Rooster Booster on course for Aintree

Rooster Booster is on course to run at Aintree next week after failing in his bid to regain his Champion Hurdle crown.

Rooster Booster is on course to run at Aintree next week after failing in his bid to regain his Champion Hurdle crown.

The 11-year-old was today reported by his owner Terry Warner to be none the worse for his exertions at Cheltenham, where he finished eighth to Hardy Eustace.

The popular grey has a choice of engagements at the Merseyside track on Grand National day, April 9.

His options are the John Smith’s Handicap Hurdle over an extended two miles and the John Smith’s Aintree Hurdle, formerly the Martell Hurdle, over two and a half miles.

He has competed in the latter contest for the last three years, finishing fourth at the first attempt and second in the last two runnings. He may well bid to make it fourth time lucky in the Grade One race.

“He’s come out of the Champion Hurdle well. I saw him at Philip Hobbs’s this morning,” Warner told At The Races today.

“He’ll run on the Saturday of the Grand National meeting, either in the handicap hurdle or more likely the two-and-a-half-miler at level weights.

“It depends what runs and what comes over from Ireland which race we go for. Whichever is the easier we are going to go for – we are going to take the easy line.”

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