Emerg­ing Force tar­get­ing Becher

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - SPORTS -

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.”

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