn’t be where we are today,” said Kirby.
“We look forward to returning to Wetherby with her at the beginning of November, for a race she won last year.”
Ruth Jefferson was in attendance to speak about Waiting Patiently, who has flown the flag for the north in Grade One races for the past couple of season, although his last campaign did not go entirely to plan.
He made his return in the King George on Boxing Day and was brought down by Bristol De Mai.
His jockey Brian Hughes explained: “Although we still had a mile and a half to go and I couldn’t be sure that he would stay, he was giving me a great feel.
“We were going quite quickly over the first four fences, but it felt like he was just doing a hack canter.”