Greatrex excited about Emitom's Stayers' prospects

Emitom was a game winner at Haydock on Saturday.
Emitom was a game winner at Haydock on Saturday.

Warren Greatrex has revealed he's excited about the future with Emitom, who’s come into support for the Stayers’ Hurdle after a dominant success at Haydock over the weekend. 

The six-year-old enjoyed a fine campaign as a novice last term, and he showed the benefit of his run at Cheltenham the previous month when recording a resounding success in Saturday’s Grade 2 Rendlesham Hurdle at Haydock, defeating Donna’s Diamond by eight lengths. 

It saw Emitom shortened into a general price of 12/1 for next month’s Stayers’ Hurdle behind the odds-on favourite Paisley Park as a consequence, and his trainer admitted that he very much has ‘the world at his feet’.

He said: “He’s a very good horse, we’ve always known that. It was probably trainer error at Cheltenham, as he had that blip and I undertrained him to be honest. He was just rusty and probably a bit too fresh coming back from injury, but he came out of that race well and we can get stuck into him now.

“What I love about him is that he’s always behind the bridle, and although he hits a few flat spots, he’s there when you want him and Gavin (Sheehan) said he won on the bridle.

“He’s only six, and he’s got the world at his feet. I’ll speak to the owners but I’d say he’s in the Stayers’ at the Cheltenham Festival.”

Greatrex knows what it takes to win the Stayers’ Hurdle having struck in 2015 with Cole Harden, and although he has high hopes for his latest star, he conceded that taking on Paisley Park will be a tough challenge.

He said: “To beat Paisley Park is a tall order, but Emitom is an up and coming horse who’s does everything right, and he’s jumped brilliant today apart from getting close to the last. 

“He’s only six so there’s more improvement yet, but to say we’ll beat Paisley Park is a big shout. I like this horse a lot, I’ve obviously won that race before and they are totally different types but he’s a very very good horse, Emitom.”

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