Mullins duo on Welsh National list
Published 21/11/2012 | 12:39
Willie Mullins' cross-county specialist Uncle Junior and Irish Hennessy winner Quel Esprit head a strong group of Irish entries for the Coral Welsh National at Chepstow on December 27.
Irish-trained horses Becauseicouldntsee, Ardglen, Jadanli, Raz de Maree and Gordon Elliott's pair of Chicago Grey and Tharawaat also feature in the list of 55 possible runners.
Rebecca Curtis' Teaforthree is the sponsors' 7-1 favourite, having landed the National Hunt Chase over four miles last March, and warmed up with an outing in the Henrietta Knight Handicap Chase at Cheltenham last weekend, won by another Chepstow entry in Monbeg Dude.
Giles Cross, who has been second in the last two renewals, is also among the entries along with a useful Paul Nicholls team featuring Tidal Bay, Harry The Viking, Join Together, Royal Charm and Michel Le Bon.
"Teaforthree proved his liking for a marathon trip when scoring at last season's Cheltenham Festival, and his recent reappearance behind Monbeg Dude and Bradley was a decent first step to Chepstow, where he would be an extremely popular home winner of Wales's greatest race," said Coral's David Stevens.
"This year's renewal marks the 40th year of Coral's sponsorship of this famous staying prize, and will be the last to be shown on the BBC.
"We would like to take this opportunity to thank the BBC for their coverage and support over the years, and we look forward to working with Chepstow and Channel 4 from 2013 and beyond."