David Pipe has his sights firmly set on this year’s Randox Health Grand National and he will test Ramses De Teillee’s credentials at Haydock Park in a fortnight’s time should the ground permit.
After putting in a good performance when finishing second to Elegant Escape in the Welsh National in December, the seven-year-old has been awarded a chase rating of 149 and Pipe has indicated that his next outing will likely be the Grand National trial at Haydock Park later this month.
Pipe said: “It was a great effort in the Welsh National – and we have been waiting to run him – but he wants soft ground, and there are not many races for him. He was in the Peter Marsh the other week, but we decided to wait.
“He will get an entry in the Grand National, but that would be ground dependent. He warrants an entry in it.
“We weren’t sure if he would get the three-mile-five-furlong trip in the Welsh National, but he got that well. Whether he gets the Grand National trip, no one knows.”
There remains a possibility that Ramses De Teillee will be joined in this trial race by stablemate Daklondike, the latter unseating at this venue in the Peter Marsh. Pipe also indicated his intentions for dual bumper victor Eden Du Houx.
He said: “Daklondike may go for the Grand National Trial as well at Haydock, or he could go the week later for the Eider at Newcastle.
“He’s quite a quirky individual, and it was frustrating what happened up at Haydock – and even more frustrating to go up 3lb.
“Eden Du Houx may go to Newbury for the Listed bumper on Betfair Hurdle day. He is in good form and has just been ticking over since Ascot.”
Ramses De Teillee is a best ante-post price of 50/1 for Grand National glory with stablemate Daklondike currently priced at best odds of 100/1.