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Sea ship shape for Sedgefield

Tranquil Sea could head to Sedgefield on Sunday in search of his first win in nearly two years.

The 12-year-old last tasted victory when claiming the Grade Two Webster Cup Chase at Navan back in March 2012 when trained by Edward O'Grady.

Following a luckless campaign last term, the dual Grade One winner changed hands in the autumn and is now with Warren Greatrex, for whom he finished second on his comeback at Chepstow over Christmas.

The Crabbie's Grand National remains a long-term possibility for Tranquil Sea, although Greatrex has plenty of other Festival options to choose from.

However, Tranquil Sea could have his sights lowered for the Frazer Hines & John O'Loan Handicap Chase at the weekend as he tries to snap his losing run.

Greatrex said: "I was so happy with his run. It was a bit of a funny race as they went stupid miles an hour and he had a lot of ground to make up when I just wanted him to have a nice, easy race back.

"He'll have an entry for Sedgefield on Sunday in a 0-140 two-and-a-half-mile chase and I would have thought that should be less competitive than some of his recent runs.

"There's also a veterans' chase in February he could go for and he will be entered in the Grand National.

"He could go to Cheltenham or there's Aintree and Punchestown - he was bought to be a fun horse and it's nice to see the ability is still there.

"He went hunting for a day last week and he came back a different horse so we might send him again to keep him sweet.

"He was with Eddie O'Grady a long time and sometimes they can get a bit stale, but new scenery and a couple of other changes can freshen them up."