Wet spring will suit Billingsley

Aintree and Ayr targets will depend on conditions.

  • Thursday 05 March
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Billingsley’s preference for soft ground will be key when Alastair Ralph maps out options this spring for his prolific winner.

The Shropshire trainer has been delighted with the progress made by the eight-year-old chaser, who has rattled up a hat-trick with a victory in each of the last three months.

All have come on soft or heavy ground, with the latest at Newbury last week.

“I’m very pleased with him. He’s going the right way,” said Ralph.

“He’s come out of Newbury very well.”

Possible targets include the Close Brothers Red Rum Handicap Chase at Aintree and a handicap chase at Ayr. Both are over two miles.

“We’ve nothing planned really. It’s all up in the air at the moment,” added Ralph.

“There are a couple of options for him at Aintree and at Ayr, but there’s nothing set in stone at the moment.

“The Red Rum is obviously an option at Aintree, so that is a possible for him over two miles. He’ll like the track. It depends on the ground really.

“There are options for him. It’s just the ground really now. We’ll just see what comes.”

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