LiveScore Racing News: Longsdon considering National options
Trainer Charlie Longsdon says Snow Leopardess could be deployed over hurdles to protect her handicap mark before potentially heading to the Randox Grand National.
The nine-year-old sealed her second successive victory when last seen on December 4, beating Hill Sixteen by a nose to claim the Becher Handicap Chase at Aintree.
That victory followed on from a two-and-three-quarter-length triumph over Windsor Avenue at Bangor-on-Dee to top a field of 14 over 3m.
Saturday's win at the Liverpool venue has seen Snow Leopardess raised 7lb in the handicap, taking her rating to 147, which is likely to guarantee a berth in the world's greatest steeplechase in April.
Longsdon is confident his charge would be firmly in the mix if they do take up entry for the National and admits if the ground suits they will definitely be involved.
The Chipping Norton handler said: "She's in very good form. We'll get to the spring and see what happens. We might end up looking at the Grand National — if it's slower ground we'll definitely be looking at it.
"She's now up to a mark of 147 so hopefully she will go there with a little each-way squeak.
"[Owner] Mrs Fox-Pitt is just a bit wary of the numbers. It's the numerical side of it."
There are currently no official entries lined up for Snow Leopardess but Longsdon revealed they have a few options in mind as they look to stick to the hurdles route.
Longsdon added: "We'll see how she is between now and then and go for it. We'll probably look for something from the middle of January. We might even run her over hurdles.
"There's the Grade Two Warfield Hurdle for mares only at Ascot and there's also a fifty grand hurdle race over three miles at the new meeting at Lingfield as well, so we can keep her mark at around 147.
"I don't want her to go down or up — 147 is nicely near the bottom as well. That is why we'll probably give her one run over hurdles before the weights for the National come out."