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Fact Of The Matter could run in 2019 Grand National

Jamie Snowden has indicated that he might give Fact Of The Matter a chance in this year’s renewal of the Grand National in two months’ time. The Lambourn-based trainer may decide to target the Aintree spectacular should the nine-year-old perform well over fences at the Glenfarclas Chase at the Cheltenham Festival next month.

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.”

Stablemate Monbeg Theatre will also be aimed at Cheltenham next month but ground conditions will play a part in determining which route he will take at the festival.

The trainer said: “Monbeg Theatre will get an entry in the Pertemps and Coral Cup. If it is dry we will go for the Pertemps and if it is slightly wetter, then he will go for the Coral Cup.

“He has had a wonderful season and the time for him to have won a Graded race would have been the West Yorkshire Hurdle.

“He would have a better chance in a handicap at the Festival. He is still a novice over fences and that will be something to think about next season. He didn’t take to it before, but now he is older he might.”