Sport Horse Racing

Tuesday 16 January 2018

Becauseicouldntsee to bypass Welsh National

Thomas Kelly

The Irish challenge for tomorrow's Welsh National could be severely depleted with Becauseicouldntsee being ruled out and compatriot Lochan Lacha a "doubtful" runner.

Becauseicouldntsee was an excellent second in last month's Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown and was as short as 14/1 for this weekend's Chepstow marathon. However, trainer Noel Glynn is keen to save his charge for a tilt at the Grand National at Aintree in April.

"We've pulled the plug on Chepstow and we're going to run him in a few hurdle races before going to Aintree," said Glynn.

Tony Martin's Lochan Lacha is unlikely to make the trip as he is not guaranteed a place in the final field.

"It's doubtful he'll run. He needs seven to come out in front of him in the ballot and there's no point shipping him over if he's not going to get in," said Martin.

Chepstow clerk of the course Keith Ottesen is keeping his fingers crossed that the fixture, which has been transferred from the Christmas period due to the weather, will be given the green light.

With up to 10cm of snow forecast, the track could once again fall victim to the arctic conditions but Ottesen hopes this will clear because of a significant rise in temperatures.

Meanwhile, owner Clive Smith does not expect the extra three-week wait to be a problem for Kauto Star ahead of his bid to make history in the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton tomorrow week.

The Paul Nicholls-trained superstar, which officially turned 11 on New Year's Day, is reported in rude health by his owner.

Kauto Star could have one less rival to face as Arkle winner Sizing Europe's participation in the race is not certain.

Trainer Henry de Bromhead and owners Alan and Ann Potts have still to commit to the rearranged race, having travelled over to England from Ireland before Christmas.

Irish Independent

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