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Evan Williams: has excessive hopes for Secret Reprieve
By David Milnes
Coral Welsh Grand Nationwide Handicap Chase (Grade 3) | 3m6½f | 4yo+ | ITV4/Sky
The Welsh received the race a yr in the past with Potters Nook and the well-punted Secret Reprieve leads the cost for the house nation after his spectacular 12-length success within the warm-up race for this on the observe final time.
Out there at 14-1 after that win earlier this month, the six-year-old is now a normal 7-2. He is because of go up 12lb in future handicaps on account of his demolition of The Two Amigos and Bobo Mac however carries only a 4lb penalty on this race.
Secret Reprieve heads a two-pronged assault on the marathon from the Evan Williams secure who’re looking for to win the race for the primary time after a string of close to misses, together with Prime Enterprise, who was fourth a yr in the past and is again for one more crack.
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Williams, recent from his success with Silver Streak in Kempton’s Christmas Hurdle, mentioned: “It is a huge ask to win a Welsh Nationwide with a horse comparable to Secret Reprieve, who’s so inexperienced.
“That will probably be in opposition to him no doubt however what’s on the plus aspect is that he is nicely forward of the handicapper, is unexposed, has a feather weight and we all know he handles the observe.
“He is a ridiculously quick value at 7-2 in a race comparable to this, however I do assume he is a really good horse. He’ll solely get this one probability to run in a Welsh Nationwide off this mark, so we’ll give it a go.”
On his different runner, Prime Enterprise he mentioned: “He is a troublesome and real horse on his day. He is a humorous outdated satan and may blow cold and warm a bit.
“He was as candy as a nut when he received first time again at Sedgefield and has been in nice type since at house. He was overwhelmed solely a few lengths in it final yr when he was fourth, so we thought we would roll the cube once more.”
What they are saying
Paul Nicholls, coach of Yala Enki and Truckers Lodge
The pair of them will not thoughts how moist it’s. They each ran good races to be positioned within the race final yr and have good probabilities once more. Yala Enki ran nearly a profession finest when second at Cheltenham the time earlier than final and the burden will not be a hassle to him. Truckers Lodge is on the next mark than he was final yr however in between he bolted up within the Midlands Nationwide.
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Paul Nicholls: double-handed with Yala Enki and Truckers Lodge, who had been positioned in final yr’s Welsh Grand Nationwide
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Richard Hobson, coach of Lord Du Mesnil
We have deliberate to run him on this race for someday and we ran him over shorter than this at Aintree final time, so we did not backside him out. He is in excellent order and enjoys moist floor, so we’re hopeful.
Sam Twiston-Davies, rider of The Hole Ginge
He ran a cracking race to be fourth at Newbury final time when he proved he was as much as this degree, and the house owners are hoping he could make up right into a Grand Nationwide horse at some point, so he ought to go nicely.
Tom George, coach of Springfield Fox
It will probably’t be moist sufficient for him, so hopefully the assembly goes forward as his entire season has been equipped for this race. He is in prime form and is nice to go.
Nicky Martin, coach of The Two Amigos
He has a few kilos to seek out with Secret Reprieve on their working within the Trial for this final time, however he has proved he stays this far previously, whereas the opposite horse hasn’t. Fingers crossed it is on however I’ve entered him for Cheltenham subsequent week if it is off.
Oliver Sherwood, coach of Dominateur
This has been the plan for a while and he goes there off a pleasant racing weight. He’ll like the bottom nevertheless it’s only a query whether or not he is adequate.
Joe Tizzard, assistant to Colin, coach of Christmas In April
He wants a lifetime finest to win it however we all know he likes the journey and the bottom. He has a pleasant low weight given the circumstances and hopefully he can progress additional.
Tom Symonds, coach of Bobo Mac
He got here out of his third within the Trial race for this in fine condition and would have an each-way probability. It is good to have Sean Bowen again on him and the pair had a great affiliation final yr.
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