Anthony Knott (celebrating on Hunt Ball): won £500,000 at CheltenhamPICTURE: Matthew Webb
Knott eyes Aintree or Cheltenham options
HUNT BALL, who last week continued his amazing rise with a stunning eight-length success in the Pulteney Land Investments Novices' Handicap Chase atthe festival, could go back to Cheltenham for the Silver Trophy next month, his owner Anthony Knott said on Sunday.
However, Knott and trainer Keiran Burke will also conder stepping up in trip and class in the Grade 1 Betfred Bowl at Aintree.
The difference in prize-money is not a serious factor, according to Knott as he pointed out that he always backs Hunt Ball and said that he won morethan £500,000 following his victory at Cheltenham last week.
"I wouldn't be worried by the step up in trip as I think that would bring major imporvement," Knott said on At The Races.
"Aintree or a race back at Cheltenham will be discussed, but wherever he goes, lump on!"
Burke also ran Holmwood Legend and Fortification at the festival, and the trainer said of Holmwood Legend, who finished a highly creditable sixth when bidding for back-to-back Plate successes: "I was over the moon with him, he ran a blinder.
"He had not been himself this season, but came right at Cheltenham. I was very pleased with him and also the ride he was given [by Steven Clements]."
Fortification was pulled up in the Cross Country Chaseand Burke said simply that running the "quirky sort" in that unique race did not work out.