SECRET REPRIEVE (3.10) can realise Evan Williams’ dream of winning the re-arranged Coral Welsh Grand National at Chepstow. The gelding picked up a 4lb penalty for brushing aside his rivals in the National trial here on heavy going at the beginning of December, but still has a lightweight 10st 1lb on his back.
The Coral Finale Juvenile Hurdle, a Grade 1 contest, sees exciting ex-French recruit NASSALAM (1.25) going for a hat-trick after routing his rivals by 49 and 47 lengths respectively at Fontwell in two starts for Gary Moore. Those performances have generated comparisons with stable star Goshen, so this is something of an acid test on the road to Cheltenham.
SUMMERVILLE BOY (2.20) should relish the intermediate 2m 5f trip in the Relkeel Hurdle at Kempton. Tom George’s gelding may have found three miles overstretching his stamina reserves when running fourth to Thyme Hill and Paisley Park in the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury. He contested the International Hurdle at Cheltenham four weeks ago, finishing a staying-on fifth to Song For Someone and Silver Streak over an inadequate two miles.
McFabulous finished in front of Summerville Boy when third at Newbury and has been installed a fairly short price to confirm places. He won over course and distance last March and remains an exciting prospect.
THE WHITE MOUSE (3.30) should give her backers a good spin in the competitive 2m 5f Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle. Lucy Wadham’s mare has been a revelation this term, recording victories at Wincanton and Cheltenham, beating Paul Nicholls’ 143-rated Eglantine Du Seuil on the latest occasion. Nicholls saddles Newbury runner-up Amour De Nuit with sound each-way prospects, along with top weight Solo. Paddy Power are offering each-way terms to six places.
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