Emerging Force targeting Becher
HARRY Whittington believes Emerging Force will be ideally suited to the Grand National fences in the Randox Health Becher Chase at Aintree.
The handler is considering giving the seven-year-old an outing in the Grade Three contest on December 9 after making a satisfactory re-appearance at the same level at Ascot earlier this month.
Whittington said: “He has come out of the Ascot race so well. He was so fresh on Monday morning.
“We are thinking about the Becher Chase as we always felt he could be a Grand National type of horse as he has got the right sort of profile for it.
“I was happy enough with the run at Ascot as he had not run for the best part of seven months. He just made a mistake at a crucial part of the race when they were starting to put him under pressure.
“That is the only real mistake he has ever made over fences as he is very good with his jumping. I’m not saying we would have beaten the winner but he would have finished closer.
“He has had that first run now and he will be very fit come the Becher.” n CONNECTIONS of five-year-old Footpad were thrilled with his victorious chasing debut at Navan on Sunday.
Trained by Willie Mullins, Footpad was a classy hurdler, finishing fourth in the Champion Hurdle in March, and got his career over fences off to the best possible start with an 11-length win.
Anthony Bromley, racing manager for owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede said: “It was lovely to see. It wasn’t a total surprise as the horse has got great form over hurdles and he was always going to be a nice chaser. The manner of it was great.
“It will be up to Willie where he goes but I imagine he will be campaigned between two and two and a half miles and then we’ll see where we go. It will fit around with what else he has got.”