A brief note to update you on future running plans for Topper. He has come out of Carlisle fine and we now look to where he may go next.
There are two (exciting) targets for him which both fall on the same day, Saturday 9 December. Please mark this in your diaries.
In order of preference at this stage:
- London National 3m 5f at Sandown. (Class 2, £25,000 to the winner.) Right course, right track and his new rating (to be decided next Tuesday) will put him at the right level to be very competitive in this race.
- Beecher Chase 3m 2 furlongs at Aintree over the Grand National fences. (Class 1 Grade 3, £80,000 to the winner)
Undoubtedly a more ambitious target (this year's Grand National winner One For Arthur finished fifth in this race last year) but it certainly fits the bill in terms of distance, time of race and the type of horse Topper is. Participation will depend on the other runners in the race and what racing weight Topper will be given. The plan is to enter and then we will make a decision the week before. Further information can be found http://aintree.thejockeyclub.co.uk/events-tickets/whats-on/becher-chase-day
The hope is that Harry Bannister (OS) will be able to take the ride. Both races will be shown on ITV Racing.