Great news after its abandonment on the 27th of December owing to the fact Chepstow racecourse was underwater the Welsh National is rescheduled for this Saturday back at Chepstow.
This really is the tracks big day of the year so it’s great to see it taking place. Make no mistake the course is still going to be very wet and the going very testing for one of the real Marathon tests in the racing calendar. The fact it’s usually run on testing ground makes this the kind of race where few finish meaning you need stamina in abundance. One horse who should have no worries on that score is the current favourite Teaforthree from the Rebecca Curtis yard. This horse won the four mile chase at the Cheltenham Festival and Curtis has aimed him purely at this race ever since. He has good track form too so ticks a lot of boxes. Now comes the bad bit he is currently best priced 7/2 with most firms which is mighty short for a race of this nature. Conversely if they really come for him on the day and AP Mccoy rides he may well shorten further!
The dangers are all around though and Giles Cross who loves these slogs in the mud is available at 10/1 with most firms which is a very tempting offer because he will be staying on when most have cried enough. Jonjo O’Neil will be hopeful of a big run from Alfie Spinner although his jumping has concerned me in the past and I have similar concerns over the current second fave Viking Blonde.
At Power Naps we specialise in the big races with so much form to go on they form a key part of our profits and come Saturday a final decision will be made for the big race. We made over a hundred points profit in December and we aim to make 2013 our biggest year to date.
Enjoy the Welsh National on Saturday and let Power Naps guide you through all the big races in 2013.
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