Lucinda Russell contemplating Corach Rambler’s path to Aintree

Lucinda Russell continues to be to resolve which route Corach Rambler will take to the Randox Grand Nationwide on April 15.

Given a peach of a experience from Derek Fox when swooping late to grab the Ultima Handicap Chase ultimately 12 months’s Cheltenham Pageant, the son of Jeremy was once more doing his greatest work late when ending fourth within the Coral Gold Cup at Newbury in November – and Russell believes his working model makes him the right candidate for the Merseyside marathon she gained in 2017 with One For Arthur.

The nine-year-old featured amongst the checklist of entries for the Paddy Energy Cotswold Chase at Prestbury Park on Saturday and though nonetheless a attainable for that race if the steady’s Gold Cup hope Ahoy Senor is rerouted to Newbury, the Kinross handler is tempted to attend till the weights for the Aintree showpiece are finalised earlier than breaking cowl.

Choices embrace Haydock’s Grand Nationwide Trial on February 18 and nearer to residence within the bet365 Premier Chase at Kelso on March 4 – a race used previously by the likes of Ballabriggs, Fabric Cap and Many Clouds en path to Aintree.

“Corach Rambler is in unbelievable kind, mentioned Russell. “ that Scu (Peter Scudamore) rides him on a regular basis and he will get off and says how drained he’s.

“He’s a stunning horse and he wins by way of his persona as a lot as his skill. He’s a horse that loves coming from off the tempo in a giant handicap as we noticed within the Ultima and for that motive we’re fairly eager to go to Aintree for the Grand Nationwide.

“We’ve got to resolve how we get there and we now have the choice of the Grand Nationwide Trial at Haydock, we now have the choice of the Premier Chase at Kelso.

“We had been going to go to the Fleur De Lys (at Lingfield) however as quickly as I noticed all of the inspections, I pulled the plug on that.

“I don’t need him to go up an excessive amount of within the handicap as I believe he’s off fairly a pleasant weight for Aintree, so it’s only a query of how we get him there.”

She continued: “He’s in at Cheltenham and there’s in all probability a query mark on him working there. That mentioned, if the race minimize up and Ahoy Senor went to Newbury, it leaves the way in which open for Corach and though he’s solely run there twice, he’s unbeaten spherical Cheltenham and we all know he likes the observe.

“It might be that we do Cheltenham then Kelso. I might fairly wish to assist the Kelso race and the timing is kind of good with it being 5 weeks earlier than the Grand Nationwide.”

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