Jamie Snowden has refused to rule out taking Fact Of The Matter to the Randox Health Grand National in April. The nine-year-old already has an entry for the Aintree showpiece but connections are yet to make it a serious target.
After some steady performances already this season, including victory last time out in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase at Cheltenham, Snowden is assessing their options.
The Lambourne handler is hoping for another successful run at the Cheltenham Festival before committing to any other dates.
Snowden said: “We are definitely on course to go for the cross country chase at the Cheltenham Festival, with possibly a racecourse gallop before then.
Depending how it goes at Cheltenham, we might consider the Grand National. “He is rated 140, but the handicapper frames the weights differently for the Grand National and as he has won over the cross country fences, that might help his chances.
“He seems to love the cross country fences and you can find if horses take to them, they can improve and it has done with him.”