Elegant Escape will need to improve his jumping if he’s to run well in a Grand National. But – unless heavy going puts a far greater emphasis on stamina – doesn’t have the speed for a Gold Cup. Scottish GN or Bet365 would be other alternatives for EE. Hope Native River might take his chance in the Aintree showpiece in 2020 (might even get away without being topweight). Not that I’ll be backing him ante-post – fed up with losing money on Tizzard GN hopefuls.