Excellent Result lived up to his name at Kempton earlier this month, sparking talk he could be set for an outing at Aintree’s Randox Health Grand National Festival.
However, trainer Richard Spencer has moved to quell those suggestions, having insisted that no decision has been made on the next step for his dual purpose horse.
In winning the Matchbook Betting Podcast Novices’ Hurdle on March 18, the seven-year-old showed there was no lasting impact from finishing down the field in a November handicap at Cheltenham, where a mistake at the first proved costly.
The two-mile triumph has brought an appearance at the famous Merseyside meeting into contention, but Albert House Stables’ Spencer has hinted Excellent Result’s immediate future may lie on the flat.
“After the error at Cheltenham we decided to give him a bit of a holiday over the winter,” said Spencer, whose yard is based on Moulton Road.
“We did not want him running on soft ground and so we decided to wait for better, which paid dividends at Kempton.
“Now, the plans are up in the air. There has been a lot of talk about the Grand National meeting and we are not writing that off completely.
“But we have high hopes for the flat as well, especially the likes of the Ebor.
“He is a classy horse — he showed that when winning a Group 2 in Meydan for Godolphin before we brought him.
“He runs well fresh, so I will wait for him to show me he is ready.”
Excellent Result’s win helped maintain Spencer’s positive start to life within the training ranks.
The 28-year-old was awarded his licence last March and after some early teething problems, he is excited about what the future holds for his Rebel Racing team.
“Last year was tough with the sickness that troubled many, but we got through it well,” he added.
“I have had 12 months at it now and would like to think we are competitive.
“We have some good horses right now and it is a very exciting times.
“I do not want to pinpoint any of the horses, but I expect us to be racing in some big handicaps.
“Hopefully we can reward some the owners for the faith they have shown.”