Grand National 2019: Glen Forsa to target Aintree after fourth-fence Arkle fall

Grand National 2019: Glen Forsa to target Aintree after fourth-fence Arkle fall

March 20, 2019

GLEN FORSA is set to have another crack at Grade 1 company in the Manifesto Novices' Chase at Aintree.

The exciting chaser was sent off favourite for the Arkle but didn't get any further than the fourth fence.

However, trainer Mick Channon believes he's recovered well from that mishap and is hoping he can put in a clear round in the Liverpool Grade 1.

He said: "Everything seems all right with him – and all being well, he'll go to Liverpool for the two-and-a-half-mile race.

"It was disappointing, but that's jumps racing for you. He just screwed in the air a bit – and that was that."

Meanwhile, Harry Fry had an update on Bags Groove, who sidestepped Cheltenham in favour of an Aintree tilt.

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Fry said: "He will be entered in both the two-and-a-half-mile and three-mile-one novice chases.

"I'm sure La Bague Au Roi will be in both races and Topofthegame might go for the three-mile-one race. If they do, we might leave them to it.

"It wouldn't matter which trip he went. I made the mistake of running him too soon after Huntingdon at Kempton on Boxing Day, but Kempton went nicely for him last time."

If The Cap Fits could join Unowhatimeanarry in the Ryanair Stayers' Hurdle after he too bypassed Cheltenham.

Fry added: "We had him entered in the Kingwell, but then we couldn't run him because of the flu vaccinations so we ran him just over a week later at Fontwell.

"On paper it didn't look like he disgraced himself. He had to give weight away, but he was never really travelling. Maybe the track was a bit tight.

"I think it maybe is time to step him up in trip, but he will be entered in the two-and-a-half-mile race as well.

"We deliberately took Unowhatimeanharry of Cheltenham with a view to going to Aintree as a fresh horse."

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