December’s Becher heroine Snow Leopardess will feature in next month’s Grand National should she be declared after making the cut in the latest acceptance stage on Tuesday afternoon.
Charlie Longsdon’s mare finished sixth in a handicap chase at the Merseyside festival last campaign but has won all three starts this term, including over the National fences three months ago.
And she sauntered to a straightforward success at Exeter when last seen in February, with all eyes on a return to Liverpool in just over two weeks after being confirmed as 38th in the weights – a usual field of 40 expected.
Mighty Thunder, who won the Scottish National last April, and Cloth Cap, the 11-2 favourite for this contest twelve months ago, are others who will feature should connections saddle them at the 48-hour stage.
Elsewhere, Phoenix Way could bounce back from his Kempton Park fall in National Hunt’s most famous steeplechase for recent Cheltenham Festival winning trainer, Harry Fry.
He could line up at the post on 9th April for owner JP McManus, his handler confirmed.
“Phoenix Way was okay thankfully after his fall at Kempton and has very much been trained for the National”, Fry told the Racing Post. “Mr McManus was talking about this race for him last summer and we’ve been really pleased to get him back on track this season.
“He won well at Ascot on his penultimate start and although the National is a totally different test altogether, it has very much been a long-term idea for Mr McManus and we’ll be trying our best to pull it off.”