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“IT WILL BE AINTREE OR NOWHERE”: 2022 Arkle hero Edwardstone could reappear at Grand National Festival

Cheltenham victor Edwardstone could bid for the Festival double in Liverpool next month

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2HYTNEM Edwardstone ridden by Tom Cannon celebrates winning the Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices' Chase during day one of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture date: Tuesday March 15, 2022.

Alan King has confirmed that his Cheltenham Festival victor Edwardstone will likely head to Aintree next month and stated he has no intentions of bringing his stable-star across the Irish Sea to Punchestown.

The 8-year-old sauntered to success in the first Grade 1 novice chase of the week at Prestbury Park under regular rider, Tom Cannon.

And sights have now been set on a trip to Merseyside next month for the Maghull after King held positive talks with owners earlier this week.

The Barbury Castle yard remain in solid form in the aftermath of the Gloucestershire showpiece, operating at a win-percentage of 25% from their last 40 runners.

WATCH: EDWARDSTONE SEES OFF THE IRISH BATALLION TO WIN THE ARKLE [CREDIT: RACING TV]

“Edwardstone is absolutely fine,” the handler told Sporting Life.

“I had a quick meeting with the owners at Southwell on Monday and the plan is to go to Aintree, as long as we’re happy with him.

Alan King Trainer
Edwardstone gave Alan King his first Cheltenham Festival win since 2015

“It will be Aintree or nowhere – I won’t go to Punchestown with him.

“He will tell me. He seems in good order, but we don’t have to make a rushed decision on that.”

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.

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