SYMON Wilde is toying with the idea of running American In Paris in the $350,000 Grand National Steeplechase at Ballarat on August 22 after the five-year-old scored an impressive victory in Tuesday's Eulong Steeplechase at Hamilton.
American In Paris, who started a short priced favourite in the jumps feature had stable apprentice Ronan Short in the saddle as it defeated Longclaw by 10 lengths.
"It was a top ride by Ronan," Wilde, a Warrnambool-based trainer, said.
"Ronan kept American In Paris out of trouble. He ran into a little bit of trouble at Warrnambool last time.
"We may look at the Grand National Steeplechase later in the year.
American In Paris would be down in the weights and he stays all day that's why I've got the Grand National in the back of my mind.Symon Wilde
"We've always had a good opinion of him as a jumper. American In Paris would be down in the weights and he stays all day that's why I've got the Grand National in the back of my mind.
"The 4500 metres of the National would hold no fears for us.
"We'll try and work out a suitable program to get him into the National.
"The win has given us something to think about in the future."
Five jumping races were on the nine race program.
The Amy McDonald-trained Bakery Hill showed he's a jumper with potential with a win in a maiden hurdle.
Talented horseman Will Gordon took the riding honours for the meeting with a double.
He was successful on Looking Around for Eric Musgrove in a restricted hurdle and the Jackie Horner trained Bedouin King in a restricted flat race over 2200 metres.
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