Warren Greatrex outlines Aintree aim for Cole Harden on Grand National day

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Warren Greatrex can hardly wait to run Cole Harden at Aintree next month following his fine effort at Cheltenham.

The 2015 World Hurdle winner has looked much more like his old self since returning to the smaller obstacles after a brief flirtation with fences at Wetherby in December, and is set to tackle the Liverpool Stayers' Hurdle on Grand National day.

Greatrex said: "I think you can say that was almost a career-best performance. He was bucking and kicking the next morning and all being well, he will go to Aintree. Hopefully the ground will be good and it will see him in a better light.

"Lil Rockerfeller was the only one to stay with him up the hill and he has destroyed nearly everything else. He is so hard and tough."

Meanwhile, Greatrex is leaning towards sending Petticoat Tails to the Punchestown Festival for her next start.

After winning her first two outings at Wetherby and Huntingdon, the five-year-old lost her unbeaten status when upped in class in a Listed contest at Sandown earlier this month.

Although plans still remain fluid at this stage, the Lambourn handler has earmarked the Weatherbys GSB EBF Mares' Flat race on April 26 as her most likely target.

<span>Warren Greatrex is looking forward to running Cole Harden</span> <span>Credit: PA </span>
Warren Greatrex is looking forward to running Cole Harden Credit: PA

Greatrex said: "It was a good run at Sandown as she was giving the winner 4lb. We have not made a decision yet where she goes next.

"Aintree is a possibility, but it is more likely that she will go to Punchestown because Aintree is quite soon.

"It will give her a bit more time and that will do her the world of good. She has come out of the Sandown race well and looks exciting for the future. She has already schooled over hurdles and she jumps well.

"I think we learnt a lot at Sandown. I think we learnt that she is a bit lazy and that we need wait a bit longer with her. When she picked up, she picked up 100 yards too soon."

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