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Brighterdaysahead given chasing option

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The regally bred Brighterdaysahead could have chasing on her agenda for next season, after an emphatic victory in the Grade 1 Mersey Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree on Saturday.

BRIGHTERDAYSAHEAD. Picture: Michael Steele/Getty Images

The five-year-old, a Kapgarde half sister to four Black Type performers including Caldwell Potter and Mighty Potter, boasts a beautiful pedigree and is the first daughter of dam Matnie to hit the track.

She lost her unbeaten record when suffering a defeat to Golden Ace in the Grade 2 Mares Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, but soon returned to winning ways with an easy seven-and-a-half length victory over the boys in the Mersey Novices' Hurdle.

"I'll have to speak to Michael and Eddie (O'Leary) about whether we'll go chasing or whether she'll stay hurdling, that's yet to be confirmed," said Gordon Elliott.

"But knowing Michael, he loves chasers and it wouldn't be the biggest shock in the world if she goes chasing next year."

In an interview on Racing TV's Luck On Sunday programme, he added: "I was gutted when she got beat at Cheltenham, because I'd said how much I thought of her, but what she did yesterday, I thought she looked special. I got a big kick out of that, to be honest.

"She's going the right way and I think she's going to be stronger with a summer's grass – we're really looking forward to next year with her.

"She's just got a great attitude, she's very classy and I loved the way she jumped, she was very quick from A to B, very fast away from the hurdles."

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