GBI RACING

National fences beckon for Kempton winner Mercian Prince

Jack Quinlan

A return to the Grand National fences could be on the cards for Mercian Prince following his victory in the 32Red Download The App Handicap Chase at Kempton.

Having finished a respectable eighth on ground that was less than ideal at Aintree in the Grand Sefton on his previous start, the Amy Murphy-trained seven-year-old returned to winning ways with a three and a half length success under Jack Quinlan in the extended two-and-a-half-mile contest.

Murphy said of the 11-4 scorer: "I am delighted for him. We took a bit of a punt going to the Grand Sefton and he absolutely detested the ground."

She added: "He jumped unbelievably well round there (Aintree) and seemed to enjoy it, but the ground caught him out that day.

"We will see where we go from here, but Aintree (Topham Chase) would be a target in April back on better ground. He is such a strong traveller, he needs a good pace."

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