Richard Hobson could send his smart horse Lord Du Mesnil to France for his next start..

The seven year-old has won his last three starts, including two at Haydock Park, the Tommy Whittle Chase and The Last Fling Chase.

Now his trainer is eyeing up a trip to France as a preparation for a tilt at next year’s Grand National.

Hobson told Press Association: “We were thinking of the Towton at Wetherby, but I’m not sure just yet,” said Hobson.

“I very much doubt he’ll go the Grand National this year – seven-year-olds don’t have a great history in the race.

“If he goes for anything I’d say he’ll go for a big pot in France. The French Gold Cup might be for him – plenty of seven-year-olds have run well in that.

“There’s a Listed chase for him in April at Auteuil, which is £50,000 to the winner, and that might suit him. It’s over three miles, which he’s never run over in France, and then we’ll campaign him as a National horse next year.”

Hobson went on: “He’ll be entered in the RSA, and never say never, but everything is ground dependent with him. If it’s soft, the RSA and the National Hunt Chase definitely come into it – there are plenty of options, but it all depends on the ground.

“When others can’t handle heavy, he loves it. It’s pointless running him on decent ground – he just loves the mud. Soft is fine, but good to soft is no good for him.

“Next season if we have a dry winter we won’t be going racing, but if he doesn’t run again this season it won’t matter.”