Friday 23 February 2018

Elliott's Welsh bid looks Sound

Thomas Kelly

Gordon Elliott's Beautiful Sound has been installed third favourite for the Coral Welsh National after yesterday's publication of the weights.

The nine-year-old was ante-post favourite for last season's Irish Grand National but failed to make the cut after being second reserve for the Fairyhouse showpiece.

The Michael O'Leary-owned son of Presenting has been allotted 10st and looks sure to appreciate the conditions at Chepstow on December 27.

Mark Bradstock's Hennessy hero Carruthers has been given 11st 3lb, with the top-weight being Paul Nicholls' Neptune Collonges, which will have to shoulder 11st 12lb if he takes his chance.

Synchronised carried 11st 6lb to victory last season and has the same weight this time. Jonjo O'Neill's charge is one of four past winners which may seek further glory.

The others are Dream Alliance (9st 13lb), Miko De Beauchene (10st 5lb) and the Barry Potts-trained Notre Pere (10st 12lb). Of those prominent in the ante-post market, the O'Neill-trained Galaxy Rock is on 10st 11lb, Giles Cross has 10st 1lb and Colin Tizzard's Hey Big Spender 11st 7lb.

Evan Williams reports Cappa Bleu (10st 12lb) to be on target for the race following his comeback victory at Haydock. "He came out of the race very well and we're leaning towards the Welsh National," the trainer said.

Synchronised is 5/1 favourite with the sponsors to emulate Bonanza Boy, successful in 1988 and 1989, by winning the race two years running.

Elsewhere, Co Antrim trainer Stuart Crawford is looking to have Killyglen primed for a second crack at the John Smith's Grand National.

The nine-year-old was in the process of running a big race when he fell at the fourth-last fence in the Aintree showpiece in April. The trainer was delighted with his run at Haydock recently, when he was third to Cappa Bleu and plans to give the horse two more runs before the National.

"He ran well at Haydock and we'll probably give him a bit of a break now until the New Year," said Crawford. "We'll pick a couple of chases for him and then hopefully go to Aintree."

Coral Welsh National (sponsors bet): 5/1 Synchronised, 8/1 Carruthers, 10/1 Beautiful Sound, Giles Cross, The Minack, 12/1 Cappa Bleu, Galaxy Rock, Master Overseer, Wymott, 14/1 bar.

Irish Independent

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