He was tipped for great things in the 2017 Grand National but Definitly Red didn’t manage to fulfil his potential over the Aintree fences and was subsequently pulled up at fence nine, by jockey Danny Cook, when his saddled slipped.
A few months on and the direction for Brian Ellison‘s charge has changed dramatically and it now looks like he will be aimed at the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March 2018.
With plans to first run him in the bet365 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby next month, the Phil Martin-owned Definitly Red appears to have had a great summer with trainer Ellison saying “Definitly Red has done fantastically over the summer. He will go to Wetherby for the Charlie Hall. He is in great form.
“That was the Grand National for you. You have got to keep out of trouble. He jumps those fences well enough and he followed a horse that he thought jumped well.
“He is rated 159 and I don’t think he would have to improve to much to be a Gold Cup horse. We will learn a bit more as to where we are after Wetherby.
“Gold Cup horses are very hard to get, but hopefully we have got one here.”
Interestingly enough, no Yorkshire trained horse has won the Gold Cup since Jodami prevailed in 1993 for Brandsby’s Peter Beaumont, but could this be all about to change with Definitly Red?
Betfair are currently offering ante post odds of 33/1 on him winning but with potential stiff competition such as Sizing John, Yorkhill, Native River and Douvan to contend with, he’s going to need a remarkable season, or a lot of luck, to be able to seriously contend.