January is undoubtedly one of the most exciting and interesting months on the racing calendar as pundits, sports writes and fans alike all try to determine just who will be entered into the Grand National.
Trainers and connections become more vocal about their entries and prospects the latest of which is Tranquil Sea following a fine first run for new connections, No Drams Partnership 1, at Chepstow.
Now 12-years-old, Tranquil Sea is trained by Warren Greatrex who was delighted with the performance of his new recruit when he finished second place behind Renard at the end of December. Despite the very heavy going on the day, Tranquil Sea did very well and is now being considered for an entry at Aintree in April.
When previously trained by Edward O'Grady, Tranquil Sea finished third to Little Josh in the Grand Sefton in December 2012 and followed that up with a sixth place in the 2013 renewal of the Topham Chase at the Aintree Festival so clearly the famous fences hold no fears for him.
Speaking about his options Greatrex said “He's great. We were very happy with the run. He'll come on a bit as we had a little bit to work with.
“He showed he had plenty of fire left in his belly and we'll look for a race at the end of this month.
“He probably will get a Grand National entry. The dream is still alive, as it were. I did tell Gavin (Sheehan) to be a bit sympathetic with him (at Chepstow). I didn't want him crucified on his first run for me and he's come back in great heart.
“Hopefully, if we can improve on that, which I'm sure we can, we can have some good days with him yet.”