Lucinda Russell will consider her options for the exciting Corach Rambler, who attended both the Agetur UK Ltd Classic Chase and the Wigley Group Hampton Novices’ Chase in Warwick on Saturday.
Russell, who also entered the Big River stable in the £ 100,000 Classic Chase, is quietly tempted by the prospect of racing Corach Rambler in the feature-length race, despite the eight-year-old having only had three races beyond the fences.
The handicap lifted him 15 pounds for wins at Aintree and Cheltenham and Russell is eager to see how he would fare in open company, especially as he would be at a weight disadvantage if he collided with Paul Nicholls’ Threeunderthrufive in the beginner chase. grade two.
“We’ll take a look at the weights and everything and see what to do with Big River because it’s in Kelso again on Sunday,” said Russell.
“If the terrain is not bad, Corach could be handicapped.
“He’s definitely an improving horse. He’s a little under the radar because of Ahoy Senor, but he’s done nothing wrong and is clearly improving.
“In my opinion it remains, I know that Scu (Peter Scudamore, partner and assistant coach) is 100% sure he will, but I think he will and maybe out of 142 there is some room for maneuver.
“If he ran as a Grade Two novice, he would have to improve by at least 6 pounds to beat Threeunderthrufive, so I think he could be better off with the big handicap by going for a big pot.
“He’s eight, he’s still getting better and when you watch Cheltenham again, he still has something to do. It’s exciting to have another great weekend coming up.”
Russell won the Classic with the next Grand National One For Arthur winner in 2017 and wouldn’t rule out Big River if the game was put to the test.
“He looks very good, he’s jumping better than he’s ever done, he’s just turned 12 and he’s finally taken control,” he continued.
“It’s blooming so it could go to Warwick or Kelso, which is a track he loves but it’s only three miles. I suppose it will go where the ground is softer.”
Others in the Classic Chase mix include the Achilles and Commodore duo trained by Venetia Williams, Dr. Richard Newland’s Minella Encore, and Henry Daly’s Head To The Stars.
There are seven possible in the Hampton Novices’ Chase, which was announced Monday brings a £ 25,000 bonus to any horse that wins it and continues to Cheltenham in March.
Any News, Doyen Breed, Midnight River, Mint Condition and Mossey Fen could take on Threeunderthrufive and Corach Rambler.
Ballymore Leamington’s Beginner Hurdle attracted 14 entries as the other Grade Two on the card.
Among them are Gelino Bello, Howdyalikemenow, Gordon Elliott’s Mr Fred Rogers, Stag Horn and Surrey Quest.