Captain Redbeard is out to book his ticket for the Grand National in Saturday’s Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock.

Stuart Coltherd’s stable star has already won the Tommy Whittle at the track this season and the trainer is hoping his love affair with Merseyside lasts until April.

The nine-year-old has already run over the National fences this season, suffering a troubled passage when sixth in the Grand Sefton.

“The plan is to run, he enjoyed the conditions last time and it’s only two furlongs further,” said Coltherd.

“I’m not actually sure why I ran him last time (in the Tommy Whittle) as I wasn’t sure he’d enjoy three miles and heavy ground, but he got it (the trip) well.

“He’s up to 144 now which would almost guarantee him a run in the National.

“He was in the process of running a good race in the Grand Sefton but he got hampered by a faller and then when he needed to meet the next one right, he met it wrong and it was race over.

“Depending on how he gets on this weekend, he’ll more than likely get a National entry.”