Preston North End owner Trevor Hemmings is set to see his Grand National winner Many Clouds carry his colours at Wetherby or Ascot at the end of the month for his seasonal re-appearance.
The gelding, on course for another tilt at Aintree in April, has been pencilled in to run in either the bet365 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby or the Ascot Gold Cup, both on October 31.
The plan is then to run in the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Newbury, a race he won last year on the way to Aintree glory.
Many Clouds’ trainer Oliver Sherwood said: “Subject to the weather and ground, I would think one of those two would come into the equation before the Hennessy.”
Although keen to start his stable star back out over fences Sherwood has not ruled out the possibility of him reverting back to hurdles should ground conditions not prove suitable at either Wetherby or Ascot.
Sherwood said: “Hurdles are another possibility for Many Clouds. I’ve not looked at the hurdle programme book for him. It would be the least of my three options, though, and I would prefer to keep him to fences.”
Sherwood reports Many Clouds to be in good order after recently taking part in his first meaningful piece of work since his win in the Aintree showpiece.
“He looks great and has summered really well over on the Isle Of Man with Trevor Hemmings.
“He did his first piece of work on Saturday. He was full of enthusiasm and looked good. Nathan Horrocks, who rides him out every day, said that he felt fantastic.”