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Venetia Williams - trainer

Williams is hopeful Summery Justice can land her a second Welsh National

  PICTURE: John Grossick  

Summery Justice slashed again for National glory

SUMMERY JUSTICE, who bids to give Venetia Williams a second Coral Welsh National win on Saturday, was trimmed another four points to 10-1 by William Hill on Wednesday, having been 20-1 with the firm seven days ago.

The seven-year-old was 20-1 with William Hill and Victor Chandler seven days ago but on Wednesday night was half that price with Hills, who make him joint third-favourite. The sponsor quotes 12-1, as do most firms.


The extended 3m5f trip at Chepstow on Saturday will be new territory for Summery Justice, but his trainer said: "With a bit of luck he will stay the distance, as he was not stopping when winning over three miles and a furlong at Bangor in November.

"It's the obvious race for him and I am glad they have managed to rearrange it as it would have been a great shame to lose it. I think he goes into the contest with as good a chance as anything."

Also confident of a good run this weekend is Neil Mulholland, who saddles 20-1 shot Imoncloudnine, who unseated Dougie Costello in the Becher Chase at Aintree.

Mulholland said: "He has a nice racing weight (10st 3lb) and stays all day, so there are no concerns on thatfront. He seems in great form and I couldn't be happier with the horse, so he goes there with a good each-way chance."

The preparation of topweight Silver By Nature is being finalised at Michael Scudamore's Herefordshire stable, with the nine-year-old's trainer Lucinda Russell hampered by the weather at her Scottish base.

Russell, whose partner Peter Scudamore is Michael's father, told At The Races: "Michael very kindly let us have a box down there, and the British Horseracing Authority have cleared it, so he's been in the warm Herefordshire sunshine this morning, working on grass and woodchip.

"We'd love to win the Welsh National and in Silver By Nature we've got the kind of horse that can do it. They've got rain forecast and the ground will be heavy, and that's exactly what he needs."

An outsider cut on Wednesday was Ballyfoy, whom the sponsor made 25-1 (from 40). He returned over hurdles at Ascot in November to finish fifth behind Time For Spring.

Synchronised, the mount of Tony McCoy, who has never won the race, is 5-1 favourite with every firm bar Coral, who go 11-2. Maktu is next in the betting at a general 7-1, with every other entry available at a double-figure price.

 
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