Welsh Grand National: Timeform's runner-by-runner guide

Chepstow
The Welsh Grand National takes place at Chepstow on Sunday

Timeform bring you their comprehensive runner-by-runner guide to the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow on Sunday and pick out their 1-2-3...

"...very hard to knock under a 4 lb penalty..."

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Welsh Grand National
14:50 Chepstow, Sunday
Live on ITV

1. Yala Enki (Paul Nicholls/Bryony Frost)
Proved at least as good as ever when chasing home Ramses de Teillee in a Grade 3 handicap at Cheltenham on his reappearance, keeping on well on the run-in but just failing. Fell at the first in the Becher Chase at Aintree last time, but he is usually a sound jumper and should give another good account from 4 lb higher than when third in this race 12 months ago.

2. Truckers Lodge (Paul Nicholls/Lorcan Williams (3))
Shaped encouragingly when second in this race 12 months ago and confirmed himself a strong stayer when winning the Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter on his only subsequent start last season, drawing clear on the run-in to win by 18 lengths. 14 lb higher in the weights now, though, and this demands a big career best after unseating his rider on his reappearance at Kelso.

3. Ramses de Teillee (David Pipe/Tom Scudamore)
Likeable type who finished second in this race in 2018. Campaigned mostly over hurdles last season but ran right up to his best back over fences when winning a Grade 3 handicap at Cheltenham (by a short head from Yala Enki) on his reappearance, showing a good attitude to hold on. Let down by his jumping when seventh in the Becher Chase at Aintree last time but should bounce back.

4. Lord du Mesnil (Richard Hobson/Paul O'Brien (3))
Thrived on a busy campaign last season, winning three times and producing even better efforts in defeat when second in the Grand National Trial at Haydock and National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham. Yet to recapture that form in two starts this season, however, and looks too high in the weights.

5. The Hollow Ginge (Nigel Twiston-Davies/Sam Twiston-Davies)
Matched the pick of his useful novice form when 14 lengths fourth to Cloth Cap in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury last time, faring best of those held up. Shapes as if likely to stay long-distances (let down his jumping on his only previous attempt) but looks too high in the weights.

6. Vieux Lion Rouge (David Pipe/Connor O'Farrell)
Took advantage of his falling mark to repeat his 2016 success in the Becher Chase at Aintree (by 24 lengths) last time, typically jumping well and forging clear from two out. Remains to be seen whether he can back that effort up away from Aintree, but he has won at Chepstow before and shouldn't be underestimated under a 4 lb penalty.

7. Springfield Fox (Tom George/James Bowen)
Won novice handicaps at Chepstow and Exeter before unseating his rider in the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham last season. Shaped encouragingly after nine months off when second in a novice hurdle at this course last time, leaving the impression the run would bring him on. Still completely unexposed in staying chases and remains open to more improvement.

8. The Two Amigos (Nicky Martin/Matt Griffiths)
Bold-jumping front runner who stepped up on his reappearance when second in the Welsh National Trial at this course last time, just keeping on at the one pace in the straight. On a losing run stretching back to January 2019 but doesn't know how to run a bad race. Should give another good account from the same mark as when fifth in this race 12 months ago.

9. Big River (Lucinda Russell/Derek Fox)
Strong stayer who shaped as if needing the run when well-held third behind Ramses de Teillee on his reappearance at Cheltenham, quickly losing touch from three out. Still on a good mark judged on the pick of his efforts, but it remains to been seen whether his jumping will stand up to this test.

10. Dominateur (Oliver Sherwood/Brendan Powell)
Both wins last season came over 3m at this track, looking all about stamina. Made mistakes when well-held third behind Pym in a listed event at Sandown on his reappearance, lacking the necessary speed in a tactical race. Should find this test more suitable, especially given his good course record, and may yet have more to offer on just his second try at marathon trips.

11. Captain Drake (Harry Fry/Bryan Carver (3)
Ended last season with a good second in the Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter and picked up where he left off after seven months off with a career best to win back over hurdles at the same venue in October. Below that form in two subsequent starts over fences, however, and needs this extreme test to spark a revival.

12. Prime Venture (Evan Williams/Tom O'Brien)
Proved better than ever after eight months off to belatedly get off the mark at Sedgefield last time, jumping superbly and steadily drawing clear in the straight to win readily by 16 lengths. This looks the obvious next step and he commands respect from only 4 lb higher than when fourth in this race 12 months ago.

13. Joe Farrell (Rebecca Curtis/Ben Jones (3))
Veteran chaser who won the 2018 Scottish Grand National but has struggled for form recently. Well held on all three starts this season, including when sixth in the Becher Chase at Aintree last time, and is very hard to fancy as a result.

14. Christmas In April (Colin Tizzard/Robbie Power)
Thorough stayer who did well in long-distance chases last season, winning three times, including the Devon National at Exeter. Ran creditably after eight months off in the Southern National at Fontwell last time, rallying well on the run-in to snatch second. 1 lb lower here and should go well for a yard with a good recent record in this race.

15. Bobo Mac (Tom Symonds/Sean Bowen)
Shaped encouragingly after nine months off/wind surgery when well-held third in the Welsh National Trial at this course last time, faring best of those held up. May have more to offer this season for a yard in red-hot form and certainly doesn't look handicapped out of things.

16. Secret Reprieve (Evan Williams/Adam Wedge)
Fell on his reappearance at Haydock before putting that behind him with a career best to win the Welsh National Trial at this course last time, leading before two out and then gradually drawing clear to land the spoils easily by 12 lengths. Remains open to more improvement and is likely to stay beyond 3m, so his credentials are very hard to knock under a 4 lb penalty.

17. Didero Vallis (Venetia Williams/Carlie Deutsch)
Missed the second half of last season after a good second in the Rowland Meyrick Chase at Wetherby and returned with a below-par effort at Ascot in November. Fared little better in the Grand Sefton Chase at Aintree last time and has plenty to prove if stepping up markedly in trip here (also entered in the latest edition of the Rowland Meyrick).

18. Alminar (Nigel Hawke/Tom Buckley (5))
Likeable chaser who scored over 3m here (heavy) in January. Good reappearance third in a competitive event at Cheltenham but has failed to complete at Haydock since.


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