Greatrex to take time with Tranquil
Warren Greatrex will get to know Tranquil Sea a little better before beginning to map out a plan for his new inmate.
Last Updated: 09/09/13 12:10pm
The 11-year-old has joined Greatrex's Lambourn team after spending his entire career so far at Edward O'Grady's County Tipperary yard.
Tranquil Sea notched a string of big-race victories for O'Grady, including a Grade One hurdle win back in 2008, the 2009 Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham and a success over fences at the highest level in the 2010 John Durkan Memorial Chase at Fairyhouse.
However, he has not got his head in front since winning a Navan Grade Two in March 2012 and after dropping from a career-high mark of 160 in December 2011 to his current mark of 143, Greatrex has snapped up the gelding in the hope he can help him recapture his best form.
"He's a very good horse. We were interested in him back in April but the timing wasn't quite right," said the trainer.
"It's a bit of risk, but the people who have bought into him completely understand that.
"He ran in the Galway Plate, was second at Punchestown back in April, third in the Grand Sefton and then beaten 20 lengths in the Topham at Aintree - he obviously still has ability.
"There's still something there and it's just whether we can revitalise him.
"He might just have got a bit stale in his old yard. He'd been there since he was a four-year-old and sometimes a change of scenery can help.
"We'll be treating him like a king as, on the ratings, he is the best horse in the yard."
With Tranquil Sea having twice jumped round the Grand National fences, Greatrex has a crack at the feature event in the back of his mind, but he has yet to discuss the long-term target with the new owning syndicate.
"I'll have to sit down with the owners and have a discussion about plans, but as he's run well at Aintree before, he could be a Grand National horse," he said.
"We'll have to see what happens and if we do decide to go down that route, we would take the National as a target and work backwards from there. Whether we'd start him off in a hurdle, I don't know.
"I've only had him a week so we'll just take it steady with him and see where we are and what the plan will be.
"He's a proper Saturday horse, though, and hopefully the owners will have a lot of fun with him."