Warren Greatrex is looking forward to seeing Emitom kick off his jumping career in the coming weeks following his impressive return to action at Ascot last Saturday.
The four-year-old son of Gold Well made a winning racecourse debut at Warwick in the spring and picked up where he left off with a second bumper success in Berkshire over the weekend.
Greatrex said: “Emitom is likely to go hurdling now. That is not definite at the moment, but it is the way I’m aiming him.
“He has been OK schooling over hurdles, but he has just taken a bit of time and that is why we thought another bumper run wouldn’t do him any harm.
“If he runs over hurdles we will start him off over two and a half miles with the view that if we need to come back to two, we can. He has got plenty of pace, but he does stay well.
“They didn’t go much of a gallop at Ascot and if they’d have gone quicker it would have helped us.
“He travelled strongly and as soon as he hit the front he veered left, but Harry (Teal) got him over to the rail straight away.”
The Greatrex-trained Keeper Hill is likely to have his sights lowered after finishing last of five runners in the West Yorkshire Hurdle at Wetherby.
The seven-year-old won twice as a novice over fences last season, but fell in the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham and was pulled up on his final outing of the campaign at Ayr.
Greatrex had hoped a switch back to the smaller obstacles would help on his comeback, but he failed to get competitive.
“He had a cut on his leg and he did have a bit of a snotty nose an hour after the race, although he seems OK now,” the trainer added.
“He had not finished a race since February and I don’t know if whether he was just a bit ring rusty – he may have just needed a run.
“We will look at a Pertemps Qualifier and will stay over hurdles for now. We thought Wetherby was worth a punt, though. All the other horses had already had a run and they went a proper gallop and didn’t hang about.”
Missed Approach, winner of the Kim Muir at Cheltenham in March, is being aimed at the Grand National this season and will make his reappearance over the famous Aintree fences early next month.
Greatrex said: “He will go straight to the Becher Chase, but he will also be entered in the Grand Sefton in case it comes up really soft.
“He will have a racecourse gallop somewhere, but he seems in good nick.
“I was going to run him at the last Cheltenham meeting, but I just ran out of time with him.”