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“100 percent” Stayers victor Flooring Porter set for Aintree task

Cheltenham hero Flooring Porter will look to land a quickfire Festival double at Aintree in April

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2J08EMP Horse Racing - Cheltenham Festival - Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Britain - March 17, 2022 Flooring Porter ridden by Danny Mullins in action on their way to winning the 15:30 Paddy Power Stayers? Hurdle REUTERS/Matthew Childs

Duel Stayers’ Hurdle winner Flooring Porter will ply his trade in next month’s Grand National Festival with connections keen to remain on a right-handed track after his second Prestbury Park success last week.

Gavin Cromwell’s stable-star was a brilliant winner of his third Grade 1 in Gloucestershire but after his Punchestown mishap last campaign, he will take a different route to follow up his Stayers’ win this time around.

And his handler has even hinted at the possibility that his charge will head over to France before he enters his summer break.

Flooring Porter is a winner of 7 of his 19 starts

“Flooring Porter is great, he’s had a canter and he is 100 per cent,” Cromwell told At The Races.

“He has really grown up – it is just maturity, but when you take him out of his familiar surroundings it can affect him, but he is a very intelligent horse at the back of it all.

WATCH: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN! FLOORING PORTER LANDS HIS SECOND PADDY POWER STAYERS’ HURDLE AT THE 2022 CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL [CREDIT: RACING TV]

“We got him over there good and early which was a big help. He was a little on his toes for the first couple of days, but then got settled into the place and the red hood was a big help at the start.

“He definitely won’t go to Punchestown as he won’t go right-handed, so we will go to Aintree and there is a possibility he will go to Auteuil (Grande Course de Haies d’Auteuil).”

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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