CHOLMONDELEY trainer Ginger McCain could be double handed in the Grand National next April.
Despite the disappointment of his 2004 winner Amberleigh House being pulled up on his seasonal debut at Chepstow in South Wales, it was a 'good day at the office' last weekend for the handler at Bangor-on-Dee.
Ebony Light had been a possible for the Aintree race two years ago, and is right on track for spring after victory in the totescoop6 Handicap Chase last weekend.
Stable mate Amberleigh House is still on schedule for the Becher Chase next month at Liverpool, while Ebony Light may go for the Welsh National at Chepstow at Christmas. The latter will need another good win or two to get into the final 40 for Aintree.
Ginger's Flame Phoenix also got in the money, finishing third in Bangor-on-Dee's other feature, the £15,000 Numark Handicap Hurdle, which was won by favourite Prairie Sun.
Another local connection who was pleased on the day was Nantwich landlord Robert Lester, whose Iris's Gift continued his education over fences with a satisfying win in the Bright Future Novices' Chase.
Many in the crowd were there to see the potential Cheltenham Gold Cup horse. The eight-year-old, which won the Stayers' Hurdle at the National Hunt Festival last year, is expected to remain in the company of novice steeplechasers for at least one more run.
The next racing at Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse is the Food & Drink Festival on Wednesday November 9, with the first race at 12.40pm. For ticket information call 01978 780323.