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Mon Mome and trainer Venetia Williams

Mon Mome: has not tasted success since 2009 Grand National win

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Mon Mome takes veteran route at Wincanton

MON MOME, winner of the John Smith's Grand National in 2009, bids for a first victory since that race in a 3m1½f veterans' handicap chase at Wincanton (3.10).

The Venetia Williams-trained 13-year-old is on a run of 15 straight defeats since victory in the Aintree showpiece, and faces nine rivals, including The Sawyer, Tamarinbleu and Master Overseer.

Michel Le Bon, pulled up in the Coral Welsh National at Chepstow earlier this month, heads the weights, and trainer Paul Nicholls said: "He ran a great race in the Badger Ales Chase [second] but was bitterly disappointing when we fancied him in the Welsh National. He needs to bounce back from that, but is a bit in and out."

Conditions at Wincanton will be testing on heavy ground, but racing will take place as the course passed an inspection at 8am. There is also jumps racing from Towcester, and a brace of all-weather cards at Lingfield and Wolverhampton.

Lingfield: Standard
Towcester: Heavy, soft in places
Wincanton: Heavy
Wolverhampton: Standard 

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