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Hobson's National hopeful 'Allysson' aiming for wonderland at Wetherby


Richard Hobson: Wetherby hope. Photo: Getty

Richard Hobson: Wetherby hope. Photo: Getty

Richard Hobson: Wetherby hope. Photo: Getty

While most eyes will be on the meetings at Kempton and Leopardstown, there are nine other meetings throughout Britain and Ireland with plenty to be learned from them.

Grand National aspirations will be emboldened or otherwise in Wetherby's featured Handicap Chase. Most are higher profile than Allysson Monterg, but that may not be the case much longer if Richard Hobson's Ladbrokes Trophy also-ran can take advantage of his 2lb ratings drop in this slightly more winnable contest.

Another stayer with potential at a lesser level is Ian Williams' Zerachiel which, after unseating at the first on his seasonal return in the Scottish Borders National, tries his hand at another regional edition in the Clugston Lincolnshire National Handicap Chase at Market Rasen.

The eight-year-old is handicapped to run well if avoiding errors.

Meanwhile, Connections of dual Grade One winner Terrefort have earmarked the BetBright Trial Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham on January 26 as his next target.

The Nicky Henderson-trained five-year-old is being aimed at the Grade Two contest on his return from a spell on the sidelines, having met with a setback when failing to beat a single rival on his seasonal bow in a Listed event at Sandown last month.

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