Flemensfirth had another top staying chase winner at Ayr on Saturday when the Tim Vaughan-trained Beshabar (9g Flemensfirth-In Our Intrest, by Buckskin) took the G3 Scottish National.
The John Cotter-bred nine-year-old kept on to win the extended four-mile chase by three-quarters of a length and the 2011 Grand National at Aintree is firmly on the agenda next season.
“Richard Johnson gave him a fantastic ride, I didn’t really give him any instructions. I just told Richard we employ him because he’s as good as any jockey around,” Vaughan told Press Association Sport. “There is no doubt that we will aim him at the Aintree Grand National next season and all the plans through the season will be geared towards that.”
Johnson added: “He jumped really well and enjoyed himself and I enjoyed myself as well. “He’s very tough and every time (runner-up) Merigo came back at him, he kept pulling out more and more.”