National goal for Saphir

2017-03-18 12:55:12, Views: 0,

National goal for Saphir

Andy Stewart is confident that Saphir Du Rheu's next run will come in April's Grand National at Aintree.

The eight-year-old belied his long odds to finish fifth in Friday's Cheltenham Gold Cup and seems to be in good form having also won at Kelso in February.

One more run before the end of the season is now on the cards, with National glory the aim for his camp.

Saphir has fond memories of Aintree having won the Mildmay Novices' Stakes back in 2015 but a run at the world famous handicap would represent a more significant challenge.

However, having seen him go well at the Festival, Stewart believes the Paul Nicholls-trained horse has all the attributes to claim a famous win on April 8.

"He'll definitely go for the National," said Stewart. "I think he'll go up about 6lb, so we'll definitely go for the National and I think he might be well in. He'll stay the distance, no problem."