National Anthem is set to return to Southwell next week in a bid to supplement his recent victory following a long lay-off.
The five-year-old entire was a convincing four-length winner in a six-furlong novice event on his return from 417 days on the sidelines.
It was his first start for trainer David Brown, who had been slightly concerned about the horse’s race fitness after his absence.
“He was impressive,” said the Nottinghamshire trainer.
“I didn’t know, with him being off so long, whether he’d tie up in the last furlong.
“If there had been a race over five for him first time out I’d have gone for that – but I couldn’t find one, so I had to run him over six.
“I just thought he might just need it, because he was quite big in himself. I did expect him to run a big race, so I was over the moon. He’s smart really.”
Brown has no plans to have the son of Intikhab gelded at the moment.
“He’s no problem as an entire so far,” he said.
“We’ll see whether we need to geld him as time goes on – but at the moment, he’ll stay how he is.
“He’s had some problems – which he’s over- and also we’ve done his wind, which I hope he’ll be all right with. I’ve had him about four months, but he’d been out in the field all year.
“He’s come out of the race well and is full of himself. He’ll be heading back for another run very soon. I’ll probably go to Southwell a week on Wednesday over six. I think he’ll be all right over that trip, now he’s had a run.
“I’ve always thought of him as a five-furlong horse, possibly six. It looks as though he can do either.”