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Miko De Beauchene - Haydock - Febuary - 2008

Miko De Beauchene: last victory was at Haydock in 2008

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Miko De Beauchene chasing National glory

MIKO DE BEAUCHENE, older brother of recent Betfred Classic Chase winner Rigadin De Beauchene, will attempt to bring home another prize for trainer Venetia Williams, jockey Robbie Dunne and owner Andrew Wiles in the Somerset National (2.50) at Wincanton this afternoon.

The 13-year-old veteran is one of nine runners for the 3m3½f marathon, although his last win came back in 2008.

Chartreux is favourite for the race, and his trainer Tom George said: "He's in good form, he ran well last time but the question mark is the extra distance, this is a bit of an experiment. Everything suggests he'll get it and we think he will, but we won't know until we try."

Last year's winner Upham Atom is among the opposition, along with recent Sussex National runner-up Pettifour.

This afternoon's meeting passed an inspection at 8.30am, with the going described as soft, heavy in places.

There is jumps racing in Ireland at Thurles, while Lingfield and Wolverhampton stage all-weather cards.

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