Ellison waits on Neptune Equester's National chance
North Yorkshire trainer Brian Ellison is staying hopeful that his horse Neptune Equester will make the field for the Grand National.
The nine-year-old is amongst the 48 declared at the five-day stage with one final cut to come 24 hours before the race at Aintree.
Malton-based Ellison told BBC Radio York: "We need two to come out.
"We're very hopeful. People change their minds or the ground gets too soft or vice-versa."
He added: "The rain won't bother him. If it was softer it would help him."
It will be the horse's first time in the race and Ellison said: "We bought him at sales a year and a half ago.
"Keith Mercer used to ride him and Keith said to go and have a look at him.
"I bought him and he was second in the Durham National and then he won his next couple.
"He won a good race at Haydock this year but his last few races haven't been as good. Basically he's just been wanting a little break.
"After his last run which was on firm ground, we gave him a little break and feel he's come back and he's really well in himself.
"It's all down to if he takes to the National."