Handicapper key to Carruthers

Mark Bradstock will see what the handicapper does before making any further plans with Saturday's Ffos Las winner Carruthers.

The 10-year-old won the Hennessy back in 2011 but had gone well over a year without another win before striking gold at Ffos Las on Boxing Day.

Carruthers returned to that track on Saturday for the West Wales National, where he put up a brave performance to hold off Cannington Brook with the pair 32 lengths ahead of the rest of the field.

A switch to the cross country discipline has been mentioned but Bradstock is in no hurry to make plans and will wait for Carruthers' reassessed mark before mulling the options.

"He will have a quiet time for a few days as it was quite a gruelling race, but he seems to have come out of it well and is very bright and perky and pleased with himself," he said.

"We don't really have any plans for him yet. The handicapper put him up 9lb the last time he won and we will have to see what he does this time before we make any plans. He could become a bit tricky to place.

"Cross country races are an option, whether that be this season or next. Certainly next season we may look at the Cheltenham races, but he's not qualified this year.

"We will see how he comes out of his run before we start making plans. It was absolutely magical to see him win - they nearly took the roof off the grandstand. He's a tough old thing as he's only small."