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Tizzard can land a big win in the Coral Welsh Grand National

| 05.01.2018

Cracking day of racing across three cards

There’s bumper racing action this Saturday with nine races live on ITV from three different courses.

The feature race of the day comes from Chepstow with an intriguing renewal of the Welsh Grand National.

There’s also great racing from Sandown and Wincanton. As ever, the Coral News Team will attempt to light the way.

Bet of the Day

This renewal of the Grade 1 Tolworth Stakes at Sandown sees only a handful of runners in a reduced field.

The ground will be soft here and that could open this race up and make it a little more competitive. But few can argue with Western Ryder’s favouritism.

Warren Greatrex’s six-year-old has won his last two at Chepstow and Cheltenham with Richard Johnson on-board.

There’s a drop back in trip here but Johnson mounts him again in this and connections reckon he’ll like the ground.

Amy Murphy’s Kalashnikov is his nearest challenger and should be in the mix.

But Western Ryder should have a bit more quality and is the Coral Bet of the Day.

Tim’s nice, and might win

It’s off to Chepstow now for a look at the Coral Welsh Grand National. There’s a maximum field of 20 running in this renewal.

This one looks particularly open with the likes of MystereeWild West WindBeware The Bear, and Chase The Spud all highly-fancied.

However, it might be more prudent to look down the betting for a potential winner. Grand Nationals winners tend to come at longer odds than the favourites.

Buckthorn Timothy looks a really interesting pick, especially at the long price. Colin Tizzard is due a big black type win.

The nine-year-old has been off for a year but came back strong with two wins out of two over hurdles. At an each-way punt, he’s definitely worth a bet.

Sussex Ranger to upset the applecart

Staying at Chepstow, the Coral News Team takes a look at the Coral Future Champions Finale Juvenile Hurdle at 1:35pm.

This Grade 1 renewal features a heavy favourite in We Have A Dream. Nicky Henderson’s charge was superb in a Grade 2 win at Doncaster last month.

But the soft ground may not suit the four-year-old here. Sussex Ranger looks an interesting price considering he’s also two from two for the season.

Gary Moore’s four-year-old won on soft ground in Lingfield earlier in the year albeit on the flat.

He generally stays quite well and with Jamie Moore on-board, he’s certainly worth a punt considering how short We Have A Dream is.

ITV Racing Tips

1:35 Chepstow – Sussex Ranger

1:50 Sandown – Gino Trail

2:05 Chepstow – Buckthorn Timothy e/w

2:25 Sandown – Western Ryder

2:40 Wincanton – O Maonlai

3:00 Sandown – Double Ross e/w

3:15 Wincanton – Le Boizelo

3:35 Sandown – Our Merlin

3:45 Wincanton – Monbeg Theatre e/w

Click here for the latest Coral Welsh Grand National odds. 

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Cian Carroll