Aintree plan for good Evening

Evan Williams has earmarked the Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices' Hurdle at the Randox Health Grand National Festival as the long-term aim for Evening Hush.

Evan Williams intends to run Evening Hush at Aintree

The Llancarfan handler is keen to swerve an outing at the Cheltenham Festival in March with the four-year-old, in favour of a shot at the Grade One at Aintree the following month.

Having won her first two starts over hurdles, the former Ken Condon-trained mare found only current JCB Triumph Hurdle favourite Defi Du Seuil too strong on her first start at the top level at Chepstow last month.

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Williams said: "She is a filly I have always thought a lot of. Her performance at Aintree was special.

"I was not disappointed with her Chepstow run as he (Defi Du Seuil) smashed us. Sometimes you can give excuses when a horse doesn't win, but you have got to take your hat off to that horse.

"I still can't believe he demolished us – I think our filly is a Grade One horse and if you take the winner out she is Grade One-winning filly.

"We might go straight to Aintree now for the four-year-old hurdle and let the others have a crack at each other in the big races at Cheltenham.

"I may end up entering her at Cheltenham next weekend, but I would like to keep her fresh for Aintree, although that is a long time away."

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