Chepstow: hosts the rearranged Welsh National on SaturdayPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Plunge horse Alfie set to bypass Welsh National
LEADING Coral Welsh National fancy Alfie Spinner, backed on Wednesday into 10-1 from 14-1 for the Saturday marathon, is one of four of the Chepstow big-race entries to have been declared for Sandown's 32Red.com HBLB Handicap Chase at Sandown the same day.
The Nick Williams-trained Alfie Spinner, Paul Nicholls' Royal Charm and Venetia Williams' Katenko are among the 12 48-hour declarations for the £50,000 Sandown event.
Coral Welsh National top weight Across The Bay has also been confirmed for the Sandown prize but only as a second-preference option, suggesting that trainer Donald McCain still intends to aim for Chepstow.
Declarations for the Welsh National, rescheduled to Saturday following the abandonment of Chepstow's December 27 card, are made on Friday morning.