Prolific winner Peregrine Run is in line for an appearance at the 2020 Randox Health Grand National, the Peter Fahey-trained nine-year-old enjoying a very impressive strike rate with 16 wins from his 40 outings. Nevertheless the vast majority of those victories have came about on good ground, something which could affect his chances of appearing in the famous Aintree steeplechase.
He does have experience of the Aintree fences although he came a cropper just three fences from the line when looking good in the Topham Chase last season.
This outcome has done nothing to dissuade connections of a possible return to the Merseyside course on April 4th, Fahey himself saying: “We are thinking of something in Aintree for Peregrine Run and maybe the Grand National if things go right – but we would have to be sure of nice ground.
“The way the weather is at the moment we will be in no rush starting him back. Aintree is an easy track and takes the rain fairly well.
“The owner is looking forward to it, if it works out. It’s not often that you have one good enough to aim at the race.
“The only time he fell was there last year in the Topham. He jumped away well for Barry (Geraghty) and just made a simple mistake. He took his eye off it after a horse fell in front of him.
“His jumping wouldn’t bother me but the ground would have to be nice for him to get the trip.
“He’s schooled over the National fences at the Curragh and Barry even came down to school him for us.”