Jamie Snowden is thinking long term for Adrrastos – with a crack at Aintree’s Topham Chase on his mind next spring.
Fourth in the Red Rum Handicap over the Mildmay fences last season, the seven-year-old was busy all summer and then a good winner at Kempton last time out in October.
Snowden said: “He has improved and improved.
“He had year and a half off with an injury, but he has come back this time round and done nothing but get better all season.
“He was fourth in the Red Rum at Aintree in the spring and has carried on his progression through the summer and the autumn, before winning a nice race at Kempton.”
The Lambourn trainer senses the big fences at Aintree may help to bring about even further improvement.
“He will probably go down the Topham route,” he added.
“He jumps brilliantly – and he is a proper jumper.
“He has been doing most of his winning over two and two-and-a-quarter, but I think around the Topham he will have plenty of speed and be able to travel up with the pace nicely.
“On good ground, I would have thought he would have a decent chance.”