Bashboy A Chance For Australian Steeplechase

Jumps racing champion Bashboy is a chance to contest the rescheduled Australian Steeplechase (3900m) that will be run at Sandown on Wednesday August 28.

Grand National winner Bashboy is a chance to contest the Grand National Steeplechase next month. Photo by: Race Horse Photos Australia

Bashboy was nominated to contest the race in June but the meeting was abandoned due to wet weather and the race was moved to the end of the jumps racing season.

Trainer Ciaron Maher told RSN that the rising ten-year-old had pulled up brilliantly from his record breaking victory in the Grand National Steeplechase (4500m) on Sunday and could have one more race this campaign.

“He has pulled up really well, he is pretty bright and we may have a look at the Australian Steeplechase just depending on how much weight he gets,” Maher said on RSN.

“It is a real sort of juggling act to manage him now and we will just see how it pans out.”

Maher said that Bashboy enjoyed the 4500 metres of the Grand National and appears ideally suited to races over the longer stayer distances.

“He has come through it really well, he probably relishes that distance more than say the two miles,” Maher said.

“He seems to do that easier than a two mile race.

“Over a race of that distance he travels well within himself, where as a two mile race he is closer to his peak.”

Bashboy’s stamina and ability to handle tough staying tests make him the ideal candidate to take on the best jumps horses in the world in England but Maher is yet to make a decision on a possible overseas adventure.

The Grand National winners’ regular jockey Steven Pateman will be delighted to hear that an Australian Steeplechase tilt is a possibility for Bashboy as it is the only feature jumps race the leading jockey is yet to win.

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